Gillmor Gang: Staff Infection

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, September 15, 2017. Topics: Bitcoin, Apple Watch 3, iPhone X, commodity cloud G3: Control Panel recorded Thursday, September 14, 2017 with Denise Howell, Elisa Camahort Page, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Topics: Equifax, Tesla, Apple Watch 3, Face ID. Read More

Interview: Apple’s Craig Federighi answers some burning questions about Face ID

 To get some answers, I hopped on the phone with Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. We went through a bunch of the common concerns in rapid fire fashion, and I’ve also been asking around and listening to Apple folks who have been using the feature over long periods. Hopefully we can clear up some of the FUD about it. Making Face ID On stage during the event… Read More

Upcoming versions of Google Chrome will let you permanently mute sites, block autoplaying videos

 One of the most annoying things about surfing today’s web – besides all those ads, of course – is landing on a site and getting blasted by a video that starts playing automatically. Not only does the experience surprise and annoy web users, it can also consume power and use data – which is concerning for mobile users, in particular. Now Google says it will do… Read More

Google is bringing video reviews to Google Maps

 We’re still very far away from real-time Google Street View or satellite imagery on Google Maps, but Google is, for the first time, introducing video in parts of its mapping service. Users who are part of the company’s Local Guides program can now shoot 10-second videos right from the Google Maps app (or upload 30-second clips from their camera roll). While the company quietly… Read More

YouTube’s app is dominating mobile video by monthly users, time spent

 Americans spent nearly a billion hours watching YouTube videos on Android this past July, according to new data released today by App Annie. That’s the largest amount of time spent in any one streaming video app in a month. The figure is yet another data point showcasing the shift in the way people are consuming video content – less in the living room, over traditional pay TV… Read More

Comcast’s X1 cable boxes now serve up YouTube videos alongside traditional TV

 Comcast’s cable boxes are getting YouTube. The cable TV company and Google today announced the addition of a YouTube app across Comcast’s Xfinity X1 service nationwide, which will allow customers to watch YouTube content alongside traditional TV programming. YouTube videos will also be featured in Xfinity on Demand, and will be accessible via the X1 voice remote. The ability to… Read More

Xiaomi unveils second bezel-less Mi Mix smartphone and new Mi Note phablet

 It’s the day before iPhone launch and Xiaomi is back at it again with the unveiling of the follow-up to last year’s highly-acclaimed and near-bezel-less Mi Mix smartphone. The Mi Mix 2 keeps the previous design aesthetic — developed by a team led by designer Philippe Starck — but with a slightly smaller six-inch display and improved 18:9 screen resolution. The bezel… Read More