"Come on, George. Loosen up. Swing, man."
Sinatra had a very nice blog theme. Very clean.
Here's what Apple's CarPlay will look like in your next car -
Certainly sounds (and looks) like CarPlay will be one of those things that will be worth waiting for the second iteration before jumping in.
An iPad concept — from 2004. OS X 2go!
But they did almost nail the battery life.
Lego + Minecraft? -
Lego CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, speaking with Jens Hansegard:
Hansegard: You’ve done a few, small designer collector sets with Minecraft, a popular block-building videogame. Now, we’ve been told that something bigger is coming up. Is this true?
Knudstorp: Minecraft is a very fascinating game because it offers a great construction-like experience. We’re very happy to work with the company. Making Lego Minecraft products was one of the biggest wished-for items and they have done very, very well in the market. That’s why we are expanding our offering. That’s all I can reveal right now. We think it’s a very exciting opportunity for us.
I’ll say. That’s going to be massive.
(Source: stratoszero, via fuckyeahvintage-retro)
In Policy Shift, F.C.C. Will Allow a Web Fast Lane -
Ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh.
In no particular order:
If it would have been done earlier, it would have been even better for Microsoft, frankly. — Tim Cook, talking about Microsoft releasing Office for the iPad on today’s earnings call.
Moleskine is very good at telling stories. The question is whether people are interested in hearing this new one. The company’s revenue continues to grow each year. Customers remain willing to buy Moleskine notebooks. They are also willing to engage with the brand online—but only to a point. — Adrienne Raphel on Moleskine’s foray into the digital world: http://nyr.kr/1mcX11z (via newyorker)
(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)
iOS 7.1 code indicates Apple working on Siri for Apple TV -
The one thing people seem to unanimously like about the Amazon FireTV is the voice search. So yeah, this makes sense. Though I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s able to search across all content on the Apple TV (unlike on the FireTV right now).
I just wonder if we’ll see this roll out before any new Apple TV hardware or if it will utilize the iOS Remote app. Otherwise, you’d think we’d need some new hardware to be able to listen…
Pale blue dot.
Spin, spin. Spin the blue circle.
(Source: nonsentient, via brooklynmutt)
Warriors shift arena plans to Mission Bay -
The bad news is that we’ll no longer have a view of the Bay Bridge from the proposed arena. The good news, from John Coté:
The Warriors will own the site outright, rather than leasing it from the Port of San Francisco, and the team says the arena will be entirely privately financed - a rare instance of a modern sports venue that would use no taxpayer funds or public land.
In other words, this is definitely going to happen now. The Warriors are coming to San Francisco.
Amazon's Tilt-To-Do-Anything Phone -
Zach Epstein with more on Amazon’s forthcoming smartphone and its “3D” technology:
Amazon’s motion sensing and head tracking technology also changes the way users access menus and other features in apps. In fact, we’re told that Amazon’s smartphone apps don’t even have traditional menu buttons. Instead, menus and other functions are accessed by tilting the phone to the right or left. These tilts cause new panels to slide in over the current screen.
So for example, if the user tilts the phone to one side while reading a book in the Kindle app, the phone will open the X-Ray menu, which is a reference tool that provides contextual information relevant to whatever the user might be reading at the time.
A tilt in the messaging app while composing a new message will open up a panel with the phone’s camera roll, allowing users to quickly and easily insert a photo. Tilting the phone to one side while using the weather app reveals the extended forecast.
Again, this reeks of functionality that stems from novelty and differentiation rather than usefulness. But we’ll see. If they can nail this, maybe it will be a new interaction paradigm. My guess is that it will be nearly impossible to nail such interactions, though.