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Starting something new with @Awl. Contributing Editor @WIRED. Former EIC @Gizmodo. I eat more cheese than is probably healthy. brianrbarrett at gmail

The Genius Contraption That Will Make Your Flight Suck Less

wired.com — It's a rare and beautiful thing when a Kickstarter seedling blossoms into an real product, and all the more so when it's one that could make a meaningful impact on your life. Or at least, the part of it you spend inside and airplane.

Twitter's Biggest Problem? Its Flawed Design

wired.com — Enjoy Twitter? Good news! That makes you part of a surprisingly exclusive club. The bad news? Twitter as you know it might not be around much longer. At least, not if Twitter wants to survive.
Jul 30, 2015

Twitter’s biggest problem? Its flawed design (Wired) — wrd.cm/1Mw2CyA

Jul 30, 2015

So if twitter goes to mass market, wont it alienate the early adopters and technologists thatve used it diligently? wrd.cm/1DddNdp

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Use the New Emoji in Windows 10

wired.com — To write emoji in Windows 10, you just use the built-in software keyboard. Look for the keyboard icon in the Windows taskbar in the lower-right corner. There are a few new emoji included in this new update, including the middle finger (hey now). You can read about all the changes on Microsoft's changelog.

Wait, How Do I Find Cortana?

wired.com — Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated personal assistant (and distant cousin of Siri) is one of Windows 10's shiny new features. So far, the voice assistant has appeared on Windows Phone 8.1 as well as other mobile devices, but with the new OS, Cortana will have a home on your PC.

How to Stop Windows 10 Auto-Updates

wired.com — Microsoft included automatic software updates on Windows 10 in order to keep people up to date and using the most secure software. However, the opposite happened after beta testers were forced to download a Nvidia driver that kept causing crashes.

How to Share (Or Not Share) Your Wi-Fi in Windows 10

wired.com — One nifty little Windows 10 feature is a Wi-Fi sharing tool called Wi-Fi sense. Well, nifty if you indeed want to share your Wi-Fi with your Facebook friends, Skype contacts, and Outlook.com contacts-which is, indeed quite a few people.

9 New Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

wired.com — You should upgrade to Windows 10. That much is clear. You should also, though, know how best to take advantage of its shiny new features. While there are dozens of new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10, most of them apply to Command Prompt, a part of the PC most casual users don't have much call to explore.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10

wired.com — Windows 10 is finally here, bringing the familiar desktop back to the forefront and introducing new treats like Cortana, the virtual assistant, and Edge, the browser that will finally erase those bad memories of Internet Explorer. Wondering how to get in on the goodness? Don't worry.

Flickr Pro Is Back, and It's Selling Quality Over Quantity

wired.com — This week, Flickr reintroduced something that now feels novel in a world replete with free (or very cheap) unlimited photo storage: Flickr Pro, a $49.99 per year upgrade that grants its enlistees access to robust sharing stats, an ad-free experience, assorted discounts, and, perhaps curiously, the same 1TB cap that non-paying users get.

Apple Music's Worst Feature? You Can't Delete It

wired.com — I am not the first person to complain about the permanence of Apple's preloaded apps. I am in no way the most qualified to complain about Apple Music. I would, though, like a chance to join this chorus-because I want to make Music go away. And frankly, it's in Apple's best interest to let me.
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Jul 30, 2015

@dsilverman Definitely part of it, and then when they sign up anyway Twitter still doesn't do enough to disabuse them of that.

Jul 30, 2015

@dsilverman Anything that might help the timeline be more coherent! Although doubt any real traction until there's a full-time CEO, which...

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