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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clay Risen on MakersGate

The best analysis I've read so far of Beam's announcement that they'll be diluting Makers Mark due to increasing demand. Makers is currently 90 proof, which is, like, the bare minimum alcohol content a bourbon needs to be taken halfway seriously in this world; the "new," "improved" formula will be 84 proof, which is more […]

U.S. Internet Users Pay More For Worse Service

Susan Crawford for Bloomberg: The Internet has taken the place of the telephone as the world’s basic, general-purpose, two-way communication medium. All Americans need high-speed access, just as they need clean water, clean air and electricity. But they have allowed a naive belief in the power and beneficence of the free market to cloud their […]

Evan Gotlib Buys A Microsoft Surface

evangotlib: I bought a Microsoft Surface yesterday. Long story, don’t ask why, it wasn’t for me. This is the story of the purchase. It started with a phone call to the Microsoft Pop-Up store at the Shops at Columbus Circle… Evan: “Hi, do you have any Surface tablets in stock” Sales Rep: “Yes, plenty!” … […]

Marco Arment reviews the Retina MacBook Pro

He calls it the best computer he's ever used. And he's a hardcore Mac Pro devotee, one of those guys who wants a 12-core monstrosity at home and the tiniest possible Air on the go. Last week work surprised me with an upgrade to a souped-up rMBP (not even the base model, like Marco's—mine has […]

Windows 8 To Be Priced At $199, Then $69, Also Maybe $99

The Verge: Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro software will be priced at $199 after a promotional price of $69.99 expires on January 31st 2013, according to one source familiar with Microsoft's plans. The software maker will also offer a Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro upgrade option at retail stores for $69.99 until January 31st when […]