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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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Feld & Volk

I’d never heard of these guys until they made the news last week with their purported video showing an assembled new iPhone, but they run a fascinating/ridiculous business. They take new iPhones and customize them with gaudy, exotic replacement parts (e.g. solid gold volume buttons and silence switch), then resell them for almost $10,000. Think: Vertu but for iOS. ?

Samsung Gear S

Samsung’s sixth — sixth! — smartwatch announced in the last year. (No shipping date or price on this device, either.) The curved screen helps, but it still looks like a small phone strapped to your wrist, not a watch. Like something you’d wear while working out, not something you’d wear all the time. Show More Summary

The Galaxy Note Edge

David Pierce, The Verge: It’s an odd idea, turning this vertical rail into essentially an always-on secondary display. Is it best-suited as a ticker? A notification center? A quick-launch taskbar? Samsung doesn’t seem entirely sure,Show More Summary

Notes on the Celebrity Data Theft

Comprehensive piece by Nik Cubrilovic on the celebrity photo theft: After this story broke I spent some time immersed in the crazy, obsessive subculture of celebrity nudes and revenge porn trying to work out what they were doing, how...Show More Summary

Rich Mogull on the iCloud Celebrity Photo Leak

Rich Mogull, writing for TidBITS: But Apple, like all major cloud providers, needs to step up its game, especially since it wants to store our photos, biometric information, and possibly even payment information in the cloud. These kinds...Show More Summary

S’Long, Jeet

Roger Angell, eloquent as always, on Derek Jeter’s final days in uniform: Jeter has just about wound up his Mariano Tour — the all-points ceremonies around home plate in every away park on the Yankees’ schedule, where he accepts gifts, and perhaps a farewell check for his Turn 2 charity, and lifts his cap to the cheering, phone-flashing multitudes. Show More Summary

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Far From Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle | Reuters

From Noel Randewich’s July 2012 profile of Anand Shimpi for Reuters: To make sure his reviews are ready in time for product launches, Shimpi pulls all-nighters and lays out his testing gear in hotel rooms during his frequent travels. “If...Show More Summary

Apple Issues Statement on Celebrity iCloud Account Hacking

Apple press release: We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Show More Summary

Paczkowksi: Apple Wearable Won’t Ship Until Next Year

John Paczkowski: So that new wearable device Apple is introducing on September 9? It’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it. Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months. “It’s not shipping anytime soon,” said one. Show More Summary

Paczkowksi: ‘Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September’

John Paczkowski, writing at Recode: Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped to schedule a special event in October to show off a new wearable device? Remember how I also said this: “Could things change between now and fall? That’s certainly possible.” Turns out that was a prescient hedge, because things have changed. Show More Summary

Amazon Is Now Aggressively Going After Google’s Core Business

Dan Frommer: Amazon also is aggressively building out its advertising echnology portfolio. The company is “developing its own software for placing ads online that could leverage its knowledge of millions of web shoppers,” the WSJ reports (paywall). Show More Summary

Uber’s Playbook for Sabotaging Lyft

Casey Newton, reporting for The Verge: But one Uber contractor The Verge spoke with said Lyft’s complaint had merit. “What’s simply untrue is that not only does Uber know about this, they’re actively encouraging these actions day-to-day and,...Show More Summary

Estimating Amazon Fire Phone Sales Through Web Usage Stats

Charles Arthur: Amazon famously never gives sales figures for any of the devices it sells, preferring to let its financial results do the talking. Analysts can make estimates of how many devices have been sold, based on their information from sales channels and any guidance he company might give. Show More Summary


New iOS/Mac indie developer conference right here in Philadelphia, October 24-26. Great speaker lineup, including my Q Branch colleagues Dave Wiskus and Brent Simmons. ?

New ‘Hyperlapse’ App From Instagram

Very cool new video time-lapse/stabilization app for iOS from Instagram. I’d never heard of “hyperlapse” until that research paper from Microsoft a few weeks ago. But while Microsoft was publishing research, Instagram was building an...Show More Summary

Two Countries, Two Vastly Different Phone Bills

Anna Bernasek, writing for the NYT, compares typical iPhone monthly bills in the U.S. (Verizon) and U.K. (Three UK): So why the $41.50-a-month difference in price? Several factors are involved, but an important one is regulatory policy. Show More Summary

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‘In Hong Kong, Getting to the Roofs Is Quite Easy’

Just looking at these photos made me break into a serious sweat. (Via Dave Winer.) ?

Speaking of ‘iOS First’

Semil Shaw, “iOS First. Android Much, Much Later”: The most common trap here is the early iOS app which gets some buzz. All of a sudden, the founders hear “When are you building for Android?” The natural, enthusiastic response to sincere requests...Show More Summary

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