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Jaw-dropping attention to detail from Panic, to set up a themed public demo for their upcoming game Firewatch at last week’s GDC. It looks like the queue for a ride at Disney World. ?
Joanna Stern: Like the first Air, this is Apple’s attempt to reimagine the laptop all over, now for the smartphone and tablet age. Based on my short time with the machine, I think Apple will turn the laptop industry on its head (again),...Show More Summary
Om Malik: Gigaom is winding down and its assets are now controlled by the company’s lenders. It is not how you want the story of a company you founded to end. Every founder starts on a path — hopeful and optimistic, full of desire to...Show More Summary
Charles Arthur, writing for The Guardian: The real question is whether the watch can become an unstoppable money-maker like the iPhone rather than a shorter-term fizz like the iPad — which nevertheless generated $27.8bn in revenue in 2014. That seems awfully dismissive of the iPad’s continuing success. Show More Summary
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John Paczkowski, writing for his new gig at Buzzfeed: And that’s where Apple’s larger strategic vision for Apple Watch comes clear. Fine, the Apple Watch may well “empower and enrich” he lives of those who wear it. As I said, the use-cases...Show More Summary
Apple, in the small print on the Apple Watch “Health and Fitness” page: Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Show More Summary
MG Siegler: Just look at who Apple has hired in the past couple of years. This should be obvious. Not only is Apple not resting on their laurels, they’re pivoting the company in a pretty big way that’s flying under the radar to all but those watching most closely. And it feels like a smart bet. Show More Summary
Apple isn’t the first watchmaker to expand into custom metallurgy to produce hardened ceramic-blend 18-karat gold. Here’s a video from Hublot explaining their process. Hublot gold watches sell for $20-50,000 on Amazon. (I went ahead and made that a referral link, just in case any of you are in the mood to drop $40,000 on a watch from Amazon today.) ?
The many unknowns surrounding the watch are what makes it so fun to ponder prior to next week’s event. So let’s have some fun.
Fascinating piece by Dr. Drang: Apple’s patent application is for a method that allows them to make 18k gold that has, on a volume basis, less gold than regular 18k gold. How can this be? It’s because Apple’s gold is a metal matrix composite, not a standard alloy. Show More Summary
Fun episode of Guy English and Rene Ritchie’s Debug podcast, with watchmaker and developer Jon Edwards and me as guests, talking about the Apple Watch and watch culture in general. ?
Dennis Overbye, writing for the NYT: It’s “Groundhog Day” in the cosmos. In the 1993 Bill Murray movie, a weatherman finds himself reliving he same day over and over again. Now astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope say they have...Show More Summary
Jony Ive’s media tour continues, this time with a profile by Nick Foulkes for The Financial Times: However, it was not without some trepidation that he embarked on he watch. “It was different with the phone — all of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. Show More Summary
Matthew Panzarino: People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap o reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model...Show More Summary
Peter Kafka, writing for Recode: Apple executives have been telling the music industry it can help hem roll back the tide of free digital music by relaunching its own subscription streaming service this year. Unlike Spotify and YouTube,...Show More Summary
The Dow is a stupid index — a poor investment and an inaccurate gauge of the market as a whole, due to the arbitrary nature of its member companies. The S&P 500 is better in both regards. But it does seem somewhat poetic that Apple is...Show More Summary
Drew Crawford, on Google’s attempt to register 100 TLDs for its own use: Is my conclusion that Apple should get a free pass for hamstringing their web evangelists? No. Get your Safari team a blog, Apple. Let them give a talk at a fucking conference. My point is that if you think Google is some kind of Patron Saint of the Open Web, shit son. Show More Summary
Ed Bott: For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. Now Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation of Java for the Mac, using the same deceptive techniques. Shitbags. ?
So Samsung introduce two new flagship phones: the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. The Edge has a display with pronounced curves along the sides. The regular S6 is flat. Why do both of these phones exist? They’re not different sizes. Either the curved edge is a good idea or it’s not. Design is making decisions. ?