It seems to be taken as fact these days that Google pays $20B to be the default search engine on Apple devices. I for one don’t want to see what happens when Apple’s services department has to make up for $20B in lost revenue, plus the costs of actually running a search engine.
Looking at what the App Store is becoming for instance, I don’t trust them to be much more ethical than Google — and they’d probably make it harder to switch search engines, too.
I don't know what Apple did but I can’t get `iconv` on macOS Sonoma to ignore invalid characters and that’s completely breaking my PHP validation AppleScript 🤬
(Yes I still have a legacy website in latin1. Changing the encoding is on the to-do list, okay?)
Looks like The Sphere would be an interesting place for a rave (that would possibly destroy your brain) but for a concert I find it rather sad — on video they look like they’re playing in front of a green screen, and in person they might as well not be there since you’re coming for the immense music video. But I don’t know, I don’t understand arena concerts anyway.
Well now I want a Shaper Origin 😍
This is beautiful, and pretty much impossible to do with any other tools
When are we gonna see a foldable phone using e-ink for the external screen? It’d feel a bit less wasteful to have two screens if they have different use cases: the e-ink makes for a great e-reader, and is perfectly usable to chat, e-mail, process notifications (and even better at it than a regular screen under bright sunlight); if you need to see photos or watch video, you unfold the phone.
I’m torn between “Finally, something good comes out of both ‘AI’ and Spotify’s hostile takeover on podcasting” and “Oh no, this has the potential to cement Spotify’s hold on podcasting.” I guess Apple at least could afford to do the same, but none of the other apps.
Technically there's a <podcast:transcript> tag for RSS feeds, but I don’t think it’s been used much (neither by podcasts nor by apps), and today’s announcement isn’t gonna encourage publishers to bother 😔
I am shocked, shocked to find out the company that’s been giving out at least one free game per week for five years to get people using their store was living above its means.
I’ve been waiting for this for years, wondering why it wasn’t part of Apple Pay from the beginning — because individual banking apps are all UX atrocities in similar or different ways — so it’s nice to see that 1) it’s on their radar and 2) it appears to be rather complex to put in place.
To quiet the machines, Philips packed their CPAP devices with foam. The foam broke down over time sending potentially “toxic & carcinogenic” material into the throats and lungs of users. “Reports detailed nearly 2,000 cases of cancer, 600 liver & kidney illnesses & 17,000 respiratory ailments.”
Philips withheld > 3,700 complaints over 11 years from the FDA, while waging aggressive marketing campaigns to sell more machines. “There were people who knew and knew for a long said time,” said a. 1/2
I was gonna complain about Meta’s new Snap Spectacles having the ability to livestream for four hours on a full battery, then I realized that the expectation of privacy in public spaces is completely dead already and I’d much rather people streamed concerts and other events from their glasses than brandishing their phone in the air.
hey sorry I missed your text, I am processing a non-stop 24/7 onslaught of information with a brain designed to eat berries in a cave
Honestly; good for them! Enough with the race to the bottom.
The interesting minutiae of what an “autopilot” looks like in 2023 when it’s not designed by a sociopathic toddler
Ooh, nice, zooming into the screen with Ctrl+scroll only zooms the screen containing the cursor now 🙌
Welcome to the cycle of generative AI making search worse.
Quora uses ChatGPT which hallucinates an answer to a nonsense question.
Google Search picks up this nonsense answer from Quora which has high page rank and treats it as an instant answer.
If it were up to me, widgets on the Mac wouldn’t have shipped without a variable zoom setting. They’re wayyy too big for me, but I guess the size makes sense if you’re *only* going to have widgets on the desktop, and nothing else — very much not my lifestyle.
As for the beautiful aerial screensavers becoming beautiful desktop backgrounds, they’re incompatible with TopNotch, the app that puts a black rectangle behind the menu bar in order to hide the notch, and I can’t possibly live without it 😖
Never mind, widgets are expressly not designed for people like me. (Yes, my desktop is full of icons. What’s more, they’re painstakingly *organized* and I will not look kindly on the OS rearranging them at random.)
“Widgets can dynamically shift between color and monochrome—or you can choose to keep them in either style all the time.”
Very glad to read this last part, because when they demoed the widgets spontaneously changing (I’d completely forgotten about that) it looked hellishly distracting.
Me: Don’t rush and install the new macOS on the computer you live on, that’s just bad practice.
Me: But I want the widgets! And the screensavers, but mostly just the widgets.
Me: Well, I suppose there aren’t too big low-level changes to the OS anyway 🤷
New: The End of Privacy is a Taylor Swift Fan TikTok Account Armed with Facial Recognition Tech
A TikTok account is using facial recognition tech to dox random people simply for clout with its millions of viewers. The account often takes requests from the comments on who to unmask next.
