Je m’appelle Cédric Bozzi, je crée des sites et des applications, et ceci est mon blog dédié à la technologie : vous y trouverez des news, des opinions et des tests, le tout écrit par un Mac-head aux opinions tranchées.
Si vous postez un commentaire sur l’un de mes blogs, vous pouvez désormais recevoir un e-mail de notification à chaque fois que quelqu’un y répond. J’ai comme l’impression qu’en ces temps de Google Reader et de Twitter c’est la seule façon d’avoir un dernier semblant de vie dans les commentaires d’un blog, puisque plus personne ne voit les compteurs de commentaires.
Au passage, je ne comprends pas qu’il n’y ait pas une solution simple, et largement adoptée, qui permette de les afficher dans les agrégateurs RSS.
Tweecious takes your erroneous use of Twitter to post links and puts them where they belong. So it’s for double-morons who do have a Delicious account yet still insist on polluting their Twitter feed with a stream of tinyurls.
And, yeah, I realize it’s really Delicious’s fault for not catching up with Twitter’s feature set. (As limited as that is.)
That is, Twitter now recognizes when someone @’s you in the middle of a tweet. That was super complicated and it only took them eight years to figure it out, so mad props to Twitter here.
Am I misunderstanding something, or is NSInvocationOperation fucking awesome magical the bee's knees yay?
I'm not sure it's actually possible to make an iPhone photography app that doesn't crash once in a while.
On peut glisser-déposer une liste d’amis en haut de la liste des filtres de la page d’accueil, et ça devient le filtre par défaut. Je n’aurais jamais découvert ça tout seul, et ça rend la nouvelle page Facebook bien plus utilisable, d’un coup.
There's something really uncomfortable about @'ing a high-profile Twitter user, and the randomness of whether they might read and answer.
Geez, apple.developer.com disconnects me faster than my bank does. What the hell are they afraid of?
As much as I love Tweetie and have grown to utterly loathe Twitterific, I think it deserves a spot there as an acknowledgment of how much it contributed to Twitter’s impact on the Mac geek community — and, indirectly, the worrrldd! — two years ago.
Not sure why Mac users aren’t allowed to stream to an Xbox 360, but the transcoding part is pretty cool. Not going to make me switch back, though.
Oh, come on.
After burning the disc, I suggest you don’t label it. ” I always hesitate before putting the marker down onto the disc (yet always end up doing it). “
Yes, the CD could become disassociated with the [labeled] sleeve or case, but if that happens, I just need a second to read the disc to see what it contains.” Valid point.
I think I'm gonna decide to unfollow anyone who consistently hashtags all their tweets.
"We made it easy to add yourself to wefollow.com." Oh, and spam your followers and add ourselves to your stream, too.
Just like I think the omission of Bluetooth keyboards in the OS 3.0 keynote is an indication that something key-shaped is in the near future for the iPhone, you can’t dismiss the idea that, if the 3.0 beta mentions movies somewhere and it wasn’t talked about on Tuesday, there has to be something brewing.
It’s hard to imagine how Apple could justify that video capture wouldn’t be enabled on existing iPhones — what I’m seeing in the Camera application’s virtual viewfinder is video, after all, right? Unfortunately, there is one possibility: if the new iPhone has a much faster CPU, then Apple can say that it is required to compress mp4 videos with adequate picture quality, and that they didn’t want to allow for anything less. It would still be bullshit, as I would much rather be able to capture 15-frame-per-second poorly-compressed low-resolution videos (like the lowest-end mobile phone is able to) than have to upgrade my iPhone (no matter how much I’m actually going to want to, anyway), but it’s something you can just see Apple saying.
I used to think that they should want to delay as much as possible segmenting the hardware platform with the introduction of a more powerful chipset, but I’m changing my mind right now: if there’s a way Apple’s own applications can leverage the new processing power, then it does make sense. And transforming the iPhone into a Flip Mino would certainly be a good reason to go there.
By the way, I’ve realized today that there was another possible explanation to the lack of announced support for Bluetooth keyboards: if Apple intended to launch its own wireless keyboard in June, they’d just as well not talk about software support in order to keep the advantage of surprise over third-party manufacturers.
