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Intro to Micro.blog

Noah Read: Micro.blog is a social timeline, similar to Twitter, where you can post short snippets of text with links and photos, and converse with others. The biggest difference from most other social networks is where these short posts come from. They come from people’s own websites, where they control the content and can do […]

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It is a gorgeous late spring day and the daylight hours are nice and long. I love June but I can’t help but think the slide to shorter days will begin in less than two weeks.

I know, I know. I’ve missed a few. You’ll get over it. Paleobiology Navigator – “PBDB Navigator allows users to explore the Paleobiology Database through space, time, and taxonomy.” If you know me at all you know that this literally burns hours and hours and hours of my time. In a good way. The Stratolaunch […]

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Back to Apple, again

Each year WWDC week gives us new and updated Apple software that is easier to use and more tightly integrated. As a result, each year I find myself wishing that I used Apple software exclusively instead of using third-party applications. Forgive me, but I’m about to quote an entire post that I wrote in June 2014 as to […]

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John Gruber: This year we are not going to attempt to stream live video. Instead we’re going to work hard to get edited video of the event up on the web as soon as possible after the show is over. If you just can’t wait, listen to the live audio. If you want to see […]

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I’m waiting to write a full comparison of my WWDC wish list to what is being announced by Apple because as WWDC week continues more news leaks out. Suffice to say more and more of my list is getting checked off as the week goes by.

rss.js

With all of the JSON Feed hubbub recently I thought it was interesting to read Dave Winer’s post re: how he had created a JSON spec based on RSS in 2012 called rss.js: I wanted to see if there was interest among developers for a JSON version of RSS. I put up a website, with […]

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The Daily 360

The New York Times describes The Daily 360: Times journalists around the world bring you a new 360 video every day. I’ve watched a few of these and they are pretty cool. I found this via Dan Kimbrough who adds: The New York Times is doing a lot of cool things with 360 storytelling. 360 […]

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I’ve been using Apple Music today. There is a bit of a learning curve but it is far, far better than when I tried it when it was released.

I forgot a huge iOS wish; driving mode. A mode that auto-responds to all SMS messages that I’m driving and stops any notifications from popping up.

Joe Cieplinski: Look, I get that I’m the nut who doesn’t want to use Facebook. I’m not even saying don’t post your stuff to Facebook. But if Facebook is the only place you are posting something, know that you are shutting out people like me for no good reason. Go ahead and post to Facebook, […]

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Chrome ad blocking

Sridhar Ramaswamy: We believe online ads should be better. That’s why we joined the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group dedicated to improving online ads. The group’s recently announced Better Ads Standards provide clear, public, data-driven guidance for how the industry can improve ads for consumers, and today I’d like to share how we […]

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In 2009 I scrawled together a simple PHP script that tweeted links based on an RSS feed. I then updated it to support OAuth and open sourced it on GitHub. I haven’t really touched it since (though I get about 3 emails a month about it). Just a small update here and there. This morning, […]

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Is VR overrated?

Kristopher B. Jones, an entrepreneur from near my neck of the woods, weighs in on VR in a recent Forbes piece debating the applicability of the technology: I’m a strong believer that virtual reality is overrated, as it has limited applications outside of very specific industries. Industries like gaming and medical training are likely to […]

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