iPod Touch 4G battery life.
Since the last round of iOS updates, battery life’s sucked on my iPod Touch 4G - not that it was stellar in the first place. I casually trolled the Apple discussion boards, and found a solution that’s worked: turn on ‘airplane mode’, turn off push email, and then re-activate wifi. The three actions have resulted in a > 3 day life for my normal everyday use. Before, I was charging almost twice a day. Just FYI.
Echo Touch Gloves.
Warm gloves that work with touchscreen devices. The cotton/cashmere even look decent.
vowe dot net: This is my current top 3.
When Volker recommends, I listen. Hard.
Mashable: Fahrenheit 451 Finally Released in E-Book Format.
“Bradbury never hid his dislike for the Internet – which he considered a ‘big distraction’ – and his disdain for ebooks. Although Fahrenheit 451 was often seen as a warning about the dangers of censorship, Bradbury saw it as a critique of new media, such as television, which destroys people’s interest in reading.”
Hmmm. Might be useful.
Macintouch: Kindle Fire Review.
In-depth and extensive, from someone who’s familiar with the array of tablets in the marketplace.
New photo magazine for iPad.
Photographers i. I’ll be checking it out over T-day weekend.
Cleveland.com: Penguin suspends library e-books, citing security.
“The online retailer [Amazon] is allowing its special Prime members to rent one book a month from a selection of titles provided by it. Penguin and other publishers declined to participate but discovered their books were still being included, a policy denounced as illegal by the Authors Guild, which represents published writers.”
ReadWriteWeb: 1 in 3 Online Consumers Will Use a Tablet by 2014.
That prediction seems slow. But then, I spend most of my day surrounded by fellow news-and-gadget junkies, right?
NY Times: For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper.
Until rugged disposable tablets [sad to say ‘disposable’, but that’s the culture we live in at present] are available, print remains tops with kids.
ThinkUp, ThinkUp, ThinkUp.
Yeah, it’s nice. You know what I want? A desktop version of Momento, with some of ThinkUp’s features (in addition to iPhone and iPad apps). Momento’s totally cool, but it’s tough for my big fingers to type on an iPhone/iPod Touch. It aggregates blog entries, tweets, FB’s, etc. - and you can backup and export. I hope these folks get more attention, they’ve done some really great work. Seriously - take a look at it.
Speaking of iPhone/iPod Touch apps, check out HQ:To Do. They’ve developed this app with a great ethic - fast entry and one-hand thumb-able interface. It’s still early days, a little feature-light, but I really like where they’re going.
[Just FYI - I feel the need to say this every so often - I get no bucks or benefits for pushing anything on this site. What I like, I’ve bought and paid for. YMMV.]
Why does everything suck?: The death and rebirth of useful interface affordances.
Hank’s always thoughtful. Do read this one.
Macworld: Mixel lets you create and share iPad art.
“Mixel is a unique app that’s great for anyone who is even remotely artistically inclined.” And if you really want to pay someone else to relive being four years old. But I’m being a terrible grouch about it. Tired of jumping every time someone says, “This is the latest hot iPad app you MUST HAVE.”
And especially tired of art and photography being passed off as ‘anyone can do’ pursuits. Not everyone can be Rembrandt or Stieglitz. There’s a lot more to it than tracing a strawberry on a tablet.
Waiting for someone to make going to the bathroom ‘social.’ You know it’s overdue.
Pinboard Blog: The Social Graph is Neither.
“At the very least, the fact that I have an exquisitely maintained and categorized contact list telegraphs the fact that I’m the kind of schlub who would spend hours gardening a contact list, instead of going out and being an awesome guy. The social graph wants to turn us back into third graders, laboriously spelling out just who is our fifth-best-friend. But there’s a reason we stopped doing that kind of thing in third grade!” Whether you agree or not, it’s a worthy read. Thanks, Rafe.
Slate: The new payments app that foretells a world without cash and credit cards.
“Wait a second: Why is this supposed to be any better than pulling out a credit card? It’s not faster, it’s not more convenient, and it’s not any safer. Plus, many phones—and most stores’ pay pads—don’t yet have the necessary ‘near-field communication’ chips required for these sorts of transactions, so the whole idea is kind of a fantasy anyway.” I’ll pass on being a beta-tester - with my own cash as the test subject.
SERoundtable: Google To Charge Map API Developers For “Excess” Usage.
“Some say that Google gives away an addictive drug and then once you’re hooked, they start charging you for it. To be honest, developers can always switch to Bing.”
Welcome to Kogeto.
Wow, fun. A harbinger - soon expensive virtual tour folks will be out of biz.
DesignYouTrust: “Framed” – An iPhone 4S Shortfilm.
Beautifully done. Watch a fairytale.
ReadWriteWeb: Who Says the iPad Isn’t For Programming? Meet Codify.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We want Hypercard. On steroids.
LRB: In the Ghost Library.
An opinion that’s certainly not unfamiliar, but rarely so well and creatively expressed: “How many marriages, seemingly held firm by the impossibility of moving several hundredweight of vinyl or CDs out of a family-sized home, have already foundered post the digitisation of music? How many more will break if apparently inseparable and immovable matrimonial libraries become something that anyone can walk out with in their pocket?”
Macworld: Study - Most tablet users won’t pay for news content.
Amazon: Kindle Format 8 Overview.
HTML5, kids. Get in, or be relegated.
NewMexiKen: 4S First Impressions.
Don’t you love it when Ken threatens violence?
Vimeo: iPhone 4S / Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison.
Depending on your desires, a 3x increase in cost may not be a wise investment anymore. Resolution takes just a small hit at monitor-playback-sizes, and the rolling shutter is the major stumbling-block now for phone-video.
Macworld: Amazon’s new Silk redefines browser tech.
“While the split browser architecture is not new, Opera having been a player for a couple of years ...” Yes, between FB and Amazon now ... AOL seems to be both our past *and* future. Blech.