Angry Robot

Rich Intersections

I’m on my lunch, reading this article about Netflix taking over the world and listening to my “Discover Weekly” on Spotify, and it throws up a distinctive-sounding track, so I flip to the band’s bio and read:

ARIWO are a Cuban/Iranian four-piece focused on the rich intersection between electronic music, Afro-Cuban rhythm and Iranian mysticism.

It is an incredible world we live in now, folks. Rich intersections indeed.

The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room

Voice-enabled soundbar, at $399 USD

Wind turbines are getting taller, bigger, and more powerful

If I’m reading it right, one of the new big ones (height of Eiffel Tower) could power 1 million homes.

Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country

The Great Slate, from Pinboard’s Maciej Ceglowski

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Deep learning technology is now being used to put Nic Cage in every movie

It didn’t take long to find the best use for this technology.

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance

Our Tony Scott future inches closer

Apple Watch Is a Bridge to the Future

Halfway between touchscreens and voice/AI (via birchtree)

We Are Truly F#%ked: Everyone Is Making AI-Generated Fake Porn Now

Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Why Apple’s HomePod Is Three Years Behind Amazon’s Echo

This sounds to me like a regular Apple development process, and I also don’t see how the Echo and HomePod are in competition (Echo starts at $50, HomePod costs $300 more).

That said, the Echo – or rather, the built-in Alexa assistant – has changed what people expect from a “smart” speaker. As an audiophile-ish smart speaker, HomePod seems more in competition with Sonos, and the latest Sonos One – which has Alexa built in – is the product that blows the HomePod, as we currently understand it, out of the water.

Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada

Finally.

One of the problems with climate change is getting people to realise it was anthropogenic – created by people. It’s the same problem with social networks – they are manmade. If they are not serving humanity, they can and should be changed.

Apple Glasses: What are they and when are they being released?

WANT

Back to the future: Google’s vision for Toronto is straight out of the 19th century

Even if the negotiations fall apart thanks to Google’s demands or the city’s recalcitrance, there’s still good news: the most important parts of Sidewalk’s plans, the parts that would most determine whether the city’s eastern waterfront becomes a livable, green place that could accommodate Toronto’s burgeoning growth, don’t require Google’s impressive piles of money at all. The city could do it on its own — if it actually wants to.

There’s also this article from John Lorinc. The conclusion I’m coming to is that the plans aren’t bad – it’s Google’s involvement that makes them dodgy.

Toronto’s ‘city of the future’ is being built next to a relic of our past

Hollywood studios join Disney to launch Movies Anywhere digital locker service

Sounds like a good service,
a good ten years too late

Sonos Unveils New Sonos One Smart Speaker, Voice Assistant Integrations, Revamped App, and More

Super Nintendo Classic Edition review: the perfect way to play 16-bit classics

I’ve given up hope of getting one of these and am instead going a nerdier route via ROMs and a Raspberry Pi.

A small-screen iPod, an Internet Communicator and a Phone

Horace Dediu on the evolution of the Apple Watch

The Lessons and Questions of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8

A preview of the first wave of AR apps coming to iPhones

I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.