NYT: 'The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us'

Farhad Manjoo, writing for the New York Times:

What happened to gadgets? It’s a fascinating story about tech progress, international manufacturing and shifting consumer preferences, and it all ends in a sad punch line: Great gadget companies are now having a harder time than ever getting off the ground. The gadget age is over — and even if that’s a kind of progress, because software now fills many of our needs, the great gadgetapocalypse is bound to make the tech world, and your life, a little less fun.

I disagree. It looks like the Snapchat Spectacles are going to be a moderate hit and people are pretty excited about the Nintendo Switch (compared to when the Wii U was announced). When The Verge said that gadgets were back in 2015, it was after many years of terrible smartphone add-ons being showcased at CES. That year was particularly good, but it didn't happen again this year.

But next year there will be more people buying Amazon's Echo and Google Home. People don't want fitness trackers, 3D printers, or standalone cameras, they want gadgets that are more enjoyable to use compared to yesterday's technology.

Today someone got the wrong number...

We live in a world where people are afraid of outsiders getting access to their personal data, and yet here is a doctor sending their staff text messages with social security numbers, birthdays, names, and medical conditions.

Sure, private email servers can be hacked, but you're 99% less likely to send a confidential memo to a random stranger (like me) across the country.

We shouldn't have trust in companies selling us a materialistic lifestyle and then not have as much trust in healthcare providers who actually do try and help us live better lives.

Picky Album - Automatic Photo Editing and Curation

Give it a selection of pictures (or take a series of them with the built-in camera view) and it'll pick up to 16 of them, present them in a grid they call a "Pick", with a few subtle edits based on their trained algorithm. The best part? It's all done on the device itself and doesn't require the transferring of photos to and from a server.

Droplets on the Leaf

One of those random plants in our backyard that I never noticed for a long time until a bunch of flowers bloomed out of nowhere last year...

Added a vignette, brought the exposure down, and boosted the saturation and clarity in Polarr.