Oh, did the users screech and holler when Marissa Mayer’s purple people-eater bought Tumblr for $1 billion about how she was going to take away their nudie pictures forever. Ads were swiftly thrown into the Tumblr dashboard and now, a few months later, the crackdown on Tumblr porn has begun. “Tumblr welcomes free expression, but we have to be sensitive to the millions of readers and bloggers from different locations, cultures, and backgrounds with different points of view concerning mature/adult-oriented NSFW content,” the Tumblr team says on a page explaining the new guidelines that appeared today.
Via The Atlantic Wire.
Of Beards and Men is a kickstarter project for a photo book of, well, bearded men. Great looking images, support this guy!
Note: I am in the process of growing an epic beard.
Thanks Aryk for the link.
The New Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop Beta Now Available, and looks pretty nice. The windows and mac experiences are now in parity, and they look great.
Interesting read over on Slate.com: Android vs. iPhone: Why Apple still has the edge over Google’s operating system. Before you, faithful Android user and UFies.org reader (I know there’s at least 3 of you), this is not an ‘Android sucks’ article, in fact, the author rather likes Android. The key is here:
But then, at the last second, the phone makers and the world’s cellular carriers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They ruin the phones’ potential with unnecessary features and apps that lower the devices’ battery life, uglify their home screens, and make everything you want to do extra annoying.
If you get the Play edition of these phones, you’ll see Google’s version of each of these apps, and you’ll come away impressed by Google’s tasteful, restrained, utilitarian design sense. But if, like most people, you get your phone for $199 from a carrier, you’ll find everything in it is a frightful mess.
Or put in simpler terms, “design by committee sucks fat hairy wookie balls”.
View of Niagara Falls from a remote helicopter…. you’ll want a big screen (and enable HD) for this one:
At least according to Issue 57560:
The “Back up my data” option in Android is very convenient. However it means sending a lot of private information, including passwords, in plaintext to Google. This information is vulnerable to government requests for data.
Ignoring the implications of google knowing yet another bit of information about us, or the tinfoil hats when you combine this information with the previous scandal with them capturing and saving encrypted wifi data from the street view cars, where are the pitchforks? If Apple did this, there’d be a class action lawsuit already (even if the story was completely different, it’d be filed purely on the headline).
How Man Of Steel Should Have Ended fixes any complaints you might have had from the movie.
Marco talks about Bugshot over on his blog.
Quickly draw orange arrows and boxes on screenshots, then email or share them! Great for reporting bugs, web layout issues, article typos, and other visual issues to whoever’s responsible (even if it’s you).
The Verge asserts that AT&T’s Next phone upgrade plans are a huge ripoff.
No, I didn’t think so.
As someone who runs to (try to) get in shape, and can barely lumber out a couple of miles on the treadmill a couple of times a week, The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances is particularly terrifying/inspiring.
DPReview shares links to the first official image samples from 41MP Lumia 1020. I have to say the images are impressive. Not perfect, looking at the CNN building area on the city shot shows a lot of muddy looking pixels and some odd noise, for example, but for the most part I have to say this is the first camera phone that’s made me re-think my “iPhone is the best camera phone” position. Of course these are hand picked shots by the vendor, so they’re obviously choosing the best of the best. Still, something to keep an eye on.
PS: Come on Apple, this is technology that I’d be ok with you ripping off and putting in the iPhone 6… :)
Jon Negroni writes his grand unifying The Pixar Theory:
Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why. Several months ago, I watched a fun-filled video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call “The Pixar Theory,” a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme. This theory covers every Pixar production since Toy Story.
This blew my mind.
Till July 25, you can Get a Free Copy of MacX Video Converter Pro. Just go to the link, download the software, and enter the license key: AY-VJVNJIJT-BOPPEP
Yea, it’s a loss leader, but still, free is free :)
Yet another great compilation of Russian dashcam videos passed onto me.
Wow. Just. Wow.
Lego Super Star Destroyer Timelapse from TWiT.
Oh god I want this.
Ok you are dead inside if you don’t think this trailer for Sharknado isn’t totally awesome.
Note that I mean that the trailer is awesome, I wouldn’t go near the movie with a ten foot pole….
