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The Concept Electronics Show

The Concept Electronics Show (Daring Fireball) Concepts allow designers to ignore real-world constraints: engineering, pricing, manufacturing, legal regulations, sometimes even physics. But dealing with real-world constraints is the hard work of true design. Bohn’s main point here is spot-on — there’s something wrong with a show where none of the most exciting announcements are for actual products coming to market soon. But I disagree that it’s about “confidence”. It’s that all of these companies are bad at designing actual products.…

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2019-03-16 08.18.24

On Spotify’s Complaints About the App Store What Apple should do is allow apps that opt out of IAP to explain that users need to subscribe or make purchases using a web browser, and allow them to link to their website from within the app (even if they’d be required to open that link in Safari, as opposed to an in-app web view). Everything else in Spotify’s list of complaints seems like noise to me, and distracts from the central…

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2018-12-29 14.40.57

NYT: ‘Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech’ by John Gruber Are there Facebook apologists remaining? It’s very clear that Facebook’s top priority was and remains growth at all costs. The side effects of what they’ve enabled — allowing formerly fringe hate groups to gather, organize, and fuel each others’ hatred, forming effective like-minded communities — should have been obvious all along. No one forced them to scale their platform worldwide faster than they could police it. They chose…

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Medium Custom Domains

Medium Deprecates Custom Domains Service (Daring Fireball) I don’t understand why any publication, even a personal blog, would use Medium without a custom domain name. It’s not just about branding now, but about long-term sustainability. If you have your own domain name, you can keep old URLs working in perpetuity. I know many people love Medium’s editing interface, but I just can’t believe that so many writers and publications have turned toward a single centralized commercial entity as a proposed…

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Google Duplex

Daring Fireball (Daniel Miessler) It’s totally credible that Google would be the first to achieve something like Duplex, but the fact that all they did — as far as I’ve seen — was play a recording just seems off. It feels like a con. Google: Hey, check out this cool tech I’ve created. It’s totally awesome. It does this and that and that. Daring Fireball: Wow! Can I see it? Google: Not yet. But soon. Then you’ll see how fantastic…

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