Apple offers a more appealing hardware platform (far fewer devices, all of them with high end performance); a richer, deeper software platform; and a more engaged, higher-spending customer base. It’s all of these factors in conjunction that make iOS the mobile platform with the strongest developer support.
And this is what is meant by “future-proof”. Re-using USB and micro-USB (or any existing standard) could never do any of that.
A very thorough look into the details of the Lightning connector. It’s very technically capable and, especially recently, appears to have been a very smart decision.
A very well done follow-up case study to the amazing Everything is a Remix series by Kirby Ferguson.
Very interesting to read about some of the inside accounts that are starting to come up from around the iPhone launch.
Apple, unlike Google, or Facebook, or even Microsoft, is not a services company (as long-suffering iCloud/MobileMe/.Mac/iTools customs can attest), and so, to prescribe any sort of goodness to their decision to not retain user data is much less useful than an examination of what actually matters to their bottom line. And, as a hardware company, that means the supply chain. And that means people like Bibek Dhong.
Ben Thompson makes a very good point that it is not enough to judge the morality of a company like Apple just based on its privacy practice, which is primarily a byproduct of its business model and not a moral choice. It is much more appropriate to use metrics that are instead a reflection of its actual business, such as evaluating the supply chain.
Wikipedia is a fantastic resource, but some of the ways that it is implemented leaves a lot to be desired.
The main source of those problems is not mysterious. The loose collective running the site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its coverage.
The National Security Agency has secretly circumvented or cracked much of the digital scrambling that protects global commerce, e-mails, phone calls, medical records and Web searches.
“Many dear friends wish I would shut the fuck up regarding the Gotham filter. It’s not happening because obsessing about the details not only continues to educate me, it also provides me the opportunity to form a well-constructed opinion. In a world where we mindlessly repeat the loudest and most compelling tweets as fact, a well-constructed opinion is rare. It’s rare because a well-constructed opinion can defend itself. Through a combination of experience, facts, and, occasionally, passion, a well-constructed opinion is a refreshing signal among a sea of unstructured, unattributed noise.”
– Rands in RIP Gotham
This is my favorite part of the proposal because it’s complete bullshit.
Dr. Drang takes a critical look, from an engineer’s perspective, at some portions of Musk’s Hyperloop proposal. The dismissal of thermal expansion of the tubes is especially hilarious.