• Quote of the Day: Mike Johnston

    “Sony is doing it all wrong, all wrong. Fuji is doing all right. So far.” — Mike Johnston

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  • Facebook’s Explanation: We Wanted to Make Sure You Weren’t Turned Off By Facebook

    Adam D. I. Kramer, an author of the research, writes on an incredibly ugly Facebook page: The reason we did this research is because we care about the emotional impact of Facebook and the people that use our product. Ok, I can get behind that, you care about users. That’s nice. We felt that it […]

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  • Seven Years of Magic

    When I watched the first iPhone keynote, I was in awe. I was pumped it was coming out on my carrier. I was getting one for sure. There wasn’t much information about how to get one. So I ordered online. Others lined up, but I ordered. And then I tried talking to Cingular reps I […]

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  • BlackBerry Passport “Review”

    I could write 10,000 words on why this is poorly done, but instead I think I'll just convey the deftness in two words: hardware keyboard.

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  • Some Good Safari Extensions

    I have two Safari extensions installed both with the purpose of blocking trackers. Now, my site does have trackers too — you should see one for Gaug.es and one for Mint. Here’s the plugins that I use to do my best to keep myself from being tracked: Incognito Ghostery It might be redundant to have […]

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  • Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment

    William Hughes: Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” was published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. This story […]

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  • Sitting and Cancer

    Hannah Newman: The researchers examined close to 70,000 cancer cases and found that sitting is associated with a 24% increased risk of colon cancer, a 32% increased risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer.

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  • The Demise of Aperture

    CJ Chilvers: I’m hoping Apple is smart enough to figure out what the majority of photographers need (which is probably 10% of what Lightroom CAN do), and concentrate on making that feature set fast, lightweight and fun. That may get me to switch from using separate apps for everything. Here’s the features, off the top […]

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  • When I get to work, offer to open OmniFocus

    Well that is a hell of an IFTTT action.

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  • Apple stops development of Aperture

    Jim Dalrymple: Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture. End of an era. Thank God. I loved Aperture when it came […]

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  • The Amazon Dash Commercial [YouTube]

    Reader Joseph S. pointed me to this video from Amazon as a response to my post about Amazon’s terrible marketing. This video is much closer to what a good marketing video should be, which makes me wonder why the Fire Phone video is so poor. But now I have two questions about this video: Why […]

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  • Workaholism in America

    Bryce Covert: Former NASA scientists found that people who take vacations experience an 82 percent increase in job performance upon their return, with longer vacations making more of an impact than short ones. Putting in too many hours, on the other hand, does the opposite. More than 60 hours a week will create a small […]

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  • Google Now

    Ben Thompson: I question, though, if Now will turn out to be as meaningful to most people as Google thinks it will be. In other words, how many people actually want a personal digital assistant? There is an alternative view of computers in which they are more akin to a tool, something you pick up […]

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  • xScope 4

    I love it when good apps get even better. I can’t wait for the next project I need this on.

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  • Fujifilm X-E2 For $150 Off

    Nice deal on a camera that I just love to shoot with. And fear not about it’s age, just today it received yet another firmware update to fix and keep, the camera current. I am thoroughly impressed with Fujifilm’s update regimen to the point where I would buy an older X100 and know I would […]

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  • The Gmail API

    Alistair Barr and Rolfe Winkler: The move, announced Wednesday at the company’s developer conference in San Francisco, is a first step toward turning Gmail into a platform for developers who want to leverage the contents of users’ email for productivity and other applications. A travel app, for example, could scan your email inbox for booking […]

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  • Court Rules No Fly List Process Is Unconstitutional and Must Be Reformed

    ACLU: The judge ordered the government to create a new process that remedies these shortcomings, calling the current process “wholly ineffective” and a violation of the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process. The ruling also granted a key request in the lawsuit, ordering the government to tell the ACLU’s clients why they are on the […]

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  • Nest to Share User Information With Google for the First Time

    Well, kind of (that’s not my headline). You see Nest is opening up some access to their devices so that other things can tie into the devices (HomeKit envy much?). As part of that Google is getting access to data so that a user can use voice controls to control the Nest devices. It’s also […]

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  • Why Apple Really Cares About Your Privacy

    Rich Mogull: With every iteration of OS X, iOS, and iCloud, we see Apple add increasing the privacy protections it provides its users. It has consistently enabled customers to protect their personal information from advertisers, governments, third-party developers, and even Apple itself. Bottom line: Apple knows that it quickly will matter to consumers to have […]

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  • Cops Can’t Search Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

    Dara Lind: The Supreme Court just ruled unanimously in two decisions that police officers can’t search the cell phone of someone they’ve stopped or arrested unless they have a warrant. That’s true even if the cops suspect that the phone has data that’s relevant to the crime. You need to know this, because cops will […]

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