Monday, October 23rd, 2017 03:15 pm
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Posted by Shawn King

Their NSFW name aside, this is a fascinating site with great, easy to understand descriptions of the phenomenon represented.

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Create custom logos with free online tool

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 01:35 pm
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Posted by Dave Mark

This is a nice tool for playing with logo ideas, homing in on a design you might then pass along to a professional designer to refine.

To get started, click the Make a Logo link in the top bar. Fun and useful.

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Apple, Spielberg, and Bond

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 12:56 pm
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Posted by Dave Mark

Steven Mallas, Seeking Alpha (free regwall) on Apple and Steve Spielberg inking a deal to bring the series of Amazing Stories to Apple TV:

The plan is for there to be 10 episodes at a cost of $5 million each. That’s nothing to Apple, a drop in the bucket.


Spielberg could shift some of his slate over to streaming services that are aching to differentiate themselves from the pack, primarily the alpha Netflix. Again, here’s where Apple and its cash hoard and its enormous market cap and its platforms that need to be programmed come in – they could help Spielberg distribute concepts that might not find a place elsewhere. Netflix arguably already does this. Think the recent Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game. On Netflix, it stands out. In theaters, maybe it wouldn’t have. There’s no way that Cook and Spielberg don’t understand that.

The whole article is interesting, especially when Mallas chews on the possibility of Apple buying the rights to James Bond, both existing movies and the rights to new content:

Comparison was made to Disney and its purchases of Marvel/Lucasfilm; Lucasfilm was all about Star Wars, and that cost billions of dollars to consummate. If either Amazon or Apple won the rights to Bond, then those companies could release new films and episodic series on their respective platforms, as well as release movies to theaters on a worldwide basis.


Bond, though, doesn’t necessarily, in my mind, lend itself to capital investment in the same way that Star Wars or Marvel do. I’m not sure about how valuable a merchandising program for Bond would be, as an example.

Interesting comparison. Not sure Netflix thinks about merchandising at all.

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Posted by Dave Mark

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Starting on Monday, October 23, iPhone Upgrade Program customers will be able to get a “head start” on the iPhone X pre-order process by getting pre-approved for an iPhone Upgrade Program loan.

If you are part of the iPhone Upgrade Program, this is worth a look, will get you through checkout that much quicker this Friday.

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Hacking Back

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 11:16 am
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Posted by Bruce Schneier

Hacking back is a terrible idea that just will not die. Josephine Wolff takes apart the new hacking back bill that was introduced in the House recently.


Monday, October 23rd, 2017 03:27 am
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Posted by John Gruber

My thanks to DuckDuckGo for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn’t track you. DuckDuckGo and Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention together address the top three private browsing misconceptions:

  • 41% of users believe private browsing prevents websites tracking them.
  • 39% of users believe private browsing prevents ads from tracking them.
  • 35% of users believe private browsing prevents a search engine from knowing their searches.

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine for a few years now and I haven’t looked back.

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Posted by John Gruber

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

Apple, AT&T, the FCC and Alphabet’s X division have all put into motion efforts to give residents of Puerto Rico more cellular connectivity.

Apple has been working with AT&T to extend and activate cell service for users in Puerto Rico. To improve what is a terrible connectivity situation there, it’s going to enable a provisional band of LTE that has been recently approved, but not activated in the US and Puerto Rico, where it has not been licensed. This will allow iPhones to connect to Alphabet X’s Project Loon balloons in the region, which were activated today.

This should allow users to send text messages and access some critical online services.

Beauty: moisturisers for tattooed skin

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 07:00 am
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Posted by Sali Hughes

Moisturiser is necessary to keep the tattoo from cracking and flaking, but it’s important not to overdo things

I just got my sixth tattoo, and it has prompted people to ask how I care for inked skin. This is no surprise, given that an estimated 40% of under-40s are now tattooed, yet this is rarely reflected in mainstream beauty writing.

I have never been a slave to aftercare leaflets with any of my tattoos or piercings, but I always follow the same drill: removal of cellophane (wrapped around the new tattoo purely to protect others from plasma or blood contamination) as soon as I get home, followed by a rinse in clear, warm water (watch your water pressure: a gentle flow is ideal). I then gently smear on moisturiser, though not the petrol-derived creams commonly recommended. Many swear by Bepanthen Baby Moisturiser (£4.79, boots.com). I’m generally not one for evangelising about the infinite benefits of coconut oil, but I do think its natural simplicity makes it ideal on traumatised skin, if not precious clothing: don’t wear anything fancy for a few days. Vita Coco Coconut Oil (£6.99, Holland & Barrett) is as good a place to start as any. (Incidentally, coconut is a drupe, not a true nut, but do check with your GP if you’re especially susceptible to allergic reaction).

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‘It’s All Screen’

Friday, October 20th, 2017 10:39 pm
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Posted by John Gruber

Ken Segall:

Apple advertising was always creative and fun, but it was also intelligent and accurate. That’s what made it the industry’s “gold standard” for marketing.

That’s why it makes me nervous when I see today’s Apple playing loose with words and images to sell a product.

Case in point: the “all-screen” iPhone X.

Of course we can see with our own eyes that iPhone X is not all-screen. It has a noticeable edge around the entire display, which even the Samsung S8 does not have. And then there is “the notch” — the object of many a critic’s venom.

I don’t have a problem with the side and bottom edges of the iPhone X being described as “all screen”. It’s not the same as Samsung’s Galaxy Edge sides, but I dislike the way those Edge phones look when I hold them. If there were no notch — that is to say, if the top of the iPhone X looked exactly like the bottom — I would have no problem declaring that “all screen” would be a fair description.

But with the notch? No way. Here’s one simple way to think about it: what does Apple do 2-3 years from now if they ship an iPhone with no notch? Describe it as “Really all screen this time”?

On Apple’s New Chicago Flagship Store

Friday, October 20th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Posted by John Gruber

Blair Kamin, architecture critic for The Chicago Tribune:

Chicago’s new Apple store is thrillingly transparent, elegantly understated and a boon to the city’s riverfront.

With its huge sheets of laminated glass and an ultra-thin roof of lightweight carbon fiber the store, opening Friday, is simultaneously present and absent, there and not there. From North Michigan Avenue, you look through its glassy membrane and see the river’s blue-green waters and passing tour boats. A plaza of tiered granite steps spills down to the riverfront.

Looks beautiful — very much in the same spirit as Apple Park.

Friday Squid Blogging: "How the Squid Lost Its Shell"

Friday, October 20th, 2017 09:24 pm
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Posted by Bruce Schneier

Interesting essay by Danna Staaf, the author of Squid Empire. (I mentioned the book two weeks ago.)

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.

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