Article note: I frequently make the observation that the BBS -> Usenet -> Forum -> Digg -> Reddit continuum has been essentially the same thing reinvented over and over with a little less user control and a little more centralization and coercion.
Looking at reddit-via-newsreader makes it very clear just how good the "the user and their client are in control of presentation, protocols move content between them" model was, and how thoroughly we've lost it.
Article note: Technology Connections on YouTube did some amusing content on Humidifiers the other week, it was a surprisingly fun watch.
...But IMO all the wick-based ones are all noisy bacteria farm bullshit, I have an ultrasonic, which are IMO the least hassle, and the ones that use some sort of small-volume boiler gadget are fine and potentially more sanitary until the electrodes finish getting coated in impurities.
Article note: Well that obviously-doomed project is passing peak right on schedule.
This isn't a typical entry in our long-running "Google kills product" series, but it's close enough: Google is shutting down its first-ever dedicated game studios, which had been founded as part of its beleaguered Google Stadia cloud-gaming service.
Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo confirmed the news on Monday ahead of Google posting its own formal statement on the matter, and it means Stadia Games and Entertainment will soon be no more, according to "one source familiar with Stadia operations." This move will impact the combined 150+ staffers for the endeavor, headquartered in both Montreal and Los Angeles. Google may rehire those staffers at other divisions.
One of those staffers, however, will not move to another Google division. Jade Raymond, the Assassin's Creed co-creator and Stadia's highest-profile hire who previously headed the studios, is no longer with Google.
Ford is the latest automaker to turn its vehicle operating systems over to Google. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company said it will use Google’s Android to power the infotainment systems in “millions” of its cars starting in 2023. That means Google’s voice-activated Assistant, Google Maps, and other automotive-approved Android apps will be available in Ford’s cars without requiring the use of an Android smartphone.
The deep integration of Android will allow drivers and passengers to use Google Assistant to change things like climate settings, and it will also enable over-the-air updates that can add new features or address some maintenance issues, according to Ford. But iPhone people, don’t despair: Ford’s system will still be...