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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— The 69 words you can’t use at GM. (via @isaach)
April 11, 2014 at 9:01am
I’m still thinking about the Jasper Johns: Regrets show.
March 28, 2014 at 6:36am
I doubt I will read Rick Springfield’s Magnificent Vibration, but I hope there’s a girl in it who watches her boyfriend specifically with her eyes.
— The Morning News Tournament of Books
A couple billion here or there is chump change. Except for the people who collect that chump change for selling them an option on the next thing. It’s real money to us.
— Fred Wilson: The Search For The Next Platform
merlin mann, ladies and gentlemen.
Samantha Fields, The Far Corners, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80”
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.)
But the executive acknowledged this was not really a story where reporters have been able to advance the known facts much.
Understatement of the year-to-date.
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.
— Ben Thompson
When you’re ready to go, spin up a hybrid Heroku IDE set to your default autoconnect buffer and attach your session’s cookie to your CPU.
I pictured how people play, one hand holding the train strap. When you play game on a smartphone, the simplest way is just tapping.
— Dong Nguyen, on designing Flappy Bird
via lacma via museumnerd, “10 Vintage Museum Web Pages from the 90s in honor of the World Wide Web’s 25th birthday!”
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)