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New York Times Story Asks: ‘Should Grown Men Use Emoji?’

Matt Haber, writing for the NYT: Given their resemblance to the stickers that adorn the notebooks of schoolgirls, not to mention their widespread adoption as the lingua franca of tweens and teens everywhere, some people wonder whether grown men should be using them at all. Where is that “Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended” emoji when we need it? ?

Joanna Stern’s Galaxy S6 Review

Joanna Stern, for the WSJ: Since the dawn of the smartphone wars, there have been basic ruths about Samsungs: They’re made of flimsy plastic, their cameras can’t keep up with the iPhone’s, and their modified Android software is ugly and intolerably cluttered. With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which arrive at U.S. Show More Summary

Dieter Bohn’s Galaxy S6 Review for The Verge

Dieter Bohn calls it the best phone Samsung’s ever made, and probably the best Android phone on the market today: There’s probably no greater source of complaints with Android phones than their cameras. Samsung has always managed to float above the sea of Android photographic disappointment, but never really soared. Show More Summary

‘An Odd Air of Familiarity’

Chris Velazco, reviewing the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge for Engadget (bold emphasis added): And no, your eyes don’t deceive you: The Galaxy S6 looks (and feels) an awful lot like an iPhone. From those rounded sides to he chrome-rimmed,...Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Wearables

MG Siegler: A lot of people don’t seem to understand the point of the Apple Watch. Why do you need one when you already have your phone on you? Privacy concerns, location tracking, etc. With the MagicBand, many of those weaknesses are perceived as strengths. ?

Napkin 1.5

Great update to one of my favorite new Mac apps in recent years. Check out the video for a concise tour. ?

A Complete Guide to the Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick

Fascinating 12-minute video narrated by Joe Dunton. If you care about your work, you care about your tools. ?

The Economist on Microsoft

The Economist: “What are you on? The ‘fuck Windows’ strategy?” Back in the late 1990s, when Bill Gates was still Microsoft’s boss, any employee who had the temerity to suggest something that could possibly weaken the firm’s flagship operating system was sure to earn his wrath. Show More Summary

That’s a Big ‘If’

Alyssa Marino, reporting for Indiana’s ABC 57 News: A small-town pizza shop is saying they agree with Governor Pence and the signing of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The O’Connor family, who owns Memories Pizza,...Show More Summary

Amazon Dash Replenishment Service

The other (and perhaps more interesting side) of yesterday’s Dash Button announcement is the back-end that makes it work: Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) enables connected devices to order physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low — like a coffee maker that orders more coffee beans. Show More Summary

Amazon Dash Button

Feels like Amazon meets Philip K. Dick: free little logo-branded dinguses Amazon will give you to stick around your house, and click when you need to re-order more of whatever it’s for. A Bounty paper towel button in your kitchen, a Tide detergent button in your laundry room, Gatorade and Izze soda buttons on your fridge — you get the idea. Show More Summary

Microsoft’s New Atom-Based $499 Surface 3

Mary Jo Foley, reporting for ZDNet: The new Surface 3 is a 64-bit Intel Atom x7 (Cherry Trail)-based ablet that’s the new little sister to Microsoft’s flagship Surface Pro 3. A Surface 3 tablet with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, minus he add-on keyboard, starts at $499. Show More Summary

New Chrome OS Devices

Clever idea: a $100 cigar-sized HDMI stick from ASUS — plug it into any HDMI display and you’ve got a Chrome OS computer. ?

Facebook ‘Tracks All Visitors, Breaching EU Law’

Samuel Gibbs, reporting for The Guardian: The report, from researchers at the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT (ICRI) and the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography department (Cosic) at the University of Leuven, and he...Show More Summary

Tim Cook: Pro-Discrimination ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Are Dangerous

Tim Cook, in an op-ed for The Washington Post: This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many...Show More Summary

Why the Galaxy S6 Doesn’t Have a User Replaceable Battery

Charles Arthur: Ever since it was announced that the Galaxy S6 wouldn’t offer either a removable battery or a microSD slot, there was all sorts of kerfuffle on tech blogs, and the comments therein: people said hat they bought Samsung...Show More Summary

My Interview With ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

The SoHo Apple Store hosted a “Meet the Author” event last night with Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, and I had the pleasure of playing the host for the interview. Apple recorded it, and it’s now available as both video and audio. I thought it was fun and fascinating. And I’m kind of proud that it got flagged as “explicit” — but that was Bill Gates’s fault. ?

Slack Hacked

This sucks, but I like the way they’re handling this. ?

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