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The former chair of the Federal Election Commission argues that the integrity of the 2020 election is largely in the hands of Facebook and Twitter.
I took a day off writing on the blog yesterday just to recharge and break things up. I may start to just post six days a week as I get busier in the fall.
I was feeling a little nostalgic a few weeks back and went to look over on YouTube for old Wallstrip episodes.
It turns out CBS has taken down all of the episodes.
I am really bummed about that, but I sold the show to them and I guess they can do what they want.
If anyone has ideas for how to go about getting an archive of the 400 plus episodes or another site that has them- please hit me up.
In searching, I found a Wallstrip highlight reel on YouTube that one of the producers Scott Solary had posted on YouTube.
It is a reminder to own your own domain like I do here on my howardlindzon.com WordPress site.
Have a great weekend.
PS – I asked SPAC king of 2020 Chamath to be on the podcast next week and he has agreed so that will be fun to dig in and get some of the insights and stories from him.
PSS – Thanks to my friend Todd Krieger for getting me the perfect birthday gift. You will laugh when you watch this.
If you want to have an argument, to raise tempers or to distract, the easiest thing to do is start bringing up things that are easy to argue about.
Not the things that are important.
Because the important things require nuance, patience and understanding. They require an understanding of goals, of the way the world works and our mutual respect.
If someone keeps coming back to an irrelevant, urgent or provocative point instead, they’re signaling that they’d rather not talk about the important thing.
Which is precisely what we need to talk about.
As someone who rather obsesses over the organization of my iPhone home screen (as you can see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), it seems like iOS 14 may be by far the biggest change to the operating system yet. For 13 years, we’ve lived with a grid of apps. Now that grid is getting shoved to the side and down and pushed all around to make room for widgets. Finally.
Yes, yes “Android already did it”. But who cares? I don’t use an Android phone, so I care little if another OS did it first. Though I am curious what learnings can be gleaned from those first-mover users, as even just a few days in, it seems like there’s a greenfield of opportunity for iOS with widgets.
And, of course, widgets aren’t exactly brand new on iOS either. They’ve been around for a few years, but were relegated to the left-hand drawer. Oddly, they still are stuck there with iPad OS 14, which makes basically no sense.¹ But with iOS 14, again, they’re given the room to breathe and they’ve been revamped to make you want to showcase them.
I’ve actually been using the iOS 14 betas for a while so I’ve had a bit of time day-to-day with the widgets. But those were only the Apple-built ones. Some are great, like Calendar. Others are in a way, slightly less useful, like Stocks, because you can’t expand them as you could in the previous version of the widgets. We get it: this is because space is so precious on homescreens and you have your grid of apps to consider.
But with iOS 14 now officially out in the wild, the third-party apps are coming fast and furious. The fantastic Weather Line widget was the first one I got to try. And some surprising other developers are making early entries, such as a little shop called Google. Their search widget with one-tap text, visual, voice, or incognito search feels like the perfect use of the space. So much so that it makes me wonder if some services may pop up that are widget-first…
Unsurprisingly, a few widget-focused apps already blowing up on the App Store. That is actually an understatement. Currently, the top three apps in the App Store are simple widget showcase apps. Yes, overall. Yes, beating Zoom and the threatened-to-be-banned-shortly TikTok. After a decade-plus of grid confinement, I would say that interest is quite high here…
¹ The best (only) explanation I’ve heard is that because of the homescreen rotation element of the iPad, widgets are far more complicated on that device than they may appear. That would make it seem like they won’t be coming until iPad OS 15, sadly.