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[Sponsor] Selling shit you don’t want for so cheap that you buy it anyway

People ask what kinds of things we sell, and it’s hard to categorize — headphones, knives, pearl necklaces, pliers (just from the last few weeks) — but you know what it’s got in common? It’s dirt cheap. Cheaper than anywhere else, cheaper than it’s ever been, possibly cheaper than it’ll ever be. Show More Summary

Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Parkland

103 Republicans, 1 Democrat. It’s not “Congress” as a whole that refuses to take action. ?

Et Tu, Sonos?

Mike Prospero, writing for Tom’s Guide: When I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication hat the HomePod’s silicone base had messed up the finish. But, as I was inspecting the damage, I noticed a series of smaller white marks...Show More Summary

Strategy Analytics Claims Apple Took Over Half of Worldwide Phone Revenue Last Quarter

Evan Niu, The Motley Fool: Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston points out that “Apple now accounts for more revenue than the rest of the entire global smartphone industry combined.” iPhone ASP is flirting with $800, while the broader industry’s ASP is approximately $300. Show More Summary

We’ve Reached the Point Where People Are Giving Up on Schools

Actual headline in an op-ed from the Miami Herald today: “In the Wake of the Douglas High Massacre, Is Home Schooling a Better Option?”. That’s how ridiculous our situation has become. People are starting to question whether the problem is with sending kids to school, not with pervasive access to military weapons. ?

‘No Way to Prevent This’, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

The Onion posts the same headline after every mass shooting in the U.S., and every time they do it, it’s more apt than ever. That’s the shot. Here’s the chaser: “Gorilla Sales Skyrocket After Latest Gorilla Attack”. ?

‘The Gun Is Our Moloch’

Garry Wills, writing for The New York Review five years ago, after the Sandy Hook grade school massacre: The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of debate. It is an object of reverence. Devotion to it precludes interruption with the sacrifices it entails. Show More Summary

Facebook Now Spamming Users With Texts if They’ve Enabled Two-Factor Security

Kate Conger, writing for Gizmodo: I’ve been getting these text-spam messages since last summer, when I set up a new Facebook account and turned on two-factor authentication. I created the new profile with somewhat vague intentions of...Show More Summary

? Sponsoring Daring Fireball, Early 2018 Edition

There’s a part of me that hates posting self-promotional stuff here on Daring Fireball. There’s another part of me that wants to sell ads and keep this thing afloat, and knows that I sell more ads when I, you know, mention that there are ads for sale.

Nick Heer: ‘Reports of Google’s Newfound Design Prowess Have Been Greatly Exaggerated’

Nick Heer on the new YouTube app for Apple TV: None of these elements behaves as you might expect, primarily because the YouTube app doesn’t interpret swipes and scrolls like any other app. There’s no audible blip whenever you select...Show More Summary

Facebook Is Pushing Its Data-Tracking Onavo VPN Within Its Main Mobile App

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: Onavo Protect, the VPN client from the data-security app maker acquired by Facebook back in 2013, has now popped up in the Facebook iOS app itself, under the banner “Protect” in the navigation menu. Show More Summary

Kottke on the State of Blogging

Jason Kottke, in a fascinating interview with Laura Hazard Owen for the Nieman Journalism Lab: Melancholy, I think, is the exact right word. Personally, I think I felt a lot worse about it maybe three, four years ago. I was like, crap,...Show More Summary

David Pogue Conducts Blind Test of HomePod Against Competitors

David Pogue: Of course, I knew what the results would be. I’d heard them myself in the Apple demo; I’d read the other reviews; and I’d done the dress rehearsal the night before. Every time, the HomePod won the match easily. At the end...Show More Summary

HomePod Can Damage Wood Furniture

Jon Chase, in Wirecutter’s review of HomePod: An unhappy discovery after we placed a HomePod on an oiled butcher-block countertop and later on a wooden side table was that it left a defined white ring in the surface. Other reviewersShow More Summary

There Are No Competitive Smartwatch Chips From Qualcomm

Ron Amadeo, writing for Ars Technica: Ars Technica would like to wish a very special second birthday to he Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. While most flagship SoCs have a life cycle of about one year on the top of the market, over he...Show More Summary

Claim Chowder on Yours Truly Regarding a June Claim Chowder Regarding Whether the HomePod Has a ‘Touchscreen’

Yours truly in June, after first seeing HomePod: HomePod has a touchscreen on top. Clearly, we now know [that’s wrong]. Paul Kafasis called me out on this during the most recent episode of The Talk Show, and it’s clear that I was wrong. Show More Summary

Steven Sinofsky on Apple’s Software Problem

Terrific Twitter thread by Steven Sinofsky: What is lost in all of this recent discussion is the nuance between features, schedule, and quality. It is like having a discussion with a financial advisor over income, risk, and growth. You don’t just show up and say you want all three and get a “sure”. ?

Inside Apple’s HomePod Audio Lab

Jim Dalrymple: The noise and vibration lab was set up years ago to work on unwanted noise from Macs. At the time, this lab was very focused on fan and hard drive noise, but over the years it has expanded into electronic noise as well. “Reducing...Show More Summary

Designing Farrago

Neale Van Fleet on designing Rogue Amoeba’s new soundboard app Farrago: Despite a key element of the app being up in the air, work was progressing in many other areas. Eventually, I knew we needed to figure out a way to solve the problem of how tiles would look. Show More Summary

An Audiophile’s Review of HomePod

Reddit user “WinterCharm”: TL;DR: I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than he KEF X300A. If you’re new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I’d made an error. Show More Summary

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