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How to Hide iMessage Apps in iOS 11

Here’s how to hide iMessage apps in iOS 11

With Apple’s big iOS 11 update now rolling out, many users are discovering one of the update’s more pesky features: a persistent app bar in the Messages app that seemingly doesn’t go away.

While iMessage apps have been a thing since last year with iOS 10, iOS 11 for some reason tweaked the interface slightly so that these app shortcuts always appear underneath your chats by default. It looks like this, though the apps you see change based on what apps you have installed.

Though some of these apps can be fun additions to you conversations, having to look at them constantly is distracting. It becomes even more annoying if you accidentally tap one of them when you’re trying to do something else.

The good news, though, is that there is a way to hide the pesky app list. As pointed out by a few Redditors, all you have to do is swipe down on the gray App Store icon to make all those app bubbles go away.

omg… i had no idea it was so easy to remove / hide that g’damn “app bar” in imessages!

thank gawd, that shit was sooooooo annoying.

#ugh  #cooltips

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Ctrl+Alt+Del Regret

Yes, Bill Gates regrets Ctrl+Alt+Delete

At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum today, Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to account for one of the most baffling questions of the digital era: Why does it take three fingers to lock or log in to a PC, and why did Gates ever think that was a good idea?

Grimacing slightly, Gates deflected responsibility for the ctrl+alt+delete key command, saying, “clearly, the people involved should have put another key on to make that work.” Rubenstein pressed him: Does he regret the decision?

“You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk,” Gates said.

But: “Sure. If I could make one small edit I would make that a single key operation.”

only took twenty years… but hey, personally i’m happy he did it because it’s always been fun to run that geeky “joke” on computer noobs that are pissing you off or annoying ya…. am i right, or am i right?


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Skimmer Scanner App

Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a $10 piece of pre-built hardware – easily purchased online – into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it’s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump.

A clever developer came up with a somewhat simple approach to protecting yourself at the gas station. The CEO and Founder of SparkFun, Nate Seidle, along with programmer Nick Poole, built a free, open-source Android app to detect popular skimmers.

The app detects a specific Bluetooth signal and, if found, it tries to establish a connection and send a command that will verify the existence of a skimmer in your general area. The app is looking for Bluetooth networks with an ID of HC-05, which turned out to be the default on devices Seidle tested; if it finds one you’ll be alerted.

SparkFun’s Bluetooth device-detecting app is called Skimmer Scanner and it’s a bare-bones tool that appears to work as intended. It’s free and open-source and the developer says it doesn’t keep or record any information.

this is great, and yeah… it’s about damn time there’s an “app for that!”

i recently had to get a new check card from my bank and reset all my online accounts — which is a pain in the ass — because of a fraud alert from some asshole up in new york buying $330 of crap at walmart… ugh… and i wondered how it all happened, since i have that security chip on my card, and after some thought and talking to people it seemed like the gas pump was the likely culprit… no idea for sure, but still has had me wondering about it.

anywho, they need to bring this over to iOS pronto.

#mutters  #sigh

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Design Online/Web

iOS 11 vs. Design Nerds

iOS 11 will annoy the hell out of design nerds

Apple is usually lauded for raising the bar for product and interface design, since way before it launched the first iPhone. But designer Ryan Lau has noticed a number of design issues in iOS 11 which lead him to believe that the company’s software development division is no longer paying as much attention to detail as it once used to.

And he’s right.

i went ahead and downloaded / updated my iphone to iOS 11 last night when i got home, and have to say that i’m not really noticing all these big design issues or mismatches… maybe i just haven’t dug into it and spent enough time with it yet, i dunno.

first thing i noticed was some of the icons being updated, and some of the fonts were more bold than before… digging some of the app updates… not really digging this little “app bar” at the bottom of the messaging app though — i guess it’s cool, but seriously… wtf?

i dunno mang.

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More Punisher, Please

The First Trailer for Netflix’s Punisher Is Filled with Rage and Bullet Holes

oh yeah, definitely gonna be adding this to my binge list… loved seeing him in Daredevil and can’t wait to see what they do with it… even though i’ve been a little disappointed in the past couple “marvel” shows by netflix.


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iOS11 Out Today

iOS 11 review: 10 things to try

iOS 11 is available, officially, today. It’s coming to every iPhone and iPad made in the past few years, and chances are, you’re going to upgrade. When you install it on your iPhone, you’ll find that some things are very different than what you’re used to, but the core of how you get around and experience the OS will be the same. For example: the Control Center is wildly different and notifications have changed slightly, but you still have that comfortable (and comforting) grid of apps on the home screen. A lot is new, but not so much that you can’t recognize it.

for some reason i thought that iOS 11 was coming out this coming friday, but i guess i’m getting all these damn dates confused or mixed up… hard to keep track of it all sometimes, y’know?

anywho, haven’t downloaded / installed it yet… figure i’ll just wait until i get home and update it later tonight… but if you’ve already gone to iOS11, how ya liking it so far?


