Hodinkee on Apple Watch 5

Watch-focused publication Hodinkee has a lot to say about the new Apple Watch Series 5. “One side effect of the always-on display is that I’m using simpler watch faces,” they writ… | Continue reading


@om.co | 7 hours ago

The Consumerism Curse

Among the hardest things I have done in my life is to quit smoking. It has been over a decade since I last touched a cigarette, but I live with the effects of a 25-year habit, dealing with illnesse… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 day ago

Can we please stop the unicornonsense?

Twelve startups have either IPO’d or been acquired after being valued at $10 billion or more by venture capitalists. Eight of them are valued higher than their last known private market valua… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 day ago

Charlie Warzel of NY Times vs John Gruber

A few days back, The New York Times writer Charlie Warzel wrote a piece criticizing the whole notion of the Apple Event(s) as something whose time has come and gone. He wants Apple to shut it down.… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 day ago

Why do we photograph?

“Cameras are mere tools. Film is a mere medium. Digital data is a mere medium…they do not define why we do it! I recommend you ask yourself the same: ‘why do I photograph?’ The physical… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 day ago

Taxing Personal Data

What about a tax on the sale of personal information, including the use of personal information for ad placement? To be clear, I’m not talking about a tax on collecting information or on&… | Continue reading


@om.co | 2 days ago

The Consumerism Curse

Among the hardest things I have done in my life is to quit smoking. It has been over a decade since I last touched a cigarette, but I live with the effects of a 25-year habit, dealing with illnesse… | Continue reading


@om.co | 2 days ago

This is why we love sports

Sports media is often about big stars, big tournaments, and big moments. And the big media often ignores those who toil in anonymity. And perhaps that is why I get great joy in seeing someone who p… | Continue reading


@om.co | 2 days ago

What to read this weekend

A bizarre tale of a tech bro, doomsday bunker and a dead body. It is one of the strangest stories you will read — and no, it is not fiction. [Washingtonian] The daily habits of a latter day dictato… | Continue reading


@om.co | 2 days ago

Snap & Climate Change: Is there a link?

Snapchat announced that in 2018 an average of 3 billion snaps were sent every day. A single snap produces 0.1g of CO2 meaning that in just 24 hours Snapchat generates the carbon equivalent of 1 car… | Continue reading


@om.co | 4 days ago

A new (tech) front in US-China​ Trade war?

“Firms such as Huawei, Tencent, ZTE, Alibaba, and Baidu have no meaningful ability to tell the Chinese Communist Party “no” if officials decide to ask for their assistance,” said Christo… | Continue reading


@om.co | 5 days ago

The noise of the Square Card Reader

Remember the original Square Card Reader that would plug into iPhone’s headphone jack? This is how it worked and what has happened to it since. | Continue reading


@om.co | 5 days ago

The Jony Triptych​

Sir Jony Ive might be leaving Apple, but he can’t get over his creation, the Apple Watch. Here are three photos of him showing the watch to others at the Apple Event earlier this week. Also, … | Continue reading


@om.co | 5 days ago

Dreamcast failed, but gave gaming new dreams to dream

“It just ushered in something we take for granted now, which is online gaming, online communities, games as a service, games that you can’t finish because the content keeps coming,” says … | Continue reading


@om.co | 6 days ago

Space is running out of space ;-)

Humans have put 8,378 objects put into space since the first Sputnik in 1957 and at the beginning of 2019 4,987 satellites were still up there, and 1957 are operational. From 1964to 2012 roughly 13… | Continue reading


@om.co | 6 days ago

Tesla’s SolarCity gamble has gone wrong

“If he hadn’t bailed out SolarCity, his whole debt-laden empire might have cracked. Yet without the bailout, Tesla would be far more healthy….In the second quarter of this year, SolarCity ins… | Continue reading


@om.co | 6 days ago

Just another today

It is almost 5 am. I have been up for an hour. A Kind of Blue is playing on my record player, sipping April Earl Grey Tea sent by Sebastiaan Hooft, a Dutch DJ, and entrepreneur. I am trying to get … | Continue reading


@om.co | 6 days ago

How long will Apple’s mad science edge last?

As a fan of photography in general, and a believer in the inevitability of computational photography and its capabilities, today is indeed a red-letter day. Apple has truly delivered a great new ca… | Continue reading


@om.co | 7 days ago

Even FDA calls B.S. on Juul

Juul, despite all its protestations and whitewashing in the media, is no better than old fashioned tobacco companies. It is selling addictive products that are killing people and are going to have … | Continue reading


@om.co | 7 days ago

My Apple Event Notes

They opened it with Apple Watch so that tells you the primary driver of the growth going forward. Arcade – 100 new exclusive games which are unique to Apple devices. New Arcade App. New Game … | Continue reading


@om.co | 8 days ago

RIP, Robert Frank who gave us “The Americans”

“My sympathies were with people who struggled. There was also my mistrust of people who made the rules.” Robert Frank, documentary photographer of immense influence. He passed away at 94. The… | Continue reading


@om.co | 8 days ago

What comes after after Free Solo

Alex Honnold is a household name today, thanks to the documentary, Free Solo, about his solo climb of El Capitan. It is what comes after that which is a real challenge for the legendary climber. Th… | Continue reading


@om.co | 8 days ago

Again, Camera Phones FTW

Camera sales are continuing to fall off a cliff. And will continue to do so as the capabilities of camera phones keep increasing. Later this week, Apple is likely to announce a three-camera iPhone … | Continue reading


@om.co | 8 days ago

Smartwatch Sales Are Booming

“U.S. sales of smartwatches are booming,” notes Hodinkee. “They rose 24% in value in the U.S. for the first half of 2019 versus the same period in 2018.” NPD estimated 2018 smartwatch s… | Continue reading


@om.co | 9 days ago

And Braun Audio is back

Braun Audio, the company that gave us iconic audio gear designed by none other than Dieter Rams has returned to the market — this time with the smart speakers. These speakers are descendants … | Continue reading


@om.co | 9 days ago

Technology is Humane. Or is it?

