Humans don’t want to be controlled by machines (or Apple)

“Human beings don’t want to be controlled by machines. And we are increasingly being controlled by machines ... This is likely to be the narrative of the next thirty years.”

This quote from Fred Wilson’s What happened in 2017 article makes me think of Apple’s recent dumb software design decisions as much as it makes me think of algorithms that control my news feeds. As just one example, Apple’s decision to make the “turn off bluetooth” button mean “turn off bluetooth ... well, just until tomorrow” makes me want to switch to Samsung. So, yeah, if I don’t want to be controlled by Apple’s poor design decisions, I sure don’t want to be controlled by robots.

Remix OS provides CPU performance data

I don’t know what their unit of measure is, but the folks at Remix OS (Android for the desktop) show that an Intel Core i7 CPU is much faster than mobile CPUs from Samsung, HTC, etc.

Update: In the latest round of “leapfrog,” the latest devices from Samsung and others are now using faster chips than what is shown in this image.

Samsung Galaxy 6 vs iPhone 6 performance

This article on shows good performance information when comparing the new Samsung Galaxy 6 to the almost-as-new Apple iPhone 6. The HTC One M9 is also covered. The results show that the iPhone 6 is fastest in single-core performance, the Galaxy 6 is fastest in multi-core performance, and the M9 is neck-and-neck with the iPhone 6 in graphics performance.

This was an interesting note about screen resolution: “When it comes to resolution, the differences between these three phones could not be larger: the iPhone 6 sports a 750 x 1334-pixel 4.7 inch display; the One M9 has a 1080 x 1920-pixel 5 inch screen; and the Galaxy S6 a 1440 x 2560-pixel 5.1 inch display.”

Former head of UX at Samsung blames "Steve Jobs Syndrome" for problems

This image is part of a Fast Company article titled, Why Samsung Design Stinks. It also mentions “Steve Jobs Syndrome.” The thing I like about this text is that it makes a great counterpoint to something I posted yesterday about how designers need to focus on delivering products.