I’m hopeful that Apple making per-app battery usage visible to the end user in iOS 8 will be the push that developers need to start paying closer attention to how their apps consume power, and when. There’s too much folklore out there about how users can extend the life of their devices (turning off geo services, background app refreshing, push notifications, etc.), when really this should be the responsibility of the developer. The active and engaged users are the ones that will notice, and they’re the ones that will leave 1 star reviews… Feedback loops in dev tools are one thing; feedback loops in the market are another.

wrote up a slightly longer take on this over at sippey.com, because blogging.

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I got a decent pano shot of Chris Burden’s Metropolis II from our trip to LACMA this weekend. Wish I would have been able to sneak video, but the guards were watching for that like hawks. (Photos allowed but no video? This thing was made for YouTube / Vine / Instagram… Makes no sense to me.)

I got a decent pano shot of Chris Burden’s Metropolis II from our trip to LACMA this weekend. Wish I would have been able to sneak video, but the guards were watching for that like hawks. (Photos allowed but no video? This thing was made for YouTube / Vine / Instagram… Makes no sense to me.)

This is the angst that fills those in the news business, and society broadly. The reality of the Internet is that there is no more bell curve; power laws dominate, and the challenge of our time is figuring out what to do with a population distribution that is fundamentally misaligned with Internet economics.
Doug Rickard, #29.942566, New Orleans, LA (2008), 2009


  The height gives a feeling of looking down on the scene, and this affects the emotional read and subtext of the work. Also, Google’s blurring of the faces and the lo-fi nature of the images changed the individuals into symbols or emblems and representative of larger notions, such as race and class, instead of personal stories that would have wanted to emerge with recognition.


via The New Yorker (via Google, of course)

Doug Rickard, #29.942566, New Orleans, LA (2008), 2009

The height gives a feeling of looking down on the scene, and this affects the emotional read and subtext of the work. Also, Google’s blurring of the faces and the lo-fi nature of the images changed the individuals into symbols or emblems and representative of larger notions, such as race and class, instead of personal stories that would have wanted to emerge with recognition.

via The New Yorker (via Google, of course)