Here’s a minor iOS 6 tweak that was just pointed out to me:
When you’re choosing a wallpaper, images are automatically resized to fit the full display – since I assume most people don’t like using only part of an image as a wallpaper (I certainly don’t).
Here’s what it would have previously looked like (in iOS 5) if you chose an landscape image to use as a wallpaper on your iPhone:
Instead, iOS automatically fills the screen with your image, like this:
You can of course shrink the image down if you like, but it’s nice not to have to play around pinching in and out if you just want your image to fill the display vertically.
Hat tip to @amelia_rosebell for pointing this out!
I was stunned when I saw a TV commercial for Internet Explorer during this season’s premiere of Breaking Bad last night, so I decided to look it up on YouTube to share with a friend.
I then decided it would be a good idea to check out this “Conceivably Tech” website…
Now I can see how “Conceivably Tech” called it “simply stunning”.
Also note that Microsoft refers to them as “Conceivably Tech” (two words), when it should read “ConceivablyTech”.
It’s a little surprising (or maybe not) that Microsoft would quote such a small and unaccredited website in a major commercial, alongside The New York Times…but then again, it is Microsoft.
Note: I’m not making any judgements about ConceivablyTech’s writing – I didn’t read anything there. I do however, recommend they invest in a good web designer.
Today’s a big day for me.
After a ton of hard work I can finally share what I’ve been working on with the rest of the world – Checkmark for iPhone.
It all started last year when I began using Reminders for iPhone during the iOS 5 developer preview. Reminders quickly became my favourite app for iPhone, specifically due to the ability to set location-based reminders.
Setting location-based reminders for my to-do’s ensured I always remembered to do them when I was able to. I was in love.
After a few weeks of heavy use I realized how annoying it was to set these location-based reminders with the Reminders app. It’s almost as bad to set a date/time based reminder too.
Of course with Siri it’s not a huge hassle but who wants to talk into their phone when they’re out with friends to set reminders?
A bit of research confirmed my suspicion – most of the people I spoke with only use Siri to set reminders if they’re driving. A few people mentioned that they use it if they’re alone, but usually they just enter them manually because they’re used to doing that. Nobody wants to be heard saying “Shave when I get home” when they’re out at a restaurant with a group of friends.
So I set out to build an app that would greatly improve the reminder creation process for both location and time-based reminders. And that’s how Checkmark came to be.
We brought the reminder creation process down to 3 steps from 11 for location-based reminders, and from 8 to 3 for date/time reminders.
Along the way we decided to add some other cool things, like the ability to add a time delay to a reminder (props to Adam Lisagor for the idea) so that your phone doesn’t alert you while you’re walking in the front door with your arms full of groceries – set it to remind you 15 minutes after you arrive. We can also show you a list of everything you have to do, sorted by how far things are from your current location, and more
This is just the beginning for Checkmark. We have a ton of plans for the future and we’re already hard at work on some exciting new things.
I can’t wait for everyone to try it.
Visit www.getcheckmark.com for a sneak peak. We’ll be shipping soon!
Disclaimer: Ben’s “It’s the Little Things” post earlier today inspired me to write this.
One thing that took a little getting used to in my BMW 328i (E36), is the way the volume control works.
In all of the previous cars I’ve owned (Nissan, Subaru, Toyota) with both OEM and aftermarket sound systems, when you turn the volume knob on the dash the volume level is shown on the stereo adjusting in real time.
What’s the REAL point of that?
For people with mild OCD we’re always trying to make sure the volume level is set at an even number – say 14 or 28. Some people need it to feel even “more even” at 10 or 20.
Everyone (myself included) is always trying to find the “right” sound level, often multiple times throughout a drive. You have to change the volume when your windows are down, when they’re up, when you’re on the highway, if people are talking, etc.
But are we adjusting the volume based on sound, or are we first adjusting it based on an arbitrary number we see on a screen, that comes close to an appropriate sound level?
My BMW does not display a sound level.
At first it sort of bothered me – it felt like something was missing.
Now that I’ve gotten used to it, I love it. When I turn the volume knob I use my ears to determine when the sound is “right” – not my eyes.
There are a few counterpoints that can be made, for example “I set my volume to 32 to this CD because I know it’s right and I set it to 27 for the radio. That way I can quickly adjust the sound to the level I already know is right.”
I’m not sure if BMW is still doing this in their current models, as they seem to be conforming more to the masses (e.g. moving the window switches back to the doors instead of the center position near the gear shift).
But I think BMW had it right – even if only for a limited time.