Monthly Archives: September 2014

Taking a clear stance on digital privacy…

A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.

Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.

– Tim Cook (View the whole text: Apple – Privacy.)

 

Only a company that make that much money selling hardware could take this stands: Google, Amazon, Facebook and the others simply cannot afford such commitment… and it is not their business model. You are their business model, you are their product!

asapScience explains the 5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain

Recently discovered asapScience youtube channel and this highly interesting short video (around 3 minutes) about the 5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain. Very interesting… and maybe a bit scary 😉

 

 

TED Talk – Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover !

“Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them”:

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover | Talk Video | TED.com.

 

Can’t agree more, and it is not only math but in all fields. This is a major issue once at graduate level where you need find by yourself the interesting problems, you get to ask the tough questions and, as a bonus,  you need to solve them yourself.

5 years and still going!

While the frenzy is going on today for the iPhone 6, our venerable 3GS is still functioning perfectly after its 5th “birthday”! A small break on the screen but iOS6 still look good and still allow for the key functions (web, social networks, email, iMessage/SMS, contact, calendar and, of course, phone). Perfect secondary cellphone for our house.

 

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Latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technology from Gartner

Forbes ran an interesting piece on expectations of technologies from the newest to the “obsolete” ones (in term of expectation that is!): It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology. The data came from a report made by  Gartner in August 2014.

 

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