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Why 3.5 times more Apple users choose Apple Maps over Google Maps – Fortune

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

At WWDC last week Apple announced that it receives 5 billion requests per week for its mapping services and that Apple Maps is used 3.5 times more frequently than “the next leading maps app” — i.e. Google Maps. Astonishingly, those are the only two data points Horace Dediu could find for Where Are Maps Going — the deep dive into the global maps market that he posted Monday on his…

The only things you really need to know about Sony’s E3 press event – Boing Boing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It’s time for E3, the annual bonanza of stunning stage shows, luminous trailers and nervous-looking men who say “innovation” a lot. The whole experience is often an assault on the senses and on taste, and it can also be intimidating for people who are interested in video games but don’t have up-to-date Brand Literacy or Consumer Habits. Luckily we at Offworld can piece through the marketing-speak, tell apart…

Is Self-Loathing a Requirement for Writers? – New York Times

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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World Cafe Next: Summer Fiction – NPR

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

i Summer Fiction. Courtesy of the artist hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of the artist Summer Fiction. Courtesy of the artist World Cafe first got to know Bill Ricchini in Philadelphia, where he produced his first record as Summer Fiction, then didn’t hear from him for a while. Four years later, he calls Brooklyn home and has a new Summer Fiction album out called Himalaya. Ricchini traveled to a small…

Here’s Everything Sony Revealed During Its Blockbuster E3 Keynote – TIME

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rounding out Monday’s barrage of E3 gaming pressers, Sony’s midyear celebration of all things PlayStation got off to a rousing start with one of the industry’s most anticipated—and repeatedly delayed—games on any system. That’s right, The Last Guardian is still a thing, and as the show’s surprise opener, it was every bit as weird and gorgeous as I’m sure Sony intended, at once highlighting the dreamlike artfulness of creative lead…

Sony’s Xperia Z4 is coming to the US as the Z4v for Verizon Wireless – The Verge

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sony quietly announced the Xperia Z4 smartphone in Japan back in April, and today it’s announcing the first version that will be available outside of its home country. The Xperia Z4v, which will be coming to Verizon Wireless later this summer, has a lot of the same features as the Z4, but it’s thicker, heavier, and not as elegant as the Japanese model. The Z4v has the same Snapdragon 810…

Apple Inc. is hiring journalists who want to work 40 hours a week – Quartz

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Journalists tired of long hours glued to their keyboards might want to send out their resumes directly to Cupertino, California. A recent job posting from Apple says that the company is seeking several “News Editors” to join the team for its upcoming News app. The hours? A cushy 40 a week. “These editors will help News users find the best and most timely coverage of major news events, while also…

Sony reaches $2m Shenmue III game target on Kickstarter within hours – BBC News

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The fund-raising campaign was quick to get fans to pledge cash Sony has reached its target of $2m (£1.3m) to fund the making of Shenmue III within hours of launching a Kickstarter campaign. The countdown to the start of the fund-raising campaign took place on stage during the Sony press conference at E3. The press event also saw Sony announce that long-awaited game The Last Guardian would soon be released….

App indexing will fix app search, but Google and Apple are using it differently – The Next Web

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The App Store and Google Play have a problem, and both Apple and Google are hoping app indexing will solve it. I’m talking about search. Google Play and the App Store have terrible search functionality. We’ve all run into scenarios where you’re searching for an app — by name — and it’s somehow tenth on the list an app portal returns. The simple way to explain app indexing is that…

College student wants graphic novels banned: “I expected Batman and Robin … – Boing Boing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, CA along with her parents and friends are protesting the inclusion of four award-winning graphic novels that are taught in an English class at Crafton Hills College because they feel they are too violent and pornographic to be read by college students. On Thursday they assembled outside the campus administration building to express their outrage. The four graphic novels are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel;…

‘Game of Thrones’ will play its own often-gory hand as series catches up with … – New York Daily News

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO Lena Headey, center, as Cersei Lannister, before her revealing “walk of atonement” in the season finale. courtesy of HBO Emilia Clarke, as iconic “Game of Thrones” Queen Daenerys Targaryen, is on her own amid a strange new group. courtesy of HBO Maisie Williams faces new peril as apprentice assassin Arya Stark. Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO Gwendoline Christie, as Brienne of Tarth, had a fatal run-in…

10 Most Hilariously Unfaithful TV Shows Based On Books – io9

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You think Game of Thrones is taking liberties with George R.R. Martin’s books? That’s nothing. All too often, when people adapt books for television, they basically treat the source material as a series of suggestions. Here are the 10 science fiction and fantasy shows that veered farthest from their book origins. 1) Beauty and the Beast (CW) Mysteriously renewed, not just for its third season, which premiered last week, but…

All for the love of books – Charleston Post Courier

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

If you’re one who thinks real books will be displaced by electronic books, think again. When’s the last time you saw 5,318 Kindles toppled domino-style? Never. But in January in the United Kingdom, 5,318 copies of the Guinness World Records 2015 edition toppled just as planned by United Biscuits. It took two minutes and 27 seconds. Now some in Gifu City, Japan, are excitedly…

Rush Limbaugh Is Selling His Childrens Books in Spanish Now – Daily Beast

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A few months ago, an editor asked me incredulously: “Why do you listen to Rush Limbaugh?” For the columns, of course. I’ve listened to Rush for 25 years. As a columnist, my 100 percent foolproof guarantee of full lifetime employment is that I write about politicians, celebrities, public figures and media elites who say and do dumb things.   For instance, how do you say “hypocrite” in Spanish?  I don’t…

College student wants graphic novels banned: “I expected Batman and Robin … – Boing Boing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, CA along with her parents and friends are protesting the inclusion of four award-winning graphic novels that are taught in an English class at Crafton Hills College because they feel they are too violent and pornographic to be read by college students. On Thursday they assembled outside the campus administration building to express their outrage. The four graphic novels are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel;…

The Deep Rooted Sexism In Literary Awards – ThinkProgress

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Literature appears to have a woman problem. As Seattle-based, British-born author Nicola Griffith recently documented, most major literary awards go to books written by men or about men. “At the top of the prestige ladder, for the Pulitzer Prize women wrote zero out of 15 prize-winning books wholly from the point of view of a woman or girl. Zero,” she wrote in a blog post on her own site. Her…

Here’s What Happens to Your $10 After You Pay for a Month of Apple Music – Re/code

Monday, June 15, 2015

You don’t have to pay anything to try Apple’s new streaming music service, since the company will offer a free three-month trial when it launches at the end of June. But if you stick around after that, you’ll need to pay $10 a month for the on-demand, all-you-can-eat subscription service. And Apple will end up passing along more than $7 of that to music labels, music publishers and other music owners….