iOS 9 Public Beta coming today?
I rarely cross-post from my geekery-focused Tumblr, but I’m so excited about this I had to share it here, where I have literally thousands more followers.
I’ll be writing a proper post about the public beta after I’ve used it for a few days. There are some interesting legal consequences of agreeing to use beta software.
Teehan+Lax on redesigning Prismatic
It’s a great post by great designers about the work and value that goes into and comes out of great design. It also happens to explain very clearly the concept behind my own website here at Constant & Endless.
Geoff Teehan of Teehan+Lax writes:
In the end, a successful project is never done. It is never perfect. If you aren’t learning from it, then you’ve given up. It’s a constant process of assessing the landscape, making hard choices and accepting trade-offs.
Like Saleem Sinai says in Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children, “the process of revision should be constant and endless.”
Prismatic is a content discovery engine powered by your own wide array of interests, aiming to avoid being limited by your filter bubble of common sharing tendencies. Check it out on iOS or the web.
Apple removes app curation app from App Store
“Yes, you can live here,” Apple seems to say to developers, “but if you ever break one of our vague rules, or if we ever decide for any reason or even for no reason at all that you must go, you will be evicted. No appeal, no questions asked, no discussion.”
I wish only the best to the folks at AppGratis, but this is the danger in building your business, and your employees’ livelihoods, on something over which you have absolutely no control.
Nope, Flickr’s hashtags aren’t news either
WSJ was wrong to pretend potential Facebook hashtags are news, and everyone reporting about a similar move by Flickr is just as wrong.
What makes this even less news is that Flickr has so far only started calling their longtime tags feature “hashtags” in their iOS app.
Google’s answer to AirPlay comes to YouTube for iOS, sends video to consoles and TVs
I’ve been doing this from my Galaxy Nexus for a while now. I paired my phone to my Xbox 360 so I can pull videos up on my phone’s YouTube app (which is much easier to use than the Xbox app) and then send to my TV via the console. It’s a great experience.
If you need some YouTube content to try this out with, consider the massive Slenderman collection I linked to at my personal blog yesterday.
Shawn Blanc explores Simplenote alternatives
The Simplenote/nvALT sync issues recently scared me away from Simplenote sync. I use Byword on the Mac and iPad, and Epistle on Android to sync notes with my Dropbox account. PlainText is also very good for this. I haven’t had any problems since going Dropbox-only.
If you’re a plaintext geek, read Mr. Blanc’s post to get a good overview of options from someone who knows the subject very well.