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October 2021

The future of Microsoft in smartphones continues to unfold, and it still sucks

September 2021

Abandoning Lightning for USB-C on the iPhone would not be progress

The European Commission wants to impose USB-C on most mobile devices

Apple Watch release cycle: Fancy new features vs. incremental improvements

Does the algorithm work for you, or do you work for the algorithm?

Browsing the web in 2021 is a terrible experience

August 2021

My favourite thing about the Mac

My CSS stylesheet is now less than 1kb and it makes me happy

July 2021

The Macalope on the Washington Post’s article about Pegasus & iPhone

On the new Safari UI, again

Jerry Saltz: “My only work is to write for the reader”

On the new Safari (which I like very much)

June 2021

Finally a folding phone review worth watching

Nine quick thoughts on WWDC 2021

There is no place like home: Why I love to blog

Another area where Clubhouse is failing: blocking

The smartest new product coming from Twitter in a long time?

April 2021

Why the iPad Pro needs its own “iPadProOS”

It’s that time of year again

March 2021

The drop-in audio feature looks like it can succeed with or without Clubhouse

Medium joins the new publishing platform battle for independent voices

The implicit and recent differences between the meanings of “follow” and “subscribe”

The quest for the perfect writing tool

A tool kit for the conspiracy-curious

Platforms are now mimicking the way we share content on platforms

February 2021

How I use Drafts as my text editor

More platforms, more money?

A Clubhouse Story

What’s on my Mac — 2021 edition

Semicolon wisdom

What is the biggest threat to Clubhouse: Twitter, Facebook, or Clubhouse itself?

If you decide to join Clubhouse, avoid sharing your contact list

The best explainer of what Apple is doing with the new iOS privacy-related feature

The little problems of the big 432 Park Avenue building

January 2021

“Twitter’s ban of the president is proof of the company’s unprecedented and unaccountable power”

November 2020

The Stories of social media

When software speaks its mind (sort of)

Uninstalling apps

October 2020

A ranking of all 118 sweaters seen on Twin Peaks

Looking back at my short list of Apple wishes from April

September 2020

Nobody gives a crap about Google’s monopoly on search, not even Google

August 2020

Samsung commits to deliver three years of Android updates for its phones

“The canary in the coal mine about the corrupting power of the App Store”

Point of entry, browser & advertising: Google pretty much owns the web

Microsoft Surface Duo first impressions: first-gen device, immature vision

Back to busyness

June 2020

“You should not undermine how quickly people can change their ideas”

Scary heatwave in Siberia is scary

Missing the point reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

“I would love to ignore racism and focus all my attention on climate. But I can’t.”

Beautiful illustrations and a peculiar Instagram description

UK National Parks photography competition shortlist

May 2020

When your PR services appear to be like the devices you sell: refurbished

On decision, perfection, and better translations

List of 68 unsolicited tips to improve your life

April 2020

Beautifully written story about the closure of a famous New York restaurant

MacBook Air 2020: Thoughts from an average user

Logos, memory, accuracy: pick two

The iPhone SE, the irregular iPhone

iPhone SE: great for buyers, even better for Apple

Another advantage of the iPhone SE to consider for Apple

Why there are no software equivalents of Rolex

“I’ve fallen in love with blogging again”

Things I want Apple to adopt rather sooner than later

The Onion on Zoom

Why it makes sense for news orgs to remove their paywalls during the coronavirus crisis

The challenges of translating a video game into 17 languages

Zoom isn’t trust-worthy, but sadly their recent success may already protect them

What’s on my Mac — 2020 edition

The iPad turns ten

If coronavirus was covered the same way American media covered Ebola

Now that commuters are staying home, what does it means for podcasts?

March 2020

A new (old) way to follow The Jolly Teapot

What is it like to be a copywriter in a company

How to install an AppleScript and save a lot of time writing blog posts

Be ready for what is coming on LinkedIn, or don’t

Apple has underestimated what the iPad can do for too long

A new way to interact with the iPad

On finding the perfect text editor: the one that’s right for you

Gorgeous photographs of empty, usually busy streets

Laughter is the best medicine

How a new keyboard made me buy the 2020 MacBook Air

Moving a blog from Squarespace to Blot

February 2020

The right price to pay for your main computer camera and much more

Samsung unveils its second modern-era folding device

Where to eat good tapas in Madrid, and more

January 2020

Planting trees is great. For PR.

Media coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death was a chaotic mess

What it feels like to live abroad as a student

We should not learn about key iPhone features in a news report

If you want to boycott the New York Times, just subscribe to another publication instead

Using insects to feed livestock: not so simple

December 2019

Twitter may succeed in building a decentralised standard for social media but probably won’t

Last December

Content Creation: A New Hope

Listening to podcasts at higher speeds

How to behave when you encounter a viral story

November 2019

“I don’t want them to be independent”

Tech & lifestyle novelties of the year 2019

“Nobody recruited me”: Barbara Liskov on design, AI, and being a woman in computer science

The advantages of integration, the downsides of a monopoly

“The Queen is the only person I’ve ever been nervous of photographing”

Quick thoughts on the new Motorola Razr folding-phone

The Jolly Teapot

On the word “design”

Tashkent metro photographs

Subscription cannot be the only business model for journalism to survive

If it looks good, it must sound good right?

