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Why is this blog retired? I wanted to make a fresh start: no legacy posts, no legacy formatting, no legacy code. All new and ready to go. I could not simply let go of all these posts, so I created this chronicle. You can read every thing from before September 2013 here. For everything after that, you can look at my active blog instead.
I have two prevailing thoughts on the next Nexus phone.
The Nexus 4, despite being a year old, is still great. A lot of Normal People would love to have a Nexus 4. The sign of that is in the 2013 Nexus 7: its processor is almost the same, the memory is almost the same and the screen quality might as well be the same. The Nexus 7 of this year was the Nexus 4 of last year. When the Nexus 5 launches later this fall, the Nexus 4 will be kept on the line with a lower price point while at the same time the Nexus 5 will have a higher initial price point to compensate for its specs and features.
The Nexus 4 was an aberration in price versus specs and features. Google’s aggressive price point with the Nexus 4 could have sucked enough of us into the Nexus Experience that regardless of the price (around $500 or so), we would probably be willing to buy to get that experience again.
There are rumors that the LG G2 is a candidate for the Nexus 5. And while it is great, it seems a little obscure hardware wise. There are rumors of a Motorola built phone becoming the next Nexus too. Undercutting the Moto X with a $400 phone with similar features and extremely better hardware will destroy its edge and render the entire Moto X branding and purpose moot.
Let’s be honest about what we really want from Apple this week. We all want to know if Apple can still blow us away, or if they’re just a boring company now.
Steve was radical and Tim is stoic. Even swift giants are still giants.
This is what I hear:
Hi. I’m a computer running an operating system that is not designed for a physical mouse and keyboard and that has hardly any useful apps that makes those two non-native interaction devices a necessity. Nice to meet you, I am the Acer DA220HQL.
The original story said it would run on an Intel 4430 which would be more powerful than the computer I built my mom in February. Sadly, this $400 joke will be graced with something less than a Haswell, a TI 4430 ARM dual-core.
Matt’s been working on the WarGame UI recently and I’ve seen his progress. It’s slow going. User interaction is harder than many other points in programming, not because it is necessarily technically complicated, but because balancing functionality and an intuitively obvious quality is hard. For my designs, I see UI on the web so much easier since there is so much less scaffolding to build up, but WordPress is an example of where that intuition is a little off. Designing an interface for sixteen percent of the visible Internet isn’t easy and doing in the constraints of ten years is extraordinarily challenging.
Post Formats have long been integrated into the WordPress, but since their creation, there has only been a little selector to pick between them. The WordPress Core was going to adopt a new UI for allowing more obvious ways of using those formats, but it didn’t make into the upcoming release of WordPress. It will be pushed into a plugin for now but as it matures there, it may integrated back into the Core.
And the third and best reason is that the Nexus 4 is less likely to turn your child into an airhead than an iPhone or another phone with a handset-maker designed interface.
What? Really? Are you serious?
The Next Web has an image that indicates a tab-based UI is coming to Gmail at some point in the near future. As you can see in the screenshot below, we’re looking at four different tabs, with each one presumably storing certain types of emails.
Please, just make them automatically filtering labels. I don’t need more visual garbage when I view email.
Guild Wars, ArenaNet’s 8-year-old MMORPG, will no longer receive new content and is switching its support to automated, the developer announced via the game’s official website.
By the six.
Yes, Guild Wars 1. I give it another year and it’s likely going offline.
While I still feel the same about Tumblr getting the short end of the stick, today’s Flickr announcement singles a revival. Congratulations Yahoo, you did a great job with Flickr, finally.
When I think about Flickr, I remember my mom telling me about it when I was just in elementary school. I relate it to Pinterest because it’s a service my mom uses, not me. I never uploaded pictures to Flickr growing up, mostly because I had no pictures to upload and when I did later in life, I used Instagram to send them to Facebook and Twitter simultaneously — Google+ is currently winning the photo battle for me personally though as they keep the best sizes available.
With these public APIs, it could be possible for example, to actively make a working dragon timer that does not lie all the time and that is in general much more difficult to troll.
Oh, look, a worldwide event timer via GW2 Stuff.
I hope Yahoo does not destroy Tumblr like Twitter destroyed Posterous.
I hope Tumblr refuses to accept this offer from Yahoo, despite all it could offer them. I talked about this on At The Nexus #76 in more detail. Good luck to both, more to you, Tumblr.
Tumblr is taking a very safe approach with this acquisition – the CEO stays onboard and the company maintains plenty of autonomy. That’s great. And Yahoo said they’ll keep their hands off the porn business that somehow wound up on Tumblr – that is the best sign, I think, that Yahoo believes in Tumblr as a platform.
Good luck to you both.
Windows Blue, officially titled Windows 8.1 now, will be free to Windows 8 users through the App Store.
Which means you’ll need to get a Microsoft Account and sell your soul, which may or may not be worth it to you.
Yeah, cool story, about a hundred dollars too expensive.
A portable gaming device with a Tegra 4 should not cost as much as a GTX 670. Sorry, just saying. Oh, and it should not cost just as much as my PS3 I bought two years ago.
Well, at this point, I’m just whining.