Skip to main content

Elon Out: Morning Tech Report for June 2, 2017

Elon Stands His Ground

The big national news of the day is President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. All the big tech companies denounced the move,  and Tesla's Elon Musk quit two Trump advisory councils in protest.

Elon Musk leaving Trump advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal

Elon Musk is making good on his promise to leave President Trump's White House advisory councils, he said today on Twitter. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO had promised Wednesday he would step down from his official advisory roles with the administration should Trump go through with his plan to leave the Paris Climate Accord.

Pick a Card

Engadget looks at Intel's bet on smart devices.

Intel's Compute Card could transform the world of smart devices

I got my first glimpse at the Compute Card in action at Computex today, and while the demos are still pretty rough, they were certainly intriguing. There's a definite need for a modular computing platform like this, after all.

An Ad Company Blocking Ads

Google will be adding ad filtering to its Chrome browser.

Google says Chrome will include a built-in ad blocker beginning in early 2018

In a blog post today, Google announced that it will start including an "ad filter" in Chrome early next year as it looks to build "a better web for everyone." Google's plans for such a feature were first reported earlier this year and the official announcement today is a way for the company to give publishers time to improve ad quailty...

OnePlus 5

Release date is set.

New OnePlus 5 Poster Leaks, Reaffirms June 15 Launch Date |

The OnePlus 5's launch is right around the corner, and a new leak basically reaffirms that the phone will arrive on June 15.

Don't You Forget About Me

Alexa gets reminders.

Amazon's Alexa can now create reminders

AI-powered intelligent assistant Alexa is now able to create reminders, Amazon announced today. Now anyone with an Alexa-enabled device can say "Alexa, remind me to stay woke in 10 minutes" or "Alexa, remind me to tell my dad I love him on June 10."

Popular posts from this blog

The Spectre of a Meltdown: Morning Tech Report for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Because I have, for now, some extra time on my hands, I've decided to resurrect one of my favorite projects: Morning Tech Report. Here we go:
Pretty Much Every Modern Computer and Phone is Vulnerable to New Attack Vector  One story dominated the tech news cycle yesterday: Researchers revealed two new threats that affect nearly every modern computing device. The New York Times provides a great overview, while Ars Technica breaks down the methodology. Google is credited with discovering the vulnerability. Spotify, Google, Tesla In other headlines: Spotify is quietly headed to an IPOGender pay inequality still haunts GoogleTesla starts to ramp up productionGoogle looks to sell Zagat
For tech news throughout the day, follow me on Twitter.

Window's Vista Revisited, Marissa Mayer's Yahoo Legacy: Morning Tech Report for June 4, 2017

Deep Dive Sunday
Two great stories for Deep Dive Sunday. Deconstructing the Failure of Windows Vista from the Inside Hackernoon's Terry Crowley dissects the broad dysfunction of the Window's Vista release cycle from his vantage point of a member of the Office Team at the time.
I apologize for the length. The TL;DR; version is: Microsoft badly misjudged the underlying trends in computer hardware, in particular the right turn that occurred in 2003 to the trend of rapid improvements in single-threaded processor speed and matching improvements in other core elements of the PC. Vista was planned for and built for hardware that did not exist. This was bad for desktops, worse for laptops and disastrous for mobile. The bet on C# and managed code was poorly motivated and poorly executed. This failure in particular can be laid directly on Bill Gates and his fruitless Holy Grail effort to create a universal storage and universal canvas applications infrastructure. This had especially lo…