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Hello, I'm Tom McGrath. I'm Senior Editor of tinyland: tech, which forms part of a new site I've co-founded, tinyland. It hasn't launched yet, but it shall do soon (we're aiming for late March). Sign up at the URL below to be informed on the site's launch.
Oh, and I'm 16.
That picture's two years old, by the way. But I still use it, because I like it, and you don't need to see my face. Why would you?
Sadly, it’s half-baked. The design isn’t across the board: once you get past the main page and photostream you’re pretty much thrown back into the old blue and pink Flickr design. It’s really irritating me as the new design looks great (and should be great) but it’s not fully implemented.
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Over four days of video. Per minute.
If I’m right in saying, that’s over 15 years of video uploaded per day. No, that can’t be right. Can it?
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Yahoo owns Flickr. For that reason alone I want Yahoo to survive (although Flickr probably would have been better off with Google).
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Since Mayer became CEO, Yahoo has acquired Stamped, OntheAir, Snip.it, Alike, Jybe, Summly, Astrid, GoPollGo, Milewise and, most recently, Loki. Their homepage has also been redesigned (albeit not to the extent I’d wish for) and they’ve launched the iOS weather app which is, mostly, brilliant. And of course they’ve updated Flickr and Mail too.
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Yeah, but doesn’t $0.99/month seem a little too low if episodes are then charged at $1.99? They could charge far higher – not that I actually want them to, I’m just saying it doesn’t seem like great business. It doesn’t really make sense to me.
But hey, I’ve yet to even get a GCSE in business so what do I know.
11 days ago on YouTube launches paid channels starting at $0.99 per month 1 reply 1 recommend
Hang on. So if I purchase an episode to stream it, does that give me unlimited streaming? I wouldn’t want to pay £2 every time I wanted to watch a show when I could just download it from iTunes for £2.50.
But if this is integrated into Google Play I can see this taking off, especially with Play vouchers available nowadays – just as long as it’s unlimited streaming.
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The vast majority of people I know are only going to see it because of Benedict Cumberbatch, so yeah, it does make sense.
I’ll admit that I watched the first film simply so I could watch the second without feeling guilty that I was just watching it because of Benedict Cumberbatch.
And thanks again. I knew the users here would be a bit more honest (although some of my friends were quite critical for similar reasons to those shown here) and tech-savvy so I thought it would be the best thing to do.
Yeah, sorry. I was kind of in a rush to post this and didn’t think as my deadline is tomorrow! Ah, I see. That’s a good point, thanks.
Yeah! We kind of take them for granted, which is a bit silly of us seeming as they’re awesome bits of kit. Thanks for your kind words.
Whoa. Please tell me you aren’t saying my design looks like something from the Memphis movement. As for the metal ring thing – firstly, it’s plastic, secondly it was made with a Makerbot in two parts (accidentally) and finally it’s meant to be transparent in the final product – this is just a prototype.
All that being said, thanks for your comments!
Thanks! The dock is a prototype. I desperately tried to make it work however, with the resources available, it was simply too difficult. All I needed were flat cables, a rotary encoder, a proprietary lock-in system to swap the connectors, transparent plastic instead of translucent blue, LEDs behind the volume ring (to indicate the volume) and power button (to indicate power, of course), better sanding and for it to be made of aluminium instead of hardened powder/melted plastic. Oh, and better quality speakers.
Okay. That’s actually quite a lot.
Thanks. The buttons were incredibly hard to do due to their minute size. Oh dear, I feel like I’m apologising to critics, I shouldn’t do that. Yeah, I always wanted to make it out of aluminium but we don’t actually have the tech to work with large volumes of aluminium (despite having loads of 3D printers).
Yeah. That’s not my current iPod, I currently have the new iPod touch (hence the Lightning connector) so I didn’t really design it around the colour of that iPod. The buttons were never actually meant to be there. You know how on the iPod/iPhone headphones, you double click to fast forward, click to play and what have you? That was my initial intention, however making the front face one single button was too hard work – especially as, as with all the docks made in our class, the buttons don’t work.
Some things I should probably say to address the issues I’ve received currently (not that I’ll exclude those comments from my evaluation, I just want to clarify):
- The middle blue ring is meant to be transparent. However, my teacher printed it on the Makerbot using translucent blue rather than clear plastic.
- The dock is weighted and does not fall over easily, but I appreciate it’s narrow at the bottom. This is an issue I’ve faced throughout the design process but I generally liked how the dock fitted into my hand.
- It’s meant to be portable, hence the small size.
- We get marked down for neutral colours! I was as disappointed as you all are.
However, keep the comments coming, they’re great help and I’ll include them all, unaltered, in my evaluation (or the vast majority, depending on how many I receive).
I understand. There would be a wide range of colour schemes offered, it’s just that in our school (for some reason) you’re marked down for using neutral, minimalist colours as your main scheme as they don’t stand out as much. Thanks for your comments though, these are all good for evaluation.
It’s pretty stable – there are plenty of weights in the bottom and it only falls over if you hit it with a fair amount of force. Regarding the colour scheme, I understand. This was just one of many colour schemes I planned. And I totally understand the plasticy comment – the spray paint we use has the horrid side effect of making it look really glossy which I didn’t like, however, matte paint was considered “not as good a finish” to my teacher. Mad.
But thanks for your feedback – this is the most critical I’ve had to date, but that’s still fine!
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In terms of form, this iPod is amazing. In terms of function, it’s awful. However, in this case I probably would take form over function; I just love how sleek and minimalist it is.
And I’m not generally one for shiny, “chrome” products, but I have to admit that the stainless steel iPod shuffle was pretty good looking.
All of this is completely plausible.
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This isn’t to do with coverage, but what happened to the office tour we were promised (in the Vergecast the week before you moved in, if I’m right in saying)?
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I’m answering on The Verge’s behalf as they’ve said this a dozens of times.
But the actual structure (and frequency) of BBC tech stories is abysmal. They’ll generally post three or four stories a day without capturing the big news. As much as I like the BBC, they really need to improve their tech coverage.
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There’s plenty of tech news at Engadget because Engadget post about every single tiny detail in the industry. The vast majority of their posts these days are pretty dull – right now they seem to be posting loads about Nokia Lumia variants and I can’t tell why.