103: No Such Thing as a Sticker Emergency


00:00:00   [Music]

00:00:07   From Relay FM, this is Connected, episode 103.

00:00:12   Today's show is brought to you by Mack Weldon, Hover and Braintree.

00:00:16   My name is Myke Hurley and I am joined by Mr Federico Vittucci.

00:00:21   Hello Federico.

00:00:22   Hey Myke, how are you?

00:00:23   I'm very well, how are you?

00:00:25   Yeah, I'm doing great.

00:00:26   It's fun to be back in Rome, always.

00:00:29   I feel like I've been moving around the past few weeks.

00:00:32   I'm recording in my room as usual, feels good.

00:00:35   Yeah. - Yep.

00:00:37   So is your setup nice, you feeling comfortable today?

00:00:39   - I'm very comfortable, Myke.

00:00:40   - Good, and Steven Hackett, are you comfortable?

00:00:42   You feeling comfortable?

00:00:44   - I'm fine.

00:00:45   (laughing)

00:00:46   He's just fine.

00:00:47   - I am where I always am, I don't know.

00:00:50   It's fine, it's fine.

00:00:52   So we have some follow up.

00:00:53   Actually, we have mostly just follow up this week,

00:00:56   it seems like.

00:00:57   Myke went a little crazy, which we'll get to.

00:00:59   But first we wanted to point people to a event page

00:01:03   over on Facebook.

00:01:04   Myke and Jason Snell are coming to Memphis next week.

00:01:08   And we're gonna do a thing next Tuesday night.

00:01:10   So if you are in the area or want to get on a plane,

00:01:14   I guess, and come into the area, you can come hang out.

00:01:16   We're gonna have some drinks and hang out with people.

00:01:19   So there'll be a link in the show notes.

00:01:20   I think y'all spoke about an upgrade as well.

00:01:22   So come say hi if you're around.

00:01:26   - Memphis, woo-hoo.

00:01:28   Because it is going to be our two year anniversary next week for Relay FM.

00:01:34   That's why we're getting together.

00:01:36   Big week.

00:01:37   Huge week.

00:01:40   We have some smart keyboard follow-up.

00:01:44   I got sent this a lot last week.

00:01:49   Basically right after we finished recording, as these things happen, uh,

00:01:54   Apple released some smart keyboards with new layouts.

00:01:58   And so there are a couple different ones.

00:02:00   There's an Arabic one, there's one for whatever it is

00:02:03   that Myke speaks.

00:02:04   And I just wanna kinda explain to listeners

00:02:09   your journey with this, because your initial points

00:02:12   in the follow-up say they cost 140 pounds each,

00:02:15   stickers mean I don't wanna sell the old ones,

00:02:17   the next bullet point, I got one.

00:02:19   So what happened?

00:02:20   - Well, okay, so I'm a little bit upset

00:02:24   because they're so expensive.

00:02:28   It's like £129 for the 9.7 and £139 for the 12.9

00:02:34   which just for any type of keyboard is incredibly expensive

00:02:40   and these are very expensive.

00:02:41   And I have two, that's my own problem, I actually have two iPads

00:02:44   but I really wished that this didn't happen

00:02:49   but like I didn't need to buy these

00:02:51   but also I want the keyboard that I'm used to at the same time.

00:02:55   This is the problem that I've been having.

00:02:57   I can't sell mine on because they're covered in stickers which also makes me not want to

00:03:01   sell them on.

00:03:02   And then the other part of me was like I have desired these and been asking for these so

00:03:07   much and so often I had to buy one.

00:03:10   When they came out it's like I couldn't not buy one because I've been talking about it

00:03:14   so much I think everybody expected me to buy one.

00:03:16   Hence why I received so many people tweeting and sending me this link.

00:03:22   So I got one for the 12.9 inch iPad which arrived today.

00:03:28   It's fine.

00:03:29   It's nice to have the layout that feels more normal to me.

00:03:31   It has the keys that I'm expecting and the places that I'm expecting them to be.

00:03:35   I'm hitting the return key more accurately because there's not random keys there that

00:03:39   in my mind shouldn't be there.

00:03:41   I get to see the pound symbol, the styling symbol on my keyboard again which is great.

