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“It looks better IRL” is becoming such a common refrain with Apple’s smaller devices, maybe it’s time to forsake the white-box aesthetic for product shots?
I had never understood the appeal of mind maps, but I think it just clicked and I’m gonna have to buy iThoughts on all platforms.
J’ai rêvé que j’utilisais la synthèse de vocale de Siri pour répondre au téléphone la bouche pleine. Why is that not a thing? #mesnuitssont…
Just added a screenshot to my app. One time five sizes times five (only!) languages. Now I need a drink. #iphonesimulator #itunesconnect
I wish I had watched Suburgatory, from the same creator, so I could have a clearer idea of whether Selfie plans to subvert its premise, or is going to remain as offensively retrograde as the pilot. But, whether it’s an awful show or just a failed pilot, I’ll never know, because I’m never going back. Hashtag the 1950s called and they want their paternalism back. Hashtag barf and not for that scene.
Rewatching Doctor Who with my son, Eccleston exudes an effortless cool that subsequent Doctors either didn’t try to or failed to match.
The Alien: Isolation reviews are troubling me — knowing myself, there’s a very big chance that the stuff mentioned in, for instance, the Ars article is going to make me throw my controller out the window. Yet I still really want to experience everything that’s good about the game. And, well, I’m totally a fan of that series. (Except for that dumb movie with a pluralized title.)
It’s a tough choice to make but, when it comes down to it, you’ve got to reward ambition and originality, right? I’ll probably never finish the game, and that’s quite fine. And I don’t have time to play it right now anyway, so I’ll be getting it at a discount.
I hadn’t realized that in-app purchases were excluded from family sharing (via Breakpoint). An odd choice which is going to push even more developers towards the annoying freemium model, and make family sharing pretty much irrelevant to apps. (Note that freemium apps wouldn’t annoy me so much if they didn’t impose on the developer to check the validity of purchase receipts. For paid apps, it’s a viable choice to ignore piracy altogether and assume that the app running on a device is proof enough that it was purchased; for in-app purchases, it’s far too easy for a user to modify the app’s data files, without even jailbreaking.)
Des gens dans les rues, à cette heure, jusque dans mon quartier ? Heureusement que ce n’est qu’une fois par an, parce que c’est intolérable.
As tired as we all are of Doctor Who being about saving the world, at least that was a refreshing twist on the formula.
You know, I’ve never played a racing game on anything bigger than a 20-inch monitor, and I’m beginning to think I’m missing something.
That’s what happens when OTA requires 4-6GB of available space.
I had been counting on Driveclub to fulfill my quota of driving games for the first year of this new console generation; instead, it may end up being the game that convinced me to buy an Xbox One so I could play Forza Horizon 2. (Soon. I just spent a full console’s price on a new pair of headphones last week, so it’ll have to wait a bit. Plus, I’m supposed to be working at the moment.)
Driveclub is an exercise in frustration that takes sweet graphics, pitch-perfect sound, and a pretty good driving model, then manages to almost ruin the experience with some very poor design choices. It’s a game evidently balanced for driving very fast cars that starts with four or five hours of dreadfully boring races in slow cars — since you can’t even adjust the assist settings to make the races more interesting, you’re stuck with nothing better to do than bouncing from opponent to wall (because the game gives you no reason not to) and winning almost every race on your first try, hoping that the game will miraculously get better at some point. Which, actually, it does.
If you manage to trudge through the first half of the single-player campaign, you’ll finally unlock your first Ferrari and the game will suddenly transform. Races become exciting and fun. The AI becomes fast enough to be a challenge. (While remaining dumb as bricks.) The choices that made the first races so boring — no damage, little to no penalty for hitting a car or a wall — start to make sense, as everything is now going so fast that wasting a couple of seconds in a fender bender is enough to cost you several places, and anything more realistic would have you abandon the race after the tiniest mistake. But, lest the game become too fun, that part only lasts for two or three hours before the campaign shouts ‘Halt!’ and makes you replay previous races to grind for the levels required to unlock the highest-performance cars without which you can’t enter the last championships.