The Fitbit acquisition is the easy way for Google to appear relevant in wearables

Xennials/Millennials? Gen-x/Gen-Y

A great little game to enjoy

If you ever booked a flat on Airbnb, you should read this

Coldest decade on record may have been cause by volcanic eruptions

September 2019

Night mode is Ă  la mode

August 2019

The best soundtrack for your work day

July 2019

Media execs and poor decisions

June 2019

Good bye iTunes, I owe you so much

In the Mojave desert, the dream city that was never built

May 2019

When politicians try to sell you congestion and traffic as part of your identity

Time, thoughts, tools: pick two

February 2019

Should you cover your PC’s webcam? No, unless you still use software from ten years ago

December 2018

Moving a whole city a few kilometres away in order to keep it alive

November 2018

The imminent climate change catastrophe, if not already started

Social media is not all that bad if you listen to teenagers

When you think of a pencil you probably picture it yellow: This is why

Michel Gondry: “I don’t believe in superheroes, I think it’s a worse way of being a nerd”

The definitive minimalist ressource on minimalism

An attempt at defining content

What happens to web traffic patterns when Facebook goes down

Climate change realities

Reporters covering environmental issues are becoming more and more vulnerable

“I’m a nomad who goes nowhere” — Portrait of a young shepherd in France

European nations and their wish of not becoming digital colonies

The year 2000, imagined by an illustrator in the year 1899

What if viral content is not the best content?

Spain is switching to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050

What will come first? USB-C iPhone or no-port iPhone? Either way, Lightning seems here to stay

What a typical afternoon spent working in a café looks like

One of the best Instagram accounts

MacBook or Mac Pro: Which will be the first Mac to fully run on Apple processors?

My phone’s homescreen, November 2018 edition

On being a boss, by Kara Swisher

On the lack of diversity in newsrooms

How good is the new iPad Pro for photographers

On blogging every single day

The effective use of satire for convincing an audience

Evolution, climate change, and long-snouted dolphins

The new iPad Pro

Video of outer Shanghai shows an infinity of buildings

Cigarette filters: useless for your health, harmful to the environment

Global smartphone shipments down 60 percent

Live the internet at your own pace

October 2018

DNA test or fancy horoscope?

Essential no more

The climate change catastrophe that is coming

My least favourite quote from my favourite writer

What dedicated cameras are missing to compete with phones in the future

July 2018

The worst possible way to get caught forging documents

Have it in French: “je supporte la France mais la France m’insupporte”

June 2018

Twitter as a tool to manipulate trolls

Instapaper is temporarily shutting off access for Europea users due to GDPR

Finding old photographs in the attic, USSR edition

Incredible depiction of the asteroid that wiped off more than 75% of Earth species

Onion social

Chilling facts about air conditioning

May 2018

Musk gets closer and closer to become a typical Bond villain

The hottest fashion trend

Fascinating trivia from John Carpenter’s The Thing

Elon Musk gets a pass for simply being ignorant

By the end of this year Bitcoin could be using 05% of the world’s total consumption of electricity

Wasting time on the internet and digital boredom

The cost of free platforms

Improving traffic in New York City

OnePlus reveals the OnePlus 6

US intelligence mentions risks of buying Chinese phones, provides no evidence

Prince detailed discography as a website

Come for the rant about emails, stay for the gif

Don’t read this if you don’t want to get mad

A depressing picture of the Instagram situation

April 2017

No publishing technology is eternal

Is Twitter at risk of becoming irrelevant?

How Twitter might change without the 140 characters limit

Five social media trends for brands in 2016

April 2016

Focus, avoid social clutter, get your time back

February 2016

Apps and services I like and use

December 2015

Living in the desert

2015 was the year of the email newsletters comeback

October 2015

Twitter for power users and the other Twitter

On the latest Microsoft surface devices

August 2015

iOS 9 content blocking will transform the mobile web

Using an iPod Touch as an iPhone replacement

July 2015

Windows Phone is dead, this time it seems to be for real

May 2015

Facebook’s Instant Articles are looking great

A good article about notifications with a poor title

The Twitter withdrawal

April 2015

Twitter is facing its end as we know it

January 2015

Technology resolutions for 2015

November 2014

Do not get lost following anybody on Twitter

October 2014

The new Windows is probably a safe bet for Microsoft

September 2014

On the daily routine and multitasking

June 2013

Kowloon walled city, 1989

January 2013

David Kelley on design-thinking, Steve Jobs, and life

Not caviar, but better tasting crackers

November 2012

How Steve Sinofsky changed Microsoft

Nokia Maps are coming to the iPhone

October 2012

BlackBerry 10 event on January 30th

February 2012

Don’t believe the hype


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