Not Good Enough: Dissecting the New Facebook iPad App From Sobees

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There’s a big opportunity for someone to make a killer Facebook app for the iPad. Facebook doesn’t have a native iPad app yet, and the mobile Safari version of it is decent at best. The much-hyped app Flipboard is still clogged up and doesn’t display your full Facebook experience. Enter 3-year-old Swiss app developer Sobees. The company creates some of the most technically innovative social web clients you’ll find anywhere. Unfortunately, the Facebook iPad app Sobees released today, called My Friends, is not one of those. It’s not very good, in fact. I’ll explain just why it’s not good below.Sobees does a lot of things that are very interesting with its other clients. The desktop Twitter client, for example, uses a service called Factery Labs to automatically extract a key sentence from the text of any link shared by a friend on Twitter and displays that below the link. That’s very cool. But the company likes to build on Silverlight, and its work is generally Windows-ugly. (Sorry, but after seeing these apps for years, someone had to say it.) Putting Windows-ugly on an iPad is an aesthetic crime.Here’s a look at the company’s new iPad app. Developers, don’t make these same mistakes with your software. There is potential here, but My Friends just doesn’t end up delivering a good experience. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Your profile picture in the top left is where you’ll see new Facebook notifications for your account. The red exclamation point looks like something’s broken, though. Why not use numbers like Facebook itself does? Better to use basic, familiar signage if possible. When you get a notification and click on that alert, you’re given three options: show notifications, open or open the Sobees fan page. Tell the app to view your notifications and you’re not even able to read their entire text, or click to view them in any other way. Extra clicks are required to get to an unsatisfactory destination.Check out the fonts on the title bar and elsewhere. Not good. I think I see at least five different fonts on this page, and none of them are particularly attractive.Breaking news? One of my friends ate very few calories total today, yet got to eat some pudding. Well, stop the presses! There has to be a hundred different ways this prioritized placement in the display could be better determined to truly show me what’s most important. That’s what makes apps like this interesting.Likewise on hot images: That’s a fuzzy picture of the back of a truck.These latest status updates are cool, and the scrollable window here is nice. It would be nice if I could choose between groups to view. It would also be nice if the comment and like count was responsive in real-time. Even when I post a comment on one of these items myself, its display in Sobees says there are no comments.Latest video ought not display a broken YouTube player. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. Inline playback is nice, but sometimes it crashes the whole app, too.Down at the bottom you’ll see two dots, indicating that there is a second page you can scroll to. That brings up the Sobees display of your news feed. This can take a long time to load, and there’s no switching back to the front page while it loads. It ought to be preloaded for a faster interface. There’s nothing that stands out about the newsfeed display, either.The best part of this app? The people tab. It’s a big scrollable set of profile photos with names overlayed. Click one and you go to a profile page. It’s really nice. Let me put those faces into groups, and I’d almost use the app just for that: to check in on particular friends the way Facebook was used before the Newsfeed was invented.Final judgement: this app isn’t good enough to use for much. It would be great to see it improved, simplified or extended upon. The mistakes made here are probably not uncommon, though, and are things to watch out for in developing other social apps.last_img read more

