I’ve mentioned The FastCast before. I recorded episode 4 over the weekend. Take a listen if you like cars, action, family, or trouble. We also take a small detour and briefly discuss the iPhone 6 and Apple’s eco-system lock in… which I’ve been talking about for years.
So... who got a new iPhone today? And what size did you get?
I’ve purchased every iPhone except the 3G, but for the first time, in a long time, i don’t think I’m going to get a new one.
I have a 5S and I think I’m going to hang onto it for another year. Honestly, I’m not totally sold on a phone that’s that much larger. It’s something I want to hold in my hand before making the jump, but I think even after holding it, I’ll probably keep my 5S.
But enough about me, it’s iPhone day, WHAT ARE YOU GETTING?!
If you look hard enough (or even just a little) you can find videos of the iPhone 6 already on the internet. We know almost everything about it at this point… but we know very little about the wearable that is rumored to be announced as well.
We’ve seen the offerings from Motorola and Google’s Android Wear program, and we’ve seen what Samsung is doing with the Galaxy Gear (using their on OS, Tizen), but ultimately they do the same things – display notifications on your wrist. Earlier versions of the Galaxy Gear had a camera on the band which is interesting, but made the band really bulky.
Before the Apple event tomorrow I wanted to know what you guys wanted.
I’m a watch guy, I feel naked when I don’t wear one. I like it because the time shows me a picture of my day. I like a glanceable, visual representation of my day.
Those are my biggest wants out of a “smart watch.” Am I missing something? What do you want? Is it anything other than “notifications on my wrist,” because that seems… kind of not interesting to me.
Let me know and I’ll try and sift through them before the Apple event tomorrow.
"Every machine has its own acoustic signature" - Musician Matthew Dear and Acoustics Engineer Andrew Gorton toured GE recording the sounds of the machines, people, and work being done. They took those sounds and made the above song.
You can watch the recording process below. In my time not writing this blog I’m a commercial producer. It was kind of funny (for me) to watch the video and see what could be any one of my sound guys, running around with a boom mic.
AHHHHHHH! I knew this was coming. With One Drive, Google Drive, and the pending iCloud Drive offering far less expensive solutions, I knew Dropbox would be cutting it’s prices.
Today Dropbox announced a revamped version of its paid offering for individuals, called Dropbox Pro, that costs $9.99 a month for 1 terabyte of storage. Previously, $9.99 got you just 100 gigabytes; storage maxed out at 500GB, which cost a whopping $500 a year. Along with the new price come features aimed mostly at freelancers, consultants, and solo entrepreneurs: the ability to share links with password protection, to share links that expire on a certain date, and to share some files in “read-only” mode. (It works best with software that has a native read-only mode, like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.) Pro users also get the ability to remotely wipe a lost or missing device.
And according to the official drop box release, people already paying for 100 GB (like me) will be automatically transitioned to the 1TB plan since it’s the exact same price.
Marco Arment published a gigantic headphone review on his blog. He tested and used 17 pairs of headphones with these criteria:
Semi-portable, over-ear headphones — not pocketable, but should fit comfortably in a small bag; suitable for listening at your desk and bringing on an airplane, or maybe wearing outside
Closed-back design with at least moderate isolation
A straight, short cable with a 3-button clicker
The hard price cap is $400, but ideally, these should be under $300.
This is right in my wheelhouse. If you remember I obsessed over the Roc Nation Aviators but haven’t used them for some time because the cable kept breaking. I’ve been using Panasonic RP-HTX7’s and while I love them they don’t have an inline remote. I’m going to dive in and I’ll probably do a post if I buy one of the headphones from this review.
He shoehorned CGI monsters into every Star Wars scene, he made Greedo shoot first, and he invented Jar Jar Binks. But it’s only recently, shortly after the sale of the company he founded to Disney, that Lucas completed his most nefarious work. For George Lucas would stop at nothing short of blowing up the universe.
Specifically the Star Wars expanded universe, the collection of books, comics, video games, and stories that blossomed into the narrative space left by the original Star Wars movie trilogy. In April, Lucasfilm announced that the post-Return of the Jedi expanded universe — a history built over 35 real-world years out of millions of words and thousands of characters — would be destroyed. Not with a bang, like Alderaan or the Death Stars, but with a whimper. The events that the books and games and comics said took place after Star Wars: Episode VI were rebadged as Star Wars Legends: an alternate reality to the new canon to be written in upcoming movies and CGI TV shows..
So, this was inevitable. Yes, George officially “blew up the galaxy” after the sale of the Lucasfilm but he’d been chipping away at it for some time, and it started when he made the prequels. Say what you want about the prequels but the most offensive thing to me was how he changed Boba Fett’s origin and made him a clone.
