Anybody else notice this?  iPhone 6 just says “iPhone”, without the model. Even the 5S and 5C had their specific models called out. 

Also of note, no picture on the front, just an embossed iPhone shape.

Dollars to donuts we are going to see the iPhone drop its numbering scheme starting with the next generation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we say a unification of the iPad and iPhone lines into a single brand, given how blurry the lines are getting between the tablets and phones.

Anybody else notice this? iPhone 6 just says “iPhone”, without the model. Even the 5S and 5C had their specific models called out.

Also of note, no picture on the front, just an embossed iPhone shape.

Dollars to donuts we are going to see the iPhone drop its numbering scheme starting with the next generation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we say a unification of the iPad and iPhone lines into a single brand, given how blurry the lines are getting between the tablets and phones.

Link → Brent on the shifting sands of social platforms

I use Tumblr for my blog for several reasons, chief among them is a lack of maintenance on my part. Add to that a stunning level of customizability, Markdown, terrific (and always improving) native apps, and a social-network aspect that doesn’t make my stomach turn, and I’m sold.

When you treat it like you treat Facebook or Twitter, I can see why some people are not thrilled. But when you treat it like a Wordpress or a MovableType or a Blogger, which is what it really is, the social network aspects become secondary to the content publication aspects.

If one day Tumblr stops suiting my needs, I will grudgingly go back to hosting my own blog software, dealing with the drudgery of updating it regularly to avoid Spam and hacking. But I very much do not look forward to that day.

iPhone 6 day one thoughts

Its been about 23 hours since the iPhone 6 showed up.

The hardware

  • TouchID is freaking amazing.
  • The migration of the Sleep button to the right side of the phone is very welcome
  • Reachability might be a hack, but it works damn well.
  • The screen looks far better (to my eyes) than my iPhone 5’s screen
  • The screen is so damned big
  • the damned big screen makes for a bigger keyboard, which makes my fat thumbs happy.
  • I don’t think it will get thinner than this without ditching the headphone jack
  • The slimness is astounding, even if part of it is perception due to the rounded edges
  • The rounded edges are so much better than the hard lines of the 4 & 5 series
  • I would gladly take a phone that’s 50-200% thicker for the corresponding leap in battery life it would provide

Side note: Display Zoom is one of the unheralded features that deserves more attention. For users with “older eyes” like my parents for instance, this will make the 6’s bigger screen worth every penny spent over the cost of a cheaper 5S or 5C. I can only imagine what such a mode will look like on the 6 Plus…

iOS 8

Extensions already are huge:

  • The ability to fill passwords in Safari using 1Password
  • The Yahoo Weather section in Notification Center
  • Sharing to Tumblr from anywhere
  • Sharing to DayOne from anywhere

I’ve tried three major third party keyboards thus far (Swype, SwiftKey, and Flesky), and none of them I can get comfortable with. All of them make changing back to the iOS keyboard a pain in the ass, which makes having them turned on to play with more of a hinderance than they are worth to me.

And I can’t even fathom what else is going to be possible going forward.

Link iPhone 6 Teardown Review - YouTube

Side note: Still can’t post videos via URL :(

the 6 looks pretty dense on the inside. Mine should be arriving shortly!

My favorite accessibility features.

My favorite accessibility features.

Buy the cat a perch so she can sit and look out the window. She prefers the box it came in. Sigh.

Buy the cat a perch so she can sit and look out the window. She prefers the box it came in. Sigh.

Like the man said, “pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.” A little bit of greed makes the economic system hum. Too much greed will make the whole system seize up.

Link Senate has a secret book of rules

usatoday:

The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats. The document has never been available to the public — until now.

We have obtained and are making available the 380-page U.S. Senate Handbook, which describes itself as “a compilation of the policies and regulations governing office administration, equipment and services, security and financial management.”

Prepare yourselves, dear followers. This will undoubtedly require multiple follow up posts as I find time to go through this…

xbox:

Leave your opponents black and blue with our new Midnight Forces Xbox One Wireless Controller.

adding this to my list of things to acquire once i get a One…

parislemon:

For the record, I went with the Silver 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus. My rationale: the two things I care about most in my iPhone these days are the camera and battery life. The 6 Plus has a small edge in both categories. 
But yes, it’s a big ass phone. We’ll see. 

I went with a 128GB Space Gray model.  I originally had the same mindset as MG; I want the bigger battery and (marginally) better camera.  But after seeing a few of the mockups (both paper printed and 3D printed), I was less inclined to go with the Plus.

That said, I have a safety net.  Currently, through reasons I won’t go into, my wife’s upgrades and mine are flipped; I just used her contract extension to order an iPhone 6.  My contract extension is coming up in March.  So once the Plus is in stores, and I get to hold it and mess with it for a bit, there is a good chance I can pick up a 6 Plus if I want in the Spring, and my wife will take the 6…

parislemon:

For the record, I went with the Silver 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus. My rationale: the two things I care about most in my iPhone these days are the camera and battery life. The 6 Plus has a small edge in both categories. 

But yes, it’s a big ass phone. We’ll see. 

I went with a 128GB Space Gray model. I originally had the same mindset as MG; I want the bigger battery and (marginally) better camera. But after seeing a few of the mockups (both paper printed and 3D printed), I was less inclined to go with the Plus.

That said, I have a safety net. Currently, through reasons I won’t go into, my wife’s upgrades and mine are flipped; I just used her contract extension to order an iPhone 6. My contract extension is coming up in March. So once the Plus is in stores, and I get to hold it and mess with it for a bit, there is a good chance I can pick up a 6 Plus if I want in the Spring, and my wife will take the 6…