Monthly Archives: December 2015

Embracing Apple Watch Limitations

Bobby Emamian with good advice when designing for Apple Watch: For all of its sleek design and media hype, the first incarnation of the Apple Watch is simply less impressive than many of us might have hoped. Although watchOS 2 shows promise for the future by offering increased power, functionality, and options, the current version […]

‘Shad the Season

Shkreli fraud arrest incites schadenfreude fest: December is a festive month for most cultures around the globe, but yesterday was an especially jolly day on Twitter. People were mirthful and friendly and humorous, and all it took for them to bond together into such a united whole was the arrest of a despised pharmaceutical CEO […]

Fun With UK Copyright Laws

Copyright legislation will destroy design publishing says Charlotte Fiell: New legislation regarding the use of images of “works of artistic craftsmanship” is being introduced next year as part of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act. The legal reform will extend copyright protection on mass-produced artistic works from 25 years to the length of the author’s […]

Über-Greedy

Uber is going back to court next summer: Next summer, a federal court in California will hear arguments in a lawsuit that could change Uber forever. The lawsuit challenges the way Uber and other so-called transportation network companies classify their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. But if that case goes poorly for Uber, […]

Kickstarter Project Investigation

Kickstarter hires investigative journalist to dig into one of its biggest failures: In November, the company behind Europe’s biggest ever Kickstarter project told its backers it was shutting down. The Torquing Group had raised more than £2.3 million ($3.6 million) to fund its palm-sized Zano drone, but after delivering only around 600 of the 15,363 […]

Who You Gonna Call?

RZA is tempted to steal back the $2 million Wu-Tang album: Pretty much everyone was sad to learn this week that the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s new album was sold to Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old pharmaceutical executive who made millions by raising the price of a life-saving anti-parasitic drug by 4,000 percent. Bloomberg […]

Money for Words

Noah Davis on what writers make in 2015: In my own work, I’ve seen my average rate for my writing, which includes print and digital combined, jump from thirty-seven cents per word during the first half of 2013 to fifty cents per word in the first six months of 2014, and fifty-three cents per word […]

Drrrrrrrropped

Last week Dropbox announced is was shutting down two of it’s services, Mailbox and Carousel. There’s been some bitching and moaning about these moves, but it doesn’t bother me. I use Carousel almost daily, mainly to back up my photos to my Dropbox account (For a few years now I’ve been paying $99/year for 1 […]

Book Covers

Over at The New York Times, Matt Dorfman shares his 12 favorite book covers from 2015 that made him, “stop, stare and ask aloud to no one in particular what the cover means, only to turn to the first page and then the following and then the one after that and onward.”

Reality Editor

The Reality Editor is a new kind of tool for empowering you to connect and manipulate the functionality of physical objects. Just point the camera of your smartphone at an object and its invisible capabilities will become visible for you to edit. Drag a virtual line from one object to another and create a new […]

3D Touch

Interesting to see how iOS apps are taking advantage of 3D Touch: Flickr may have my favorite twist on 3D Touch so far, with a slight change to how peek works. When you’re previewing a photo in your camera roll, Flickr lets you scrub from side to side to quickly see more pictures. It’s a […]