My published work this week includes one story about people in space and another about robots in the sky.
3/28/2022: Will SpaceX, Blue Origin, or Virgin Galactic ever be affordable?, Fast Company
Covering the Satellite 2022 trade show in D.C. two weeks ago both allowed me to interview somebody who’s experienced suborbital space flight and write this post about the prospects of more people being able to have that experience–if they can write a sufficiently large check.
3/29/2022: Using Someone Else’s Netflix Account? You’re Not Alone, PCMag
I wrote up a survey that found that 15 percent of Netflix viewers watch for free on somebody else’s subscription.
3/30/2022: FedEx Teases Texas Drone-Delivery Demo, PCMag
The embargoed copy of this announcement specified a flight test around Dallas, but the final copy of the release left out that geographic detail.
3/30/2022: The new trans-Atlantic data agreement puts E.U. priorities first, Fast Company
This explainer went farther into the policy weeds than I’ve gone in a while.
The first of two posts about Apple’s App Store control covered a pending class-action lawsuit in the Netherlands–where Apple is asking for trouble with insultingly greedy responses to regulators’ demands that it let dating apps opt out of Apple’s in-app billing and its cut of 15 or 30 percent.
3/31/2022: Apple Finally Lets ‘Reader’ Apps Link Out to Sign-Up Pages, PCMag
The second post covered an overdue and still inadequate App Store liberalization move by Apple. Yes, I enjoyed the chance to throw in a comparison to 1995-vintage AOL.
This column originally ran with a headline that named Comcast; although large and seemingly unfeeling telecom conglomerates can start to look alike, that cable company did not figure in my story.
Writing this got me up to speed with an episode of questionable executive-branch conduct under the previous administration that I’d missed.