April 11, 2017

The Star Wars Battlefront II Teaser looks amazing. Video was pulled down.

April 10, 2017

» Book publishing in the digital age

A bunch of interesting snippets in the article:

This technical distinction is also present in consumer behavior. eBooks—with their instant access and cheap prices—sell generally 6x more quantities than print books for us. That said, a print book will generally generate 7x more revenue than an eBook.

Very interesting, and I strongly agree with the next sentence in the paragraph:

It’s hard to generate revenue on an eBook because the whole premise of the platform is, I want this quickly and at the cheapest price possible. The premise of a print book in the digital age is driven by luxury: I read better on paper…or…I like the feeling of turning a page. You can’t create much markup on utility, whereas you can create a great deal of markup on luxury.

The whole article reads like summary notes of an industry paper, worth the bookmark.

April 7, 2017

» 74,476 reasons you should always get the bigger pizza

Always, always, go extra-large:

The math of why bigger pizzas are such a good deal is simple: A pizza is a circle, and the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius.

Happy friday.

April 6, 2017

» Art in apps became a real thing (Why Pro Matters)

Great overview by Sebastiaan de With on my the Pro market should matter to Apple:

Without a truly top-tier workstation, Apple will miss out on a huge segment of digital creatives that can craft the future of human-machine interaction — something way beyond tapping a piece of glass. It would lack a Mac workstation with the raw computing power to prototype VR and AR interactions, build game worlds, simulate complex models and render the effects of tomorrow’s great feature films all the while offering those same creatives a platform to create for its own mobile devices.

These are all rational reasons. We have less access to the financial ones, but I’m sure they’re there. Lastly, there’s the feeling of coolness; of getting the right tool for the job. That’s a thing Mac’s are slowly loosing.

But it does seem that Apple finally noticed.

March 18, 2017

» Soylent Ad: Pizza Helper

Originally didn’t get the Trish AI spokesperson concept, but as a Soylent user, this ad represents how I think about the product.

March 15, 2017

» Siempo — The Phone for Humans

We felt overwhelmed by our phones so we built a better one. Smart technology re-imagined for a less distracted life.

Lots interesting ideas. Seems like these should be features and not an Android fork, but will be happy if it finds a niche.

March 15, 2017

Advice from my physics professor: make a detailed plan and then discard the plan and do what you feel.
This doesn’t mean the plan was unnecessary…rather the plan carves out the neural pathways in your mind

Have been coming back to this a lot this week. Link

March 9, 2017

A Bot’s Bot

I still don’t use bots, but they continue to be released — with some interesting integrations.

What I’m hoping for is a smart(ish) bot valet. A meta bot which connects to other bots based on what I’m asking. Basically the lovechild of Siri and IFTTT, without all the configuration, and can read and write.

Curious why IFTTT is not in the bot game already? Seems a natural evolution.

March 3, 2017

» Apple’s Devices Lose Luster in American Classrooms

The shift toward Google-powered devices is hurting Apple’s revenue. Of the $7.35 billion that schools, colleges and universities spent on mobile and desktop computers in 2016, sales of Apple devices fell to $2.8 billion in 2016, from about $3.2 billion in 2015, according to IDC, a market research firm.

This is not like the smartphone marketshare debate, where the iPhone is loosing” — yet has by far the biggest revenue share. On schools they are loosing in both areas.

Then there is the keyboard issue. While school administrators generally like the iPad’s touch screens for younger elementary school students, some said older students often needed laptops with built-in physical keyboards for writing and taking state assessment tests.

Either physical or touchscreen, the iPad needs more space for the keyboard if you’re doing common work. I know that for emails, messages and browsing the on-screen keyboard is fine. But to do a paper or report you can’t have the keyboard obscuring half of an already crowed space.

February 14, 2017

» How Sonos will take on Alexa and Google: by integrating them

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence:

Certainly I’m sure there are people that have purchased a Google Home or an Echo instead of a Play:1, but I don’t look at that [and think] they’re dead to Sonos. There’s an opportunity to get into their living room and get into other rooms in their home with some of the interoperability work we’re doing.

Sonos devices sound quality continues to be significantly better than Echo’s and Google Home. Starting your smart home devices with a AI hub that has a good-enough speaker, and then adding compatible speakers with much better sounds, seems like a solid plan.

February 14, 2017

The Pixar of TV Shows

I know Steve Jobs nostalgia has very little to do with a succesful strategy. But pretty sure that if Steve were alive™, Planet of the Apps wouldn’t be one of Apple’s first series:

Carpool Kareoke on the other hand, looks exactly like something he’d share on a WWDC:

TV Apple
February 11, 2017

The Expanse: Season 2

I didn’t kill him because he was crazy; I killed him because he was making sense.

Although I read the books and liked season one, it wasn’t my favorite show. But three episodes into season two, I can’t wait for the next one. The characters and environments took shape, and now it’s pure story.

Snippet TV review
February 7, 2017

» Apple used to care about iBooks

Daniel Steinberg:

I’ve joked that if Eddie Cue loved reading the way he clearly loves music, then iBooks, the iBookstore, and iBooks Author would be amazing. Not only aren’t they amazing, they aren’t even good.

In 2013 I helped out creating ebooks for a family friends. I first did the Kindle’s version, and it was a painful experience — similar to making a website in the early days. I left the iBook for last, looking forward to the experience. A few days letter, I was back using the epub generator and converting it to the Apple format.

Sad to hear not much has changed.

February 5, 2017

An adorable little chaos inside your home

My safety razor, brush and shaving soap always go together underneath the sink… or at least they did until my 14 month old son started opening every drawer and cabinet in the house.

So I moved the razed to a top drawer. To say that my organizational OCD had an issue with this is an insight of how much time I waste in every one of my workflows. But the raw fear of our small tornado finding my Merkur razor fought fire with fire in my mind.

A week later, I’m actually enjoying the new setup. The razor, the blades and the altoids’ container for used blades now sit together on the drawer.

Parenting keeps generating outcomes likes this. I don’t know if it’s Stockholm syndrome, or sanity complacency. But the end of your personal efficiency brings some fun practical shortcuts through the valley of chaos.

Snippet parenting
January 15, 2017

Deplete Inventories

One of my new year’s resolution is to be frugal. Which as a high level virtue sounds great, but can be difficult to practice everyday. The best trick I’ve found is to not purchase anything if I have some of it left at home.

For most stuff, this means running out of my preferred brand, and dusting off whatever was replaced by it. Shaving creams, aftershave, meat spices and even ebooks.

Curious how long can I last, but I do like that it feels like a rule that nudges me in the right direction.

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