A peer-reviewed paper on the methodology and impact of mobile advertisements, including potential remedies. The amount of data being vacuumed up by advertising, not just in webpages, but in ad libraries embedded in apps, is astounding. “Indeed, there is evidence that ad data is being linked to other databases on individuals. Not only did our investigation find evidence that ads were being targeted based on … Continue reading I see you, you see me: Mobile advertisements and privacy
There has been a steady regression in functionality and usability in Google Maps. “Given these trends, it’s likely that Google Maps was optimized for mobile—and this explains some of the changes we observed earlier. Unfortunately, these “optimizations” only served to exacerbate the longstanding imbalances already in the maps. As is often the case with cartography: less isn’t more. Less is just less.” Read More Continue reading What Happened to Google Maps?
On the sometimes devious UI design cues that subtly but powerfully affect our decision making. Our choices are not as free as you might think. “Are you upset that technology hijacks your agency? I am too. I’ve listed a few techniques but there are literally thousands. Imagine whole bookshelves, seminars, workshops and trainings that teach aspiring tech entrepreneurs techniques like these. Imagine hundreds of engineers … Continue reading How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist
Great read on the technology and cabling that makes the internet work around the world, including pictures from a visit to a landing site. “So, there we have it: the next time you click on a YouTube video, you’ll know exactly how it gets from a server in the cloud to your computer. It might seem absolutely effortless—and it usually is on your part—but now … Continue reading How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables
Deleted online isn’t really deleted. It’s more like ‘deleted from view’. Unless you are the sole holder of the content on your devices, and you securely erase with multiple passes or the destruction of hardware, it’s better to assume that it will become public searchable data one day. “Nowadays it’s a bit more different. Now imagine if there would be also a field just like … Continue reading This is how your data lives forever. Even if deleted.
Around 20% of the retail price. Great article with detailed numbers, retailers don’t make as much as you might think. “Brands will incur costs otherwise absent in the wholesale business model; spends like leasing+manpower+operational costs, store set-up and periodic re-modelling cost, the entire risk of inventory, and costs associated with warehousing and distribution. That’s only at the store level, there will be additional off-site resources … Continue reading What does it cost to make a running shoe?
Mobile webapps are usually terrible. There are many reasons why mobile websites are given low priority by companies – the main one being they want you to download their app. Apps are more likely to be used often, have access to far more device sensors/location than webpages, allowing for greater demographic targeting. Nowadays, there are two main platforms to cover 90%+ of the population, so … Continue reading Our best practices are killing mobile web performance