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.
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.
I’ve written a lot of pieces over the last few years. I’ve written about technology, music, and culture with relative ease. But there is one topic that I couldn’t honestly cover. One topic that my emotions wouldn’t let me tackle. Thankfully, Cord Jefferson of Gawker beautifully and eloquently wrote about the plausible deniability of today’s racism.
The biggest example being Kanye West’s recent spat with Jimmy Kimmel. That was wrong for a number of reasons, but the worst offense was the dulling of the passionate words Kanye uttered during his BBC interview with Zane Lowe. Kanye using his own circumstances spoke to what many people of color too often go through. Too often we feel something is racist, but maybe we are overreacting? Too often a slight is given, but maybe I’m the only one that sees it this way. Too often, nothing is said by the offending party, but a look is given that could hurt more than the words themselves. Racism has evolved, and in some cases, the offenders don’t even believe they are part of the problem.
Apple has sent out invites for an event on October 22, its second event in as many months. CE: The Magazine reported the date and details of the upcoming event the day after the first get-together. But far be it from us to gloat.
Very rarely do we get an album that will make or break the career of an artist who is already a worldwide superstar. And yet, this is where we find ourselves with Miley Cyrus’ latest album Bangerz. Right in the middle of the musical climax of 2013, one of the best years of music in recent memory, with releases from Drake, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Cher, Lorde, and Kings of Leon — all in the last two weeks — the reception of Bangerz will plot the course for the future of Miley’s career.
Logic Board is a recurring column that examines the biggest news stories and controversies in the technology industry with a rational, logical eye.
Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced that it had accepted a conditional buyout offer from Toronto-based Fairfax Financial, valuing the company at $4.7 billion and effectively putting an end to one of the longest and hardest falls any tech company has ever taken.
I’ve seen a number of different sentiments expressed over this news. Those in the tech industry are none too surprised that BlackBerry as we once knew it is going away. Some users are disappointed at the news that BlackBerry will retreat from the consumer market, instead choosing to focus on the only markets it has left: enterprise and government. Others are curious what value Fairfax Chief Executive Prem Watsa sees in BlackBerry, which reported an operating loss of nearly $1 billion in the last quarter Continue reading
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Over the last twenty years and 100 nominations, 12 hip-hop albums from six artists have been nominated for the Grammy for Album of The Year. The only winner was Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004 (Lauryn Hill won in 1999 with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, but the album was more R&B than hip-hop). Whatever the reason for the serious lack of hip-hop representation, the 2014 Grammy Awards will be markedly different, with three hip-hop albums from three artists that should undoubtedly expect nominations for Album of The Year. Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which was released in October 2012, after the cutoff for the 2013 Grammys, Kanye West’s Yeezus, and Drake’s Nothing Was The Same.
It’s finally here: Apple’s iOS 7 is now available to download. iOS is the mobile operating system that powers Apple’s line of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, and version 7 represents the biggest update to iOS since it launched alongside the original iPhone back in 2007. iOS 7 focuses mainly on redesigning the operating system, applying a new coat of paint to all of the icons and apps, while also packing in a few new features.
Many people are hesitant to update to iOS 7, and that is completely understandable. iOS 7 completely changes the way your iPhone or iPad looks, and even tech nerds such as myself agree that the design is extremely polarizing – it is good in some places, bad in others, and you either love it or you hate it. However, it is important to realize that while iOS 7 introduces a completely new look, everything is still in the same place, and very little has changed in terms of how you use iOS.
Let’s take a look at iOS 7 and compare it directly to iOS 6. Continue reading