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Medium seems to continue to grow in popularity as a publishing platform, and as it does, I’m growing more and more frustrated by their on-screen “engagement” turds. Every Medium site displays an on-screen “sharing” bar that covers the actual content I want to read. This is particularly annoying on the phone, where screen real estate is most precious. Now on iOS they’ve added an “Open in App” button that literally makes the last 1-2 lines of content on screen unreadable. To me these things are as distracting as having someone wave their hand in front of my face while I try to read… More at DF.

I was trying to show my son a funny video the other night which was remarkably not on YouTube. I ended up jumping through a few sites I do not normally visit and almost every one has pop-ups, auto-play videos and all sorts of other crap that ruined the entire experience.

As someone who does not like ad-blockers because I believe they strangle those of us trying to do the right thing, I also wonder if they are what causes crap like this to occur. The overall friendliness of websites seems to only be going one way. Less friendly.

The Bedfan

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The Bedfan will help you sleep cooler, stop night sweats, ease menopause night sweats, eliminate sleeping hot, put an end to sleepless nights, or even save money on your air conditioning. The Bedfan cooling system is for you. The Bedfan is built here in Texas using American ingenuity and American workers. When you buy the American produced Bedfan you are helping more than 10 other American companies… More here.

We need this in the UK at the moment!

 

iPhone apps are taking up a lot more space

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The top iPhone apps have been taking up an increasing amount of space on the device. Sensor Tower reported Tuesday that the total space required by the top 10 most installed U.S. iPhone apps is now nearly 2 gigabytes, up twelvefold since May 2013 when the top 10 apps occupied just 164 megabytes of space combined… More at Axios.

Would love to know what exactly is in the code of apps like Facebook. Not expecting goodness in there.

SEGA Forever

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SEGA is bringing some of your favorite games to mobile in new, free-to-play formats that include ads as a way to drive revenue, support offline play and other more modern features like cloud saves. The games can also be rendered ad-free with a one-time $1.99 purchase, which is a really good deal given the pedigree of some of these titles, and what you might pay elsewhere to get re-released versions of classic console games… More at TC.

Good to see a more reasonable approach to mobile game pricing.

The OneBlade Core

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I shave with a cheap Dorco Pace razor, and as someone who enjoys using fine objects and tools, I hate myself for it. It’s an ugly piece of plastic that looks like it was created by a failed basketball sneaker designer. But I use it because the cartridges are relatively cheap, about $1.37 each.

Previously I hadn’t seen any designey razor alternatives on the market that I’d consider. But I’ve just caught wind of the Pensa-designed OneBlade Core, a fanatically-engineered razor made of Tritan and stainless steel… More here.

May need to change the name or these guys will be after you.

Man wears dress to work and changes the rules

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When he showed back up at the office he was sure he’d be sent back home again. However, his employers noted the unfairness of their pants-exclusive policy for men. Instead of going home to change again, Barge opted to say yes to the dress.

“They said it was a bit too colorful and asked if I wanted to go home and change because they were letting us wear shorts because of my ‘protest’—but I said I was happy to stay,” More at The Daily Dot.

This is still a thing for sure. Where I work the rules are very fair, but in previous roles in the same company women have been allowed to wear smart shorts or white smart T-shirts while men had to wear long trousers and collars. Us men need equality now!