November 22, 2013

Jony Ive and Marc Newson Interviewed by Charlie Rose on CBS

Tesla’s Elon Musk is Fortune Businessman of the Year

In the magazine’s cover story, author Chris Anderson compares Musk with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, in part for his persuasiveness. Here are a few excerpts from Fortune:

Anderson writes: “Jobs’ reputation for ‘reality distortion’ is well-documented. In his own way, Musk is equally persuasive, trusting his own internal logic and instincts in the face of intense pushback.”

Congrats Elon! You really do deserve it.

Microsoft Matches PS4 Sales with 1 Million Units Sold in Under 24 hours

But let’s make sure to put the numbers in perspective. Sony’s PlayStation 4 also sold over 1 million  units in 24 hours when it launched around a week ago. So far, the two console giants are neck and neck. However, there’s just one little detail Microsoft fails to mention in its PR: The Xbox One launched in a total of 13 countries, 11 more than the PlayStation 4.

I think that it’s fascinating to see how geography and how many markets you launch at make such a big difference. Microsoft must have known that sales would be lower than Sony well in advance. And so they decided to go to market in 15 countries versus just 2 for Sony. Regardless of this fact, I give both companies a big congratulations on their success with these two next-generation consoles. They are continuing to push the computational limits for gaming and prove that consoles are still awesome.


November 19, 2013

Why Sucks? Because They Hired Political Cronies, Not Internet Native Companies To Build It

It appears that the federal government basically handed this project over to the same crew of giant government contractors, who have a long history of screwed up giant IT projects, and almost no sense of the “internet native” world.

I honestly have no idea why Obama would hand over his “legacy” change to some unheard of IT company. He’s going to be remembered for this failure for a very long time. Millions of Americans are unable to sign up for health insurance. Many canceled their own plans in preparation for Obamacare, which they can’t even log into still. Obama will need to start from scratch and build a solid infrastructure of a website as important as this. He better have started already with a seasoned company.

A Conversation With Leander Kahney, Author of “Jony Ive”

One of his former colleagues, Clive Grinyer, who worked with him in London and is a big designer in his own right, said Jony Ive is more important to Apple than Jobs was. And obviously Jobs leaving Apple was a big blow and potentially devastating. But you know, if Jony Ive left Apple now, then the company would really be in trouble.

This statement says a lot about the important of Ive in the culture of Apple. And I pretty much agree with it.

Arcade Fire isn’t sorry for ‘dress code’ it issued to fans for concerts

The band had made similar sartorial demands before a show in Montreal in September and in London earlier this month, when NME reported that frontman Win Butler told the crowd: “To anyone who felt uncomfortable dressing up — I’m not sorry.”

I think people are being too serious and need to lighten up. Arcade Fire just want to have some fun with a unique twist. Why not play along? I will.


November 18, 2013

Games Definitely Don’t Harm Kids, Says Huge Study

The key findings that came out of the study included that exposure to video games from the age of five was shown to have no effect on behaviour, attention or emotional issues. Neither television nor video games caused attentional or emotional problems and there was no difference between boys and girls in the survey results.

End of story.

Ghost in the Cloud: Dealing with Data After Death

“By and large, the students, who are 18 to 23, look terrified,” he says. “The most pressing issue [with postmortem data ownership] is that no one really knows what to do with it, how it will be stored or for how long it will be stored. Standard Estate and Property Rights law could be used for passing the data along to next-of-kin, but there’s always the possibility that a person may not want their next-of-kin to see that data.”

It is kind of hard to think about. But it is a serious question for all of us to ponder about.

Google to Pay $17 Million to Settle States Safari Probe

The deal, announced Monday morning, ends a nearly two-year probe by the states into allegations that Google bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari Web browser by placing “cookies” into the browser.

The Safari Web browser used on iPhones and iPads automatically blocks third-party cookies, but Google altered the computer code of its cookies and was able to circumvent the blocks between June 2011 and February 2012, according to the states’ allegations.

Google caught being bad. $17 million is hardly anything to the “big G” though.


November 15, 2013

Gmail is boiling the frog – and we are the frog

Google has sucked millions of people into its web by delivering a feature-packed email service that comes only at the price of our privacy. And, as we continue to enjoy its benefits – and compare them, usually favourably, with the alternatives, we must face the unavoidable reality that we have sold our souls for free email.

The longer people continue to use Gmail and their other Internet services, the more personal data Google will collect over the masses. As a long time user of Gmail and Google Docs for collaboration with my team, I found it incredibly hard to move away from. But the ads and privacy issues reached a threshold where I could not take it anymore. And this is why I recently migrated all of my business and personal email from Google Apps for Business to Rackspace. I love it.

However, I still do keep my free account solely for things such as subscriptions, news letters and certain mailing lists.

DDR4 memory will be released by next month

The DDR4 will only eat up 1.2Volts as stated by Crucial , while having twice the speed of DDR3 Memory. DDR4 will run on a base memory speed of 2133MHz while having 4GB as their minimum density. According to the chart, we can see that DDR4 is 100% faster than DDR3, requires 20% less voltage and has 300% more density than that of DDR3.

Why hello there DDR4 RAM. I can’t wait to meet you. Of course, this new RAM will be pricey at the get go. But I’m hoping that by next years second iteration of the new Mac Pro, the prices for the whole package will come down.

PS4 UX is powered by WebGL

When you login to your PS4 you are running #WebGL  code. The PlayStation Store, the Music and Video Applications, as well as a good chunk of UX are all rendered within the browser.

Personally, I think this is brilliant. Oh, and I received my Playstation 4 via the fine folks of Canada Post today. The craftsmanship of the PS4 controller is solid and awesome. The PS4 console itself is an absolute jewel as well.