Everything in Vesper has been animated beautifully. Whether it is the view fading in while the compose window is displayed or the way the other items in the notes list behave as you swipe back.
Brent’s comments on getting those animations just right:
So. Much. Cursing.
It’s amazing he still speaks to me.
Karma is a Wi-Fi hotspot that rewards you when you let other people use it. You log in via your Karma account, and your hotspot’s SSID is left open. When other Karma users join your hotspot, you get more data credit. When new users join, they get 100 MB free. And there’s no time limit, so the data you buy (or earn) today is good until you use it.
Conceptually, Karma is brilliant. The company makes more money when people buy data; they don’t care whose device gets used. So instead of making you share out of your own pocket, they give you a real incentive to leave the thing on even when you’re not using it. Sit in a busy airport for a few hours and watch the free data roll in.
The device weighs almost nothing and costs $99. Data goes for $14 per GB, or you can get discounts when you buy more — I just topped mine off with 10 GB for $99. If you travel or attend conferences, this is a no-brainer. Go get one.
[My friend Klaas Pieter Annema is Karma's iOS developer. He gave me a free device to check out, but this isn't a sponsored endorsement. I do get referral credit if you sign up via my link, though.]
The pill-sized camera doesn’t invade your butt but instead goes in from the other end, and once you’ve swallowed it, it starts beaming high-speed photos of your insides to a device on your waist as it makes its way towards your waste. Then the doc checks the resultant video out, and uploads it to his Facebook or whatever, and you didn’t even have to take your pants off.
Nobody tell the TSA.
Be right back, crying.
Talking with Clayton Morris on a recent episode of Unprofessional, I lamented the fact that YouTube channels can get millions of hits with relative ease, but podcasts don’t take off in the same way. Stan Alcorn has written a piece for Digg about exactly this problem:
While the number of podcasts has proliferated, the vast majority of episodes have audiences in the double or triple digits, judging from the experience of podcast hosting giant Libsyn. “If you want to do the average, our mean podcast? Now you’re looking at like 200, 250 downloads per episode,” Libsyn’s Rob Walch told NextMarket Insights’s Michael Wolf. The majority of top podcasts, far from being grassroots disruptors, are major public radio shows: “This American Life,” “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” and “Radiolab.” It’s the dominant way of finding an on-demand audio audience on the Internet, but it’s more Hulu than YouTube.
Reading this, I’m more thankful than ever for Unprofessional’s audience.
(Via Myke Hurley)
When Apple moved to Retina screens for the iPhone 4 — and then to a longer screen for the iPhone 5 — developers had to rejigger their apps to work accordingly. Would a larger iPhone add one more level of frustration and pain?
To find out, I asked a bunch of iOS designers and developers what impact a larger iPhone would have on their workflows. The answers I got back were surprising — both in their similarity, and in their acceptance of a larger phone as an inevitability.
I’m quoted in the article, but it’s worth mentioning that I don’t believe Apple would change the screen resolution for a larger iPhone. Too messy.