- I spoke to multiple victims. One said they felt “violated,” another flattered before giving way to worry. All reflected one general point: we are now all exposed in public because of this technology
- TikTok refuses to remove because it says the account doesn’t violate policies. The account is technically public information. But an expert spoke to said TikTok should reevaluate that decision. I would say—the old distinction between “public” and “private” is not nuanced enough. There is a difference between someone’s public posts and a public search engine that collects every use of someone’s face on the internet and puts that in the hands of strangers
getty is quickly following adobe.
this is why i feel copyright is a bad angle.
if courts come down against fair use with ai, generative ai profits and experimentation will quickly become intensely centralized, but the technology isn’t going anywhere, and nobody will be meaningfully paid.
generated art will still proliferate and improve, and as it does more and more people will use it
Individual voices are impressive as long as you don’t compare with the original — it’s very weird to hear Kristen Bell, the only voice in the group I’m really familiar with, speak Spanish — but conversations fall deep into the uncanny valley, with weird timing and mismatched energies making them feel a lot more robotic than each person in isolation.
Props for adding a transcript to the translated episodes, even though they didn’t bother adding them to the originals.
Spotify is partnering with OpenAI to give podcasters the option to automatically translate podcasts IN THEIR OWN VOICE.
It’s really wild to feel like we’re living in a science fiction movie when it comes to all of the advances we’re seeing in generative AI.
When they presented Resident Evil coming “to the iPhone 15 Pro” I thought surely that was just marketing for the newest model, and it would work on others — but no, the game really requires a 15 Pro 😲
Apple must have paid a bunch for this port, right? Or at least provided the engineers to do it? I can’t imagine Capcom spontaneously willing to release the game just on a single iPhone model and the M1 iPads and Macs.
When Apple vocally switched sides to support California’s “right to repair” law, I knew there had to be a catch. Cory Doctorow explains the catch eloquently.
Apple uses VIN locking or parts pairing which is a process also used by car makers, printer manufacturers & Medtronic ventilators that requires a secret code from the manufacturer to enable replacement parts to be recognized. Bypassing it violates the DMCA which as a federal law beats state laws.
What is wrong with people? If you want your posts to be found, just use tags. Why would anyone want to come up in some weirdo’s toxic search when they least expect it? What did these people use Twitter search for?
Watching a Firewatch playthrough for no particular reason and, damn, I’d forgotten what a shame it is that Campo Santo ended up swallowed by the Valve black hole.
Every so often Instagram shows me a Japanese reel and it has no music, no one talking, nothing, just whatever they’re filming (generally a dog — or otters). It’s weird and almost unsettling in contrast. I’ve just decided to make a conscious effort to follow more Japanese accounts.
Während sich in Deutschland 15.000 Transportanträge für Windräder bei der Autobahn GmbH stapeln, weil u.a. der Weg zum Zielort "beschwerlich" ist, schaue ich mir dieses Video an und denke: What the hell, Deutschland…
It’s a shame that the video is obnoxiously overproduced, because *that’s* what AI is about.
Edit: There’s a watchable, more detailed version. Ahh, *now* we’re comfortably back in the familiar “damn that’s scary.”
I tried the “generate a gaming avatar for me” thing in Bing Chat and, after one successful generation (that clearly wasn’t coming from DALL-E 3 yet) it started improvising fake data:image/png URLs instead. Oh, this is gonna go great.
I can’t wait for next week’s Windows 11 update that will let me ask a supercomputer across the world to “organize my windows” so it can consume three gallons of water and a pound of coal to trigger the ‘arrange windows’ feature on my laptop.
I mean, I’m kinda kidding, it has the potential to be useful, I've been clamoring for something like this for months, and I do want to play with it, but what an example to put forward in your promo video 🤦
It’s wild that the first NeXT Computer came out only four years after the original Macintosh. With Objective-C and Interface Builder, a software platform so cleverly designed that it's still powering many Mac apps thirty years later. And, boy, that cube design. I don’t think I’d ever properaly seen the inside of one, and it’s beautiful 💜
I love that Panay announced his departure just three days ago and Microsoft’s hardware division instantly travelled back in time fifteen years, back to the era of tech websites live-blogging keynotes.
I’m not sure I expect the Surface line to still exist in four years.
The media reports that Panos Panay basically rage quit Microsoft after headcount cuts and canceled projects from the cost cutting exercise earlier this year.
The confusing part about that narrative is that Amazon’s hardware unit has similarly suffered cost cuts.
Maybe it’s a case of the devil I don’t know is better than the devil I know?
As funny as it is that it took eight years of doomed UX experimentation to go *back* to swiping up for information widgets — I really appreciate being able again to use any decorative watch face instead of being locked to modular so I have direct access to information.
Well, not *any* face. It takes too much effort for me to read analog hands, so I can’t use some of the prettiest watch faces available.
Not sure why I and many other people have been convinced that Hue bulbs were about to be magically support Thread directly — there must have been a bunch of confused articles coming out when it was first announced — but no, it’s just the bridge getting Matter.
Apple TVs, Google Nests and Amazon Echos are gaining Thread support, meaning one-step integration between an off-the-shelf Thread bulb and your ready-to-use smart home. Hue clinging to control over the system is gonna cost them long-term.
