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"Was ditching the headphone jack a good idea?" (soundguys.com/was-ditching-the)

I wonder why do we keep coming to the same debate again and again. That battle is lost -- trend is set. And there have been some positives (theverge.com/2018/8/31/1780372). Why can't be accept them and live with that?

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So, Microsoft is now deliberately interrupting installations of Firefox and Chrome in their current Insider release of Windows 10 by prompting them to use their own Edge browser instead. Just one of the many reasons why I WILL NOT upgrade to Windows 10 AT ALL. :ubuntu:

So, iPhone SE is dead then for Apple? Why do these companies keep hating us people who want smaller phones? And they do not ship their “low cost” iPhones till October, only shipping $999 ones in September? Wish there are some answers to these in few hours.

The fact that Chrome is the only one among the top browsers that does not have a native reader mode tells you about Google's priorities (others being Safari, Firefox which do). Chrome will never do what's best for its users because it will not be good for their business. Chrome keeps giving me so many reason to not like it -- and still am forced to use it because it is becoming the lone browser supported by all web application. And I hate this trend.

I'm seriously intrigued by Pinboard, the feature set looks promising. And it's another of those well-supported services run by a single person. I am coming across too many of these recently. However, every time I am left unconvinced that I need a paid option just for bookmarking.

But I also look at the mess that I have in my browser bookmarks tab -- nothing in there is useful. I don't even remember why I had added few things that are there.

Aha. Twitter tells me I am part of the “selected group of users” for a survey regarding their services. So, how are we supposed to “celebrate” such an honour, again? 🙃

So, there is another leak of Pixel 3 XL now that clearly shows the device? I think at this point Google shouldn’t even wait for an event to release this device. Just call the selected folks for exclusives and start selling them — exclusives will also be better marketing wise.

So the next Windows major update is going to be called “Windows 10 October 2018 Update”? May be declaring Windows 10 to be last version of Windows to be released wasn't a great decision after all. Why not just start naming them after some thing - other than deserts and places?

I believe "all data is anonymised" has to be the biggest lie all these data hoarding and advertising companies tell its customers. With the amount of data they have, they can build an extremely accurate profile of any user, doesn't matter if individual data point is anonymised.

It’s difficult to get into the habit of using CW - I might have posted a toot which should have been behind CW. Apologies if it affected someone’s temper in the wrong way 🙏🏽

There was a reason I stopped reading news throughout the day, I just didn’t want a constant stream of negativity clouding my mind. I would just visit the tech portals occasionally. Now stream of political sewage is spreading there too - if nothing else, I’d hate Trump for that.

One thing that Google's scattered focus - multiple start-ups inside, than a cohesive company with multiple products - and culture allows is to steal mindshare from the tech news portal. Just access any and there is always some Google news being discussed. Win-win for both.

So Amazon Echo devices are losing market share to Google Home now? All these smarthome devices look to be placeholders for now. Things they do are trivial, they need lot of tricky tweaking to make them helpful.

Post initial few days of newness, they just become music players with voice. They aren’t smart — they just can answer to voices. That all they are.

Why do Linode services and offerings look so .. dated? As if people behind just didn't look around, look what the competition was offering, especially Digital Ocean. DO has really upped the game in hosted VPS with one-click apps and far better integrations.

Every time there’s a story around ads, I grumble knowing that so much talent is wasted on such trivial a thing as advertising — our AI overloads must be happy us humans are busy fighting away our intelligence.

The biggest struggle for me while using Mastodon is the fact that it does not recognise Markdown. Like Twitter, statuses are plain text with no understanding of html - no formatting, no hyperlinking. I've been "ruined" by Markdown - if an editor doesn't support it, it's broken.

Apparently, 23andMe had an API that "developers of health apps, weight loss services and quantified self tests" could use to build "services" over anonymized data sets of user's DNA. They no longer do. But seriously, did no one see what all could go wrong here? Facebook.. uhmm?

Aha, I had no idea Jason Mraz has a new album out - Know. Time to put him crooning in the background, stringing his guitar, get some positive vibes. 🎶

It’s been some time now that I have listened to a track that’s so fun and so meaningful at the same time as O’ Meri Laila. The whole album is an experience in its own way — very different, but appealing at the same time. A must listen 🎶 itunes.apple.com/in/album/o-me

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It’s not data ethics, it’s ethics.

It’s not data privacy, it’s privacy.

It’s not digital rights, it’s human rights in the digital/networked age.

Let’s make sure we keep the focus on what’s important and not allow well-understood terms, concepts, and existing rights to be redefined by those with vested interests in clouding* the conversation and eroding our human rights by backdooring in a new set of lesser rights for the digital/networked aspects of our selves.

* See what I did there? 😛