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? Retailers Are Disabling NFC to Block Apple Pay

Think about what they’re doing. They’re turning off NFC payment systems — the whole thing — only because people were actually using them with Apple Pay.

Getting on iPad Air 2 on Verizon

Sam Davies, after having to go to a Verizon retail store to get a SIM for his new iPad Air 2: Verizon is throwing money away by trying to take control back from Apple. People who don’t follow this stuff are never going to do what I did. Show More Summary

AT&T Locks Apple SIM to Their Network

Apple support document: Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other carrier as needed. Show More Summary


Leanpub: Markua is a superset of almost all of Markdown that has a strictly defined mapping to book and documentation concepts and that generates PDF, EPUB, MOBI and HTML. I love these “start with Markdown and build something new on top of it” projects. ?

‘You’re My Favorite Client’

Speaking of Mike Monteiro and excellent writing, he’s got a new book. I read it this week, and it’s just great, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen another book on this topic: a book for clients and employers on how to hire and work with designers. Show More Summary

Layer Tennis: DKNG vs. DDL

I’m in the commentator booth for today’s Layer Tennis match, a tag-team match between Dan Kuklken and Nathan Goldman of DKNG Studios in Los Angeles, and Billy Baumann and Graham Erwin from Delicious Design League in Chicago. Check out...Show More Summary

The Guardian: ‘How Whisper App Tracks “Anonymous” Users’

Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe, reporting for The Guardian: Approached for comment last week, Whisper said it “does not follow or track users”. The company added that the suggestion it was monitoring people without their consent, in an...Show More Summary

‘Backtrace’, Debut Album From James Dempsey and The Breakpoints, Debuts at Number Five on Billboard Comedy Chart

Dave Mark, writing for The Loop: James Dempsey is just a regular guy, a Mac and iOS developer who worked at Apple for about 15 years, toiling away on OS X releases Leopard through Lion, the Cocoa frameworks team, and Aperture. Dempsey...Show More Summary

Layer Tennis: Glenn Jones vs. Flavio Montiel

My pal Mike Monteiro is doing the commentary, and he’s killing it. Redefining what it means to be a Layer Tennis commentator. If this keeps up he’s going to break my heart. ?

Apple in One Image

Avinash Kaushik: There are many signals that allow one to come to that conclusion. For me the latest one was the above slide from Apple’s keynote oday. It represents that Apple family of products. Pause. Look at it. Think about it for a few seconds. Isn’t it an amazing slide? There are 50,000 ways to represent Apple products. Show More Summary

The iPad Zombie

Allen Pike: The only thing we can do as developers to disavow support for these devices is require a version of iOS that won’t run on them. Unfortunately, Apple will surely continue support for the A5 in iOS 9. If they do so, we won’t...Show More Summary

Christian Bale ‘in Talks’ to Play Steve Jobs in Sorkin/Boyle Movie

He’s got the look and the intensity. Who knows if a good movie can be adapted from Isaacson’s shitty biography, but that’s good casting. ?

‘Apple SIM’: iPad Air 2 Can Switch Between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile

Greg Kumparak, reporting for TechCrunch: Whoaaa — here’s an interesting bit that went unmentioned in oday’s Apple announcement: Apple has seemingly built a SIM card hat lets you jump between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile without having to swap it out (or, more annoyingly, track down/purchase a new SIM card when you want to switch carriers). Show More Summary

Yours Truly, Speaking at XOXO in Portland Last Month

Great crowd, great venue, and an amazing array of fellow speakers. It was a real honor and a thrill to speak at XOXO. Hope you enjoy it. ?

Luma Labs: Loop 3

I wrote about the Luma Loop a few years ago, but now they’re back, with an even better camera sling. I’ve got one, and it really is a remarkable piece of kit. Every detail is considered. Just one, that’s probably my favorite — adjustability: We adapted the Cinch’s slide adjusters; both front and back to let you lock your camera down instantly. Show More Summary

‘How We Got to Now’

Neil Genzingler, reporting for the NYT on Steven Berlin Johnson’s new series for PBS: The opening episode, for instance, is called “Clean,” and it sets the pattern for the five that follow. We tend not to acknowledge just how recentShow More Summary


Another intriguing open source project for iOS from Facebook: AsyncDisplayKit is an iOS framework that keeps even the most complex user interfaces smooth and responsive. It was originally built to make Facebook’s Paper possible, andShow More Summary

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android looks a lot better than it used to, that’s for sure. Most of this was revealed at IO back in June, but Android now supports 64-bit ARM CPUs (and the new Nexus 9 tablet comes with one — not sure why the new Nexus 6 phone doesn’t). ?

Google Announces HTC-Made Nexus 9 Tablet

It’s new tablet week, apparently. Chris Welch, The Verge: Nexus 9 is available in either black or white and comes in three configurations: 16GB for $399, 32GB for $479, and an LTE-enabled 32GB model for $599. Sadly, you can’t expandShow More Summary

Khoi Vinh on Yosemite’s Look and Feel

Khoi Vinh: This is true with Yosemite, too. Spend just a bit of time with it, and you can almost picture the iterations to come, when future releases will have fully worked out the visual language and the gestalt of the interface will have cohered to a more advanced state. Show More Summary

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