• ‘A Tale of Two Ads: “Misunderstood” vs. “Scroogled”’

    Steve Wildstrom: > Microsoft desperately needs people to want Microsoft products (other than Xboxes.) This is not a problem that marketing can solve–better products have to come first–but ads that drip aggression and hostility are only going to make things worse.

    Published
  • Photoshop Works Both Ways

    Excellent.

    Published
  • Quote of the Day: Shawn Blanc

    “The iPhone can be any of those things and more, so why do we look at someone face down in their phone differently than someone immersed in a book?” – Shawn Blanc

    Published
  • ‘The Case Against Multivitamins Grows Stronger’

    Nancy Shute: > Three studies published Monday add to multivitamins’ bad rap. One review found no benefit in preventing early death, heart disease or cancer. Another found that taking multivitamins did nothing to stave off cognitive decline with aging. A third found that high-dose multivitamins didn’t help people who had had one heart attack avoid […]

    Published
  • The Silence of Snowfall

    The acoustics effects of Snowfall is one of my favorite parts of, well, snow.

    Published
  • Tor Best Practices

    Digital Era’s step one: > Don’t use Windows. Just don’t. This also means don’t use the Tor Browser Bundle on Windows. Vulnerabilities in the software in TBB figure prominently in both the NSA slides and FBI’s recent takedown of Freedom Hosting. To be fair to Windows, the recommendation is *not* OS X — Macs aren’t […]

    Published
  • ‘A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services’

    Nice.

    Published
  • ‘The end of the Facebook era’

    Chrys Bader on the pending demise of Facebook: > As your Facebook network becomes saturated, it can feel very public. It puts the focus on managing your image, rather than truly bonding with people. Young startups like Snapchat are providing shelter from the institution of Facebook by serving as a place where you can express […]

    Published
  • ‘Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional’

    Josh Gerstein: > “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval,” wrote Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush. Hope.

    Published
  • Real Beauty

    Great work from Anna Hill showcasing how deceptive ads are when it comes to beauty (well and probably just about anything other ad). I think a lot of people now realize that *every* magazine type image is photoshopped, but I don’t think many people realize just how much things are photoshopped. Or, more importantly, just […]

    Published
  • NSA » Some Show With A Stop Watch » And, Well, Ben

    On Sunday night the NSA scored a major PR win in the form on a highly-favorable `60 Minutes` interview with NSA Director Keith Alexander. I did not watch the segment for the same reasons I avoid reality TV centering around people yelling at people for the sake of people yelling at people. Predictably, this `60 […]

    Published
  • Why ‘Positive’ Reviews Are More Prevalent than Negative Reviews (Hint: $$$)

    If you look at almost any ‘popular’ review blog you will likely notice a lack of outwardly negative product reviews. “EVERYTHING IS GREAT!” The reason should be obvious: readers want to learn about great products, not bad products. But there’s more to the story because you’ll notice a lot of side-stepping around anything negative about […]

    Published
  • ‘Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android’

    Peter Eckersley: > A moment ago, it looked as though Google cared about this massive privacy problem. Now we have our doubts. The best part about the above, is that you could apply it to any year from 2003 on.

    Published
  • Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air

    Over at Macworld, [Dan Frakes just updated his comprehensive post on using keyboards with iPads][1] to reflect some of the new options. I picked up the [Ultrathin for my iPad Air][2] when I bought it to help with my ambitions to use the iPad more and my Mac less. I’ve been a staunch advocate for […]

    Published
  • From the archives: ‘If I Were CEO’

    Back in January of 2012, I wrote this short little 7-step post on how to fix BlackBerry. After reading [this oral history of BlackBerry](http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-05/the-rise-and-fall-of-blackberry-an-oral-history), I think my how-to is more than adequate.

    Published
  • Donate to the Internet Archive!

    When I posted about not being able to find old images, many reminded me that archive.org has them. I spent some time grabbing those images and putting them back into the posts they belong in. Crisis adverted. They are in need of funding though, I donated $100, and you should donate something too.

    Published
  • ‘Former Google executive to run U.S. patent office’

    Diane Bartz: > Former Google Inc executive Michelle Lee has been named deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and will run the agency until a new director is named, the agency said on Wednesday. Word in D.C. is that the USPTO is heavily shopping around LinkedIn for Samsung execs to fill […]

    Published
  • Apple’s Steve Park, New Favorite Apple Employee

    Miyoung Kim for Reuters on Apple’s reaction to having a case thrown out where Samsung was trying to ban sales in South Korea: > “We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims,” Apple Korea spokesman Steve Park said. I like Steve […]

    Published
  • Your Privacy Costs $30/mo

    Stacey Higginbotham: > AT&T said Wednesday that it has started service in four Austin neighborhoods with an offer to bring its GigaPower fiber-to-the-home service for $70 a month — but with a pretty big catch. > If you want to pay the lower rate you must agree “to participate in AT&T Internet Preferences.” This means, […]

    Published
  • ‘TSA agent confiscates sock monkey’s pistol’

    Susan Wyatt: > May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol. > “She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.” > “She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, […]

    Published