But I’m still thinking (and/or hoping) that they’re about to launch a model with a slide-out keyboard, either Pre- or G1-style. By finally, reluctantly implementing copy-and-paste, they’ve shown that they’re motivated to do what it takes to conquer the world. They started with a single model to minimize costs and simplify the marketing process, but now that the iPhone’s been launched and very well received it’s just the right time to introduce a variant with a keyboard.
a victory that security researchers attribute to its innovative sandbox feature.
Nicely done. Maybe that’s what Apple should copy for the next version of Safari.
Google is launching a GMail Labs feature called "Undo Send," that lets you abort the sending of any GMail message–if you use it within five seconds.
I’m enabling this on my account right now (under the assumption that Google looks at how many people adopt any given Labs feature and uses that information somehow).
This is genius UI design: functionally, it’s exactly the same as having a dialog pop-up to ask “Do you really want to send this message?” and auto-accept after a few seconds. But, as far as the user’s perception is concerned, it’s the polar opposite: instead of being an obnoxious Clippy the Paperclip, you just execute the action like the good computer that you are, but leave a small window of opportunity for the user to scream “Oh shit I didn’t mean to!” and undo.
Not sure who invented this first and I don’t care (I feel like I’ve seen something like this before); all I know is that every single developer in the world needs to look at this very tiny bit of functionality and rethink their worldview around it.
P.S. Forgot to mention: of course, it doesn’t belong in Labs.
A ma gauche, la mise à jour iPhone 0S 3.0 qui rend possible l’utilisation de tous les périphériques Bluetooth imaginables… à part les claviers. Qui ne peuvent pas être bien difficiles à gérer au niveau du système, ni vider la batterie tellement plus vite que l’utilisation d’écouteurs stéréo sans fil.
A ma droite, Apple va devoir annoncer un nouvel iPhone en juin, et proposer de nouvelles fonctionnalités à même de faire saliver les utilisateurs potentiels aussi bien qu’existants — tout en évitant de segmenter la plateforme matérielle/logicielle aussi longtemps que possible (ce qui rend problématique une nouvelle résolution d’écran ou un processeur plus puissant).
Au milieu, le Palm Pre.
Je prendrais presque les paris, sur ce coup, c’est dire.
You’ve got to be kidding me.
Oh, I can't even view the documentation for the 3.0 SDK until I've paid the $99 entrance fee.
Well, that was boring. Not much of a surprise; I guess Apple doesn’t want to make a whole keynote about “iPhone OS 2.2,” so they’re padding the numbers like everybody else.
Kevin Rose was right on that one (except for the fact that everybody said not to expect MMS; I don’t know if he was the source for that, as I didn’t watch the video). The interface for copy-and-paste works, mostly; it’s a little annoying that you double-tap in text fields and tap-hold in web views, but I guess there’s little they could do about that. If you were still wondering, the fact that there wasn’t an identical tap-shortcut left available for both types of content views is evidence that they didn’t plan that from the start, and originally intended never to have copy and paste.
I’m waiting to see videos of the new Spotlight that “lives on the far side of all your apps” or whatever that was; the UI concept is scaring me a bit. Oh, right, that was a stupid misunderstanding. It’s funny that the most Pre-like new functionality sports huge rounded corners; not sure if that’s actually inspired by webOS or just the honest evolution of the Mac’s convention that search fields are rounded.
Speaking of Spotlight as an alternative to the Home screen for launching applications is a joke, however, on a device with no hardware keyboard. I can only pray that one of the unmentioned 1,000 new API hooks is the ability to list and launch installed applications, so that developers can finally make their own launchers. And that users can configure their iPhone to replace the Sprinboard with a custom app. Huh. Yeah, I don’t see that happening.
(I’m not sure if I — and all other Cocoa Touch bloggers — will be allowed to blog about the new API once the SDK is available for download; I think betas are still under NDA.)
Actually, from a technical standpoint, you could argue that enabling access to third-party hardware accessories is almost big enough a change for the update to be worth the 3.0 moniker.
In-app downloads are a very good idea, but they won’t work if the minimum stays at $0.99, as it seems to on the examples.
I don’t particularly mind their excuse for not having enabled push notifications yet. It’s important, and you might as well wait to get it right from the start.
