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When Stephen Fry met Jony Ive

Apple took the Internet by surprise by announcing Jony Ive’s promotion to Chief Design Officer through a Telegraph article — signed Stephen Fry. Even more interesting is that the Telegraph published the article on Memorial day when markets were closed.

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Apple and the Self-Surveillance State

Paul Krugman, for the NYTimes: So, here’s my pathetic version of a grand insight: wearables like the Apple watch actually serve a very different function — indeed, almost the opposite function — from that served by previous mobile devices. A smartphone is useful mainly because it lets you keep track of things; wearables will be […]

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Apple Watch Reviews

The review embargo for the Apple Watch was lifted this morning. I read them all so you don’t have to. In summary: The Apple Watch is beautiful and very well-crafted The Taptic Engine is really cool. Taps vary depending on notification type Digital Touch and other communication innovations have potential, but are highly dependent on […]

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New Apple TV Will Not Support 4K Video Streaming

John Paczkowski, with yet another Apple TV scoop: Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News that the 4th generation Apple TV will not initially support 4K video — a newer high-definition video resolution that delivers a more detailed, immersive picture. “4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said one source familiar with […]

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Weekend Digest 1

❯ The Ten Commandments of Sushi “Sushi is delicate,” Yajima-san tells me. “It’s easy for the rice to break or crumble when you use chopsticks. That harms the form. Also, when you use your hands, you feel the sushi. And you can get it into your mouth faster.” Before he puts each piece down, he […]

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Amazon Introduces Dash Button

I suppose it’s April Fools’ somewhere in the world right now.

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Twitter Launches Its New Live Video App Periscope

There’s a whistle and a vibration in my pocket, and I pull out my phone and it’s John Hodgman. He’s sitting in an airport, in a Delta Airlines lounge, nursing what appears to be a whiskey on ice. He wants to talk. I just spent 5 minutes watching a stranger play with a frisbee and […]

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Facebook Messenger Opens the Door to Developers

A bunch of new stuff at the F8 Developer Conference today. Zuckerberg took the stage to announce that Facebook will be opening up the Messenger app platform to businesses and developers. The app will soon allow you to connect with businesses, talk about recent orders, post GIFs, download apps — and of course inevitably buy […]

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The Typography Cheatsheet

A comprehensive guide to using proper typographic characters, including correct grammatical usage. Bookmarked for future and frequent use. via Khoi Vinh’s excellent Subtraction.

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The Canonization of St. Steve of Cupertino

The Cook push for the beatification of secular Saint Steve, or more precisely his deification, elevating the former son of God into the equivalent God the father, has taken on the urgency of all cult leaders eager to keep the dream alive after the premature death of the savior. Telling that it took me a […]

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Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2014

Typographica lists their favourite typefaces of 2014. For every selection, they also include great write-ups. I found it to be quite inspiring while building The Currency. A must for anyone interested in typography.

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Where Is The Internet Boom?

The Internet is arguably the most important technology to emerge since 1990. Has it done anything for economic growth? It seems it should have. Take a look at the growth of e-commerce. Or the rise of mobile banking in the developing world. Or the market capitalizations of Internet stocks in the Nasdaq. Everywhere you look, […]

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Google Isn’t Giving Up On Glass

Schmidt told The Wall Street Journal that [Google Glass] has been put under Fadell’s watch “to make it ready for users.” If it wasn’t obvious yet that Google Glass will be a complete failure, now you have it. You don’t simply take an advanced prototype and “make it ready for users”. With wearables especially, every […]

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The ROI to Learning Foreign Languages

Your Spanish is worth $51,000, but French, $77,000, and German, $128,000. Humans are famously bad at weighting the future against the present, but if you dangled even a post-dated $128,000 cheque in front of the average 14-year-old, Goethe and Schiller would be hotter than Facebook. Just putting this up here as late night motivation.

