Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Shazam Effect   

MusicTechnology

Derek Thompson, writing for The Atlantic: Shazam became available in 2002. (In the days before smartphones, users would dial a number, play the song through their phones, and then wait for Shazam to send a text with the title and … Continue reading →

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How Gmail Happened   

Technology

Harry McCracken, writing for TIME about the development of Gmail, which launched ten years ago today: The first true landmark service to emerge from Google since its search engine debuted in 1998, Gmail didn’t just blow away Hotmail and Yahoo … Continue reading →

Monday, March 24, 2014

Manufacturing Taste   

Food

I finally got around to reading Sasha Chapman’s history of Kraft Dinner from the September 2012 issue of The Walrus: J. L. Kraft, who had grown up on a dairy farm in Ontario, headed off to Chicago a decade after … Continue reading →

Friday, August 16, 2013

The History of the “Boo-Dah-Ling” Sound   

iOS

Kelly Jacklin, the creator of the now-ubiquitous “Tri-Tone” alert sound on iOS devices: Fast forward quite a few years, and the iPhone comes out. I was not involved in development of the iPhone, nor iOS, although I was unsuccessfully courted … Continue reading →