Maybe it’s unfair to focus so much on the single-player campaign of a game that has ‘club’ in its name, but I’ll always be a single-player-first kind of guy. And, you know, many people are, and many people still don’t have a connection good enough to enjoy online races. Which is a shame, because Driveclub is, in fact, really fun in multiplayer. (When it works. Let’s assume the servers are just going through growing pains right now.) While the generous collision model allows you to continue a solo race after making a mistake, it’s even more enjoyable for how it will let you survive someone else’s mistakes. And there’s something to be said for the way the game’s inept AI, always utterly unaware of your presence or the fact that you’re about to brake before a corner, prepares you to face and endure online opponents. But, so far, the boneheaded playlist system and the repetitious tracks don’t make it look like multiplayer will have a huge lasting appeal for me, even if connection issues clear up.
There are more negatives: the impersonal menu system in general and the multiplayer UX in particular; the lack of a promised dynamic weather, or even a photo mode, at release; the fact that some cars can only be unlocked after leveling up your online club, which is not possible until your club has several members; the conspicuous absence of brands like Lamborghini and… others I care much less about. But there are also positives: the excellent livery customization interface, extensive yet cleverly streamlined; the upcoming dynamic weather and photo mode; the fact that (part of) the game is free with PSN+.
I’m quite curious about that free version. I managed to push through the first few hours of boring play because I had a full review copy; if I had paid the full price for the game, that would have also motivated me to go on. But a free full-length demo? If the progression is even half as slow as in the full game, I can’t see most people sticking with it long enough to reach the good bits.
So, bottomline: if I’d paid anything close to full price for this game, I’d be annoyed. A rental, at best. And I’ve now transferred all my hopes onto Project Cars — though I expect that it’ll probably be a little too hardcore for my taste. Christmas wishlist, meet Xbox One.
“It’s been way too long” can’t be about the Mac mini — Apple has never cared much about it. My guess is, iPod touch is not dead after all.
And if a 5.5-inch iPod touch comes out, I’m afraid I might “have” to buy it “as a developer.” For reading books and playing minesweeper.
Does the rest of the audience actually enjoy the fact that ATP is 99% followup? It was funny once, but I can’t stand it anymore.
I kinda want to buy it just because it exists.
I don’t like how the height of Swarm’s Today widget changes back and forth as it refreshes its data, and I hate that iOS 8 insists on wasting a third of the screen to display the date, whatever you do.
I will never understand how it became standard for online support systems to invite end users to “open a ticket.” Almost any phrasing you could think of would be less hostile — less nonsensical — to regular customers. What kind of support do you hope to provide if you’re gonna start talking to them like they’re engineers with the very first word you print on your page?
We can make fun of the multiple Yosemite GMs, but how much better off would we have been if we had had a few more iOS 8 GMs?
Why does the Kindle app reflow the text every time you switch back to it? It’s obnoxious when you’re alternating between a book and a Twitter conversation.
Hard to watch Sarah Paulson’s scenes in American Horror Story: Freak Show without focusing on the technical performance… and its failings. Also hard to get over the obnoxious sound mix, or Jessica Lange’s intermittent accent. And I can’t say I’m captivated by what’s left, either — let’s rewatch Carnivàle instead.
I like how much this week’s Korra was inspired by Japanese horror movies. Plus, the twist. This season isn’t starting out so bad after all.
Shit, it’s about time I found out that you can right-click the Retweet icon in Tweetbot for Mac to choose which of your accounts will do the retweet. (And same thing on iOS with a tap-hold. Even the iPad version has it, that’s how long it’s been possible. I’d been searching for such an option in the menus so many times!)
Fell into the cyclical GTD rabbit hole. Damn, 2Do is pretty nice — but not quite polished enough for 50 € total (iOS + OS X).
Why can’t I find more complaints online about the noise reduction algorithm in iOS 8’s camera app? Am I only imagining that it’s terrible?
I just finished the first season of You’re the Worst and I’m really glad it’s been renewed. Much recommended.
Wow, I didn’t realize how much stuff Siri can read from the lock screen if it isn’t disabled—notes, inbox contents, surely more. So secure.
La magie de tout enterrer dans un nouveau gestionnaire de todo-lists, c’est aussi d’avoir une inbox presque vide dans Mail.
Every once in a while I get to play an online race in Driveclub that is so much fun I can’t help but spend the next hour trying to connect again.
