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This iPad has been displaying some odd problems with apps crashing, it seems, when they try to access memory, for instance Sketches app when saving, ScannerPro just after it takes the picture, when it frames it up. Paper too, when browsing through books of drawings.

I’ve been dropping into the app switcher mode to close apps thinking that maybe one of those is at fault somehow. Nothing consistent yet.

I understand the average user has 24 apps. 24 apps… Only on average 24 apps installed and maybe regularly uses a half a dozen….

I swiped up to close 61 apps.

61 apps.

And then ScannerPro saved the scan.

I have six screens of apps.

I can haz free cat books?

I can haz free cat books?

I’m switching out stuff from Dropbox to Google Drive. The eight wallpapers I posted earlier have a new home, and all the free ebooks, cats and landscapes are also there.

The 100 cats (nearly 150 cats only $0.99!) ebook is still at iTunes, along with the also free ebook, 20 Monsters.

20 Monsters

April 25, 2013

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20 Monsters is a collection of fanciful cartoon monsters and accompanying doggerel.
The free ebook 20 Monsters is available on the iTunes bookstore.

You can review the Monsters as blog posts here.

 

That Apple TV Thing

February 7, 2013

Apple TV is going to be apps and interface.

We just got a honking huge plasma for Christmas. There is a huge complicated remote. The Smart TV Internet interface sucks. Browsing web pages designed for computers and precision mousing just doesn’t work nudging a cursor with a remote button trying to hit a tiny text link. Popping from one hot spot to another…tediously, in order, always…guessing which button does what on this particular interface…

Then the Apple TV remote…. Your hands are full of remotes…and a remote for the sound box. Black friggin text on black buttons. Really….

Then there is an iPad app for the TV itself. Some of the interface is better…swiping from screen to screen for whatever function. And Apples own Remote app functions with the ATV. It’s smarter. You can glide from hot spot to hot spot. Still swiping up and swiping right to get to the streaming and mirroring is three swipes too many.

So the only way to beat this is a single remote. An iPad mini. And why does Apple need to build the screen itself? Because there will be feedback smarts. The remote app and the TV will know what each other needs in a particular moment. The TV will need it’s own brain. Not a Smart TV, but an intelligent one.

And the media? Networks will have apps. Probably much like the present arrangement on the ATV. And with big easy to hit targets. Shows already stream from CTV, Global, CBC… and American networks and local stations. Mobile browser-like interfaces will solve the problem of tiny link targets.

You will likely even be able to talk to Siri, through the remote.

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The shnark

January 30, 2013

The Shnark

Sleeping on the couch

December 29, 2012

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Erased De Kooning

December 23, 2012

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New Zite sucks.

December 5, 2012

Reinstall the previous version of Zite.

Hoping you haven’t synced, delete the new Zite from your iPad. Then, when you connect to iTunes, you should see the previous version still in your apps. Click install. Sync.

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I’ve been playing in an iPad app called LetterMPress. The touch and manipulation controls are a bit fussy. The printing process is simulated too, and quite delightfully ignores whatever expediencies might evolve out of a purely digital process. Like printing class back in art school.

free books

September 12, 2012

Who has an iPad 2G or newer? Who would like a free review copy of 100 cats? 5 each on Twitter, Facebook and here… samupress @ gmail dot com


100 cats: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/100-cats/id559121901?mt=11

What a fast turnaround! I thought I would have some time to set up a page for the book before then.

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Laying about being bored, and somewhat on an enforced vacation, I downloaded Etchings app and ran a number of randomly chosen images through the filters. Some interesting results above.

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