- Should iOS7 Be an Embarrassment?
Even I consider iOS7 to be a great source of jokes about software crashing. That’s going to be a hard train to turn around.
I really believe that Apple has harmed their brand with iOS7. It’s more devastating than any Samsung ad campaign.
Really? That’s not been my experience at all. Yes, iOS 7 has crashed on me more than iOS 6, but Weatherhead’s statement is pretty strong. I wonder what real data can tell us.
Mind helping?❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- Ranking Jerry’s Girlfriends→
This is great.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- Archiving Your Photos→
Good overview of the problems from CJ Chilvers. I am taking a new approach (which I am just starting) using BitTorrent Sync and my hosted Mac mini. More on that later.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- Trusting iCloud→
Without question, iCloud still has a long way to go. However, I still believe it is one of the more encompassing multi-device synchronization engines I have used in some time.
If the app supports iCloud, it’s all I use.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- Focusing on the Words→
1910 Design & Communication on their blog:
We believe that email is about two things. Reading and writing. And that focusing on these two is what would truly move email to where it deserves to be. What we propose here is not a redesign of any particular email application. Neither is it a suggestion as to how we think an email application should be visually styled. It’s an experiment of how email could be functionally improved through the use of better typography, based on the premise that structure is more important than surface.
Really great philosophy — and I suspect, especially with iOS 7, that we are going to see more and more apps go down this road. It’s always stumped me how shitty the reading and writing experience is in email clients.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘The Face Behind Bitcoin’→
Leah McGrath Goodman reporting a conversation with Satoshi Nakamoto’s brother:
“My brother is an asshole. What you don’t know about him is that he’s worked on classified stuff. His life was a complete blank for a while. You’re not going to be able to get to him. He’ll deny everything. He’ll never admit to starting Bitcoin.”❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Early Treatment Is Found to Clear H.I.V. in a 2nd Baby’→
Donald G. Mcneil Jr.:
When scientists made the stunning announcement last year that a baby born with H.I.V. had apparently been cured through aggressive drug treatment just 30 hours after birth, there was immediate skepticism that the child had been infected in the first place.
But on Wednesday, the existence of a second such baby was revealed at an AIDS conference here, leaving little doubt that the treatment works. A leading researcher said there might be five more such cases in Canada and three in South Africa.
Awesome.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Ukraine: Why didn’t the U.S. know sooner?’→
Sorry, I thought this was the kind of thing the NSA data collection racket was designed to “know”?❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Soon, Our Robot Coffee Baristas Will Only Brew Certain Brands’→
Later this year, the company will release its “Keurig 2.0” product. It will use a whole new type of K-Cup that affords customers “game-changing functionality” and “excellent quality beverages.” To achieve all this quality and game-changery, the company will also stop supporting “unlicensed pods.”
Won’t be long now before AeroPress models will refuse to brew any beans not purchased from Tonx.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Facebook looks to buy drone company for “atmospheric satellites”’→
Fascinating report about Facebook buying a drone company. It’d be easy to make a joke that this takes Facebook privacy violations to the next level, but from the sound of it this a slightly more charitable deed.
Either way, you have to think that there is a larger risk here of world governments deciding that the drone airspace needs regulation. After all 11,000 drones flying for five years straight from just one company — well it seems like we could have an aerial traffic jam.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘LA Banned Smoking E-Cigarettes in Public Places’→
I don’t give a shit about this law, but Mike Pearl’s opening salvo is why I will keep reading his articles:
Last month, in a piece about third-hand smoke being potentially deadly, I said banning e-cigarettes “would be a fucking stupid thing to do.” Well the Los Angeles City Council is officially fucking stupid.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- “However, with the recent release of the Playboy® + Hello Kitty® Leica C camera, I feel that there is nothing I can write about the company which shows less respect than what they are doing themselves. ”∞❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Surveillance by Algorithm’→
Bruce Schneier explaining why collecting data that you don’t look at is still dangerous:
Computer algorithms are intimately tied to people. And when we think of computer algorithms surveilling us or analyzing our personal data, we need to think about the people behind those algorithms. Whether or not anyone actually looks at our data, the very fact that they even could is what makes it surveillance.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