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Petition To Fire JJ Abrams

Fans petition Lucasfilm to fire J.J. Abrams from Star Wars: Episode IX

Fans are petitioning Lucasfilm to discharge J.J. Abrams from his post as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, just one week after his appointment to the role.

Last week, following the news that Colin Trevorrow was no longer directing the film, it was announced that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director would step in to replace him.

Under Abrams’ direction, the seventh film in Star Wars‘ Skywalker saga became the third highest grossing film ever made. Despite its success and positive reviews, one unhappy fan has created a petition for Lucasfilm to “Remove J.J. Abrams as director of Star Wars Episode IX”. It currently has 1,811 signatures.

The petitioner, Matt Vela, argues Abrams’ direction of The Force Awakens resulted in a film that was too similar to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. “There was virtually no creativity,” he writes, “and no risks taken.”

damn man, what’s with all the nerdrage over JJ Abrams?!

sure, i get it and even agree to a point… but setting up a petition to fire him from a movie you haven’t seen, and won’t even be out for a few more years? ummm…. yeah.

c’mon man.

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Online/Web Web Design

Material Design Awards 2017

Material Design Awards 2017
Recognizing best-in-class designs from around the community

A design system only comes to life when it’s used to create meaningful experiences. The Material Design Awards recognize best-in-class achievements in employing the Material Design system, and honor the makers behind each design.

For this, our third annual Material Design Awards, we decided to do things a little differently by opening the nomination process to the public. We wanted to reach back out to the community to help us find the very best, because there is so much excellent work being created. After reviewing hundreds of submissions, we’re proud to announce the winners, who will be joining us to celebrate at the SPAN Pittsburgh conference on September 14-15. Read on to learn what makes each of these experiences great.

i still prefer the iOS interface, but the “designer” in me really does like the stuff i’ve been seeing with google’s Material Design — especially over this past year or so, as it seems to get a little more solid and mature.

good stuff, google.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Icon System

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Online/Web Science WTF?

Brain Linked To Internet

Researchers Have Linked a Human Brain to the Internet for the First Time Ever

Researchers from Wits University have linked a brain directly to the internet. Data gathered from this project could help fuel the next steps in machine learning and brain-computer interfaces.

ummm… yeah, that just happened.


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Discus Toxic Censorship

Disqus Assisting In Toxic Speech Censorship

Disqus, the leading third party provider of blog commenting systems you see omnipresent on the Internet, has added a “toxicity” feature that will allow site owners to censor comments based upon an AI learned speech or content pattern the site owner finds “toxic” to healthy conversation. This is above and beyond the foul language or keywords or links or spam or photos of other such existing Disqus features for keeping story comments and responses in reasonable stage of public decency. This is about keeping language or ideas you find hateful or harmful off your site.

The reason comments sections exists, outside of the fact advertisers goo upon them as a prisoner upon a conjugal visiting wife, is to provide a reader response to the content of an article. In many cases to provide a counterpoint, disagreement, or differing opinion than the one published and promoted by the author and site. Occasionally simply to find new phonetic ways to spell “fuck”. It’s the Internet’s best attempt at debate.

In a concession to the times and the fear of unpleasant thoughts or frightening ideas, the “toxic speech” feature will allow you to train your comments section to censor all things unfriendly or foreign to your sensibilities. To train out the bad or hurtful speech, under your own definition of such. As the AI learns what you find offensive, it will trim off those edges that might make people feel uncomfortable. Things like counterpoint. Ugly facts of life made less ugly by omission.

“Toxicity” certainly sounds like something nobody wants. Who wants to be poisoned or drastically made ill? It seems high time to keep comments to stories within properly aligned and lightly to fully supportive agreements. Does it further degrade the ideals of free speech and healthy debate? Naturally. But imagine all the feelings that won’t be hurt. This is the new America. Disqus is merely the messenger.

oh man… seriously, this is exactly the kinda shit that freaks people out… and something a few have been worried about, as far as things like 3rd party comment systems etc…

censorship sucks.

#damnit  #sigh

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Married With Sex Bot

Married Father Defends Sex Robot as ‘Part of the Family’

Most people hide their sex toys in a drawer or closet. Arran Lee Wright hangs out with his on the sofa.

The married father of two co-created smart sex doll Samantha, who, despite her dead eyes, cold skin, and general aloofness, has become part of the family.

