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Aug 17

(via Apple closes at new high of $648 on rumors of iPad mini, Apple TV)

(via Apple closes at new high of $648 on rumors of iPad mini, Apple TV)

Aug 16

(via Jay-Z’s Influence on the Nets Eclipses His Ownership Stake - NYTimes.com)

(via Jay-Z’s Influence on the Nets Eclipses His Ownership Stake - NYTimes.com)

“Clearly, Samsung had no Steve Jobs on hand to veto anything. Features that don’t work well are mixed in with the winners; features you’ll never use are jammed in with the useful ones. (Why on earth have the all-important, ever-present Android buttons — Back, Home, App Switcher — now been joined by a fourth one that takes screenshots? Does Samsung think people take screenshots as often as they go to the Home screen?)” — Samsung’s Rival for the iPad Loads on the Features - NYTimes.com

Samsung’s software designers must be former Hollywood art directors who fabricated alien spacecraft; Samsung’s apps are festooned with bizarre icons. None of them have identifying text labels, and their logos are frequently so unhelpful they may as well be random Cyrillic letters. Would you guess, for example, that to turn on handwriting recognition, you tap an icon that shows a circle in front of a mountain?

Some of the icons in S Note actually display a different menu every other time you tap them. I’m not making this up.

” — Samsung’s Rival for the iPad Loads on the Features - NYTimes.com

theatlantic:

The World Cities That Tweet the Most

The study, released by Paris-based Semiocast, tracked the number of tweets with location info in the month of June, 2012. New York is the top U.S. city for tweets, outranking Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Houston. San Francisco, the city that the social media company calls home, doesn’t make an appearance in the top 20. 

Read more. [Image: Semiocast]

theatlantic:

The World Cities That Tweet the Most

The study, released by Paris-based Semiocast, tracked the number of tweets with location info in the month of June, 2012. New York is the top U.S. city for tweets, outranking Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Houston. San Francisco, the city that the social media company calls home, doesn’t make an appearance in the top 20. 

Read more. [Image: Semiocast]

(via thenextweb)

(via Missed Call: How the iPhone Conquered Japan - WSJ.com)

(via Missed Call: How the iPhone Conquered Japan - WSJ.com)

Andries van Dam (時給1000ドルの証人) -

アップルvsサムスンの裁判で証言。すでに400時間以上もこの件で稼いだとか。

Aug 15

(via Missed Call: How the iPhone Conquered Japan - WSJ.com)

(via Missed Call: How the iPhone Conquered Japan - WSJ.com)

Japan’s current weakness is rooted in its traditional strength: a fixation with “monozukuri,” or the art of making things, focused on hardware advances.
This concept, a source of national pride, pushed Japan’s electronics firms to strive for products that were often the world’s thinnest, smallest, or delivered other incremental improvement—while losing sight of factors that really mattered to people such as design and ease of use.
(via How Japan Lost Its Electronics Crown - WSJ.com)

Japan’s current weakness is rooted in its traditional strength: a fixation with “monozukuri,” or the art of making things, focused on hardware advances.

This concept, a source of national pride, pushed Japan’s electronics firms to strive for products that were often the world’s thinnest, smallest, or delivered other incremental improvement—while losing sight of factors that really mattered to people such as design and ease of use.

(via How Japan Lost Its Electronics Crown - WSJ.com)

“Japan’s current weakness is rooted in its traditional strength: a fixation with “monozukuri,” or the art of making things, focused on hardware advances.” — How Japan Lost Its Electronics Crown - WSJ.com

(via IKEA Discloses an $11 Billion Secret - WSJ.com)

(via IKEA Discloses an $11 Billion Secret - WSJ.com)

(via Payments Network Takes On Google - WSJ.com)

(via Payments Network Takes On Google - WSJ.com)

Aug 14

Robert Reich: The Ryan Choice -

robertreich:

Paul Ryan is the reverse of Sarah Palin. She was all right-wing flash without much substance. He’s all right-wing substance without much flash.

Ryan is not a firebrand. He’s not smarmy. He doesn’t ooze contempt for opponents or ridicule those who disagree with him. In style and tone, he…

Ryan’s first successful piece of legislation was a bill “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1818 Milton Avenue in Janesville, Wisconsin, as the ‘Les Aspin Post Office Building.’” It became a law in 2000.

Since then, he has been the sponsor of only one other bill that has become a public law of the United States, according to records kept by the Library of Congress — a measure introduced in 2004 “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the taxation of arrow components.” (That one’s a bit of a self-interested move on his part, as Ryan is enjoys bow hunting.)

That’s it. No other piece of legislation sponsored by Ryan has been able to win the support of both houses of Congress and a president during his 13-and-a-half years in office.

” — The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock - Garance Franke-Ruta - The Atlantic

Ryan is both a product of and poster boy for the political city. And it is symptom of the corruption and divisiveness of contemporary Washington that a man who has not passed a single piece of substantive legislation, ever, can be hailed as a substantive and deep thinker and the voice of budgetary sanity while racking up an actual record consisting overwhelmingly of renaming post offices, honoring Ronald Reagan and Wisconsin, providing for the issuance of commemorative coins, and increasing the deficit through massive tax cuts.(via The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock - Garance Franke-Ruta - The Atlantic)

Ryan is both a product of and poster boy for the political city. And it is symptom of the corruption and divisiveness of contemporary Washington that a man who has not passed a single piece of substantive legislation, ever, can be hailed as a substantive and deep thinker and the voice of budgetary sanity while racking up an actual record consisting overwhelmingly of renaming post offices, honoring Ronald Reagan and Wisconsin, providing for the issuance of commemorative coins, and increasing the deficit through massive tax cuts.

(via The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock - Garance Franke-Ruta - The Atlantic)