• Google Photos’ unguessable URLs

    The Verge’s Russell Brandom on what, at first blush, looked like a security hole in Google Photos: when you right-click an image, you get URLs that appear to be fully public and accessible by anyone. It’s not as big a deal as it seems: The short answer is that the URL is working as a… Read more

  • Ben Thompson on Apple’s Privacy Stance

    Ben Thompson makes a good point in today’s Stratechery Daily Update (paywalled) about Tim Cook’s privacy stance, and his comments about Google’s business model that I previously and half-jokingly described as “throwing shade”. Thompson writes: First, it’s simply not true to say that Google or Facebook are selling off your data: what they are doing is promising… Read more

  • Elliot Jay Stocks’ 1 month with the Apple Watch

    Elliot begins thus: Yesterday afternoon, I realised that I wasn’t wearing my Apple Watch. In fact, it occurred to me that I hadn’t been wearing it for the entire day. It was back in my bedroom, still attached to its charger and very much not on my wrist. This is not an isolated event. This… Read more

  • Jeremy Keith on Web vs Native

    Peter-Paul Koch wrote a post suggesting it was time for web developers and advocates to “concede defeat — or, at least, concede that the web cannot, and should not, compete with native when it comes to complex, app-like structures.” In response, Jeremy Keith takes a broader lens and considers what the web is for: What if the… Read more

  • The Kindle “Finally” Gets Better Typography

    I’m very excited for this update. I bought an e-ink Kindle for bedtime reading earlier this year, and while I love the simplicity, small size, and the reduced eyestrain from not staring at yet another LCD screen for hours, the layout and typography can’t hold a candle to iBooks. Having said that: the words “finally” and “today”… Read more

  • Apple Watch, 12″ MacBook, and Force Touch Trackpads

    On Wednesday I went to the SoHo Apple Store in NYC for an Apple Watch try-on appointment. I signed up two days in advance, but showed up fifteen minutes early to find the try-on area almost empty—I got to start looking at Watches right away. Let me say upfront: the try-on service at the SoHo… Read more