The Web Doesn’t Get Preferential Treatment (Part 1)

Note upfront: Due to an ever-increasing length this piece has been split into multiple parts, with subsequent installments to be released in the days ahead. This is Part 1. Several weeks ago Facebook released Instant Articles, a (so far) iPhone-only specialized renderer built with native Objective C and Cocoa frameworks that takes published HTML content and displays it in a reading-optimized format, with great multimedia and UX fidelity. And above all, titularly, no loading times for the content. Instant Articles exists because Facebook measured that external articles (loaded from within the Facebook app) take between 8 and 10 seconds to …

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Apple Watch Further Democratizes Consumer Electronics

A thought occurred to me as the rumors are starting to float around about Apple’s initial shipment order of over 5 million Watches, and the alleged split between the Sport, Watch, and Edition models: it doesn’t matter how much you could possibly fork over for an Apple Watch Edition with 18-karat gold casing, you’ll still have essentially and technologically the same actual Watch that someone getting a Sport edition has. With Macs or PCs, more money can get you a decidedly more powerful computer. With the iPod, Apple entered (and subsequently shaped for the next decade) a consumer electronics space that …

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