Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society.
Dear Consumers Who Apparently Think the Current Drama Surrounding eBooks is Like a Football Game
Please stop, seriously. You're driving me a little bit nuts. Amazon is not on your side. Neither is Apple, or Barnes & Noble, or Google, or Penguin or Macmillan. These are all corporations, not sports teams, and with the exception of Macmillan, they are publicly owned. They have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders to maximize value. You…
Understanding The Agency Model And The DOJ’s Allegations Against Apple And Those Publishers
Yesterday, the US Department of Justice sued Apple and six publishers, alleging that they had conspired to fix prices. It all centres around the switch from a wholesale model of selling e-books from the publishers to retailers (such as Amazon) to using the agency model of selling books that Apple and the publishers agreed to
Complicated Apps Are The New Excuse by Federico Viticci
Joost van der Ree has an interview with Andrew S. Allen, the interaction designer of Paper. This quote from the article made me further reflect about the tension between simplicity vs. obviousness & discovery vs. frustration: My partner Georg... | Federico Viticci | Italian Caffeine Curator. Founder of MacStories. Member of Read & Trust Network.
The word ‘search’ is a negative word. It fairly reeks of loss and effort. You lose your car keys and you search for them. Your pet runs away and you search for her. Having to search implies loss. It implies effort. Search is a means to an end. You search to rescue; you seek to...
Girls Around Me is a perfect storm of everything too many people find creepy about the new mobile age. Download an app to your iPhone, link up your Facebook account and Girls Around Me will find girls around you who've recently checked into Foursquare near your location and return their Facebook profiles. Before Foursquare shut off access to their API and they were pulled from the App Store, Girls Around Me met your 21st century stalking needs, complete with in-app purchases. It is an undoubtedly fascinating story, raising too many issues to discuss in one article. But I found myself with a...
Patrick Rhone writes a book on his iPad (and his iPhone)
This is the raw footage from a recent interview with Patrick Rhone, a St. Paul tech consultant who recently released his second book, "Enough" (enoughbook.com). Patrick wrote the entire first draft of the book with two index fingers on an iPad screen (and, to a lesser extent, his thumbs on his iPhone, which he routinely uses to compose long-form blog posts). I interviewed him, somewhat incredulously, about all of this. I am posting the footage in its entirety because Patrick is a compelling subject. Edited video to follow.
SOPA is All Fun And Games Until NBC Rips Off Apple
Reality TV is a harsh business. One minute everyone is glued to Jersey Shore, the next you’re looking at a canceled series and a backlog of ‘GTL’ shirts cluttering up the company store. One of the perennial favorites of the genre is Extreme Home Makeover, an ABC property that has a team building a house for a […]
“Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” - Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007 Often, new technologies come along and they immediately show us the future. That something new is possible, right now, today, and that we should pursue innovation along that path. But other times – most of the times
Ok, I relent. Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn’t scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form. Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3rd paragraph) or read it all. But a warning in advance: there is no drama here, no tell-all, no...