Marco Arment wrote about Apple losing the ‘functional high ground’ earlier this year, and it was met with tons of discussion – blog posts, podcasts, twitter battles and more. The part that hit me was the final paragraph: I fear that Apple’s leadership doesn’t realize quite how badly and deeply their software flaws have damaged […]
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Power consumption of the worlds most popular websites calculated on different browsers:
TL;DR; If you’re a MacBook user, you’re losing an average of 1 hour of total battery life by using Chrome. Firefox is a little better, but Safari is the clear winner. You’ll want to use Safari if you want to get the most battery out of your laptop.
Can’t say I disagree with the findings. I use Chrome as my main browser most of the time but it is a resource hog compared to Safari, who has quietly pushed out some great updates over the past year (with more coming this fall).
I’ve been searching for a good Google podcast for a long, long time but my search may be over. I’ve give Material’s first 4 episodes a listen and it’s very entertaining. What makes it better than most is their keen understanding that for their chosen platform to be great doesn’t mean the competition needs to be bad. They tackle topics in a very engaging, thoughtful manner and avoid bashing the competition – instead focusing on what makes Android/Google their platform of choice. Doesn’t hurt that 2/3 of the crew are former iOS users, so they have good perspective about both platforms.
I highly recommend it, give it a shot!
Marco Arment on Apple Music:
But the iTunes Store back-end is a toxic hellstew of unreliability. Everything that touches the iTunes Store has a spotty record for me and almost every Mac owner I know.
And the iTunes app itself is the toxic hellstew. iTunes has an impossible combination of tasks on its plate that cannot be done well. iTunes is the definition of cruft and technical debt. It was an early version of iTunes that demonstrated the first software bugs to Grace Hopper in 1946.
Probably not coincidentally, some of iTunes’ least reliable features are reliant on the iTunes Store back-end, including Genius from forever ago, iTunes Match more recently, and now, Apple Music.
I feel like iTunes 13 has to be a re-do. Maybe I’m wrong, but Apple Music is such a bolted-on mess compared to the relatively well-done iOS versions that 12.x has to be a placeholder for a fairly ambitious rewrite.
I’ve been going through Archive.org and trying to pull in any half-relevant post from the old danielandrews.com/wtmcgee.com days before I blew things up and started over. If you see anything odd in your feed from years ago, I’m basically copying/pasting the text into new back-dated entries that I’ll eventually set up proper redirects for as […]
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A great gist listing all of the New stuff from WWDC 2015:
Here’s my own list of the interesting stuff announced during this year’s WWDC, collected from the keynotes, various Apple docs, blog posts and tweets.
I missed a ton of the SDK stuff especially, so it’s nice to have a consolidated list for reference.
In case you haven’t guessed by now, I love my Apple Watch. I find myself working out more and having a better understanding of my overall health.
I’m also thrilled that the watch is working so well with my favorite workout: swimming in the ocean. Despite some hiccups in functionality, I still get enough information to improve my performance and extend my goals.
I hope this the information in this report will help others understand what the watch can and cannot do in the presence of water. I also hope my experiences will help Apple improve the watch’s capabilities for swimming workouts.
Pretty cool to see how well the Apple Watch performs in the water overall. I’ve avoided really doing much more than rinsing mine off after running but it’s encouraging to know it can stand up to way more than that.
If you haven’t been keeping up with this small-scale drama, Nolan Lawson wrote an article about a week ago about how Safari is falling behind other browser vendors. This led to a pretty large outcry from the Apple faithful (which, honestly, I typically consider myself part of) and finally a slight backtrack from the author. […]
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Spotify and Apple Music Side By Side
Nice little comparison of a lot of the main screens in both apps.