“What if, perversely, our own militant sense of humanity explains why our technologies end up dehumanizing us? Remember, the guillotine was an Enlightenment technology that supposedly helped … | Continue reading


@om.co | 9 days ago

If we can’t trust Apple, who can we trust?

I recently wrote about Kickstarter, my once beloved crowdfunding platform, which previously seemed like the future of collaborative creativity. It has now become an engine of disappointment, mostly… | Continue reading


@om.co | 10 days ago

Your daily mOMent of zen

Some mornings I wake up dreaming of what Hiroshi Sugimoto said about our planet — it is unique because it is the only place we know where water, light, and air have helped create life. | Continue reading


@om.co | 10 days ago

Weekend Reads

The Biggest Art Con? A Dutch gallerist made thousands of forgeries and passed them off as the work of real artists. When he was caught, a new con began. [Atavist] The Ratner Effect: Twitter might b… | Continue reading


@om.co | 10 days ago

Kickshitter

A few months ago when Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler wrote a much talked about essay — The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet — I couldn’t stop nodding my head in agreement. After all, his… | Continue reading


@om.co | 12 days ago

[Photos] Bridge, Bay & Light

One of my favorite things to do is visit the bay by the bridge and wait for fog and light to play footsie. This is such a beautiful sight to behold, and I can’t stop taking photos here. Even if I h… | Continue reading


@om.co | 13 days ago

An AI to save cats

Only 500 leopard wild cats survive in the almost urban jungle of Taiwan and are on the verge of extinction. In order to protect the endangered species, DT42, a Taiwan-based deep learning startup is… | Continue reading


@om.co | 13 days ago

How to harvest water in a desert?

It is easy to get despondent about the future and its challenges, especially with the massive amount of change ahead due to climate and weather modifications we are continuing to experience. Howeve… | Continue reading


@om.co | 13 days ago

How to (now) think about tech (stocks)

Instead of looking at PCs versus smartphones, a paradigm that worked well for around a decade, the better way for investors to divide the technology-hardware sector is consumer and enterprise. The … | Continue reading


@om.co | 13 days ago

DeYoung Delight

Over the long Labor Day weekend, I visited DeYoung museum along with my good friend Chris Michel to look at their vast collection of artworks. And eventually I ended up making some photos of the bu… | Continue reading


@om.co | 14 days ago

PhotoRealism

Camera sales are continuing to falling off a cliff. The latest data from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) shows them in a swoon befitting a Bollywood roadside Romeo. All four bi… | Continue reading


@om.co | 15 days ago

Dorian almost drowns the ​Bahamas

In the aftermath of HurricaneDorian, The Bahamas was pretty much underwater, including the Grand Bahama International Airport, Freeport. The yellow line is the coastline which shows so practically … | Continue reading


@om.co | 15 days ago

Reasons to be cheerful

It is hard not to be overcome by a sense of despair and doom about the world in general, and technology in specific. It doesn’t help that media is dominated by doomsday narratives. We all nee… | Continue reading


@om.co | 16 days ago

Featured on Leica’s Instagram

Leica Camera featured one of my photos on their Instagram account, alongside my comments about my love for Lecia SL. This photo was made on a typical San Francisco evening – when sunset and f… | Continue reading


@om.co | 16 days ago

Dave Winer on Inside Bill’s Brain

“The very last thing I want to watch on Netflix is an ode to Bill Gates. Gates was the Zuck of the 90s. He tried to put our freedom in a Microsoft box and sell it back to us, without the freedom.” … | Continue reading


@om.co | 17 days ago

Exaltation of self

“We live in a time dedicated to the erasure or denial of all physical signs of age or weakness, as well as to the exaltation of the worth of the individual self. ” from My Venice: And O… | Continue reading


@om.co | 18 days ago

The Weekend

The long not at all hot summer in San Francisco is slowly breathing its last. It is officially the last weekend of the summer of 2019. I am taking the weekend off — and instead of working on my new… | Continue reading


@om.co | 18 days ago

Why Hadoop’s time has come and gone

My former colleague, Derrick Harris, wrote more about Hadoop than any other reporter, and today, he wrote a wonderful obituary of Hadoop. He goes step by step, through what has made Hadoop quite ir… | Continue reading


@om.co | 19 days ago

New Collaboration with Dsptch SF

I am happy to finally be able to show off my collaboration with Dsptch SF. I have worked with them to create a special braided camera strap that is made in my favorite shade of blue. Here is h… | Continue reading


@om.co | 21 days ago

Venice At Night

It is not uncommon to come across photographs of the magical Italian city of Venice pop-up on my Instagram feed. It is an architectural gem. Canals and bridges criss-cross the city, that is made ev… | Continue reading


@om.co | 21 days ago

Peak Influencer?

In this age of so-called-social media, the word “influencer” seems often to be used where formerly other terms were used, such as “expert,” “teacher,” “role model,” “entertainer,” etc. I believe th… | Continue reading


@om.co | 21 days ago

Some Changes

You might have noticed that things are a little different around here. And you’re right! The blog has been redesigned —  in more ways than one. | Continue reading


@om.co | 22 days ago

Cord Cutting is Mainstream

Leichtman Research Group rolled out their latest consumer research on household viewing habits today, and the results are telling: 74% of all U.S. households have a subscription video on-Demand (SV… | Continue reading


@om.co | 22 days ago