00:03:46   Even though funnily enough I need the dollar sign way more.

00:03:50   But I do get that as well.

00:03:51   still there, it is still there, which is good because that's how it should be, but I wasn't

00:03:54   seeing the pound symbol, I just had the hash symbol, which is also on that key as well,

00:04:00   which is kind of interesting, so I get all of that there. I'm just happy to have it.

00:04:04   The keys feel stiffer, but I expect that's because it's new.

00:04:08   Yeah, I would think so. They'd probably break in a little bit.

00:04:12   Yeah, and I'm starting over with stickers, I've already got a few stickers on there,

00:04:15   because obviously. Naturally.

00:04:17   I have a store for these moments, not a physical store, but a storage of stickers.

00:04:23   Do you have a backup set of stickers for emergencies?

00:04:28   Like you buy a new object and suddenly you're craving stickers?

00:04:32   So you're like "Oh my god, I need to put stickers on this!"

00:04:34   So I don't have them for emergencies, but I do have them for when the new devices arrive.

00:04:40   There is no such thing as a sticker emergency.

00:04:42   No, you think so, but then you are in a situation where you need to buy an object.

00:04:47   unexpectedly you know and it's not covered in stickers

00:04:51   or maybe your keyboard breaks and suddenly you need to buy a new keyboard

00:04:55   and oh my god there's no

00:04:56   stickers on the keyboard so what do you do you keep a backup set of stickers

00:04:59   yeah that's what I do if I were Myke that's what I do. I have backups

00:05:03   I have well a lot of the stickers that I have other than that I love

00:05:06   I always buy more than I need of and I have stickers that I've never used that

00:05:10   are just singles but they come in my sticker subscription or whatever

00:05:13   so I've got a few on there I'd like to try not fill it up too quickly and I

00:05:17   stagger it out a little bit. I need to get some of the Steven stickers from my suitcase

00:05:22   so I can put a Steven sticker on there. I stood in my suitcase from the last trip so

00:05:26   yeah, I'm already putting some stickers on. It's great, I'm happy to have it. I now just

00:05:32   have this US one that I don't really want to do anything with so I have a backup keyboard

00:05:36   in case I ever break my smart keyboard. I don't know how I would do that. It feels kind

00:05:40   of indestructible but...

00:05:42   Maybe when you go to America if you're not blending with the local solution you can use

00:05:45   a smart keyboard with the American layout. That's a good idea, that's a good idea. So

00:05:49   I can speak American. Yes. Everybody's gonna be looking at the return key with the US layout.

00:05:55   They're gonna know, "Oh yeah, that guy's an American." Myke, you also have been spending

00:06:01   time with the Logitech Create for the 9.7 inch iPad. Also arrived today. I got the blue

00:06:08   one. I've got it in my hand right here, you can hear it. There it is. I had to, you know,

00:06:14   I've mentioned this in the past that I put a pen loop on my iPad. I'll put a link in

00:06:20   the show notes to a blog post on michaelswright.com where I detail some of the weird little hacks

00:06:25   that I have for my iPad and my Apple Pencil and it has links to the Leuchtturm pen loop

00:06:31   that I stick on my iPad so I can have a storage for my Apple Pencil wherever I want it to

00:06:37   be. I had to remove this today because the case wouldn't go on. So the tolerances are

00:06:44   pretty tight on this thing. So the way that I look at this right now is that this would

00:06:51   either be on or off. So with that pen loop I either have to keep it on the iPad, right,

00:07:00   which means I can't have the case, or vice versa. So it's going to be one or the other

00:07:04   with this. Am I making sense? Like the pen loop, I always have to have something that

00:07:08   attaches the pencil to my iPad. So it's either going to be attached to this case because

00:07:11   it has a pen loop inside the case or I need to have the sticker pen loop. I can't have

00:07:15   both, I have to have one or the other.

00:07:17   Or you just buy like 600 pencil loops and use a new one every time you take the case

00:07:22   off.

