Parents Against Underage Smartphones

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Last year, Colorado father-of-five Tim Farnum gave his two youngest sons smartphones—and immediately regretted it. But he didn’t just take the phones away; he took the extra steps of forming a nonprofit called “Parents Against Underage Smartphones,” or PAUS, and drafting the nation’s first proposed measure that would ban smartphone use among preteens… More at ars technica.

One look at the way the website is designed highlights how out of touch these people are. “Oooh, I don’t like something so I want it banned!” Dick…

Apple’s Ambitious Bet on its Ecosystem

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To overcome these hurdles, once every few years, companies come up with an entirely new category of products. A decade ago, it was the smartphone, then tablet computers, convertibles, smart watches and so on. Now, it’s easily understandable that not every company can succeed in each trend. Hence, they either give up or create a half-baked product that is only going to waste their resources. For instance, smartwatches have either led to a demise of several startups or are having an existential crisis in the rest of the cases.

Apple doesn’t follow this roadmap for its development. It never completely shifts focus to any particular type of product, be it the iPhone or the Macs. On the contrary, the Cupertino giant places all of its eggs in the ecosystem and software that powers each of these devices. And that’s one of the reasons any new line of products it launches is an immediate hit irrespective of the industry’s state… More at TechPP.

You have to have used the ecosystem for the past few years to understand how much it has improved. It has improved to the point that it is becoming the single most important piece of the Apple puzzle for some.

A Prada Paperclip: $185

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Made in Italy, Prada’s sterling silver money clip is designed in the shape of a paperclip.

“Prada” embossed at one side.
Polished sterling silver.
6.25cm length x 2.25cm width (approximately).
Made in Italy… More here.

It is a money clip to be fair, but buy you would need to have a lot of money to put in the clip to spend this much on the clip. Ironic.

Cherish the Age of Usain Bolt

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At which point there are probably a couple of things worth saying about Bolt. The first is that his retirement is already the most interesting point of the sporting summer. In part because he remains the greatest in an event that for all the fog and noises off retains its razor-edge fascination, a basic register of human ultimacy. And in part just for his own warmth, his status as surely the most popular, most widely-cherished sports person on the planet… More at The Guardian.

His true greatness will grow the further we get away from the day he retired.

The World’s Ugliest Dogs

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Ladies and gentlemen, I fear that the fix was in at this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog competition. A three-year-old Neopolitan Mastiff named Martha took the $1,500 top prize at the annual celebration of repulsiveness in Petaluma, California. No offense to Martha, but she’s really not that ugly… More at Gizmodo.

There is no such thing as an ugly dog.

I Hate Tennis

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I’m a young man, relatively speaking. Thirty­-six. But I wake as if 96. After two decades of sprinting, stopping on a dime, jumping high and landing hard, my body no longer feels like my body. Consequently my mind doesn’t feel like my mind. I run quickly through the basic facts. My name is Andre Agassi. My wife’s name is Stefanie Graf. We have two children, a son and a daughter, five and three. We live in Las Vegas but currently reside in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, because I’m playing in the 2006 U.S. Open. My last U.S. Open. In fact my last tournament ever. I play tennis for a living, even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have… More at Sports Illustrated.

Many, many people hates their jobs and don’t get to make millions from what they do every day. Something about the tone of this doesn’t sit right.

Does it matter who designed your watch?

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Nevertheless, the post-war rise of the designer was inevitably going to reach the watch world. That it did so first in the United States probably shouldn’t be a surprise. Movado’s Museum Watch, with its dial being defined by a solitary dot at 12 to symbolise the sun at high noon, was designed in 1947 by the Bauhaus-influenced artist Nathan George Horwitt. (NB: it was first made by Vacheron & Constantin-LeCoultre Watches Inc, and only later produced by Movado.) The Museum Watch might have been an anomaly, or at least a rarity (Warhol also designed a watch for Movado) had Hamilton not followed suit a decade later… More at GQ.

A very interesting article if you have a thing about watches, which is probably none of you…