• Coffee Shop Integrity on the Internet

    James Shelley on social networking updates: But if we vomit every single detail of our lives on each other — that is: what we ate for breakfast; the latest app we installed on our iPhone; our highest score on a mobile game; or detailed every item of our personal schedule since the last time we […]

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  • Product Selection

    Ron Ashkenas: If consumers indeed are looking for a simpler and more focused array of choices, then perhaps the first challenge for companies in 2011 is to resolve to do the same as many of their customers — go on a diet. Ashkenas presents an interesting argument: consumers like a more curated selection of goods. […]

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  • How NOT to Treat Customers

    Aaron Smith reporting on massive profits Airlines raked in from baggage fees, lists out how the carriers became profitable again: Carriers responded by cutting the number of flights they offered, slashing those with the fewest passengers. They packed the airplanes full so they wouldn’t lose money on empty seats. And they added fees for services […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Kevin Smith

    “Ignore the flock of Wah-Wahs, focus on what you love to do, and earn off it. And remember: once you get paid to do it, doesn’t matter whether someone thinks you’re good at it or not; opinions pay imaginary rents, kids. You get paid to do it, you’re a pro.” —Kevin Smith Read this entire […]

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  • Giving the Gift of iOS

    Last night something rather interesting happened, my Wife’s Grandmother was gifted on iPhone 4 for her birthday (12/21). She promptly called us to share her delight and to ask my Wife a few questions about usability. The very first thing the two of them wanted to do was to FaceTime chat with each other (they […]

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  • Quick Notes on the Squarespace iPad App

    Squarespace has been one of those companies that has intrigued me from day one. In fact I have a Squarespace site for hosting my Photography portfolio — I chose Squarespace because I wanted something cheap, easy and reliable. That is exactly what the service has been since I have been using it and I rather […]

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  • The Problem With Home

    Aza Raskin proposes a new home button for iOS: Camera shutter buttons have a two-stop action. Half-press them to lock focus and aperture settings, fully press them to take the picture. There’s a delightful tactile indent at the half-way mark so that your fingers know what’s going on. Let’s borrow this two-stop action for the […]

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  • Hidden theft tracking software for your Mac

    Normally cost you your hard earned cash — free until January. Go get it.

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  • Quote of the Day: Marco Arment

    “Attention to detail, like most facets of truly good design, can’t be (and never is) added later. It’s an entire development philosophy, methodology, and culture.” — Marco Arment

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  • RIP Things

    I have thought a little more on the blog post by Cultured Code from yesterday and the more I think about it the more I despise it. Ignore the fact that they wrote a slightly patronizing post detailing what OTA sync is (which is funny given the demand for OTA sync you would think that […]

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  • Is Google In A Dream World?

    MG Siegler lays the smack down on Google: Still, it’s great to dream big. And Google has the ability to do that thanks to a huge amount of revenue coming in as a result of the original times when they had big dreams. But the world was different then. Well, actually, it was just a […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Steve Wozniak

    “I don’t want to feel that whichever content supplier had the best government connections or paid the most money determined what I can watch and for how much. This is the monopolistic approach and not representative of a truly free market in the case of today’s Internet.” —Steve Wozniak Read this entire letter to the […]

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  • Still No OTA Sync for Things.app

    Jürgen on the Cultured Code blog, regarding OTA sync for Things: The final release of cloud sync as part of Things is still off by a few months. But we plan to publish more details about what we are doing (and have been doing) every few weeks. He wrote an incredibly lengthy post about perfecting […]

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  • Zeldman on Style vs Design

    Jeffrey Zeldman: They mistake Style for Design, when the two things are not the same at all. Design communicates on every level. It tells you where you are, cues you to what you can do, and facilitates the doing. Style is tautological; it communicates stylishness. In visual terms, style is an aspect of design; in […]

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  • FCC Passes Compromise Net Neutrality Rules

    Sam Gustin for Wired.com: The three new rules, which will go into effect early next year, force ISPs to be transparent about how they handle network congestion, prohibit them from blocking traffic such as Skype on wired networks, and outlaw “unreasonable” discrimination on those networks, meaning they can’t put an online video service in the […]

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  • Why I Don’t Use Flipboard, but My Dad Does

    Matthew Ingram on GigaOm had this to say about Flipboard: But I wonder whether the flip-style interface for the app isn’t inherently contradictory to using it as a business or work tool — since it seems more like browsing as you flip through pages, does that make less appealing as a serious content consumption or […]

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  • In Response to “Cash Cow Disease”

    Kyle Baxter responding the the “Cash Cow Disease” post from Ron Burk: Then, once Apple recognized this opportunity, they didn’t just start a half-hearted project and hope that it worked. Instead, they put the entire company into it. They acted like the company was dependent on its success. That’s what good companies do. They recognize […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Ron Burk

    “When you have a cash cow, you lose the discipline of having to make a good product and pay attention to your customers.” –Ron Burk

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  • Drive Me Crazy

    Keith Barry: DriveMeCrazy, developed by Shazam co-founder Philip Inghelbrecht, is a voice-activated app that encourages drivers to report bad behavior by reciting the offender’s license plate into a smartphone. The poor sap gets “flagged” and receives a virtual “ticket,” which may not sound like much until you realize all the information — along with date, time […]

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  • Mike Lee on Games

    Mike Lee: To release a game that lacks fun is to launch a rocket with a damp fuse. An excellent take on games, Lee goes on to talk in depth about why Astronut is not fun to him. I too want to like the game, but find it incredibly difficult.

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