Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers. Shouldn’t this be the kind of shady behavior that an app store review process prevents? Would be fantastic to see answers to these 3 questions.
Update: Path’s CEO answered those three questions a minute after I posted this. His response to #2 is a cop out. “Industry best practice” is just a way of avoiding blame. Protect your users data and do what’s right, not what’s typical.
The Information Arms Race. A fascinating but terrifying look at the way data is driving political strategies in campaign season. Some of the targeting statistics are mind blowing.
The current surface forms for digital books are far from perfect, but they work and are getting better with each device and software iteration. So, in my opinion, many of the critical future questions digital books designers will have to address don’t directly involve pure… Continue reading →
A while back I moved into a new apartment in Portland. It’s in a great neighborhood and a terrific building. One of the best parts is the top floor view of Lone Fir Cemetery across the street. It’s a cemetery that saw its first burial… Continue reading →
This was a lot of excitement for one year. Since the whole point of Pinboard is to be around for the long haul, I’m hoping for much less of it in the year to come. A personal archive works a little bit like a bank… Continue reading →
ProPublica’s newest news app uses education data to get more social. A really interesting app from ProPublica that analyzes data released by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Even though it hits just a few data points it is fascinating to compare various districts and schools.
Remembrance of Links Past. Maciej, co-founder of Pinboard, ran some sample data to see how often links from the past become dead. While it was a small sample size, it shows you could be losing a quarter of your links every seven years.
The future of analytics products. An epic rundown of various analytics products, what they offer, and what they lack. Google Analytics may be the market leader but for many large sites and companies it may not be the best option.
Fitbit now sends weekly summaries of your activity right to your inbox. It includes a recap of your steps, miles, weight, and sleep changes. There’s a leaderboard column in the email as well as on the site. Not sure how that works since I’ve kept… Continue reading →
A Backup System. Antonio Carusone details the backup system he uses for data. It’s a combination of Dropbox, iDisk, Backblaze, and a RAID drive setup. Comes with a slick graphic as well.