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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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Typeface Mechanics: 001

Tobias Frere-Jones: This new series of posts will explore what I call “typeface mechanics”, the behind-the-scenes work that makes typefaces visually functional. It is what placates the stubborn oddities of human perception, helps or hinders the user, and informs long-standing conventions of design. ?

Anti-Theft ‘Kill Switches’ in iPhones Are Working

Sharon Bernstein, reporting for Reuters: Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing “kill switches” that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are...Show More Summary

The Rise of RadioShack

Harry McCracken, writing for Fast Company: I’ll be sorry to see RadioShack go. But the thing is, consumer electronics retailing is an inherently fragile business. With the exception (so far) of Best Buy, every major national electronics chain has eventually collapsed, and usually a lot more quickly han RadioShack did. Show More Summary

RadioShack and the Decline of Leisure Time

Christopher Mims, writing for the WSJ: In 1963, the year his company bought a nine-store chain then known by the two-word name Radio Shack, Charles D. Tandy explained to he New York Times why it made perfect sense for a retailer of do-it-yourself...Show More Summary

Tim Cook at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference

Caitlin McGarry has a good summary of Tim Cook’s remarks yesterday, including news of an $850 million solar farm in Monterey County intended to supply power for Apple’s new campus. ?

‘So the Opposite of Addiction Is Not Sobriety. It Is Human Connection.’

Compelling piece by Johann Hari, author of a new book on the war against drugs: The experiment is simple. Put a rat in a cage, alone, with two water bottles. One is just water. The other is water laced with heroin or cocaine. AlmostShow More Summary

Speaking of Anchormen, NBC Suspends Brian Williams for Six Months Without Pay

Not sure how he recovers from this. Humiliating, but he has only himself to blame. ?

How Flipboard Built Their Web Version

Michael Johnston, writing for Flipboard’s engineering blog on how and why they built their new web version: These types of animations have always suffered from jank on the web, particularly on mobile devices, for one simple reason: The DOM is too slow. It’s not just slow, it’s really slow. Show More Summary

Jon Stewart Retiring From The Daily Show

Sean O’Neal, writing for The A.V. Club: Ending one of the most venerable and trusted careers in making a complete mockery of the news, Jon Stewart has announced that he is stepping down as host of The Daily Show. According to sources...Show More Summary

Dean Smith Dies at 83

ESPN: The numerical record of Smith’s accomplishments is staggering. His only losing season came in his first, and he left the game having surpassed Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp as the winningest men’s basketball coach in Division I history. He...Show More Summary

JetBlue Becomes First Airline to Accept Apple Pay During Flights

JetBlue: To enable Apple Pay in the air, JetBlue will deploy iPad minis and NFC-enabled cases to more than 3,500 inflight crewmembers. In addition to the cases with Apple Pay compatibility, each iPad mini will be loaded with a custom-designed...Show More Summary

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Charles Arthur on Q4 in the Phone Market

Charles Arthur: Wow. I mean, truly wow. As it says, that’s never happened before. Android shipments have always increased from quarter to quarter, both for “Google Android” and AOSP, since the platform’s first phone. (Unlike pretty much...Show More Summary

Apple World Today

New website from former TUAW staffers Steve Sande, Dave Caolo, and Kelly Hodgkins. Off to a good start. ?

Apple’s Profit Monopoly

Report from Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley pegs Apple’s share of mobile profits last quarter at 93 percent. Samsung took 9 percent, and the rest of the industry was in the red. ?

Swift 1.2

Lots of new language features in the new version of Swift released today. Swift’s development is moving incredibly fast. ?

Same-Sex Marriages in Alabama

Alan Blinder and Richard Pérez-Peña, reporting for the NYT: In major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville, gay couples lined up outside courthouses as they opened, and emerged smiling, licenses in hand, after being wed by clerks or by he judges themselves. At the Jefferson County Courthouse here, Judge Michael G. Show More Summary

Pouring One Out for the TRS-80 Model 100

Longtime Twin Cities sportswriter Patrick Reusse: And then the world changed in 1983, when the TRS-80 Model 100 portable was released for sale. TRS stood for Tandy Radio Shack … he developer and the outlets where you could buy one. Everyone...Show More Summary

Comcast Customer in Chicago Area Receives Bill Addressed to ‘Super Bitch‘

I’m starting to feel left out that I don’t have a fun Comcast name on my bills. ?

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