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Tuesday: January 8, 2013

Netflix testing out personalized profiles for their streaming services.Netflix testing out personalized profiles for their streaming services.

The test version showed separate viewing histories and recommendations for each profile. Users are able to fine-tune their profile by telling Netflix about their movie preferences, and profiles for kids under 12 are automatically based on the service’s Just for Kids UI. In addition, parents are able to restrict the type of content displayed on a kids profile based on movie ratings.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Television @ 11:51 AM | Tags (7) | gigaom | netflix | personalized | profiles | service | testing | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: January 7, 2013

Apple would like you to know that they've had over 40 billion downloads from their app store.Apple would like you to know that they've had over 40 billion downloads from their app store.

That's a lot of downloads. Apparently half of that number was just in 2012 alone.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 2:42 PM | Tags (6) | apple | press | downloads | appstore | billions | release |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: January 3, 2013

Have a peek at some concept art for Pixar's 2013-2014 movies and beyond.Have a peek at some concept art for Pixar's 2013-2014 movies and beyond.

In 2014 it's their if-dinosaurs-didn't-go-extinct movie titled The Good Dinosaur, directed by Bob Peterson, with a tease we've seen before. In 2015 it's Pete Docter's 'Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind', now titled The Inside Out; and in 2016 they've also got Lee Unkrich's movie about Día de los Muertos, which we really don't know much about at all. Notably missing is Andrew Stanton's sequel Finding Nemo 2.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 11:57 AM | Tags (8) | pixar | movies | concept | art | firstshowing | sequels | prequels | disney |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: December 19, 2012

Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year.Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year.

Since the moment Obama arrived on the national scene in 2004, the very idea of leadership has been under assault. Many of the old institutions that once anchored the American Dream have been bled of public confidence. Banks, Big Business, the news media and Congress all polled at or near record lows during his first term. Obama himself was the target of uncommon vitriol, but he has somehow managed to keep the public’s faith.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 4:09 PM | Tags (6) | 2012 | barack | obama | president | time.com | time |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: December 13, 2012

Phish announces four-night webcast for 2012-2013 New Years run.Phish announces four-night webcast for 2012-2013 New Years run.

Phish has done this webcast for two years in a row and both years I've purchased all four webcasts and enjoyed them immensely. I suspect this year that the tradition of this purchase won't be changing. The quality of the webcast is superb (glorious HD) and features a 10 camera system with the sound piped in right from the soundboard at amazing clarity. So that being said, if you need to reach me around New Years I will officially be on what is known affectionately to Phish fans as 'couch tour'.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Music @ 1:06 PM | Tags (7) | 2012 | 2013 | livephish | msg | nye | phish | preorder |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


The Monsters University movie website is academically detailed in every way possible.The Monsters University movie website is academically detailed in every way possible.

Click around the teaser site and you'll find everything from a list of Monsters University student clubs all the way over to a Monsters University academic calendar. Not really sure what to make of the actual movie plot at this point other than its Mike and Sully in their college days presumably in some kind of Revenge of the Nerds scenario. Whatever it ends up being I'll be at the theaters wearing some sort of MU paraphernalia (which you can buy on the MU online campus store).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 9:19 AM | Tags (7) | college | disney | monsters | movies | pixar | prequel | university |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Sunday: December 9, 2012

Tim Cook appears on NBC's Rock Center for an exclusive interview with Brian Williams.Tim Cook appears on NBC's Rock Center for an exclusive interview with Brian Williams.

If you happen to be an avid fan of all things Apple (such as myself) then this video will most likely appeal to you. Watch as Tim Cook and Brian Williams take a stroll through some of the Manhattan retail stores and discuss everything from recent battles with Samsung to the long rumored Apple television. Oh, and if you didn't already know - Apple will also start making a Mac line here in the States next year too (belated spoiler alert). 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 10:45 PM | Tags (8) | apple | brianwilliams | ceo | nbc | products | rockcenter | rumors | timcook |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: November 8, 2011

Daily Grind: Ebullient

Name: Anthony (aka Alpha to an Ant)
How Anthony feels today: Ebullient @ 3:31:44 PM
What Anthony really wants today: To go to sleep as its after 11pm where I am right now. Can I say what I want for tomorrow?

Music Stuck in Head: Jeremy Enigk - Been Here Before
Its the lead singer of Sunny Day Real Estate doing solo work where he plays almost every instrument himself, composes everything... Its beautiful stuff. This guy is a hero of mine

Stuff to do today:

  • play around with base64 encoded images
  • prove that sprites are still more efficient than base64 from a page performnace perspective
  • avoid meetings in NY office because I am 7 hours ahead
  • Joke that i living in the future to my friends in NY
  • Learn more about Microformats and create a plan to implement some updates to current ones on our websites
  • Eat dinner with great friends in Romania
  • Help my best friend Vin test the new GLM multi user system
  • Post this as a test
  • Go to sleep

Posted to Daily Grind filed in Life @ 4:31 PM | Tags (6) | base64 | css sprites | food | microformats | romania | sleep |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Anthony


Base64 images... An alternative to sprites?Base64 images... An alternative to sprites?

