More Samsung miracles
It turns out Samsung phones cannot even count:
Q5: I have a Galaxy Note 3 with AT&T. It shows -1 when it should be 0 and shows 1 when it should be 2. Always off by -1. — TRG
A: Apparently it is a glitch. This problem is also common to the Galaxy S3 and S4 as well as to the first two Note versions. If the negative number of notifications show on your email app, clear Email app’s cache and data. If it happens to your messaging app, do the same. Look, you may lose some data while doing the process so better back important ones up before you do this, okay.
Yeah, your phone can’t count your emails, so do a bunch of cache-cleaning BS, which, BTW, will probably delete a bunch of data. Hope you didn’t have anything important on your phone…
Life in Samsung-land
From a website called “thedroidguy.com”
Note 3 keyboard stopped
Problem : Hi, I just bought a Samsung Note 3 on February 2014, it was fine till I installed the update. After the update, it keep popped up “Unfortunately, Samsung Keyboard has stopped”.
I cannot send message and anything that do with typing the words by using the keyboard. Can you please help me? Thank you so much. — Leow
Answer : There could be some compatibility issues with the stock Samsung keyboard and the new Android version. First off, try clearing the cache and data of Samsung keyboard from the Application Manager. If that doesn’t work, clear the cache partition by booting to the recovery mode. If the problem still persists, no other option but to do a master or factory reset. I know it may sound a little inappropriate but some data files may have been corrupt during the update or are not compatible with the new OS. A phone as new as yours, it’s worth a try.
Um, the keyboard doesn’t work? At all? WTF? How is this even possible? People… Do yourselves a favor and just get an iPhone.
Wall St. and Apple
Why does Apple trade at a P/E ratio of 13 while Coca-Cola trades at a ratio of 19? Who in their right mind thinks that the cell phone and tablet markets are more saturated than the fizzy beverage market? Clearly Apple is going to grow more than Coca-Cola. Hopefully this is a short-term dip for Apple. Check out this great long-term projection by Jay Haynes. http://www.jayhaynes.net/2014/01/apples-3-trillion-valuation.html
I'm in the same place you are with my iPad Air (I really like the Logitech Fabricskin keyboard myself). My stumbling block is the need to refer to notes or other research material (a pdf, an article, etc.) while writing. I have gotten used to having them open and on the same screen at the same time, which is far less distracting than switching back and forth on a tablet. How are you overcoming this limitation?
Understood. The solution for me has simply been fast app switching. It’s not as fast, as screen-swiping on OS X (or having two documents open at the same time, of course), but the four-finger gestures for iOS work pretty well. Hopefully future iOS versions will address this further.
In the iPad mail app, the mailboxes open up without closing your current email. Having a way to open that kind of pop-up from another app might be a good solution to this dilemma.
I Got Bugs
Since the moment it was unveiled at WWDC in June of last year, I’ve been a big fan of iOS 7. While I certainly understand the people who hate change, I am not one of those people. In technology, I welcome change — especially big, bold changes. At the very least, it shows that a company isn’t afraid to experiment. More importantly, it shows that a company isn’t content to rest on its laurels.
So I embraced the gaudy neon and I entered our newly flat world excited. And I remain convinced that in just about every way, iOS 7 is a huge upgrade over the previous iterations. Except one. And it’s a big one.
The software is so inexplicably and inexcusably buggy.
Am I lucky, or do those without issues just not talk about it? I am running iOS 7 on an iPhone 5 and the only problems I’ve had are occasional freeze-ups when opening certain emails with inline graphics that don’t load. So I have to kill Mail. And this only started about 3 weeks ago. Otherwise, I haven’t had any stability issues with iOS 7 whatsoever.
MG I have a ton of respect for you and mostly agree with Gruber's piece. But to say that most tech news is negative seems false. A huge subset of the tech press cranks out puff pieces everyday, while there's a much smaller subset that tries to push back—ValleyWag is a blunt example and Jenna Wortham and Nick Bilton's work at the Times is a more thoughtful example. I don't think either extreme is right; conversely, those in the middle are exactly what we need *because* tech is so important today.
I think your last point is a good one: the coverage should be somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, that type of coverage usually doesn’t sell, so to speak. The extremes do. I wish it weren’t that way, but it is. And that’s why we see the types of stories that we see.
I guess the larger point that I didn’t get across clearly enough is that a lot of these people writing about technology today almost seem to hate it — or at least they’re extremely skeptical of it by default. Or worse, they have no context for how the current technological changes fit into the bigger picture — Om Malik’s piece (which I also linked to yesterday) captured this well, I thought.
Ideally, someone covering the tech industry should come from a place of both excitement and understanding. That doesn’t mean every piece should be a puff piece, of course. In fact, I’d argue that many of the puff pieces also arise because the author doesn’t really understand the context of what they’re writing about.
Back to the main point: too many of the posts I see these days read as if the author simply set out to write something negative. Which is very strange.
Regarding your desire to be right, perhaps it is time to revisit the impending doom of libraries? Here’s a piece from a Pew report showing how popular libraries truly are.
Looks like he is losing…
December is here!
So where is the Mac Pro?!?!?!?
The story so far: I’ve left the New York Times to start a new consumer-tech site at Yahoo. We’ll open for business in a few weeks; in the meantime, I’ll continue to post my columns—right here on Tumblr.
You know about “tl;dr,” don’t you? It’s Internet shorthand for “too long; didn’t read.”
Generally, the studio is keeping budgets under $30 million, though movies Spielberg directs will be costlier. Delivery Man kept its cost down after Vaughn, who can command $5 million for a studio comedy, took a reduced fee in exchange for backend. The old DreamWorks would have spent far more to make the film. “They are being very careful and thoughtful about the movies they want to make,” says producer Frank Marshall, a longtime Spielberg confidant who has a producing deal with DreamWorks.
Who would have thought that Dreamworks, when it launched in 1994 with Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen as the new Hollywood moguls, would turn into more of a small, almost art house studio?
The biggest revelation to me? Vince Vaughn can command $5 million for a movie role. The sad state of Hollywood…