The Digital-Ink Edition Tuesday, February 28, 2017

iPad Artist Turns His Side Hustle Into Official NBA Art, by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable

Strong, thick digital ink lines give Robert Generette III's sports figures shape, while comic book-bright colors bring them to life. They’re not just sketches on an Instagram feed, but bodies in motion, pitching, shooting baskets, running, punching, yelling. Often at full-tilt.

This is sports as it should be depicted and as masters like the late LeRoy Neiman have done before him. But where Neiman's sports illustrations were bright, splashy and chaotic. Generrett's are concise. The energy that Neiman tended to splash out is contained inside of Generette's works, so that they vibrate with a barely-contained energy.

It’s the power of those images, virtually all of them drawn with an Apple Pencil on an Apple iPad Pro running Adobe Draw, and Generette’s virtuoso talent that got him and his work noticed over and over again. Now he's creating arresting sports illustrations for not one, but two leading NBA teams, the Warriors and the Wizards, which happen to be facing off on Tuesday in Washington D.C.

My 2015 MacBook Pro Retina Exploded., by Daniel Dourvaris, Medium

One afternoon as I was lying on my bed browsing the internet, my MacBook Pro suddenly turned off. I turned it back on and within a few seconds there was weird hissing sound, followed by white smoke and thin flames coming out of from the back.

I got up and ran with the laptop for the bathroom where I could put it on the ceramic tiles. Not more than ten seconds had passed and already the heat from the bottom of the laptop burnt my middle and ring fingers so badly I had to let it drop. Just in time.

Mozilla Acquires Pocket To Gain A Foothold On Mobile Devices, by Casey Newton, The Verge

Mozilla has acquired Pocket, a kind of DVR for the internet, for an undisclosed sum. The 9-year-old company, which makes tools for saving articles and videos to view them later, is Mozilla’s first acquisition. It represents a homecoming of sorts for Pocket, which began life as a Firefox extension before eventually expanding its team and building a suite of apps for every major platform. Pocket has been Firefox’s default read-it-later service since 2015.

Living With Your iPhone

The Snooze Button Is The Most Dangerous Part Of Your Phone, by Molly Olmstead, Slate

If you doze after your first alarm, your body gears up for another full cycle of sleep. When the second alarm jerks you awake during the beginning of your next sleep cycle, that incomplete cycle can leave you with worse sleep inertia.

No, Cellphones Don’t Cause Cancer. Probably, by Matt Simon, Wired

But you might have heard that you should really worry about the radio waves that spew out of your cellphone—that they can cause brain cancer. That too, I’m happy to report, probably isn’t true. At least, no one has yet proven a solid link between cancer and phone use. But that’s where things get complicated.


SanDisk Unveils Two 256GB Flash Drives For The iPhone, iPad, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

With the app, iPhone or iPad users can automatically back up their Camera Roll, content from social networking sites including tagged photos. The app also allows users to view videos encoded in popular formats.

The Flexibility Of Audio Hijack 3, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Audio Hijack 3 has become my go-to tool for recording audio for podcasts and pretty much everything else on my Mac. But even if you’re already using Audio Hijack, you may not realize just how flexible its modular, block-building approach allows it to be.


SAP Tips iOS Enterprise App SDK, Expands Apple Partnership, by Rob Marvin, PC Magazine

The SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS is designed for the developers and designers within a business to build enterprise-grade iPhone and iPad apps built on the newly re-branded SAP Cloud Platform and built-in Apple's Swift programming language.


Twitter, Live, And Luck, by Ben Thompson, Stratechery

Twitter is still selling the exact same value the service offered back in 2006 — “live commentary, live connections, live conversations” — and the only product ideas are to do what old media like television does, but worse: becoming the first screen for what is happening now means a screen that is smaller, more laggy, and, critically, in the way of seeing the actual tweets one might care about.

It’s also an example of the worst sort of product thinking: simply doing what was done before, but digitally.

There's An App For That But Good Luck Finding It, by Lauren Gilmore, The Next Web

When you’re drowning in a sea of too much choice, you can become overwhelmed and give up entirely. Or, you can clog your phones and desktops with apps you actually never plan on using. FOMO, anyone?