I never used OpenDoc, but I find the idea behind it interesting:

The core idea of OpenDoc is to create small, reusable components, responsible for a specific task, such as text editing, bitmap editing, or browsing an FTP server. OpenDoc provides a framework in which these components can run together, and a document format for storing the data created by each component. These documents can then be opened on other machines, where the OpenDoc frameworks substitute suitable components for each part, even if they are from different vendors.

Instead of recreating the same set of features within each app — forcing the user to learn different ways of doing the same thing —, the idea was to abstract the core functionality of each software to make it available across the OS.

I think iOS gets closer to that but it’s probably the internet, more than anything else, that which helped unbundling the data from the underlying software — turning the latter into a service.

Un documentario sulle persone dietro alle applicazioni, e la cura e dedizione che ci mettono. Qui c’è il trailer, mentre nel video in apertura Neven Mrgan di Panic parla di skeumorfismo.

Un documentario sul rapporto dell’uomo con tecnologia e natura. Di Tom Lowe, prodotto da Terrence Malick.

Il trailer di Everything, con narrazione di Alan Watts — Everything è un videogioco per PS4 senza un vero scopo, somiglia più a una simulazione che vi permette di assumere punti di vista diversi:

Playing Everything involves traveling through the Universe and seeing it from different points of view, it has elements of role playing games, sandbox & simulation. The systems connecting the game are designed to create moments of peace, beauty, sadness and joy — and allow the player to do whatever they want. Everything requires no player input — it will play automatically if left unattended.

(via @kottke)

Unicode ha approvato le emoji che faranno parte di Unicode 10, che dovrebbe arrivare verso metà anno.

Che orrore! Ma una cosa più down to earth ma realistica invece di un programma che letteralmente dice ‘gli sviluppatori sono le rockstar del momento’?

(Mi trova totalmente in disaccordo questa decisione di Apple di mettersi a produrre contenuti per Apple Music — in teoria, la trovo una distrazione, in pratica — visti i trailer dei primi risultati — direi che se ne faceva volentieri a meno. Sembra Sky.)

Qualcuno ha caricato su YouTube (partendo da un VHS) uno show del 1996 che insegna come accedere con il proprio computer a questo nuovo “internet” di cui si parla.

In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at the differences between The Internet and The World Wide Web, the differences between commercial OnLine Services such as the Microsoft Network, Prodigy, or America Online and the Internet, how to get connected to the Web, how to use something called a Web browser to navigate the Web, what a Web Page is, and how to search, locate, and download all types of files, from information files to video and audio files.

(via kottke)

Alcuni sviluppatori, fra i quali Marco Arment, leggono le recensioni da una stella lasciate alla loro app.

Uno dei camion che si guidano da soli di OTTO — un’azienda recentemente acquistata da Uber — ha completato il suo primo viaggio, di 120 miglia, in completa autonomia, per consegnare 50,000 birre.

Scrive Wired:

Unlike Tesla’s Autopilot, Otto’s system offers true ‘Level 4’ autonomy. Once the rig hits the interstate, it is entirely capable of the job at hand, letting the human deal with paperwork, thumb her phone, or even catch a few Z’s.

“The technology is ready to start doing these commercial pilots,” says Otto co-founder Lior Ron. “Over the next couple of years, we’ll continue to develop the tech, so it’s actually ready to encounter every condition on the road.”

Lo si rispedisce indietro mettendolo in una scatola speciale, che dovrebbe impedire allo smartphone di esplodere durante il trasporto.

La terza stagione di Black Mirror — una serie televisiva che esplora possibili scenari (distopici) a cui la tecnologia, dai social network alla realtà virtuale, potrebbe condurci — sta per arrivare: esce su Netflix il 21 Ottobre.

Y Combinator ha intervistato, per la sua serie How to Build the Future, Elon Musk.

Interviewer: What do you do when you’re at SpaceX and Tesla? What does your time look like there

Elon: Yes, it’s a good question. I think a lot of people think I must spend a lot of time with media or on businessy things. But actually almost all my time, like 80% of it, is spent on engineering and design. Engineering and design, so it’s developing next-generation product. That’s 80% of it. […]

I think a lot of people think I’m kind of a business person or something, which is fine. Business is fine. But really it’s like at SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is Chief Operating Officer. She manages legal, finance, sales, and general business activity. And then my time is almost entirely with the engineering team, working on improving the Falcon 9 and our Dragon spacecraft and developing the Mars Colonial architecture. At Tesla, it’s working on the Model 3 and, yeah, so I’m in the design studio, take up a half a day a week, dealing with aesthetics and look-and-feel things. And then most of the rest of the week is just going through engineering of the car itself as well as engineering of the factory. Because the biggest epiphany I’ve had this year is that what really matters is the machine that builds the machine, the factory. And that is at least two orders of magnitude harder than the vehicle itself.

Austin Evans confronta un iPhone 7 Plus (un clone basato sui rumors) a tutti gli altri iPhone.

(Via Melamorsicata)