Your password must contain at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.
A peine le temps de me poser dans un parc avec mon iPad et mon McDo qu’il fait nuit et le parc ferme #gosouth
Ca fait un bail que je ne suis pas allé retirer un colis au Cityssimo, il va falloir aller remédier à ça sur Amazon.
I’m not quite looking forward to Yosemite.
Could be worth switching to a solid-color background.
As excited as I was about the idea of a massively multiplayer Minesweeper, it’s now stressing me out and I wish I could play it offline.
I liked the rumored “Licorice” better but I did wonder how that would translate to a cute mascot statue on the Google campus.
There’s “ultra power saving mode,” which turns the [Samsung Galaxy] Note 4 grayscale and turns off everything but texting, phone calls, and manually refreshed email. It turns your ultra-modern phone into a pretty cool Treo circa 2006, but it turns 10 percent battery into hours and hours of life.
That’s both hilarious and absolutely awesome. I couldn’t find a good explanation online of why turning the display to grayscale makes it use less power, but it looks like that’s probably an AMOLED specificity which wouldn’t apply to iPhone anyway.
Ce moment où tu finis de refaire tout le back-office de ton client en Ajax et tu te dis que ça aurait été tellement plus simple en iframes.
I was getting all excited about STAR WARS again until I heard that the Emperor’s canon first name is Sheev.
Aujourd’hui j’ai rouvert le code de NoPic pour avancer un peu. Et voir où j’en suis. Et je suis allé pleurer sous ma couette.
I love that the voice-over guy didn’t bother to fix the googletranslatisms.
The screen’s damn tempting but it’s mind-boggling that they didn’t seize the opportunity to retire the aging aluminum iMac design.
Well, I don’t know. I’d been thinking of buying an iPad mini, but getting the previous generation’s CPU at that price is disheartening.
And I don’t want to get the cheaper version with… no Touch ID… wait, the ONLY difference for $100 is Touch ID? The fuck?!
Then again, this could be a clever way to move the Mini downmarket without admitting it. (“no, that’s last year’s model”)
Includes setting up new (or wiped) devices.
The most tangibly exciting things in this Apple event were the two brief 3rd-party iPad demos. Apple should do a whole event of ‘em someday.
So convenient. Every time you google “Is such and such software compatible with Yosemite?” all you get is “We don’t support beta OSes.”
“‘Hunger Games’ Star Donald Sutherland…” Anyone got a good TV / cinema blog / news site to recommend? I need to kick that one off my reader.
I’ll surely be raging later at the disappearance of some function or other, but I’m not hating iTunes 12’s UI. Might be Stockholm syndrome.
Instagram updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Phil Schiller might wanna call them to point out he’s officially endorsed the iPad as camera.
So sad that iOS 7 has destroyed UI design expectations from Apple to the point that Yosemite looks good to most people by comparison.
Each difference makes it much worse than the movie.
Can’t wait for Apple Beta season to end. Maybe 10.10.3 and 8.1.4. And then I can buy an Apple Watch and start over with Photos 1.0.
C’est pas mon genre de me plaindre mais, bon, l’été indien, ça me sert pas à grand chose si le soleil se couche une heure après mon lever.
UX is a funny thing. I could have spent the whole summer in a park with my iPad, but until Instant Hotspot I just couldn’t be bothered.
Depuis le temps, on pourrait pas foutre une vraie grille autour de la Pyramide du Louvre au lieu de ces barrières pitoyables ?
Au Louvre il y a deux McDo, deux Starbucks, un Apple Store et des mecs dans les buissons. Ca ne pourrait pas être plus la Terre Promise.
Semi-expensive home heaphones. Expensice iPhone headphones. And a pair of in-ear monitors when I need to travel light. So I’m that guy now.
Deux heures du matin et il y a la queue devant le Gibus. J’espère qu’ils payent cher l’opportunité de mettre des fanions “Matinee” devant la porte, parce que visiblement ça marche.
Interesting psychology: Pebble lasts a whole week, but I feel more annoyed charging it than I do something I charge every night.
Damnit, how is it that Yosemite’s dark titlebar isn’t black but gray—even if you disable transparency? That was the whole point, Apple!
