Pollies that try to stop Uber have a bad time

Ben Popper at The Verge on what happened in New York when they tried to cap the growth of Uber:

In the week leading up to the scuttled vote, Uber rolled out a tidal wave of attack ads, robocalls, influential allies, and an advanced get-out-the-vote campaign among its users. And in hundreds of cities, states, and countries around the globe, it’s waging a similar campaign, with astonishing success. At this point it’s worth asking: if Uber can’t be stopped, what does the future look like?

Aussie politicians are dancing around this issue of Uber’s legality at both a federal and state level. I wonder what happens when someone tries to make a genuine campaign issue of stopping Uber?

My guess: they’re gonna get rolled.

Source: Uber can’t be stopped. So what happens next? | The Verge

Apple celebrates 10 years of podcasting

Apple is celebrating 10 years of podcasting in iTunes, and like many podcast fans I’ve taken this as an opportunity to look back on the last decade of radio in mp3 format.

Pete wrote a charming piece in the SMH this week, taking a walk down podcast memory lane (oh yeah, I remember Diggnation!) and how this nerdy little broadcast platform has grown up over the years.

Come for the nostalgia, but stay for the excellent show recommendations.

Source: Apple celebrates 10 years of podcasting

Please don’t block Password Managers — Wired

RATHER THAN FANCY zero-day exploits, or cutting-edge malware, what you mostly need to worry about when it comes to security is using strong, unique passwords on all the sites and services you visit.You know that. But what’s crazy is that, in 2015, some websites are intentionally disabling a feature that would allow you to use stronger passwords more easily—and many are doing so because they wrongly argue it makes you safer.

Sing it, sister.

Source: Websites, Please Stop Blocking Password Managers. It’s 2015 | WIRED

China officially ends ban on video game consoles

China is finally scrapping its 15-year ban on video game consoles. According to a statement from the country’s Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft — among others — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in the country.

This is probably the biggest news in the console market since the release of next-gen. The ban has been in place since the year 2000 and with China now the biggest market on the planet expect to see a mass clambering to get in there.

PC gaming has effectively ruled in China because of the ban so it’ll be interesting to see if the market will take off at all.

Source: China officially ends ban on video game consoles | The Verge

The indies and hardware of E3 2015

Yes, yes, E3 was a month ago now I know but there were just so many awesome things that I didn’t have the chance to cover off in the triple-A’s and media briefings posts that I had to write one last one. I promise.

The majority of the E3 show floor is covered by your big budget publishers and titles. Giant signs, life-sized models, glitz, glamour, Hollywood stars as far as the eye can see. Its what you’ve come to expect with the millions of dollars backing triple A development these days. But when you past all of that, hidden in plain sight, you find these amazing indie titles and fantastic hardware littered amongst the decadence. Yes, some of them have big backing from Microsoft, Sony and even Facebook so they’re not exactly “tough” to find but some of the true gems are at smaller publisher’s booths out on the periphery. Continue reading