Since iOS 11 came out, I’ve been forming new opinions on apps and what I want to use on my phone. When I was an Android user, I would try not to pay for apps, and had reasonable success doing so. Call it the open source mentality, sure, but Google also had pretty great native apps — especially when they rolled out Material Design. When I switched to iOS, I went a little app crazy. I wanted to try everything. I was also more willing to pay for apps, mostly because more apps cost money. But recently, I’ve decided to cut out most 3rd party apps and focus on the native apps Apple sends with the phone. Here’s why.
So I’m a bit of a technophile and an early adopter. Always have been; I had a Palm M100 in 9th grade because it looked cool. Plus it helped me keep my busy schedule of drama club and homework straight. Since then, I’ve tried to get new tech sooner rather than later. Sometimes I write about it. When the iPad Pro was announced, it wasn’t something I was able to buy. But I’ve been looking for a good way to draw on a screen since my first “tablet” in 2005. Well, I was able to get the iPad Pro 10.5″ this year; so how does it stack up?
- Yunel Escober starts a Double Play with a Behind-the-Back Glove Flip. I love baseball. (via @MLB)
- Huckberry, my favorite online store for Man things, made a Flask Tie. Fantastic.
- Google has released a new Nexus 7, and more excitingly, the Chromecast, a small dongle that let’s you stream from multiple devices to your TV. (via @verge)
- In the smartphone selling game, Samsung is destroying Apple.
- The most obvious news of the week: the first adult movie has been made using Google Glass.
- @lifehacker has a write-up on The Science Behind How We Learn New Things
In the shameless self-promotion file, we have:
The time is once again upon us: Apple is presumably announcing a new iPhone for people to clamor over, then spend all of their money on. This year, I’ve decided there should be a drinking game, so here are the rules:
Take a sip if:
- You hear, “It just works”
- You hear, “Smooth”
- They tell us about a feature we already knew about from the rumor mill
- You hear, “Retina”
- Someone you know gets excited about a feature that already existed on Android
- They list some stat that can really only apply to Apple products
Take a gulp if:
- Something old is presented as new and revolutionary (like Copy and Paste, or notifications).
- They announce something that forces you to buy new accessories
- They take a jab at Android or any other competitor
- They blatantly stole an app and integrated it into the iPhone/iPad.
Finish your drink if:
- You hear, “This is the best iPhone/iPad/Macbook we’ve ever made.”
- Tim Cook comes out dressed as Steve Jobs
- They talk about the Samsung ruling
So this Responsive Web thing is all the rage these days, and rightfully so. As mobile browsers get more powerful, we can do a lot of great things that used to be thought of as only possible on Â the desktop. We no longer need to have redirects on mobile that take our users to a separate site; we can have it all, no matter what device they are viewing our sites from. I recently updated both my site and my blog to be responsive (I’m still working some kinks out of the blog- I’m sorry for the mess). However, as mobile browsers are becoming powerful and plentiful, we run into the same issues we’re seeing on the desktop- we need to test our mobile friendly versions in several different browsers across multiple platforms.
- 2009 Called (xkcd): I will have to remember this one.
- .tel, .xxx, and .mobi are all pointless and idiotic: Agreed. There’s really no way to prevent sites that fall under these categories from purchasing the .comÂ equivalent, or vise-vera.
- The State of the Freelancer: I love me some nice infographics.Especially helpful ones.
- CBS will Remove some Showtime Shows from Netflix (bgr):Â Translation: People weren’t buying Californication or Dexter on DVD anymore. I guess I won’t become a Californication fan then…
- Friday by Rebecca Black- Cover by Matt Mulholland (youtube): Awesome. Thank you @joelmchale
- What we Have to See in iOS 5 (brg): He’s right on all account, especially that people are going to buy it anyway.
- Amazon.com lets you play with an Android virtual machine, try apps before you buy them (engadget): This is pure awesome. Couple that with the fact that they give an app away everyday, and you’ve got a really great Android Market competitor.
- 5 Things They Never Told You (cracked): This is by far the best cracked.com article I’ve ever read.
- 18 Million WordPress.com Websites Now Available in iPad Format (mashable): They are using a (free!) plugin called onswipe. It’s now being used on this site as well!
- The Path to Productivity: Short Hours, More Breaks (workawesome): I like to break my day down into tasks that I complete then follow with a quick break. However, if I am in a groove, do not disturb me!
- Web Standards Sherpa: This website sets out to promote web standards through articles and feedback from the experts! If you’re a web developer, this is a no-brainer as far as must reads goes.
- Microsoft to Discontinue Zune (bgr):Â That is a damn shame, as the Zune is a MUCH better mp3 player than the iPod. Maybe if Microsoft ran an ad or two…
- Making Twitter More Secure: HTTPS: Twitter has now added an option to force all of your Twitter dealings to use secured browsing. I strongly recommend turning this setting on.
- You Have a Disease; Here’s the Cure (nettuts+): Just because the Internet is always on doesn’t mean we have to be too.
- Microsoft is More Ethical than Google, Apple, and Facebook: Take note, Fanboys (as a Google Fanboy, I am included)
- Android’s Browser is Way Faster than Safari on the iPhone (gizmodo): In the words of Steward Scott, booyahh.
- Over-the-Air iTunes Syncing now Free for Android (lifehacker): I’ve been testing Music WithMe- seemed shaky at first but it’s working now and is really awesome!
- Yanko Design: Some really inspiring & innovative product design here.
- Dabble.In: A new website that asks, “What do you Dabble?”
- 10 Tips for Working While on the Go (lifehacker): Pretty helpful stuff here- especially if you travel a lot.
- Why You Should Keep a Mileage Log (workawesome): This can save you quite a bit of money at tax time!
- Android will Allow Screenshots without Painful Setup (lifehacker): Finally.
- How to Back Up Your Gmail the Easy and Cheap Way (lifehacker): After what happened a couple of weeks ago, I will definitely be doing this.
- RIM Preparing to Bring BBM to iOS and Android (engadget): This might be the only reason people still use Blackberrys. That being said, I’d probably pay a couple of bucks for this app.
- The New iPad (gizmodo): The iPad 2 was announced this week and I briefly took a look. I think I’d still go with a Motorola XOOM if I were to upgrade from the iPad.
- To Root or not to Root (android.appstorm): I’ve been considering this for a while, and I will probably root in the near future.
- How to Root an Android Device (android.appstorm): …and I’ll probably use this guide.
- Charlie Sheen’s Twitter: Charlie Sheen is obviously insane. Insane celebrities say funny things and Twitter let’s you post what you want to say. This will be awesome.