The New Yorker: The Shape of Things to Come

“Team members work twelve hours a day and can’t discuss work with friends. Each project has a lead designer, but almost everyone contributes to every project, and shares the credit. (Who had this or that idea? “The team.”) Ive describes his role as lying between two extremes of design leadership: he is not the source of all creativity, nor does he merely assess the proposals of colleagues. The big ideas are often his, and he has an opinion about every detail.”Ian Parker, The New Yorker

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

Ich hatte schon immer ein Faible für Bowers & Wilkins. Auch nach Jahren bin ich immer noch jedes Mal begeistert, wenn ich meinen P5 oder Zeppelin nutze. Derart überzeugt habe ich heute dann ohne lange nachzudenken die MM-1 gekauft. Und was soll man sagen? Wie üblich unglaublich klarer, aber trotzdem satter Klang. Ich wüsste nicht was B&W hier hätte besser machen können. Kaufempfehlung.

The Verge: In defense of the selfie stick

What happened to The Verge? One may agree that it’s kind of slow in tech right now, but does this justify an article not only on selfie sticks, but on defending them? Luckily there’s this comment from moroboshi:

“It’s a sad, pathetic symbol of how self obsessed and vain people have become. I go to places to see the places themselves, not to look at myself. What do these brain dead narcissists get out of looking at endless crappy phone pictures of themselves? Well there was me in front of, what was it again? I can’t see, as my massive face was blocking the view.”

Fred Wilson: “What Is Going To Happen”

“Another market where the reality will not live up to the hype is wearables. The Apple Watch will not be the homerun product that iPod, iPhone, and iPad have been. Not everyone will want to wear a computer on their wrist. Eventually, this market will be realized as the personal mesh/personal cloud, but the focus on wearables will be a bit of a headfake and take up a lot of time, energy, and money in 2015 with not a lot of results.”Fred Wilson, AVC

iOS 8.0.1 and iCloud security

Ugh, rough week for Apple. Yesterday they publicly released a faulty iOS update and pulled it back. I have absolutely no idea how this build has made it through internal testing.

Today, Mac Rumors reports that Apple knew about the iCloud security flaw six months ago:

“In an email from March 2014, Balic told Apple that he was able to bypass the security of any iCloud account by using a “brute-force” hacking method that was able to try over 20,000 password combinations.”

Normally I’d be the first to defend Apple, but this is just too embarrassing.