Last week, we asked people who’ve been listening to Serial to chip in if they wanted a second season. This American Life funded the bulk of Season One, but for Serial to continue, it needs to pay for itself. Today, we have good news: between the money you donated and sponsorship, we’ll be able to make a second season. We don’t know yet what the story will be or exactly when we’ll be airing Season Two, but we’ll be working on it as soon as this season ends.
The best news all day.
Trade in your iPhone 6 to a Passport and BlackBerry will give you up to $400 in trade-in value, plus an extra $150 “top up” for U.S. residents.
You’d have to give me a heck of a lot more than $400 to switch to Blackberry.
Ian Urbina on the emotional connections of passwords:
Yes, I understand why passwords are universally despised: the strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. I hate them, too. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives. Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories. A motivational mantra, a swipe at the boss, a hidden shrine to a lost love, an inside joke with ourselves, a defining emotional scar — these keepsake passwords, as I came to call them, are like tchotchkes of our inner lives. They derive from anything: Scripture, horoscopes, nicknames, lyrics, book passages. Like a tattoo on a private part of the body, they tend to be intimate, compact and expressive.
You may experience a feeling of embarrassment and/or deja vu after reading through old tweets.
You have been warned.
Today Apple unveiled WatchKit. I am very pleasantly surprised by how capable it is. In my Expectations for WatchKit article I outlined that I thought we’d see a two phase roll-out of the platform. Starting with pretty limited capabilities that would then be expanded at next year’s WWDC. It turns out that I was only half correct. It is two phase but the first phase is much more capable than I was expecting.
In the first phase we will be able to build Glances, Actionable Notifications and iPhone powered apps. The last of which has me most excited.
My only question: how will these apps affect iPhone battery life?
Apple has changed the wording for free games in its App Store, and the app purchase buttons that once read “Free” for apps with no cost now read “Get” instead. The change has been implemented on both the iOS App Store and the desktop App Store.
This is no doubt due to the ongoing legal battles Apple faces in Europe over the fact that ‘free’ apps aren’t actually free when you take in-app purchases into account.
I’ve been having iCloud syncing issues ever since iOS 8.1 was released, which caused my most commonly used apps (Day One and Byword) to repeatedly crash.
So yeah, you could say I was happy to see this update released.
I’ve had the chance to play Vainglory early on my iPhone 6 Plus, and I must say it is a fantastic game. I still can’t believe a game of this caliber is available on iOS.
For those who don’t remember, Vainglory is the game that was shown off during the iPhone 6 keynote.
Update: Christmas came early, you can download Vainglory now.
VSCOCam made my list of must-have iPhone apps and today it got even better (it’s also now available on iPad). If you haven’t already downloaded it, you’re missing out on the best camera & photo-editing app available for iPhone.
What are you waiting for?
This is about something more simple and more important. It is about making sure that the Internet remains open and free for innovation. It is about recognizing that the last mile of the wired and wireless internet is a natural monopoly/duopoly where scale creates massive advantages, just like the electrical grid and the water system. It is about making sure that the massive companies that operate these last mile monopolies don’t use their market power to extract rents from the entrepreneurs, developers, and companies that must go through those networks to reach their customers.
This may end up being one of the defining discussions of our lifetime.