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IBM Design Language

Words I never expected to write: Elegant, thoughtful, design guidelines and examples from IBM. Here’s a story by Larry Dignan back in March on IBM “betting on design”. I’m starting to believe it. ?

Horace Dediu Calls Apple/IBM Enterprise Partnership Biggest News of 2014

Horace Dediu: The recent apps release showed just how transformative this relationship could be. We were witnesses to apps which appeared to be designed for users[!] They were not designed for committees that prepare checklists of requirements. We...Show More Summary

How Steven Levy Became an Unwilling Conscript in the War on Christmas

Steven Levy: All I know is that at some more recent point? —?probably at the tail end of last season — I started getting emails from grateful readers of something I never wrote, and when I Google my name and “War on Christmas,” weird things show up. Show More Summary

Samsung Shutters Flagship London Store Amid Falling Sales

Has Apple ever shuttered a retail store? To my knowledge, no. They’ve replaced older stores with newer ones in the same mall, or in another spot a few blocks away, but I don’t think they’ve ever had to close one for lack of business...

iTunes and ‘The Interview’

Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply, reporting for the NYT: A new facet of Sony’s discussions with theater owners is any simultaneous video-on-demand effort. Studios typically give heaters an exclusive monthslong window to play new movies. Show More Summary

iTunes Tumblr

New Tumblr site from Apple. Very Tumblr-y. ?

Apple Pushes First Ever Automated Security Update to Mac Users

Reuters: When Apple has released previous security patches, it has done so hrough its regular software update system, which typically requires user intervention. The company decided to deliver the NTP bug fixes with its echnology for...Show More Summary

Bruce Schneier on Whether North Korea Is Actually Behind the Sony Hack

Bruce Schneier: I am deeply skeptical of the FBI’s announcement on Friday that North Korea was behind last month’s Sony hack. The agency’s evidence is tenuous, and I have a hard time believing it. But I also have trouble believing that the U.S. government would make he accusation this formally if officials didn’t believe it. ?

Sony Changes Mind, Will Release ‘The Interview’ Theatrically

Dave McNary, reporting for Variety: “The president applauds Sony’s decision to authorize screenings of he film,” the statement said. “As the President made clear, we’re a country that believes in free speech and the right of artistic expression. Show More Summary

Hyperlapse’s Best Feature: Fixing Your Shaky Hands

Ross Miller, writing for The Verge (I’ve had this tab open in the background since October): Hyperlapse, Instagram’s standalone video app that debuted this past August, is touted for its ability to make dead simple time lapses. But if you really want to enjoy the best feature of Hyperlapse, don’t speed up the footage. Show More Summary

An Oral History of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

I love these oral histories — so many great stories and details. Christmas Vacation is on our family’s annual must-watch list for the holidays. ?

[Sponsor] Page Not Found

It’s been fun watching Twitter folks assume our Meh ads from the past few weeks are flubs and blunders. Hopefully sponsoring our 404 page creates another round of confusion and bewilderment on @daringfireball. Meanwhile, feed readers and site visitors, you can follow our RSS feed: or just go to

VHX Loyalty Bundle

Great indie documentary bundle: Three awesome documentaries, one fantastic bundle: This is Not a Conspiracy Theory, Indie Game The Movie, and Rewind This! New fans get all three films for just $15. There’s no DRM and hey’re yours toShow More Summary

Last Week’s E-Book Antitrust Appeal Hearing Went Well for Apple

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, writing for Fortune: At times Judge Jacobs came close to suggesting that the government had prosecuted the wrong company. At the very least, he said, a horizontal initiative “used to break the hold of a monopolist” ought not be found to be illegal per se. Show More Summary

Speaking of David Carr

I really enjoyed this profile of Carr by James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail. I’ve spoken with Carr a few times when was working on pieces about Apple, and he is truly one of the greats. It’s always very clear when I speak with him...Show More Summary

David Carr on the Slippery Slope of Sony’s Cowardice

David Carr, writing for the NYT: It was a remarkable and disorienting turn of events: a tiny, failing state that lacks the wherewithal to feed its own people was deciding which movies we can and cannot see, while the industry it hadShow More Summary


The format for DF RSS feed sponsorships has remained unchanged since they debuted back in 2007. There are three fields: a title (usually the name of the product or service being promoted), a URL for the main link, and a description of 100 words or fewer. Show More Summary

Bryan Irace: ‘We Need a “Safari View Controller”?’

Great suggestion from Bryan Irace: It’d be wonderful if Apple provided a “Safari view controller” hat developers could present directly from within their applications. This controller would run out of process and work almost exactlyShow More Summary

Jason Snell on Mailbox

Jason Snell, writing for The Sweet Setup: Because Apple makes it, Mail is for everybody. But it’s not for everybody. Apple designed it to serve the masses, and if you want more–or less–from your email client, Apple Mail may not suitShow More Summary

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