00:07:23   I thought about it, but figured that that's crazy. So I have to make a decision as to

00:07:30   which I'm going to do. Right now I don't have that decision but I want to tell you about

00:07:33   this product a little bit more. I mentioned the tolerances are good, it's because it can

00:07:38   be a bit tricky to get this thing in. So it feels like it's secure, right? So you're like

00:07:43   shoving it in there and it kind of locks in somehow. It's not as hard to take on and off

00:07:47   as the previous one was. And sometimes the iPad has fell out of the case, which is less

00:07:54   than desirable. So like I'm taking the case and maybe wrapping it around the back and

00:07:58   then the iPad slides out. Not good, not good. But it doesn't happen all the time. And like

00:08:02   right now I'm like shaking the thing and it ain't coming out. So I don't know what it

00:08:05   It is that makes it pop out of there but sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't.

00:08:10   This is truly a case.

00:08:11   It is more case than keyboard.

00:08:14   It covers the entire iPad, covers the whole back, covers the whole front.

00:08:18   It kind of has a magnet in it to keep it closed.

00:08:21   It's not a very strong magnet but it is there.

00:08:24   Therefore all the stickers I have on the back of my iPad are covered but I also do have

00:08:28   a back and front of this case which I could cover in stickers if I want to.

00:08:31   It's an important thing to me.

00:08:32   shouldn't be important to you, doesn't have to be, but it is to me. And I've put one sticker,

00:08:36   I put the mic sticker on this and it works, it's fine, it's stuck on there pretty fine

00:08:42   because it has this kind of like weird texture, like a *sucking noise* texture. It's not smooth,

00:08:47   it's got like a bubble texture to it and it's, you know, stickers are a fixing. The problem

00:08:53   with this thing, having this case on all the time, is it is very bulky and heavy. The case

00:09:00   itself, the keyboard case, weighs 1.5 pounds. My iPad Pro is .9--

00:09:05   What's that in a real measurement, please?

00:09:09   Steven, can you do that for me, please?

00:09:12   Yeah, keep talking.

00:09:13   It weighs 1.5 pounds, the iPad is .98 pounds. So together, this whole thing is 2.56 pounds.

00:09:22   1.5 pounds is 680 grams, I assume you put in there, Steven?

00:09:28   than the iPad at 0.98 pounds is 444 grams. Okay. So the whole thing together is 2.56

00:09:38   pounds. So it is what? 1100 grams and change. Great. Okay. That's not light at all. So just

00:09:47   to put this in perspective, so this thing weighs 2.56 pounds. The MacBook, adorable,

00:09:51   MacBook One, however you call it, weighs 2.03 pounds. This is heavier than a MacBook. Which

00:09:59   is an issue here. My concern is the case and keyboard is harming the portability of this

00:10:07   iPad now and if I harm the portability of the 9.7 I'm harming the main reason I want

00:10:14   and use the 9.7. I have the 12.9 because it's this behemoth but it's heavier. But it's got

00:10:21   like but it's like a powerhouse I can have all this great space but then when I want something

00:10:25   light and portable the 9.7 is what I use now the 9.7 isn't light and portable the other part of

00:10:34   this yes you could take the case off uh and use it and hold it around but then I have this like case

00:10:38   just like what does this case do it just like floats around like it's on the table like it's

00:10:42   not where I need it to be but the point one of the issues with this is because of the heaviness

00:10:46   and the thickness of this thing and the fact that it doesn't really have any way of folding back

00:10:50   around on itself in a comfortable way without me having my hand touching the keys as I'm

00:10:56   trying to hold the iPad to read. All of these things mean that this makes the device not

00:11:00   very comfortable to read on anymore. There's kind of no real great portrait way to hold

00:11:07   this thing, which is also unfortunate. But this is a keyboard primarily, it's what it's

00:11:13   for. And the keys are fantastic. They have good travel to them. It feels way more like

00:11:17   a laptop keyboard because that's kind of what it's intended to be. It's significantly nicer

00:11:22   feeling than the Smart Covers keys. Or Smart Keyboards keys. I did it again, right? What

00:11:29   is it? Smart keyboard?

00:11:30   Yes you did. It's Smart Keyboard Mic.

00:11:32   It feels a lot nicer. Let me see if I can give you a sound of the keys.

00:11:38   That's Apple, right?

00:11:39   No, that's the Logitech one.

