Rethinking Airplane Mode
One of the best parts about the forced confinement of a commercial airplane ride is that you have plenty of time to think about increasingly irrelevant things and wonder exactly why it is we still have them. The feature on our phones called 'airplane mode' has always seemed ridiculous to
The Real Meaning of "Minimum"
Mark Kawano writing for Inc: If a product in development isn't ready to be released, the deadline is pushed back. If an idea isn't perfect, or isn't considered truly magical and delightful internally, it's held back, revised, and the product given an entirely new launch date. A few years back,
Gideon Lewis-Kraus writing at Wired on the History of Autocorrect: Given how successful autocorrect is, how indispensable it has become, why do we stay so fixated on the errors? It's not just because they represent unsolicited intrusions of nonsense into our glassy corporate memoranda. It goes beyond that. The possibility
Apple's first step towards mobile payments?
From The Next Web: Apple has introduced a new service that allows users to add money to their App Store, iTunes Store or iBookstore account at its physical retail stores. No longer do you need to buy iTunes gift cards to add a balance to your iTunes account; you can
Apple + IBM = I never saw this one coming
From Apple's PR page: Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®. That sound you heard was
The problem is also the solution
Ben Thompson on the relationship between book publishers and Amazon: I’ve worked with publishers, and here’s the thing: Amazon is right. It’s not that publishers don’t add value,2 but rather that their economics are wholly incompatible with the reality of the Internet. If publishers are
Mobile Disruption from the bottom up
Clayton Christensen spends much of his time discussing his disruption theory. The central tenant of this theory is that distruption starts from the low-end, low-cost, low-margin part of the market and works its way upwards. I couldn't help but think about his words as I read through this article on
Design as work
John R. Moran on Rampant Innovation discussing design: The core object of the Lean philosophy is waste. Quality is fundamentally about variability. And design is about intent. Intent means purpose; something highly designed was crafted with intention in every creative decision. Frank Lloyd Wright explained that intent drives design with
Building better forms
LukeW has been one of my favorite bloggers for years. Rich data, non-obvious ideas and excellent solutions, all in one place. His latest video, reprising some of the research he has presented at conferences over the last few years, is another great entry in a long line of entries. If
An entrapment lawsuit waiting to happen...
From Ars Technica... According to information provided on their Blogger, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, the PGPD will be documenting the planned takedown with frequent updates during the arrests, tweeting photos and arrestee information. The planned takedown in Maryland will target johns, not prostitutes themselves, and will be set up using
So long, farewell, good riddance
Today, a Canary build of Google Chrome removed something kind of important from the browser: the URL. Of course it still supports them, but the time where users actually see URLs is ending. With Chrome’s “Enable origin chip in Omnibox” flag, Location becomes a write-only field. Clicking there no
Mobile Payments and College Students
From Marketwired An April poll of 2,503 college students around the country revealed that 42 percent would "probably not" or "definitely not" make more mobile payments if they were widely available. The study, sponsored by Balance Innovations, showed that another 42 percent reported they would use their mobile phone
Lawyer loses his mind in front of the Supreme Court
From NPR: DuMont replied that people make a choice — they "choose" when they carry their cellphones with them — and thus they should have "no expectation of privacy" if they are arrested. Kagan, incredulous: "Are you saying one has to keep a cellphone at home to have an expectation of privacy?
Credit card security in the hands of the consumer
I can't help but look at this solution and have two things... 1. First, better in the hands of the user who knows when they are using their own card than in the hands of companies who are relying on imperfect algorithms. 2. What an absolute pain in the ass.
The end of Apple's explosive growth?
Andrew Cunningham, writing for Ars Technica: Apple's past growth has been driven mostly by entering entirely new product categories, like it did when it introduced the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007, and the iPad in 2010. The most persistent rumors involve TV (whether a new Apple TV set-top