I’m not sure if citing the existing AIM client as an example of a background app draining the battery is disingenuous or just extreme.
Peer-to-peer (which is a rather misleading choice of a name) is a nice gimmick but won’t be that useful in real life, beyond exchanging electronic business cards.
Can’t imagine a reason why they’d enable all sorts of Bluetooth communication, but still offer no system-level keyboard support. At this point it’s a bit psychotic.
I wish they had announced some kind of revamping of the approval process. Even just symbolically.
Fuck iCalViewer. Free or not, no excuse for an application supposed to display events that skips some randomly.
CameraBag keeps crashing and losing my pictures (though it's supposed to have saved them). Definitely gonna make my own app.
IIRC, in the past year or so Kevin Rose got one rumor amazingly right and one completely wrong. This rumor makes a bit of sense but conflicts with Safari’s double-tap-to-zoom; at any rate, (a) people have been asking for it so much that nobody could complain about compromises, and (b) after the latest iPod shuffle all bets are off.
ClickToFlash now automatically replaces YouTube players with QuickTime video — cool.
The iPhone version of Who Has The Biggest Brain is 4 euros? Seriously?
It looks like Fire Eagle has improved its algorithms since last time.
Oh, Christ. (Actually, that’s kinda cool. iPhone games lack an Xbox Live-style hub, and Facebook is one of the few contenders in a position to provide that.)
My Facebook account has switched to the new home page, and of course it doesn’t fucking remember which group of friends I want to see updates from, because of course I have to be interested in what every single of my contacts has to say.
And, speaking of groups, it looks like there still isn’t any way to just list the contacts that I haven’t tagged into a group yet. Which, you know, would be somewhat convenient if I were going to actually manage them. (But, yeah, it’s kinda moot since groups still aren’t of much use.)
I have this tingling sense that Facebook’s designers know how to make cool stuff, but are more and more losing track of what made Facebook take off in the first place — the actual social aspect. It seems to me that someone who wants to focus on “charting the social graph” ought to concern themselves with making it easy to differentiate between the friends I care about and those I accepted just out of politeness and don’t wanna read about; now that everybody and their mom are on Facebook, it’s a little bit more important to the users than being notified of what people rented on Netflix.
(I know some people have been saying that for a while, but I’m only getting there now. Unless I already posted a comment to the same effect before, in which case that means I felt that way and just forgot about it. That happens. I don’t care enough about Facebook to remember what I’ve thought about it yesterday.)
One nit: Although Facebook calls it the "real-time stream," it doesn’t auto-update. You have to refresh the page to get the latest. But overall, this is a strong update for old guys like me who want their Web services simple. It puts your friends more in front of you than the old design did, and that’s what Facebook is really about.
What? Scratch the “they know how to make cool stuff,” then.
Here’s hoping we get a new home screen that lets users organize their apps better.
As for speculation, I don’t expect any kind of hardware announcement next week. The invitation wouldn’t be so specific. (Wait, I hadn’t seen this: “Get an advance preview”? That means no actual, downloadable update for a couple more months?)
“With iTunes DJ, iPhone users that have Apple’s Remote application installed can request songs to be played. Users can also vote to control when songs are played. The DJ feature even has its own preferences, so you can send a welcome message to users and control whether voting is turned on or off.
There are still people in the iTunes or iPhone department capable of having awesome ideas.
Who'd have thought tinyurl clones would get so big in 2008/09... and keep operating with even less of a revenue model than Twitter.
If Apple is to license any technology to third parties, I’m surprised they don’t sell embeddable iPod shuffle functionality to headset manufacturers at this point.
And the iPod shuffle… has no buttons anymore. Apple caricaturing itself, hilarious. That’s right, why not add a $79 practical joke to the lineup? (Or maybe it’s an homage to His Steveness.)
Fresh is another one-word application from the makers of Yep, Leap and Deep — that is, they’ve found yet another way to leverage Spotlight into helping your productivity in some way, shape or form that never really makes sense to me.
But this one is interesting, because it’s simpler: it just displays the n last opened or created files on your computer (where n depends on the size of your screen and nothing else, because you can’t resize the list). Yes, you could create a smart folder in the Finder, but who does that? And it wouldn’t open in the middle of your screen at the press of a shortcut.
