On Google I/O 2019

This week was the annual Google developers conference: Google I/O 2019. Here are a few quick thoughts and comments about Google's announcements. Lot's of stuff With AI / AR Google AI seems limitless but at the cost of your privacy. Very impressive but let’s be honest here, Google talking about privacy is smoking mirrors. This... Continue Reading →

Google is the Internet

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash My reading this past week-end ”Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us | News | The Guardian”. Some staggering facts. Google also handles billions of searches and YouTube plays daily, and has a billion active Gmail users, meaning it had access to most of the world’s... Continue Reading →

On Nest Secure Hidden Microphone

So you buy a new product, let's say a security system for your new house like this one: Nest Secure. Brand new technology, internet connected product. You feel good, you feel secure. Then, suddenly, you learn that your product had a hidden microphone that is enabled with a new software update, from Google, the parent... Continue Reading →

On Smartphones Security Updates

Take a moment to look at this detailed table of security update availability by platforms and brands. There are a few interesting take out here. First. no surprise, Apple is the leader in keeping their platform secure. Second, I see a few players that are no longer in business: Windows and Essentials. Surprisingly, Microsoft/Nokia was... Continue Reading →

Google’s Blogger is Next ?

A recent post on Red Sweater Blog about Google partially shutting down Blogger's API (the ones for uploading pictures) reminded me about the existence of Blogger as a platform for bloggers. This is a very disappointing development, but it sort of comes with the territory for an app such as MarsEdit that supports a variety... Continue Reading →

Sleeping With The Enemy

This article "I was wrong about Google and Facebook: there’s nothing wrong with them (so say we all)" from Aral Balkan shows that the fight for our privacy will be a very long one. It is just weird that, for example, Tim Cook stance on privacy protection on one hand and on the other hand,... Continue Reading →

On iPad Falling Behind in Schools

Very telling article from Fraser Speirs "On Switching from an iPad Pro and a Macbook to a Pixelbook": One other thing that hurts to say but I believe is true is this: ChromeOS is getting better faster than iOS on iPad. Apple seems now to be on a two-year cadence for meaningful iPad-related software updates... Continue Reading →

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