Friday, July 27, 2012

Tech Links: July 27, 2012


How Amazon’s ambitious new push for same-day delivery will destroy local retail.

Secrets at Apple's Core A talk by Adam Lashinsky (Fortune's editor at large) about how Apple has become the most admired (and secretive) company in the world.

That's All Folks: Why the Writing Is on the Wall at Microsoft ... The Terrible Management Technique That Cost Microsoft Its Creativity.

"Thousands of YouTube partners are making over $100,000 a year, according to Google SVP and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora."


Can Tumblr’s David Karp Embrace Ads Without Selling Out?

Is the Web Driving Us Mad? (Newsweek, cover) Evidence wise, the verdict isn't looking good. The proof is starting to pile up.

Not fade away: on living, dying, and the digital afterlife

Offline: Paul Miller, writing for The Verge, is taking a year off from the internet. Among other things, he can't install modern video games and he must figure out how to pay his bills.

Reading & Discussion

Are We Addicted to Gadgets or Indentured to Work?

Resources & Utilities

CoDrops is offering source code for an experimental page layout that lets you navigate pages by swiping or dragging as in a booklet, inspired by Flipboard.

De-Clutter Your Inbox: Boomerang Sends or Returns Your Email at a Later Date

The No Excuse List is a list of resources to learn just about anything: Minute Physics, Udacity (free, University-level courses online) and PetriDish, a Kickstarter for science projects.

Sigma.js is an open-source lightweight JavaScript library to draw graphs, using the HTML canvas element.

Were you among the roughly 400,000 people whose usernames and passwords were stolen from Yahoo? How about the 480,000 exposed in a December 2010 hack of Gawker? Or the 860,000 hit by Anonymous’ hack last year of StratFor? If you don’t know, a website called will tell you.


Science for the people: take a renowned scientist (Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman (Physics), Stephen Benkovik (Chemisty)) and sit them down on a street corner to answer questions.

Was that your phone? Phantom vibrations are something that over two thirds of people experience - the sense that your phone may be vibrating, even when it isn't in your pocket. A few studies have looked into the phenomenon, which might be caused by the conditioning of phone users. And the same sensitivity that allows parents to hear their baby's cry, also makes it easy to think you hear a cell phone ring during a song or commercial.


Build your own Punch Card Reader.

How to use your iPhone GPS for backpacking including reviews on most of the relevant GPS, topo, and navigation related apps available for the iPhone.

How to Replace a Broken/ Cracked iPhone Screen

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