‘Deadpool’ Was No. 1 in Every Foreign Market Except Mine →

February 17, 2016 · 00:43

Todd Cunningham:

“Deadpool” opened at No. 1 in 60 of the 61 markets in which Twentieth Century Fox rolled it out and, as it did in North America, shattered multiple records along the way.

So what country opted for something other than Marvel’s foul-mouthed bad-ass with a bad attitude played by Ryan Reynolds?

That would be Poland, no joke.

When we make the international news, it’s usually because of something stupid like this.

iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 Reportedly Available for Purchase on March 18 →

February 14, 2016 · 14:22

Mark Gurman:

Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” and a new iPad Air at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, then put the products up for sale online and in retail stores as early as Friday, March 18th, according to sources. Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for the new devices, according to sources who cautioned that the plans could still change.

I would love for the products to be available for purchase on the day of their announcement. Basically I want Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, or whoever is up on stage at the time to say: ‘Available… today.’

By the way, for those asking: I’m not buying the new iPhone 5SE nor the iPad Air 3 — my 6S Plus and iPad Pro are doing fine.

John Gruber Talks to Guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi on The Talk Show →

February 14, 2016 · 14:15

John Gruber:

Drop what you’re doing and find a pair of headphones: my guests on this special episode of my podcast are Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi. It’s a wide-ranging discussion, and includes a bunch of interesting scoops: the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, the number of iCloud account holders, and more.

I can’t wait to listen to this.

I Chose the MacBook Pro Over the iPad Pro

February 11, 2016 · 20:44

I loved all my iPads, especially when travelling. They’re light, take up little space, and I even read on them instead of on my Kindle, just to have one less device with me. However, when I travel to places and plan to take a lot of photos, I always take my MacBook Pro1 instead of an iPad, albeit the decision is not an easy one.

While I can pretty much use the iPad, and more recently the iPad Pro, for close to everything, it does not run Lightroom nor does it support RAW files the way Lightroom for the desktop does. That is the single reason why I take the laptop. If I had an iPad mini, I would have probably taken that too2. But I don’t. And I want to be able to edit my photos.

So, Adobe, what I want, and need, is Lightroom for iOS which replicates the desktop version’s features, and allows me to transfer everything over to my Mac once I get home, integrating it easily with my existing catalog. Please make this happen.

  1. 2014 Retina 13″.
  2. Instead of the Kindle most likely.

Top Gear Announces Presenters; New Season Starts in May 2016 →

February 11, 2016 · 09:44

Top Gear:

People of the world, may we present the brand new Top Gear TV team!

We are very proud to announce that racing driver Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and motoring journalist Rory Reid will join Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and of course, The Stig, when the show returns in May.

I’ll say it flat out: I don’t much like Sabine as a host, but she is one impressive driver. Chris Harris is of course awesome, and I like Eddie, but I have my reservations about the rest of the team — I guess I’ll just have to watch the ‘first’ season with the new crew to make up my mind.

via @mikeyziel

Sale on Best Daily Journaling App — Day One 2 — Ending Soon

February 10, 2016 · 21:05

I have used Day One for over four years now, and I truly believe it’s the best ‘dear diary / journal’ app out there. I recently wrote a few words about the new additions and my first impressions of Day One 21 — it’s second iteration in which is was rewritten from the ground up. It’s still on sale — it will be ending sometime tomorrow — and you can get it for 50% of the price.

★ Day One 2 Journal + Notes – Mac – Lifestyle – €19.99 →
★ Day One 2 Journal + Notes – iOS – Lifestyle – €4.99 →

The new version has had a huge impact on my personal writing — I now input a few entries per day, instead of a few per week, and I use the Mac version much more now; it’s greatly improved.

  1. Day Two?

This Is Now the New Twitter Timeline ‘Algorithm’ Feature Works →

February 10, 2016 · 20:47

Mike Jahr:

You follow hundreds of people on Twitter — maybe thousands — and when you open Twitter, it can feel like you’ve missed some of their most important Tweets. Today, we’re excited to share a new timeline feature that helps you catch up on the best Tweets from people you follow.

