» Apple hires AnandTech publisher Anand Shimpi

Re/code’s John Paczkowski:

Anand Lal Shimpi, the editor and publisher of the well-regarded AnandTech site, is going to work at Apple.

An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn’t provide any other details.

A similar hire to Michael Gartenberg: smart people in the tech business who I presume will be doing market and competitor analysis.

I’ll just sit over here and wait for my job offer.

» ‘My Phablet Skepticism Thesis’

Ben Bajarin weighs in on whether or not Apple will ship a 5.5-inch iPhone in addition to a 4.7-inch iPhone (short answer: he doesn’t see a reason why they would, but read the whole thing to find out why). I said the same thing using different evidence a year and a half ago.

Here’s something I find confusing about phablet fever. Bajarin notes that IDC estimates phablets will make up just 14 percent of the market this year. That’s actually down from what they said phablet shipments were in the third quarter of last year: 21 percent. It’s possible that the third quarter represented the high water mark for 2013 and the overall average was less but I’ve also heard estimates that place the current share for phablets at more like one-third of the market. IDC doesn’t think phablets will get there until 2018.

So, basically, phablets make up some percent of the market but no one’s really sure how much. Could be as much as 33 percent or as little as 14 percent. All we really know is that if Apple doesn’t ship one and now, they’re doomed.

» It’s back to school time!

Turning This Car Around goes back to school. Not literally, of course. It’s the kids who are going back to school. Thank god.

» ‘Apple to hold press event on September 9′

Interestingly, it’s at the Flint Center in Cupertino. David Smith points out why that’s interesting:

Relative seating capacity of Apple Event venues:

 Campus Town Hall: 301

Yerba Buena Center: 757

Flint Center: 2,405

Of course, I still didn’t get an invitation but apparently a lot of other people did.

I’m not bitter. You’re the one who’s bitter.

» ‘The End of Gamers’

Dan Golding:

On some level, the grim individuals who are self-centred and myopic enough to be upset at the prospect of having their medium taken away from them are absolutely right. They have astutely, and correctly identified what is going on here. Their toys are being taken away, and their treehouses are being boarded up. Videogames now live in the world and there is no going back.

(Via Ryan Bateman.)

» ‘Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist’

Adi Robertson for The Verge:

Since the project launched on Kickstarter way back in 2012, the gaming community has been treated to an incessant, deeply paranoid campaign against Tropes vs. Women generally and Sarkeesian personally. This includes a flood of violent comments and emails, videos documenting ways in which she’s not a “real gamer,” a game in which you can punch her in the face, and a proposed documentary devoted to exposing the “lies” and “campaign of misinformation” from what is, again, a collection of opinions about video games.

I posted a sarcastic tweet about these people in which I included Anita Sarkeesian’s handle and was immediately concern trolled by someone. Think about that: there are people out there checking every reference to her Twitter handle to argue that she’s wrong, that misogyny in games is clearly false because sometimes women are the heroes so that makes up for all the times they’re raped or murdered in a sexual context.

If you’d like to, you can contribute to her series here. I did.

» Amazon has sold no more than 35,000 Fire phones

According to an estimate by Charles Arthur based on data from Chitika and ComScore. Amazon chart with no axes labeled shows line rocketing up from zero.

» My Wife Would Not Say She’s Been Lucky

In this episode of Turning This Car Around, we talk about in-laws. Please note that members of my family and my wife’s family are contractually forbidden from listening to this episode.

» Amazon to acquire Twitch

Re/code’s Peter Kafka and Eric Johnson:

Amazon is buying videogame streaming site Twitch for more than $1 billion to edge past Netflix and Youtube in a race for younger viewers, according to a source.

Google had been in negotiations but they apparently didn’t work out. I wonder how often acquiring things to “get” a younger audience works out. If you don’t change it, you don’t get the value. If you do change it, the kids smell that like an elevator fart and jump off at the next floor.

I know. You read this site for my great analogies. I hear ya.

» Sponsor: ImaginMe

My thanks ImaginMe, a great-looking Kickstarter project with a modest fundraising goal, for sponsoring the Very Nice Web Site RSS feed this week. After checking out the video, I kicked in. I hope you will, too.

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