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Apple Maps redesign coming with iOS 12

Page 2 – News Debris For The Week of July 2nd

The World Wide Web Has Failed Us

Wikipedia photo of Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee (Wikipedia)

• Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web in the 1990s. But now, he’s not happy about the current state of the WWW. He’d like to fix the problem. It would be great if he succeeds. The odds are against him, but maybe with the kind of group support a worthy project can generate these days, his new project has a better chance.

For the backstory, see: “The web had failed instead of served humanity’: Tim Berners-Lee was crushed by Russia using Facebook to meddle in the US election.

The original, glorious source is at Vanity Fair: “‘I Was Devastated’: Tim Berners-Lee, The Man Who Created The World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets.” His new project is called “Solid.”

Berners-Lee has, for some time, been working on a new software, Solid, to reclaim the Web from corporations and return it to its democratic roots.

Remember that project name.

More Debris

• Author Lovejoy is, again, in lights here his week as he summarizes: “Net neutrality returning to California; new bills ‘strong and enforceable’.” His source is a statement from Scott Wiener who represents California’s Senate District 11.

Net neutrality isn’t dead so long as more than 20 states have filed lawsuits against the recent FCC (anti) net neutrality ruling. While the Congress may not be able to jointly pass a bill that would be signed by the president, the actions (and laws) of so many states seem to make it impractical for ISPs to fully exploit the new FCC rules for now.

• Microsoft continues to show signs of market savvy as it, according to Windows Central, plans to bring its Movies and TV app to iOS. MacRumors has the overview.

Will Apple think like this when it releases its own original TV content service?

CNET this week suggets that: “One of the 2018 iPhones will reportedly have 5 color options.” It’s short and sweet, but the source is analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, so there’s that. The sub-title notes: “But you’ll probably cover it with a case anyway.” My take is that iPhone customers think about color first and defer any thoughts about the case until later. Besides, there are lots of clear, polycarbonate cases that preserve the iPhone’s color. I’ve been using them myself for years.

• Finally, breakthroughs continue in the work towards quantum computers and communications. See: “Synthetic Diamonds Lead Princeton Team to Quantum Computing Breakthrough.

For decades, physicists, materials engineers, and others have been trying to achieve the conceptual promise of quantum-encrypted communications because the data transferred in that process is theoretically immune to covert surveillance. Any attempt to observe that data between parties — à la the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle — would fundamentally alter that information, quickly revealing that it was compromised. The problem has been storing and preserving qubits and then converting them to fiber optic-ready photons, and using diamonds appears to be the route toward achieving both.

But they needed a special kind of diamond and ended up synthesizing their own.
Pretty cool.

Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page one) followed on page two by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.

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W. Abdullah Brooks, MD

John: I fear that you may have buried the lede in this week’s PD (not that PD is designed to have a lede), as seemingly the most important story in your line up is that of Tim Berners-Lee and his quest to decentralise the Web via his new platform, Solid, and give users more control over both their privacy and data, rather than leave it to the discretion of information giants like FB, Google and Amazon. A few passages stand out from the Vanity Fair piece, among them this one: From the beginning, in fact, Berners-Lee understood how the epic… Read more »


A headline worthy of Cato 😉

Lee Dronick

Inspector Clouseau’s butler? 😀


Apple Maps is fine, not great, but fine. I use it exclusively and certainly welcome any improvements but it’s rarely if ever let me down. On the topic of user penetration what isn’t pointed out is any iOS user who uses Google’s search engine to find an address is forced to use Google Maps. In fact you can’t even copy the address instead getting a proprietary coordinates format that only works with Google Maps. THAT NEES TO STOP!


Hhmmm. The Apple lock-in is just as bad. I’d like both of them to use a standardized format.


Two words Street View. Sure Apple Maps will give me a route and turn by turn directions, and very well I might ad. But sometimes I want to see what the place looks like from where I’m going to park. If it’s a big building, let me wander, virtually down the street to see where parking is available, where the building entrances are, what’s across the street, does the neighbourhood look sketchy. AFAIK Apple Maps won’t to that.


Ben might cover his hot buttons but fails to mention two of mine. 1. the ability to adjust a route, as Google maps provides. Apple maps usually provides three choices but you have to pick just one. No mix-and-match, and no adjustment 2. Turn-by-turn directions in other countries are awful. For example, main roads in Britain are labeled like M4 (a motorway, like an interstate here), A4 (large multi-lane road, often divided highway), B123 (secondary roads). But “Clara” – the Apple maps turn-by-turn assistant – instead refers to them by the road names such as “Oxford Road”, “Bristol Road” even… Read more »

Lee Dronick

Yes the ability to specify or adjust a route, include side trips. I have iOS hiking and walking apps that can do that.

I also want a distance scale that sticks on screen.