According to Google’s Sergey Brin, smartphones are emasculating.
But, apparently, swiping the side of your head repeatedly to do smartphone things is not.
Google has released its latest transparency report, a regular summary and set of statistics on the number of requests from governments and court orders to remove content or review it for adherence to the company’s community guidelines.
In short, government requests to remove content have shot through the roof, particularly from Brazil and Russia. Google has also made some worthwhile improvements to its report, such as breaking down whether it responds by actually removing content or restricting it from view in specific regions to comply with local laws.
Rene Ritchie at iMore invited me to square off about Google Glass, default iOS apps, Chromebook Pixel, multitasking, my old G5 iMac, and more.
If you’re wondering why I sip my beer so much, I’m trying to take a drink for every stupid ‘um’.
When Apple took on touch, it created a new OS (though, yes, based on OS X) with entirely new UI conventions. It threw out everything end users knew about getting around in software and started building anew with the finger as the foundation.
When Microsoft took on touch, it first tried to bolt it onto Windows 7, then got off its ass and built an entirely new interface for Windows 8. This time Microsoft used the finger, but also the pen, as the foundation.
When Google took on touch, it slapped a web browser in a traditional PC notebook, gave it a price tag of $1,300, and said ‘good luck tapping tiny 30-year-old UI buttons designed for mice and keyboard shortcuts’.
- Pre-iPad rumors just a few months before announcement peg it with a price of up to $999
- Outrage ensues because ‘Apple’ and ‘dollars’ are part of a conversation
- iPad debuts at $499 and goes on to become the bestselling PC in the industry
- heavily hypes a prototype product over a year before market availability
asking people to do a ton of free social media marketinga contest just to win the right to preorder the product. The lucky winners will have to live in or fly to New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to place said preorders in person
- bars press from participating
- Sets a “Google Glass Explorer Edition” price of $1,500
- experiences no outrage
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