How NOT to Add Multitasking to iOS

Thank God multitasking isn’t like this on any Apple device. This is pathetic hackary that destroys the design, workflow, and user-friendliness all in the name of “control.” It’s horrible.

If iPads worked like notebook computers, then there wouldn’t be iPads. 

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How Well Are Websites Adapting to HTML5?

Check out the BBC New’s report. I’m liking HTML5, but it’s not perfect. I think there are more innovations to be made to keep it in the mainstream. Note that BBC’s video player for this video on HTML5 is flash-based. 

The Dark Knight Rises

If you’re concerned about spoilers, don’t watch this video:

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I’m still wondering how well Catwoman will do, but I’m sold. Not that there was ever any question in my mind…

Spoiler alert: I find it especially peculiar that Ra’s Al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson, is listed as second on the cast credits for this film at IMDb, yet there was no appearance of the actor reprising the role in this featurette. Christopher Nolan does like to keep secrets. 

How to Fix YouTube’s Poor Performance of Recent Days

YouTube getting you down lately? I noticed about a month ago that YouTube video loading processes got very buggy in my favorite web browser, Safari. I tested buffering videos in FireFox and Chrome and experienced similar bad results.

The problem has been the player’s controls hardly work till the video completely loads. Also, the video doesn’t playback along with the sound until the video fully loads. It brings Safari to almost a complete stand-still as other tabs load poorly while YouTube is doing its thing.

Thankfully, one other YouTube user realized he was experienceing these problems and dug around to see what was their cause:

After doing some legwork, he discovered that Google has deployed a HTML5 video test into its user base. That this option is automatically enabled for many users. To check whether you’ve been included, visit this Youtube page and scroll down towards the bottom. If you see the evil green checkmark, click the blue “Leave the HTML5 trial.” Instantly, you gain 50 karma points and often your video just starts working properly. TUAW

Though the article on TUAW points the problems out only in Safari’s video playback, I have friends and coworkers that are experiencing the problems in FireFox and Chrome as well.

It appears to have something to do with slower wireless network speeds, so if switching off the HTML5 testing is not an option for you, try to find a fast network to avoid the glitches. 

Matt’s Tripod Tips & Tricks for Great Tech Product Videos

I refer to Matt’s videos from time to time. He consistently produces some of the most creative and constructive videos on YouTube:

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And this reminds me of a harrowing story I experienced with a tripod and an Apple Store just the other day, but it will have to be told another time. 

The New ‘In Beta’ Podcast from 5by5

The 'In Beta' podcast show logoI haven’t watched broadcast TV in years. The further I move into an all-web-based-media-centered life, the more I’m thirsting for great content and great delivery. The web is especially good in the former, but not-so much in the latter. There are some fun and informative YouTube shows… and the TWIT network, if that’s your thing. It’s not mine. I’m still looking for quality content+finesse that I can sink my eyes and ears into.

Meet In Beta, one of the latest podcasts presented by the 5by5 network. Gina Trapani and Kevin Purdy are two like-minded tech enthusiasts that stomp out boring and monotonous delivery (meaning, they don’t do those things). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the second episode and just subscribed to the series. Episode 3 is expected this week, so start listening while their program is young.

And while I’m thinking about it, the 5by5 network consistently produces some of the best podcasts to be had—one way or another their shows are all about tech, of course. The shows are generally thought-through and very mentally stimulating. My favorites are Mac Power Users, Back to Work, and now In Beta. If your driving commute could use an audio listening experience refresh, or if you want something of substance to listen to while you fold laundry and put away the dishes, these are your shows.

A Hopeful Future, All Thanks to Technology

Byron Reese portraitByron Reese is one of these super-geniuses that creates businesses that make a huge impact on culture, and the way we use the Internet. Byron has started and successfully run multiple companies, toured the world over and over, and still found time to be something of an inventor, philosopher, and author. I have the privilege of having a few discussions with him at a conference a few years ago, and I hope that we can have more chats to come.

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In this episode of the TWIT podcast recorded at the NAB of 2012, he explains how and why the world is becoming a better place thanks to technology. While many others are concerned that tech will be humanity’s downfall, he is almost certain of the exact opposite. It’s encouraging to hear a relevant opinion that is thought-through and backed by reason and logic.

What’s especially interesting are his thoughts about world hunger, the economy, poverty, and war. I highly recommend you take the time to watch this episode and think about Byron’s point of view. It will probably take some of the weight of the world off of your shoulders.