This week we start with Mary Meeker of KPCB’s annual Internet Trends report for 2018. We take a long look at mobile news with Apple, phone usage, tendinosis, privacy, GDPR, and Facebook. Loads of threads are aligning up. We also take a break from the heavy reports and consider Button Design, Air Conditioners, and Fake Wine.
Have a great week!
1. Internet Trends 2018
Mary Meeker of KPCB reveals her annual internet trends report for 2018
2. Apple Is Set To Unveil AR Upgrade, Software To Manage iPhone Use
“In recent months, Apple Inc. has been criticized for the addictive nature of its devices. Next week, the company plans to unveil software to help cure people of their iPhone habit.”
3. Me And My Numb Thumb: A Tale Of Tech, Texts And Tendons
“It took me a few months to accept that I had given myself tendinosis in my phone thumb. It is a depressingly modern condition in which the tendons around the thumb inflame as a result of repetitive strain — in my case because I had, for hours a day over years of a life, tapped that right-hand digit onto the glass of my smartphone.”
4. Is A Dumber Phone A Better Phone?
“If all goes according to plan, in April of next year, thousands of people will receive a package containing a device called the Light Phone 2. The project was funded on Indiegogo, and many Light Phone customers will have been waiting for an entire year by then. It’s the second iteration of the device, but by modern standards, the phone will be primitive, with a colorless screen and none of the familiar apps. This lack of functionality is spun as a benefit; the Light Phone is marketed as “a phone that actually respects you.” It’s a manifestly absurd series of words, but I suspect more than a few of us understand perfectly what it’s supposed to mean.”
5. The Next Privacy Battle In Europe Is Over This New Law
“It is called the ePrivacy Regulation, and it specifically protects the confidentiality of electronic communications. The law was approved by the European Parliament last fall and is under review by the Council of the European Union, a group of government officials representing the 28 member countries. Bloc officials had originally intended for the law to go into effect this month, but Council negotiations have been slowed by internal disagreements.”
6. Germany Acts To Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History Of Hate
“A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world’s biggest social network.”
7. Buying GitHub Would Take Microsoft Back To Its Roots
“For Microsoft Corp., acquiring GitHub Inc. would be both a return to the company’s earliest roots and a sharp turnaround from where it was a decade ago. The software maker has agreed to acquire GitHub, the code-repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter.”
8. 7 Basic Rules for Button Design
“Buttons are an essential element of interaction design. They have a primary role in the conversation between a user and the system. In this article, I’ll review seven basic principles you need to know to create effective buttons.”
9. The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm The World
“The number of air-conditioners worldwide is predicted to soar from 1.6 billion units today to 5.6 billion units by midcentury, according to a report issued Tuesday by the International Energy Agency. If left unchecked, by 2050 air-conditioners would use as much electricity as China does for all activities today.”
10. Your Next Glass Of Wine Might Be A Fake — And You’ll Love It
“Replica Wine makes cheaper copies of your favorite wine at a discount by analyzing its chemistry. Often, even professional critics can’t tell the difference. Is this heresy or just good business?”