First Thoughts on Incipio NGP

As I said last week, I was going to order a Incipio NGP Case for my new iPhone 6. I’ve only had it three days, which isn’t enough time to write a thorough review, but just enough time for me to tell you that I love it.

I received the case on Friday. I put it on and almost immediately fell in love with it. It’s light, and is thin enough to look great on the phone, but not to the point where you feel like nothing is being protected. The material is a perfect balance of soft yet firm. The case gives you more grip on the phone without being a nuisance to put in or take out of pockets.

Again, I’ve said before that I hate cases, but this case came to change everything. My first impressions are very good, and I see myself using this case in the long term. If you have hesitated at all to buy this case and had some of the same issues I did, hesitate no more. Keep on the lookout for a more in-depth review in the coming months.

Woman Documents Sexual Harassment; Receives Rape Threats

Cory Doctorow reporting for Boing Boing:

Shoshana B Roberts spent 10 hours walking the streets of New York with a hidden camera crew, documenting over 100 catcalls (plus countless less-visible forms of harassment), as part of a campaign from Hollaback, who work to fight street harassment of women.

Within a day, she had over a million views – and a totally predictable passel of rape-threats from creeps.

This is sad. The ensuing rape threats are not only utterly disgusting, they further prove the necessity for awareness on street harassment. Cat calling is not a compliment. The never ending focus on the female appearance is a problem that transcends our industry, and each of us can do our part in being respectful.

The Wirecutter on The Best iPhone 6 Case

Yesterday, I went out and got myself an iPhone 6.1 I’ve had an iPhone since the iPhone 4, and at first I had a screen protector on it, and a bulky case.2 When I upgraded to an 5s last year, I decided that I wasn’t going to use a case anymore. I wanted it naked so as to not devalue the beauty and design of the phone.

My iPhone 5s on the front side. You’ll notice no huge scratches or dings.

It wasn’t that bad. The phone did pretty well on some minor drops. I made it a point to treat the phone as if it had a case, but still take care of it as much as possible. In my opinion, the phone still looks pretty great, but I’ve included some pictures3 for you to judge yourself.

The back side of my iPhone 5s. Again no scratches! I’ve had this phone for a year, and that it’s in such great condition without a case, is pretty surprising.

With that said, when I got the new iPhone, I decided to look into cases just for kicks. The Wirecutter did an amazing review of cases, and in fact they recommend one as “the best (so far)”. I’ve linked the full article and review above. If you’re also looking for a case, I think you’ll find their opinions interesting. I ordered one, and will write something on it once I’ve used it for a month or two.4

  1. This is the first impulse buy that I’ve made in a really long time. My girlfriend had to get a new phone, and she went with the iPhone 6. After seeing it, I just had to have it. 

  2. If you remember that phone, you’ll remember that the actual phone was bulky, so you’re basically carrying around a brick with a case on it. 

  3. Pictures taken with my new iPhone 6. 

  4. One review on Youtube said, “Some people complain about the wear on this case. I’ve had it for a couple of days, and I haven’t noticed any wear.” Really? Maybe it’s because you’ve only had the case for a couple of days?! 

Third ‘Avengers’ Split Into Two Films

Some awesome news on The Verge today:

Everyone expected a third Avengers film a few years from now, but Marvel has a surprise for you: you’ll be getting two of them. The third Avengers film is called Avengers: Infinity War, and it’s being broken into two parts: its first part is being released on May 4th, 2018, and its second part is being released on May 3rd, 2019.

Marvel has done such an amazing job with all these different films. I hope that DC gets their act together because they have great characters to work with too. Who knows? Maybe the Batman vs. Superman film will be a great start.

Pinging FeedPress with Rake

Using Jekyll instead of a CMS like WordPress, means that some things aren’t automated like before. With WordPress, when you publish a new post, the system automatically pings services around the web letting them know you’ve published new content.

We can use Rake to do this. If you use Jekyll together with FeedPress for your RSS Feed, this Gist helps you write a simple Rake task that interacts with the FeedPress API.

Easy peasy.

Khoi Vinh’s Thoughts on Yosemite

Spend just a bit of time with [Yosemite], and you can almost picture the iterations to come, when future releases will have fully worked out the visual language and the gestalt of the interface will have cohered to a more advanced state. OS X Balboa and OS X Palisades are going to look great.

In the meantime, though, I find Yosemite lacking in polish, full of awkward decisions and unresolved tensions.

Khoi’s opinions are spot on.

‘Retailers Are Disabling NFC to Block Apple Pay’

John Gruber on Daring Fireball:

Think about what they’re doing. They’re turning off NFC payment systems — the whole thing — only because people were actually using them with Apple Pay. Apple Pay works so well that it even works with non-partner systems. These things have been installed for years and so few people used them, apparently, that these retailers would rather block everyone than allow Apple Pay to continue working. I can’t imagine a better validation of Apple Pay’s appeal.

And the reason they don’t want to allow Apple Pay is because Apple Pay doesn’t give them any personal information about the customer. It’s not about security — Apple Pay is far more secure than any credit/debit card system in the U.S. It’s not about money — Apple’s tiny slice of the transaction comes from the banks, not the merchants. It’s about data.

This whole thing is very interesting. I wouldn’t go as far to conclude that Apple is the white knight in this situation—the one looking out for our best interest. The situation just happens to be in Apple’s favor. They seem to be getting everything they need to make payments easier, whereas retailers are not. And what is it that they want? Coming as no surprise: customer data.

MacStories Reviews Fantastical 2.2

Federico Viticci writing on MacStories:

With version 2.2, Flexibits has built a powerful share extension that brings the full Fantastical interface to any app that can share text and links. From Safari, Drafts, Digg, and other iOS 8 apps that properly support share extensions, you’ll be able to tap the Fantastical icon to get the app’s complete UI for event and reminder creation.

What I like about Fantastical’s share extension is that it’s not a compromise – unlike other iOS 8 app updates, it’s not a bare-bones share sheet where you can type text with no other controls or menus. Flexibits has brought the full-blown Fantastical UI to a share sheet that has all the controls you’re used to.

Federico, as usual, writes an excellent review on Fantastical 2.2. When I say excellent, I not only mean that he loves the update, but his attention to what makes a calendar great is on point. This looks like a great update.

The Bold Report Version 3.0.0

Hi Reader,

I’m taking a quick moment to write you about the new design on The Bold Report. This is the second redesign of this site, and its third major incarnation. If you normally read links and articles via your RSS reader, please take a moment to take a look.

I’ve been up to a lot lately. Exciting things are happening in my personal life, The East Wing is back, I started a daily show, and a membership I launched about a month ago already has seven members that are supporting my online work.

With all of that, I’ve decided it was time to get back into this site. With all my different commitments and my client work, I can’t commit to the daily posting of times past, but I would like to start writing useful articles and links again. I have a Sonos Play:1 review that I’ve been writing for almost a year, that I just need to buckle down and actually finish. Over the next few weeks, links and articles will begin to ramp up again which I’m really excited about.

All in all, if you’ve been a fan of this site, I hope your patience and support will soon pay off.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Best,
Timmy Tim Tim