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The Talk Show: ‘A Sack Full of Plucked Feathers’
30 Jul 2015 3:02am GMT Special guest John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include bluetooth headphones, Apple Music and iCloud Photo Library, phone sizes (including speculation on the lineup of new iPhones in September), El Chapo’s social media intern, Apple’s stock price, Alex Gibney’s upcoming Steve Jobs documentary, and the new trailer for Spectre. Brought to you by these great sponsors: Casper: Just the right sink, just the right bounce. Save $50 on any Casper mattress. Hullo: Your favorite...

Using Apple’s System Font in Web Content
29 Jul 2015 10:44pm GMT Myles Maxfield, writing for the Surfin’ Safari blog: Web content is sometimes designed to fit in with the overall aesthetic of the underlying platform which it is being rendered on. One of the ways to achieve this is by using the platform’s system font, which is possible on iOS and OS X by using the “-apple-system” CSS value for the “font-family” CSS property. On iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, doing this allows you to use Apple’s new system font, San...

Gaming Uber
28 Jul 2015 7:24pm GMT Alex Rosenblatt, writing for Motherboard: Over a six month period, my colleague Luke Stark and I have been studying how Uber drivers interact with the Uber app as part of a research project funded by Microsoft FUSE Labs. Our research was conducted primarily in Uber driver forums, and through interviews with Uber drivers. We’ve observed that drivers across multiple forums discuss the fake cars they see on their own residential streets. One driver, who makes regular broadcasts...

Vizio IPO Plan Shows How Its TVs Track Whatever You’re Watching
28 Jul 2015 2:07am GMT Richard Lawler, writing for Engadget on Vizio’s IPO filing: Vizio has made its name with impressive value-priced TVs that don’t skimp on features (it’s also a leader in the soundbar market, and has made attempts at selling tablets and phones too). According to the filing, Vizio has sold more than 15 million smart TVs, with about 61 percent of them connected as of the end of June. While viewers are benefiting from those connections, streaming over 3 billion hours of...

The End of the TV Industry as We Know It
28 Jul 2015 1:55am GMT Amol Sharma, writing for The WSJ: Why would Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal unit be hunting for new media deals, and talking to companies like Vice Media, BuzzFeed and Business Insider, as The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday? One explanation is that the cable giant is chasing young consumers who aren’t watching TV as much as past generations did. This chart illustrates the situation. According to these numbers from Nielsen, among those 18-24 years old, TV viewing has...

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