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from Daring Fireball Interesting piece by Matt Sayward on where Apple might be heading as the world’s leading camera company: In November 2013, Apple acquired an Israeli 3D-sensor company named PrimeSense for somewhere in between a reported 350,000,000 and 360,000,000 dollars. As Apple acquisitions go, that’s a biggie. Only Beats (the foundation of Apple Music at $3bn), NeXT (the deal that brought Steve Jobs back for $400m), and AuthenTec ($390m that manifested itself in Touch ID) were certifiably bigger buys. And yet, two years on, we still can’t really say what happened with PrimeSense’s technology with any sense of fortitude. On this point: Last November, on another episode of The Talk Show, John Gruber dropped a unusually heavy hint about what he’d heard about the upcoming set of iPhones that will debut in Q3 of this year: The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery. Well, I had a think about this. And I might have something feasible. For what it’s worth, I think I might have been wrong about the timing on this. If Apple sticks with the tick-tock schedule and unveils iPhone 6S and 6S Plus updates in September, the new dual-lens camera is probably a 2016 iPhone thing, not a 2015 iPhone thing. I should have realized this all along. Anyway, rumors aside, Sayward has some interesting speculation on why Apple might go this route.  ★ 

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I like to pretend tech execs are always talking about how big the sub they ate for lunch was

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I don't exactly know how to explain this story:

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Ok, folks: The code from our #inceptionism neural network post is now on github:

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History is the polemics of the victor, William F. Buckley allegedly said. Not so in the United States, at least not regarding the Civil War. As soon as…

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Good morning. Amateur photographer Phoo Chan caught a crow riding a bald eagle, an omen of unclear meaning

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respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic.

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Data Design

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TIL at @CloudFlare: You can override any Go string variable with the -X linker option. Useful for version numbers!

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The NSA isn't spying on you. They're collecting your communication in case they want to later

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via the Guardian

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Never forget: This is the langauge we have decided to standardize the entire web on, forever.

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Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.

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via Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/

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RT @burgerbecky: A donor retracted their $100,000 donation to the girl scouts because the donor didn't want to help trans girls.

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Ok, folks: The code from our #inceptionism neural network post is now on github:

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