Chiming in with a desire for 420p/360p. Makes lunchtime watching at work way easier.
Or maybe a toggle per user? Defualt to 720 to look nice, but let me designate my own preferred quality in my profile?
@HoboZero: All mailto:-based hacks are inherently busted. It's sadly the nature of the beast. The Gmail.app jailbreak was removed because it broke too much stuff.
EDIT: ignore the old stuff here. It seems they changed some of that. It's still throwing unique UI code, though.
@Brewster: I had the same issue with skype. Download a mod called xCon in Cydia, and you're golden.
@SLUSHIE: the card for public transport appears when you're at a bus station, apparently.
@AwesomeAndy: mine shows me sports scores, nearby "photo opportunities" (which seems to mean "parks"), nearby restaurants, the weather, and my commute time.
From what I can tell, some of it is based on your location, and some of it is based on what you're googling for. I'd like to be able to pin a card from a search result in there.
Also, the location thing doesn't seem to be draining my battery any more than usual, but I have noticed it being on all the time. If it doesn't run in the background or push notifications, that seems like a waste.
@will: Sadly, no.
Apparently mailto: links result in a special kind of UI code that the gmail app simply doesn't use. And they can't just do a browser app request (where you just change the url prefix, like with chrome and other browsers). Google would have to rebuild the mail app for that to work. :/
I just turned all apple mail notifications off, and fetch/push to manual.
I use a 'Pilot Precise V5 RT' which makes a $1 pen sound really fancy. (Though amazon is charging $8 for a three-pack? Jebus. Maybe they lose all profit on shipping.)
Has anyone here tried this?
I'm tempted to give it a shot over lunch, if I can find the pens and refills nearby. Amazon has them, but the refills are pricier than this guide suggests. Not that $20 for a $200 pen is the worst, but if my whole goal is to be stingy? I'm not sure how much money is worth throwing at the idea.
I already do most of these, but didn't realize Siri would pass on directions to Google maps with opener. Fantastic!
I think I'm using almost the entire google suite of apps on my phone/tablet as the default at this point. Which felt a little weird, until I realized I don't really use any of the stock apps on my home desktop (OS X) or work desktop (Windows).
@neo1piv014: It *is* weird. I assume part of it is that they don't want to delude the customer experience (not everything running gingerbread is going to have the best hardware), and part of it is pushing the OS adoption rate forward.
Gingerbread is kind of like the windows XP of phones.
@obidamnkenobi: what exactly are iOS users missing out on? What urgent updates get pushed as notifications? What more can it do when it runs in the background?
Even if it's not loaded with everything, I think the Google Now update is pretty cool. It's easily my most-used app, especially now that it ties in with google maps. At this point, Siri is delegated to reminders, timer, and alarm duty.
@ChieftainJ: How long can you wait? Until early july? Because there will be no announcements from apple until early-to-mid june. Product announcements mean preorders become available the following friday, and the product releases in two to four weeks.
Assuming they stick to a schedule, that is. If they're planning on pushing haswell chips in the macbook line, *and* launching iOS 7, then who knows when that'll get announced.
Yeah, let's not justify piracy again.
Also, no studio is going to give you more for the cost of a movie. No theater is going to support a model that would result in fewer people coming to theaters. The theater charges per person. Downloadable content charges per device. There's a profit gap there that has to be solved before they'd even remotely consider something like this.
@Asitcomestome: @kim_a: They aren't claiming copyright on knit caps, but Firefly trademarks. Sellers will still be able to sell knit caps, as long as Trademarked terms aren't in the listing. The end goal is SEO: By removing these terms from Etsy, it makes 'The Official Firefly Store' easier to find in google/bing/whatever.
So no, Fox isn't going to do anything to each seller. Nobody is going to be dragged into court. Fox has enough attorneys on retainer to make Etsy suffer with a long legal battle, regardless of the result. So Etsy will fall in line, and remove the listings.
Something similar happened to my mom's etsy account, so this is how it breaks down - For now, some intern at Fox will search Etsy, and make a list of violator's accounts. Etsy will have the violating items will be removed, and the account holders will be warned that re-listing the item will result in account termination. This falls under Etsy ToS, so nobody goes to court, nobody gets sued, and Fox can be the top google result for 'Buy Jayne Knit Hats'. or whatever.
Also: Anyone who wants to keep selling Jayne hats can just post it on eBay instead. Because eBay is a 'reseller' (and also huge as hell) so Fox can't touch them.
@fancybone: Heh. I logged in just to post the betteridge thing. Beaten to it!
@RavenSword: If you want a good car charger and have a spare usb charging cable, just get a usb port adapter for your car.
Then you have a charger that works with all kind of devices.
@CloudRider: Beef has a fair amount of fat, a ton of cholesterol, and is calorically dense.
There's also the fact that most beef that falls into the "affordable" range comes from cows that stand up to their sizable bellies in shit. These cows are then fed a diet of corn and antibiotics to compensate for it. But that's hard to turn into nutrition facts.
I try not to think too hard about that kind of stuff though, because I really enjoy a good burger.
For anyone looking for a simple diet plan, mine went something like this:
- Stop it.
- Seriously, stop eating so much, and eat healthier foods.
- Buy a treadmill and exercise bike that can fit in front of my TV
- Exercise for 45-60 minutes 4-5 days a week on the machines
- Repeat above steps until desired results obtained.
