This week, Apple's locking your phone down, Blizzard's holding your games back, and Facebook's letting your face go.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
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Over the past few years, the public's perception of the mobile application landscape has been changing. Where once Apple users accepted that the company actually owned all of their devices, despite the high price, recently users have begun to demand full access to their phones and tablets. Apple has maintained that they have no intention of allowing owners to use their devices as they please because they know better than you how you should use your phone. This week, the company sent Craig Federighi to Web Summit (the sister event to Collision) to emphasize that point.
The last few months have not been kind to game studio Blizzard. Legal and cultural issues have caused everything from employee protests to executives leaving the company. While the lasting effects of these responses are yet to be seen, the more immediate effect is that two of the company's upcoming games have been delayed: Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.
It's no surprise to anyone that the public's perception of Facebook has been circling the toilet. Users have grown weary of what appears to be constant surveillance of every aspect of their lives. Add to that, the brand and its parent company Meta seem to have no respect for the information they collect about us. But, one of the company's most controversial features will be coming to an end in the near future: facial recognition.
These days, people want more from their devices. We all know that the items we carry with us, whether it be phones or tablets, can do more than the platform they run on will allow them to do. Unfortunately, while users want more from their devices, manufacturers want you to have less. Apple is actively fighting against usefulness, but it's Roku that's taking the biggest stand - removing features from their devices.