After the iPhone 6 Plus’s introduction, I caught myself wishing I’d soon be able to buy an iPod touch of the same size, which was completely idiotic and led me to realize that the device I really wanted already existed, and was called iPad mini. As it turned out, the 5.5-inch iPod touch hasn’t happened yet, but Apple did launch a new iPad mini and, more importantly, discounted the older one to almost iPod touch prices, so… here I am, happy owner of an iPad mini 2.
For some reason I had spent the past two years thinking that the “proper” iPad was the 10-inch model, everyone using the smaller tablet was fooling themselves, and they were missing an essential part of the experience. Well, I guess I was the fool. The Mini is (slightly) more comfortable to hold, (slightly) easier to carry, and does everything just as well as an iPad Air. Even drawing and landscape typing are pretty comparable. The only real difference is for reading full-page comics and scanned magazines, completely unthinkable on the Mini — but it wasn’t a great experience on the 10-inch screen either, so that’s not much of a selling point for the bigger iPad.
That means my iPad Air is now for sale, and I suddenly understand much better why the Mini didn’t get a CPU or design upgrade last week: offering an iPad mini with the same components as the Air, and just as functional as the Air, but selling for $100 less even though there was no way it cost $100 less to produce, was obviously unsustainable. Just look at Apple’s results for last quarter: the problem isn’t so much the stagnating unit sales (the iPad was never going to enjoy the same numbers as the iPhone, for a number of reasons) but the average selling price in free-fall ever since the iPad mini’s introduction. That’s a curve that Apple needs to correct.
Maybe a better strategy would have been to discontinue the 10-inch iPad altogether two years ago, replacing it with the Mini at or around the same price (because “this is what the iPad was always supposed to be”), while introducing a 12-inch iPad Pro at an inflated price point. That’s now off the table, and Apple is taking the opposite approach, aiming the now cheaper iPad mini squarely at the iPod touch’s customer base. There’s still no good reason to buy the newest iPad Air instead of either of the Retina Minis (end users don’t, and shouldn’t, care about the more powerful processor), so I guess the average iPad selling price is going to fall further — but maybe this time they’ll make it up in volume.
And there’s still the option of launching an iPad Pro next year. (And me buying it.) But, if that ends up happening, the lower end of the range didn’t need to see its prices fall so low.
Anyway, I don’t know why this post ended up sounding like one of those asshole analysts’ lectures. The original point was, the iPad mini is great. It feels more like a giant iPhone than a netbook running iOS, while doing everything an iPad can be asked to do, and I wish I’d bought it last year.
Just realized that I have two Photoshop CC installs in my Applications folder, and I’ve been using the older one for months. Oh, Adobe.
Should I be surprised that Yosemite’s Finder still gleefully ignores the “Always open this folder in icon/list view” setting?
Garder 500g de raisin blanc pour demain et être un peu malade trois jours, ou tout finir d’une traite et être à fond malade demain ?
Est-ce que c’est parce que j’ai fait la connerie d’acheter une imprimante Samsung qu’il faut la rebooter entre chaque document ?
Which driving game was criticized for only letting you race against ghosts? I’m beginning to think it’s the only viable way to do online.
Having finally switched to a dedicated task manager this month, I can now attest, with all the newfound certainty of a reformed addict, that mixing tasks and incoming messages in your inbox may just be the worst possible thing you can do to your productivity. I understand the appeal — for years I was exploring solutions to manually add tasks to my inbox — but it is in fact the surest way to end up swamped under the combined weights of your task list and your incoming messages.
Actually well thought-out.
C’est chiant d’être un peu designer un peu photographe, tu es le seul à avoir des remords à piquer ta photo d’en-tête de blog sur Google.
Photoshop is the opposite of iOS. If you think something should be possible, generally it is but you’ll never find how by yourself.
Divergent is surprisingly entertaining and presents a well realized universe. It’s a shame about the anti-intellectual undertones.
Have to appreciate the, ah, candor.
Weird how I had never realized before that Jinora is played by annoying little Sally Draper. Is she particularly phoning it in this year?
“We’re so upset about Twitter preventing us from trademarking Twitpic that we’re giving them the site.” WHAT. (Maybe he’s realized — or people have pointed out to him — that taking his ball and going home like a whiny brat was not a good look for the launch of his new startup?)
