∞ More on readable news sites

Rian van der Merwe: I’m worried that the wells of attention are being drilled to depletion by linkbait headlines, ad-infested pages, “jumps” and random pagination, and content that is engineered to be “consumed” in 1 minute or less of quick … Continued

∞ Reading the unreadable on a news site

Brent Simmons on trying to read a news story: I was there because I just wanted to read something. Words. Black text on a white background, more-or-less. And what I saw — at a professional publication, a site with the … Continued

∞ Pictures, video from Apple's Grand Central store

The Loop reader Mike DeFrancesco took a couple of pictures and iPhone video from Apple’s Grand Central store earlier today. Rumors had the story opening sometime this week, but that seems unlikely at this point.

∞ No promo codes for iBookstore

Steven Sande for TUAW: iBooks publishers looking to send ebooks to reviewers, or who want to stir up interest in a new title through a giveaway contest, are out of luck. Unlike the App Store, publishers cannot create promo codes … Continued

∞ 80% of people will skip stores on Black Friday


Recent weekly Nielsen surveys of shoppers show that, much like in 2010, the majority of consumers (80%) are avoiding in-store Black Friday shopping. While increased Black Friday promotions appeal to consumer’s desire for “hot deals,” as a shopping event, Black Friday is becoming less relevant in the retail world as online shopping grows and holiday promotions begin earlier and earlier in the year. In fact, 35 percent of those recently survey cited they’ve already started their holiday shopping.

∞ 30 sleek fonts

One of the most essential elements in a minimalist design is typography. Let’s face it, you can’t do justice to minimalism with pre-installed fonts like Arial, Century Gothic, Georgia, Verdana, Times New Roman, and etc. But frown no more! Here are 30 sleek fonts you can download for free that could fit perfectly on your minimalist designs.

I like Satellite.

∞ Capo 1.2 for iOS

Capo helps you learn to play the music in your iPod library. The new version adds mono re-mixing, equalizer, and vocal reduction effects.

I love this app.

∞ Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple's Steve Jobs

Mark Milian, a technology writer for CNN, has reviewed more than a hundred of these e-mails, compiled from those posted by fans to blogs and online message boards. Some never-before-published e-mails from Jobs were shared exclusively for this book. As a whole, these correspondences provide a behind-the-scenes and inside-the-mind account of Jobs’ final and most triumphant years.

This is a Kindle Edition book.

∞ Adobe responds to Creative Suite pricing criticism

Following criticism of its pricing for future versions of Creative Suite, Adobe responded on Monday with a statement sent to The Loop. “Our aggressive subscription price for Adobe Creative Cloud – $49 per month for every Adobe Creative Suite application, … Continued

∞ Building the Apple Stores

Former Apple vice president Ron Johnson writing for the Harvard Business Review: People come to the Apple Store for the experience — and they’re willing to pay a premium for that. There are lots of components to that experience, but … Continued

∞ The best guitar straps

After playing guitar for 20 years, you come to appreciate having a great guitar strap. I’d played long enough with bad straps that cut into my shoulder or have uncomfortable adjustment fittings cutting into my back that I thought I’d … Continued

∞ Ben Parr fired from Mashable

John Murrell: Parr then confirmed his departure to AllThingsD, indicating that he’d have more to say on Monday. Mashable limited its official response to a single sentence, “confirming the terms of departure were termination.” This should be interesting.

Test Post

Where does the infinity symbol show up?

∞ My Living Desktop [Sponsor]

Time to bring your desktop to life. Since 2005 My Living Desktop has been bringing a unique cross between a Video Desktop (moving wallpaper) and a traditional screensaver to your Macintosh. My Living Desktop adds a whole new dimension to … Continued

∞ My favorite Dean guitar

Those that have read my music posts, seen pictures or looked at my reviews, know that I use Gibson and Jackson guitars a lot. However, if I was going to get a Dean guitar, this would be it. Rust In Peace.

∞ 5 tips for getting better mixes

My favorite:

It’s very easy to overuse stuff; try to use things like Eq, Compression and Reverb sparingly. Plug-ins are like make-up, a beautiful woman needs little and if you use too much she looks like crap. Great songs are the same.

∞ Scott Kelby's open letter to Adobe

As president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) I represent more than 70,000 Photoshop users around the world. However as I’m writing this open letter to you today, I would say that most of our 70,000 members have no idea about the upgrade policy changes you just announced, or about how these changes will affect them.

When someone with Scott’s stature in the creative industry can’t get answers, you know Adobe has some problems.

∞ Custom Web fonts

Line25: Over the past few years the number of fonts available for use in web design has dramatically increased. It wasn’t long ago that we all knew not to stray further than the basic Arial, Helvetica, Times, Georgia mix, but … Continued