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Uber Tragedy, Apple Displays, Media Muddle, Tiny PC


March 20 · Issue #15 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Uber Tragedy, Apple Displays, Media Muddle, Tiny PC

Straight talk about self-driving cars. Yesterday, the worst happened with an Uber self-driving car. It hit a pedestrian in Arizona who later died of her injuries. To say much is not known about this accident is an understatement. But before you decide that all self-driving technology should be banned and self-driving cars are autonomous monsters, stop and consider this: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 100 people die in vehicular crashes every day. Those are cars driven by people, not robots. We will learn more in the coming days and weeks about the Uber accident from the in-car technology, witnesses and, maybe street cams. There’s no getting away from the tragedy of a lost life, but I’m hoping that it’s also a moment to improve, not walk away from self-driving technology.
Tiny screens. Apple might be diving into the display production business. Bloomberg reports that they’ve started developing micro-LED technology for use in tiny-screen devices like Apple Watches. It’s years away from commercialization, but Apple building its own stuff makes sense. It loves control and would probably like to stop using display tech from Samsung and others.
Apple Is Secretly Developing Its Own Screens for the First Time - Bloomberg
Watch my car. Finally got around to installing the Owl Security Cam in my car. It’s that 24/7, in-car security camera that plugs into your OBD port, which I wrote about last month. It sounded like good technology and the install wasn’t a nightmare. You can watch a condensed version of the process after the link.
Lance Ulanoff on Twitter: "Here’s what it’s like to install @owlcameras 24/7 security in my 2014 Mazda. It went pretty well.… "
Media muddle. I’ve been doing this journalism thing for a long time (since newspaper production included something called “paste-up”), but my new status has led to some reflection on my career and the industry I’ve been a part of since there were curls on top of my head.
Exiting Media: Pondering new rules for an old profession
Buy now. Google and its partners are getting a lot more aggressive about driving you straight to buying decisions from Google search results. Right now, a lot of people search for a product and end up on Amazon. Stores like Target would prefer shoppers end up with them. Now Google will help drive consumers to these retailers while taking a little cut of the sales price. This probably won’t help with all those people who do all their shopping searches inside Amazon.
Exclusive: 'Where can I buy?' - Google makes push to turn product searches into cash | Reuters
Hold me closer, tiny computer. IBM just built the world’s smallest computer. As small as a grain of rock salt, the system on a chip is only as powerful as a 486(!) computer. However, its size might make it perfect to embed in shipping products and, using Blockchain technology, curtail counterfeit goods.
IBM Creates World's Smallest Computer for Blockchain Technology - ExtremeTech
RIP Sudan. The rarest of rare white rhinos just died. 😞
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