Assuming the actual release isn’t as catastrophically compressed as the Soundcloud preview, Leighton Meester’s album is surprisingly good.
Oh man, The Celluloid Closet is almost twenty years old. (And it shows.) I can’t believe how time flies. (And it shows.)
Well, shit, all day long my podcast client was empty and I didn’t do any work, and now I suddenly have eight fucking unplayed episodes.
I’ve already written about how much I dislike Swift, and how much more I resent it for signaling the death of Objective-C: just like everyone could read the writing on the wall regarding Carbon and knew they had to port their apps to Cocoa as soon as possible, the Swift announcement seemed to make it obvious that Objective-C is now an evolutionary dead end that I will have to abandon sooner than later, despite my strong preference for nil messaging.
But John Siracusa’s digression on Swift in his Yosemite review suddenly gave me what could either be new hope or utter delusion:
The Swift compiler introduces another step and another intermediate form into the compilation process: Swift Intermediate Language (SIL). Here’s the process for compiling Swift code for an x86-64 CPU using swiftc. […]
It’s worth considering why SIL exists at all. […] Despite the obvious benefits of SIL in its current role, a syntax-independent, high-level intermediate form with its own optimizer definitely seems like a technology with some potential. It’s possible that the larger purpose of SIL has not yet been revealed.
How far-fetched is it to imagine that, a few years down the line, Objective-C code could be compiled into SIL? I’m sure Apple will want to get rid of the Obj-C runtime in a few years (or at least stop loading it in memory by default — which would make Obj-C apps second-class citizens that start up and run slower on future devices), but what if that legacy code was able to run on top of the Swift runtime?
Of course, there are integral, structural differences between Objective-C and Swift, which would make such a translation extremely complicated and costly in resources, but… wait, are there?
Despite its rich feature set, the Swift language itself is actually quite minimal. All the basic data types are not part of the language proper. They’re part of the Swift standard library that is loaded automatically by the compiler—and the Swift standard library is written in Swift [and named Swift].
Could Objective-C code be translated into SIL and linked to an “ObjectiveC” library? Could existing Objective-C binaries be translated into SIL, even, so that legacy apps from the Store would still be able to run on top of Swift?
I don’t know nearly enough about languages and compilers to have an idea of how complicated what I’m suggesting might be. But I understand that the engineers in charge of Apple’s compilers and development tools are a pretty smart bunch, so who better to do something like this?
Got an odd fav from a stranger. Checked his stream and found a link to an app that auto-favs tweets to “grow your social following.” Gross.
(Let’s ignore the simplistic click-bait title.)
Awesome. I think my current shitty connection will disqualify me, though.
Tim Cook: iPod Classic was discontinued because they couldn’t get the parts. And not worth designing a whole new one.
If Dell can do this on PC, Apple can certainly make a proprietary external 5K monitor+GPU.
But seems to me they need to be much cheaper to stand a chance today.
Cher journal : aujourd’hui j’ai tapé des guillemets là où je voulais mettre des parenthèses. Je vais donc me suicider tout de suite.
Apple has told me that Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations, and the current PCalc widget must be removed.
Dear Driveclub: I may need to apologize for having played through your entire campaign with automatic gear changes (because I’m lazy) and the hood camera (because I’m playing on a small monitor that can’t comfortably fill my field of view). The driving is so much better in cockpit cam and with manual control over gear changes that I could almost add a point to the review score… if multiplayer hadn’t turned out to be so busted. (And I’m not just talking about the still unsolved connection issues.)
It feels like Apple disregards the investment of building features and apps. It’s an insult to indie developers.
I’m proud that I didn’t see a single negative — or even ambivalent — reaction to Tim Cook’s great coming-out letter in any of my timelines.
“Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store.” Of course it’s a good thing that the rejection was reversed, but the speed and unpredictability of Apple’s mood swings — and without any justification either way — is even more disheartening than if they’d stuck to their decision.
Mais, vraiment, on peut regarder Mommy et trouver que Xavier Dolan évolue dans le bon sens ? #instagramthemovie
Les gamins du quartier ont bien intégré le concept de récolte de bonbons, mais faut pas croire qu’ils sortiraient de chez eux déguisés.
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