iPhone 6 Plus prone to bending under high pressure →

September 24, 2014 |

In other shocking —and similarly outrageous— news, if the battery runs out, the device won’t even turn on. Also, being submerged in water for an extended period of time without air has been known to kill people. Who would have thought, right?

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How to be a good stranger →

September 23, 2014 |

David Cain:

If you live among strangers, chances are you are constantly becoming a private adversary to other people in ways you could never comprehend. Maybe somebody at the grocery store secretly hates you because of where you lock your bike up, or because you ride a bike at all. Or maybe you stand too close in the ATM line, or you use too many buzzwords, or you’re breaking some unwritten rule in a restaurant, or you’re in the way and have no idea. When you think of all of the petty things for which you’ve privately condemned someone at one time or another, it’s no stretch at all to imagine how often you are, in someone else’s eyes, clearly a bad person.

Excellent, thought-provoking piece.

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WTF happened to PG-13? →

September 22, 2014 |

Good Bad Flicks, on how the movie industry’s push for PG-13 ratings is hurting cinema as an art form. Many movies that are clearly meant to be rated R get watered down in order to achieve the less restrictive rating of PG-13. This is done to maximize their potential audience, but often results in a poor movie that ends up doing badly at the box office, because the original vision was destroyed in pursuit of a meaningless rating.

I couldn’t agree more, and I think it’s ridiculous that ratings can have such a big influence on a movie’s potential success. Our ratings system in Spain is merely informative and as far as I know, access to a movie theater is never restricted, no matter the rating of the movie.1 You could take your kid to watch The Wolf of Wall Street, and no one would stop you.

Of course, the fact that you can doesn’t mean that you should. After all, it is a parent’s responsibility to keep an eye on what her kid watches. But these decisions are the parents’ to make, not some random movie executive’s, and certainly not for the sole purpose of making a killing.

Via Connor McClure.

  1. Except for the X rating, which requires a movie to be shown exclusively at special, adults-only theaters.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus benchmarks →

September 22, 2014 |

Speaking of Rene Ritchie, he asked the makers of Geekbench to run the new iPhones through Geekbench 3, and compared their score with all previous iPhones (except for the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G). He also compared them with their main Android competitors.

An interesting tidbit:

The iPhone 6 Plus has a slight edge over the iPhone 6, but not by much. Perhaps the biggest surprise is how well the iPhone 5s still holds up. Perhaps that’s because Apple’s second-generation 64-bit core is just that, 2nd generation, and it’s focused on things beyond raw power, like power efficiency.

If you have an iPhone 5S and are not very keen on the bigger displays of the new iPhones, this is good news for you.

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How the new battery usage monitor works in iOS 8 →

September 22, 2014 |

Rene Ritchie:

Battery usage is best thought of as a sanity check. It lists each app (or service) you’ve used in the last 24 hours or 7 days, not including apps used while charging, along with the percentage of power drain they’ve been responsible for.

Since about a week ago —before I upgraded to iOS 8—, I’ve noticed a sharp reduction in battery life on my iPhone 5S. It doesn’t last into the evening, while previously it lasted a whole day with power to spare. It’s weird, particularly because I’m not using it significantly more than I always have, and I’m yet to find a concrete cause for this. Maybe my iPhone’s battery is damaged, or maybe there’s an app that’s misbehaving and draining it a lot quicker than it should. I don’t know.

The battery usage monitor, which is a new iOS 8 feature, is helping me find the culprit. For example, I thought Overcast would probably be using a lot of power, but it turns out it isn’t. That’s a relief, because I really enjoy using it. Similarly, Maps and the Phone app are the two most power-hungry apps in my phone, both due to “Low Signal”. Now we’re getting somewhere.

I think it’s worth it to spend a while getting used to this feature. There are some important things to learn about how we use our phones, and what we can do to make them last longer.

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Dear parents, you are being lied to →

September 22, 2014 |

Jennifer Raff thoroughly debunks the myth that vaccination is bad for our childen:

They say that if other people’s children are vaccinated, there’s no need for their children to get vaccinated.

This is one of the most despicable arguments I’ve ever heard. First of all, vaccines aren’t always 100% effective, so it is possible for a vaccinated child to still become infected if exposed to a disease. Worse, there are some people who can’t receive vaccinations, because they are immune deficient, or because they are allergic to some component. Those people depend upon herd immunity to protect them. People who choose not to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases are putting not only their own children at risk, but also other people’s children.

This is an extremely important issue, and if you’re a parent, it’s your responsibility to learn about it, become informed beyond Internet gossip, and make the only sensible, reasonable choice: vaccinate your kids.

It deeply saddens me to think there are people so stubborn and irresponsible that they would gamble with their own children’s lives like that.


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Humans of New York, the book →

September 22, 2014 |

Humans of New York

Humans of New York is a wonderful —and ongoing— collection of portraits of New Yorkers by Brandon Stanton.

New York is the greatest city in the world. I’m always in awe of its incredible energy and the uniqueness of its people. It is a place like no other to watch life unfold. Brandon’s project captures this essence better than any other I’ve ever seen. It really is a must read.

Humans of New York, the book, is a compilation of the most interesting anecdotes and pictures from the project’s first three years. It showcases the greatness of New York, but more importantly, that of its people. It is a love letter to diversity and the human spirit. Above all, though, it’s just a gorgeous, gorgeous book.

There’s a very short list of books I’d recommend buying in hardcover edition, and this is one of them. Trust me, you will not regret it.

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Faith in eventually | Signal vs. Noise →

September 22, 2014 |

Jason Fried:

During the development of most any product, there are always times when things aren’t quite right. Times when you feel like you may be going backwards a bit. Times where it’s almost there, but you can’t yet figure out why it isn’t. Times when you hate the thing today that you loved yesterday. Times when what you had in your head isn’t quite what you’re seeing in front of you. Yet. That’s when you need to have faith.

I try to keep this in mind every day.

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The first week of the rest of Jason Snell's life →

September 20, 2014 |

This is the end of day three of me sitting in a chair in my garage and writing things and doing podcasts and calling that my job, instead of sitting in an office building in San Francisco and doing various things and calling that my job.

I’m really sorry for how things ended at Macworld, but I’m so glad we have Six Colors now. Jason’s work is amazing and inspiring, and I couldn’t imagine the Apple community without him.

Here’s to many more awesome weeks, Jason.

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