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Demystifying the Concept of Design →

Erika Hall of Mule Design, writing for the WSJ: Design is merely the set of decisions you either make or set aside when you create your product. You cannot not design. Good design will contribute to your product being understandable, credible and valuable. “Bad” design leads to the opposite and often results from not making […]

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The Four Horsemen →

Scott Galloway, speaking at DLD Conference: I was asked to look at the four most dominant companies in digital and make some sort of predictions around who’s going to increase in value and influence and who’s going to decrease in value and influence I felt exhausted after watching this. Then I watched it again.

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The Future of the Dumbwatch →

Marco Arment: A common theory among existing watch manufacturers and watch owners, exemplified by TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver, is that the Apple Watch not only won’t hurt the existing high-end watch market, but will probably even help it I agree. I think that the Apple Watch will get certain people more interested in classical […]

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(Unscrupulous) Business As Usual for AT&T →

AT&T is now charging their customers 29$ per month to not have their web activity tracked. Why am I not surprised? Also, I thought the wording in The Guardian article was a bit odd: They should not be tracking subscribers’ internet activity or monetizing that activity. AT&T should be ashamed of itself for putting profit […]

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New Apple TV Set Top Will Debut This Summer →

Whole lotta smoke for there not to be a fire. Looks like we’ll be getting a Siri-assisted, App Store-equipped Apple TV in the summer. 

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The Potential of Bumpy Pixels →

I think the power of the haptic engine has been wholly underestimated, and isn’t being talked about enough. To me, this was the biggest announcement at Apple’s Spring Forward event. It has the potential to add a completely new layer to software — one that you can feel. This is huge from a UI standpoint, […]

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Conversation With the Inventor of the Aeropress →

You reuse your filters? I did for years. And my wife was always saying to me, “Alan you don’t have to reuse filters, you have all the filters you want,” so I’m not doing it so much anymore. Great interview with Alan Adler, the inventor of the Aeropress. If you don’t own one of these […]

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Ready to Ride? →

I think the pitch goes a little something like this: Starting today, no more rubbing shoulders with poor people. Leap. Now on the App Store. San Francisco is out of control.

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Send Money to Friends in Messenger →

It’d be nice if Apple made this possible with iMessage. Facebook? No thanks.

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Nintendo Announces Partnership With DeNA →

The company has announced that it will team up with DeNA, a major Japanese mobile gaming company, to make smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters. The two companies “intend to jointly operate new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which they will develop specifically for smart devices” Great news for Nintendo fans and shareholders. The stock is […]

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Digital Dog Collar →

I hate the new Apple Watch. Hate what it will do to conversation, to the pace of the day, to my friends, to myself. I hate that it will enable the things that already make life so incremental, now-based and hyper-connected. That, and make things far worse. Timothy Egan for the NYT going especially hard […]

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Meerkat →

The new App Store sensation is a live streaming video service. Its massive spike in popularity comes just in time for SXSW, also. It’ll be interesting to see how it does now that Twitter has pulled the rug from under them.

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How Apple Will Make The Wearable Market →

Thus, in order to estimate just how important the Apple Watch might be, it’s essential to step back from the world as it is and consider the world as it might be, and, having done that, consider just how significant a role Apple’s offering might play. Ben Thompson imagines a not-so-distant future where Apple Watch […]

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The Next Thing →

This is not to say that Islam in France won’t continue to be problematic or that the extreme right won’t continue its rise or that the respectable republicans won’t be as fatuously self-destructive as Houellebecq imagines them to be. The next thing is just never likely to be the same thing. The fun of satire […]

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The Man Behind the Apple Watch →

Yet another exclusive piece with direct participation from Jony Ive. Apple is really putting the design team front and center leading up to the Apple Watch event.

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Sony’s Smart Glasses →

Self-explanatory.

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Fraud Comes to Apple Pay →

Abraham said it’s not “an anomaly” to see fraud accounting for about 6% of Apple Pay transactions, compared to about 0.1% of transactions using a plastic card to swipe. He noted that fraud rates vary by issuing bank. Seems like the banks’s verification system is at fault here, not Apple. In making the new card […]

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