Understanding David Cameron →
Julian Glover in The Guardian: Let’s start with a quiz. Is David Cameron a) Margaret Thatcher, but worse; b) Tony Blair, but weaker; or c) his own man, with his own plan? He has been prime minister for almost a year so we ought to know the answer. It is Cameron’s fault and Cameron’s big problem that while many voters would answer a), and many Tory MPs would mutter b), almost no...
Apple and the TV industry →
Chris Dixon: Perhaps Apple won’t enter the market due to its structure. But that didn’t stop them in mobile phones where the structure was similarly difficult. The mistake analysts made about the iPhone was to assume the current industry structure would be sustained after Apple’s entry. I’d be wary of making the same assumption about the TV industry. The rumours are definitely hotting up about...
Is there any place for religious faith in science? →
Very interesting conversation between Sam Harris and Robert Winston in The Guardian: Robert Winston: You talk as if science is an absolute, and I don’t think it is at all. It isn’t the truth either, because I don’t believe there is such a thing as “the truth”. You rail against the ultimate truth of what some people believe – ie religion, God, Jesus, whatever. I don’t, because I don’t think it...
Ed Balls and Labour now isolated on deficit... →
James Forsyth in The Telegraph: It clearly no longer credible for Balls to claim that Osborne is out of the mainstream or that the Obama administration proves that there’s an another way to address this problem. Ed Balls has dug himself a nice little hole. The US are now shifting their approach to an almost identical one to what the UK Coalition are doing in terms of deficit reduction. It...
John Gruber with a very thorough look at wireless... →
The iPad 2 epitomized how Apple seems to be a generation ahead of its competitors on the device side — both hardware and software — but a generation behind on the cloud side. Great article.
Flash video will soon play on your iPad →
John Brownlee at Cult of Mac: Adobe is now supporting HHTP Live Streaming, or HLS, on the Adobe Flash Platform. This support will allow video streaming on any platform where Flash is not installed, provided that the browser is up to HTML5 spec. Best of all, it’s invisible to end users: an embedded Flash video viewed in Chrome on the desktop might serve up Flash Player, while that same page...
The world economy - reasons for medium-term... →
Allistair Heath at City AM: Glasses can either be half full – or they can be half empty, depending on one’s temperament: optimist or pessimist. But when it comes to economic conditions, and prospects for investments, jobs, incomes and growth, there is enough material to make both sides happy. My own take is moderate medium-term optimism, combined with longer-term pessimism. Another debt and...
The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing...– Jessica Hische
Twitter heading for trouble? →
Sarah Lacy at TechCrunch: Williams is gone. Dorsey is half-there. I have an uncomfortable feeling that if the product void isn’t filled by someone dynamic, Twitter will start to sputter and that several billion dollar purchase offer will be impossible to turn down. I don’t want to be alarmist– Twitter isn’t at that point now. But it’s at that crossroads now, where it needs to get back on the...
Review of Tweetbot, the new Twitter client for... →
Shawn Blanc: Tweetbot has more personality than any other Twitter client out there. Every single pixel has been hand crafted in order to build the most custom looking UI of any Twitter client I’ve seen. Moreover, the sounds, the animations, the actions — everything has been thought through with intent, care, and fun. It all adds up to create a Twitter Experience Extravaganza. I have to say,...
Ricky Gervais on why he's a good Christian →
Ricky Gervais in Wired magazine: It’s not that I don’t believe that the teachings of Jesus wouldn’t make this a better world if they were followed. It’s just that they are rarely followed….I have always felt this way, even when I believed in God, and in a weird way I feel I am still a pretty good “Christian” who doesn’t believe in God. God or...
Blackberry Playbook review →
Joshua Topolsky: The OS is still buggy and somewhat touchy. Third-party apps are a desert right now, if not in number, then certainly in quality. The lack of native email and calendar support hurts. The worst part, however, is that I can’t think of a single reason to recommend this tablet over the iPad 2, or for that matter… the Xoom. And that’s what it really boils down to here; what is the...
Spotify cutting back its free service →
Tim Bradshaw in the FT: From May 1, millions of people who have been using the advertising-supported service since before November 1 last year will be able to listen to 10 hours of music a month – half the current allowance. At the same time, non-subscribers will only be able to listen to an individual track for a maximum of five times overall.
Bloomberg Business Week gets its iPad app right on... →
MG Siegler: It was a decade ago that Apple proved what seemed unbelievable at the time: that people would pay for music online. It simply had to be accessible and the price had to be right. They created that environment with the iTunes Store for music. And now they’re trying to do it for media with in-app subscriptions through the App Store. If publications stop resisting the changes, it may...
Apple working towards a world without wires →
Ben Parr: Steve Jobs is apparently pushing hard to make the next generation iPods capable of this type of wireless sync, according to Cult of Mac‘s sources. iPods with wireless sync would make the USB cable obsolete. Instead of importing music, movies and apps through Apple’s iconic 30-pin connector, it would automatically sync whenever a user was connected to his or her Wi-Fi network. About...
Start with why This video by Simon Sinek a great follow up to my ‘Focus on the why, not the what’ post from yesterday. Telling people what you do doesn’t inspire them; telling people why you do it does.
Motorola Xoom is "great compared with the first... →
Rory Cellan-Jones: There are two main weaknesses in the Xoom - the apps and the look and feel of the device. Right now there just aren’t enough Android applications that are up to the standard of the best on the iPad - like the social magazine Flipboard, or Apple’s own iMovie editing app and Garage Band music application. And by contrast with the IPad 2 the Xoom feels heavy and a...
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