Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of... →
understatementblog: The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones… How is Android “winning” again?
Not so exceptional after all →
(via daringfireball) While the bit that John pulled out is quite good, I think I like this bit even better: Nevertheless, there is a subtle optimism lurking in all of Kahneman’s work: it is the hope that self-awareness is a form of salvation, that if we know about our mental mistakes, we can avoid them. One day, we will learn to equally weigh losses and gains; science can help us escape from...
Wired.com profile of the Nest →
Here’s some details on the development and functionality of the aforementioned Nest. Sounds like a sweet bit of kit. Almost makes me wish I owned a house.
As a point of interest, the article below ended up only being “okay,” mostly because only the first page was decent. By the end I was rolling my eyes pretty hard and wondering why I felt like I’d sniffed this particular scent of “total douchebag” before… Then I thought to read the byline. Tim Rogers. Of course.
who killed videogames? (a ghost story) →
“What we’re saying,” the smaller man says, “is that the other guys are making things that people will fathom playing for three months if they play it for a week, and that we’re going to make a thing that people will consider playing for six months, if they play it for three days. We’ll generate a mathematically proofable engagement wheel. The players will come for the cute characters, and–” I’m...
Unsurprisingly, he ups the ante here by aspiring to what is still the paradigm...– M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming | Album Reviews | Pitchfork I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hyped about this album.
Marco Arment on iOS 5 caches cleaning →
A common scenario: an Instapaper customer is stocking up an iPad for a long flight. She syncs a bunch of movies and podcasts, downloads some magazines, and buys a few new games, leaving very little free space. Right before boarding, she remembers to download the newest issue of The Economist. (I think highly of my customers.) This causes free space to fall below the threshold that triggers the...
Stephen Fry on Steve Jobs →
So much greatness here, but in particular is Fry’s excoriating of those who do not understand the paramount importance (or depth) of design.
Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot →
via daringfireball: But the thing that struck me were his shoes, those famous gray New Balance 991s. They too were well-worn. But also this: fresh bright green grass stains all over the heels. I won’t spoil the end. Great writing from Gruber.