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Mat Honan on the Whisper/Guardian Fiasco

Mat Honan, writing for BuzzFeed: In the somewhat confusingly written clarification, Guardian US yesterday stated that it was “happy to clarify” that IP address data is “a very rough and unreliable indicator of location,” that Whisper...Show More Summary

Letters From Old Yankee Stadium Up for Auction

Note to my wife: no harm done buying my Father’s Day gift a few months in advance. ?

ResearchKit Off to a Good Start

Michelle Fay Cortez and Caroline Chen, reporting for Bloomberg: Stanford University researchers were stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit,Show More Summary

Emotion as the Primary Selling Point

Great piece by Neil Cybart at Above Avalon: The contrast between the BuzzFeed and The Verge demo videos are noteworthy, demonstrating the much bigger trend in technology: personalization. While there is still demand for videos that go into...Show More Summary

Rob Griffith’s All-in-One Apple Watch Spreadsheet

I’m slightly baffled by the weight difference between Sport Band colors. Why is white so much heavier than black (47 vs. 37 grams)? ?

New Chromebook Pixels Use USB-C, Too

Ed Baig, writing for USA Today: Arguably the most significant difference compared with the first-generation Pixel is the addition of two compact USB Type-C ports, conveniently placed on each side of the machine. USB Type-C can handle power, data and video, all in one. It does seem convenient to be able to power the device from either side. Show More Summary

Apple Watch Glances and the Watch Face

Pavan Rajam, on Ben Thompson’s confusion from Glances only being available from the “watch face”: I think issue here is the term watch face. The traditional meaning of clock/watch face, per Wikipedia, “the part of an analog clock (or...Show More Summary

From the Department of Jumping to Conclusions, Patent Edition

Stephen Pulvirent, opining for Bloomberg Business: Some people will think the gold is beautiful; the yellow doesn’t photograph well, but looks better in person. (I personally prefer he look of the fake gold on the new Macbook.) There’s also rose gold, and both make the watch much heavier and less practical for daily wear. Show More Summary

Khoi Vinh’s ‘How They Got There’

New book from Khoi Vinh: Fourteen amazing interviews with designers of all stripes, each one full of brilliant insights into how great careers are made in digital media. Read tales of hard work, odd coincidences, fortuitous timing, personal...Show More Summary

Apple Stores as the New Mall Anchors

Suzanne Kapner, reporting for the WSJ: Apple draws so many shoppers that its stores single-handedly lift sales by 10% at the malls in which they operate, according to Green Street Advisors, a real-estate research firm. That gives Apple...Show More Summary

The WSJ’s ‘People Familiar With the Matter’

Lorraine Luk and Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting for the WSJ on February 17: Apple Inc. has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five million to six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first quarter ahead...Show More Summary

The Non-VC ‘SimCity’ Approach to Growing a Media Business

Interesting piece by Danny Sullivan on bootstrapping a media business in lieu of venture capital: Third Door Media started in late 2006. It never took investment. We grew our staff as our revenue grew, according to our business plans. Show More Summary

Rene Ritchie on Apple Watch’s Interface

Rene Ritchie: The Apple Watch isn’t an iPhone any more than the iPhone is a Mac. Computing has moved from the server room to the desktop to he laptop to the pocket and now onto the wrist. Every time hat’s happened, every time it’s moved...Show More Summary

Responding to Apple Watch

Jim Dalrymple flagged an Apple Watch hit piece in The Guardian (headline: “Goodbye Apple Fanboy: How the Watchmaker Alienated Its Audience”) for having been written by a guy who’s the chief executive of a product marketing firm that works for several luxury watchmakers — without disclosing that. Show More Summary

Apple Engineer Explains How the New MacBook Came to Be

It’s great that the new Apple allows engineers talk about things like this publicly. ?

Nilay Patel on the Apple Watch Interface

Nilay Patel, on using Apple Watch: After months of anticipation, we’ve finally gotten to play with a working Apple Watch…what matters today is the software, what it can do, and how it works. And it turns out it’s actually pretty complicated. Show More Summary

Why Xcode’s Integrity Matters

Craig Hockenberry, on reports that the CIA is actively working to compromise the integrity of Xcode: The article refers to “Xcode” generically, but as we all know, here are a lot of pieces to this puzzle: I’m going to examine a few of them below. Show More Summary

Ken Thompson: ‘Reflections on Trusting Trust’

A classic essay from computer science titan Ken Thompson, back in 1984, explaining how to create a compromised C compiler that would be undetectable by an examination of its own source code: The moral is obvious. You can’t trust code that you did not otally create yourself. Show More Summary

The Intercept: CIA Campaign to Compromise Apple’s Developer Tools

Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley, reporting for The Intercept: Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept. Show More Summary

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