8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a Script

first_imgHave you written or received a script for your next project? Here are eight questions to ask before moving into production.There are a tremendous amount of scripts written every year. Conservative estimates began at 30,000-50,000 scripts, and that’s only including those filed with the Writers Guild of America (WGAe & WGAw). If scripts filed for copyright are included, the number can easily go up to 100,000.With all those scripts floating around, it must be easy to find your next project — right? Wrong. According to the latest Scoggins Report, only 90 specs were sold in 2014. Up until March 2015, only 26 specs have been sold.So what does all this mean to you as a filmmaker? If you find a script that you can get behind 100%, then you have found a very rare story. Here are some questions to ask before you get your film moving.1. Why Do I Want to Tell This Story?It seems like an easy question, but it really isn’t. When it comes to deciding on a project, you must be willing to give your whole life to seeing it through. That means you need to be emotionally involved with every character. You need to know every little detail in order to make this project a reality.If you don’ think you need to know every character, just look at D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the showrunners of Game of Thrones. The duo actually got the green-light for the show when an HBO executive saw Benioff working out in the gym while reading his annotated copy of his Game of Thrones book. That’s the type of dedication a project requires.2. Why Am I the Best Person to Tell This Story?You cannot only dedicate yourself to a script, but you also have to believe in yourself. If you don’t feel like you have the ability to see a project through to its completion the way it should be done, then you’ll begin to question your own abilities. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a project if you don’t believe in yourself. A bad film can destroy your mentality.If you do believe in yourself, don’t just rely on your skill. Really push yourself to do something you’ve never done before. This is a chance to not only hone your skills, but to create a project that you can cherish forever. You need to believe that you are the perfect person for this job, and that no one could ever do it better.3. What Is My Emotional Connection to This Script?Image: Inside Out via Slash FilmAs mentioned in the first question, you need to become emotionally involved with every character. You also need to become emotionally attached to the story itself. What is the true meaning of the film? What do you want your audience to take away after the credits start rolling?This was something incredibly challenging for director Pete Docter as he was re-working his film about emotions, Inside Out.I’ll tell you a story: there was a dark point about three years into the making of the film. The pressure was mounting. We were approaching a screening and I went for a walk the weekend before, going, “Shoot, it’s just not working. What if I just quit and move to Mexico — what would I miss the most?” And I thought, well, my friends. But then I thought, the people I really feel close to are the people that, yeah, I’ve felt happiness with, but also they are people that I’ve been pissed off at, and scared for. The subject matter I’m dealing with in this movie is the key to relationships. So I got electrified, went back, talked to the guys, we rewrote the script, and that was a major turning point in the film. [Wired]4. Am I Willing to Dedicate Months or Years to This Project?Image: Mad Max: Fury Road 1999 storyboard via The NerdistIs the story so great that you are willing to dedicate yourself to the project for years? You don’t know what obstacles await, and your production could be halted. Are you willing to wait to make this film?For a great recent example, let’s look at director George Miller. His 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road received rave reviews, and the film was heralded as an all-around spectacular action film. You may not know that the film was stuck in “development hell” for 20 years. Miller reacquired the rights to Mad Max in 1995. It took three more years until he had his story in place.He was set to start filming in 2001, and then the events of September 11th postponed the project. Then turmoil in Namibia, the location of the shoot, postponed the project further. Principal photography didn’t begin until July 2012.5. How Long Is the Final Product?Image: Whiplash (Short) via The IndependentIs this a full length feature or a short film? That is one of the first things you need to decided. If it’s still very early in your career, making any film over 30 minutes in length can be an incredibly daunting task. The length of the film will also help determine the length of production. You have to take into account the budget and time you have to make this project. From there you can decide the length you want to aim for.If you can’t afford the project, can you make another version? If you are unable to make the full length feature, try making it a short film first. Short films have successfully turned into features. Look at Bottle Rocket, or last year’s Best Motion Picture Oscar Nominee, Whiplash.Director/Writer Damien Chazelle was unable to secure funding for his film Whiplash. He pulled one of the most prominent scenes from the film and turned it into a short. His goal was to submit the short film to film festivals in hopes of securing the funding for the feature. The short film was so powerful and well done, he not only secured funding, the short won Best Short Film at Sundance.  The next year, the feature was nominated for five Oscars, winning three of them.6. When and Where Is the Film Set?Image: Primer storage facility via The Primer UniverseThe setting of your film is a huge factor. Do you have the budget to shoot an epic in the desert? Is the film a period piece? If so, go ahead and hand over your budget to costumes. Are you able to turn this script into a film you can actually shoot now? The best thing you can do as a filmmaker is embrace your limits.The 2004 film Primer is a perfect example. Not only did the film have a limited budget (approximately $7000), the script called for time travel.  The story and science behind it was so sound, the story actually carried the film. With some creative thinking, nearly the entire film was shot in a storage unit. A perfect example of embracing you limits and working with your budget.7. How Many Actors and Crew Members Will the Project Need?Now that you have looked at the story itself, what about the practical necessities for bringing the story to life? How many characters do you need to cast? How big of a crew do you need? These are major factors. Not only do you need to know how many people you need, you need to know how much each of them will get paid.Will you be able to afford costumes, or even food for the set? Are you still going to have enough left over for your camera, lights, and gear? This leads us to our next point.8. Can You Afford to Make This Film?As any filmmaker can tell you, making a film is incredibly expensive. Every project presents even more expenses you never accounted for. This is why many projects require multiple studios collaborating to make a film. Trying to take on a whole project alone is nearly impossible.Even if you can’t afford it now, you may be able to afford it later. We’ve presented many examples already with making short films first, or even waiting for years.After all of this, you still face your decision to move forward with this project or not. If you have not been swayed at all, and you mind is still set on a project, get to it. Start making the film. Just know challenges will arise, but handling problems is the greatest skill a director can have.Are you ready to turn your script into a feature? Be sure to take advantage of all our post from pre-production to post-production.last_img read more

Give Up

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Comfort: Real change requires that you move from comfort to discomfort. You have to purposely give up what you are comfortable with and do something that doesn’t necessarily feel good (at first, anyway). Real growth and real change always require that you take actions outside your comfort zone. Give up comfort.Security: What you know feels safe. What you don’t know feels uncertain and scary. Most of the time, what you feel is a false sense of security. You live on a small rock spinning at 80,000 MPH and circling a ball of fire. You have very little control. Change comes when you leave security for the unknown. Give up security.Beliefs: A lot of what you believe serves you well. A good bit of what you believe is the source of all of your problems. Your problem isn’t your problem; what you believe about it is your problem. Wherever you recognize a gap between where you are and where you want to be, some belief and the accompanying actions that result from that belief is what keeps you from having what you want. Give up beliefs that no longer serve you.Waiting: Waiting isn’t a strategy for being who you want to be, having what you want to have, and contributing what you want to contribute. Good things do not come to those who wait. Good things come to those who take consistent action and persist. Give up waiting.Avoiding Conflict: Mostly we avoid conflict. But some conflict is necessary if you are going to produce breakthrough results. Avoiding the difficult decision doesn’t mean that the problem or challenge you are facing will go away. Avoiding a difficult conversation doesn’t resolve the problem; it mostly makes them worse. Problems don’t age well. Give up avoiding conflict. If you are going to give up, here is a list to get you started.last_img read more

