Apple Is Losing Its Famed Design Chief
Jony Ive, the Apple design chief behind the iconic design of products like the iPhone and iMac, announced last week he is departing after decades at the company. Ive plans to leave at the end of the year to start his own design firm, BuzzFeed reports; Apple will be the firm’s first client. The exit of the famed designer marks the most significant change to Apple’s leadership since the death of its founder and CEO Steve Jobs in 2011. Fast Company wonders if Ive had "checked out" years ago. TechCrunch says whatever happens next at Apple, “it won’t be boring.”
The Glitch Felt ’Round the World
An internal problem at global internet services provider Cloudflare this week brought some parts of the internet to a crawl, ZDNet reports. For about an hour Tuesday, websites around the globe went down with 502 error messages. Cloudflare operates a widely used content delivery network that protects website owners from peak loads, comment spam attacks, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
A Unicorn That Lost Its Way
Founded in 2004, Evernote was among the first companies to ride the wave of smartphone adoption, and many expected it would achieve a triumphant initial public offering. Instead, in a season of multibillion-dollar IPOs for Slack, Pinterest, Zoom, Uber, Lyft and others, Evernote is nowhere close, the New York Times reports.
Here Comes the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Just as they transformed consumer goods, smart, cheap, sensor-laden devices paired with powerful analytics and algorithms also have been changing the industrial world over the past decade, Ars Technica reports. The Internet of Things has arrived on the factory floor “with all the force of a giant electronic Kool-Aid Man exploding through a cinderblock wall.”
Loneliness Did Not Start with Technology
A number of researchers believe we are in the midst of a “loneliness epidemic,” and many blame it on social media, Slate reports. But in "Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings About Technology, From the Telegraph to Twitter," Luke Fernandez and Susan J. Matt argue that "18th- and 19th-century Americans often felt lonely, but they were less worried about the feeling. They had more modest expectations about the number of friendships they should have and considered loneliness an inescapable part of the human condition."
User Experience Mistakes to Avoid
UX designers must take into consideration the user’s needs and wants and build a carefully crafted experience to satisfy the end-users. There are quite a few pitfalls when designing UX, writes Ana Rios of Lattice Product Development on Medium. She offers a list of the most common mistakes to avoid with UX.
What the Guts of an iPhone Reveal
Crack open an iPhone and you’ll begin to see why President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China doesn’t make sense. That’s the view of Syracuse University professor Jason Dedrick and two co-authors in a piece on The Conversation. Their research on the breakdown of an iPhone’s costs—where all its components and labor come from and who actually benefits—shows that "China gets less value from its iPhone exports than you might think."
Making Money with Content Marketing
Today, thousands of solutions promise to help marketers track all kinds of data in sleek dashboards. But when it comes to the true ROI of their content, most marketers are still left scratching their heads. Contently examines how content marketing actually helps the bottom line.
Microsoft’s Fix for Sexist PowerPoints: AI
Since 2015, a small AI feature inside PowerPoint has analyzed images and words to automatically suggest a handful of visually pleasing layouts. To date, users have chosen over a billion of these AI-generated slides to be used in presentations. Now, Fast Company reports, Microsoft is thinking about how AI can continue to make PowerPoint better: to not just make our PowerPoints sleeker, but to make them more inclusive, too.
An 18-wheeler merged onto a busy Florida Turnpike last month, smoothly changing lanes and reaching 55 mph before eventually exiting the highway nearly 10 miles later—all with no one in its cab. Owned by a start-up called Starsky Robotics, the vehicle is the latest example of self-driving trucks being tested on public roadways, the Washington Post reports. But unlike the others, Starsky Robotics’s trucks aren’t fully autonomous—they use a hybrid driving system in which computers make some driving decisions, but a remote human operator makes others.