The new Google Maps for mobile builds on the design we released for iPhone last December and improves on it with a few useful search and navigation features. And it’s the first dedicated app for Android tablets and iPads. We’re also retiring Latitude and are making some changes to offline and My Maps which we’ll explain in more detail below.
I’m not exactly sure how the New Rogers $35 Connection Fee will “bring me more value”, but if it’s that awesome, I can’t wait to get in on it, especially at the bargin price of only $15.
I’m not sure I’ll back it, but man it does look cool. The Tile FAQ answers most questions.
Think of it like iCloud for everything, but there aren’t many more details available from the Dropbox developers conference. Of course, while Dropbox is a cloud service, it still requires (sort of) to sync it’s data to the hard drive.
Still, interesting stuff coming.
More info in the blog post.
Gotta say, the First Gameplay Video For Rockstar’s ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′ is pretty awesome.
The Beatles Anomalies List is an OCD-comprehensive list of anomolies from Beatles albums. Things like:
Yesterday 0:19 After the word “believe” there is a squeak, sounds like it’s from a violin string (left channel).
Pretty crazy, but if you want to impress your friends, and you’re Beatles fans, time to start memorizing.
Some Great iOS Apps, Currently Free has a great list of iPhone and iPad apps that don’t suck and are normally in the $1-$10 (or more) range.
[…]When we built Astrid, we sought to help as many people as possible become happier, healthier and more productive - and we certainly hope we helped you. Thank you again for your support.
Another victim of acquisitions…
Jay Z’s ‘Exclusive’ Album Release Triggers a Piracy Bonanza at TorrentFreak.
I’m not sure if this will be a good or bad thing for Mr. Z.
Saw via OSNews a link to the Forbes story about Microsoft adding ads into the built in Bing Search in Windows 8.1.
I can only imagine that this is an experiment that won’t ever actually be integrated (at least anytime soon) into the actual OS. I really really hope this.
Aggregated search is one of the pillars of Windows 8.1 and isn’t a terrible idea. However searching for something on your computer and having to deal with ads for “Looking for chicken recipes, head over to Church’s Chicken at 10th and Main!” or ($DEITY forbid) click through a 10 second video to get to your content on your machine. Apple also was investigated this when they filed a couple of patents a few years ago, but it never went beyond that.
Mobile security company Bluebox said today that it recently discovered a vulnerability in Android that makes any Android device released in the last four years vulnerable to hackers who can read your data, get your passwords, and control any function of your phone, including sending texts, making phone calls, or turning on the camera.
This isn’t helped by the fact that Android is “fragmented” in terms of the distribution of OSs installed is wide, compared to iOS where the majority of iOS users are upgraded to the latest version, making distributing a fix harder.
Photo 365 - Everyday Photo Calendar for Your Life is a great iPhone app that I used to inspire me for my Photo 365 project from last year (still going by the way!), and it just received a huge update, with iCloud syncing, bug fixes, iPad and iPhone 5 support, and a host of other fixes.
If you’re interested in improving your photography, a photo-a-day project is a great way to start. You can read about my experiences, or just download the Photo 365 app (or a similar one, should a different one float your boat) and get started today (no need to wait till January 1).
Stephen Fry as the understanding barman, proving once again that Stephen Fry is one of the funniest people ever (and of course matched with Hugh Laurie… no contest).
If you have a developer account at apple, you probably just got the email shown here:
Apple’s beta versions of Pages (word processor), Keynote (presentation) and Numbers (spreadsheet) are now available on beta.icloud.com if you have a developer account (even a free one). The functionality here seems pretty solid after a quick look and dirty look. The collaboration features of Google Docs aren’t there, but they weren’t promised, so don’t be too disappointed they’re not there. For a webapp that’s a word processor running off the cloud? Pretty damn awesome.
Watch Why Aren’t All Sports Bubble Sports? asks Break.com.
To this I answer, there is no reason, and head to order a set of these suits for my office.
In what’s likely an effort to bring improvements to its Smart TV software, Samsung has reportedly just acquired Boxee, a company which specializes in creating home media center devices, for the tune of $30 million.
Hopefully they can make it so you can actually reboot a boxee box through the menu, which it seems you can’t do right now.
I don’t care if you’re a Canon person, a Nikon person, or a Pentax person, the Nikon Symphony is just awesome!