Of course Will's post might help too.
This is what I've been doing, tracking calories to determine healthier foods. I still eat garbage sometimes, but when I do,
I drink dos equis I try to exercise more to make up for it.
@SLUSHIE: the font is the metro/windows 8 font, Segoe UI. The logo might change, but the font will probably stick.
@Falcon: You're right, it's very unwindows/unmetro-like. Mostly in that it's too simple, and too round. While metro is stark, white on background-color, they tend to be more complex than this. It is very clean though.
I can see them changing up the branding, but that's because I'm a designer: I keep up with news on corporate branding, and I'm probably over-exposed to news on logo changes compared to the norm.
I like the rumor that started, I believe, late last year. There will be two Xbox's. There will be "the new Xbox"/Xbox Infinity/whatever that goes head to head with the PS4. It's a traditional console that will get minor improvements for efficiency over time and a smaller version at some point. It will also come with a Kinect that actually works. There will then be a second Xbox named device that goes head to head with the Apple TVs and Roku boxes of the world.
I like this idea a lot. I kind of have trouble seeing microsoft make any kind of dainty device, even despite the lumia. But regardless of the size, I like the concept.
I don't see streaming abilities either, but I do see them pushing a connection from windows 8 devices to the xbox. Surface mirroring, and airplay equivalents. Whether that's a game, or a video, an app, or whatever. It would be dumb to not use this new platform to unify the brand even further. Even if they have to make promises now that they can't keep at launch.
As for the TV tuner? I dunno. I mean, that could just mean it acts like a DVR. I don't think the cable companies approve too much of TiVo and it's ilk, but I don't think they can do much to stop it, either.
Not everyone thinks it's legit. Some because of crazy text-angle theories, and other because it's just super boring. I'm in the "This is a legit, market-tested-until-the-soul-is-gone corporate logo" camp, myself.
The first thing I noticed was the lack of "360", "720", or any kind of suffix. Which makes me think that the new xbox is service-first. A way to get Games, Netflix, HBO GO, MLB, music streaming, bing search, and whatever else they want to put into your living room. A platform, rather than a product.
My quick and dirty attempt at a possible marketing bumper.
I don't think they'll drop hardware completely. Instead, I think they'll sell an xbox, which provides the 'recommended' specs for the platform, and also let any PC act as an xbox. To push windows 8 adoption, the PC will have to be on windows 8, and all media content purchased through the new windows 8 store will be compatible with this service. It'll also act as DRM, kind of like steam (perhaps as the rumored always-online functionality?).
On top of that, I think they take the subsidization model full-steam. You can still buy a subsidized xbox right now, and (if anecdotal stories on the bombcast can be believed) it's doing gangbusters. Since it's a new "console", they kick up the subsidized price to $200, make you sign a two-year contract for $15/month that includes xbox live (or whatever the paid online service becomes) and get $560 out of you in the end.
It gets devices into homes, and undercuts the base price of the competition (which hasn't been announced, but still-- the PS4 isn't going to be cheap).
Plus, you know, kinect.
To keep you buying hardware and locked in on a contract, they do a yearly refresh on the base xbox, model boosting the 'recommended' specs with a tick/tock upgrade cycle (cue an email reminder after your last bill is paid, reminding you about the "latest and greatest!"). This... is admittedly less realistic, and I don't know if subsidization could really cover costs. But I can see microsoft taking a "a console is just a really big phone" approach to whatever's next.
Thoughts? I'm reading a lot into a logo, I know (to be fair, I've been considering about half of this for a couple months now). So tell me internet, How crazy am I? Has working in marketing for years finally corrupted my brain?
@stenchlord: Don't misunderstand me - I'm presenting points from a business perspective, not a consumer one. I'm just saying I can see the reasons behind it. You'd have to be a moron to think this was directly better for consumers. But If you like the windows phone platform, and want it to stick around? Probably not be the worst thing.
To your points:
TV product placement falls under ads and media, a different department than support and infrastructure. Both probably have to show effort towards improved financial returns. So microsoft has a budget to buy TV spots (to raise product awareness), and add features (to make a better, more competitive product), and cut corners on support (to further incentivize users upgrading, I'm guessing).
I imagine they're taking the "incumbent" approach with this, betting on users to stick with what's familiar over something new. Risky, but an interesting idea. My guess is that they took this route because it's hard to get a solid foothold in the current market, as well as make a better phone OS than android or iOS. Impossible? No. But hard. And expensive.
"Why not add XYZ feature? Microsoft is made of money!" - Money can hire talent, but talent still takes time to produce results (and doesn't guarantee success). Also, regardless of the company's profits, the Windows Phone department has a limited budget, and has to return a profit to justify further funding. More features are great, but they have to be tested, and iterated on. So they're forced to look elsewhere. Why not test the waters in the market? Push the envelope, and see where customers bite back?
My bet is that this news dies off fast, the majority of the phone buying market stays ignorant on the topic, and this little gambit nets them a few points. The two-year-upgraders will barely notice a difference between phones, and anyone who keeps a phone longer will either: A) consider upgrading, or B) continue to not put money in microsoft's pocket.
So again, is it the best thing for consumers? No. Obviously not. But it's not godawful either, and might be part of what keeps the platform going and growing for years to come.
(Stuck with only my phone. I'll edit this mess in a bit.) Edited.