Apple OS Updates from WWDC 2014

I’ve long given up on reading and being interested in Apple rumors. I rather wait for Apple’s official announcements and keynotes when they unveil all the goodies with specific launch dates. This is in no way an overview of the changes in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 because there are dedicated blogs that do that for a living. I’m just listing some changes or features that are great from my perspective.

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Why Don’t I Criticize Israel?

I don’t think Israel should exist as a Jewish state. I think it is obscene, irrational and unjustifiable to have a state organized around a religion. So I ...

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect

Without it, we probably couldn’t even have phones that look anything like the ingots we tickle—the whole notion of touchscreen typing, where our podgy phys...

Scenes of defeat on the streets of Brazil

A group of German fans, one wearing a jersey and the other two with scarves, got on the subway and 50 or 60 favela kids surrounded them, the main pack of a...

The Internet With A Human Face

Marc [Thiele] emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I thought my talk would be appropriate to close the conference. “Marc,” I told him, “my talk is perfect ...

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

“It’s not this thing where you get some special wings or superpowers when you enter Cupertino. It’s that you now have an organization where you can spend y...

The Case for Reparations

In 1909, President William Howard Taft told the country that “intelligent” white southerners were ready to see blacks as “useful members of the community.”...

Rob Lowe on sending his son off to college

As the school year winds down and many parents of high school seniors prepare to send their kids off to college in the fall, Slate wanted to share one fath...

Getting Reading Done

Last month, I got an iPad Mini from my workplace. First, I choose to install only Kindle, iBooks, and Instapaper apps. Second, I made a conscious decision to also leave my personal iPad Air downstairs each night. I carried my iPad Mini to bed so I had no choice but to read only books or long-form articles. I got the iPad on April 24 and I’ve tried to read books every night ever since. So how did I fare?

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Perception v. Reality

Economic Growth PMs

Interesting how perception can distort reality. The previous Congress government went down to its biggest defeat largely due to stagnant or falling economic growth. It turns out that Manmohan Singh led India to the second-highest rate of economic growth (averaged over 10 years). Deve Gowda, known for his love of sleep, was at the top with 7.9%. MMS rate of growth is better because it’s averaged over ten years whereas Deve Gowda’s is just for that year. But it may be due to the lagged effect post-Narsimha Rao government. The chart also underscores the tremendous harm the previous Congress governments did prior to Rao’s tenure. Remember those tenures include the seven larger-than-Modi mandates.

Of course, MMS was blamed not just for falling economic growth but rather a plethora of governing problems including national security and financial malfeasance. In spite of this chart, no one is losing sleep over his loss.

Modi-fied India

May 16th, 2014 was the day when India gave a clear mandate to Modi’s BJP. I say, Modi’s BJP and not just BJP because it’s abundantly clear that this is his singular achievement, whether you agree with him or not. BJP is the first non-Congress party to gain an absolute majority in the Indian parliament (284 seats). The enormity of this result can only be experienced after two and half decades of coalition governments.

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Why did Twitter introduce the Mute feature

Twitter announced a feature that I though they would never announce – the mute feature. This will let you ‘mute’ the tweets of the people you follow. But why not simply unfollow them if you don’t want to see their tweets? Well, the important distinction between unfollow and mute is that they won’t know you’ve muted them. Therein lies the capitulation of Twitter for user perception over their business model. How?

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