Google deletes another 25 Android apps caught stealing user data, including Facebook credentials.
We tell our clients and colleagues on a regular basis, “know your tech.” This is especially important for smart phones. One of the key reasons that wireless network providers or carriers, avoided an open ecosystem, loading just any mobile app on your phone, for so many years, was that your data and activities were not secure.
Now that we have a world where any old app or service can be loaded on your phone, and it has IP address, and they can record your every movement and moment, it’s especially important to know exactly what the apps you use on those devices are doing.
Apple iOS is not immune, I recently found an app secretly collecting 12-14 GB worth of data on my phone. More on what’s happening with Android at the link below.
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Apple is doing it again, a silicon transition. This one is really exciting, it’s not just about computation, it’s about power and size envelopes. I have been a big proponent of ARM based silicon, the vast majority of the smartphones and tablets, and other devices that have come from my product development teams over the years, were all on ARM designs.
It also means that ARM, and with apples help in SOC development, including other application processors and dedicated functions on chip, has finally met or exceeded the pure integer based computational power of Intel.
Better products will ensure, especially if they can get the early software development tools to help take usability to the next level.
Apple revealed it would help developers producing macOS software that will run on Apple’s silicon by providing them with a Developer Transition Kit, a customized version of the Mac mini running on new hardware. We look at how it stacks up against the currently-offered Mac mini.
What makes the world go round? Metadata. That’s right, the web, search, directions, locationing, imaging, branding, impressions, engagement, pretty much you name it online or in the digital world, and it is guided or executed with metadata.
Put simply, that is data about the data. Think of it as an intelligent or interactive blueprint for data. What you really want to do when you create a website these days, or an online presence, is create a foundation for the manipulation and use of this metadata. Often, this includes your use of images.
Here is a simple guide on how to get some valuable metadata into your images. Protect your brand, your rights, and your creative.
As photographers, protecting your images is of real importance to us. Ensure you’ve done all you can to keep your images “yours” – add copyright metadata!
The smart way to organize all your links, files, and notes into visual collections. Completely private and ad-free, as always.
We don’t always like to promote new products that help you organize and inspire creativity…ok, ok we do like to do that.
This weeks installment is making you aware of a service called Dropmark. It’s for visual thinkers and organizers. It includes collections, tags, stacks, and more. It’s a good way to gather around a personal whiteboard in your mind. And if it inspires and helps you, turn it on for the team, or whoever you are working with at the moment.
Check it out at the break.
Source: Features – Dropmark
Formula E driver Daniel Abt disqualified and fined for cheating with a ring-in during virtual race – ABC News
The latest virtual motor race during the corona virus pandemic ends in controversy, with Formula E driver Daniel Abt caught using a gamer as a ring-in.
Ok, when did you have it? That a virtual athlete would use a stand in eGamer to win virtual races online vs in real life?
I will admit, I had just assumed that it had already happened, we just might not have known about it. This is something that will be a trend or end up being quite common. Primarily because culturally and intellectually, we will struggle with real vs virtual boundaries for some time.
Oh, and now the question I really wanted to get out. How will it affect brands? Good, bad, otherwise?
Read more at the fold below.
I have been quoted previously, saying Google Glass was never going to be a thing. *See Forbes article. Wearables have made some inroads since then, but there is still too much of a focus on the technology trap vs what makes a good product. You know, the technology trap? It’s that classic example of ‘build a better mousetrap and they will come.’
In this case, Apple looks like they are focused on some of the right things to make this work, namely size and usability. And what a lot of people who have been building these products don’t seem to understand is that it’s not as much about fashion, as it is identity. There is a difference.
Apple gets identity, at least I would like to believe that there are enough people working at Apple today, including some close friends and colleagues, that understand this distinction. They have products that scream identity, and ‘I want to be seen with you.’ The question is, that under the cult of Cook, does that focus still permeate, and can it get another one of these products to market?
Dazzle us Tim.
- The marketing name will be “Apple Glass”
- The glasses will start at $499 with the option for prescription lenses at an extra cost
- There will be displays in both lenses that can be interacted with using gestures
- The glasses will rely on a paired iPhone, similar to the original Apple Watch
- An early prototype featured LiDAR and wireless charging
- Apple originally planned to unveil the glasses as a “One More Thing” surprise at its iPhone event in the fall, but restrictions on in-person gatherings could push back the announcement to a March 2021 event
- Apple is targeting a late 2021 or early 2022 release
If you build a better mousetrap, they won’t come. Love the economics and the battery systems of this vehicle, but those are precisely why this vehicle will never see the light of day.
Unlike other traditional car brands, Dyson doesn’t have a fleet of profitable gasoline cars and diesel cars to offset the “huge losses” on every electric vehicle made — each Dyson electric car would have needed to make £150,000 to break even, according to the entrepreneur.
What a good read on the Door Dash, Grubhub, Uber Eats type deliver economy… These guys have nailed the fundamental disconnects in the model, tested it, and then exposed the basic idea that it is fundamentally unsustainable. I for one am hoping that we go through a phase of economic development, post pandemic seizing the reigns of everything you do every day, that gets us to focus on sustainable business models and practices.
I would love to see those concepts valued again vs what seems to be an un-tethered march to justify business activities by the terms of exploitation alone.
“Which brings us to the question – what is the point of all this? These platforms are all losing money. Just think of all the meetings and lines of code and phone calls to make all of these nefarious things happen which just continue to bleed money. Why go through all this trouble?
Grubhub just lost $33 million on $360 million of revenue in Q1.
Doordash reportedly lost an insane $450 million off $900 million in revenue in 2019 (which does make me wonder if my dream of a decentralized network of pizza arbitrageurs does exist).
Uber Eats is Uber’s “most profitable division” 😂😂. Uber Eats lost $461 million in Q4 2019 off of revenue of $734 million. Sometimes I need to write this out to remind myself. Uber Eats spent $1.2 billion to make $734 million. In one quarter.
Amazon just bailed on restaurant delivery in the U.S.
What is it about the food delivery platform business? Restaurants are hurt. The primary labor is treated poorly. And the businesses themselves are terrible.”
More on their article here: https://themargins.substack.com/p/doordash-and-pizza-arbitrage
This is the perfect time to get that camera out, and capture timeless moments with friends and family that you have close, or on those nature walks that you are taking as you deal with more social isolation than you probably have in a lifetime.
For those of us in the currently storm and snow swept northern latitudes, spring is approaching. It is the season of new life, renewal and of course dusting of the cameras and lenses and embracing the brighter light and blue skies. Today we are going to have a look at some of the subjects you can shoot during the spring. .
This new engine looks amazing. I particularly like the new illumination, render scaling and tracking, and the animation matching engines. This particular demo is sample game code running on a Sony PS5 console. When next generation games come out on this engine, we are going to be in for a step-change in presentation and immersion for this level of design, coding, and gaming.
I can’t wait to see what developers, designers, and the marketplace do with these tools and this platform in the next couple of years. Enjoy the demo reel, it’s a very worthwhile watch and walkthrough.