Blog Profile / Daring Fireball

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4-Year-Old Boy in U.K. Saved His Mother’s Life Using Siri

From the 999 transcript: Operator: Hello, this is the police. What is your emergency? Roman: Hello, I’m Roman. O: Where’s your mummy? R: She’s at home. O: Where are you? R: At home as well. O: Can you do me a favour? Can you go and get...Show More Summary

The Talk Show: ‘Hubbo Is in Decline’

New episode. Special guest Merlin Mann. Enjoy. Brought to you buy: Eero: Finally, Wi-Fi, that works. Away: High quality luggage with built-in USB chargers. Save $20 with promo code talkshow. Fracture: Now through the end of March, save 20% on Fracture prints with promo code CLEAN. Show More Summary

Apple Acquires Workflow

Whoa, huge news for iOS nerds. Matthew Panzarino has the scoop: Workflow has been around for a couple of years and we’ve covered it and its updates. It shares some similarity with the service IFTTT, in that it allows people to group together a bunch of actions that can allow them to perform complicated tasks with one ap. Show More Summary

[Sponsor] HealthFace for Apple Watch

This is the app that should have shipped with the Apple Watch. You can display any of your HealthKit data as a complication on any watch face, with hundreds of icons and many other options available. HealthFace is a once-off $1.99 purchase — and it’ll be your most-used Apple Watch app.

Quick Thoughts on Today’s New Apple Stuff

Product Red Special Edition iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Looks cool. New 9.7-inch just-plain “iPad”: Looks like the supply chain rumor mill was almost entirely wrong about new iPads. No new iPad Pro hardware at all. Just a no-adjective 9.7-inch “iPad” to replace the iPad Air 2. Show More Summary

Guetzli: A New Open Source JPEG Encoder From Google

Robert Obryk and Jyrki Alakuijala, of Google Research Europe: At Google, we care about giving users the best possible online experience, both through our own services and products and by contributing new tools and industry standards for use by the online community. Show More Summary

Charlie Warzel Profiles Techmeme’s Gabe Rivera

Charlie Warzel, writing for BuzzFeed: Techmeme, then, wields tremendous power over a tremendously powerful group of people. And as its founder, Rivera has been quietly defining Silicon Valley’s narrative for the industry’s power brokers for more than a decade. Show More Summary

Pixure 2.2 and PanelKit

Pixure is Louis D’hauwe’s excellent pixel art app for iPad and iPhone. It’s a terrific app. You might want to check out the latest version even if you aren’t interested in creating pixel art, though — it’s the first version using D’hauwe’s own open source PanelKit framework. Show More Summary

Anthony Bourdain Does Not Want to Owe Anybody Even a Single Dollar

Anthony Bourdain, on his approach to personal finance after having not filed taxes for 10 years and running up credit card debt that he ignored until he was 44: That was really the first time I started thinking about saving money. About not finding myself in that terrifying space, that uncertainty that goes back to childhood. Show More Summary

‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air’

Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker, reporting for The Washington Post: But in Monday’s remarkable, marathon hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey said there was no such evidence. Trump’s claim, first made...Show More Summary

Leaked Images of Samsung Galaxy S8 From Evan Blass

Looks like Samsung is beating Apple to the “hardly any chin or forehead” punch. The top and bottom have bezels, but they’re so small Samsung couldn’t print their ugly logo on the front, finally moving past one of the worst aspects of...Show More Summary

? About That Purported 10.5-Inch iPad

Applying Occam’s razor to these rumors, I think the most likely explanation is that Apple is working on a new edge-to-edge design iPad with a 10.5-inch display, but that it’s a 2018 thing, not a 2017 thing.

Google to Revamp Ad Policies After Big Brands Boycott

Joe Mayes and Jeremy Kahn, reporting for Bloomberg: The U.S. company said in a blog post Friday it would give clients more control over where their ads appear on both YouTube, the video-sharing service it owns, and the Google Display Network, which posts advertising to third-party websites. The announcement came after the U.K. Show More Summary

Uber President Jeff Jones Is Quitting, Citing Differences Over ‘Beliefs and Approach to Leadership’

Kara Swisher and Johana Bhuiyan, reporting for Recode: Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year. The move by the No. 2 exec, said sources, is directly related to the multiple controversies...Show More Summary

Chuck Berry Dies at 90

Great clip from 1987’s Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll, with Chuck Berry teaching Keith Richards how to properly play the opening licks of “Carol”. Perfect. ?

Recreating Asteroids With Lasers

Seb Lee-Delisle recreated the vintage Asteroids coin-op game using lasers, and the result is glorious. Great video from Matt Parker. ?

Why YouTube Switched From 5-Star Ratings to Thumbs Up/Down in 2009

I got a lot of pushback from readers regarding my post yesterday supporting Netflix’s switch from a 5-star rating system to a simple thumbs up/down system. The gist of the complaints is that some people do carefully consider their star ratings, and do value the granularity of being able to say that you like/dislike something a little or a lot. Show More Summary

The Case Against Uber

Daniel Compton lays out the case against Uber having coordinated with Anthony Levandowski to steal Google subsidiary Waymo’s self-driving car technology: From Waymo’s filings, it seems that they have Levandowski dead to rights on stealing their LiDAR designs. Show More Summary

Netflix Is Ditching Five-Star Ratings in Favor of a Thumbs-Up

Lauren Goode, reporting for The Verge: Netflix will soon be changing changing its ratings system for the first time in several years, switching from a traditional five-star rating to a thumbs-up / thumbs-down system, Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin said in a press briefing today. “Five stars feels very yesterday now,” Yellin said. Show More Summary

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