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Making sense of the most confusing new iPhone lineup ever

Harry McCracken bij Fast Company:

For all their similarities, the new phones don’t line up into a digestible good/better/best matrix. The cheapest model, the $749 XR, is the midrange model in terms of size and has a nifty twist—six different color options to choose from—which is unavailable on the XS and XS Max. But if you covet a bright-red iPhone in an intermediate size, you’ll have to decide whether the stuff the XR doesn’t have is an issue. And while some of what’s missing is obvious—the XR has only one rear camera—other omissions are somewhat arcane, like the fact it can withstand being submerged for 30 minutes in only one meter of water vs. two meters for the XS and XS Max.

Ik vind ’t ook allemaal wat verwarrend. Ik kocht vorig jaar de iPhone X, die toen werd verkocht als “next year’s iPhone, now” en dat gevoel klopt nog altijd: ik ga niét upgraden. Voor het eerst in een heel aantal jaar.

Ik heb zelfs het idee dat, mocht m’n toestel het nu begeven, dat ik zou opteren voor een fluokleurige Xr in plaats van voor een higher end model. Nu, McCracken heeft natuurlijk vooral gelijk met z’n laatste zinnen:

For consumers, choosing a new iPhone may have just gotten more complicated. But as long as enough people do choose one rather than sticking with what they’ve got, or buying an Android phone, Apple will presumably be happy to let a hundred iPhones bloom—or at least several rather similar ones.

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Hoe de podcasts van De Standaard 350.000 keer werden beluisterd

Interessant interview van Yorick Dupon (zonder T) bij Tandem Tech met Wouter Van Driessche, chef audio en video bij De Standaard:

Video, tekst, foto en alle dingen die we als printmedia al even doen, die concurreren om dezelfde twee schaarse middelen: uw ogen. Met podcasts kan je iets aanspreken dat op andere momenten vrij is: je oren.

Ik moet wel eerlijk bekennen dat ik nog geen enkele De Standaard-podcast luisterde. Dringend eens doen.

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Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?

Een uitstekend profielstuk aan de hand van Evan Osnos in The New Yorker.

When I asked Zuckerberg about this reputation, he framed the dynamic differently. The survival of any social-media business rests on “network effects,” in which the value of the network grows only by finding new users. As a result, he said, “there’s a natural zero-sumness. If we’re going to achieve what we want to, it’s not just about building the best features. It’s about building the best community.” He added, “I care about succeeding. And, yes, sometimes you have to beat someone to something, in order to get to the next thing. But that’s not primarily the way that I think I roll.”

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The Talk Show ‘IPHONE 🍸’, WITH SPECIAL GUEST RENE RITCHIE

Great episode to prepare for the Keynote tonight. (19:00 Brussels time.)

Rene Ritchie returns to the show for a deep dive into what was revealed (and what wasn’t) by Guilherme Rambo’s release last week of product marketing images of the apparently-named iPhone XS and Series 4 Apple Watch.

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Letter to the German Press

Jay Rosen bij de Frankfurter Allgemeine:

It’s not your job, as journalists, to tell people what to think. But it is your job to alert them to what they need to think about. Social scientists call this agenda-setting. It is one of the most important things journalists do. But if the news agenda is set by the opinions of people in your newsroom, that simply isn’t good enough. A reporting agenda borrowed from the parties in power isn’t good enough, either. What if they aren’t listening? Nor is an agenda set by entertainment values, or by media stunts and taboo busting. This is another area where innovation is required- and transparency.

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Albumtip: Joey Purp – QUARTERTHING

Aanrader.

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Dense Discovery: A weekly newsletter helping web workers be productive, stay inspired, and think critically.

De nieuwsbrief van Offscreen Magazine kreeg een nieuw jasje en is nu ‘Dense Discovery’. Eén van de weinige nieuwsbrieven waarvoor ik graag ga zitten.

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Paradox of tolerance

Interessant op Wikipedia:

The paradox of tolerance was described by Karl Popper in 1945. The paradox states that if a society is tolerant without limit, their ability to be tolerant will eventually be seized or destroyed by the intolerant. Popper came to the seemingly paradoxical conclusion that in order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance.

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De Rudi en Freddie Show: Een podcast vol verontwaardiging

Alweer een steengoede aflevering.

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Joris Luyendijk is vanaf vandaag correspondent en podcasthost bij De Correspondent

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