September 2, 2014
Anatomy of Films: click to see the rest. (Via Slashfilm.)

Anatomy of Films: click to see the rest. (Via Slashfilm.)

(14 hours ago)
September 1, 2014
August 31, 2014
Though he only writes a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa has built a reputation as one of Apple’s most influential critics. When he does publish a piece, it’s a 25,000-plus word tome, dropped on Ars Technica to ritual fanfare and millions of hits. Then he returns to his job as a Web developer in Massachusetts.
August 30, 2014
August 29, 2014
"If you’re feeling sleepy and want to wake yourself up — and have 20 minutes or so to spare before you need to be fully alert — there’s something you should try. It’s more effective than drinking a cup of coffee or taking a quick nap. It’s drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a quick nap. This is called a coffee nap.”

"If you’re feeling sleepy and want to wake yourself up — and have 20 minutes or so to spare before you need to be fully alert — there’s something you should try. It’s more effective than drinking a cup of coffee or taking a quick nap. It’s drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a quick nap. This is called a coffee nap.”

(4 days ago)
August 28, 2014
August 27, 2014

Slashfilm: “On the screen, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is all about bright white and pitch black. But on the set, the dominant color was green — as in green screen. As these two behind-the-scenes videos show, almost everything you see on screen aside from the actors is really made of pixels.”

(5 days ago)

Is this the new iPhone 6?

(6 days ago)
August 25, 2014
Google’s growth since its IPO is simply amazing: “Google went public 10 years ago today. And it was obvious even then that Google—already the world’s top search engine—was an ambitious, powerful company. But it’s also impressive just how much Google has grown since then—both in its business metrics and its influence over the world. The company will likely cross the 50,000-employee mark this quarter. Google is investing in projects ranging from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence.”

Google’s growth since its IPO is simply amazing: “Google went public 10 years ago today. And it was obvious even then that Google—already the world’s top search engine—was an ambitious, powerful company. But it’s also impressive just how much Google has grown since then—both in its business metrics and its influence over the world. The company will likely cross the 50,000-employee mark this quarter. Google is investing in projects ranging from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence.”

(1 week ago)
August 24, 2014
Kern Your Enthusiasm: “It was square, squat, and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I’m talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I’m also talking about the font that came with it. It was the typeface Chicago that spelled out “Welcome to Macintosh,” ushering us into a new age of personal computing.”

Kern Your Enthusiasm: “It was square, squat, and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I’m talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I’m also talking about the font that came with it. It was the typeface Chicago that spelled out “Welcome to Macintosh,” ushering us into a new age of personal computing.”

(1 week ago)
August 23, 2014

Conjecture Regarding Larger iPhone Displays

Daring Fireball: after giving it much thought, and a lot of tinkering in a spreadsheet, here is what I think Apple is going to do:

  • 4.7-inch display: 1334 × 750, 326 PPI @2x
  • 5.5-inch display: 2208 × 1242, 461 PPI @3x
1 week ago
August 21, 2014

NeXT Computer Introduction 1988 from Keith Ohlfs on Vimeo.

X to Close: according to the person at Microsoft who copied… sorry “borrowed” it, the NeXT user interface was the first one to use an “X” button for closing a window.

(1 week ago)
August 20, 2014

Slashfilm: “A group of fans made the Star Wars Despecialized Edition, a painstaking project that’s still in progress. The Despecialized Edition removes all the additions and tweaks slathered onto the films over the years, while simultaneously upgrading the sound and picture to modern standards. The results are pretty incredible and a new featurette shows the jaw-dropping changes and work put into the project.”

(1 week ago)
August 18, 2014
Ars Technica: “Tiny, reversible USB Type-C connector finalised. New connector can replace all current USB plugs.”

Ars Technica: “Tiny, reversible USB Type-C connector finalised. New connector can replace all current USB plugs.”

(2 weeks ago)
August 17, 2014