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Filed Under:Technology / Internet
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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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The Buckyball

Erik van Rheenen, writing for Mental Floss: But the ball most commonly seen today — the one with black and white pentagons and hexagons — was first designed in the 1960s by architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, whose forte was designing buildings using minimal materials. Show More Summary

The World’s Ball

Great NYT visual guide to the evolution of the ball used in the World Cup. That 1970 ball is the best — so iconic. I had no idea that it was designed to look better on black and white TVs. ?

? Only Apple

The same maestro who was able to coordinate the procurement, assembly, production, and shipment of 76 million all-new iPhones and iPads in one quarter has brought those operational instincts and unquenchable thirst for efficiency toShow More Summary

Average Kindle ‘Mayday Button’ Response Time Is Under 10 Seconds

Amazon: Eight months ago, Amazon launched the Mayday button, connecting you to live, on-device tech support 24?×?7, 365 days a year — for free. Today, Amazon announced that the Mayday button is now the most popular way for Fire HDX customers...Show More Summary

Like Members of the Family

I named my black iPhone 5 “TMA-1”, and the PowerBook G4 about which I wrote this review was, of course, named “Joker”. ?

How Apple TV Might Disrupt Console Gaming

Ben Thompson: The net result is that traditional consoles are about as far removed from average consumers as they could be. There is clearly a core gamer market, and Sony and Microsoft are fighting ferociously for it, but no one is growing the pie. Show More Summary

Samsung Galaxy Tab S First Look

Joanna Stern: The Tab S shares software DNA with the GS5, too. You get Samsung’s usual Android 4.4 trimmings, including the tablet trick that lets you put two apps side by side. (Samsung will also sell a $99 Bluetooth dock to turn the...Show More Summary

Apple’s Game

Sean Heber: This week Apple introduced app extensions into both iOS and OSX. When a 3rd party app wants a particular kind of service (such as photo editing), iOS presents the user with a list of other apps on heir device that have the desired extension. Show More Summary

The Problem With World Cup Referees

Joshua Robinson, reporting for the WSJ: The world’s most popular sporting event uses a more democratic han meritocratic process for choosing referees. While the World Cup’s 32 teams must play their way into the tournament through a grueling...Show More Summary

How to Tame Twitter’s Annoying Mobile Notifications

After a long, long stretch of not really even looking at Twitter’s first-party iPhone app, I gave it a shot earlier this week. With a fresh installation and default settings, I was simply astounded by the barrage of notifications the...Show More Summary

2014 iPhone Photography Award Winners

Not merely great iPhone photos — great photos, period. ?

Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup

Declan Hill and Jeré Longman, reporting for the NYT: A soccer referee named Ibrahim Chaibou walked into a bank in a small South African city carrying a bag filled with as much as $100,000 in $100 bills, according to another referee traveling with him. Show More Summary


With love and warm thoughts for the Meyer family. ?

The Color Purple

Jeffrey Zeldman: All the caring and all the medicine, all the prayers and all the love from friends and strangers, could not stop this cancer from claiming this child. Caught between horror and hope, all of us watched as the Meyer family fought to save their beautiful middle child’s life. Show More Summary

Facebook to Use Web Browsing History for Ad Targeting

Cotton Delo, reporting for Advertising Age: But what Facebook is now enabling is far more expansive in terms how it uses data for ad targeting. In a move bound to stir up some controversy given the company’s reach and scale, the social network will not be honoring the do-not-track setting on web browsers. Show More Summary

Aaron Hillegass: ‘iOS Developers Need to Know Objective-C’

Aaron Hillegass, who I think is universally regarded as the preeminent teacher of Cocoa: When Apple announced Swift, I heard a few people say “Hurray! Now I can be an iOS developer without learning Objective-C!” I have hree messagesShow More Summary

Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘The Lego Movie’ and Other Warner Movies

David Streitfeld, writing for the NYT: The Everything Store is shrinking again. Amazon customers who want o order forthcoming Warner Home Video features, including The Lego Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, Winter’s Tale and Transcendence,...Show More Summary

Scott Hurff on the Improvements to Messages in iOS 8

Scott Hurff: To me, this is the marquee improvement of iMessage, and the attention to detail blows me away. Not only is Apple making liberal use of new gestures here, it’s also embracing the radial menu effect while creating a new native iOS design pattern. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Apples

Jason Snell: Criticism of post-Jobs Apple tends to run in one of two directions (unless you’re the author of Haunted Empire and want to have it both ways): Either Apple is doomed because it’s slavishly following the out-of-date playbook...Show More Summary

Red Sweater T-Shirts

Now available at Buy Olympia: Susie Ghahremani has illustrated an adorable bear wearing a charming red sweater for Red Sweater Software. This bear has opted to not wear his mittens and socks for now, but hey are there, just in case. Jalkut was wearing one of these last week at WWDC, and it’s pretty sweet. Just ordered mine. ?

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