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 […]
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) […]
Silicon Valley continues to crawl up it’s own ass.
Francisco G Delgadillo, Executive Creative Director of Brand at Oracle, on the people who do work for Apple, but can’t share it: “How dare I suggest he remove from his pitch one of the most valued brands in the world, one of the most beloved brands by the creative community?”, I thought to myself. But […]
Jason Kottke on death in the celebrity age: Frankly, I don’t know how we’re all going to handle this. Chances are in 15-20 years, someone famous whose work you enjoyed or whom you admired or who had a huge influence on who you are as a person will die each day…and probably even more than […]
Donald Trump Is Said to Intend to Keep a Stake in His Business: President-elect Donald J. Trump is considering formally turning over the operational responsibility for his real estate company to his two adult sons, but he intends to keep a stake in the business and resist calls to divest, according to several people briefed […]
There’s an exploitation going on here that the media justifies for self-interested reasons. They recognize that most of the people in the debates are not serious candidates — they’re running to be talk show hosts, or something like that. In any case, the belief is that this stuff is not actually deciding the election. But […]
Zdziarski explores the myth of professionals needing 16GB of RAM (via The Loop): Apple’s latest MacBook Pro line is limited to 16GB due to energy (and likely heat) constraints, and that’s gotten a lot of people complaining that it simply isn’t enough for “real pros”. Ironically, many of the people saying that don’t quite fall […]
Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand: An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance: Mr. Trump’s campaign is no longer making headlines with embarrassing staff shake-ups. But that has left him with a band of squabbling and unfireable advisers, with confusing roles and an inability to sign off on basic tasks. A plan to encourage early voting in Florida […]
Financial Times: Apple in talks on McLaren supercars takeover: Left to right: Eddy Cue sits on the board of Ferrari, Sir Jonathan Ive has fondness for Aston Martin, and Phil Schiller owns a McLaren Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group, the British supercar engineer and Formula One team owner, about a potential acquisition, in the […]
Over at The New York Times, Mark O’Connell talks about his Useless Machine, created by computer scientist Marvin Minsky in the 1950s at Bell Laboratories: There is something charming, and even inspiring, in the paradoxical efficiency of this machine that does nothing, that fulfills its entire purpose by bluntly refusing to fulfill any purpose at […]
Reuters: Google shelves plan for phone with interchangeable parts: Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components, as part of a broader push to streamline the company’s hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The move marks an […]
I’ve been pronouncing it WAY-com all these years. Oh well. GIF still has a hard G. Always has. Always will.