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For those of you who don’t know much about App.net, their blog is a great place to find out more. App.net lets you access a great range of social apps for messaging, file syncing and sharing pictures and documents, all ad free, and with complete control over your data.
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In 1977, solar cells cost upwards of $70 per Watt of capacity. In 2013, that cost has dropped to $0.74 per Watt, a 100:1 improvement. On average, solar power improves 14% per year in terms of energy production per dollar invested.
This is sounding very familiar, and very exciting.
The upcoming album Fandango from The Phoenix Foundation is currently available to listen to on Soundcloud. I’ve had this on high rotation for the last week and am really enjoying it.
Great to see that the guys are also planning a major tour, which includes some shows in Australia! The first in 5 years …
A great talk by Jonathan Hoefler about designing and creating typefaces for the web.
This video is from 2011, but still as relevant as ever. The H&FJ font service has still to publicly launch, which shows just how much effort is going into optimising their catalogue for digital devices.
As The Verge reports, scientists have for the first time conclusively measured the rate at which a supermassive black hole spins – the speed of light, no less. What I found really interesting is the amount of energy output by this high speed rotation:
Scientists now know how much energy is given off by this black hole’s rotational energy, (which is) equivalent to a billion stars shining over the course of a billion years.
Quantities and figures like this always blow my mind. They are just so big it’s crazy. To really put it into perspective though, consider that the Sun bathes our planet with enough energy every day to supply the World with power for the the next 27 years. In addition to that, this is roughly only 0.000000045% of the output from our sun.
I know, my brain hurts too.
Since the launch of the Amazon Cloud Player app for iPhone and iPod touch, a top request from customers has been the ability to buy music from Amazon right from their devices
Good to see movement here, but Amazon’s time would have been better spent improving the Cloud Player itself. As it stands, the Amazon Cloud Player is completely below par in terms of design and usability, yet remains the most expensive option when compared to Google or Apple.
Thank you to Mister Cairns for bring my attention to such beautiful piece of tech. Really excited by the prospect of an open API as well, which is a welcome change for the current trend.
It’s actually quite crazy to look at how much resistance the major labels’ have thrown up to the idea of MP3’s and online music lockers over the last decade.
Amazon’s AutoRip is a very welcome feature, and as Ars points out, a signal that the labels have made peace with the cloud music concept. Unfortunately, it seems like yet another case of too little, too late.
If you missed it, the talk I gave for CreativeMornings last month has just been posted, along with a short write up highlighting a few take aways. The talk mainly focused on the tools and workflow I use working remotely for Etsy.
The slides didn’t make it to the video, but if you’d like to look through them I’ve posted them to Speaker Deck. Thank you to everyone who made it along and sat through my ramblings, hope you got something out of it.
Glad to see Jawbone getting back on the horse with this one. The initial version if the Up was pulled following a myriad of technical issues not long after the 2011 release. Looking forward to the chance to try it out this time around.