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[Sponsor] Instants

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Instants is a new iPhone app to help anyone (especially businesses) make social media content with stylish motion graphics. It was just featured in the App Store in “New Apps We Love” and made by a team with some ex-Apple folks and die-hard Mac nerds. You can really feel the care and attention that went into the experience design.

Download it, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the “Moore” theme, inspired by the opening credits of a certain spy movie. No Aston Martin required.

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mxm23
6 days ago
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The app is called "Ingage Instants: Social Posts"
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Larry Page Is a No-Show With Google Under a Harsh Spotlight

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Mark Bergen and Austin Carr, writing for Businessweek:

It’s not just Washington. Even in Silicon Valley, people have started wondering: Where’s Larry? Page has long been reclusive, a computer scientist who pondered technical problems away from the public eye, preferring to chase moonshots over magazine covers. Unlike founder-CEO peers (Mark Zuckerberg comes to mind), he hasn’t presented at product launches or on earnings calls since 2013, and he hasn’t done press since 2015. He leaves day-to-day decisions to Pichai and a handful of advisers. But a slew of interviews in recent months with colleagues and confidants, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were worried about retribution from Alphabet, describe Page as an executive who’s more withdrawn than ever, bordering on emeritus, invisible to wide swaths of the company. Supporters contend he’s still engaged, but his immersion in the technology solutions of tomorrow has distracted him from the problems Google faces today. “What I didn’t see in the last year was a strong central voice about how [Google’s] going to operate on these issues that are societal and less technical,” says a longtime executive who recently left the company.

Fascinating look inside Google’s leadership. Really does seem like they’re out of touch. Their tremendous profits are all coming from things that Page isn’t paying any attention to at all. Presumably Sundar Pichai is paying attention to them, but it’s certainly an unusual arrangement.

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mxm23
9 days ago
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This feels like muckraking (do I have the right term?). So one of the previous people to foresee the internet search and advertising revolution isn't focused on the problems of today? But rather is engaged in solutions for tomorrow? Seems about exactly right. What am I missing?
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apfontana
9 days ago
The implication is that a CEO should have a more well rounded concern and involvement with the entire company. If he wants to hyper-focus on one aspect, perhaps it would be better to create a new role and give someone else the CEO position.
mxm23
9 days ago
Right. Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google. Larry Page is CEO of Alphabet. I take your point that the CEO should probably spend more balanced time between now and the future.
arnabocean
8 days ago
I agree... Google is Pichai's problem, not Page's. Isn't this the whole reason they separated Google out into Alphabet and subsidiaries; that Google brings in the "established" money and Alphabet looks at "other things"? Why would Alphabet CEO presume to do Google CEO's job?
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Kuo: USB-C to Replace Lightning on 2018 iPad Pro

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Ming-Chi Kuo:

In addition to Face ID support, we expect the new iPad Pro models’ main upgrade to include replacing Lightning with a USB-C interface and bundling with a new unibody design 18W power adapter, which cancels the removable plug design.

I would find this a bit surprising, but nowhere near as shocking as if they moved iPhones to USB-C. On the one hand, Apple is positioning iPad Pros as alternatives to laptops, so a USB-C port makes sense for connecting peripherals. But if the rumors are true that this year’s iPad Pros don’t have headphone jacks, this doesn’t make much sense at all. This would mean someone with a Mac, iPhone, and iPad would need three different headphone adapters.

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mxm23
12 days ago
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Courage.
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jhamill
13 days ago
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Or you could connect your headphones via Bluetooth or the W1 or W2 chip (not really sure what it is) in your Beats or AirPods.
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fxer
12 days ago
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apples menagerie of dongles shows they don't give a fuck how many adapters you need
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dreadhead
12 days ago
usb c to lightning to rj45

Bank of America is freezing accounts of US citizens for not proving residency status

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It's legal to have a bank account in the US without being a citizen. But Bank of America has been freezing accounts of people who don't jump through hoops to prove their residency status. It froze the funds of an Iranian Ph.D physics candidate at the University of Miami, because it decided the documentation he'd been providing every six month suddenly wasn't good enough. He couldn't pay rent or credit card bills, even though he had plenty of money in his account. Bank of America is also freezing the funds of US citizens who didn't fill out forms sent to them in the mail.

The Sacramento Bee recounts an incident that shows BofA has xenophobic policies dating back at least a couple of years:

Dan Hernandez, a Broward County native of Cuban heritage now working as a TV writer in Los Angeles, said he had his business account suspended by Bank of America in December 2016. When he asked why, he was told he was under suspicion of doing business with Cuba. His corporation was called Cuban Missile Inc.—”Cuban Missile” has been his nickname since childhood.

“I started screaming that this was racist,” he said. “Like, did you go through every company that had ’Jewish bagels’ in its name, or how about calling someone with ‘Korean BBQ’ to see if they’re doing business with Kim Jong Un?”

He eventually Tweeted at the bank’s social media account—and had his situation resolved within 45 minutes. He says he feels lucky that he was able to leverage that platform and his status to get a relatively quick fix, because he is certain others do not have the ability to do so.

“It was extremely scary,” Hernandez, 34, said. “I knew I didn’t do anything wrong, but it puts doubt in your mind. A bank can crush your life for arbitrary reasons and never tell you why.”

This is the kind of story that makes me hope cryptocurrencies take off in a big way and replace banks.

Image: Shutterstock/Tero Vesalainen

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mxm23
23 days ago
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Fuck BOA.
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Watch this delightful film where LEGOs replace wood and tools

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In this charming stop motion animation, YouTubers BrickBros created a lovely children's toy, shooting it in a way that makes it seem as if their woodshop consisted only of LEGO-based items. Some very clever uses of small pieces throughout. (more…)

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mxm23
46 days ago
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LEGO is the plural of LEGO. If you must add an “s” please use LEGO bricks.
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These Amazon's Choice headphones have an incredible 35-hour battery life

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Shopping for new headphones usually turns into a compromise between power, portability, and price, but in the case of TREBLAB's Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones, you can come out ahead with all three. Named an Amazon's Choice Product, the Z2's earned their name because they boast two times the sound, battery life, and convenience of competing headphones. Featuring top-grade, high-performance neodymium-backed 40mm speakers and T-Quiet™ active noise canceling technology, these headphones drown out unwanted sound, all the while maintaining comfort thanks to their ergonomic fit and secure design. What's more, these headphones boast a colossal 35-hour battery life, allowing you to listen to your music for several days at a time without missing a beat. TREBLAB's Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones normally retail for $259.99, but you can get your own pair on sale today for $78.99 in the Boing Boing Store.
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mxm23
51 days ago
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Show me one receipt where someone bought these for $259.99
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