It was at that moment that Lucas made it abundantly clear that he was doing to do what he wanted, and that movie canon was different than book canon. We fans understood that hirearchy. Movies > Books > Comics > Video Games. No one thought for a second that playing Rebel Assault II on my PlayStation was contributing to the canon in any meaningful way.
When he sold Lucasfilm to Disney the goal was to make more movies and television shows. If Episodes 7, 8, 9 were going to exist they were going to have to ruin more book canon.
Here’s the thing with the books. They were all, at some level, Lucas approved and were eventually even published by Lucasbooks. To us (diehard fans) this was the way our charters were going to live on and it always felt mostly official. You couldn’t get away with killing off Luke but you could have a clone of Luke, and he could marry the Emperors secret apprentice.
In that way it always kind of felt like George Lucas wasn’t really looking at the books. Like he always had his back turned, or never really went into that side of the office unless he had some kind of broad directive like “kill Chewbacca.”
So now Disney has Star Wars and the books are gone. Disney is going to make a unified canon that spans across Movies, TV, and books. I suspect comics and video games will keep existing but not contributing to the canon. For new fans coming in, I think it’s great. It’s great to experience a unified world and it’s great to know that if you pick up a book it relates to the films and television you’re watching.
For people who have been reading Star Wars books for the better part of 30 years … like myself… it’s disheartening. And it will, inevitably, lead me to say “Oh man that was so much better in the book” as things like the Solo’s have children, and if Luke get’s married and it’s not to the Emperors secret apprentice.
Hello internet, it’s me, T.C. You might remember me from such threads as “Steve Ballmer’s Surprise Introductions Throughout History,” or “Google Glass Throughout History,” or “Ben Affleck is Sad Batman.” In the spirit of Verge Hack Week, we’re going to do things a little differently today: you’re going to tell me what the future looks like, and I’ll make it happen.
Watching TC photoshop is incredibly calming. I’m watching now and I don’t ever want to stop watching.
I saw Guardians last week at the Ziegfeld theatre in New York. It’s my favorite theatre and (I’m pretty sure) it’s the largest non-IMAX screen in the city. It’s the perfect place to see action movies (it’s the perfect place to see anything, really, but it lends itself to big action movies a little more).
Anyway, after reading Film Crit Hulks review (it’s not really a review, but I don’t have a word for it) I think I like the movie more than when I left the theatre. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Guardians. I’m happy I saw it in theaters and I’ll probably watch it again, but the internet really over hyped this film.
I kept seeing it compared to Star Wars regarding its scope, size, and characters (specifically Rocket and Groot) and that sets a very high bar for me. It’s not Star Wars. But almost nothing is. Heck, even some Star Wars movies aren’t Star Wars. So when I walked out of the theatre I was a little let down when really I shouldn’t have been.
Reading Hulk’s assessment of the story and characters makes me appreciate this movie more than I did after seeing it. And actually makes me want to see it in theaters again.
Do we have a word yet for “totally winning the internet”? Because maybe that word should be Clickhole. Everything they are doing, from the quizzes (the serious ones and the fake ones) to their lists have been absolutely killing it. But this… this is a weird other level.
Today, Clickhole uploaded (from what I can tell) the entirety of Moby Dick as a blog post with a new title. Well done. I’m probably going to take the rest of the day off, there’s no point in internetting any more.
Oh look. It’s the news the I (and the world) was expecting yesterday. Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive… *sigh*. Reading the conversation Eurogamer had with Spencer it’s still clouded in PR double speak and half truths:
"When people want me to say, can you tell us when or if it’s coming to other platforms, it’s not my job," Spencer told Eurogamer. "My job is not to talk about games I don’t own. I have a certain relationship on this version of Tomb Raider, which we announced, and I feel really good about our long term relationship with Crystal and Square.
"I get the reaction I see. If I’m a PlayStation person all of a sudden I feel like, the franchise has gone. I didn’t buy the IP. I didn’t buy the studio. It’s not mine. Where this thing will go over time, just like Dead Rising or Ryse, we’ll see what happens with the game. I don’t own every iteration of Tomb Raider.
"I don’t own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can’t talk about the franchise that way. I can talk about the deal I have."
So, what, exactly, is that deal?
"I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I’m not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is. What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don’t control it. So all I can talk about is the deal I have. I don’t know where else Tomb Raider goes.
Is there a time limit on the exclusivity period?
"Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise."
Even reading it, and I’ve read it four times now, I get a little lost in the middle. That said, Spencer dropped the names Dead Rising and Ryse, both were recently announced to be coming to PC after being named Xbox One exclusives.