Monthly Archives: November 2013

You Got It Backwards

Over at the Guardian, Liz Bury wrote an article about a survey finding 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents. I was instant messaging with DE contributor Bryan Larrick about this and he made a great point: the real story is that 38% of young adults prefer e-books. The Guardian […]

Coffee Is For Closers

Bloomberg: Apple Defeats Patent Claim Over Invention of Smartphone: Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company, was found by a federal jury not to infringe the patent of a 70-year-old electrical engineer who claims he came up with the idea for the smartphone. The whole patent system is screwed up, and this is just […]

Profitable Losses

From BGR: Despite selling more than a million Xbox Ones in less than 24 hours after launch, Microsoft is not going to make money off its latest gaming console anytime soon, prompting some analysts to advise a spin-off for the Xbox division. Barron’s points us to note sent on Friday by Nomura Equity Research analyst […]

I Can Answer That

Co.Design: Why Did Apple Just Pay $360 Million For Microsoft’s Sloppy Seconds? Because Apple can probably do a much better job at implementing the technology than Microsoft has thus far: There is another way to use Kinect, too: with your hands. Simply raise a hand up to the screen, hover over any tile, and push […]

Phones on Flights

In some ways, I’m encouraged that so many people appear to be horrified with the idea that the FAA could remove restrictions on cell phone use aboard commercial airline flights. This isn’t just about a reaction against the continued decline in civility. After all, I haven’t heard a peep about people using cell phones on […]

Copyright Law Myths

Andy Baio breaks down the myths around the Goldieblox vs. Beastie Boys lawsuit: It’s entirely possible that the Goldieblox video is simultaneously: A parody An advertisement A derivative of the Beastie Boys’ copyrighted work A violation of MCA’s dying wishes And, yet, perfectly legal under the fair use doctrine. Only a judge can decide whether […]

Music Player App in iOS 7: Form Over Function

I have problems using the music player app in iOS 7. The specific problem is when I (try to) click on the Next button to advance the track. Sometimes I hit the Next button and sometimes I hit the volume scrubber, turning the volume up full blast. This hurts my ears and it’s annoying. This […]

Kick It Over Here, Baby Pop

So, the Beastie Boys are suing Goldieblox for riffing off the classic ‘Girls’ track in their new promo video/commercial. The B-Boys have released a statement (via GigaOm): As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision […]