• 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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  • Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

    Nellie Bowles: In more than 30 interviews with The New York Times, domestic abuse victims, their lawyers, shelter workers and emergency responders described how the technology was becoming an alarming new tool. Abusers — using apps on their smartphones, which are connected to the internet-enabled devices — would remotely control everyday objects in the home, […]

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  • New GORUCK Bullet Ruck Out

    Looks like GORUCK has a new variant of that awesome 10L Bullet Ruck out. The major change seems to be the handle at the top of the bag. It is now the proper GR1 style handle instead of the nylon webbing loop. Very tempted to ditch my bullet to get one of these (if you […]

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  • No one is opening those emails about privacy updates, and marketers are getting nervous

    Michelle Castillo reporting on this catastrophic trend of people not opting into SPAM: “People are not opting back in,” says Michael Horn, the director of data science for digital marketing agency Huge. “It’s one thing for your customers who don’t have a relationship with the brand to decline and not respond, but you’re also losing […]

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  • Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia

    Sam Nichols: With this in mind, I decided to try an experiment. Twice a day for five days, I tried saying a bunch of phrases that could theoretically be used as triggers. Phrases like I’m thinking about going back to uni and I need some cheap shirts for work. Then I carefully monitored the sponsored […]

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  • Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends

    By GABRIEL J.X. DANCE, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL LaFORGIAL: “It’s like having door locks installed, only to find out that the locksmith also gave keys to all of his friends so they can come in and rifle through your stuff without having to ask you for permission,” said Ashkan Soltani, a research and privacy consultant […]

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  • Mobile Safari is holding the iPad back

    Bradley Chambers: Here’s what the iPads needs: a desktop version of Safari with external trackpad support. Yes, Mobile Safari has a “Request Desktop” mode. There are plenty of websites that completely ignore that request, though. Even for the ones that don’t, many of the designs and navigations are built for a mouse pointer. The iPad […]

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  • Ulysses 13

    Some fantastic new features. Both fenced code blocks and a new deadline feature for sheets are tops. I’ve been testing this for a while and the deadline feature has a lot of potential. Since I track all my writing in in Ulysses I’ve been setting deadlines as “at most 1,500 words, deadline DATE” this not […]

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  • One of My Favorite Lights Available: ReyLight Pineapple Brass AA Flashlight

    I own two, and it’s all I can do to not buy another.

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  • Here’s Amazon’s explanation for the Alexa eavesdropping scandal

    Weed is legal in Seattle, in case you wondered how they came up with this explanation.

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  • Obscura 2

    Out today is Obscura 2. I had a chance to play with the beta version and came to like it quite a bit, and it has become a home screen app for me. More information on the blog post here. I don’t know what it is about this app, but it’s really stuck with me, […]

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  • Instapaper Temporarily Shuts Down

    Nick Statt: Instapaper happens to be owned by Pinterest as of 2016, which does add a bit of a wrinkle to the situation as it’s not entirely clear what type of data on users’ reading habits or any other behaviors Pinterest may have gleaned from its subsidiary. When questioned by Williams on Twitter about the […]

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  • Castro Podcasts

    There’s a new version of Castro out, which switches the app to the now popular subscription model. Castro, as far as I am concerned, is the best podcasts app you can get. But also don’t take it from me because I so loathe podcasts. One thing to note here is the additional features of the […]

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  • How Facebook Binds, and Shatters, Communities

    Antonio Garcia Martinez: Facebook is to real community as porn is to real sex: a cheap, digital knockoff for those who can’t do better. Unfortunately, in both instances use of the simulacrum fries your brain in ways that prevent you from ever experiencing the real version again. But we’ll take what we can get. I’m […]

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  • Details on a New PGP Vulnerability

    Bruce Schneier: Why is anyone using encrypted e-mail anymore, anyway? Reliably and easily encrypting e-mail is an insurmountably hard problem for reasons having nothing to do with today’s announcement. If you need to communicate securely, use Signal. If having Signal on your phone will arouse suspicion, use WhatsApp. I wondered the same thing, though I […]

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