Great bit by Guy English. The Samsung Galaxy S5 ships with a fingerprint sensor (as we all expected it to), but hasn’t experienced the kind of scrutiny Apple got when it shipped one in the iPhone 5s. People are asking why:
The argument is that this kind of questioning is unfair to Apple and I disagree. This is the level of scrutiny that we’d hope governments gave to all our industries, all our corporations. Not intervention or direction, but putting in the work to try to understand what is going on. We can debate the reasons that Apple is questioned but, ultimately, the answer is simple.
Apple is held to a higher standard of conduct. They’ve spent years, countless hours of hard work and untold advertising dollars to earn that expectation. They have it. When location data or fingerprints, both incredibly obviously hot topics, need to be explained it is Apple that is put in the hot seat. Because they are expected to meet our highest standards.
New launcher from Google.
Side note: Amazing to me that they are restricting it to Nexus devices (and Google Play Edition). Yes, you can still get it, but it’s still telling about Google’s intentions.
It seems to be that they want to have 2 versions of Android.
• The one everyone uses. Samsung get it and put their software crap on it, HTC, Sony, LG, etc.
• One perfect unaltered version running on hardware they control (integrated, aka “the Apple model”).
Josh Constine gives a scarily-good idea of what a life on Facebook is really like:
You’ll one day meet someone so attractive you can hardly wait to escape their presence so you can stalk their every publicly available tidbit of information. You never got their phone number, but with a combination of savvy search parameters you’ll pluck them from the billion-human haystack. You’ll message them something flirty you’d have been too scared to say on the phone and you’ll become “friends.” Before your first date, you’ll know all their favorite bands, the places they’ve travelled, and what their ex looks like. You’ll learn more about them alone than you could in a half-dozen dinners together. You’ll meet up having never heard their voice since that initial encounter. And you’ll fall in love with someone you would have lost but instead you found because you both live a Facebook life.
Your relationship will be condensed into a series of moments. A vacation together, a formal party, an anniversary dinner. No one will know about the fights over work/life balance or the creeping worry they’ll get bored of you, because those don’t make likeable posts. But you’ll send stickers to convey the complex emotions when you’re at a loss for words, and they’ll understand what you mean. You will accumulate a Timeline full of happy memories, and when you scroll through, you remember why you fell so hard in the first place.
A bit of a late post this one. I knew a little bit about the original Mac, but not what it brought to the mass market.
Even more amazing is that some things haven’t changed at all. File, Edit, and View menus to start the Finder menu bar — the same today as in System 1 in 1984.
It also exhibited taste, for one of the first times in Apple’s history.
The second aspect of the original Mac that stands out today as Apple-like is putting just enough whimsy into the experience. Most famously, the smiling Mac you saw as the system booted. Had anyone prior even considered a smiling computer? But fundamental to the genius of the smiling Mac is that it didn’t come across as silly or corny. Friendly and fun: yes. Goofy: no. Getting that right required that most Apple-y of talents: taste.
This video is a stunning tribute to extreme sports.
Over 240 clips are masterfully combined and edited into a single, visually impressive masterpiece. An absolute must-see.