The details are horrifying. The abuse these intelligent animals suffered is bad enough. Now imagine how Neuralink would treat human test subjects or, worse, “consumers.”
An AI that scans news stories and press releases looking for opportunities to file a class action lawsuit is one of the most cynical and yet most American startup ideas ever.
Okay, from a random Reddit comment collated with my experience, it seems your contact poster is only sent when you text or phone someone. So at least I didn’t screw up all my contacts’ address books while testing.
Still, even when enabling the “Always Ask” setting (which shows a prompt per-convo before sending my contact poster) it didn’t occur to iOS to ask me *which* of my contact poster variants to send. I can’t believe how half-baked this feature is.
Unless I’m misunderstanding something, the only sensible thing to do is… well, to turn off contact posters. But if you’re not gonna, then you’ll want to remove your last name from the poster — because you, a person living in 2023, probably have people in your address book you’ve never intended to give your full name to.
And, again, unless I’m mistaken, it looks like that’s gonna completely remove your last name from *all* of your contacts’ address books 🙃
So… iOS 17’s contact posters are a clusterfuck, right? As far as I can tell, you can’t decide to send a different poster to different people, and, even more annoying, the name you’ve set in your poster will completely overwrite whatever name I associated with your contact information. (The poster creation UI is also very confusing as to what name you’re actually gonna send.) That seems to me extremely disconnected from what real-world users would ever want or expect.
Not me spending the afternoon designing a TTRPG system that requires a Notion database to keep track of stats, instead of working 🤦
We just launched a fun, small app that helps you use your iPad as an HDMI monitor. Meet Orion!
A few weeks ago I switched from Pocket to Raindrop.io to store pages I want to read later, and I’ve been really happy with it. Well designed, very customizable in the way it displays and opens links, and unlike with some competitors I haven’t had any reliability issues (it should be table stakes but I’ve seen major services silently fail to save a link). It’s also a lot more powerful if you want to use it as a permanent link repository, but I don’t need that.
I liked the puzzles and design of The Talos Principle, but was never too sure what to make of the writing. Well…
“By taking it into a utopian future, it gives you different ways of thinking about it, and now a lot of science fiction doesn't. It's like, here's future racism, exactly like now racism. As if to say, nothing will change, nothing will get better, nor can it. And it’s like, OK, great — why are we telling this story?”
Since you unfortunately can’t erase your memory of Outer Wilds and experience it again for the first time, the next best thing is watching someone else discover it. This abbreviated playthrough by Sovietwomble is very entertaining. And sad when appropriate. (I don’t have the patience to watch the whole playthrough in real time, especially with all the audience notifications popping up.)
Do not under any circumstance watch this if you haven’t played the game, of course.
I’ve wanted this for years and I’m a little annoyed that they’re restricting it to the latest phones. But Apple gotta Apple.
Supposedly a battery you don’t charge to 100% will last a lot longer. (I use an app called AlDente on Mac to limit charging to 70%, and the Surface Laptop has an option for that at the firmware level. Of course you’ll want to turn that off when you’re planning to actually need the full battery capacity.)
Finally played Maquette on Game Pass. I enjoyed the story and metaphors a lot more than I thought I would (it helped that they cast actors way above their own weight) but boy are some of the puzzles frustrating and poorly signposted. Good thing people on the internet figured them out before I tried to.
None of this matters anyway because my Watch is well and truly dead. Either from the OS upgrade, or because I tried one last time to go out without my phone on Sunday. These last few months it always screwed with battery life (with the Watch crashing and restarting several times after a couple hours, then giving up and turning off) but this time it’s not coming back to life.
And I have more urgent needs right now than a new 400€ watch — or 100€ to change the battery on a rather obsolete device.
It’s like the fourth time in eight years they change how you access things on the Watch, and it’s still not right 🤦
I actually like the widget view (it allows me to choose another face than Modular), and I found out in the thread that the number of widgets is higher on more recent devices, but I do find it really annoying that they added so much friction to switching faces.
I wondered how Logitech would mistreat the Blue Yeti brand after subsuming it into its gaming division, but this looks very nice. If it had existed a year ago I’d have bought this instead of a Shure plus a Focusrite interface — and saved $100. A dynamic supercardioid mic is a great choice if your environment is noisy or echo-y.
Wow. If they’re hiring Panos Panay, Amazon must have *big* plans for hardware. He didn’t leave Microsoft just to manage Alexa devices and a tablet only used to watch videos.
I’m a bit sad, because I really like the way he developed the Surface line (I even bought a Surface Laptop, before realizing that, no, I just couldn’t go back to Windows) and, whatever he does now, there’s no way I’ll ever want to buy an Amazon computer or smartphone.
I hadn’t noticed this using the beta on my iPad (I have Stage Manager enabled because I like the way it looks, but I don’t actually use several windows at the same time) but the adjustment to prevent windows from disappearing behind one another is really nice.