The De-Democratization of Online Publishing

One of the wonderful things about the rise of the web, twenty-something years ago, was the way in which it democratized publishing – suddenly, anyone with an idea could set up a website and make them available to anyone. Early on, publishing online required at least a rudimentary understanding of code. To be an online writer meant you also had to be a coder. But, services quickly emerged that created WYSIWYG editors for online publications, so literally anyone who had used a word processor could create online content.

Recently, however, we’ve seen the rise of proprietary formats like Google’s AMP, Facebook’s Instant Articles, and the Apple News Format, which threaten to de-democratize publishing on the web. To be clear, I’m not making a philosophical argument about the closed nature of these platforms but something much more practical: creating content for these formats reintroduces a coding requirement and online code is vastly more complicated today than it was in the mid-1990s.

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Watch this huge church ceiling get lit up with a beautiful interactive sky

This might be the coolest thing you’ll see today — a church ceiling in Paris being used for a crazy art project.

For the yearly art night Nuit Blanche in Paris on October 1, Mexican artist Miguel Chevalier covered the entire upper part of the Eglise Saint-Eustache for his installation Voûtes Célestes, which roughly translates to Heavenly Vaults. He used several projectors to overlay visuals onto the church’s ceiling, or in his own words:

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Could Apple Bring OLED to the Masses?

I have recently been testing the new Lenovo Yoga with its brilliant OLED screen. If you have not seen a laptop with an OLED display, try and do so as it is a game changer…

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Atari’s Nolan Bushnell has founded a VR startup

When Nolan Bushnell founded Atari in 1972, he changed computing history. Now, he’s trying to do the same with virtual reality. He just launched Modal VR – a company that plans to offer high-end virtual reality experiences, the likes of which have never been seen before.

Modal VR would produce both the hardware and software to power these. The completely wireless headsets would offer low-latency experiences. These would be combined with an accompanying full-body suits, which would allow the user to immerse themselves in an expansive VR world. You can see a video demonstration above.

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Galaxy Note 7: The Death of a Smartphone

It’s hard to imagine a much worse scenario.

The world’s leading smartphone company debuts a new device that initially is touted as one of the best smartphones ever made. Glowing reviews quickly follow and the company’s prospects for a strong fall and holiday season, and the opportunity for regaining some lost market share, seem nearly assured.

But then a small number of the phones start to overheat and catch fire. The company tries to react quickly and decisively to the concern and issues a recall of several million already shipped devices. It’s a somewhat risky and certainly expensive move, but the company initially receives praise for trying to tackle a challenging problem in a positive way.

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