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Why is Google maps obscuring what Apple and Nokia’s are happy to show you?

Yesterday I published a short report on Google obscuring military sites in its maps. Since publishing it, I’ve been accused of link-baiting, Google bias (hey, it makes a change from being called an Apple fanboy), spreading FUD, and all manner of other evil activities. Here’s the full report. I’d hoped the report would raise some interesting questions. To me it’s an incredibly fascinating subject; what do countries hope to gain by ordering Google and others to pixelate their imagery? Any military worth a damn would surely


How hard is it to design a button?

I reviewed the PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 for the Verge this week and discovered that LG is as incapable of designing a power button as it is naming its products. (more…)


The stock Android gallery app is storing lists of full addresses unencrypted

This is a labor of love. Hope you like it.Clarification in reply to comments on the article: “One thing that quite a few commenters don’t seem to appreciate: There were no photos on my device. The street addresses listed were from Picasa Web Albums marked as ‘private.’ They were synced at one point, but had been removed at least a week prior to the discovery. This isn’t data that could be gathered even if someone had my device in their hands, and


The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator

I just read Jamie Keene's excellent article on Brandon Generator, a crowd-sourced story project by Edgar Wright and Tommy Lee Edwards. It's a film noir-inspired story written by Edgar Wright — the man behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Spaced — that follows the story of Brandon Generator, a comic book artist with a terrible case of writer's block. The artwork comes from illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards, famous for his work on the Batman, Hellboy, and Marvel 1985


How to work across three devices, seamlessly

If you haven't found it by yourself already, Paul Miller's Verge at Work feature on managing ideas is an enlightening read. There's a great little video that accompanies the article as well. My ultimate concept here is that whenever I have an idea, I can easily record it, and whenever I want to write I have easy access to my ideas.   I tend to write directly into a CMS, occasionally falling back on TextEdit, or using Google Docs for collaborative projects. Miller's article makes me feel


Nokia’s PureView is the epitome of ‘disruptive technology’

A full-fat version of this piece is now available over at The Verge, I highly recommend that over this slightly hastily-written post. The Nokia 808 PureView is one of the most exciting phones I’ve used in a long time. So much so that, despite it’s well-detailed flaws, I’m going to be buying one. Unless you’ve had your head in the sand (or perhaps just don’t follow technology news closely) you’ll already know why: its camera. Nokia’s PureView sensor is a 41-megapixel behemoth which makes the