- Google Fi gets an unlimited plan. I’m staying on the flexible plan. techcrunch.com
- NBCUniversal’s streaming service is called Peacock. No, really. theverge.com
My favorite quotes regarding yesterday’s Apple event.
Om Malik, on om.co:
They opened it with Apple Watch so that tells you the primary driver of the growth going forward
Mark Gurman, on bloomberg.com:
The iPhone 11 starts at $699, down from the iPhone XR’s $749 price last year. The XR stays in the lineup for $599, a $150 decrease for a phone that’s only a year old. That’s one of the biggest year-over-year reductions in iPhone history.
Stephen Hacket, on 512pixels.net:
The iPhone 11 is a correction for Apple, re-alining the product line to how customers thought of it, and the iPhone 11’s new price of $699 is a reflection of that.
M.G. Siegler, on 500ish.com:
The iPhone is now officially a camera. I mean, it has been a camera for a long time. The most popular camera in the world, as Apple is quick to point out each and every year, a decade on. But now it’s really a camera, as today’s keynote made clear.
Angela Lashbrook, on onezero.medium.com:
What Goodreads is good for is keeping your own list of books you want to read or have read this year. It’s a list-making app. And while that’s useful, it doesn’t live up to the company’s full promise of being a haven for readers.
Overall, though, the Goodreads users I chatted with were frustrated by the ugly design and poor functionality of the site overall yet feel like they have few places to turn to keep track of books they’ve read or want to read.
I go from periods of complete abandonment of my goodreads account, to catching up on my read list. Mostly because I enjoy the centralized repository from different sources — Kindle, Apple Books, audiobooks and some physical books.
However I never use them as recommendation source. And for wishlist of books, I actually use goodreads to feed my Trello Books board, which feels way more natural to peruse when I’m deciding what to read next.snippets
Don’t get me wrong, Intel will catch up. Eventually. But the days of Intel’s domination of the CPU are over. TSMC is not being bankrolled by AMD, they are being bankrolled by the likes of Apple, Google, and others. Samsung and TSMC both have a lot to lose if they get behind. Domination of the fabrication node is a monopoly that Intel has definitely lost.
This means that from here on out the CPU race between AMD and Intel is going to remain relatively neck and neck. That is my belief anyhow.
Not sure how accurate, but the best short overview (and forward view) on the new Intel vs AMD performance reality.
Matt Dillon of Dragonfly BSD fame.↩
In later viewings I’ve come to like the sequels by themselves. It’s in the context of the original that my expectations went wild.↩
But the real tragedy of modern technology is that it’s turned us into consumers. Our voracious consumption of media parallels our consumption of fossil fuels, corn syrup, and plastic straws. And although we’re starting to worry about our consumption of those physical goods, we seem less concerned about our consumption of information.
Fun meta essay worth reading.
Reminded me a little about this post a while back.snippets
Oliver Strand on Issue No. 5 of my current favorite coffee newsletter The Filter:
[…] but instant coffee is getting good now that good roasters are getting into instant coffee.
I’ve wanted to try these fancy instant coffee’s since hearing about them from Marco Arment on #ATP. Now that I’m going on a Disney trip with the whole family, seems like a good time.snippets
Receiving a Wired Magazine in the late 90’s provided with hours of restrained entertainment. Starting with the ritual inspecting every page from start to finish — regardless of the article from the cover that had piqued my interest.
Physical magazines have an index, but its UX doesn’t require you to choose an article to get started. The experience invites browsing.
This mindset is missing from the a la carte on-demand infinite availability nowadays. Even when casually reading newsletters, I get an urge to unsubscribe to most of them because many weren’t exactly what I wanted to read at that moment — which is a weird anxiety for something that is not work.
By just switching view modes — from an inbox overview to advancing from within each newsletter to the next — I felt the anxiety of the paradox of choice melt away, and enjoyment of fun time wasting reappear.
Jon Fingas, on engadget.com:
Known as the Sonos Move, it won’t be just a slightly squashed Sonos One with a battery. There looks to be a recessed grip to help you tote the speaker from place to place, and that’s where you’ll also find the previously rumored toggle between Bluetooth (portable) and WiFi (home) connections.
Been holding up on expanding my Sonos Play: 1, and if this is around $200, very likely will get one.snippets
I really cannot believe a reputable online publication with a print magazine allows things like these to happen. Here is the headline:
Barnes and Noble’s New CEO Just Revealed a Brilliant Plan to Save the Company
And then a few paragraph’s in you get this nugget (emphasis mine):
Here are three brilliantly successful methods Daunt used in the past that he could very possibly employ at Barnes and Noble
WTF? How did this get pass an editor? How isn’t this just plain lying?
The sad part is that it’s a good informative article, if framed correctly as a thought piece given Daunt’s past work.snippets
Om Malik, writing on his blog:
Even though I love technology and incessantly download productivity apps, I still am a paper-and-pen guy.
I know he’s right. But just like number crunching became easier with spreadsheets, many pen and paper interactions benefit from the digital upgrade. It’s also true that for a long time the disparity of the digital tools from simple pen and paper made it a hard sell.
Personally, my pathetic drawing and handwriting abilities are enhanced by their digital equivalent. Which makes me use them more, which overall adds more value because I take more notes. The virtues cycle aligns with my geekness.
That said, if somebody paid me $700 to use pen and paper for my notes instead of an iPad… I’d be hard press to justify the benefits.snippets