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The Problem with Technological Ignorance ➝

Samuel Arbesman, writing for Slate:

This is a problem. When some trivialize technological complexity, even inadvertently, we distance ourselves from the software and hardware that surrounds us. This ignorance—not of how things work, but even the very fact that things are far more complex than we might realize—can make us lose a sense of wonder at technology. We begin by losing an appreciation for its complexity, and end with shortchanging the very people who are constructing these technologies.

I often joke with my fiancée about how we live in the future. We have these little devices that fit in the palm of our hands that are capable of so much — it’s just incredible. But none of it would be possible without thousands of years worth of technological advancement.

Stolen YouTube Videos Going Viral on Facebook ➝

Will Oremus, writing for Slate:

The problem was that Sandlin had never posted it to Facebook, and the version of it that appeared in millions of users’ News Feeds overnight wasn’t his. Rather, a British lads’ magazine called Zoo had apparently downloaded (or “ripped”) his video from YouTube, edited it to strip out references to Sandlin and his SmarterEveryDay channel, and posted the edited version on its own page, using Facebook’s native video player.

This type of downloading and re-uploading has been a problem for video sharing sites since the beginning. It’s just a shame that it’s happening on the most popular social network in the world. But, Facebook has created an environment where this sort of thing happens because Facebook wants anything and everything shared on the site to live on Facebook.

However, it appears that the viral nature of videos hosted by Facebook and their ability to garner many more views than their YouTube counterparts is partly due to the playback mechanism. Videos hosted by Facebook auto-play as a user scrolls past them whereas YouTube videos require a click to get a view. That means Facebook isn’t exactly counting the number of people that watched the video, they’re counting the number of people who watched or simply scrolled past the video in their news feed.

Hopefully Facebook will make the necessary changes to prevent this kind of abuse in the future. Or, users will start to wise-up and quit using the service. Although, I’m not confident either one of those things will happen.

Adobe Slate ➝

An interesting new iPad app from Adobe. It’s like a desktop publishing application that’s made for building image-focused documents that are meant to be viewed on a device instead of being printed on paper.

Naming ‘The Tablet’

There is some question as to what Apple will actually call their upcoming tablet device. Much like with the introduction of the iPhone, no one is exactly sure what Apple will name it.

There have been many rumored names (e.g. Slate, iPad, iSlate, iTab). And, there are also many speculated names (e.g. Canvas, iBook, Easel).

But before the iPhone was announced, all of the rumor sites were calling it “the iPhone,” and guess what? Apple decided to unveil their handset under the name “iPhone.”

I tweeted a couple of weeks ago pointing out that John Gruber had been calling it “The Tablet” in all of his writings, he replied simply stating:

I totally and completely made up “The Tablet”. Needed something to call it before it’s announced. That is all.

I believe that he doesn’t actually know what the device will be called — he spent the last week speculating about what the name might be (he tweeted his bets on January 22).

What if we’re spending all this time speculating on a name that has already been decided? Apple will unveil the device on Wednesday under the name “The Tablet.”Not just because it is the most simple and obvious name, but because we’ve already become accustomed to calling it that. Why would Apple go against the grain after months, maybe even years, of rumors that referred to it as “The Tablet”?