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A blog and links to articles that look at product and marketing trends and ideas in the technology and media spaces. And other random stuff that I think about.

In China, Microwave-Sized Robots Take Over Waiters At Restaurant

NDTV.com--The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, "Enjoy your meal."
August 05, 2018 Go to NDTV.com

10 ways to extend your Android phone battery life | ZDNet

ZDNet--With a few simple tricks, which are already in your Android smartphone, you can get hours more life from your device.
July 29, 2018 Go to ZDNet

Record-breaking solid state memory stores data at 100 times the density of Blu-ray

newatlas--A new technique can store bits as single hydrogen atoms, reaching a data density a thousand times greater than commercially available magnetic and solid-state drives.
July 28, 2018 Go to newatlas

5 ways to protect your privacy while using Amazon products and services

USA TODAY--The items we buy say a lot about our lifestyles, our finances, and our domestic lives. If you have an Amazon account, the amount of data that the retail giant collects is astonishing. Here are five ways to make that information more private.
July 27, 2018 Go to USA TODAY

Your phone is not secretly spying on your conversations. It doesn't need to.

Recode--Northeastern University researchers Dave Choffnes and Christo Wilson (mostly) debunk the internet’s favorite conspiracy theory on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.
July 23, 2018 Go to Recode

Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers

Quartz--Hackers apply stolen data in a flood of login attempts, called 'credential stuffing.' They target bank accounts, airline miles, and even online grocery sites.
July 21, 2018 Go to Quartz

A customer complaint about Google Cloud went viral last week, and now Google is doing damage control to 'ensure this does not happen again' h/t @mitchwagner

INSIDER--Google Cloud will examine the way its systems respond when they detect fraudulent activity. In one recent case, Google threatened to shut down the internet services of an energy-monitoring system.
July 08, 2018 Go to INSIDER

Civic Tech in a Time of Technopessimism

The Atlantic--"Code for America" provides an example of how tech could change its ways
June 26, 2018 Go to The Atlantic

13 Useful New Features Hidden in the iOS 12 Beta

Field Guide--You may have heard that there’s a new version of iOS on the way, bringing with it Group FaceTime and a bunch of other cool stuff. Each iOS update ushers in more new features than Apple can cover in a keynote though, so we took a dive into the first iOS 12 developer preview to see what else is coming down the line.
June 05, 2018 Go to Field Guide

How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation

The Nation--The disinformation campaign—and massive radiation increase—behind the 5G rollout.
June 04, 2018 Go to The Nation