Browser Makers Collaborate On Web Docs

Today, Mozilla is announcing a plan that grows collaboration with Microsoft, Google, and other industry leaders on MDN Web Docs. The goal is to consolidate information about web development for multiple browsers – not just Firefox. To support this collaboration, we’re forming a Product Advisory Board that will formalize existing relationships and guide our progress in the years to come.

Why are we doing this? To make web development just a little easier.

Really pleased that there will be one definitive set of documentation and browser compatibility charts. It was a waste of effort that can be put towards improving the respective browsers instead.

via Mozilla brings Microsoft, Google, the W3C, Samsung together to create cross-browser documentation on MDN – The Mozilla Blog

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Driverless bus ‘pod’ tests come to Cambridge Busway

Tests have started on a new driverless bus system which could pave the way for an evening public transport service.
The RDM Group is using self-driving pods along the guided busway in Cambridge to test the feasibility of running 10-seater shuttles along the route.
If successful, the buses will run between Trumpington Park and Ride and Cambridge Station after 20:00.

Perfect route for them, hopefully the test are a success.

via Driverless bus ‘pod’ tests under way in Cambridge – BBC News

Windows Phone was a glorious failure

But the overall failure of Windows Phone masks a series of smaller successes and advances, which Microsoft and its hardware partners have never received enough credit for. At its outset in 2010, Windows Phone was the boldest and most original reimagining of what a smartphone can be after Apple’s iPhone introduction three years prior. Unlike Android, Windows Phone was not a re-creation of the iOS icon grid; also unlike Android, Windows Phone ran fast and fluid on very basic hardware.

via Windows Phone was a glorious failure – The Verge

This pretty much sums up why I, even after abandoning Windows, bought a plucky Nokia Lumia 520 and loved it.

Google Clips Camera

You can’t talk about Google Clips without your very next breath being about the elephant in the room: is it creepy? I think the answer is no, for a few reasons. The first is that, as a physical object, it’s basically adorable, and it signals that it is a camera so clearly. When it’s on, there’s a blinking white LED that indicates to you that it might be taking photos.

Payne says that’s intentional. “It looks like a camera. It’s pretty obvious. It’s designed to be playful and approachable in its design. It was never a goal of ours to make something that blends in.”

I believe the privacy guards built in to the Clips camera, but the intention is for you, to surrender the data.

As with Google and Android, encouraging web use equals more ad money and data. Clips does the same with photography. Google wants you taking pictures, lots of them, then storing them in your unlimited storage on Google Photos. This creates lock-in to their services.

Clips also encourages you to make more pictures, more often, more naturally, less posed. With the AI in Photos, Google can profile what day-to-day life is like for you. What your home is like, products it sees in your photos, activities you do etc.

Via The Google Clips camera puts AI behind the lens – The Verge

Encouraging More Battery Recycling

Major high street retailers have joined forces to encourage people to recycle their used household batteries as a new poll revealed that more than half of respondents admitted they throw them in the bin.

Asda, B&Q, Currys PC World, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons are all backing the drive to make it easier for consumers to recycle dead batteries and avoid millions ending up in landfill every year and wreaking environmental havoc.

via Campaign urges people to recycle dead batteries | Environment | The Guardian

Minimum Viable Product

As someone who can both professionally procrastinate and sweats the details with my  work, I have tried really hard in recent years to approach new projects with the goal of launching with a Minimum Viable Product. Launching with just the essentials needed to present an idea and the functionality to perform the task.

With a project you aren’t sure you want to invest so much time in or have doubts about its viability, extra polish and refining is wasted effort. So get the basic functionality there and just launch.

Response to Daily Prompt: Launch