Sep 15

Something to get used to for iPhone 6 owners

Designing for thumbs.

— Luke Wroblewski (@lukew)
September 12, 2014

double tap the home button to drop the screen down, double press (as usual) to quit apps

Sep 14

iPhone 6 screens demystified -

if you’re an application designer or developer making apps for the iPhone, this guide to pixel rendering on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would be of great help

Sep 12

We’re Moving Away from the Nokia Name -

At the recent Lumia 530 launch in Jakarta, employees of Microsoft Devices kept correcting journalists who referred to the company as Nokia. They’re really eager to disassociate themselves with their old employers despite the products still bearing that name, although according to recent reports, that branding is going away very soon, and perhaps for the better.

Sep 09

Here’s Jony!

Free Jony Ive

— Philip Kaplan (@pud) September 8, 2014

Apparently this is where Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive lives


Sep 07


Sep 06

Indonesian Food Blogs


The other day a friend asked if I knew any local food blogs and I told him I’m sure there’s a lot but I couldn’t recall any at that moment so I figured I’d ask Twitter if they can help me out.

The timing was quite a coincidence because earlier that day I’d just watched this video on YouTube by the Fung Brothers, the American foodie duo whose bombastic videos about their culinary adventures are pretty entertaining. In that episode they were talking about Indonesian food, something that they haven’t had before. I mean, how can you miss this Indomie episode? I bet Indofood didn’t even think anyone would make Indomie in those ways. I mean mie goreng burger? Seriously, who would have thought of that?

The thing about Indonesian food is that despite coming from a country with around 250 million people, more than 13 thousand islands, hundreds of different cultures, and was invaded for having “the spice islands” of Maluku, nobody really knows about it. It’s nowhere near as popular as Malaysian or Thai food but it doesn’t deserve to be and why this is the case escapes me completely. I wrote about this from a startup perspective a few years ago though it barely scratched the issue. 

Thanks to Twitter, I now have a list of a dozen blogs about food in Indonesia. It’s not always about Indonesian food but a lot of it is. And if you haven’t discovered Indonesian food, go check them out and see if you can find an Indonesian restaurant or two in your area. CNN didn’t name Indonesian Rendang the best food in the world and Nasi Goreng second in 2011 for nothing and Sara Schonhardt, who happens to be my current editor at WSJ, followed up with a list of 40 Indonesian food that you should try.

Sep 05

Twitpic is shutting down

Twitpic founder Noah Everett prefers to shut down his six year old service rather than retract its trademark application to the USPTO as demanded by Twitter. The service will shut down on September 25 and users will be given an opportunity to export all of their hosted images prior to the date.

Twitter had opposed the trademark application which was filed in 2009 and threatened to refuse access to Twitter’s API but a company spokesperson said that Twitpic was actually allowed to continue to operate using the name, just not as a trademarked name because Twitter considers that a violation of its own.

There doesn’t seem to be a business case that can be made out of a Twitter-specific photo hosting service especially after Twitter rolled out its own, so the legal threat about the name seems like a perfect excuse Everett needs to shut down without needing to disclose the real reason if there was one.

Some years ago a competing service called tweetphoto was acquired and renamed as Lockerz. The acquiring company failed to find a viable business model in the Twitter photo hosting service and is now gone, having been acquired by a Chinese company a few years ago and no longer deals with Twitter.

When Twitpic was not asked to be one of the partners for Twitter’s own photo hosting service a few years ago Everett went and built a competing microblogging service called Heello which mimicked Twitter but it soon faded into irrelevance.

If Everett is so hung up with wanting to trademark the name more than anything, it smells fishy. It’s a bit of a shame because Twitpic’s approach was different to Twitter’s own although in terms of purpose and function they’re identical. It was an alternative that a lot of people found preferable to Twitter’s own.

Aug 12