2012

Is Apple Out of Ideas?

Apple is done. Or rather, they’ve done it. They’re on their way to perfecting the vision laid out 30 years ago at the twin dawn of the personal computer and the Internet: wireless, glowing screens of infinite potential. But at the moment even the most sensitive Apple Kremlinologists are coming up quiet about any new breakthrough machine on the horizon.

Why the iPhone May Be the Greenest Technology We’ve Ever Seen

What is the environmental impact of a smartphone? Turns out the news is good: From production to use to recycling, these phones are the little engines that could.make a difference.

TED Talk: What is the Internet, really?

When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it — the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net.

Speed Trap

We built the Internet. Now we’re stuck with it.

Don’t Be Fooled by the Cloud

The fantasy of “the cloud” creates an obfuscation that threatens the health and future of the real, physical network. To imagine a future for the network that isn’t only blisteringly fast but also brazenly free requires knowing something of its existing structure — knowing where our internet comes from.

Google Thinks You’re Stupid

Google doesn’t trust anyone—people, officials, even governments—to understand anything. As a result, it is the most secretive Internet entity—and disingenuous about that secrecy.

A Dive Into the Digital Deep

If the Internet is a global phenomenon, it’s because there are tubes at the bottom of the ocean. A look at the undersea cables that connect us.

Here’s What Facebook IPO Money Can Buy (WSJ Speakeasy blog)

Facebook’s IPO today will raise more than $18 billion dollars. We tend to think of that amount of money as different kinds of abstractions, but a significant portion of it can be thought of in these more tangible terms.

The Internet Goes Local (Popular Science)

Locally operated service providers might not help Libya or Egypt at first, but they plant a crucial seed: training smart network engineers.

Shigeru Ban’s Soho Shoebox

The Japanese architect’s new store for Camper is a crisp reflection of the global brand’s anywhere aesthetic. As a work of architecture, it’s an unusually muddled New York typology: a single-story, freestanding pavilion of the type sometimes called a “taxpayer”—a placeholder for a future, bigger building. But as an expression of pan-global design, it’s sharp as a tack.