Monthly Archives: June 2012

June 28, 2012

Facebook to speed up its iOS app

The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a Web browser inside. When it comes to speed, this is like putting the engine of a Smart Car in the body of a Ferrari.

Eloquently put.

EA Sports Planning Wii U Announcements

This might seem like no big deal, but getting EA Sports to make games for Wii U signals some serious third-party support. We all remember what happened when EA said no to the Dreamcast.

Here’s hoping the titles to be announced are as fully featured as other versions of the franchises.

June 27, 2012

Fast Company's interview with Uniqlo's Tadashi Yanai

“Too often, we have tended to fall into a trap of creating plain hamburgers.” Yanai zeroes in on a lumpen gray sweatsuit, a 1,490-yen ($20) example of what to wear if you want to void all attractiveness on your person. “This,” he says almost triumphantly, “is a plain hamburger. It’s got nothing. You see no trace of a design commitment. We are probably selling it because it sold well last year.” He pauses, and then looks at me. “Would you wear it?”

The fact that I love Uniqlo apparel is not exactly a secret. (via kottke.org)

On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels

Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.’s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.

A perfect example of how companies can use people’s surfing habits.

June 25, 2012

Valve announces Pyromania

That only left the issue of what to call the update. Luckily, at the very moment we were thinking about it, someone turned on the radio. Guess what song was on? That’s right: ‘Safety Dance’.

“That’s a pretty catchy song,” we said. “Who sings that?” Well, we don’t want to upset you, so we won’t type it here, but suffice it to say the band that wrote ‘Safety Dance’ has the most unthinkably offensive name we’ve ever heard.

Only Valve know how to write a press release this funny.

Shutterstock

A stock photo site that isn’t offensive to the eye. Who knew?