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Apple’s Updates to iMessages in iOS 8

What product designers can learn from iOS 8's iMessage changes

LOVE the radial menu method of doing video or photos. Such a pain in the butt. Now if only there was an option not to save iMessage videos/photos to your camera roll… I'd be super happy.1

Oh, and I'm looking forward to sending audio, too. Could be pretty nifty.

  1. I delete them 99% of the time. They're transient stuff. I don't know about the two-minute thing though. Maybe it does that? []

A Tale of Two Apples

A tale of two Apples: Apple follows Steve's lead by not following it.

Good stuff. To those who thought Apple would wither when Steve Jobs died, well, they forgot what Josh and I and others saw a long, long time ago: Tim Cook's a pretty bright guy, and he'd been soaking in the Apple culture for a long, long time.

What Do Mac Users Use to Read their RSS Feeds These Days?

So…

When Yosemite hits, I'm going to imagine that Cyndicate may cease to work properly. Or, at the very least, it will stand out like a sore thumb.

So…

What does everyone use to read their "feeds" these days? I know Google Reader was popular… until they closed it.

So…

Any suggestions?

Apple Stops Development of Aperture

WTF? Seriously, Apple? Like "Photos" is going to replace Aperture for the semi-serious to serious photographer.

Sorry for the link dump, but I've gotta process this all later.

The Next Five Years for Apple

The Next Five Years — carpeaqua by Justin Williams

I came into this years WWDC fairly mellow to what would or wouldn’t be announced. There wasn’t any anticipation or excitement the night before. Just a standard amount of curiousity. After the Keynote, I can’t remember being that excited since the announcement of the original iPhone. They blew the roof off Moscone.

Record iPhone Screens on your Mac

Apple makes it easy for devs (and others) to screencast iOS apps with OS X Yosemite:

Apple has added a handy feature into OS X to easily capture the screen of an iPad or iPhone on the Mac itself. Apple positions the feature as a way to help developers quickly make app previews, which Apple introduced as part of iOS 8’s improvements to the App Store, but there is no reason why this couldn’t be used by others for different purposes.

Beware URL Shorteners

Scott Hanselman writes that This URL shortener situation is officially out of control.

I saw a URL today on Twitter to an article on Slate.com. It was a custom short URL - http://slate.me/1h0svt8 but since I was visiting it via Twitter, it was wrapped with Twitter's t.co URL, so I really started at http://t.co/sxSvcJnT2L.

When I visited it for the FIRST time, I got this lovely HTTP interaction. That's SEVEN HTTP 301s, count them, 7, before I get to the destination page.

iOS 8 and Yosemite Extensions

It's like OpenDoc all over again! 😀

Michael Tsai - iOS 8 and Yosemite Extensions

Okay, not really.

Swift (Programming Language) Links

Michael Tsai is maintaining a large list of links about the Swift programming language from Apple.

Sweet.

Apple Obscuring URLs in Yosemite Safari

Noooooooo!!!!!

At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference today the company rolled out a new look for its web browser, Safari. Apple executives didn't point it out, but sharp-eyed observers have noticed one significant change to the interface. The address bar truncates URLs to the domain-name level.

I wonder if the URL will "fold out" if you click in the address bar. Or at least if you copy the URL.

Gosh I hope so.

WWDC 2014 Prelude in Hindsight

I always like to look at the predictions or preludes in hindsight: Daring Fireball: WWDC 2014 Prelude.

Mac OS X 10.9's icons will need an overhaul to match the rest of the UI. My guess: a unification with the iOS 7 style. Maybe with circles for the outer shape (Apple already uses many circular icons for Mac apps: App Store, Safari, Launchpad, Dashboard, iTunes, and iBooks), or maybe with the exact same round-corned square shape iOS requires. Expect much gnashing of teeth over this. Mac users and designers have strong opinions about icons — app icons are a focal point of attention for fans of old-style skeuomorphic design. A disproportionate share of the criticism regarding iOS 7 pertained specifically to its app icons.

He's got that right. Fortunately, not a lot was done with the icons. Though, I will say, the iTunes icon going red is… interesting.

P.S. I wonder if we'll need to make any changes to Analyzr. The left-hand library may need some changes, for example.

Mario Kart 8

Hail Mario talks about how Mario Kart 8 is, perhaps, one of the best video games ever made.

I've told this story countless times already, but, well… I'm just going to link to it.

Every day, with rare, rare exception my third year of college, Bill, Cazi, Matt, and I and sometimes Mike or another fill-in would play Mario Kart 64 for a minimum of 60 minutes. I would say I averaged nearly 2 hours/day over the span of those nine months. In short, I became one of the best damn Mario Kart players in the world. 🙂

We played Battle mode 95% of the time, occasionally dipping into a race circuit for the different challenge it presented. I was almost always Luigi, feeling that he presented the best speed, acceleration, and maneuverability. The few times I lost, becoming "the bomb" and taking it out on your sworn enemy (for those few minutes, anyway) kept the game interesting and the flak talk flowing.

Matt would whine when he lost "I hit the button, it didn't… that's not fair!" even though he knew damn well we were all playing with the same controllers on the same console with the same game. Cazi would just laugh "hee heh hee hee" and shout "yeah!" and "booya" and other phrases. Bill played it cool, as if he was Iceman in Top Gun, but got his ass handed to him often enough that we knew that was just how he played the game, and not how he asserted his cool dominance.

Me? I was just glad to be there, kicking ass and taking names. Sometimes, anyway.

That post is almost enough to want to make me pick up a Wii U.

But I said almost.

Casper Mattress

Casper — The Mattress Reimagined may be something to look into when my TempurPedic no longer works.

Though, honestly, I wouldn't even consider it without the 100-night free trial. I looooooooove my TempurPedic.

P.S. I love that my TempurPedic is adjustable, too. That may be a deal breaker on the Casper.

Lowest Score Wins – Now Available

A long time ago, I made a list of things I'd like to accomplish in my life. Actually that list is right here.

One of those things was red last week.

Today it's blue.

Lowest Score Wins

Goodbye Katie Cotton

Daring Fireball: Kara Swisher on Katie Cotton shines a light on just how well Katie Cotton did her job for Apple.

And yet, in the press, she's called names.

As is often the case… screw the media, man.