David Chartier

Freelance content guy for apps, tech. MacLife columnist, previously Macworld, Ars Technica. Started finertech.com.

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David Chartier

4 days ago

Sounds like me, and a number of my friends, might have been ahead of the curve by deleting our Facebook accounts over the last couple years.

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

theverge.com

David Chartier

8 days ago

What we’ve found is very often the very best ideas come from the quietest voice. And if you’re not listening, you’re going to miss that.

Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview

fastcodesign.com

David Chartier

9 days ago

I get that it’s hard making a living strictly as a writer. I was one. But this kind of bad behavior has helped grow a movement of distrust in our media and, subsequently, a serious erosion of our society.

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories

theoutline.com

David Chartier

16 days ago

what if marketers started to think about our content as the core product instead of just a thing to sell products?

10 Things I Learned As the Only Marketer At a Publisher Conference

medium.com

David Chartier

17 days ago

when I was at Facebook, the typical reaction I recall looked like this: try to put any negative press coverage to bed as quickly as possible, with no sincere efforts to put safeguards in place or to identify and stop abusive developers. When I proposed a deeper audit of developers’ use of Facebook’s data, one executive asked me, “Do you really want to see what you’ll find?”

We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself

nytimes.com

David Chartier

17 days ago

Trying to “change the world” was not the mission with which most great or successful things started our with. It’s only our ego, afterwards, that creates these stories. And it blinds us to the traits which actually create success.

How To Change The Story In Your Head That’s Stopping You From Succeeding

medium.com

David Chartier

25 days ago

I deleted (not just suspended) my Facebook account a few months ago. The product is useful, and I miss a few friends and family who are too lazy to use other services. But the business is rotten to the core, and I worry regulation won’t be nearly enough.

When I proposed a deeper audit of developers’ use of Facebook’s data, one executive asked me, “Do you really want to see what you’ll find?”

We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself

nytimes.com

David Chartier

29 days ago

Good work everyone. Claps all around. 😔

How Twitter Secretly Benefits From Bots and Fake Accounts

theintercept.com

David Chartier

46 days ago

I’m glad the EU is blazing this trail. I really hope it forces the industry into better regulations and greater respect for common users.

If you work in digital media, you need to know that the industry is one year from taking a big step toward Apple's view. No, this isn't a case of digital disruption coming (once again) from Silicon Valley. In this case, the seismic shift originates in the European Union. Much of the digital media industry is likely to panic over the coming months. But mark my words: The EU will ultimately lead publishers and advertisers to a better place.

Opinion: Europe's Strict New Privacy Rules Are Scary but Right

adage.com

David Chartier

51 days ago

“CEO Tim Cook has long wanted Apple Stores to be a place for more than browsing new Apple gadgets and fixing broken ones.”

I really like what Apple is doing with its new store design. I know some people think it sounds silly, but I sometimes send time people watching in these stores. Many people really do use them as meeting spaces, and the new designs accommodate that really well.

Meet The Woman Who Wants To Change The Way You Buy Your iPhone

buzzfeed.com

David Chartier

59 days ago

“It seems increasingly likely that readers who value a public service press are going to have to sustain it themselves — by contributing money, sharing knowledge, and spreading the word. A good term for this is membership. But membership won’t work if it’s just begging for cash. There has to be a social contract between journalists and members.”

“De Correspondent” and the blueprint for a successful membership model

mondaynote.com

David Chartier

81 days ago

The Watch was born a timepiece but it is traversing through the early iPhone and pulling in a new direction all of its own.

A small-screen iPod, an Internet Communicator and a Phone

asymco.com

David Chartier

86 days ago

The American experiment, the original embodiment of the great Enlightenment idea of intellectual freedom, whereby every individual is welcome to believe anything she wishes, has metastasized out of control.

How America Lost Its Mind

theatlantic.com

David Chartier

104 days ago

Google started out as a company dedicated to ensuring the best access to information possible, but as it’s grown into one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, its priorities have changed.

Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me [Updated]

gizmodo.com

David Chartier

104 days ago

An interesting theory on Windows’ current market position and how it doesn’t have much more room to move.

Windows is doomed

theweek.com

David Chartier

104 days ago

A good exploration of what went wrong with Windows Phone.

In the abstract, the Windows Phone failure was easily preventable. But Microsoft culture made it unavoidable.

The Windows Phone failure was easily preventable, but Microsoft’s culture made it unavoidable

qz.com

David Chartier

107 days ago

“Erasure not only means they won’t exist anymore, it means they never existed.”

😳

How do you convince an artificial intelligence it’s OK to die?

polygon.com

David Chartier

123 days ago

It seems that steam is slowly growing behind the idea of introducing a “Hippocratic Oath for designers.” I’ve seen this tossed around elsewhere. I can get behind it.

Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”

fastcodesign.com

David Chartier

126 days ago

This is a great look into the cool things Patreon is enabling and some of its challenges.

Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture

theverge.com

David Chartier

172 days ago

Twitter lists are vastly underutilized and appreciated. I hope this proves fruitful. Also: I'm stealing M.G.'s idea of creating a list of my local businesses to check in on events and deals.

Twitter No Longer Listless

medium.com

David Chartier

177 days ago

‪This is a great piece that explains, in fairly simple terms, why the 10.5 inch iPad Pro's display matters‬.

