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|Archived Since:||April 6, 2008|
Benedict Evans: The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won. But it’s interesting, in passing, to note the final score, and think about what it means. Interesting back-of-the-envelope math, including a somewhat eye-opening conclusion about how many more Google Android phones than iPhones are in use today worldwide. ?
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Google: Spam callers be gone! Today, we’re beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on Nexus and Android One devices to warn you about potential spam callers and give you the ability to block and report these numbers. Show More Summary
Vindu Goel, reporting for the NYT: Verizon, seeking to build an array of digital businesses that can compete for users and advertising with Google and Facebook, announced on Monday that it was buying Yahoo’s core internet business for...Show More Summary
Big scoop from Daisuke Wakabayashi: Until recently, Mr. Mansfield — who, along with design chief Jony Ive, was one of the few executives to appear in Apple’s carefully-crafted product announcement videos — had all but retreated from the company aside from the occasional visit, these people said. Show More Summary
If not for this article in Billboard, would anyone have even noticed? ?
New episode of my podcast, with special guest Glenn Fleishman. Topics include security vulnerabilities on MacOS and iOS, ransomware, counterfeit products and outright fraud on Amazon, and online harassment and “free speech”. Sponsored...Show More Summary
Ananya Bhattacharya, writing for Quartz: Japan’s Funai Electronics, which makes its own electronics, in addition to supplying companies like Sanyo, will produce the last batch of VCR units by July 30, Nikkei reported (link in Japanese). The...Show More Summary
Elon Musk: So, in short, Master Plan, Part Deux is: Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments Develop a self-driving capability thatShow More Summary
Just in time for tonight’s finale of the Trumpster fire that is this year’s Republican National Convention. ?
I’ve mentioned Studio Neat’s Glif camera mount for the iPhone many times before. It’s always been a great product. But now they’re launching an all-new version, and it looks really clever — it works with any size phone, in both portrait and landscape, and has additional mounts for things like microphones and hand grips. Show More Summary
Yet another sign that the market, collectively, acts impetuously, but amazing nonetheless. ?
Ari Levy, reporting for CNBC: Plagued by counterfeits and unauthorized selling on the online shopping site, the sandals company will no longer supply products o Amazon in the U.S. starting Jan. 1. Additionally, Birkenstock won’t authorize...Show More Summary
Luke Wroblewski posted an interesting side-by-side comparison of the Today view, Control Center, and standard sharing sheets in iOS 7 and the iOS 10 public beta. Much less transparency, more solid shapes in place of outlines, and more use of color. Show More Summary
Remember last week’s link about Chinese counterfeits polluting Amazon’s inventory? They have another problem: outright fraud. Emily Heller: Tried to buy a doormat and here’s what arrived: a piece of foam with a photo of the thing I wanted printed on it. Here’s an even more ridiculous example. ?
Good bookmark for those who persist in arguing that Twitter booting harassers from their service is an abridgment of “free speech”. I will add: Expressing controversial or even unpopular opinions is one thing, and Twitter should remain open to that. Show More Summary
Archived 2012 piece from the now-defunct The Kernel: What’s disturbing about this new trend, in which commenters are posting what would previously have been left anonymously, is that hese trolls seem not to mind that their real names, and sometimes even their occupations, appear clamped to their vile words. Show More Summary
I’d seen this before and remember liking it, but Ben Thompson implored readers to re-watch it in his aforelinked piece on Dollar Shave Club’s $1 billion acquisition by Unilever, and I have to concur with his assessment: it’s one of the best product introduction videos of all time. 90 seconds long and not a word or moment is wasted. ?
Ben Thompson: Probably the most important fact when it comes to analyzing Unilever’s purchase of Dollar Shave Club is the $1 billion price: in the world of consumer packaged goods (CPG) it is shockingly low. After all, only eleven years...Show More Summary
Fascinating analysis and data visualizations by Graham Spencer, writing for MacStories: One of the most striking things you’ll notice when browsing the Top 200 Grossing apps is that they are virtually all offered as free downloads. In...Show More Summary