Finally got around to reading most of the initial reviews of Amazon’s Fire Phone. Brutal. Really brutal.

Not that I’m surprised. At all.

I just hope Amazon isn’t surprised. Because if they are, they would seem to have a fairly large problem on their hands. That is, they’re completely out of touch with reality — or more importantly, with their customers. No one wants to have to tilt a phone to use it. It’s a gimmick gone rogue. 

As I asked back in April, when the 3D (“Dynamic Perspective”) functionality was still just rumored:

The question you have to ask is: at the end of the day, does such a feature make for a truly better user experience? Or is it just a novelty trying to mask itself as a differentiating feature? Or worse, does it actually make the device harder to use?

Now we know the answer.

Mark Gurman, reporting that OS X Yosemite will likely be coming at the end of October, alongside:

Also in the cards for the Mac side, sources say, are at least a couple of next-generation Mac lines. Sources say that Apple is finishing up work on both a smaller MacBook with a high-resolution display and a new desktop computer, either an iMac or a standalone monitor, with a 4K resolution screen.

The new MacBook will include a Retina Display that is approximately 12-inches diagonally and it will include a much thinner and slightly lighter aluminum body, the sources said. Apple believes that this new Retina MacBook will be a significant step forward in the laptop industry, and it is currently unclear if Apple will label this machine as a smaller MacBook Pro, a new MacBook Air, or as an entirely new line.

Yes, my mythical perfect last laptop. And a 4K monitor (maybe iMac?) to boot — answering this question (though the “retina” question remains). Hold on to your butts.

Anonymous asked:

Regarding the R+L=J Theory: George RR Martin is known to hate predictability, especially when it applies to his own work. This theory has been around awhile, and frankly I was hoping it wouldn't reach the masses. Now that nearly every book reader and likely a huge portion of the show’s viewers know about this “in retrospect so obvious” revelation, what are the odds Martin changes the story now that one of, if not the, greatest plot twists/surprises is out in the wild.

Probably pretty decent, I imagine. Maybe with a flashback to the “Red Bedding” to reveal what really happened?

marc

marc:

If you’re a Game of Thrones / ASOIAF fan, you may have already heard of the R+L=J fan theory. But, I promise you have never seen it presented in such exhaustive detail. I, for one, have always believed this theory to be true.

Warning: If this theory is true then it could be considered a plot spoiler for a future book or TV season.

Having come to this conclusion myself, I’m guessing this is almost certainly true.

And yes, this is sort of spoiler-y, though not really cause no one save George R. R. Martin knows for sure (well and maybe the show’s writers).

Anton Troianovski:

As national euphoria gripped Germany on Tuesday with the arrival of its world champion soccer team, an apparent crime in the Rhineland served as a reminder that all was not well. Unidentified thieves, the police said, had spent the weekend stealing 10 truckloads of beer.

"Has anyone noticed a large amount of beer?" police in the city of Krefeld said in a news release. "Can anyone provide information on a possible storage area?"

The equivalent of 140,891 six-packs. Someone had a fun night.