Mumbai’s moral police enforces regulations on behaviour of couples in public places

first_imgDon’t talk, just kiss” may well be the mantra of lovelorn couples when given half a chance alone in a city park. Not so for Mumbai’s lovers.The city’s moral police in connivance with authorities of such public spots have recently enforced regulations quite unsympathetic to Pop group Right Said Fred’s,Don’t talk, just kiss” may well be the mantra of lovelorn couples when given half a chance alone in a city park. Not so for Mumbai’s lovers.The city’s moral police in connivance with authorities of such public spots have recently enforced regulations quite unsympathetic to Pop group Right Said Fred’s naughty suggestions.At Colaba Woods & Sports Complex at Cuffe Parade, guards hold the threat of the nearby police station to duos getting closer than permissible.At the Bandstand Park in south Mumbai, the city police often make surprise checks. The Kamla Raheja Foundation’s garden at Santa Cruz likes to call itself a “family oriented” place (read “no necking please”).And Patwardhan Park at Bandra actually has a rule book regarding behaviour of couples.Looks like the already crowded sea promenades in the city will now see a steep rise in passion quotient.last_img read more

Kevin Belingon recalls earning ‘Silencer’ moniker, aims to make more noise in Japan card

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot every fighter has a catchy moniker and an interesting narrative behind it.Kevin Belingon is one of the few who has both a cool nickname and an even better story to tell about it.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s how I got the moniker, to this day. It’s still the ring name I use,” he said.He went on to also win his next eight fights to start his MMA career at 9-0 on his way to becoming a ONE bantamweight world champion following a gutsy win over Brazilian legend Bibiano Fernandes last year in ONE: Heart of the Lion.“I plan to stick with it for a very long time,” said Belingon, who currently owns a 20-5 record. “It witnessed my ups and downs in this sport and we can also say that the ‘The Silencer’ has brought lucky charm to me.”“The Silencer” hopes to keep making noise when he takes on Fernandes for the third time for the bantamweight belt in ONE: New Era in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA D-League: Marinerong Pilipino routs FEU Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It took just the first fight for Belingon to earn one of the coolest monikers in the business.“I got the name ‘The Silencer’ after my first mixed martial arts fight,” the Team Lakay star said.“My opponent was the champion, he was the one holding the belt, and I was the underdog. Most of the fans were on his side. I beat him and it silenced the crowd and my opponent as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBelingon was referring to Richard “The Dancing Devil” Lasprilla, one of the original Filipino MMA fighters back in the day. That bout happened in 2007 when no one knew who Belingon was heading into the fight against Lasprilla.But that quickly changed after Belingon stunned Lasprilla. View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Were still as close to Doomsday today as weve ever been

first_img Comment 1 How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future “The velocity of change across these and other technological fronts is extremely high; the international effort to manage these rapid advances has been, to date, grossly insufficient,” reads the new statement from the Bulletin.The panel also focused on the threat of climate change and the renewed rise in global greenhouse emissions following a plateau in recent years.Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental studies at MIT, said the US failure to stop a rise in carbon emissions is “simply an act of gross negligence.”While the clock did not advance closer to midnight this year after two years of inching toward the brink, Bronson and the other panelists were clear to keep the focus on doom and gloom. Sci-Tech Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:23 Share your voice “[The 2019 time] should not be taken as a sign of stability but as a stark warning,” Bronson said.But rather than despairing and retiring to the family fallout shelter to Netflix-and-chill our lives away, the Bulletin lays the task of turning back the clock at the feet of the public.”Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.”Naturally, the Bulletin even includes a hashtag, because what better tool to save the world, right?Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. We’re still living in the most perilous times since the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its trademark Doomsday Clock, which remains set at just two minutes to midnight for the second year in a row.The clock is a kind of metric — midnight represents doomsday — that the organization contrived decades ago to warn “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.”  The Bulletin makes periodic announcements updating the current “time” on the clock, indicating how close we are to some sort of existential catastrophe.It’s two minutes before midnight for the second year in a row. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists In its seven decades of existence, the clock has never been closer to midnight than it is right now. It was also at two minutes before midnight in 1953, at the beginning of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.”We have in fact entered a period we call the ‘new abnormal’,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.In a lengthy statement released at the same time on its website, the Bulletin laid out how this period is defined by a “devolving state of nuclear and climate security” and “a qualitative change in information warfare and a steady misrepresentation of fact that is undermining confidence in political structures and scientific inquiry.” A series of panelists at the press conference decried the erratic nature of relations between the United States and other nuclear powers like Russia and North Korea, which have often played out on President Trump’s Twitter feed.”Journalists, you love Trump’s tweets,” Jerry Brown, former California governor and the Bulletin’s executive chair, told reporters. “You love the leads that get the clicks … but the final click could be a nuclear strike.”In addition to the threats of nuclear arms, climate change and fake news, Bronson cited risks from nascent technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. 8 Photos 8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)last_img read more