The 10.5-Inch iPad Pro’s 120Hz Refresh Rate Matters

macobserver.com

David Chartier

184 days ago

Ben makes a decent case for the new iPads and iOS 11 being a turning point for the platform. I can't help but agree, 11 is a *massive* leap ahead in fixing so many of the little things that have hobbled the iPad. I've been mostly iPad for a while now, but iOS 11 and the iPad Pro should make it viable for many more people.

The iPad

brooksreview.net

David Chartier

192 days ago

This might sound like a silly argument, but give it a chance. Spend some time thinking about it.

The Rise Of Auto-Complete Culture–And Why We Should Resist

fastcodesign.com

David Chartier

192 days ago

iOS 11 looks absolutely fantastic, bringing many things that push the overall experience and lots of little workflow details forward in great ways. I've been mostly iOS for a while, and everything they announced on and offstage yesterday was music to my ears. I'm excited.

The Second Coming Of iPad

buzzfeed.com

David Chartier

199 days ago

We're losing our culture and identity to autocomplete.

The Rise Of Auto-Complete Culture–And Why We Should Resist

fastcodesign.com

David Chartier

205 days ago

I love "abandoned" photography, and I've always been curious about trying some. This is getting my gears turning.

Get To Know Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide To Shooting Abandoned and Off-Limits Territory

fstoppers.com

David Chartier

205 days ago

Welcome to the Next Phase of the Facebook Backlash

wired.com

David Chartier

217 days ago

To quote @dbreunig on Twitter: "Why are we seeing more diverse voices from Netflix and Amazon? Simple: these companies collect and listen to data."

Streaming Services Put Female Characters At The Center With 'Anne' And 'Dick'

npr.org

David Chartier

220 days ago

Candid, Comedic and Macabre YouTube Stars Feel an Advertising Pinch

nytimes.com

David Chartier

226 days ago

The Basecamp folks with the smarts again.

A static business is a healthy business

m.signalvnoise.com

David Chartier

230 days ago

It feels like only ~ 1/3 is about Trump. The rest is about how Twitter has changed, whether it's met culture and product challenges, and more. Good stuff.

Jack Dorsey on Donald Trump

backchannel.com

David Chartier

236 days ago

They may have more luck communicating if, in addition to presenting facts and figures, they appeal to emotions. This could mean not simply explaining the science of how something works but spending time on why it matters to the author and why it ought to matter to the reader.

Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things

slate.com

David Chartier

236 days ago

Fascinating read. A bit sad too, but that's a different story.

Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump

medium.com

David Chartier

249 days ago

There are implications beyond journalism here. I'm glad they're listening.

A More Humble Facebook Is Deploying Charm And Its Checkbook To Win Over Critics

buzzfeed.com

David Chartier

252 days ago

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10 Tips to Shooting Photos at Night with Your Phone – EyeEm Blog

eyeem.com

David Chartier

253 days ago

As a content strategist and marketer, I love this new Everybody Hates Marketers podcast. There's an inordinate amount of bullshit in this industry. It's refreshing to find a whole show (with guests!) who feel the same way and help us cut through it all.

E001 – DHH – The Language of B******t

everyonehatesmarketers.com

David Chartier

253 days ago

I've watched this trend with surprise, but it makes sense. These are all the reasons I started a Finer Things in Tech Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/Qvalz

The Triumphant Return of the Email Newsletter

hbr.org

David Chartier

253 days ago

Not to get serious here, but... let's get serious here.

Your smartphone is a civil rights issue

ted.com

David Chartier

254 days ago

"New research shows that people can type quickly just by tilting their phones. Is it time for designers to take more advantage of the idea?"

Why Don’t More UIs Use Accelerometers?

fastcodesign.com

David Chartier

255 days ago

Good read. Good historical perspective.

White supremacist asks Muslim lawyer why there is no 'Christian ISIS,' gets schooled.

someecards.com

David Chartier

255 days ago

Great piece, great score. I've never seen or heard of Apple being this transparent about its plans or a mistake.

Apple pushes the reset button on the Mac Pro

techcrunch.com

David Chartier

256 days ago

We've been watching the series and the cinematography is _astounding_. Stream it, buy it (we got the season pass on iTuns), make room in your schedule. Planet Earth II is worth it.

The Crazy New Camera Tech That Made Planet Earth 2 Possible

wired.com

David Chartier

256 days ago

Great talk about changing the questions we ask when designing products.

How better tech could protect us from distraction

ted.com

David Chartier

257 days ago

I'm getting optimistic for my favorite computer this year, including a possible April event. Either way, I want the next Pro.

Apple Is Pushing iPad Like Never Before

aboveavalon.com

David Chartier

263 days ago

Selfies + biometrics = purchase authentication? 😳

The Surprising Way Selfies Are Driving Phone Design

backchannel.com

David Chartier

263 days ago

The iPad is much more successful and sticky than the current narrative claims. IMO, best computer ever.

iPad Optics

asymco.com

David Chartier

268 days ago

I'd vote for her.

Brianna Wu Wants to Change the Democrats’ Playbook

nytimes.com

David Chartier

268 days ago

Since I just discovered this column, I'm bummed this is its last entry. But it's a good one to go out on.

How to be human

theverge.com

David Chartier

287 days ago

People are irrational and generally make terrible decisions, and it's killing US citizens 3,000 times faster than any religious extremist.

The psychology of why 94 deaths from terrorism are scarier than 301,797 deaths from guns

qz.com

David Chartier

288 days ago

Part of a great new iMore series about working on iPad. As an iPad pro myself, I'm happy to see more attention spent on the amazing opportunities available.

Kyle Lambert made his illustration career on the iPad

imore.com

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