Month: April 2017



  • Ghostery is Acquired by Cliqz!

    Yeah, [I’d uninstall Ghostery as quickly as you can]( FWIW, 1Blocker ([iOS](, [Mac]( is your best option. Second, I think we can all agree on a new internet rule: if the company name ends with an exclamation mark, run away.

  • N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

    Charlie Savage: > The decision is a major development in American surveillance policy. It brings to an end a once-secret form of wiretapping that privacy advocates have argued overstepped the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches — even though the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court upheld it as lawful — because the government was intercepting communications…

  • iPad Diaries: DEVONthink’s New Advanced Automation

    The single most amazing thing about this post is that DEVONthink actually adds the items to the library quickly. (Do note how he’s not entirely sure where in the list they are added, the app is confusing by design.) UPDATE: Wanted to post that Viticci pointed out that my aside about not knowing where the…

  • Folsom & Skinth (video)

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  • The James Brand Folsom Knife Review

    I wrote up a review of a knife for Tools & Toys, go check it out if you were missing my knife writing.

  • The XTS Titanium Pocket Pen + Stylus

    A step up from the space pens many like to carry on them.

  • Killing the iTunes Affiliate –

    Brett Terpstra on the change with iTunes App affiliate links: > I use affiliate links on everything. I’ve built many tools, including SearchLink to make this easy, and it generates a small portion of my monthly income. Not a lot, but it’s enough to notice. On an average month, I’ll make about $200. With this…

  • In the Mobile-First Era, Don’t Forget the PC

    Ben Bajarin on why you need mobile and desktop apps: > The counter-argument is to say it isn’t that hard to pick up your smartphone and open the app and do what you want to do. However, having observed a range of consumers who have both desktop and mobile apps of the same software, there…

  • iPad Productivity Report — 4/24/17

    It turns out I have a new issue with 12.9″ only life, and also I have some things to say about iOS automation in general.

  • Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire

    Mike Isaac: > In a quest to build Uber into the world’s dominant ride-hailing entity, Mr. Kalanick has openly disregarded many rules and norms, backing down only when caught or cornered. He has flouted transportation and safety regulations, bucked against entrenched competitors and capitalized on legal loopholes and gray areas to gain a business advantage.…

  • xkcd: Survivorship Bias

    Well put.

  • The Whale

    MG Siegler on Amazon: > Those magical stores where you just walk in and walk out, item in hand, without ever waiting in line to pay, may have some kinks to work out. But those kinks will be worked out. Is there really any question that this is the way this should be done in…

  • Bose Wireless Headphones Spy on Listeners, Lawsuit Alleges

    Tim Hardwick: The lawsuit alleges that Bose tracks the listening habits of users when they are wearing headsets like the company’s QuietComfort 35 headphones, gleaning information through the app such as music tracks played, podcasts, and other audio listened to.

  • Google Plans Ad-Blocking Feature in Popular Chrome Browser

    Jack Marshall: The ad-blocking feature, which could be switched on by default within Chrome, would filter out certain online ad types deemed to provide bad experiences for users as they move around the web. Marshall also notes that Google pays to be part of the “acceptable advertising” program and might actually block all ads on…

  • Finding a Flashlight Part Three: Flashy Lights

    As we draw to a close, I go through a bunch of great lights, and make my one light pick.

  • Random Notes from a recent trip to Japan

    Om Malik: What I like about Japan is its subtlety. It is aloof, it is shy and almost silent. And yet when you slow your rhythm to its ways, the slow hypnotization starts to take control of your sense. Japan is one of my favorite countries, not just because it is a part of my…

  • The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

    Will Knight: The result seems to match the responses you’d expect from a human driver. But what if one day it did something unexpected—crashed into a tree, or sat at a green light? As things stand now, it might be difficult to find out why. The system is so complicated that even the engineers who…

  • iPad Productivity Report — 4/17/17

    Let’s see what Kickstarter can teach us about iPad hardware needs and the product in general.

  • seriously, the guy has a point

    Interesting look into the “fearless girl” statue. Not a simple thing. I had no clue about any of this. (I mean I knew about the statues.)

  • The Mac Is Turning into Apple’s Achilles’ Heel

    Neil Cybart: The writing is on the wall. Apple will not be able to address its Achilles’ heel until iPad can be used for developing apps. This will involve Apple ramping investment and resources into iPad software, hardware, and accessories I can’t wait for the day you can publish apps from an iPad, that’s the…