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The twats at Apple just can’t get their software right. Today’s exhibit: Installing a Safari software update twice.

The twats at Apple just can’t get their software right. Today’s exhibit: Installing a Safari software update twice.

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"Design is what we don’t ask the user to do."

— Rebekah Cox

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Flat-out awesome concept of how Notification Center and Mission Control should work. This is one instance where I hope Apple shamelessly steals this idea outright.

Good riddance to double-pressing the home button, causing home button wear & tear and infecting “I shall prepare for the worst” users with Accessibility nipple-itis.

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Suggestions that Microsoft scrap its own operating system in favor of such a fork simply betray a lack of understanding of the way Google has built the Android platform.

Never trust someone who claims “whoa, Company X with existing mobile platform is moving to Android because Android is the unbeatable market leader”.

From the way Android is designed, you have to be in bed with Google and leashed to the headboard like a bitch slave. Otherwise, you have to be ready with your own services layer, like what Amazon has, or what Microsoft can have.

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Want your computer to have a touch screen? Really, you don’t know what you want besides “more features”. I wrote at length about these people, and they’re now what I call Spec Monkeys. Those who hunger for larger numbers and more features on the checklist, regardless of practicality.

And look at the Windows 8 disaster, now unmitigated and full-blown, setting back Microsoft by years in the industry.

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Just sleep more, will you? An hour less, and there’s serious detriments.

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Make no mistake: the “Apple faithful” trope is a dog whistle. It’s manipulative and polarizing. It’s something that the media uses to drum up interest in what they’re talking about, and it reinforces a stereotype that is equally inaccurate and offensive.

I automatically discredit anybody who uses terms like “Apple supporters”, “Apple fans”, “fanboys” and worse, the derogatory “fanbois”. It simply shows their lack of grey matter.

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I don’t like writing negative articles that don’t include a solution to the problem, but in this case, there is no solution. The state of in-app purchases has now reached a level where we have completely lost it. Not only has the gaming industry shot itself in the foot, hacked off their other foot, and lost both its arms … but it’s still engaging in a strategy that will only damage it further.

I was stoked to find out Dungeon Keeper has an iOS remake. But alas, it turned out to be a complete in-app scam. Peter Molyneux would horrified to see how EA has bastardized his classic game for cheap profit.

It has gotten so bad that I ignore games that have in-app purchases. Worse, if its a paid app with in-app purchases. Apps which I’ve downloaded but have “gone free” also gets an automatic delete the moment I see a splash screen or a “wait 15 minutes before you get your castle” countdown.

UPDATE: Peter Molyneux calls the nickle & dime game mechanics “ridiculous”.

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Nice stories.

(Pity it’s on Quora, with the desperate “you must sign in first” ransom that other cheap web joints like Experts Exchange practice.)

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Great piece on how cameras have evolved.

Who knew that a technically & photographically poorer device would be today’s ultimate window to the photography experience?

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A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves - an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem, because privacy matters.

Man of the Year, by a wide margin.

Publications that choose someone else, like the Pope? Pussies.

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Great list. Unfortunately, the sensationalist d-bags will never take heed. Especially not if their income depends on it.

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If you’re going to insist on obscuring your content with some stupid social shit, a promo for your shitty app or a full-page newsletter signup form, then I’m not going to read your content.

Amen.

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A detailed look at the “iPad mini with Retina Display” compared to lower-priced competitors from Amazon & Google/Asus.

The premium-priced product has a color quality that’s in the iPad 2 (2011) and iPad mini (2012) non-retina ballpark, with older technology and the poorest power efficiency. No wonder the tablet had to get thicker and heavier.

Imagine, a tablet which had a price increase of $70 from the previous generation, that has a screen that can’t match up to the iPhone 5, iPad 3 & iPad 4.

Either Apple is caring too much about their margins, or their scale of manufacturing is preventing them from using the latest technologies. Both bad.