Monthly Archives: October 2014

It’s Expensive Poop, It Should Have Been Cheap Poop

JP Mangalindan from Fortune on the Amazon Fire Phone: In an interview with Fortune, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp acknowledged Amazon bumbled the phone’s pricing. Traditionally, Amazon AMZN 1.30% undercuts the competition on hardware, pairing lower prices and solid features. But with the Fire phone, Amazon stuck to standard industry pricing, asking […]

Samsung-flavored Schadenfreude

Things aren’t looking good for Samsung: What is Samsung’s “nightmare scenario,” you ask? That it will become just another low-margin Android vendor. For years, Samsung has literally been the only Android smartphone vendor to consistently turn a profit. Indeed, Samsung and Apple for a long time have accounted for all of the smartphone industry’s profits […]


This post is about the newest version of Apple’s desktop operating system, Yosemite. It’s a short post, because I’m only focusing on one aspect of it: the typography. In short: Helvetica is a horrible choice for a system-wide, screen font. I work on a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and I connect to a 27-inch, non-Retina […]

They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.*

THE best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken. We expect each generation to do better, but, currently, more young American men have less education (29 percent) than their parents than have more education (20 percent). Among young Americans whose parents didn’t graduate from high […]

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives…”

Paul Boag on how our day-to-day jobs are soon going to be very different: This means that those of us working in high-end agencies need to think about our long term position. The chances are we will see a growing number of agencies close their doors over the coming years. Those of us who work […]

Deliver us from over-saturated icons

I upgraded my machine to OS X Yosemite the other day, and while Apple is very excited about the new design, there are some things I do not like. For one, I find the default colors of the text bubbles in messages to be too bright, nor would green and blue be the colors I […]

It’s Like Hugh Jackman Playing Wolverine

From Bloomberg: Actor Christian Bale didn’t have to audition for the role of Steve Jobs in the coming biopic of the Apple Inc. co-founder, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming […]

What If

BGR’s headline: What if iOS 9 came with a major interface overhaul inspired by the Apple Watch? Really interesting question.