YouTube Suggested Conspiracy Videos to Children Using Its Kids App

James Cook, writing for Business Insider:
YouTube’s app specifically for children is meant to filter out adult content and provide a “world of learning and fun,” but Business Insider found that YouTube Kids featured many conspiracy theory videos which make claims that the world is flat, that the moon landing was faked, and that the planet is ruled by reptile-human hybrids.

‘Android Wear’ Is Now ‘Wear OS’

Dennis Troper, product director for Android Wear Wear OS:
As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. So as the watch industry gears up for another Baselworld next week, we’re announcing a new name that better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all — the people who wear our watches. We’re now Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone.
Two quick thoughts:
  • If they really think anyone is going to call this “Wear OS by Google” and not just “Wear OS”, they’re nuts. But I get it — legally, device makers licensing the OS will have to use the full name, thus putting Google’s name on the box.
  • This is another sign of Google moving away from promoting “Android”. Back in January, when Google renamed “Android Pay” Continue reading "‘Android Wear’ Is Now ‘Wear OS’"

Avie Tevanian Was on Theranos’s Board of Directors

From MarketWatch’s bio of Avie Tevanian:
Dr. Avie Tevanian, Jr. PhD, is a Managing Director at Elevation Partners. Prior to joining Elevation Partners in January 2010, Dr. Tevanian was previously employed as Chief Software Technology Officer & SVP by Apple, Inc. He also served on the board at Theranos, Inc and Tellme Networks, Inc.

Overcast’s New Smart Resume Feature

Marco Arment, on Overcast 4.1:
Smart Resume is actually two features:
  • It jumps back by up to a few seconds after having been paused to help remind you of the conversation.

  • It slightly adjusts resumes and seeks to fall in the silences between spoken words when reasonably possible.

Both are subtle but noticeable benefits (my favorite kind), especially when you’re being interrupted a lot, such as while following turn-by-turn navigation directions.

My favorite type of feature is one that makes you think, “Why did no one think of this years ago?” This is that sort of feature.

Apple Watch Adoption

David Smith, after looking at the analytics from his popular app Pedometer++:
So far the data is looking promising that this dream of mine might actually be possible. The Series 3 is being adopted incredibly quickly and just last week became the most popular Apple Watch overall amongst my users with 33% of the overall user-base. The Series 0 is steadily falling, currently at around 24%.
Two other interesting tidbits:
  • The 42mm : 38m split I’ve seen is around 60/40.
  • The LTE : Non-LTE split for Series 3 has been around 50/50 (slightly higher when first released but 50/50 since Christmas).