Chris Welch, for The Verge:
The patents outline an entirely new way of controlling Glass (or any other wearable computing device); one that tracks a user’s hand gestures in an attempt to understand what’s important or significant. One example cited puts a physical spin on the ubiquitous “like” action used across social media. Google’s patent shows a user framing real-world objects with a heart-shaped hand gesture. Using its built-in camera, the wearable device would then analyze the framed content and intelligently “like” the highlighted object or location.
Great. I can’t wait until the world is overrun with idiotic douchnozzles pointing their thumbs at everything. Kill me.
You’re watching TV. The show you’re watching is at a comfortable volume. And then a commercial for some kind of facial “serum” bullshit comes across the airwaves1, and it’s so loud that you instantly lose control of your bladder. Surely the above scenario is familiar enough to any American, despite the fact that Congress supposedly did something to put an end to these shenanigans. It’s funny…the activities of Congress are usually so efficacious.
I’ve been looking for a solution to this problem for as long as I can remember. It’s one of those highly irritating things that heighten your blood pressure, and shorten both your life and the life of your TV2. Recently I decided I’d had enough, and I began researching hacky ways to take care of the problem myself. It turns out that there exists a simple $20 product called the Terk V13 that, when connected to your television, will balance out all audio and pipe it back out at a consistent volume. It sounds too good to be true, but it actually works.
You just pipe your audio through it using RCA cables, turn it on, and…that’s it. When you set the volume on your television, every sound will stay at that volume until you turn it up or down again. I haven’t touched the volume control on my TV for over a week—previously, I practically had to tape the remote to my hand.
I highly recommended that you buy one.
This has been a real head-scratcher for me over the past week as apps have been updating in advance of tomorrow's iOS 7 launch—why would TextExpander need permission to access my Reminders? Smile's blog explains that there's a very good reason:
When you update to iOS 7, you may find that TextExpander doesn't work in some apps which did work on iOS 6. Due to a change in iOS 7, those apps no longer have access to shared snippets. We have communicated with developers whose apps support TextExpander, and we've provided them an updated SDK with a new way to share snippet data.
In short, Apple has decided to break the way your snippets used to be shared between apps. Smile's solution is to store the data in your Reminders—because they're accessible even in the highly sandboxed environment of iOS. In a way, it's sad that developers have to figure out inelegant hacks like this one in order to provide basic functionality, but at the same time it does demonstrate the ingenuity of the developer community.
I wonder how many users will be refusing to give the app Reminders permissions and then writing support emails to Smile, complaining that the app doesn't work. What an (unavoidable) support nightmare.