A few weeks go, it was brought to my attention again, through a conversation with my grandmother, that editing contacts or other items such as mail messages seem to be an odd practice at first and not intuitive. Even in the previous iOS 6 interface, this button always appeared to be an odd concept. Odd in the sense that new users, the thousands I’ve worked with, have a difficult time distinguishing what its purpose is. It may sound obvious to a common computer user, because the edit menu is where we go to cut, copy, and paste such as in word processing. However, many newborn users of iOS, even after reading the edit button, exploring for options, reading a manual, etc., do not know what the word means on a mobile device or why they should edit in the first place.
After a week-long Thanksgiving hiatus, we return with a drone-heavy episode covering the coolness of Amazon’s new delivery initiative and its many possible doomsday scenarios. Plus our thoughts on Jessica Lessin’s premium (and pricey) new tech publication, a “review” of the Retina iPad mini, and a discussion about messaging apps. Bonus points if you listen past the ending music for our first “after dark” shenanigans.
The one thing Kanye wouldn’t say — Jay Z doesn’t deserve nine Grammy nominations.
It’s clearly evident that many people these days don’t like Kanye West. But for all the things people proclaim they hate West for, most of the time it has little to do with his music. So when the Grammy nominations were released on Friday and voters gave West only two nominations in token categories (Best Rap Song for “New Slaves” and Best Rap Album for “Yeezus”) it came as a surprise, but not a shock. Couple that with the announcement that Jay Z received nine nominations, it’s clear that Grammy voters don’t focus solely on music, at least when it comes to hip hop artists.
This week, Jon Mitchell (@ablaze), formerly of ReadWrite and The Daily Portal, stops by The Segue to chat with Eric and Micah about tech blogging, his new music project, and thoughts on Google and Apple.
This week, Mike Wehner (@mikewehner) of TUAW joins Eric and Micah for a smorgasbord of amazingness. We talk about the PS4 launch, impending Xbox One launch, and the problems ailing Nintendo’s Wii U, followed by a scathing rant about Bloomberg and ridiculous Apple rumors. To top it all off, we end with a world first: an audio unboxing of Mike’s brand new PlayStation 4.
Ariel Levy, The New Yorker
He was translucent and pink and very, very small, but he was flawless. His lovely lips were opening and closing, opening and closing, swallowing the new world. For a length of time I cannot delineate, I sat there, awestruck, transfixed. Every finger, every toenail, the golden shadow of his eyebrows coming in, the elegance of his shoulders—all of it was miraculous, astonishing. I held him up to my face, his head and shoulders filling my hand, his legs dangling almost to my elbow. I tried to think of something maternal I could do to convey to him that I was, in fact, his mother, and that I had the situation completely under control. I kissed his forehead and his skin felt like a silky frog’s on my mouth.
Ariel Levy details her horrific ordeal as she lost her premature child in a country on the other side of the world, in one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful pieces I’ve read in years. Stop whatever it is you’re doing and read this unbelievably courageous essay that will undoubtedly have a profound effect on you. Share it.