Back in December we began wondering about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for Net Neutrality. Well, after the inauguration it took just a couple of days for the rubber to begin accosting the proverbial road. Last week President Trump announced the appointment of Ajit Pai as our new Federal Communications Commission Chairman, and he nestles in snugly with the anti-regulation/roll-it-back swagger of the new administration. Also, as a currently seated Republican FCC commissioner, he does not even need Senate approval to ascend to the Chairman’s role. (BUT: Due to the time left in his current commissioner term, Pai will have to be renominated and reconfirmed sometime this year.)
We had an authentic geek-out moment at the office this morning thanks to the Google Translate app (for iOS or Android). We watched a phone translate written Japanese into English… through it’s camera view via augmented reality! It’s kind of crazy and a little creepy, but mostly just plain awesome.
This past Friday, when most of the world was watching (or actively not-watching) the events in Washington, D.C., the formerly shuttered, Snowden-affiliated webmail service Lavabit announced it was re-launching with a new generation of email privacy and security.
If you’re unfamiliar with the history, here’s the gist: Lavabit formed in 2004, in part because of privacy concerns around email. They launched as an email service with significant protection and encryption capabilities and served a relatively small group of folk for almost a decade.
During CES 2017, LiquidSky officially announced their service which will bring PC Gaming to any device. LiquidSky’s SkyComputer delivers the power of an ultra gaming PC with the convenience of console and mobile gaming to any device. Gamers across the world can connect to any of LiquidSky’s 13 data centers and play any game at ultra quality settings on a Mac, Android, Linux, or Windows device.
I was always a bit skeptical of the whole Cloud IDE thing, that was until recently when I gave Cloud9 a shot. I must admit, I was surprised when I read the Engineering Orientation wiki page for one of our clients, Vroom.com, as it suggested I create a Cloud9 IDE account as part of my project setup. What??
I figured I’d give it a try…
I’m exaggerating here, but not much apparently, because Pokémon Go, based on a little-known video game series (kidding), was the most downloaded iPhone app worldwide in 2016.
Despite early days of frequent crashes and server outages, not to mention the whole tracking feature disaster, the game was a monster (pun intended) hit from day 1. Remember the Vaporeon stampede?
I started buying records 40 years ago. (It hurt to type that.) I am an unrepentant music fan and so have bought (and re-bought) music over the decades as the music industry has come up with new formats that promised “ease of use” and improved sound: High fidelity vinyl! Compact Discs! SACD! etc. I still have a massive library of LPs and CDs though my cassette collection drops out and mopes in boxes in my basement. It’s only in the past year that I finally broke down and got a Spotify subscription; it’s what all “the kids” are doing and my kids wanted it too.
Some details emerged today about Amazon’s “floating warehouses” and drone delivery ideas, which were originally patented back in 2015. Crazy interesting stuff. Jeff Bezoz and Amazon are certainly not shy about pushing the envelope.