00:11:42   Do you have a Smart Keyboard there?

00:11:43   Hang on a second.

00:11:45   Uhm...

00:11:47   You think so? Oh yeah, I do. Hang on.

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00:11:49   Where is it going? I had to go get one. Okay. Okay, so this is an Apple One.

00:11:56   Alright. Right, and then again for comparison's sake, here is the Logitech.

00:12:04   Alright. Yeah. Feels way more like a MacBook keyboard. Yes. Way more towards that end than

00:12:15   towards what the smart keyboard is all about. The backlighting is awesome. It is really

00:12:23   nice to have a backlit keyboard.

00:12:25   Makes you feel like a real computer.

00:12:27   Do you know what though? It's funny, that's true. It does make you feel like a real computer,

00:12:33   which you know, it's nice.

00:12:35   Yeah, whenever I decide to type or to edit at night and I don't have a backlit keyboard,

00:12:43   like I'm trying to conjure up systems to have more light onto my iPad so like I keep a light

00:12:50   on my desk it just feels primitive you know. Or it's like at what angle do you need to

00:12:54   hold this thing so you get some light coming back. Yes it's not ideal. I mean I guess the

00:13:01   like the whole thing is that joking aside you've basically turned your iPad into a laptop

00:13:06   and that sort of defeats the purpose of an iPad. Well no but mine has been though the

00:13:12   constant keyboard attachment no matter what it is turns it closer towards laptop than

00:13:16   what's thought about it. Well, but the smart keyboard you can just

00:13:17   like pull it off and get rid of it or you can fold it back and it folds back in a way

00:13:21   that you're not touching the keys. I mean this thing is more of a clamshell than anything

00:13:25   else. It's closer to the laptop than the smart cover

00:13:29   is for sure. I like that there's a dedicated media and function row of keys at the top.

00:13:35   Yeah, that's a nice thing to have. Here's one of the really weird things. Lots of springboard

00:13:41   crashes. I'm sure it's fine. Mostly when connecting and disconnecting the keyboard

00:13:46   from the smart connector, like to the point where I know it's going to happen

00:13:49   when I do it. Springboard just crashes. I'm assuming this is an iOS 10 thing, I'm

00:13:53   assuming it's maybe also related to the power that's being drawn from the smart

00:13:57   connector. I have no idea what is happening here, but it's happening.

00:14:02   But this doesn't cause too much of an issue. Springboard crashes are fine, I

00:14:05   guess. I mean, maybe you should restore your phone. Mm-hmm. You've had to do that

00:14:10   a lot recently, haven't you?

00:14:12   Yeah, it's not a topic today.

00:14:14   Have you tried using a Mac instead?

00:14:16   Why don't you use a real computer?

00:14:18   That's a good idea.

00:14:19   You know, some people think that we use iPads just because we like the challenge of it.

00:14:25   So maybe you should just come forward and admit that you just like this challenge, like

00:14:33   it's a game.

00:14:34   You're not actually getting any work done.

00:14:36   Really, I hate the challenge and want it to be more like a Mac.

00:14:38   I'm trying to force myself back to the next thing.

00:14:42   The first step is admitting that you have a problem.

00:14:44   So thank you Myke.

00:14:46   So I guess the overall question is, is the typing experience worth the bulk?

00:14:51   I guess you're not ready to answer that just after a day.

00:14:54   I don't know yet.

00:14:55   I don't know yet.

00:14:56   I know that I have enjoyed typing on my iPad 9.7 more than usual.

00:15:01   I really enjoyed it.

00:15:02   But the thing is, overall, this makes the iPad Pro a better laptop when I want it to

00:15:06   to be a laptop but a worse iPad when I want it to be an iPad. And I don't know

00:15:12   which of these I want it to be more. Like what I do know is when I'm at home when

00:15:18   I'm using any of my iPads they are always about 70% of the time they are in

00:15:23   landscape orientation in a keyboard right I was doing this for the smart

00:15:28   keyboard and now I'm doing with this thing and this is more comfortable to

00:15:32   use on my lap it's better because it's more sturdy like it is way better for that stuff

00:15:37   but even with the smart keyboard my iPad Pros are both still a little bit too bulky and

