This Week In Mobile


They’re Watching

I have this whole rant about security prepared, but I just realized this is the Halloween edition of This Week in Mobile. So be prepared to be spooked. We’ve all sort of become inured to the fact that being on the internet means your privacy will erode away, at least to some degree. Every time …

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Quibi, We Hardly Knew Ye

I mean, we knew it enough to mock it. Twice. But the point is, we won’t be getting to know it any better, because it is shutting down a mere six months after launch. In a Medium post, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman said, “we feel that we’ve exhausted all our options. As a result …

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Want, Waste, Warnings

The iPhone 12 is coming out this week, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it, even though sitting on my desk, 6 inches away from my laptop, is my never-used-to-its-full-potential 11 Pro (I haven’t made the great American found-footage film, but there’s still a chance, right?). But such is the nature …

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Future-Proofing the Security of Medicine

One of the central themes in any analysis of the progress of humans’ technological prowess is compromise. Economist Thomas Sowell said, “There are no solutions. There are only tradeoffs.” Take healthcare, for example. We see an awesome new future where there’s less friction, fewer obstacles, and more changes to disseminate help to more people. But …

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Healthwatch: Remote monitoring and the future of post-pandemic medicine

In the vast list of changes COVID-19 has made to our everyday lives, one you may not think about often is the growing need for medical professionals or caregivers to be able to monitor patients while keeping (social) distance. Then again, maybe you do think about it. There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults …

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Ticking Down to Zero: TikTok, WeChat, and the Politics of Posturing

We had an entirely different column written, but part two of our deep dive into broadband access can wait until next week. Because something bigger happened. WeChat and TikTok will be banned in U.S. app stores beginning Sunday, September 20. As of Sunday, distribution or maintenance of WeChat and TikTok on an app store will …

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COVID-19 and the Broadband Gap

School is about to start for millions of kids around the country, in the middle of a pandemic (sadly, the pandemic isn’t over just because we’re over it). We can’t quite imagine how this’ll work out, since if we cast our minds way (way) back to childhood, the likelihood of being able to pay attention …

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Child with Coronavirus backpack walks toward school

Fortnite, Apple, and the Rumblings of War

It’s possible you don’t play Fortnite. 250 million people do, but we don’t really know you; you may hate prison levels and viral dances. Understandable. But Fortnite is big business for Epic Games, earning them a ridiculous $1.8 billion dollars in 2019. Fortnite is gold not just for Epic, but for any middleman. In just …

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Facial Recognition, Bias, and the Price of Progress

We can remember facial recognition seeming like a sci-fi wonder. There was something alluring about the idea of machines so smart they’d know us, and tech so advanced it was like a friend. But the more sinister applications were always simmering under the surface. Even in 1990, Total Recall envisioned a world in which you …

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Teach a Man to Phish

Covid-19 has brought out the best in a lot of people. At the same time, if you’re someone who preys on the weak, this global pandemic is a banquet. If you’re anything like us you’ve seen a huge increase in phishing and scam calls since all of this began in earnest. Interestingly, so have corporations. …

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