Very handy infographic shared by the lovely people at WebsiteBuilder.org.
Panic, the makers of well-respected Mac apps like Coda and Firewatch, have recently been part of a malware attack caused by an infected version of Handbrake. The attack caused one of the Panic founder's personal computer to be compromised, giving the attackers access to valuable source code from their apps.
Quote from their blog post addressing the attack:
Wired has done an extensive article showing us a sneak peek of the new Apple campus in Cupertino. From its origin with Steve Jobs pitching it to Cupertino City Council, to the partnership with Foster and Partners that developed one of the most impressive pieces of (green) architectural marvels in the world.
Yes, they even designed custom boxes for the Caffé Macs pizzas.
Very worrying that governments cheap out on their systems infrastructure, a lot of the NHS systems run Windows XP, which was released 16 years ago!
Even though its not limited to government (I've seen Windows XP machines in supermarkets, cash machines, banks and post offices), this is a good lesson that by not having up-to-date systems that get frequently updated, lives can be lost, not even to mention the privacy and monetary repercussions.
The worst of all is that this malware was developed by the NSA and stolen by hackers. Remember the when the FBI requested Apple to create a custom version of iOS to get into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone? This is exactly why Apple fought against it.
Citymapper is one of the best apps to download if you live in a big city with a complex public transport system. Originally developed for London, it has expanded to several cities around the world. Through this, they have learned how people behave and how most transit networks in the world haven't adapted to the 21st century.
By developing their own "smartbus" Citymapper is looking to partner with transit networks around the world to develop a new, smarter take on bus transportation. The bus features USB charging, and a custom software that estimates more accurate arrival times and routes, as well as aiding the (human) drivers through their journey.
Best of all, they are making their platform open to everyone so that they can get to the future quicker.
I might be biased here, but I strongly recommend BBC Two's new documentary series on Mexico, a fresh take on a country that has been bombarded with negative news and reputation in the last few years thanks to its issues with drug cartels, corruption, violence, and more recently Trump.
The show focuses on its natural beauty as well as its rich culture.
I find the name of the show to be spot on.
Apart from the great news of roaming charges finally going away (two years after the original announcement), the extra bit about net neutrality is very welcome and relevant. Let's see how long both of these last in the UK in the post-Brexit era, as the UK government has already put in motion its intention to ban end-to-end encryption services such as Whatsapp and iMessage as well as removing valuable net neutrality protections.
Please do yourself a favour and look at this Oatmeal comic about the way human values work from birth, and how it is very difficult (but not impossible) to change our minds and beliefs. Very relevant with the current clash of political views in the world.
Microsoft is taking really interesting bets in terms of their hardware. They are making huge advancements on their designs, and really pushing the market for traditional PCs as well as 2-in-1 tablet/PCs. While other big PC manufacturers are focusing on the very low ($200) and high ($2000) ends of the market, Microsoft is looking at the gaps and innovating by integrating their hardware and software. Satya Nadella was definitely a great choice to replace Balmer as CEO.
One thing I'm not a fan of is the limitation on some of the models of this laptop to be "Windows Store" only. If one thing Microsoft struggles with on their platforms is commitment from third party developers that are too invested in iOS and Android and don't really see the need to serve the Windows market. But if we've learned something in the tech world is that it evolves quickly and the market shifts unexpectedly.
Also, if you look at other PC or Mac options available, this is a bit overpriced, especially at the base model configurations.
I hate to agree with Jayson Greene on this one. I was hoping Gorillaz had released the weaker songs in advance and the album would impress, but after given it a good 4 or 5 listens in the past week, I couldn't tell you any memorable songs.
In spite of that, I'm still excited for their European tour this November/December. I saw Gorillaz back in their Plastic Beach World Tour and it was one of the best gigs I've ever witnessed (and I've seen quite a few).
Another example of Musk thinking out of the box. This man is insane (in a good way). I love how he's talking about this crazy tunnel transportation system he wants to build and then goes and calls it The Boring Company.
One of my favourite Verge articles in a long time, the amount of things that happens behind the scenes (literally) for Trump's media coverage is insane. I found this bit really interesting:
If you're an AV nerd like me, I strongly recommend this piece.
Ken Robinson's TED Talk on education is my all time favourite inspirational video.
The ultimate #techfailoftheweek goes to Juicero, after Bloomberg recently discovered that the very flashy device is basically useless, as the juice packs can be easily squeezed by hand, without the need of splashing out $400 on an internet connected juice machine.
New York Times:
From a design point of view, I applaud Netflix in the way it has simplified the rating system, thumbs up and down makes way more sense for films, music, tv shows. I still think that their recommendation system is pretty wonky. After I've rated most of Marvel's films thumbs down, it thinks that I have a "90% match" with Age of Ultron, and a 65% match with Fight Club, one of my all time favourite films.
Also, while I love Netflix original content, is has become very difficult to find non-Netflix productions in my recommendations, I find myself having to manually browse the Categories section.