00:15:46   heavy this thing is like a whole other world it feels so heavy because it's a laptop weight

00:15:52   like it's crazy how heavy this thing is now so I'm not sure what I'm gonna do but all

00:15:58   All I do know is I now have another keyboard here. If I get rid of this, which if I do

00:16:03   I will probably return it so I'm holding off from sticking any more stickers on it right

00:16:07   now, just the one that I know I can get off easily. If I do return this then I will then

00:16:11   end up buying a 9.7 inch smart keyboard because I can't have, it'd be crazy to have, for me

00:16:16   anyway I feel, to have different keyboard layouts for my two iPads, it just doesn't,

00:16:21   it just seems madness.

00:16:22   I think that would break your brain after a while.

00:16:25   And I'm gonna, so much money on keyboards, but I guess I use them a lot.

00:16:30   I mean who would spend money on hardware?

00:16:32   It's crazy.

00:16:33   Mm-hmm.

00:16:34   So, you want to talk about Gboard while we're in this keyboard fantasy land?

00:16:38   I do.

00:16:39   Just because, a little bit of follow-up for Gboard.

00:16:41   Gboard was updated to add multiple language support.

00:16:44   I'm still a big fan of Gboard, use it every day.

00:16:47   They added a dark theme, but also the ability to create your own keyboard themes using images.

00:16:54   Why would you ever do that?

00:16:56   I don't know. You click the link that I've given to you. It'll be in our show notes.

00:17:01   And you can tell me what you think.

00:17:03   Yeah, but you can see... I mean, this is...

00:17:05   It's very nice, but you can see how this can be taken to the extreme.

00:17:08   I mean, do you wanna really type on your baby's face?

00:17:12   Some people...

00:17:13   Okay, I don't think anybody should do that. Some people will do that.

00:17:17   Why?

00:17:18   I have created a keyboard out of a version of the remaster artwork.

00:17:22   And I like it.

00:17:24   I mean it's nice looking but it does seem distracting to Federica's point.

00:17:28   Yeah, you'd be surprised how quickly you don't see it though.

00:17:33   I mean it doesn't really surprise me coming from the person with 50 stickers on his iPad.

00:17:37   Yeah, it's more customization for me right, which I love to do.

00:17:40   And I know that this is, I know what people think when they see this.

00:17:45   I know that they're just like, seriously, just go to Android now, like you're too far.

00:17:51   You have gone too far.

00:17:52   Do you know what I say to you?

00:17:53   I say I will not, I'm staying with iOS.

00:17:56   And I love Gboard and I love the fact that I can create my own custom keyboard layout.

00:18:01   Yeah, but I want to comment on the multiple languages, because I feel like Google is missing

00:18:05   real opportunity and it's surprising to me that they're not doing multilingual typing

00:18:10   with simultaneous languages like Apple is doing, like Microsoft is doing with SwiftKey.

00:18:16   You have to switch between layouts.

00:18:18   So you want to type in English, you type in English, then you want to type in Italian,

00:18:22   you tap on the globe icon in Gboard and you switch to Italian.

00:18:26   So you cannot do multiple languages at a time like you will be able to in iOS 10 or like

00:18:31   you already can in SwiftKey, which is a surprise coming from Google because I just assumed

00:18:37   it would be the company, you know, with the resources and with the knowledge to be able

00:18:40   to understand when someone is typing in English and Italian, change the keyboard dynamically

00:18:45   between multiple languages.

00:18:47   But it doesn't seem like they're gonna do that, you know, in this version and it's a

00:18:52   bit of a disappointment honestly. My hope is that it's coming right like this is

00:18:56   step one of that is like implementing the languages and then they do the

00:18:59   language like multilingual language stuff like what how Apple did it right

00:19:03   like they've had the predictive stuff for a while and then they ended up

00:19:07   moving further into it with what they've got now and I'm hoping that they do that

00:19:11   because it would be it is a no-brainer like if you're gonna have people switch

00:19:15   between keyboards like you put that as an option to switch between languages

00:19:18   then you should be letting people type of multiple languages on the same

00:19:21   keyboard. It's like an obvious next step for that. So I'd be very very

00:19:26   surprised if they didn't do that. Very surprised.

