In Pockets Top 1% Of 2017

Quite surprised to be in the 1% top Pocket (formerly Read It Later) users in 2017. I love Pocket and knew I read a lot via the service (my review of Read It Later from 2010),  but I did not expect this. Apparently I read ~1.5M words (equivalent to 32 books). Here was me thinking I should read more!

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Amazon Vs. Google

Amazon has just responded to Google’s decision to remove YouTube from all Fire TV products and the Echo Show. “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website,” a spokesperson told The Verge by email. “We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible.” YouTube is being pulled from the Show effective immediately, and Fire TV owners will lose out on the popular, essential video streaming app on January 1st.

Google says it’s taking this extreme step because of Amazon’s recent delisting of new Nest products (like Nest Secure and the E Thermostat) and the company’s long-running refusal to sell Chromecast or support Google Cast in any capacity.

But regardless of the public stance each company takes over the next few days, it’s their mutual customers who are unfairly getting jerked around. YouTube is a cornerstone of any living room streaming device, and for Google to suddenly decide to strip it from millions of existing Fire TV owners — assuming no agreement is reached by January 1st — is shameful. YouTube is video on the internet. Period. It’s also home to beloved creators, and Google’s decision will soon rob them of viewers.

Putting aside who started it. Its odd that I feel Amazon should be able to decide to stock or not stock products, even if in this case, its to push their own products with no competition.

Conversely I feel like Google/YouTube shouldn’t be able to decide that of a website. Its displaying the web, YouTube is online to devices that can connect to web. Withdrawing the FireTV app, OK, fine. Shutting off a specific device which is now just displaying the YouTube site in a browser webview is just moving the goalposts.

It’s a foretelling scenario of the breakdown of net neutrality. These nonsensical battles will play out with people in the middle, over money.

via Google and Amazon are punishing their own customers in a bitter feud – The Verge

Daily Prompt: Snippet

I have written about my experience sharing code snippets on CodePen in my post, ‘Show Your Working’.

Some simple button concepts resulted in being added into a very popular collection where many people will see them looking for inspiration.

That experimentation, lead to creative work to show, which lead to exposure, which lead to this post, which will lead to more connections and content. All from tinkering around around with a couple of alternative button styles that in the past would be consigned to folders on my hard drive, where even I may never have looked at them again.

A snippet is such a small thing but can help validate an idea, work a problem, gather feedback and perhaps inspire others. You just need to put them out there, set them free and see what happens. As I am right now.

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Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum

It’s fast. Really fast. Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen from our advanced research group, and graced with a beautiful new look designed to get out of the way and let you do what you do best: surf a ton of pages, open a zillion tabs, all guilt free because Firefox Quantum uses less memory than the competition. Your computer will thank you.

via Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum – The Mozilla Blog

Make your content easy to consume the way you intended, otherwise your readers may find another way. So make sure it loads first, and fast, in the way you want it presented.

Lets not settle for a homogenous, text-only tier of the web. Web design is your sites individuality and your control of your brand, so make sure it puts your content first.

We’ve never had more tools available to detect, deliver and present the best experience to users. I hope we can keep them from hitting the reading view permanently.

via Read Only Web from paulfosterdesign.co.uk