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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.

This is a thing that can happen now…?! (thanks y)

Apple Plans to Release a Cellular-Capable Watch

And all-new form factor. Making the watch an independent device would be a very good thing.

iPhone Pro? iPhone 8? iPhone Edition? iPhone UniBrow?

Whatever the new expensive iPhone is going to be called, because of Apple’s (surely accidental?) release of HomePod firmware, we now know 1. the rumoured edge-to-edge-with-unibrow screen is real, 2. its resolution, 3. it has some crazy infrared face-detector thing.

This has spawned some speculation about the UI on such a thing. Since the chinless design means it’s almost certain the bottom strip of the display will include space for a virtual home button, it would make sense if the navigation bar wound up there too. This would also be easier for big-phone users to reach.

Another issue is: does Apple embrace the notch or hide it? The leaked device icon implies that they will embrace the notch (have the status bar match the colour of the screen rather than the black of the notch). I dunno. It is rumoured to be an OLED screen like that in the Apple Watch and some Android phones, and in OLED screens black pixels are actually off, so they can match the bezel exactly.

The other thing is the crazy 3D face-reading camera. Presumably that means TouchID is out. But taken alongside Apple’s new and potentially yuuuuuuge ARKit, 3D sensing cameras could mean some amped-up AR jazz up in this piece. Sadly, as close as these long dreamed-of technologies get to reality, it just makes my brain skip ahead to Apple Glasses and how close those might be. Can never stop dreaming those dreamin’ dreams!

Hackers Leak Episodes Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ After Massive HBO Hack

Episodes 3 (already aired) and 4, but they may have more
UPDATE: heh I forgot I had kinda already posted this. Although it was only a script when last reported.

HBO hacked: Game of Thrones data leaked

Script for the next episode, plus episodes of some other shows no one cares about

How much will the new iPhone cost?

Horace Dediu is predicting the price ceiling will be $1100, so perhaps $999 for the starting rung of the fancy (Pro?) model

Transcript & slides from a great talk about Keeping VR Weird, basically. I used to love Mondo 2000 when I was a teen.

The Rowdy World of Rap’s New Underground

“SoundCloud rap” 😟

SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time

Well that sucks.