Here’s how it works. You flip on the feature in your settings; then when you open Twitter after being away for a while, the Tweets you’re most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order. The rest of the Tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always. At any point, just pull-to-refresh to see all new Tweets at the top in the live, up-to-the-second experience you already know and love.

Seems very reasonable and if I understand it correctly, this will be opt-in, which is rare these days. I wish Twitter kept all their new email mailing lists opt-in too.

P.S. This feature is not available nor will it affect the users of third party apps such as Twitterrific and Tweetbot.

This Is How a Teenager Uses Snapchat →

February 10, 2016 · 11:45

Ben Rosen:

I’m 29 years old, and I’ve been on Snapchat for about a year now. I post fairly often (usually on my Story), and I get a decent amount of engagement from my friends. Quite honestly, up until Thanksgiving, I thought I was pretty good at Snapchat.

Then I watched my little sister on Snapchat.

I’m 37 and I only find one good use for Snapchat — when travelling you get to bring your followers along for the ride.

ME: Tell me what your day is like on Snapchat.
BROOKE: When I wake up, I have about 40 snaps from friends. I just roll through and respond to them.
ME: How do you respond? Like, “haha good one, Elsbitch”?
BROOKE: No conversations…it’s mostly selfies. Depending on the person, the selfie changes. Like, if it’s your best friend, you make a gross face, but if it’s someone you like or don’t know very well, it’s more regular.
ME: I’ve seen how fast you do these responses… How are you able to take in all that information so quickly?
BROOKE: I don’t really see what they send. I tap through so fast. It’s rapid fire.

I’m mesmerized. What’s even the point of sending snaps to each other if you don’t look at them? Am I crazy? That seems so unnecessary. Still, this is adult-brain talking. If I wanted to be one of the teens, I needed to just accept it and press on.

This seems completely pointless and a complete waste of time. While this sort of behaviour seems to increase one’s popularity, I cannot see what the benefits of it are. The downsides seem huge though — an inability to focus, lack of personal interests in many more important (and fun!) activities, etc. I recall I used to spend all my free time reading books instead of staring into smartphone screens — probably because these weren’t invented yet — on public transport, during family dinners, and wherever else that I could.

Like I said — I’m 37 — but in case you do want to follow me for some obscure reason that I fail to understand, my avatar-scan-to-follow-thingy is posted below.

Morid1n Snapchat v2

Operator Mono from Hoefler & Co. →

February 9, 2016 · 22:43

John Gruber:

I heard that Hoefler & Co. were working on a monospace typeface a few months ago, and the result is everything I expected: distinctive, attractive, and practical. The script face for the italics is a little wild, but why not go a little wild on the italics in a monospace typeface?

I have a few fonts which are on my favourites list. Operator Mono just pushed one of them off of it.

Sublime Text Is Back →

February 9, 2016 · 19:48

Owen Williams:

Sublime Text is one of the most popular text editors for developers out there, but over the last year concerns mounted that the project was dead as development of the next version stalled completely.

This week, though, the app has come back to life with the release of a new update for Sublime Text 3. The release today brings a number of major bug fixes, introduces a new sublime-syntax and speeds up file loading.

Very good news!

tvOS 9.2 beta 3 — What’s New?

February 9, 2016 · 13:27

If the OS X, iOS and watchOS betas weren’t enough, Apple also released a third beta of tvOS 9.2 yesterday. Since I’m using my Apple TV 4 in Poland, it’s much more limited in its functions that the units being used in USA. This is slightly frustrating, especially since Siri just started working a few weeks ago for the first time, but is still extremely limited in what she can do. Despite this, I love watching tvOS evolve, and since I use my Apple TV every day, I hope it gets better quickly.

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OS X 10.11.4 beta 3 — What’s New?

February 9, 2016 · 13:13

I’ve been much more enthusiastic in the new OS X betas than the iOS ones, to be honest. I’m really glad Apple is working on both systems, not only focusing on new features, but also stabilising both platforms. The third beta for OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 was released yesterday and unfortunately has no new goodies that I know of.

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