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The Talk Show: ‘Diddling Your Feeds’

This week I’m joined by special guest Dave Wiskus. Topics include the new look and feel in OS X Yosemite (10.10), Google’s new “Material Design” look and feel for Android, smartwatches (including the new ones Google showed at I/O last week), and Dave’s new behind-the-scenes role at The Talk Show. ?

Dan Frommer: ‘These Are Not the Wearables We’ve Been Waiting For’

Dan Frommer, Quartz: So perhaps Google is on the right track, and we’ll all be using smartwatches someday. But we’re not there yet — not in the software, hardware, design, or ecosystem. And Apple is going to have to do better than this if it expects the fabled iWatch to dominate. ?

Pre-Release Look at BlackBerry Passport

Now that’s an original form factor — I say this with admiration. Take the logo off the front (please) and you’d know instantly that this is a new BlackBerry. Too little too late to save the company and platform, I suspect, but maybe if they’d come out with something like this in 2010, they might have had something. ?

‘Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended’

The emoji standard has been extended with over 200 new characters. One of them is: “Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended”. On this week’s episode of The Talk Show, Paul Kafasis raised an interesting question: Will Apple support this character? I’ve been thinking about it all week, and I’m going to say yes, they will. But it’s a damn good question. ?

Facebook Manipulated Users’ Feeds for a Psychology Experiment

William Hughes, writing for the AV Club: Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that hey manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. Show More Summary

Withings Activité

Here’s a smartwatch that is truly nice-looking and well-designed. Not just in terms of how it looks (and it’s a very nice-looking watch, in my opinion, with unisex appeal), but how it works. E.g. it runs on a standard watch battery for a year. ?

Brad Stone Profiles Sundar Pichai for Businessweek

Feel free to roll your eyes at the headline, “Google’s Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile”, but there’s some interesting backstory in Stone’s piece, including this bit indicating that Larry Page effectively removed Andy...Show More Summary

‘Like a Girl’

Great new campaign from Always: Using “like a girl” as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty’s really no picnic either, it’s easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl’s self-confidence. We’re...Show More Summary

Remember Facebook Phone?

Mike Isaac, writing for the NYT Bits blog: Facebook has long wanted to be a major part of how you use your smartphone. Now, it looks as if the company has all but abandoned one of its major strategies to do so. The company has disbanded...Show More Summary

Wearables, Fashion, and iWatch

Khoi Vinh: When technology companies look at goods that are built from the outside in, they generally see irrationality and inefficiency, a broken market just waiting to be corrected and “disrupted.” They believe that they can engineer...Show More Summary

Adobe ‘Doubling Down’ on Lightroom

Winston Hendrickson, Adobe: Put simply we’re doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and he new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. Show More Summary

Apple Stops Development of Aperture

Jim Dalrymple: Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing itsShow More Summary

‘The Gunfighter’

Hilarious, well-made short film by Eric Kissack. Find yourself 10 minutes and a big screen. (Via Michael B. Johnson.) ?

Avoiding ‘Sagan Syndrome’

Nathan Tyler, Praxtime: Recall from my previous post how we have three wildly disparate ime scales in play: millions, billions and trillions. Rounding to he nearest 20, we have: Time for intelligent life to fill a galaxy: super short...Show More Summary

The Fermi Paradox

Tim Urban, writing for Wait But Why: SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is an organization dedicated to listening for signals from other intelligent life. If we’re right that there are 100,000 or more intelligent civilizations...Show More Summary

Privacy as a Competitive Advantage for Apple

Rich Mogull, writing for Macworld: Corporations generally limit their altruism to charity, not to core product and business decisions. Apple likely sees a competitive advantage in privacy, especially when its biggest direct competition comes from advertising giant Google and the enterprise-friendly Microsoft. Show More Summary

Apple Cuts Prices on iPod Touch Line

The least-discussed member of the iOS device family, but Apple has sold over 100 million of them since 2007. ?

The Elephants in the Google I/O Room: Glass and Plus

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch: But even a stretch of presentations that had one attendee asleep in his chair apparently wasn’t enough runway to allow a mention of wo troubled Google children: Glass and Plus. Google+, theShow More Summary

‘When a Tie Is a Win, We All Lose’

Keith Olbermann on what’s wrong with soccer and the World Cup. ?

The Talk Show: ‘Oh Man, Soccer’

New episode of my podcast, with special guest star Paul Kafasis. Topics include the ongoing World Cup and the sport of soccer, Google Glass, mockups of devices in rumor reports, Amazon’s Fire Phone, the New York Times’s profile of Tim Cook last week, Apple’s growth, and the agonizingly slow death of Blackberry. Show More Summary

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