Recommended Reads on the Mobile Beat This Week
Venmo Scammers Know Something You Don’t
This Slate piece explores how easily people can get ripped off when using the extremely popular mobile payment service Venmo.
We’re on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants
Wired looks at the progress that has been made in creating digital assistants that we can interact with by speaking naturally to smartphones and other electronics, what this will mean, and what still needs to be done to make this work.
Masters of the Small Canvas
A Bloomberg Businessweek story that offers a fun, interesting look at the world of designing icons for apps that will be viewed on all kinds of displays.
Smartphones Bring Happiness and Headaches to Myanmar
NPR takes a look at how the proliferation of smartphones in Myanmar–from 500,000 five years ago to 22 million today–is changing a country where many residents were previously offline.
Google Has Hired a Bunch of Engineers From Amazon’s Lab126 for a New Wearable Tech Initiative Called ‘Project Aura’
Business Insider reports that Google, widely believed to be working on a new version of its Glass head-worn computer that is more enterprise-geared, is creating it within a new group called Project Aura that will also work on other wearable projects.
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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