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Apple iPhones at a new store in Los Angeles. Apple is off to create augmented reality glasses and maybe even a car, but the iPhone is no longer a paragon of the ideal that “it just works,” writes Navneet Alang.

Two years into a pandemic, with a new variant whittling away what little hope anyone had left, and it’s hard to find reason for cheer, even in December.

Still, we can at least find solace in how good Zoom calls are. Right?

Forgive me: I shouldn’t poke at a sore spot. But as a COVID-weary world drags itself into a third year of lockdowns and online meetings, it does strike one as a bit strange that a fundamental thing like video calls are still so bad, often plagued by poor picture quality, stuttering connections and low quality sound.

This week, some hope arrived in the form of an expensive new webcam. Made by a new company called Opal, the C1 uses both tech from high-end cameras and software smarts to finally produce a webcam that produces a great picture. Tech sites posted glowing write-ups, with The Verge saying the C1’s image “look(s) far better in multiple lighting scenarios than any webcam” they had tested so far.

For $300 (U.S.), so it well should. But the stark difference between the Opal C1 and other webcams also highlights the fact that, too often in tech, a basic problem that affects millions goes unaddressed simply because focus lies elsewhere.

Source: Toronto Star

Date: January 10th, 2022

Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/opinion/2021/12/18/why-cant-we-make-good-quality-zoom-calls-or-easily-program-our-smart-tvs-because-big-tech-is-fixated-on-novelty.html

Discussion

  1. ” in forever keeping its eyes on the horizon, tech also has allowed day-to-day issues — the sorts of things people need to make the material circumstances of their lives better — fall to the wayside ” Is this a fair and accurate statement?
  2. ”  Facebook is busy creating a metaverse that it’s possible no one wants, while the problems of misinformation and polarization on the platform linger. ” Is this a fair and accurate statement?

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