“De Correspondent” and the blueprint for a successful membership model
“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.”
The Watch was born a timepiece but it is traversing through the early iPhone and pulling in a new direction all of its own.
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.
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.
An interesting theory on Windows’ current market position and how it doesn’t have much more room to move.
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.
“Erasure not only means they won’t exist anymore, it means they never existed.”
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.
This is a great look into the cool things Patreon is enabling and some of its challenges.
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.
This is a great piece that explains, in fairly simple terms, why the 10.5 inch iPad Pro's display matters.
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.
This might sound like a silly argument, but give it a chance. Spend some time thinking about it.
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.
We're losing our culture and identity to autocomplete.
I love "abandoned" photography, and I've always been curious about trying some. This is getting my gears turning.
To quote @dbreunig on Twitter: "Why are we seeing more diverse voices from Netflix and Amazon? Simple: these companies collect and listen to data."
The Basecamp folks with the smarts again.
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.
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.
Fascinating read. A bit sad too, but that's a different story.
There are implications beyond journalism here. I'm glad they're listening.
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.
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
Not to get serious here, but... let's get serious here.
"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?"
Good read. Good historical perspective.
Great piece, great score. I've never seen or heard of Apple being this transparent about its plans or a mistake.
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.
Great talk about changing the questions we ask when designing products.
I'm getting optimistic for my favorite computer this year, including a possible April event. Either way, I want the next Pro.
Selfies + biometrics = purchase authentication? 😳
The iPad is much more successful and sticky than the current narrative claims. IMO, best computer ever.
I'd vote for her.
Since I just discovered this column, I'm bummed this is its last entry. But it's a good one to go out on.
People are irrational and generally make terrible decisions, and it's killing US citizens 3,000 times faster than any religious extremist.
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.
This is great iPad productivity stuff. It might sound heavy, but it's just a small habit shift or change of perspective. The Copied app plays a big role here. While my workflows aren't as sophisticated as Federico's (yet), I find it indispensable now.
A glimmer of hope amongst the US's kleptocratic fog.
If you suspect this could apply to you, or you might know someone who should read this, make it happen. This is important self-awareness stuff that can help change lives.
I'm a big fan of the new thinking and approaches to improving our work day. Making a more deliberate effort towards work-life balance was one of the best things I ever did for myself *and* my work.
Food for thought and perspective into part of a world you probably haven't seen.
Perhaps there isn't much of a difference. Both religious conservatism and extremism seem to ignore societal building blocks of cooperation, compromise, and tolerance.