Mobile Browser Choice Revisited

The choice between iOS and Android and their differences, no longer affects your browser choice as much as before. Browser choice has expanded and there are a number of cross-platform browser options!

via Mobile Browser Choice Revisited |


Falcon Heavy First Flight

On Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)–a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

via Falcon Heavy Test Launch | SpaceX

The end of watching TV as a family

It’s also a shift that follows the trend towards polarisation and the echo chambers of social media.
You watch a great deal of something you know you like. You never watch things with which you’re likely to disagree.
The feedback loops of online algorithms serve up even more of the same, dicing and slicing and targeting the audience into advertising-friendly chunks.
It’s almost the complete opposite of Lord Reith’s idea that public service broadcasting should be about giving people things they don’t yet know they will like.

via Watch without mother: The end of watching TV as a family – BBC News

Formula-E ‘Gen2’ Car Revealed

Formula-E ‘Gen2’ Car Revealed

Designed to be used for the next three seasons, the car will make its competitive debut in the 2018/19 season of the series. With almost double the energy storage capacity and double the range of the current car, the Gen2 will enable the teams and drivers to complete a full race at higher speeds, without making a mid-race car swap. With all that, the Gen2 car is clear proof of the advancements in battery and electric motor technology achieved in the space of only four years, which will eventually make its way into everyday electric road cars.

I’ve spoken about the Formula-E cars design before, particularly the distinctive top front wing. The top wing is gone but I like the split rear wing(winglets?). The corners of the car look a little more substantial to enable more wheel to wheel racing.

Looks like a futuristic electric sled. I love it!

via Introducing: the Gen2 Formula E car – Formula E

Robin Rendle › How to Read the Internet

RSS was the feed before the Feed™️. You could see all of your subscriptions of every website at a quick glance — and yet we have Twitter and Facebook and newsletters today, so who cares? We don’t need RSS any more, right?

Well, I believe that RSS was much more than just a fad. It made blogging possible for the first time because you could follow dozens of writers at the same time and attract a considerably large audience if you were the writer. There were no ads (except for the high-quality Daring Fireball kind), no one could slow down your feed with third party scripts, it had a good baseline of typographic standards and, most of all, it was quiet. There were no comments, no likes or retweets. Just the writer’s thoughts and you.

via Robin Rendle › How to Read the Internet

Interesting point about RSS demise making room for social media and the return of email newsletters. Theres some correlation in there somewhere.

I still use RSS but I miss those early days. Now I watch family and friends use social media as RSS readers, only with the element of chance thanks to the algorithm deciding what you should/shouldn’t see.