I Got Bugs
Since the moment it was unveiled at WWDC in June of last year, I’ve been a big fan of iOS 7. While I certainly understand the people who hate change, I am not one of those people. In technology, I welcome change — especially big, bold changes. At the very least, it shows that a company isn’t afraid to experiment. More importantly, it shows that a company isn’t content to rest on its laurels.
So I embraced the gaudy neon and I entered our newly flat world excited. And I remain convinced that in just about every way, iOS 7 is a huge upgrade over the previous iterations. Except one. And it’s a big one.
The software is so inexplicably and inexcusably buggy.
My major beef is with the keyboard on my iPad (3rd generation, so not underpowered by any means). Since the iOS 7 update its responsiveness is terrible - worse than many Android tablets I’ve tried. It’s just a keyboard and it worked just fine before - it’s not good enough.
Part insane, part terrifying, but also part amazing.
Why do I get the feeling this will be ruined by people. Think trying to shoot them down or stealing the drones when they land.
This coming Sunday’s New York Times Magazine blows the lid off of an Apple conspiracy more outrageous than a dozen Foxconns. Cracking the Apple Trap, it’s called in the print edition. Why Apple Wants to Bust Your Phone, online. But in our hearts, let it be known only as Uhh… Seriously? Time to sigh together, point by point.
This will be hard to beat in the Apple crackpot stakes.
Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
Recently my beautiful fiancé celebrated her birthday and she requested a special cake. I love to get my bake on so was more than happy to oblige. She chose perfectly, as this goes down as one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted.
What You’ll Need
For the crust
- 1¼ cups maree biscuit crumbs
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
For the cheesecake
- 750g cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1 large pinch sea salt
For the crust
- Heat the oven to 180ºC.
- Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Mix together the mare biscuit crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.
- Evenly press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared springform pan.
For the cheesecake
- Combine the cream cheese and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until light, airy and smooth.
- Add the yolk and then the eggs one at a time, mixing completely after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix until blended.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean and the center of the cheesecake is just set (about 40 minutes).
- Turn off the oven, leave the door slightly ajar, and let the cheesecake cool completely.
For the topping
- Stir together the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
- Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Let boil until the mixture turns amber in colour (about 3 minutes).
- Immediately add the butter and stir to incorporate.
- Remove from heat, add the cream, and mix well.
- Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
- Pour the caramel over the cooled cheesecake, then scatter the pecan pieces and sea salt over the top.
You would think with all the naughty things that go into this that it would be teeth hurtingly rich. Yet somehow it is actually quite light and once you start it’s hard to stop. Hope you enjoy!
The rush is on to spin this into bad news in some way. Two possible angles:
1) It wasn’t quite double the weekend sales of the iPhone 5 last year!
2) In three days, Apple wasn’t quite able to triple the number of smartphones BlackBerry shipped — shipped, not sold — for the whole quarter!
Back in reality, 200 million devices updated to iOS 7 in just a few days is insane.
Update: And we have a winner — Sandy Cannold, arguing the old this-iPhone-isn’t-really-new-because-it’s-still-an-iPhone angle:
To me though, all this over-the-top fanfare and even the record-breaking first weekend of sales could actually be cause for concern. Now before Apple lovers pillory me and say that I have no idea what I am talking about, hear me out. I fully concede that Apple is going to make billions in profit from the sale of these new devices and the company is in no danger of becoming Blackberry or Nokia. But the reason I am voicing a bit of doubt is that it seems like Apple is now trying to squeeze every last bit of profit it can out of an aging, shall we call it, iStone.
Sandy, luckily you’re extremely lame puns distract from the fact that you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Some potential angles I hadn’t thought of. There is also “Apple is causing global warming by making so many phones”.
Apple today announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone® 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20.
Just waiting now for the first article that has a crack at putting a negative spin on this. Something like “Apple only sells twice as many iPhones on launch weekend as last year”.
The iPhone 5S is, in some measures, computationally superior to the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro from just five years ago. In your fucking pocket.
Innovation is definitely dead at Apple.
At this point, there is already a clear departure from smart-watch-norm: A round case. Which begs the question: why are square-shaped smart watches so ubiquitous? Well, when you start from a computer instead of a watch, it’s no surprise. For the last decade, the vast majority of computers have utilized a rectangular display. After designing this concept, I can understand why most companies would shy away from taking on the challenges a round interface presents.
Slapping a mini-phone on a wristband isn’t going to cut it.
It’s exactly what everybody expected and it’s got almost no chance of being successful.
Ballsy move this one - absolutely nothing to copy.
One of the greatest things I have ever seen.