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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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Mr. Miller Doesn’t Go to Washington

Matt Miller ran for Congress in west L.A. this year, and wrote about the experience for Politico Magazine. Fascinating, if depressing, “this is what it’s like” perspective: Campaign fundraising is a bizarre, soul-warping endeavor. You spend your time endlessly adding to lists of people who might be in a position to help. Show More Summary

Apple to Sapphire Supplier: ‘Put on Your Big Boy Pants and Accept the Agreement’

Kif Leswing, reporting for GigaOm: Even if you’re uninterested in GT Advanced Technologies, there are a number of details about how much power Apple exercises over its suppliers. Squiller says that Apple did not ever really enter into negotiations,...Show More Summary

Dan Frakes Lands at The Wirecutter

One of the best sites on the web just got better. ?

Amazon’s Echo Chamber

Dustin Curtis on Amazon’s hardware aspirations: It’s an echo chamber. They make a product, they market the product on, they sell the product to customers, they get a false sense of success, the customer puts the product in a drawer and never uses it, and then Amazon moves on to the next product. Show More Summary

Marco Arment on Business Insider

He’s spot-on about whether there’s actually any evidence of more developers going Android-first (spoiler: no), but the real gem in this piece is his dispassionate delineation of Business Insider’s web page design cruft in footnote 1...

Expectations for WatchKit

David Smith on the imminent release of the first WatchKit SDK: So to start with we will be given the ability to implement actionable notifications and Glances. This is what I believe we are getting with the SDK release this month. It...Show More Summary

An Established Product Category

The lead from James Trew’s Engadget review of the new LG G Watch R: I think it’s fair to say by now that smartwatches are no longer he “hot new thing.” It’s an established product category. The paint might still be a little wet on the...Show More Summary

Paul Ford: ‘The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-Computing’

Put aside some time to truly savor this piece. So good, in so many ways. ?

Microsoft Makes Full Office Suite Free on Mobile Platforms

Nick Wingfield, writing for the NYT: But in a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. Show More Summary

EFF: ‘Which Messaging Technologies Are Truly Safe and Secure?’

The EFF: The scorecard includes more than three dozen tools, including chat clients, text messaging apps, email applications, and technologies for voice and video calls. EFF examined them on seven factors, like whether the message is encrypted both in-transit and at the provider level, and if the code is audited and open to independent review. Show More Summary

On Dropbox and Apple

My pal Anil Dash served up a dose of his own two-year-old claim chowder. ?

Amazon Echo

A wireless speaker with an always-listening Siri/Google Now-style voice-driven AI agent named Alexa. $199, or $99 for Prime members. ?

Wired Interviews Google Designers on Material Design

Kyle VanHemert, writing for Wired: There’s also the risk that material design’s stringent rules could make for an unrelentingly homogenous ecosystem. Nicholas Jitkoff, one of the project’s lead designers, says Google is cognizant that it needs to leave room for third parties to express their own personalities. Show More Summary

Uber’s Web App

This is kind of amazing — it’s the full Uber app running as a web app. Really well done. I discovered this via this LayerVault comment from Brock Whitten; he’s under the impression that this is what the Uber mobile app is using behind the scenes, that the mobile app is just a thin webview wrapper around this mobile web app. Show More Summary

Rip-Off of the Week: Lenovo S90 ‘Sisley’

You expect things like this from Samsung and Xiaomi, but not from Lenovo. Just shameless. (The comment thread on this one is worth a skim too, but don’t start reading them with a beverage in your mouth.) ?

CNN Election Commentators Used Microsoft Surface Tablets to Prop Up Their iPads

You can’t just expect people to switch to an altogether unfamiliar device because of a corporate sponsorship. iPads are essential tools for many people. Familiarity matters. Microsoft needs to focus on getting people to want to use Surface tablets, not use them because of a corporate sponsorship. This is just embarrassing. ?

It’s Really Alex King’s Share Icon

I knew this, but at some point forgot — that sideways-V-with-three-nodes share icon was created by my friend Alex King back in 2007, released under four different open source licenses. ?

Matias Duarte on Google’s ‘Share’ Icon

Matias Duarte, “one year ago” (that’s the actual granularity of the time stamps in Google Plus), on why Google’s iOS apps use Google’s share icon: The share icon Google uses in its properties (and the share icon hat Android endorses) is a popular opensource icon and one that we feel well describes the connective nature of sharing. Show More Summary

Do as We Say, Not as We Do

Here’s a video from last year, with three guys from Google talking about how to properly design apps for Android. Starting around the 6:00 mark, their specific example is about sharing icons. They recommend against using the iOS arrow-coming-out-of-a-box...Show More Summary

J2ObjC: Google’s Shared Logic for iOS and Android Apps

J2ObjC is a “Java to iOS Objective-C translation tool and runtime”. Google uses it to maintain a cross-platform shared codebase for its mobile apps; internal logic is written once (in Java) and ported to Objective-C using this tool. But it’s only for non-UI code. Show More Summary

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