I’m huge fan of Clear, the list-making app for iOS and Mac. You can use it to create lists of anything such as tasks, reminders, and notes. I use it primarily to manage my grocery list and frankly, I think it’s one of the best uses of the app.
During this mornings congressional hearing in which Apple CEO Tim Cook was summoned to address questions in regards to the company’s tax practices, Senator John McCain took the opportunity to ask a very pressing question
Why the hell do I have to keep updating apps on my iPhone all the time?
I’m so glad our taxpayers money is being used to address such important matters.
PlaceboCast 6: Building Custom PCs, Google I/O, Switching from iOS to Android, Yahoo Flirting with Tumblr
It was a big week of announcements for Google as the company hosted their annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. From a Google+ redesign, a new messaging app, and a Pandora-like service, Google reminded everyone that they’re not a company that likes to sit around. Also in this podcast, we talk about building custom PCs, leaving the Apple cult for Android, the resurrection of Steve Jobs, and Yahoo’s rumored desires to acquire Tumblr.
As always, thanks for listening.
As some of you have may read from my Nexus 4 review, I recently made the switch over from iOS to Android. I was skeptical for various reasons but my biggest concern was whether or not I could find Android versions of my favorite iOS apps, or at least a decent alternative. By and large, the move was not as disastrous as I had envisioned. In this post, I’ll share some of the apps that I was able to replace and the select few which I haven’t.
This past weekend, I made the switch. I activated my Google Nexus 4 phone with T-Mobile and now, I’m fully converted to Android.
As much as I love to hate on Android, I knew very little about the platform. Even after about a week playing with it, I’m still learning new features and tweaks every day. For instance, widgets was one of the things that has always confounded me about Android. After trying them out for size, I’ve learned to love them.
In this review, I will focus on three elements: design, hardware, and software. I don’t anticipate it being comprehensive in detail, but I will try my best to highlight some of the things that caught my eye during my short period of use thus far. If you’re a Nexus 4 owner, feel free to share your your experiences with it so far. I’d love to hear them.
It isn’t easy having a billion friends. Just ask Facebook.
Wall Street wants more profits, users are constantly threatening to leave with every new update, and Facebook Home is such a disaster that AT&T is calling an end to the HTC First after just one month.
The stakes could not be higher at Facebook headquarters. The company has made one thing clear though about what its future depends on: mobile. Getting there hasn’t been so easy. In recent years, the company’s strategy in spearheading mobile growth can be summarized into three main tactics: strangle, buy, copy.
If you’ve been tuning in to the PlaceboCast, you might’ve noticed that I like to add a table of contents to podcasts. So, if you’re not interested in listening to me and Joseph rattle on about Mailbox for the zillionth time, you can skip to the topic that interests you more using the timestamp information provided.
I’m still a bit new to the whole podcasting craze but one of my favorite podcast shows I’ve found is The Shoptalk by Chris Coyier and Dave Rubert. The podcast focuses on front-end design and development and I highly recommend it for anyone interested.
The reason why I mention the show is because on the podcast page, they also provide a table of contents for their users. In fact, the timestamps are actually links that, when clicked, allows you to fast forward the player to the specific time without refreshing the page.
When I discovered this, my first reaction was “This is so cool! How do I do this for the PlaceboCast??”
After some Googling, I was able to implement it on LonePlacebo, which I will detail next.
I’m a keyboard shortcut whore. It’s one of the reasons why I stopped using a mouse altogether. Speed is the main benefit of learning the shortcut keys of your favorite software. For things that you use every day like your browser and operating system, mastering a couple of simple key combos will save you countless hours while working on your computer.