APRIL 27, 2023

Live 100 Special: Creative AI with Friends

Hi Friends!

I'm hosting a live conversation today with special guests to celebrate my 100th YouTube live stream, Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 AM Pacific Time.

I've invited Adam Menges (, Joel Simon (Artbreeder), Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo (Harvard, ParametricCamp), and Kyle Steinfeld (University of California, Berkeley) to pick their brains on creative machine intelligence and how it's being used in academia and next-generation design tools.

The conversation will take place in Riverside at

With that link, you'll join as part of the audience and can participate in the chat. There's an option to "call in" and join the call, which we could use for questions or even to have everyone who wants to join at the end of the call.

Feel free to forward this invite to friends interested in AI & ML.

Thanks so much for being part of my journey.



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MARCH 10, 2023

Apple just unlocked new options to price apps: ten-cent steps between $0.10 to $10, fifty cents between $10 and $50, and so on and so forth.

Choose from 900 price points — nearly 10 times the number of price points previously available for paid apps and one-time in-app purchases. These options also offer more flexibility, increasing incrementally across price ranges (for example, every $0.10 up to $10, every $0.50 between $10 and $50, etc.).

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

GoPro just introduced the new HERO10, a camera that can record 5.3K video at 60 fps and 4K at 120 fps. Frame grabs are 19.6 megapixels and photo captures are 23 megapixels. The device features HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization, which gets rid of shaking altogether, making the recording experience more relaxed. The slogan for this year's release is Speed with Ease. They keep making the user experience more intuitive and the inner workings of the GoPro faster. Like previous models, the HERO10 lets you live stream at 1080p, a feature I haven't tested yet. I can't wait to try one of these out while freediving.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

iPhone 13

Yesterday, Apple released the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The new Cinematic Mode looks promising, even though it's limited to 1080p at 30 fps—it can autofocus subjects as they come into a scene and unfocus when they look away, plus you can adjust which subject to focus on real-time and change the focus at any moment in your footage after recording. (These selections aren't baked into the video but digitally generated.) It's great to see the storage capacities starting at 128GB and going up to 1TB on the high-end model.

The iPhone 13 mini will probably be the one to replace my iPhone 6. The mini is slightly smaller than the iPhone 6, yet its screen (5.4-inch) is larger than the one on the 6 (4.7-inch). I can't imagine carrying a Pro Max daily.


Apple will be releasing the new iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 (maybe a new iPad) next Tuesday, September 14, 2021. They updated their events page one week in advance. There are already rumors of the iPhone 14, which seems crazy to me. After more than six years, the mini model maybe my iPhone 6's replacement. I started recording my daily seconds in 2012 or 2013 with an iPod Touch, then with my iPhone 6 ever since I got it in January 2015.

These new devices can record video at a professional quality, and take pictures in low light (to which my phone adds plenty of noise) which I could use to record podcast interviews on video. It'd be great to see the notch and the camera bump go. But that may have to wait a few more years.

MAY 13, 2021

Spotify's program is managed by Anchor, which makes it a bit hard if you're using another platform to release your content. Apple's program is managed at, the same interface in which you obtain analytics for your show, and you'll probably have to upload paid episodes through their interface.

More on Spotify's blog and Apple Podcasts website.

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MAY 15, 2020

iA Writer 5.5 Brings Real-Time Markdown to PDF Previews

This sparked a smile on my face.

I don't even remember when I paid for iA Writer (both desktop and mobile) yet I keep getting awesome updates in a consistent bases for the Information Architects team.

Their latest update — iA Writer 5.5 — showed up yesterday on my machines with PDF previews (!) that update in real time, which lets me skip one step on my process, which is often exporting, opening a PDF in Preview, and then iterate through the changes I want to make. The preview respects the page size you've setup for printing as well as the title page, headers, footers, and page numbering.

iA Writer 5.5 for Mac and iOS has arrived. The update adds a powerful mix of functionality and delicate subtlety that will improve your writing workflow.

Congratulations to the team, really. And thanks so much for making my writing experience such a joy.

Read more on their blog.

JUNE 17, 2015

After giving some space to Evan Williams and Dick Costolo, Jack Dorsey has returned to Twitter as CEO. He is—as said by The New York Times—the man who sent the first tweet:

As the man who sent the first tweet in 2006 and a product visionary who led the company in its early years, Mr. Dorsey helped make the micromessaging service into a global platform that now has more than 300 million active users, from celebrities like President Obama and Katy Perry whose tweets are followed by millions to ordinary people with just a few dozen followers.


Mr. Dorsey was the driving force for many of Twitter’s product innovations during that time, like the ability to embed tweets on other sites, but was also a polarizing figure, firing product managers and fostering an atmosphere of secrecy and paranoia, according to current and former associates.

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