“My children [aged three and five], they say, ‘Where’s Samantha?’” Wright told This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during a recent appearance on the ITV program.

“She can talk about animals, she can talk about philosophy, she can talk about science,” he said, describing the AI’s prudent “family mode.” “She’s programmed with a thousand jokes.”

Flip a switch, though, and she’s ready for action.

i mean, damn… preview of things to come?


Humor/Funny Online/Web

Jony Ive, The Poo Emoji

In Case You Missed It, Here’s Jony Ive As The Poo Emoji

Today, the world witnessed Tim Cook as a talking alien emoji, Craig Federighi as a clucking chicken emoji, and Jony Ive as smiling poo emoji. This new bit of AR magic is called Animoji, and it’s more than a little unsettling.

jony ive as an animated poo emoji? now that’s some silly shit right there, mang.


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iPhone X: Everything You Need to Know

iPhone X: Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s Most Interesting Phone in Years

It’s official. Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone is finally here and it’s called the iPhone X. The phone’s bezels have been basically eliminated, and its screen is bigger. And returning to a design element from years past, the new phone has a glass back, something we haven’t seen since the iPhone 4s.

The iPhone X will be available in space gray and silver, and like last year’s models, it’s both dust and water resistant.

For those of you who don’t often take a look outside of Cupertino’s walled garden, the iPhone X not only improves on previous iPhones, it also closes the gap even further between Apple’s phones and flagship Android devices thanks to new features such as wireless charging, facial recognition, and a stunning OLED display.

Sporting an OLED panel instead of an LCD like on previous Apple handsets, the iPhone X’s Super Retina Display is not only more colorful than before, it also has more contrast and has a 2436 x 1125 resolution that’s higher than any iPhone before it. The most striking facet, however, is the iPhone X’s slim bezel-less design, which lets Apple pack a high-res 5.8-inch display into a body that’s smaller and more compact than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8.

Around the outside of the screen on what’s left of the tiny bezels that Apple couldn’t eliminate, are tiny black borders that appear to help blur where the screen ends and the rest of the phone begins. Some iPhone loyalists make take exception to the tiny cutout at the top of the screen where it bends around the X’s earpiece, but I think it’s a refreshing new design direction that simply lets the iPhone get the most out of its displa real estate.


well, it’s the day after apple’s big iphone X event and i figure everyone around here is fully clued in to this new iPhone X… sure, there were a lot of other things they talked about yesterday that was interesting, but let’s be honest — it was this new iPhone that everybody was waiting to see / hear more about… i’m still kinda stuck on the starting $999 pricetag, and wondering if i should pony up and pay the difference or what… though i’m not sure how much that’s gonna be, but i should be eligible since i’m on the AT&T Next program… guess i’ll just have to call or go to my local AT&T store and ask.

that’s another thing, pre-orders don’t start until october 27th?! what the hell?

ugh, whatever… so what do you guys think?


Apple’s iPhone X, Today

Everything we expect from Apple’s big iPhone event

i’m not sure if we’ll be showing the event on one of the screen projectors around the office today, but i’m pretty sure half the office will be watching it one way or the other… almost feels like some kind of tradition at this point.

PS. i’m sure 99% of all the rumors and leaks are true.

Online/Web Science

SpaceX’s New Spacesuit

Elon Musk shares first full-body photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit

Elon Musk has shared a photo of the SpaceX spacesuit the company has designed in-house. This is the second photo shared by Musk of the new spacesuit design created by the company, and the first to feature the suit’s full-body look.

The first photo focused on the head and shoulders of the outfit, depicting the full tinted face mask of the helmet, and the angular shoulders and black and white design. This one puts the suit into context next to the Crew Dragon capsule, which is the vehicle staff wearing the suit will use to make the trip on SpaceX’s first crewed launches.

This full-length shot of the suit reveals the glove and boot design for the first time, along with the pants, which feature flex zones in the knee area for mobility when bending. It also looks like there are similar padded areas in the back in black to help provide comfort while seated in the capsule.

The boots looks fairly lightweight, probably also optimized for mobility. These suits aren’t designed for extra-vehicular activity (EVA) after all – they’re created to protect the astronauts while they’re in the capsule, and when moving over to other vehicles (like the ISS) under pressurized conditions, rather than being exposed to vacuum.

have to say, that’s one sexy looking spacesuit!

