This Week In Mobile

Amazonian Aspirations

All’s Unfair in Love and War   Back in October, the Department of Defense awarded the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft after a long-contested fight between the Seattle giant and…the other Seattle giant, Amazon. OK first of all, we’re pretty sure the Jedi Code doesn’t mention anything about military cloud …

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Happy Path Democracy

Unless you’ve completely sworn off politics (honestly, we wouldn’t blame you), you’ll have heard by now about the disastrous failure of the app hired to report results of the Iowa Democratic caucus. Precinct chairs were supposed to enter primary election results into the app, but many had trouble getting it to work, partly because they …

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Measuring a Life 

Photo Remy Steinegger   “I had thought the destination was what was important, but it turned out it was the journey.” – Clayton Christensen, How Will You Measure Your Life? Last week the world lost one of the greatest business minds of all time, Clayton Christensen. In thinking about how to talk about his life …

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Home is Where the Boss is

Photo by Christian Bouvier We admit when we read this headline, we scoffed a little. A few of us are almost positive we remember some “The 2010s are Going to be the Decade of Remote Work” thinkpieces, too, and fully distributed teams are still few and far between. We’ve been advocating for it since the …

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This Decade in Mobile

Photo by Roberto Nickson Ten Years of Tech   We went back and forth about how to talk about the decade. Every columnist and their brother was doing a “best of” — some about which products were most influential and some about which were most successful. But we wanted to tell you which products meant …

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Somebody’s Watching You

Decade Dangers   Every now and then, the internet graces us with a new way to explore our own mortality. Take Facebook’s “10-Year Challenge,” for example. Doing a close-read of how much you’ve aged in the past decade doesn’t sound all that fun, but it’s all the rage right now, and Facebook, Instagram, and even …

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Three Laws of Robotics

Cash or Credit?    The potential of AI has always been a sort of Roddenberry-esque utopia in which bias is eliminated and logic and reason are paramount. But in practice, it doesn’t always work that way.  In theory, AI can reduce humans’ subjective interpretation of data, because machine learning algorithms can learn to consider only …

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To Like or Not to Like

You Like Me, You Really Like Me    Instagram has made a lot of tweaks to its user experience lately, like removing the following tab (simultaneously making it harder to stalk people and easier for us to like really embarrassing things) and changing the “explore” experience. But now it’s doing something that’s got opinions very …

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California Dreaming

Fitbit is Dead. Long Live Fitbit.    Last week we talked about the possible sale of Fitbit to Google’s parent company Alphabet. Well, it has now been confirmed that the struggling wearable company will be purchased for an eye-watering $2.1 billion.  There are certainly plenty of people who think Google is actually looking to throw …

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Up Up Up

Listen Up    This was a big week for product releases, which is great if you were suddenly hit with the terrifying realization that there are only 59 days until Christmas. We’re not entirely sure how that happened, but it’s true. And just in time…AirPods Pro. We’re going to admit to some controversy here at …

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