I brought my own brand of misanthropy to this very important 30th episode of The Menu Bar. We discussed all manner of topics, including “thanksgiving plans, MFi controllers, learning to program, and how price is part of product. Also podcast duration.”
On that last bit, this episode goes 12 seconds over my one-hour limit. I have failed you.
Ben Thompson on Apple’s new “Life on iPad” ads:
The magic of the iPad is twofold: one, it empowers all kinds of people who find a PC just a bit intimidating to have their own bicycle of the mind – and, let’s be honest, that’s almost everyone but us geeks. Two, the iPad does enable brand new use cases, which these vignettes get at, but what about these use cases resonates broadly? Where are the examples of making music, drawing, or designing – things that unlock the creativity I, naive as it may be, truly believe exists in all of us just waiting for the means to burst out?
Apple’s messaging is clear: Try as its competitor’s might to paint the iPad as some sort of incapable toy, Apple’s tablet is a computing powerhouse able to adapt to various specialized tasks and jobs.
To Ben’s point - what’s more powerful: Videos of actors using their iPads to read and draw, or seeing others on your train and at your local coffee shop performing those tasks in real life? Better yet, why watch a video when you can go to your local Apple store and do those things yourself?
Dana Wollman reviews the Nokia 2520 Windows 8 tablet for Engadget:
Nokia also brought its A-game imaging wise, installing the same camera used on the Lumia 720 (hey, for a tablet that’s actually unprecedented). Additionally, there’s one other thing the 2520 has that the Surface 2 doesn’t: LTE. In fact, you can’t even get the 2520 as a WiFi-only device; you can either buy it unsubsidized for $499, or you can purchase it here in the US for $400 on-contract.
Any tablet that’s attempting to compete with Android and the iPad must come with an LTE option. The Surface 2 has no excuse.
On the display:
Take a look at the colors, though, and you’ll see they’re exceptionally vibrant, but without being oversaturated. And – not to belabor the comparisons with Microsoft’s device – if you put the 2520 side by side against the Surface 2, the difference is obvious. Startling, even: It didn’t even occur to me the Surface 2 had a dull display until we played with the 2520. Now I don’t want to go back.
The 2520 also comes with a 6.7-megapixel camera, 13 hours of battery life, and costs $499 unsubsidized for a 32 GB LTE model. I look at all of that combined with a more accurate display and a striking design and one thing is clear: Microsoft needs Nokia just as much, if not more than Nokia needs Microsoft.
Pundits wondered whether Microsoft’s merge-quisition was worth it. I believe it was and I’m excited to see what comes from this union in the future.
I really need more Glen Plaid in my wardrobe.
Well, we’ve stumbled upon another wacky cooking method that may overcome these issues: using your coffee maker.
From steamed broccoli and couscous to scrambled eggs and poached salmon, the possibilities appear endless.
Interesting idea, especially if you’re dorm-bound, but cue the nerds who ruin everything to tell us heathens we should be doing this in a Chemex or an AeroPress.