• > On That Workflow Acquistion

    Gabe, On That Workflow Acquistion, on March 22, 2017:

    I think this is bad news for anyone that relies on Workflow to make iOS useful… I’d love to be wrong on this front, but I don’t think automation is a priority for Apple or for iOS.

    I agree. The small, abused optimist in my brain hopes this will turn out as successful as Siri or TestFlight, but the pragmatist is afraid my most productive app on iOS is dead. At least they didn’t pull it from the store. Yet. And now it’s free!

  • > Disable Auto-Play Videos

    Kirk McElhearn, Stop Auto-Play Videos from Annoying You in Your Browser on macOS, on March 13, 2017:

    • Here are the direct commands to activate and deactivate this feature in Safari from Terminal, without displaying the Debug menu:

    defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitMediaPlaybackAllowsInline -bool false

    defaults write com.apple.SafariTechnologyPreview WebKitMediaPlaybackAllowsInline -bool false

    defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2AllowsInlineMediaPlayback -bool false

    defaults write com.apple.SafariTechnologyPreview com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2AllowsInlineMediaPlayback -bool false

    Amen.

  • > The Internet Is Unstable

    Parker, The Internet Is Unstable, on February 14, 2017:

    Why is it, therefore, that we have built the World Wide Web for a stable & fast Internet connection, rather than the much more common unstable & slow Internet connection?

    Too often I see apps fail miserable when on a flaky connection, or worse not work at all with no connection. This is unacceptable. Parker promises to design for the reality not the Silicon Valley dream.

  • > Should iOS 10.3’s App Store Rating Prompts Be Notifications Instead of Alerts?

    John Gruber, Should iOS 10.3’s App Store Rating Prompts Be Notifications Instead of Alerts?, on 2-02-2017:

    There’s no question that the current design in the 10.3 betas (the modal alert) is more intrusive. But developers get to decide when it appears.

    No matter how well developers think through the issue, they will never be able to even approach 100% accuracy on the best time to ask for a review. Even in apps I love, it’s almost never a good time at the moment for me to fill out a review as I’m doing something, but I do want to be able to come back later, like when I’m going through notifications and have some downtime, and be able to review it. To me the issue is simple: it is least intrusive and most efficacious for the user to have review prompts be notifications and not modal dialog boxes.

  • > Calling Bullshit

    Chris Coyier, Calling Bullshit, on 1-23-2017:

    Sounds like if there should be one required course in college, this should be it.

    It’s called “critical thinking” and should be an integral part of every college course, but most philosophy departments do have a stand alone class. At my alma mater it’s “PHIL 210 Critical Thinking.”