Monthly Archives: March 2017

Not Fooled

Guys, this is really lame. And I just got this 30 minutes ago — it’s still Match 31st in California, idiots. Can we retire April Fools’ Day? Please?

The Mature Smartphone Market

The end of smartphone innovation: This autumn Apple will release a new iPhone design, and the fact that it postponed a new design and kept the 6 design for three years instead of two suggests it has something that will attract attention. However, it will really still ‘just’ be another iPhone. Meanwhile, we have some […]

Spark

Blanchard Joins Readdle to Work on Popular Email Client ‘Spark’: Readdle has hired former Apple Mail engineering manager Terry Blanchard in a position that will focus on creating the “future of email” for Readdle’s popular email client “Spark,” working with an entirely new team of his choosing in Silicon Valley. Blanchard’s new role, per his […]

The solution to the problem lies within the problem itself

The GOP Just Killed Consumer Broadband Privacy Protections: As most had expected, the House of Representatives today voted 215 to 205 to kill privacy rules protecting US broadband subscribers. If you’re interested in a little thing called public accountability, you can find a breakdown of which Representatives voted for the measure here. The rules, approved […]

Trivially Easy

Android Wear has made it trivially easy for fashion companies to ‘make’ tech products: March has been a particularly fecund time for new Android Wear watch announcements, though unlike previous years, the brands behind these devices are almost all from the fashion and luxury spheres of business. Tag Heuer, Montblanc, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, […]

“the law of noncontradiction does not apply in his universe”

Trump’s Method, Our Madness: Freud distinguished between neurosis and psychosis by arguing that while the former is psychically localized, the latter is relatively global. In neurosis, individuals break with a portion of reality that they find intolerable. As a result, their overall relation to reality remains more or less intact, but becomes impaired in one […]

What Swatch Should Do

John Gruber on the Swatch Group deciding to make their own watch OS: Developing your own OS is hard. Most such efforts never really get off the ground (e.g. Samsung’s Tizen). Some get off the ground but never get anywhere (e.g. Windows Phone). It’s especially hard for a company that doesn’t already have experience developing […]

Snap’s Valuation

How a Money-Losing Snap Could Be Worth So Much: By the end of 2016, Snapchat had 158 million daily active users. By comparison, Instagram, probably the closest comparison and a formidable competitor to Snapchat, had about 30 million users when Facebook bought it in 2012 for what was then considered an eye-popping price of $1 […]

Citroën Origins

I’ve never been a Citroën guy, but this Citroën Origins site is great. You can explore 360 degree views of the inside and outside of various models from 1919 to 2016. They also include vehicle specs and facts about all the models. I wish every car maker had a site like this.

New Norwegian Currency Design

Back in 2014, Norway announced they would be putting newly designed bills into circulation in 2017. It’s 2017 and they’re here. Below is the front and back of the 500 kroner note: The bills were designed by two different Norwegian design studios. The front (top image) by The Metric System and the back (bottom image) […]

Down with DVRs

For the first time, more people subscribe to Netflix than have DVR: Netflix reached another milestone that will worry traditional cable companies even further. According to a study by Leichtman Research Group, Inc., more people in the US report subscribing to Netflix than having a DVR in their households. Netflix narrowly eclipses the service offered […]

You can please some people some of the time…

Writing for Quartz, Anne Quito on Scott Dadich’s new Netflix docu-series on design, Abstract: Design is the animating force behind brands, buildings and interfaces, and so an engrossing series that explains to a general audience what actually goes on behind the scenes was long overdue. Many designers hoped that Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design […]