00:19:29   Hmm. And the chatroom does point out that that's only really possible within a

00:19:33   certain language set that shares characters.

00:19:36   Of course. There needs to be of the same alphabets typed, right? But Italian and English is, which is what we're talking about, right?

00:19:42   Except for all the pasta emoji that he has that you don't.

00:19:46   That's true. That's very true.

00:19:48   We should have more pasto types in the emoji keyboard and make sure to submit a proposal via Jeremy.

00:19:55   Yeah, he'll do that for you.

00:19:57   Yeah, I'm sure.

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00:21:04   So we are trying Dropbox paper this week. Why?

00:21:09   Because I said so. And I get an equal vote with the two of you.

00:21:13   Uh huh. Three votes.

00:21:14   But what is the reason in which, right? Like the follow up from last week.

00:21:18   So yes, I see what you're saying now. We spoke about Quip being acquired by Salesforce.

00:21:25   It's unknown what Quip's future holds. We put forth our theories. But we thought it

00:21:30   interesting time an interesting time to look at other services and last week

00:21:35   Dropbox paper entered like a public beta it's kind of what they're calling it

00:21:39   it's on the web and it's on iOS and it's a if you've used Google Docs or if you've

00:21:45   quit currently Docs paper is like an even stripped down version from that

00:21:50   it's really simple it does really basic formatting there's some things that are

00:21:55   missing that Myke has written a lot about we're going to talk about in a

00:21:57   second but it's it's pretty straightforward and it seems to work

00:22:01   pretty well all three of us have been in out of this document we're all three in

00:22:04   there now and the real-time stuff seems to seems to work I don't think we've had

00:22:08   any any accidental overriding of other people's lines or anything like that

00:22:13   there's a nice indication of who wrote what line so out to the side of this

00:22:20   line like my initials are in purple and the next one Myke's are in red and

00:22:23   Federico's are in green so you can kind of see who put what in I think that's

00:22:27   nice that's something that I think is unique to Dropbox paper I haven't seen

00:22:30   that anywhere else and I think the other kind of nice thing before we get into

00:22:36   some some nitpicky stuff is that it copies a bulleted list from notes dot

00:22:41   app correctly which is not true for a lot of things even even on iOS yeah

00:22:46   because it's simple really but it looks better it looks nicer than what's

00:22:53   actually happening because Dropbox paper is markdown, right?

00:22:57   It accepts markdown, it's rich text and markdown.

00:23:00   So when you copy on iOS,

00:23:03   it's placed in markdown to your clipboard. So then when you paste it into,

00:23:09   uh, to paper immediately, it just recognizes it and formats it.

00:23:12   So it just works really nicely.

00:23:15   The reason this is so happy to me is no other of these document collaboration

00:23:18   tools use markdown natively, like just like flat out on the bottom,

00:23:22   markdown which Dropbox paper does. So I love it for that because when I'm taking my notes

00:23:28   in my Notes app which I do all the time I just copy them and paste them and I don't

00:23:31   need to do any reformatting which for every other system we have ever used reformatting

00:23:36   has always been needed. So for me like just that alone gives this such a big tick for

00:23:42   me like because also you know this is a first class app in that way like it's a split screen

00:23:47   and all that kind of stuff on the iPad like it's great it works it's fantastic I wish

00:23:52   Dropbox would implement that in their main app. But it's great that we have

00:23:56   paperwork in like this, I'm happy, right? All the basics are there. This is a beta,

00:24:01   I know, but I do have some interesting things that I have noticed and some

00:24:07   complaints. Have you filed the radar before we go on? Can you file

00:24:12   radars with Dropbox? I don't know. So consider this my radar. I'm providing an

00:24:18   Naudia radar.

00:24:20   What did they call raiders at Dropbox?

00:24:24   No one knows.

00:24:25   Yeah, we gotta ask a few people.

00:24:29   Crates or like...

00:24:30   Crates.

00:24:31   Have you filed a crate, Myke?

00:24:32   Not yet.

00:24:33   Not yet.

00:24:34   I'm gonna do it.

00:24:35   I'm gonna do it.

00:24:36   So here's something I find really strange.

00:24:37   This is not a problem, it's just a strange thing.

