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The Talk Show: ‘The “Press Real Hard” Era’

Special guest Marco Arment returns to the show for a brief discussion. Topics include Apple’s OS development strategy, HomePod and Siri, the sad state of Apple TV apps, where to get a good

Twitter Abolishes Native Mac Client

Twitter: We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30

DFW: ‘Roger Federer as Religious Experience’

Worth a re-link. David Foster Wallace in 2006 on then-25-year-old Roger Federer: The Moments are more intense if you’ve played enough tennis to understand the impossibility of what you just saw him

Lauren Goode vs. Lauren Goode: iPhone X vs. Pixel 2

Such a gimmicky gimmick, yes, but Lauren Goode does this so fucking well. I just love it. Technically it’s pretty darn good, but substantially it’s downright amazing: she makes wonderfully accurate

How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment

Michael Waldman, writing for Politico in 2014: From 1888, when law review articles first were indexed, through 1959, every single one on the Second Amendment concluded it did not guarantee an

‘Paul Ryan: No “Knee Jerk” Reactions on Guns. Ever.’

These mass shootings in the U.S. are like a perverse version of Groundhog Day. Republicans say the exact same things in response, every time, as though it’s the first time.Democrats need to stop

Meh.com: ‘Selling Shit You Don’t Want for So Cheap That You Buy It Anyway’

My thanks to Meh for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. Here’s what they had to say in their promoted RSS feed entry earlier this week: People ask what kinds of things we sell, and it’s hard to

Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Parkland

103 Republicans, 1 Democrat.It’s not “Congress” as a whole that refuses to take action.(Also, it’s not a complete list. My own Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has taken boatloads of money from pro-gun

Et Tu, Sonos?

Mike Prospero, writing for Tom’s Guide: When I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication that the HomePod’s silicone base had messed up the finish. But, as I was inspecting the

Strategy Analytics Claims Apple Took Over Half of Worldwide Phone Revenue Last Quarter

Evan Niu, The Motley Fool: Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston points out that “Apple now accounts for more revenue than the rest of the entire global smartphone industry combined.”

We’ve Reached the Point Where People Are Giving Up on Schools

Actual headline in an op-ed from the Miami Herald today: “In the Wake of the Douglas High Massacre, Is Home Schooling a Better Option?” That’s how ridiculous our situation has become. People are

‘No Way to Prevent This’, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

The Onion posts the same headline after every mass shooting in the U.S., and every time they do it, it’s more apt than ever.That’s the shot. Here’s the chaser: “Gorilla Sales Skyrocket After Latest

‘The Gun Is Our Moloch’

Garry Wills, writing for The New York Review five years ago, after the Sandy Hook grade school massacre: The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of debate. It is

Facebook Now Spamming Users With Texts if They’ve Enabled Two-Factor Security

Kate Conger, writing for Gizmodo: I’ve been getting these text-spam messages since last summer, when I set up a new Facebook account and turned on two-factor authentication. I created the new profile

★ Sponsoring Daring Fireball, Early 2018 Edition

There’s a part of me that hates posting self-promotional stuff here on Daring Fireball. There’s another part of me that wants to sell ads and keep this thing afloat, and knows that I sell more ads

Nick Heer: ‘Reports of Google’s Newfound Design Prowess Have Been Greatly Exaggerated’

Nick Heer on the new YouTube app for Apple TV: None of these elements behaves as you might expect, primarily because the YouTube app doesn’t interpret swipes and scrolls like any other app. There’s

Facebook Is Pushing Its Data-Tracking Onavo VPN Within Its Main Mobile App

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: Onavo Protect, the VPN client from the data-security app maker acquired by Facebook back in 2013, has now popped up in the Facebook iOS app itself, under the

Kottke on the State of Blogging

Jason Kottke, in a fascinating interview with Laura Hazard Owen for the Nieman Journalism Lab: Melancholy, I think, is the exact right word. Personally, I think I felt a lot worse about it maybe

David Pogue Conducts Blind Test of HomePod Against Competitors

David Pogue: Of course, I knew what the results would be. I’d heard them myself in the Apple demo; I’d read the other reviews; and I’d done the dress rehearsal the night before. Every time, the

HomePod Can Damage Wood Furniture

Jon Chase, in Wirecutter’s review of HomePod: An unhappy discovery after we placed a HomePod on an oiled butcher-block countertop and later on a wooden side table was that it left a defined white