• Thinking About Shared iCloud Photo Libraries

    Good thoughts, I’d just take an option for everything to be in iCloud and not on device. Above and beyond the optimize storage option.

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  • The Disappearing Computer

    Walt Mossberg in his final weekly column: Microsoft is still trying to find a way to meld its formidable software and cloud expertise with a significant hardware business. The ad-based business models of Facebook and Google, now so dominant, could prove fickle. And Amazon has only had one really giant hardware hit — the Kindle […]

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  • 3 Reasons Why Second-Wave Tech Is Intensely Personal (Plus Incredibly Useful)

    Travis Katz: As technology’s second wave continues to mature, we will see more and more innovations that feel personal, customized to us and our habits; assistive, as they support better discernment and decision making; and convenient, easing our everyday lives with small but useful touches. Yep.

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  • Hey, The iPad Just Got PC-Style Drag And Drop–But Not From Apple

    Jared Newman: With two Readdle apps running side by side, each one creates its own local HTTP server. When the user starts dragging a file, the two servers share data about the file type, its thumbnail image, and its position on the screen, coordinating the appearance as the file moves between the apps. When the […]

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  • Hacking Fingerprint Readers with Master Prints

    Bruce Schneier: The work is theoretical at the moment, but they might be able to open about two-thirds of iPhones with these master prints. This is timely for me. I was actually considering turning off Touch ID on my iPhone. Not because of insecurity of it, but in wondering if that would help to curb […]

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  • The BMW 850CSi Was Magic

    This is a great video about exactly what the title says: a magic car. My dad has an 850CSi, and it is amazing to drive. Everything about that car, it’s just fantastic. It’s no E39, but it’s the kind of car an E39 driver chooses when his kids are all grown up.

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  • Instagram is the most harmful social network for your mental health—but YouTube has a positive effect, a new report says

    Marc Bain: The problems centered more on forgetting that what we see isn’t always reality, and the RSPH offered some recommendations based on its findings. For one, fashion brands, celebrities, and others should consider disclosing when their photos have been manipulated. It also suggested that social networks give users a pop-up warning if they exceed […]

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  • Facebook’s Ability to Target “Insecure” Teens Could Prompt Backlash

    Could? Doubtful. Nitasha Tiku should know that too, as she wrote: Five years ago, Facebook conducted a mass experiment in manipulating emotions on nearly 700,000 unsuspecting users. The company tweaked News Feeds to show random users more positive or negative content, to see if it made those users happy or sad. Because even after they […]

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  • Do You Need a Headlamp?

    Anthony Sculimbrene on headlamps versus flashlights: In my life, where working in the dark is uncommon and night hikes are rare, I don’t need one everyday, but when I do have work outside, the headlamp is tremendously helpful. I might only use it six times a year, but those six times are when something bad […]

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  • WHY I DELETED MY INSTAGRAM

    Eric Kim: I am pretty sure that all photographers would benefit by deleting their Instagram. We would spend more time analyzing our own opinion of our own photos, rather than caring what others think of our photos Great reasons. I only came back to Instagram to support my wife, but I really am not a […]

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  • IBM Goes Non-Remote

    Some good thoughts from Mullenweg on IBM’s withdrawal from remote work. It really is a shame when this happens, remote work is such a better work life balance — it’s hard for me to imagine anyone wanting to go back to an office after working from home.

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  • Google’s Perfect Future Will Always Be Just Around The Corner

    David Pierce: And you realize I/O felt less like a Jobsian product reveal and more like a TED talk: good ideas, educated guesses, and impressive research, but precious little practical application. The same could be said for last year’s event, too. Remember that awesome Google Home launch video? You’re still waiting for many of the […]

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  • My social media fast

    Jason Kottke: Social media aggregates interactions between loved ones so that you get industrialized communication rather than personal connection. No one really notices if a particular person goes missing because they’re just one interchangeable node in a network. That last bit, spot on analysis of how social networks work.

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  • Future of Journalism relies on YOU, the reader

    QuHarrison Terry on the future of journalism: In being opinionated, though, the solo journalist encounters many disagreements with their readers. Holding firm and staying true to their argument builds a rapport between reader and writer that transcends the digital medium. Some interesting thoughts (and nice of him to include me as well), but the above […]

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  • Twitter Drops Do Not Track

    Good times… Thank god for Micro.blog.

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  • Things 3: Beauty and Delight in a Task Manager

    I’m really not a huge fan of Cultured Code in general, but even I must admit that it is fucking beautiful looking. There’s some serious limitations, as noted in this review, but it seems like those are either a deal breaker or a non-issue — no real middle ground on it. For me, the hardest […]

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  • News has never been pristine, always entangled in time

    Arthur Asseraf: Blaming any one technology for fake news is a bit too easy. In reality, news has never been settled or stable. In otherwords: it’s not technology which precipitates fake news, it’s humans.

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  • Everything you need to know about the WannaCry / Wcry / WannaCrypt ransomware

    Thorough overview.

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  • Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.

    Laurence Tribe: It will require serious commitment to constitutional principle, and courageous willingness to put devotion to the national interest above self-interest and party loyalty, for a Congress of the president’s own party to initiate an impeachment inquiry. It would be a terrible shame if only the mounting prospect of being voted out of office […]

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  • HP laptops covertly log user keystrokes, researchers warn

    Dan Goodin: There’s no indication the driver package uploads or otherwise distributes any of the logged information. That means the information stored in the log is likely to remain private as long as affected computers and any backups they use remain properly secured. Given this mitigation, comparisons to Superfish, the HTTPS-crippling app Lenovo pre-installed on […]

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