• Instagram’s Harassment Problem

    Taylor Lorenz reporting: She said that the company’s focus on growth has crippled its ability to understand the deep problems within the communities the platform has created. “When you work in growth products for so long, you just kind of don’t learn to understand community concerns,” she said. Terrible. Perhaps it’s also that people making […]

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  • iPhone XS: Why It’s A Whole New Camera

    Fantastic post and analysis by Halide on what really is going on with the iPhone XS camera system. This post also explains how to override, and work with this new method. If you have an iPhone XS, you should probably at least skim through this post.

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  • ‘Pulling a Facebook’

    Matthew Green has this excellent bit in his article about Chrome’s auto-login bullshit: This pattern of behavior by tech companies is so routine that we take it for granted. Let’s call it “pulling a Facebook” in honor of the many times that Facebook has “accidentally” relaxed the privacy settings for user profile data, and then—following […]

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  • Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us

    Henry Cowles: Unfettered access to our inner lives begins as a choice, a decision to sign up for a product because we ‘feel the need of it’. When acting on our desires in the marketplace means signing over our data to corporate entities, the erosion of choice is revealed to be the consequence of choice […]

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  • Watches for Sale

    I’ve got three watches I am looking to sell, click through to see the details. I’m selling my Gravitymaster, Tissot, and Series 0.

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  • New Mobile Photography Course

    My pal Shawn has a new course out all about mobile photography. I’ve taken a look at it and it is stellar. My wife contributed to the course as well and has some awesome videos on there. If you ever wonder “how do people take great photos with their phone?” start here.

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  • Should We Stop Listening to Podcasts?

    This. All of this.

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  • Location Data Being Shared to Make Money

    The GuardianApp team has discovered that a growing number of iOS apps have been used to covertly collect precise location histories from tens of millions of mobile devices, using packaged code provided by data monetization firms. In many cases, the packaged tracking code may run at all times, constantly sending user GPS coordinates and other […]

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  • Put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode forever

    It takes a good bit to get me to link to a site like The Outline, but this post from Paris Martineau is interesting. Martineau states: Yes, Do Not Disturb mode, that underused feature on your Android or Apple device that silences all notifications and vibrations and was ostensibly designed to help you sleep better. […]

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  • Great Deals on GR1s

    On September 1st, GORUCK is increasing prices by a lot. The GR1 specifically will be $395, which is a $100 increase. (Here’s a table of the increases.) GORUCK bags are buy it for life, and if you are on the fence, now the time to pull the trigger. These are the best backpacks out there. […]

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  • AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

    Ryan Nakashima reporting: To demonstrate how powerful these other markers can be, the AP created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar, who carried an Android phone with Location history off, and shared a record of his Google account. And guess what? The map includes Acar’s train commute on two […]

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  • 15L Bullet Ruck is Back

    Just released today in black only is the long awaited return of the 15L Bullet Ruck. It looks to be the same setup as the 10L, but with more width throughout and just a touch deeper. That’s about how I would want it too, I picked one up right away. I can’t wait to test […]

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  • Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason

    Nikhil Sonnad: There are certain things you do not in good conscience do to humans. To data, you can do whatever you like. Fantastic article.

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  • GORUCK KID RUCK

    They’re back!

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  • My M5 For Sale

    I don’t think cars get any better than this, unless you need to fit two car seats in it and be OK driving kids around in the car. Which is why I am selling what is perhaps the best car you can drive.

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  • Noteshelf 2 Adds Handwriting Recognition

    Noteshelf is getting really good these days, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet. When I opened it this morning I had a notice that there’s now support for handwriting recognition. I had a hell of a time figuring out how to work it, but it’ for searching only. And it […]

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  • Meditation under the microscope

    Speaking of mindfulness, it turns out most of the studies about it were far from scientific. So Ute Kreplin did his own very scientific study of it: There must be a more balanced view of meditation, one that understands the limitations of meditation and its adverse effects. One day there will be a more complete […]

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  • Mastering the Art of Caring Less

    Jamie Friedlander: Although there is no direct English translation, wu wei (pronounced oo-way) could perhaps be described as “effortless action,” explains Edward Slingerland, a professor of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia and author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity. The concept, which has its roots in ancient […]

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  • These Academics Spent The Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening To You

    Kashmir Hill reporting: “We didn’t see any evidence that people’s conversations are being recorded secretly,” said David Choffnes, one of the authors of the paper. “What people don’t seem to understand is that there’s a lot of other tracking in daily life that doesn’t involve your phone’s camera or microphone that give a third party […]

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  • Huge GORUCK Sale

    Amazing deals on the GR1 and GR2, only in select colors and sizes. Typically these are the prices you pay for these bags used.

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