While I don't fully agree with the drawbacks that were mentioned for using sprites (most of my disagreement comes from how organized I keep my image files) I do think this article raises some very awesome points about what base64 can do.  I would like to build a test to see how a sprite would compare in the charts presented so I am going to try to take that on this week.  Either way its alwasy good to learn a new frontend approach from time to time - especially if it relates to performance

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 4:30 PM | Tags (2) | base64 | css sprites |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Anthony


Thursday: August 11, 2011

Begone memory leaks! Firefox 7 will reportedly use up to fifty percent less memory.Begone memory leaks! Firefox 7 will reportedly use up to fifty percent less memory.

If you leave Firefox running for any length of time its memory footprint seems to keep increasing. This can escalate to the point where it stops responding and there’s nothing to do but restart the browser. Personally, I’ve seen this problem have less of an impact during my daily usage since moving to Firefox 5, but it’s still there. Mozilla knows this problem exists and aims to fix it. By the time we see Firefox 7 available for download it will use as much as 50% less memory than any version that has gone before, as well as having those problematic memory leaks fixed.

 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:50 PM | Tags (10) | 7 | browser | firefox | footprint | geek.com | leak | less | memory | mozilla | restart |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Nintendo shareholders would really like to see Mario on the iPhone, sooner than later.Nintendo shareholders would really like to see Mario on the iPhone, sooner than later.

It's an interesting time these days for video game consoles. That is of course, if you happen to be a company called Nintendo. Nintendo's latest handheld has been officially declared as a flop (even by Nintendo itself) and the price has been reduced not long after release.  The caliber of games you can find on the iPhone and iPad do rival what you can find on a Nintendo handheld - and at a much cheaper cost ($40 compared to often times $1-2).  It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 3:35 PM | Tags (10) | 3ds | apple | bloomberg | gaming | iphone | mario | nintendo | pressured | slump | wii |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 3, 2011

Push Pop Press is the latest acquisition in Facebook's growing design talent roster.Push Pop Press is the latest acquisition in Facebook's growing design talent roster.

Mike Matas, one of the co-founders of Push Pop Press, is one of the designers behind some of the most familiar iPhone and iPad user interfaces that you've come to know and love. This kind of talent acquisition doesn't come along simply to tweak the look of an iPhone app. They must be working on something big. On a sadder note, Push Pop Press has announced that they have abandoned their planned publishing platform. However, their one offering is still available in the App Store - search for Al Gore's 'Our World'.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 2:35 PM | Tags (11) | acquisition | algore | apple | facebook | ipad | mikematas | our world | pushpoppress | roster | social | talent |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


The per year pricing plans for Apple's iCloud have surfaced online.The per year pricing plans for Apple's iCloud have surfaced online.

When iCloud launches in the Fall you'll automatically get five gigabytes free. For those of you who need a bit more space Apple is offering ten gigabytes (really fifteen if you count the included free five gigabytes) for twenty dollars. Paying forty bucks a month will get you 25 gigabytes (again, including the free five) and for a hundred even you'll get fifty gigabytes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 2:00 PM | Tags (6) | 9to5mac | apple | gigabytes | icloud | intelligence | pricing |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 1, 2011

Have a peek at the future look of the Firefox user interface straight from Mozilla.Have a peek at the future look of the Firefox user interface straight from Mozilla.

There are some design concepts you may easily recognize if you happen to already be a Google Chrome user. Also, there seems to be a couple dashes of Safari thrown in there as well for good measure (although anytime you add the Mac traffic lights on a mockup I come to that conclusion). For those interested the developer tools have a brand new look as well, could be quite useful.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 2:15 PM | Tags (9) | developer | firefox | interface | mockups | mozilla | presentation | tools | ui | ux |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


The fine print on the debt deal according to The New York Times.The fine print on the debt deal according to The New York Times.

The bill, in short, is not likely to have profound effect on the recovery in the near-term. It should be noted, of course, that the recovery still has plenty of its own problems, and that fiscal policy in 2012 will tend to be contractionary on the whole as the last vestiges of the 2009 stimulus roll off the budget and as the payroll tax cuts agreed to for 2011 expire. But that would be true even if a 'clean' debt ceiling increase had been adopted with no changes to fiscal policy.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Politics @ 2:05 PM | Tags (7) | fine | print | debt | deal | nytimes | nyt | politics |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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