Fresh also provides a “shelf” (which it calls the Cooler, because those developers are nothing if not dedicated to word play) where you can drop files you expect to need later, which enables you to clean your desktop a bit while keeping a pointer to the files you want to come back to.
And Fresh also offers an interface for adding Spotlight tags to any file you drag onto it, which has nothing to do with the rest of the application’s functionality except that it fits the general theme of helping you organize your files, and they’re evidently quite intent on popularizing OpenMeta (a Cocoa library they created that embeds tags into undocumented system-reserved Spotlight metadata fields so that they can be searchable).
The multiple concept is a bit messy, you can’t resize the icons, and the main window takes too long to fade in, but I like the clean interface and I’m interested in the idea, so I’m going to try using it for a while.
Besides, it’s the first application from Ironic Software that doesn’t take ten minutes to process what it wants to display when I launch it, so I’m a little curious to see what it’s like to actually use something they made.
I absolutely do not want OS X to replace “teh” with “the” when I decided I wanted to type “teh”; I’m interested however in the system providing TextExpander-like user-defined text replacements, because — like virtual desktops for example — that’s the kind of thing that only works really right when it’s done at the OS level. Although it’s going to be very annoying when you end up missing them in some random application that happens not to use CoreText services directly.
I’m a little surprised that they’d want to re-emphasize Services (by adding them in the contextual menu); at any rate, we’ll have to see how much slower it makes the right-click menus. Wonder how it could have taken so long for stuff like “Make Lower Case” to end up in the contextual menu, though.
And Data Detectors? Really? I thought Apple knew to abandon ideas when they turned out not to work; instead, they’re putting them everywhere, with a subtle highlighting that will necessarily end up being both too subtle and too distracting. Hope they can be disabled this time.
Oh wait, I forgot again — nobody’s asking for my opinion anyway, until I can afford an Intel Mac.
Suddenly I have six Twitter accounts.
Renaming feeds in Google Reader and unsubscribing from some. Stop giving cute titles to your blogs and just sign your name. (What?)
Tired of shallow e-mails from Twitter when someone follows you? Want more information right in your inbox?” I wouldn’t want to add an intermediary between Twitter and me that might go boom at any point, but it’s a pretty clever idea.
Anyone got a good multiple-account Twitter app to recommend for the Mac?
Going live next Wednesday, Facebook takes yet another step into FriendFeed territory (which includes, but is not limited to, trying to knock Twitter off its perch) with a self-refreshing ajaxy home page that looks nice enough.
Thanks to updates to Facebook’s privacy settings, users will now also be able to follow others without having to become actual ’friends.’ This is basically the same ’friendship’ model that Twitter has implemented on its service.
I don’t know that I like that. That is, I know I don’t, but I’m not sure yet whether I’m right about it — feels to me like this is stepping a step too far in abandoning the Facebook “friend” model. (And it’s also going to wreak havoc with privacy settings: either your updates are public by default and people will complain that it’s stalkerish to let non-friends subscribe to your news feed, or they’ll be private and the feature will be utterly useless.)
Si vous ne devez acheter qu’une seule application pour votre iPhone ou iPod touch, c’est celle-ci (en attendant que j’aie créé les miennes) — parce qu’il s’agit de quelque chose qui ne pourrait pas fonctionner sous forme d’application web, et que ça ne pourrait pas tourner sur votre écran d’ordinateur (même si c’est l’adaptation d’un jeu PC freeware, il n’y a aucune comparaison possible au niveau du gameplay). Une parfaite exploitation de l’écran tactile et de l’accéléromètre qui n’est pas un gimmick.
Quand on lit la description, on s’attend au genre de petit truc mignon que les possesseurs d’iPhone téléchargent pour y jouer une fois et, surtout, le montrer à tous leurs amis pour frimer : il y a un objet sommairement sculpté au centre de l’écran, et une corde y est attachée, et il faut enrouler la corde autour de l’objet en le faisant tourner. Euh… ouais. (Au passage, le jeu PC s’appelait “Zen Bondage,” mais j’ai lu quelque part que l’App Store avait des problèmes avec ce nom.)
