John Gruber

iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

If you take the Apple shaped pill, you'll see things <i>different(ly)</i>Apple fanbois being fanbois, Apple's new iPhone X isn’t "super expensive" but rather …

Augmented Reality

The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 207, With Special Guest Merlin Mann

‘Christmas Mitzvah’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann<p>Merlin Mann returns to the show for a Thanksgiving-week holiday spectacular. Topics include the …

Talk Shows

Microsoft App Center

My thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote App Center, their recently-launched service for Apple developers that …

iOS

Apple is struggling to make and meet promises about when it will ship new products — and the HomePod is only the latest example

• <b>Apple had shown a growing tendency to delay or make vague promises about when it will deliver new products.</b>• <b><br>The latest example is with its HomePod smart speaker, which it was supposed to release next month but now won't be available until next year.</b>• <b><br>The vague and broken promises could lead to</b> …

IPhone X

Jimmy Iovine and Most Bomb Record in the Solar System

Jason Kottke on the golden record NASA sent into deep space with Voyager:<p>Carl Sagan was project director, Ann Druyan the creative director, and …

Solar System

Apple Machine Learning Journal: ‘An On-Device Deep Neural Network for Face Detection’

Apple Machine Learning Journal:<p>We faced several challenges. The deep-learning models need to be shipped as part of the operating system, taking up …

Machine Learning

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met

Excellent investigation by Kashmir Hill, writing for Gizmodo, on Facebook’s creepy “People You May Know” system:<p>In the months I’ve been writing about …

Facebook

Face ID’s Innovation: Continuous Authentication

Rich Mogull, writing at TidBITS:<p>Every year, as I travel around the security conference circuit, the hallway conversations always turn to the …

Security

Vector

Rene Ritchie has re-launched Vector as a daily — yes, daily — podcast. I’m halfway through yesterday’s “Designing for iPhone X Roundtable” episode, …

How to Avoid the iPhone X's Most Annoying Features, Including That Ugly Notch

The iPhone X marks a big departure from its predecessors for its added features as much as the ones that Apple Inc. (AAPL) took away.<p>In order to make …

iOS

Long-Term Coffee Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

New paper published in Circulation:<p><i>Background</i> — Considerable controversy exists regarding the association between coffee consumption and …

Diabetes

Ina Fried Reviews Google’s Pixel Buds

Ina Fried, writing for Axios:<p>Apple’s AirPods are more elegant as well as smaller and more comfortable. However, Pixel Buds have some other appeals, …

Google

Ming-Chi Kuo on 2018 iPhones

MacRumors on the latest from Ming-Chi Kuo:<p>Kuo expects the 5.8-inch model to have 458 pixels per inch, suggesting the second-generation iPhone X’s …

Tablets

Squarespace Domains

My thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. Buying a domain name from Squarespace is quick, simple, and fun. Search for the …

Web Design

Nintendo at Its Best

Chris Compendio, reviewing <i>Super Mario Odyssey</i> for Paste:<p>I found that this videogame was persistent in its mission to bring me joy. Super Mario …

Gaming

Wallpaper Interview With Jony Ive on Apple Park

Nick Compton, writing for Wallpaper:<p>The building, though, is not a metaphor for open systems, or creative flow made concrete. It is a made object. …

Apple Park

The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 206, With Special Guest Ben Thompson

‘Bed Is Where My Problems Are’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson<p>Ben Thompson returns to the show to talk about the iPhone X.<p>Sponsored by:<p>Casper: You …

Talk Shows

USB-C Earbuds: Slim Pickings

Helen Havlak, writing for The Verge:<p>Two weeks after starting my cheap Pixel 2 earbud search, I finally have a working pair — but they cost almost …

Gear & Gadgets

SuperDuper 3.0

Dave Nanian, Shirt Pocket Software:<p>With that last bit of explanation, I’m happy to say that we’ve reached the end of this particular voyage. …

High Sierra

Apple's embarrassing "i → A [?]" autocorrect bug could be a machine learning problem

Apple’s QuickType keyboard bug in iOS where typing the letter “i” can replace it with the uppercase letter “A” and a question mark symbol could be a …

iOS

Notcho

Notcho, from Cromulent Labs:<p>Not a fan of the notch? Want to hide the horns? Now you can quickly and easily create wallpapers that hide the notch on …

Equifax Faces Hundreds of Class-Action Lawsuits and an SEC Subpoena Over the Way It Handled Its Data Breach

Hayley Tsukayama, reporting for The Washington Post:<p>Equifax also said in its filings that it had received subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange …

Class Action

Logitech Makes It Right

Logitech, on their company blog:<p>We heard you and we want to make it right.<p>If you are a Harmony Link user, we will reach out to you between now and …

Twitter’s 280-Character Own Goal

Twitter’s destroyed its USP. The whole point, for me, was how inventive people could be within that concise framework.<p>USP is “unique selling …

William Shakespeare

Clips 2.0

Major new release of Apple’s app “for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more.” Headline feature for iPhone X:<p>Selfie …

IPhone X

The Week Apple Broke the Alphabet

My sixth-grade English teacher was fond of marking up my paragraphs with angry red notes about my overuse of the personal “I” in formal writing. This …

Forking the iPhone

Jean-Louis Gassée:<p>What we see is Apple is doing what they do best: Taking chances. They made a risky bet with the iPhone X and covered it with the …

IPhone X

TripAdvisor Removed Warnings About Rapes and Injuries at Mexico Resorts

Raquel Rutledge and Andrew Mollica, reporting for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:<p>Seven years ago, TripAdvisor repeatedly removed a post written by …

Crime

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Mosaic’

Angela Watercutter, writing for Wired:<p>Where they ended up was a smartphone-enabled story, developed and released by Silver’s company PodOp, that lets …

TV

Most-Used OS in the World?

Andrew Tanenbaum, creator of the MINIX operating system, in an open letter to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich:<p>Thanks for putting a version of MINIX 3 inside …

Brian Krzanich