computers

A Few iOS 8 / iPhone 6 Annoyances

I’m a longtime admitted Apple-fanboy and fan of Woz. Been wanting an iPhone since 2007, and have had every single model since the 4S. Also been an active iPad user since the first one. And while I love the changes…

Maybe They Can Just Dog-Ear The Bills?

Isn’t money fungible? Do they plan to keep the Google money in cash, and dog-ear the individual bills so they don’t go to the wrong place? Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research: “Stanford University recently declared…

What Are Your Favorite iPhone Apps?

In no particular order for me (other than the Apple default apps): Pocket Mailbox Fantastical Overcast Vesper Forecast.io Google Maps Flickr Starbucks Foursquare and now maybe Swarm (just figured out how to adjust LS on the latter)

It’s Data, And Knowing What to Do With It

Amazing. The Trick That Makes Google’s Self-Driving Cars Work – Madrigal – Atlantic: ” Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores. … The key to Google’s success has been that these…

Word Lens Is Mind-Blowing

I downloaded and played with Word Lens briefly last year. There was only a text-reversing demo for free, the translation required in-app-purchases. But I see that Google just bought the company and made the app and in-app-purchases free. This thing…

I Worry The iPhone/iOS Has Lost Its Edge

Up until maybe last summer I would have argued that iOS was much better than Android in nearly every way. But in the last two revision Android has made up a ton of ground. It’s nearly as good in a…

Fantastical for iOS / iPhone, Quick Look

I’ve never really been much of a calendar user on the iPhone. Once I tried to get the family to all use a shared Google calendar but it never got any traction. A couple weeks ago I read this column…

App Review: Vesper for iOS

I have a little problem with weather apps for the iPhone. Every time a new one comes along I grab it, convinced it’s the ultimate and the final one I’ll buy. Until the next one comes along a few weeks…

To Be A “Lifelong Pigeon Fancier”

Fascinating, and fun, story. (pic via WSJ) But I do hope never to be known as a “lifelong pigeon fancier.” Pigeon Defeats U.K. Code Breakers – WSJ.com: LONDON—Britain’s world-renowned code-cracking intelligence experts have admitted they’ve met their match—in a dead…