Digital Assistants' Adoption, the Story of Netflix Streaming and More

One: Spam in my kitchen: The Amazon Echo Show arrives

"So I got an Amazon Echo Show last week—this is the Amazon Echo model with the screen on the front. If you’ve seen the pictures, it looks like a weird ’80s TV set, but a lot of that has to do with a lack of scale in many photos—it’s quite small, though definitely boxy and strange."

Jason Snell, Six Colors


Two: Lorem Ipsum Is a Crime

"I hate Lorem Ipsum. I’m not afraid to say it. In fact, I rant about it so often that one of the designers on my team suggested I write down my feelings and publish it as my own Lorem Ipsum. Then designers could use it in their mockups, just like Bacon Ipsum or Hipster Ipsum."

Jesse Day, Medium


Three: Digital Assistants’ Adoption: a Marathon not a Sprint!

"What a difference a year makes! Usually a statement we can make when looking at technology adoption. Either because in a year a technology is history or because it has become a vital part of our life. Sadly, when it comes to digital assistants and the interactions consumers are having with them, a year has not made much of a difference at all."

This is a solid piece that includes data from recent Creative Strategies surveys. 

Carolina Milanesi, Tech.pinions


Four: Neil Hunt on Netflix and the Story of Netflix Streaming

"For several months now, I’ve been complaining on Twitter and a bunch of other places that, for as ubiquitous as Netflix streaming has become—I think it’s one of the most important technology products of the last decade at least— there’s actually been comparatively little journalism or scholarship about how the product came about. That’s why I was delighted to get acquainted with Neil Hunt, who is the Chief Product Officer at Netflix. Since he’s been at Netflix since 1999, not only is he the perfect person to tell us how Netflix streaming came about (the technical hurdles, the strategic decisions, etc.) but he can also give us the whole history of Netflix, from basically the very beginning."

Brian McCullough, Internet History Podcast


Five: On London’s Streets, Black Cabs and Uber Fight for a Future

"London’s cabby wars are less about the disruptive power of an app, or a new business model, than about the disruption of Britain."

Katrin Bennhold, New York Times


Bonus: 4th of July XKCD


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