Quirks in Tech

An informal space where I think about the oddities of technology, politics, and privacy. Also some other stuff.

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Google is researching ways to make encryption easier to use in Gmail ∞

If Google is actually going to throw engineers and designers (most important: lots, and lots, and lots of UI and UX designers!) towards improving the basic usability of PGP that would be incredible. However, given people’s suspicion of the company given the NSA disclosures I have to wonder whether any public offering from Google will be regarded as some kind of a trojan horse by some civil liberties groups and the cynical public alike.

Apr 21, 2014

How advertising cookies let observers follow you across the web ∞

Apr 4, 2014


More surveilance whakery.  Gotta thank the republicans and democrats for taking away our privacy. 

The second image is terrific!

(via pod313)

Mar 29, 2014

In-depth with Android Wear, Google’s quantum leap of a smartwatch OS ∞

This is the most in-depth analysis that I’ve seen of the Android Wear API and functionality. I have doubts that predicating most/many of the ‘active’ uses of the Wearable through voice is going to be a super popular thing: I can’t recall the last time that I saw someone ask Siri a question, or used Google’s voice-based search. I’m sure that some people do engage in such behaviours, but I’ve never once seen it while riding public transit or walking around the cities I’ve visited or lived in. As a result, I’m left wondering: who is actually using voice-based commands to control their devices? And will expanding the kinds of devices that can receive such commands actually lead to mass changes in how people engage with technologies?

Mar 19, 2014

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