Mark Bergen and Eric Newcomer:
The photo, showing the Uber SUV on its side, suggests a relatively high-impact crash. That would be a contrast to the incidents involving self-driving cars tested by Waymo. In more than two million miles of testing on public roads, Waymo’s vehicles were mostly minor incidents, often when other cars drove into the back of their vehicles in busy areas.
The future is self driving cars, and it’s hard to deny it. However, it is funny that a company whose sole purpose is driving other people around, is actually the worst at making self driving cars.
Technically, if you want to be “accurate” this is not an iPad Pro, but Samsung’s first premium Android tablet in over a year. In 2015 Android sort of lost the tablet war it had waged against iOS.
Oh fuck off. It’s not a technicality when it is reality. And Android didn’t “sort of” lose the tablet war, it gave up in spectacular fashion.
Awesome new update to 1Blocker (both iOS and Mac) which allows you to select page elements to block per domain. I was able to test it ahead of the launch and it’s pretty sweet. I love seeing this stuff — and yes you do this from the extension, no need to enter the app proper.
Excellent post from Daniel Jalkut.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this new release from Apple. What it means and what it could mean. So here’s a few slightly coherent thoughts on it:
- I think the iPad being just ‘iPad’ and priced at $329 is fucking fantastic. It’s the model people should get, and it helps that it is now the lowest priced model. I am tempted to pick one up for our household.
- The new red iPhone is hideous, should have had a black front.
- The iPad mini seems dead. I am guessing it is only sticking around because Apple is testing a theory: people bought iPad mini’s because it was the cheapest. So set the larger iPad at a lower price and bring up the iPad mini — see which one sells better. Come this time next year my money would be on the iPad mini being no more.
These announcements also seem to gel nicely with the 10.5″ iPad Pro rumors. I would guess that come October-ish we get new iPad Pros in both 9.7 and 12.9″ variants — both with bezel reductions (lord knows the 12.9 could use that).
As for those wondering what I might want the new iPad model for: myself. I would give my wife my 9.7″ Pro and keep the new model for me. Unless you need the keyboard or pencil, it really is the best model to buy. Keep in mind that new iPads are never limited by hardware speed, only by the software itself — a nice position to be in.
The only item I care about:
The CIA didn’t defeat Signal/WhatsApp encryption. The CIA has some exploits for Android/iPhone. If they can get on your phone, then of course they can record audio and screenshots.
Also, Apple seems to believe they have patched the exploits mentioned in this leak already. To me this is the most interesting fact: that you can exploit something like an iPhone if you have possession of it. It will be really curious to me to see if Apple takes more hardware measures to protect the next generation of iPhones from this.
Greyball was approved by Uber’s legal team.
The company is shady to the core. This isn’t some bad actors, this is systemic and cultural.
Personally, I like Questbars for energy bars — they are OK tasting but they really fill me up. I travel with them all the time.
The exposed data included more than 800,000 emails and passwords, which are secured with the strong, and thus supposedly harder to crack, hashing function bcrypt. Unfortunately, however, a large number of these passwords were so weak that it’s possible to crack them, according to Troy Hunt, a security researcher who maintains Have I Been Pwned and has analyzed the CloudPets data.
This is why I cover all internet enabled cameras with tape. You can’t trust any of this crap.
I’m still as bullish as ever on the tablet’s potential. However, my concern is consumers may be extremely stubborn and lean heavily on past behavior and familiarity with PCs instead of going through the process to replicate the workflows and activities they did on their PCs and transition to tablets
My concern is not that at all. As Bajarin mentions, the buying cycle for computers is shifting to 6 years — and anecdotally that feels about right. I think this is driven by the smart phone.
General consumers seem to see and use their smartphone for almost all their computing needs — and that means they want a “real computer” which they feel confident can handle any other task. They don’t have that confidence in a tablet just yet.
This is what is driving slowing sales of iPads/tablets. It’s not that the PC is better competing with a tablet, it’s that for many people they don’t see the value in a tablet which is essentially a bigger screen phone — they love their phones and want a new one every year. For most people that means they cannot afford a phone + tablet + PC (even if the buying cycle is 6 years) and there is no way they are giving up their phones.
I’m a big fan of the third method listed. Super fast and stays put the best.
Jason Snell for Macworld:
One shape I entirely failed to mention in my article about iOS’s future last week is the laptop itself. If Apple remains committed to keeping iOS and macOS apart, it would seem logical that at some point Apple will make an iOS device with a keyboard physically attached to a screen.
I keep telling myself to breath, that surely he doesn’t mean this, but I can’t get those words out of my head. Oh my…
GoodNotes does a hell of a lot more than the stuff I’ve listed above, but those are the features that grab me most, and make me most grateful for the app. It’s magic notebook tech, and turns the iPad into the big Moleskine that trees couldn’t provide.
I personally am not a fan of GoodNotes, but this is one of the better write ups on the app. Also, that zoom feature is in a few other apps including: Notability, and my personal favorite Noteshelf.
I’ve been testing small EDC pens and thus been using paper of late — all I can say is how much better notes with an Apple Pencil and iPad truly are.
A man who doesn’t own a cell phone (and apparently never has):
Even though we have two hands, I’m convinced that you can’t hold a cellphone and someone else’s hand at the same time.
Some really interesting points — I wonder how we combat this in the future, he says as he stares a two iPads and an iPhone.