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Creation and Consumption, QR Code's Curious Comeback and More

Creation and Consumption, QR Code's Curious Comeback and More

One: Creation and Consumption

"There's a pretty common argument in tech that though of course there are billions more smartphones than PCs, and will be many more still, smartphones are not really the next computing platform, just a computing platform, because smartphones (and the tablets that derive from them) are only used for consumption where PCs are used for creation. You might look at your smartphone a lot, but once you need to create, you'll go back to a PC."

Benedict Evans

 

Two: The Curious Comeback of the Dreaded QR Code

"It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment QR codes became a joke. Was it the guy who scanned one of those black and white squares on the back of a Heinz bottle and landed on a page full of porn videos? Or when Gillette ran an ad inviting you to scan a code to "read Kate Upton's mind"? Maybe it was the codes plastered around the New York City subway, across the tracks, making it impossible to scan them without killing yourself. No, you know what? It was when the Kraay Family Farm carved 309,000 square feet of QR code into a corn field. That's when it happened. That or the tombstones."

David Pierce, Wired

 

Three: Contrast

This is a super cool tool for designers. It helps them make sure that the color combinations they use in their designs have enough contrast to meet WCAG standards and in turn be readable by those with disabilities.

 

Four: Wall Street Has Begun to Think About Apple In a New Way

"For the past few years, Apple shares have been judged by one metric on Wall Street: iPhone unit sales. As iPhone growth has fluctuated, so has the stock price. Analysts have been infatuated with quarterly iPhone sales gyrations and the impact they may have on Apple earnings and the stock. However, things are changing. The iPhone’s influence over Apple’s stock is subsiding on Wall Street."

Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

 

Five: What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon?

"At 9 p.m. Eastern time on July 10, Amazon initiated its annual show of force: Prime Day, a 30-hour exercise in the fullest possible expression of what Amazon can do. The sale, timed to the company’s ‘‘birthday,’’ is marketed with an urgency bordering on panic. What’s for sale? Basically anything. Where is it for sale? Wherever you are. Some sales last the whole prolonged day; others last a few minutes. A car seat. Golf clubs. Jeans and a screen door. Turmeric extract. A gallon of Elmer’s glue. An Amazon product — the voice-controlled Echo, which can order more products from Amazon. Makeup brushes. Jumper cables. A tablet computer. The shopping experience is at turns euphoric and anxiety-inducing, Amazon’s already-busy interface teeming with decontextualized blinking numbers..."

John Herrman, The New York Times Magazine

 

Bonus: hahaha

 

 

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Goodbye iPod, Hello Apple Glasses and More

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