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There is no status quo
 

I wrote this before the current turn of events in America and, politics aside, I think it’s still relevant. Especially as I head to New York next week to host our TNW NYC conference.

We live in exciting times, where life often can be stranger than fiction. We witness the rise and fall of companies and industries. Even before we grow accustomed to the status quo, it has already changed. In fact, there is no status quo.

Change seems to accelerate – apparent if you follow the daily news. In the short term, everything seems to move slowly; but if you look at the long term you’ll see things changing rapidly.

I remember very well (yes, I’m getting old) that I used to pack up my Macintosh Plus ED for the weekend in a box so big it could fit a human inside. The same box also carried about 80 high density floppy disks that held 1.4MB per disk. The entirety of my digital life stored inside. When I travelled to my parents by train, I dreamed about electricity in said train so I could keep working. I didn’t dream about laptops, Wi-Fi, the internet, a smartphone or tablet. I was mostly focused on solving my short term computing needs, and that was just electricity.

Now I own an iPhone 6s plus and recently discovered I can pretty much run my entire company from my hand. I once left my laptop at home and had no choice but to work from the iPhone for a day. It seemed like an interesting challenge so I handled email, Slack and all other basics. Then I worked with Google Drive docs – and even worked with Keynote to generate a few simple graphs and images. While this wasn’t extremely efficient, and a laptop allows me to work a lot faster, I enjoyed the experience because I was reminded of that Macintosh Plus ED and how far technology has advanced.

We can complain about slow Wi-Fi or batteries lasting less than a full day, but sometimes it’s good to zoom out for a bit and realize how fortunate we are to live in this moment in time.

Boris Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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Gmail

Gmail received an update on iOS which Google calls "the biggest overhaul of the app in nearly four years."

Red faces of the week

Samsung is in shambles as it recalls 2.8 million glitchy washing machines

Samsung just can’t catch a break – and things keep getting worse. The company has recalled 2.8 million top-load washing machines following reports that the devices are falling apart during use.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall announcement today, warning owners that using the machine could pose a “a risk of injury.”


Here’s what the CPSC said:

The washing machine top can unexpectedly detach from the washing machine chassis during use… This recall involves 34 models of Samsung top-load washing machines.  The washing machines have mid-controls or rear-controls. Model numbers and serial information can be found on two labels affixed to the back of the machine… Consumers should check with Samsung to see if their washer is recalled.


According to the CPSC, the South Korean giant has so far registered “733 reports of washing machines experiencing excessive vibration or the top detaching from the washing machine chassis.” Nine of these incidents have resulted in injuries, including a broken jaw, injured shoulder as well as other impact or fall-related traumas.


Earlier this year, the tech giant faced a class action lawsuit following a litany of consumer complaints about exploding washing machines.


Speaking of explosions, Samsung has been catching a lot of heat about its fire-bursting Galaxy Note 7 flagship device. Following multiple Note 7-related fire hazards, the company recalled and eventually discontinued the line completely.


In case you own a Samsung washing machine, better make sure it’s not listed in the recall – ideally, before its detachable top slaps you in the face. Head to this page for more details about the affected washing machines.

>Samsung Recalls Top-Load Washing Machines Due to Risk of Impact Injuries on Consumer Product Safety Commission

 

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