Apps Everywhere, but No Unifying Link

Conor Dougherty, CC BY-SA, Jan 09, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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'Apps' - as introduced to the world by Apple and emulated by prettey much every other mobile platform - represent a huge step backward for the internet. We used to have this whole network of linked sites. Now apps stand alone, isolated from each other, each one in its own data universe. For example, "if you find a few hotels on HotelTonight, you cannot email them to your spouse, because there are no links to send." That's why I still use things like expedia.ca - web sites, so I can share the location of the information. The future, I think, is "software to repackage websites so that they can be sold and downloaded like apps, but still can be searched and linked like web pages."

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