Being Trapped in the "Feed", the Making of Obscura and More

One: We are all trapped in the “Feed”

"Every afternoon, during lunch, I open up YouTube, and I find myself marveling at the sheer dumbness of its recommendations. Despite having all this viewing data of mine, world’s second most popular search engine is dumb as a brick. It shows me propaganda channels from two ends of the political spectrum. It surfaces some inane celebrity videos. It dredges up the worst material for me — considering I usually like watch science videos, long conversations and interviews, and photography-focused educational videos."

Om Malick,


Two: The Bill Gates Line

"Two of the more famous military sayings are 'Generals are always preparing to fight the last war', and 'Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake.' I thought of the latter at the conclusion of last Sunday’s 60 Minutes report on Google..."

Ben Thompson, Stratechery


Three: Obscura 2 Announcement 

Ben gives us a peaking to the design, development and business decisions behind his new camera app Obscura 2. Get Obscura 2 for iPhone.

"Obscura 2 was created from scratch. I threw out every preconception I had with Obscura 1, to rethink what a camera app should be. Design work on O1 originally began not long after the announcement of iOS 7, and since then app design trends have shifted in new directions."

Ben McCarthy, Medium



Four: Second Life: Rethinking Myself Through Exercise, Mindfulness, and Gratitude

"Here's what I've learned about cancer as a survivor: even once you're past it, and despite doctors' reassurances that you should go back to your normal life, it never truly leaves you. It clings to the back of your mind and sits there, quietly. If you're lucky, it doesn't consume you, but it makes you more aware of your existence. The thought of it is like a fresh scar – a constant reminder of what happened. And even a simple sentence spoken with purposeful vagueness such as "We need to double check something" can cause that dreadful background presence to put your life on hold again."

Federico Viticci, MacStories