When Apple unveiled the News app in the WWDC keynote on Monday, my first reaction was glee. As a past participant in its Newsstand experiment , which is probably the best way to describe it, the News app had several characteristics that made it seem far superior for many purposes. By the evening, though, gloom had set in. The News app looks more like yet another push news service--the latest incarnation of PointCast for those with long memories--that delivers what the product's producer thinks is valuable to you rather than what you necessarily want. It's sophisticated, but takes choice out of readers' hands. If a user can't choose any news source, whether a blog updated yearly and read by 10 people or a multinational media conglomerate's river of articles, I believe it's doomed to fall by the wayside. When presented with curation and choice, only a subset of people, the least avid, choose a walled garden unless the benefit is truly remarkable. Apple's choices will shape … [Read more...] about Apple’s News app in iOS 9: All the news that fits, they print?
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advertisement advertisement advertisement When the acclaimed British designer Tom Dixon was five, he was left alone, parked in a tiny French car, a Citroën 2CV. Since this was the 1960s, there were no child safety seats or laws against the practice. No doubt, Dixon was bored and curious, so he pulled on a lever, which happened to be the hand brake. advertisement advertisement Parked on a hill, the car began to roll, and it didn’t stop until it crashed into something. Dixon tells me this story now, quickly shrugging it off as a story within a story—”It was different times,” he says—before reaching his point. The Citroën 2CV has stuck with him since. It was a clever, low-budget car , which used a light tubed frame as its base (more like planes of the era than cars), covered in a thin veneer of stamped steel panels. Its hood in particular is ridged with curves that distinguish it from the VW Bug. dubbed the Hydro . It, too, … [Read more...] about This gorgeous chair was made by one of Tesla’s manufacturers
Upon addressing the meeting, NA Chairman Hue said that along with efforts to successfully organise the NA’s 11th session, which is the last of the 14th tenure, preparations for the elections of deputies to the 15th legislature and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021 to 2026 tenure have been underway since the NEC’s fourth session. The responsibility of the NEC is to both direct and guide the organisation of elections of deputies to the 15th NA and People's Councils at all levels for the 2021 to 2026 term, in accordance with the law. This therefore serves to make the process safe, economical, and democratic as a means of electing those who are truly competent and worthy of the confidence of citizens. These efforts will ultimately make the election on May 23 a true festival for the entire population, NA Chairman Hue added. … [Read more...] about Top Vietnamese legislator chairs fifth session of National Election Council
Speaking at the event, Hue said that along with efforts to successfully organise the NA’s 11th session – the last of the 14th tenure, preparations for the elections of deputies to the 15th legislature and all-level People’s Councils in the 2021-2026 tenure have been actively made since the NEC’s 4th session. Offices in charge of the elections have been set up, documents guiding the elections issued, personnel work preparations stepped up, and dissemination works intensified, he stated. As the remaining workload remains huge, the council’s leader requested that the NEC work to ensure democracy and law abidance during the organisation of elections so that really competent deputies who can represent people’s right to mastery are elected. At the session, the council listened to reports on the implementation of tasks since its 4th session, the establishment and deployment of supervision groups, the preparations for the third consultative conference, and adjustments to the assignment … [Read more...] about NA Chairman chairs National Election Council’s fifth session
Ex-leaders of State-owned steel firms stand trial The defedants at the first-instance trial that opened on April 12 The first-instance trial, held by the Hanoi People’s Court, is expected to last 10 days. Fourteen defendants were charged with “violating regulations on the management and use of State assets, causing losses and wastefulness” under Clause 3 of Article 360 in the 2015 Penal Code. They included Tran Trong Mung (born in 1949, former General Director of TISCO), Tran Van Kham (born in 1961, former Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director of TISCO), Mai Van Tinh (born in 1952, former Chairman of the VNS Board of Directors), and Dau Van Hung (born in 1951, former General Director of VNS). Two former members of the VNS Board of Directors and three former members of the TISCO Board of Directors were accused of “lacking sense of responsibility, causing serious consequences” under Clause 3 of Article 360 in the 2015 Penal Code. According to … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES APRIL 12