Posted 2 years ago

Kindle Touch compared to Nook Simple Touch, Kobo Touch, and Kindle 4

elle-oh-elle:

If anyone is looking into buying an e-reader, this is your guide.

Posted 2 years ago

Adobe officially kills Flash Player for mobile, says HTML5 is 'the best solution'

perardi:

elle-oh-elle:

For anyone who has ever asked me why Flash isn’t supported on the iPhone or iPad.

BECAUSE IT SUCKS.

I never thought Flash for “mobile”, or more accurately touch-based interfaces, would take off.

Here’s why: Flash is (was) meant to be a write-once, run-everywhere solution. [Like Java was supposed to be. Remember Java? I mean, for non-enterprise purposes?] But that just does not work when you’re dealing with such disparate interfaces as a mouse and finger-centric touch, because the interaction is so different, especially when it comes to the size and behavior of interface elements. You can’t simply take a Flash game, meant for a mouse, and run it as-is on touch; it’s a lose-lose scenario where you give up the precision of a mouse, and you sacrifice the multitouch opportunities of a touch screen.

The disconnect is even there on simple interfaces like a YouTube player. I had, because I am dumb, an HP TouchPad [such a piece of shit—that finally cured me of buying tech products because “oh, I want to play with a different platform”, shut the fuck up, you have a real job, you don’t have time for toys] for a while, which theoretically ran Flash if you connected directly to the household mains for power and also hooked it up to a car radiator for cooling purposes. And it was impossible to deal with Hulu/YouTube/Vimeo/Xtube, because you simply couldn’t hit the tiny little player buttons.

So, to get anything resembling a good user experience, you had to rewrite your entire Flash app. And if you’re going to go to the trouble of doing that, why not use the platform’s built-in tools, which are almost certainly going to be more power-efficient and better integrated with the rest of the system?

My conspiracy of why the press would sometimes agitate for Flash: goddamn banner ads. Because nobody has managed to figure out how to really monetize content on the web, so their solution is to throw up blinkety-blink Flash ads that let you punch the goddamn monkey. 

Posted 2 years ago

Fix on the way for iPhone 4S battery issues

(From The Loop via DaringFireball)

Apple has confirmed that they have found a few bugs that affect battery life for some iPhones. The fix is coming in iOS 5.0.1 (as reported by MacRumors) along with security improvements, bug fixes, improved voice recognition for Australians, and, my personal favorite, multitasking gestures for the iPad 1 (yay!).

The notes for the developer beta also include a way for developers to specify files that should not be deleted automatically when storage is running low (Marco Arment commented on this problem last month). iOS 5 cleans up files that can easily be redownloaded and which are not backed up (like cached Instapaper articles or iTunes Match content) if you’re running out of room on your device. This could cause a problem if, say, you sync to Instapaper before going on a flight and then add a few movies to watch as well. If you don’t have much available storage, iOS 5 could decide to wipe some Instapaper articles to save space, leaving you with nothing to read on the plane.

If you have other questions about how your iOS device works, feel free to ask me.

Posted 2 years ago
If you’re not digging Google’s new design kick, you might try adjusting the page density down to compact. The default setting is too airy for me and I have a difficult time navigating the page without thinking. Setting the density to compact makes the page make more sense to my eyes (possibly because the layout is more similar to the previous version of Gmail).
(I’d like to point out here that this setting is in yet another gear menu on the right side just above the ad banner and below the top menu bar two top menu bars. There are 3 settings menus in Gmail now.)
If you’re just fed up with Google’s design, Apple’s Mail for Mac, iPhone, and iPad are a great way to go as is Sparrow (which also has an iOS app coming in the next few moths).
If you want to know more about mail clients and how to set them up, ask me!

If you’re not digging Google’s new design kick, you might try adjusting the page density down to compact. The default setting is too airy for me and I have a difficult time navigating the page without thinking. Setting the density to compact makes the page make more sense to my eyes (possibly because the layout is more similar to the previous version of Gmail).

(I’d like to point out here that this setting is in yet another gear menu on the right side just above the ad banner and below the top menu bar two top menu bars. There are 3 settings menus in Gmail now.)

If you’re just fed up with Google’s design, Apple’s Mail for Mac, iPhone, and iPad are a great way to go as is Sparrow (which also has an iOS app coming in the next few moths).

If you want to know more about mail clients and how to set them up, ask me!

Posted 2 years ago

If you’re like me and lamenting the recent changes to Google Reader, may I humbly recommend investing in the Reeder app for iPhone, iPad (shown above), and Mac.

Reeder provides a far superior interface and always has. The Google Reader mobile site is almost unusable in my opinion and now that the desktop web interface is slow and has no social features, I feel no desire to visit the site. Each Reeder app costs money, but they’ve been well-worth it to me for the improved experience of checking my RSS feeds (which I do for work as well as pleasure).

The developer has been very active and communicative which makes me want to trust the apps more. The website has a great overview and screenshots of all the apps so you can poke around and get a good feel for the apps before purchasing.

If you want to check them out, here is the order I recommend in terms of which I enjoy the most:

  1. Reeder for iPad ($4.99)
  2. Reeder for iPhone ($2.99)
  3. Reeder for Mac ($9.99)
Posted 2 years ago
littlebigdetails:

Apple - The Mickey Mouse watch on Apples’ iPod Nano site shows the actual time.
/via velour

littlebigdetails:

Apple - The Mickey Mouse watch on Apples’ iPod Nano site shows the actual time.

/via velour

Posted 2 years ago
GET HAMMERED AND SHOW ME HOW TO REPLACE THE DISPLAY ON A 27" IMAC.
elle-oh-elle asked

If only…

Posted 2 years ago

Apple Working with iPhone 4S Owners to Address Battery Life Issues

Mac Rumors reports that Apple technicians have acknowledged a problem that some iPhone 4S users are experiencing which causes the phone to run hot and rapidly drain the battery.

Posted 2 years ago

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