“Some of the more hated aspects of online publishing (headline bait, idiotic correlations out of context, pagination, slideshows, popups, fly in ad units, auto play videos, full page, … etc.) are not done because online publishers want to be jackasses, but because it is hard to make the numbers work in a competitive environment.”Aaron Wall
“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
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.
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.”
“Imagine if your app made $30,000 in the first month it launched. That’s great, apart from the fact that you have to give Apple $9,000 of that. Is the service they provide really worth that much? I’m not so sure it is.”Dan Counsell, Founder of Realmac Software
“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
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Siri Srinivas, The Guardian:
“Beginning in January, Apple will pick up the tab on bills up to $20,000 for egg-freezing procedures taken by its female employees. This is in addition to Facebook’s $4,000 cash bonus to new parents and Apple’s 18-week paid maternity leave.”
I know I’m very late, but I just watched Her and it’s the best movie I have ever seen. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, do it now. And don’t miss Louie Mantia’s lovely wallpaper.