[Sponsor] HealthFace for Apple Watch

This is the app that should have shipped with the Apple Watch. You can display any of your HealthKit data as a complication on any watch face, with hundreds of icons and many other options available. HealthFace is a once-off $1.99 purchase — and it’ll be your most-used Apple Watch app.

Guetzli: A New Open Source JPEG Encoder From Google

Robert Obryk and Jyrki Alakuijala, of Google Research Europe:
At Google, we care about giving users the best possible online experience, both through our own services and products and by contributing new tools and industry standards for use by the online community. That’s why we’re excited to announce Guetzli, a new open source algorithm that creates high quality JPEG images with file sizes 35% smaller than currently available methods, enabling webmasters to create webpages that can load faster and use even less data. Guetzli [guɛtsli] — cookie in Swiss German — is a JPEG encoder for digital images and web graphics that can enable faster online experiences by producing smaller JPEG files while still maintaining compatibility with existing browsers, image processing applications and the JPEG standard. […] And while Guetzli produces smaller image file sizes without sacrificing quality, we additionally found that in experiments where compressed image file sizes Continue reading "Guetzli: A New Open Source JPEG Encoder From Google"

Charlie Warzel Profiles Techmeme’s Gabe Rivera

Charlie Warzel, writing for BuzzFeed:
Techmeme, then, wields tremendous power over a tremendously powerful group of people. And as its founder, Rivera has been quietly defining Silicon Valley’s narrative for the industry’s power brokers for more than a decade. But Rivera is uncomfortable — or unwilling — to reckon with how his influence has affected one of the most important and powerful industries in the world. The result is that Rivera can cast himself both as a gimlet-eyed insider with a powerful readership and as a mostly anonymous entrepreneur running a niche link blog from the comfort of his home. It’s a convenient cognitive dissonance.
I visit Techmeme once or twice on typical workdays. But where I find it essential is when I’m on vacation — it’s a great way to quickly check whether anything happened I need to know about. Nothing else like it.