Mais il y a deux raisons pour lesquelles vous n’allez pas pouvoir lâcher ce jeu. Premièrement, les graphismes sont superbes (c’est le plus beau des jeux pour iPhone, même si les modèles 3D sont assez simples — tout est question de textures et d’éclairages) et la musique et les sons sont excellents (le jeu démarre en disant “designed for headphones,” et vous avez vraiment tout intérêt à mettre les écouteurs). Deuxièmement, c’est le genre de jeu avec un gameplay extrêmement simple qui donne lieu à des puzzles complexes totalement addictifs. J’ai commencé ma première partie juste avant de me coucher, et je ne me suis retrouvé à dormir deux heures plus tard que prévu. (Heureusement que les jeux en 3D vident la batterie trop vite pour qu’on puisse passer sa journée ou nuit entière sur Zen Bound.)
Le secret d’une bonne application iPhone est de mettre à profit les capacités particulières de l’appareil, et c’est exactement ce que fait ce jeu. A acheter absolument.
Je ne me souviens plus où était la vidéo qui m’a décidé à l’acheter, mais celle-ci fera l’affaire :
Maintenant, il faut qu’ils fassent une version téléchargeable pour Wii et PS3.
The app is U.S.-only (with good reason), but I’m always interested to know more about the developers of applications I really like, and this screencast doesn’t disappoint. Borange!
The new Apple Keyboard features the compact design of the Wireless Keyboard” Whaa? Well, beyond the initial surprise (and the fact that it’s the default on new iMacs), it makes sense in Apple’s tradition — but if you’re gonna make variations, where’s the wireless keyboard with numeric keypad?
As to why Flock is leaving Mozilla: sources say that they’ve become frustrated with Mozilla’s lack of attention to Flock’s needs. ” I hope the sources are inaccurate, because that wouldn’t make sense — what would they expect from Mozilla? But then, Flock’s business unplan never made sense either.
The product will be $299 without the keyboard, $399 with. It ships this spring, but you can preorder now.” In the grand scheme of things, it’s just a tablet with an external keyboard, but that’s a cheap tablet (can I haz hackintosh?) and the design is nice — the first post I saw today was a 3D render, and I thought it was a mockup that would never see the light of day.
Hrm. Photoshop didn't use to crash before I changed my RAM sticks.
I'd like to point out that I fucking love Safari 4 for letting me search for text in textareas.
Voilà, il est temps de mettre en ligne ma dernière création-à-perte : j’ai finalement trouvé le courage de me plonger dans Cocoa et Objective-C et apprendre comment devenir riche en créant des applications iPhone. Après avoir programmé mon premier browser mobile (pour Web Is Pink), j’ai eu une grosse poussée de frustration à l’idée de devoir attendre d’avoir assez d’argent pour devenir officiellement développeur iPhone (hey, c’est l’équivalent d’une semaine de bouffe !) et j’ai décidé de me replier sur le Mac et me lancer sur une idée que j’avais depuis un moment : faire mon propre Quicksilver.
C’est vrai, quoi, pourquoi m’embêter à faire quelque chose de nouveau et unique alors que je peux réécrire de zéro une application existante dont laquelle des centaines de milliers de personnes dépendent dans leur vie quotidienne, sachant que ma version ne sera jamais aussi fonctionnelle que l’originale et que personne ne switchera ?
C’est que l’adage de base pour les développeurs est qu’il faut créer quelque chose qu’on veut soi-même utiliser — et je veux utiliser un clone plus simple et cohérent de Quicksilver sur mon Mac. Sans compter que c’est une très bonne façon d’apprendre Cocoa.
Voici donc la première version publique de mon Quicksilver, avec plus d’images, moins de fonctionnalités, et des choix de conception différents que je trouve plus logiques (forcément, c’est toujours plus simple de partir avec un design complet en tête plutôt que de rajouter des fonctions et plug-ins au fur et à mesure du développement). Il marche, ça fait plusieurs jours que je l’utilise à la place de Quicksilver, et il ne semble pas avoir de fuites.
Oh, et j’ai aussi trouvé (ou on m’a donné) une idée parfaite pour ma première application iPhone. Ca ne va pas être du genre productif, mais joli, et un peu fun. Teaser à venir.