Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

1 November 2014

Force-restart my Mac after a crash; the screen remains black for several interminable seconds. THE GRAY BOOT SCREEN WAS A FEATURE, FUCKERS.

4 November

Re-enabled Yosemite’s translucency for a spin, and now enjoying having to find the CSS hack that allows my header to show through, without which it looks like shit the moment you scroll past the position: fixed cutoff point.

6 November

@agiletortoise:

If you were wondering how pathetic the iPad app market is…Phraseology sold 8 units yesterday and jumped into the Productivity top 100.

Spotify generates more revenue for artists than iTunes in Europe.” Maybe there was no need to hypothesize elaborate explanations for the Beats acquisition — we were just missing the important figures.

“Introducing Amazon Echo”

How is it supposed to be worth $200 to anyone — and how didn’t Apple release this first?

What I find most interesting about Amazon’s Echo is that it’s their first device that doesn’t look like it’s designed primarily to push online purchases. It plays music, that’s it — and that’s almost certainly not the reason for which anyone will buy it. Everything else is pure service. If you had any doubt after the Fire Phone’s unexpected pricing, this seems to confirm that Amazon must be serious about going after Apple.

9 November

Ooh, je ne sais pas si c’est parce qu’il a été mis à jour ou parce que j’ai un meilleur ordi, mais TweetDeck pourrait bien être devenu utilisable. (Je n’en peux plus de l’interface obsolète de Tweetbot.)

12 November

@CraigGrannell:

So Apple gave PCalc a hard time over its iOS 8 widget, but apparently a GAME is OK. [itunes.apple.com]

Flashlight further turns Spotlight into Alfred

I’m not interested enough to risk the potential instabilities, though.

@waxpancake:

Rosetta and Flickr launched a month apart from each other. Imagine waiting a decade to see if your project was a success.

@ustwogames:

Seems quite a few people have gone back and 1 star reviewed Monument Valley upon update because the expansion was paid. This makes us sad.

13 November

Go to the App Store and give Monument Valley 5 stars again. Let that be your good deed for the day.

On dirait que mon Mac a complètement ignoré le VPN depuis que je suis passé sur Yosemite, et je n’ai aucune idée de pourquoi. Youpi.

“Gaming on Samsung Gear VR? Expect Overheating Problems”

$200 headset + $700 phone and it works for 20 minutes. And a few weeks ago Oculus (Samsung’s partner) was begging its competitors not to poison the VR well by releasing shitty products.

An App Store teachable moment: Better release a sequel as a separate app rather than an in-app purchase so the cheapskates can’t ruin your ratings.

I totally wish I had a team I could use Slack with. Ah, the good old days of IRC.

Ars’ Android 5.0 Review

This is really what iOS 7+ should have looked like. Still mostly flat, but much friendlier.

15 November

JIBO the family robot

I don’t care whether it works in real life, that design is just fantastic.

@jeffreymacko:

NoteTonEntreprise condamné pour défaut de mentions légales [nextinpact.com]

16 November

I don’t necessarily hate on Safari’s “vibrancy” title bar in general — it’s not nearly as weird as Yosemite’s translucent sidebars. But when you scroll down and content disappears behind a website position: fixed header only to reappear blurred above it, it does become really distracting.

So, if your website sports a fixed header and you care about your Mac-based users, I’d urge you to extend your header 100 pixels up beyond the page’s bounds. It’s not gonna hurt anyone, and it’ll look better in Safari. (Quick tip: you need to add -webkit-transform: translateZ(0); to the fixed header for it to show through the title bar.)

Mute on Tweebot Mac: “Do you want to remove the tweets?”

Tweetbot iPhone: Tweets disappear (#correctbehavior)

Tweetbot iPad: Tweets remain

17 November

Snapcash is a really smart move when you think that Africa has standardized money-by-SMS. (Though of course I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.)

18 November

@danielpunkass:

Hard to think of other companies where love of the product is so inverse to love of the company as it is with Uber.

First time using Yosemite’s batch rename: it fails. (Probably choking on the slashes in the filenames.)

@dhh:

How many times can Uber get caught red-handed carry out or contemplating some despicable scheme before it matters? #UninstallUber

“Non-Microsoft Nokia launches Android N1 tablet with Foxconn”

The industrial design for the N1 came from Nokia, but the company is no longer in the manufacturing business and has licensed that design — along with its Z Launcher and various intellectual property — to Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, which rather interestingly will handle distribution and sales and customer care, and will even be responsible for liabilities and warranty costs.

Does it sound to anyone else like Foxconn is essentially paying Nokia to take the heat on the iPad mini-cloniness of its new tablet? The tech press might buy the idea, and the public certain will, but somehow I doubt Apple could look at this and go, “Oh well, blame Nokia.” I’m sure that Tim Cook must love the narrative that he saved the company by masterfully offloading all of the supply chain to third-parties, but how much longer can Apple afford not to manufacture its own products when that means subsidizing its entire competition?

Back when Samsung and Nexus phones were much cheaper than iPhones, Android was crappy enough that quality-conscious customers had every reason to stick to Apple devices. But Foxconn is entering the market right at the same time as Lollipop, and that story may play out differently.

@CaseyNewton:

Scientists at Twitter have solved the “send a URL to another human being” problem, previously said to be impossible [theverge.com]

@apike:

Surprising: the two watch sizes have different display resolutions. So much for the return of pixel-perfect design. [pic.twitter.com]

WatchKit code runs entirely on the accompanying iPhone. That’s only temporary, for the first stage of the SDK release, right? Right?

Looks like WatchKit UI design is essentially fluid / responsive. Makes you wonder what the future holds for the device.

So, with all third-party code running on the tethered iPhone for now, jury’s still out on whether the Watch’s OS is based on Swift. (Though I’d argue that the Watch being Swift-only would be the best possible reason why third-party code isn’t allowed to run on it yet.)

@Sentry_NC:

One more thing…

“Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch.” via [apple.com]

19 November

@kidminded:

The irony of Apple’s typeface being similar to Google is overwhelming. Arial : Helvetica :: San Francisco : Roboto

@wr:

San Francisco system replacement font for OS X Yosemite: [github.com]

[wellsosaur.us]

(cc @sdw)

Interesting discovery from the Yosemite San Francisco hack: looks like the desktop dynamically computes the icon grid from the font metrics.

@timsteno:

Apple uses 1/4 of world’s sapphire on iPhone camera lens and fingerprint sensor [online.wsj.com]

20 November

All I have to do is tap a button in Chunky, and it lists the comics and PDFs available in my Mac’s Downloads folder (through FTP) #thefuture

Related: I’d love to be able to check easily that an iOS app is using the system keychain to store my passwords, not plain text storage.

Anybody else got the App Store bug where my iPhone 6 will only realize it recognized my fingerprint after I tap the “Enter Password” button?

21 November

@cmuratori:

Google launches experimental ad-free browsing on partner sites… really, really want this to take off: [google.com]

25 November

Good — now that Unread for iPad is freemium, I’ve been able to try it out and confirm that I’m sticking to Mr. Reader.

26 November

“Attack of the 50-foot Save Sheet”

I had noticed the tallness, but not that it went beyond the screen.

29 November

The rule I eventually settled on for the dock isn’t so much immediate access as permanent badge counter visibility.

Except for Instagram, which is in the bottom right corner because that’s where the camera button is in the lock screen and control center.

Oh, les cons ! Je me demandais pourquoi l’écran s’allumait depuis iOS 7 quand je change le volume — mais c’est “uniquement” quand il est dans le rouge.

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