• APPS Act

    Congressman Hank Johnson is set to introduce the APPS Act, explained as: This bill addresses the public’s growing concern with data collection on mobile devices. It would require that app developers provide transparency through consented terms and conditions, reasonable data security of collected data, and users with control to cease data collection by opting out […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Choire Sicha

    “Headlines now are a strange cross between imperative and inviting. The tone is soothing, seductive and at least a little bit demanding, like every character ever played by Linda Fiorentino.” — Choire Sicha

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  • The B&B Podcast #89: Twitter, Coffee, and Cookies

    Our first show back in 2013. We talk about the dos and don’ts of chocolate chip cookies, how Starbucks doesn’t really care about coffee (and how I manage to always burn my tongue on Americanos), and we talk about Twitter and App.net (again). It’s 2013 and Shawn and I need your support to keep the […]

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  • ‘Wouldn’t Have Acted’

    Jeff Plungis reporting on the removal of backscatter machines from U.S. airports: Sanders said the Rapiscan units did their job by screening 130 million passengers, and the agency wouldn’t have acted if not for the congressional mandate for privacy software. Kudos to Congress, but I love the blatant disregard the TSA has for privacy. Their […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Adam Brault

    “I’ve realized—Twitter is outsourced schizophrenia. I have a couple hundred voices I have consensually agreed to allow residence inside my brain.” — Adam Brault

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  • Some Winter Desktops

    I thought I would share some shots I recently took, which work out well as winter themed desktop backgrounds. You can download them all as a zip file, here.

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  • Archived Data, In the Cloud

    Thomas Verschoren has added some thoughts to my argument for iCloud — specifically he doesn’t like how iCloud deals with archived data: What Dropbox offers, and iCloud doesn’t is an archive. Dropbox is a place to make your content available everywhere, anytime at a moments notice, but only when you need it. iCloud only has […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Chris Bowler

    “It’s clear that my Twitter account is a much better place for this sort of sharing, while my own site is a place for content created by me.” — Chris Bowler

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  • Designing Technology

    Nick Bilton with a quote from John Maeda: “The automobile was a weird alien technology when it first debuted, then, after a while, it evolved and designers stepped in to add value to it.” I really like this Bilton post, as there is a ton of little tidbits that you can pull from it which […]

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  • More Data Detectors Please

    If I had to guess, I would guess that 95% of all of my phone calls are work related. I would guess that most people in my age bracket would find the same to be true. The fact is: text messages and email are far easier for both the sender and receiver. All of this […]

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  • False Balance

    John Timmer writing for Ars Technica about Fox News’ practice of ‘false balance’, which in this case takes NOAA’s weather data to task: What are we to make of this chaotic jumble of unreliable sources and internal contradictions? As far as Fox is concerned, apparently nothing; the article doesn’t draw any conclusion about the science […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Paul Shawcross

    “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” — Paul Shawcross

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  • “Open in” Is Not the Solution

    Federico Viticci has a smart response to my post about App Silos: Therefore “Open In”: a menu that copies a file from Location A to Location B, getting from one document to two documents, now available in two different locations. And I would argue that the second most complicated aspect of managing documents is: figuring […]

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  • The Dyneema Smart Alec

    Tom Bihn is still iterating on the Smart Alec and their latest change is to the exterior fabric. They have added an option to the bag that has a 400d Dyneema exterior. This is the classic grid patterned nylon that Tom Bihn is known for on the interior of their bags, but a bit thicker […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Tim Lee

    “I worry that Swartz’s prosecution is a sign that America is gradually losing the sense of humor that has made it the home of the world’s innovators and misfits.” — Tim Lee

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  • Quote of the Day: Lawrence Lessig

    “That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.” — Lawrence Lessig

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  • Keyboard Maestro as OmniFocus’s Little Helper

    Patrick Welker has an amazing Keyboard Maestro macro for all OmniFocus users. Be sure to look at the rest of his site, and then kiss your weekend good bye.Just another reason why Keyboard Maestro really is an amazing tool. [via Shawn Blanc]

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  • Mobile News Reading and Delivery

    I am a news junkie. There’s no way around that fact. It started in eighth grade when our history/current affairs teacher required students to have a subscription to Newsweek.1 I remember waiting every week in anticipation of the next issue, reading it cover to cover and being completely enthralled in events occurring in a world […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Dan Pallotta

    “Your ability to stand up for your truth is a muscle, and the more you exercise it the stronger it gets. “ — Dan Pallotta

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  • Microsoft’s Office Suite and Printers Sitting in a Tree…

    John Moltz makes the argument that part of the reason office suites are less important today is in large part due to the death of printed pages: But eventually I, like many others, simply stopped needing to print. Everything I wrote I transmitted electronically or put on a webpage. And really, good riddance to printing. […]

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