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Amazon Ditches ‘Just Walk Out’ Checkouts at Grocery Stores ➝

Maxwell Zeff, writing for Gizmodo:

Just over half of Amazon Fresh stores are equipped with Just Walk Out. The technology allows customers to skip checkout altogether by scanning a QR code when they enter the store. Though it seemed completely automated, Just Walk Out relied on more than 1,000 people in India watching and labeling videos to ensure accurate checkouts. The cashiers were simply moved off-site, and they watched you as you shopped.

Big lol.

➝ Source: gizmodo.com

‘The Google Pixel Is Too Dumb and Ugly to Replace Your iPhone’ ➝

Michael Nunez, writing for Gizmodo:

If you’re like me, and have avoided the iPhone all these years, it’s time to give in. The iPhone is definitively better this year. The current roster of flagship Android phones are a complete joke. The Galaxy S7 at least looks nice, but it’s already more than six months old. If you must buy an Android phone, the Pixel makes a strong case. But I can no longer heartily endorse buying an Android, because if this is the best phone available, it’s time to move on.


Recode Media With Peter Kafka and Guest, Brian Lam ➝

A great interview from late June, with Brian Lam, discussing The Wirecutter, Gizmodo, and the infamous iPhone 4 situation.

Why Your Favorite Apps Could Soon Be Black and White ➝

Darren Orf, writing for Gizmodo:

[Khoi] Vinh says that in many ways, a lack of color is just as distinctive as filling up all our screens with an assortment of different hues, except that it doesn’t have the negative consequence of distracting the user from the content. It’s the reason why black-and-white design is so popular among photo apps like 500px. It’s probably not the best idea to have UI fighting for attention with the content your users are creating.

There’s been a lot of talk lately that Apple Music and Instagram could be receiving a design overhaul — removing most color from the interface. I’m not a user of either service, but the screenshots of Instagram’s “design test” look quite good to my eye. If you take a look at this site, though, you’ll quickly realize that I’m a huge fan of simplistic color palettes. I’m looking forward to other application designers following this trend.

YouTube Forcing Video Producers’ Hands ➝

Speaking of YouTube Red, turns out video producers aren’t entirely thrilled about it. And for good reason.

Josh Constine, writing for TechCrunch:

YouTube made its top video creators an offer they literally couldn’t refuse, or they’d have their content disappear. Today YouTube confirmed that any “partner” creator who earns a cut of ad revenue but doesn’t agree to sign its revenue share deal for its new YouTube Red $9.99 ad-free subscription will have their videos hidden from public view on both the ad-supported and ad-free tiers. […]

According to Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl at today’s YouTube Red launch event, 99% of content consumed on YouTube will be still available, noting that the vast majority of creators signed the deal. But they didn’t have much choice, otherwise they’d lose out on both the previous ad revenue, the new subscription revenue, and the connection with fans.

In the world of user-created video, YouTube is king. And as such, they can basically do whatever they want without having to worry about losing producers to competing services — there just isn’t anywhere else to go. Facebook might change that when they eventually build a revenue sharing system for producers, but even that might not be enough to sway leverage back into the hands of the content creators — where it belongs.


The Real Reason Netflix Won’t Offer Offline Downloads ➝

Neil Hunt, Netflix chief product officer, speaking with Gizmodo:

I think it’s something that lots of people ask for. We’ll see if it’s something lots of people will use. Undoubtedly it adds considerable complexity to your life with Amazon Prime – you have to remember that you want to download this thing. It’s not going to be instant, you have to have the right storage on your device, you have to manage it, and I’m just not sure people are actually that compelled to do that, and that it’s worth providing that level of complexity.

Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s right about this.

MG Siegler Calls Out Gizmodo ➝

Apple is now the most important technology company in the world. More than that: it’s the only one right now that really, truly sets the trends and the pace when it comes to both hardware and software.

To say otherwise would be foolish. But that’s what Gizmodo keeps saying. Again. And again. And again.

I’m glad that someone is pointing out the ridiculously biased reporting that Gizmodo has made a habit of publishing since the stolen iPhone 4 incident.

Netflix Obtains Streaming Rights to Mad Men ➝

The episodes should be up on Netflix starting July 27. And if you’ve never watched Mad Men, July 27 would be the perfect day to start.

(Via Gizmodo)