People, though, should stick to reality. Right now, Clinton is leading in almost every single national poll. She leads in both our polls-plus and polls-only forecasts. That doesn’t mean she will win. The polls have been off before, but no one knows by how much beforehand, or in which direction they’ll miss. For all their imperfection, the polls are a far better indicator than the conspiracy theories made up to convince people that Trump is ahead.
Last year, Apple shelved its plan to sell you TV. Now Apple has a new plan: Tell you what’s on TV and help you watch it.
Apple has started talking to TV programmers and other video companies about creating a digital TV guide that would work on both Apple TV boxes and other Apple devices, like iPhones.
The idea is to let users see what kind of programming is available in video apps made by the likes of HBO, Netflix and ESPN, without having to open up each app individually, and to play shows and movies with a single click.
A global queue is a version-one feature. The second Apple decided that apps were the new channel, it should have been obvious that splitting content among an infinite number of experiences wasn’t going to scale.
I realized it and you’ll have to trust me that no one is looking my way for their futurist needs. Truth is, it wasn’t a difficult thing to foresee. Spend any amount of time digging around for something to watch and it’s apparent immediately.
Dish hasn’t given up on Sling TV, their take on internet-delivered cable:
Sling TV on Thursday announced a slew of changes to its streaming service, including several new channels and the creation of "Orange" and "Blue" tiers, the latter bringing multi-stream support out of beta.
An "Orange + Blue" package is available for $40, but many channels — like HBO, Epix, and Cinemax — are still in separate add-on packages costing between $5 and $15 per month. Sling’s Latino content has been expanded with a "Caribe" package featuring Cuban and Puerto Rican material, plus a $10 standalone service.
Calvin isn’t quite right, but this is incredible all the same.
Turning classic 2D cartoons into 3D renderings can be a tricky act to balance. There’s always something a little unsettling and kind of off about the finished model, like say, The Peanuts Movie, or Garfield: The Movie. Maybe it’s the way that it looks way too polished, or how it messes with the nostalgic memories of our beloved characters, but we just know it’s not right when we see it.
Artist Gabriel de Laubier effortlessly jumped past this hurdle, transforming Bill Watterson’s iconic Calvin and Hobbes "Big Bang" strip into an interactive 3D scene:
Apple added a number of UI updates to the OS to make it more "familiar" and easier to use. There’s a new dock where you can get information from your favorite apps without fully opening them, and a Control Center can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the Watch’s display. When it comes to texts, you can now see "smart replies" on the display as well, so you can choose a quick reply to send to someone.
Say what you want about Apple thinking they always know best—this OS release took a couple of tent pole features and replaced them with something much more useful. I’m actually excited by my Apple Watch again.
Listen: I have produced more interfaces that needed detailed instructions than I can count. It happens.
But, the warning bells at VSCO should have gone off twice in these two sentences:
VSCO is a powerful-but-simple app. Offering step-by-step instructions to basically adding filters to video should have been a total dead giveaway that something wasn’t right with the interface.
When they developed this feature, I’m sure they discussed the little dingus used to move between screens as a "joystick". That should have stayed there. Calling it a "joystick" (quotes and all) kind of reinforces that they had no idea what to call this thing.
I’m off to scrub all my documentation so the makers of VSCO can’t find my faults and broadcast them publicly.
Martin Hajek has drawn up some (quite impressive) 3D renders of the rumored MacBook with an OLED Touch panel where the function keys currently reside.
Our myriad of touch devices have proven there’s a high value to an interface that can adjust to meet new contexts. That was a key selling point in the original, all-screen, keyboard-less design of the iPhone.
A static keyboard isn’t without value. It allows the operator to build muscle memory. Familiarity breeds efficiency.
If this rumor is true (that’s a big if), I’ll be curious to see how Apple addresses those keys that many of us use daily—Spaces and Volume. Will they just cease to exist in some apps? Will apps be allowed to control the entire bar, or just a portion?