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Ugh @ Apps on iPhone 8

Ugh, this is really what apps are going to look like on the iPhone 8…

A few days ago, we wondered whether the iPhone 8’s user interface will be as ugly as reports said it’d be. It turns out, we have our answer, and it’s yes. The “notch” housing the front cameras, speaker, and sensors that totally ruins the all-screen design is something that can’t go away. And rather than hiding it, Apple will embrace it, and make the most of the available screen real estate. The ears flanking the notch will be functional, displaying various elements on the screen.

man, the more i see of this new iPhone 8, the less i’m digging it… i’m sure it’ll still be nice, with a gorgeous OLED screen and all that… but i can’t for the life of me understand how that “tab” at the top got the thumbs up from the designers over at apple — speaking of which, i can’t wait to see the requisite video from jonathan ive about the magically awesomeness behind the design.

umm, yeah… anybody else missing steve jobs?



Insensitive Hurricane Models

Models posting racy bikini and lingerie shots accused of being ‘tone deaf’ over Hurricane Irma

Several models have been accused of insensitivity for posting good-will messages to the victims of Hurricane Irma – accompanied by racy bikini and lingerie pictures.

Kara Del Toro, a 25-year-old American model, posted a picture on social media of her in a bikini on a beach on the Turks and Caicos islands, which were struck by the devastating hurricane in the early hours of Friday morning.

She wrote to her 495,000 followers on Instagram: “Sending positive thoughts and good vibes to the islands right now.”

c’mon man, seriously?! talk about people needing to chill out… i mean, they’re lingerie models for cry’n out loud — what the hell do you expect?

#blink  #duh

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Online/Web Schweeeet

Random Sexiness

a few random shots, just for the helluva it… i mean, it is friday after all :)

sexy bitches ;)

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Epson’s 130-Inch Laser TV

Epson just unveiled a 130-inch ‘screen-free’ laser TV that launches this fall for $3,000

The home projector market is likely far bigger than you think, and Epson is the market leader by a wide margin, with a 53% market share in the United States. The company offers a good mix of high-quality affordable projectors and high-end models, but the latter category is today’s focus. Epson’s just-announced Home Cinema LS100 Laser Display is a brand new ultra short-throw projector the likes of which you’ve never seen before. It’s capable of projecting a display up to 130 inches diagonally onto a wall or an screen at remarkably close distances. What’s more, Epson says that if you use a good high-quality ambient light rejecting projector screen with the LS100, the quality of the image is practically indistinguishable from a standard LCD TV.

That comparison to LCD TVs is important, because the Home Cinema LS100 Laser Display comes with a fairly hefty $2,999.99 price tag. Compared to LCD TVs, however, $3,000 is nothing.

A decent 75-inch TV will likely cost you somewhere between $2,500 and $2,800, which isn’t bad when you consider that a 75-inch TV display panel is about 33% larger than a 65-inch panel, since sizes are measured diagonally. Then, if you want to go any larger than 75 inches, you can expect to pay anywhere between $4,000 and $10,000.

With that in mind, $3,000 for a 130-inch screen doesn’t seem all that bad.

oh man, i’ve been eyeballing tv’s of late and been seriously fighting the urge to upgrade the 70″ vizio (p-series, 2014) in the living room… i really kinda want to wait and see what the 2018 Vizio P-Series is and has to offer, because i have a feeling it’s gonna be pretty awesome… especially for the money… but damn, sometimes it’s hard — especially with a new football season starting up, etc… but damn, this new 130-inch epson laser projector sounds pretty tasty :)

Roku launches its own channel featuring free, ad-supported movies

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300K On Tesla Model S

This Is What Happens When You Put 300,000 Miles On A Tesla Model S

If you live on the West Coast, the company Tesloop can give you a ride if you’re traveling around California. As you can expect, the company’s cars accrue serious mileage in a short timespan—and indeed, Tesloop says its first car, a Model S, just rolled over 300,000 miles on the odometer. Here’s how it held up.

The vehicle, dubbed “eHawk,” hit the milestone on Tuesday. It’s the only Model S in Tesloop’s fleet, the company said in a blog post, and each car travels up to 17,000 miles per month in and around LA, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs.

Since the Model S was first deployed, Tesloop said it has been out of commission for only 12 days in a shop, and the combined maintenance costs were about $10,500. Tesloop can take advantage of the Tesla Supercharging network at a cost of basically nothing, so that figure breaks down to $6,900 for scheduled maintenance and $3,500 to repair headlights that were damaged while the car drove through deep water, Tesloop said.

Comparatively, Tesloop estimated what the costs would’ve been for a Mercedes S class or a Lincoln Town Car in that same timespan. According to the company’s analysis, the cost would’ve been $86,000 for the Mercedes, with 112 days of servicing, and $70,000 for the Lincoln, with roughly 100 days of servicing.

so fucking cool… and this is exactly why there’s so much hype interest in the new Model 3 by Tesla — hell, i’m hoping they get the manufacturing all squared away and are able to ramp up production to meet the demand, so i can hopefully get one in a few years.

will wait and see, though.

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