The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone | The Verge →

The Palm phone is a device that you can add on to your Verizon plan, which shares your phone number. It’s a phone designed for you to use on the weekends, when you’re going out for the evening, or just generally when you want to be a little less distracted by your big phone with all its apps.

Is this the most 2018 product? A small phone, to make you put down your big phone instead of using self control. Just wow!


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The Dent →

I don’t very often link to other websites without a quote from a post, but Andy has been writing some very interesting posts over the last few weeks. He also does a couple of great podcasts and is generally a great person to follow on Twitter. The Dent is his new website which moves away from a personal blog and you should 100% check out some of his posts and pop his feed in your RSS reader


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The transactional way we talk about friendship is toxic | Quartz →

The way we talk about friendship paints an ugly picture of the new notion of relating—one that seeks maximum return on minimal investment, and outlines an exit strategy anytime a friend doesn’t fulfill our fantasies.

Guilty!

I have been seeing more and more of this kind of advice lately. Presumptively everyone has friends that are more take than give, but they must add value to still be friends.

Heaven forbid someone should be sad, or not happy enough to be graced with your presents. Be mindful of social responsibility but don’t cut people out because they forget your birthday.


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Orwell knew - we willingly buy the screens that are used against us | Aeon Ideas →

The book credits technology with the destruction of privacy, and here we catch a glimpse of the world in which we live: ‘With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end.’

I could have chosen any number of quotes to pull out here but this one is the most interesting to me. Technology is wonderful, the advancements have given us a super computer in our pockets - one I am typing out this very post on. Yet I see its impacts when watching videos on social media.

Grainy and blurry videos of current events are feeling the world to be better informed of world events and avoid ‘alternative facts’ yet everything is recorded by the public so there is no more privacy. Everything is recorded, and when anything out of the ordinary happens people reach for their phones and record it. This is all very well in public places, yet the need to share absolutely everything from inside your own home is very strange to me.

With group chats, social media sharing and cameras everywhere how many people truly have a private life any longer?


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Listening to Podcasts without Voice Boost →

For that matter, why don’t they “shorten silences” on their end, too? That way, everyone could benefit from better audio quality and a shorter runtime.

I agree that voice boost is handy but I am not onboard with cutting all silences. Pauses are an essential part of speaking and should be respected.

If you’re just falling over your own speech by all means cut, but respect the silences.


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Privacy Policy updates are trendy | One-Tech Mind →

There’s a silver lining in the aftermath of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica fiasco: everyone and their mother are updating privacy policies right now. Go ahead, check your inbox; I bet you have quite a few. Maybe it’s a bit marketing fluff, but the optimist in me hopes there is good intention.

You’ve got new GDPR regulation in the EU to thank for his. Rather than creating multiple terms of service most services are rolling out the regulation to all users. So you all benefit from better privacy policies thank to the EU.

The down side of this is some services are pulling out of European countries instead. Which seems to be causing a stir, but if the business isn’t viable you can’t really blame them.

However I would cast an eye over these companies more than others just to check it’s not just about costs.


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Scuttlebutt Regarding Apple’s Cross-Platform UI Project | Daring Fireball →

doubt that 2018 was on the table in December. It’s a 2019 thing, for MacOS 10.15 and iOS 13.1 I would set your expectations accordingly for this year’s WWDC.

A significant developer focused change will launch with 13.1? What a strange move launching with with what is typically an update a month or so after the iPhone hits stores.

So in theory 13.1 would launch October / November 2019. That seems a long way off and at the wrong time entirely.


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The case for Apple’s iMessage on Android | Macworld →

While Android users might appreciate having access to iMessage, the bigger benefit would be for iPhone users, who’d never again have to suffer SMS’s limitations.

I’m not sure if people realise what a big pull iMessage is. Users that would never consider switching may not realise that iMessage is one of the big players in making people stay on iOS.

Those that are exposed to iMessage for even a small amount of time know what a pain it is to have to go back to regular SMS. Google can try and fix it all it likes but regular SMS is horrible.

This is without considering the fact that I don’t think Apple could convince carriers to get on board. If they tried to do something to iMessage now I think the carriers would resist it.


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Rethinking Reminders – nahumck.me →

What I can envision for Reminders is a blending of the some commonly used features for these apps, and doing what they do best — create a version that, while not first, is nearly equal to alternatives and is natively a part of the OS Rethinking Reminders – nahumck.me

Many of the issues I have with the Reminders app are pretty easy solves. The UI is extremely dated and as such exaggerates the confused nature of the layout. The cards based UI appears to be where Apple are focusing so it wouldn’t take much work to make it look a whole lot better.

Looks aside the app provides many of the features that users will need. Reminders simply needs some TLC similar to the improvements Ape made to notes. My worry is that Apple have no intention of making any massive jumps forward with their stock apps and simply only worked on Notes because of the Apple Pencil.


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RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback - WIRED →

anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that’s been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It’s time to head back to RSS. RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader | WIRED

RSS is one of the back bones of the internet in my honest opinion. While there has never been a time without it, articles starting to bleed though into more mainstream avenues may persuade more people to stop getting news from Facebook.

Apple news deserves a special mention for surfacing lots of interesting posts. It also seems to get better over time. However when a company controls the service you have to worry at least a little.

RSS is the way to go and with some brilliant apps available there is no better time but now to dive in.


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