Mobile & Wireless

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Merkle Tree
As she approached the entrance to the club, she gave the frame of her new prescription AR glasses a gentle squeeze. When she got to the door, it appeared to turn green, indicating recognition that she was over 21 years of age. Then, a message appeared along with a friendly voice asking for the 5 ADA cover charge. She shook her head yes. A moment later, the door opened, which indicated that the transaction had cleared. And so begins a story about life in a trustless, decentralized world − a tale from under the Merkle tree. Continue Reading →
Sometime next week, Apple will release iOS 14.5, which will require users to give explicit permission for apps to track them. This has had Facebook's knickers in a knot since the feature was announced, and they've been quite vocal about it. Continue Reading →
Parler, an app that calls itself an unbiased social network, will be allowed back in the Apple App Store after it updates its content moderation practices to comply with Apple's terms of service. Mark Meckler, Parler's interim CEO, said Parler has made these changes. Continue Reading →

The Creator Class & NFTs

NFT by Emma Zinberg
From a financial perspective, the pandemic has hit the creator class hard. With the usual venues for live performances and exhibitions closed, artists, musicians, singers, actors, and creators of every description have been forced to fend for themselves. But something very new, and kind of amazing, has happened over the past year. The result may be the emergence of a first-time-ever, self-sufficient, profitable creator class. Continue Reading →
What's in a bubble: loyalty or lock-in? That's the question Epic Games is asking in a recent court filing. Epic is arguing that because Apple won't make iMessage available on Android, they are guilty of forcing parents to buy iPhones for their kids instead of Android phones. Continue Reading →

LG Smartphones RIP

What can I say about a well-engineered smartphone line that was doomed to irrelevance because the parent company never understood how to differentiate its products (other than price)? Ever hear anyone say, "I can't wait for the new LG smartphone to come out!" No? I haven't either. Continue Reading →

Data is like pizza?

Data is a lot like pizza, or at least that's what Wide Open West (an ISP with about 800,000 customers) would like you to believe. The company sent an email to its internet users telling them that it was instituting data caps on June 1 because they want everyone to get the amount of pizza they ordered. If this sounds weird or confusing or condescending, I'm not doing it justice. It's way worse than that. Continue Reading →

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