What we read this week (21 Sep)

Dystopian nightmares about the future of travel, Apple’s changing their maps software based on strategy and not user experience, hardware investment is on the rise, a futuristic motorbike that can’t fall over and a look into cities are all in this weekly reads.

Quotes of the week

It sounds about as crazy as it can get, but maybe that’s what we need more of in this world. Kim also machined his own spectacle frames from titanium. What can’t this guy do?

Peter Ha

 We’re not at a point where the government is going to go digital for any of that stuff, I mean, I’m not even allowed to laminate my Social Security card.

Neil Hughes

Articles of the week

  • CNN: Apple’s secret plan to join iPhones with airport security
    In an effort to ease the various time-consuming security routines at airports, Apple seems to be lining up a technology that comes very close to a digital passport and sends your data to whomever has the authority of demanding it. However, the project is still quite far from being put into practice due to major concerns with verification, universality and infrastructure.
  • Anil Dash: Who benefits from iOS6’s crappy maps?
    The release the of the new maps-app with iOS6 has caused a lot of noise in the short time it has been available. Anil Dash goes in depth to say why it is a worse product and what this could mean for the future of the company post Steve Jobs.
  • TechCrunch: The Mobile/Social/Local/Cloud Land Grab Is Over
    In a glance over the shoulder to the tech world of 2006 when most of what is now part of life was just getting started (Twitter, Dropbox, iPhone) TechCrunch’s Jon Evans cleans up the rubble cluttering up everyone’s view and draws a keen prognosis on the next boom.
  • TechCrunch: Lit Motors Will Shake Up The Electric Vehicle Market With Its Two-Wheeled, Untippable C-1
    From afar it looks like a boring copy of the BMW C1 – motorbike. From close up it’s a high-tech non-tippable, electric driven transportation project. Creator Danny Kim is quite sure that he is going to bring some disruption into the market with this vehicle as it solves the main problem of any motorbike: it’s safe.
  • NPR: Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways
    Armelle Caron is French and has a passion for cities. Between 2005 and 2008 she took to some of the more famous ones like Paris, N.Y. or Berlin and ‘restructured’ their ground structure.