Myles Braithwaite

Comic book movies, in other words, are becoming more and more like comic books themselves: serial adventures in which each installment leads to the next installment. Each movie gives you a fix of super-powered shenanigans, but doesn’t fully conclude much of anything at all, in the hopes you’ll be back for another dose.

Comic Book Movies and the Forgotten Art of the Ending by Ryan Britt.


In only a month, the little-known bitcoin alternative known as Darkcoin has rocketed nearly tenfold in value–from around 75 cents a coin to almost seven dollars. Its selling point: Darkcoin offers far greater anonymity than bitcoin, mixing up users’ transactions so that it’s incredibly difficult to trace a payment to a person. And though few have yet to accept that more-anonymous coin for actual goods and services, the promise of Darkcoin’s privacy features seems to have sparked a miniature boom. It’s one of the fastest growing among the wave of cryptocurrencies that’s followed bitcoin’s success, with the total value of its combined coins topping out at nearly $30 million.

Darkcoin, the Shadowy Cousin of Bitcoin, Is Booming by Andy Greenberg.



A quirk somewhere else in Instagram revealed the app uses a web view for its entire timeline. This is something we knew, but had difficulty proving. Something that, if you knew, might have made you think that Instagram was worse application than it was.

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The smart ones don’t tell you.

The designers and developers behind Instagram, Uber, and Basecamp are incredibly talented and practiced; they care about consistent interface design, enjoyable experiences, maintainability, and the reach of their apps. They have the resources to maintain a native app on each platform, but they don’t.

Your favourite app isn’t native by Kenneth Ormandy.

There is a myth in the mobile developers community that native applications are more responsive and faster than using a web view or a PhoneGap-like library.




The Daily Routines of Geniuses: Letter Writing

A clear dividing line between important work and busywork. Before there was email, there were letters. It amazed (and humbled) me to see the amount of time each person allocated simply to answering letters. Many would divide the day into real work (such as composing or painting in the morning) and busywork (answering letters in the afternoon). Others would turn to the busywork when the real work wasn’t going well. But if the amount of correspondence was similar to today’s, these historical geniuses did have one advantage: the post would arrive at regular intervals, not constantly as email does.

The Daily Routines of Geniuses by Sarah Green in Harvard Business Review.

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Is the Oculus Rift sexist?

What I found was startling. Although there was variability across the board, biological men were significantly more likely to prioritize motion parallax. Biological women relied more heavily on shape-from-shading. In other words, men are more likely to use the cues that 3D virtual reality systems relied on.


TextIt makes the point that WhatsApp high valuation ($16 Billion Dollars) is because it was built to be run on features phones.

See, WhatsApp wasn't born in Silicon Valley on an iPhone, rather it fought its way to a $16B exit by providing an awesome messaging experience to the middle billion, those living on $10 a day. And you know what, on $10 a day you probably don't have an iPhone or an Android handset. Rather you are probably carrying around a "feature phone", one of a thousands variations of handsets build by Nokia or Samsung running a version of Java 2 Mobile Edition. (J2ME)