00:24:39   It doesn't use system emoji.

00:24:41   It reformats them into the open source emoji one set of emoji.

00:24:45   Which is a very odd choice.

00:24:47   I don't know why it's doing this.

00:24:50   Lots of other companies have made their own emoji, Twitter and Facebook for example, so

00:24:54   they have them on the web and it's everywhere.

00:24:57   But when you type emoji in on iOS platforms or on the Mac, you're inputting the iOS one

00:25:04   and it just reformats it out to emoji one.

00:25:07   If it's a compatibility thing, which they might be doing here, I don't know why they

00:25:11   don't just default to emoji one when the platform doesn't support, like you know the iOS app

00:25:16   is going to support iOS emoji, why are you doing the work to reformat?

00:25:21   Also in a document collaboration system, I don't know if it is as necessary to do this

00:25:28   as it might be on a web service like Twitter.

00:25:31   Like I just can't work out why they're doing it and it's just a strange choice to me.

00:25:36   Plus they're using an older version of emoji one so they're not got all the great new emoji

00:25:40   stuff so I don't know why you do it.

00:25:43   I don't know why you don't just have the emoji,

00:25:45   the standard emoji put in.

00:25:47   Doesn't make any sense to me.

00:25:49   I'm just puzzled by it, right?

00:25:52   'Cause at first I thought they created their own emoji set.

00:25:56   And weird.

00:25:57   I hate when the iOS app that you have to tap

00:26:00   an edit button on iOS before you can start typing.

00:26:04   So you open the app and you tap on the text

00:26:06   and nothing happens, you have to hit edit button.

00:26:10   There are many other applications

00:26:11   that don't just let you start typing immediately,

00:26:14   but most of the ones that I've tried, like Google Docs,

00:26:16   you just double tap on the text and you can start writing.

00:26:20   There is another way that you can do it

00:26:22   with Dropbox Paper I found, but it's even more clunky.

00:26:25   If you highlight a word to copy it,

00:26:28   the pop-up says copy, edit, comment,

00:26:31   and then you can click edit and start editing there,

00:26:33   which is a very strange choice.

00:26:35   I don't know, this doesn't really seem like a good way

00:26:38   to go from view mode to edit mode.

00:26:40   I would like to just be able to tap on the text anywhere

00:26:42   and it let me do that.

00:26:43   That would be great.

00:26:44   Or double tap even, which is great.

00:26:46   Another complaint I have on the iOS side,

00:26:48   just a list of documents on iOS,

00:26:50   like there's no way to organize them into anything.

00:26:53   You can't, I can't delete notes.

00:26:55   Like all of the demo notes, they're just there.

00:26:57   There's nothing I can do about them.

00:26:59   I can delete our note, but I can't delete Dropbox's notes.

00:27:03   Again, all of this stuff might be better

00:27:05   on the web app or whatever,

00:27:06   but it's not like this on iOS, which is where I use it.

00:27:09   Also, where are these being saved?

00:27:12   I was expecting, I was looking for this,

00:27:14   I was expecting like a folder or something

00:27:17   that would have these in, but there's nothing.

00:27:19   Aviv, have you found anything?

00:27:21   - No, I think it's like a meta structure of your Dropbox.

00:27:26   Like it's not a file.

00:27:29   It lives in your Dropbox account,

00:27:31   it uses your account to authenticate you,

00:27:33   but it's not like a file.

00:27:35   It's not like a--

00:27:36   - But it seems weird to me considering what Dropbox is,

00:27:38   that that wasn't the case.

00:27:39   Exactly! That's my only hot take on this. I can understand how it fits into what Dropbox

00:27:48   is. I'm storing files and photos and documents in Dropbox and this is super nice. Don't

00:27:54   get me wrong, it's very nice, it's very clean, it does a bunch of things like code snippets,

00:28:00   link embeds, whatever. But it feels like a fundamentally different product than what

00:28:06   Dropbox is. Like if this were a different company called Quip for instance, I wouldn't

00:28:11   confuse it with Dropbox. And now I'm wondering, so how are you... It just feels like a different

00:28:19   proposition than what the main paid service is. And it's like, okay, I mean now you're

00:28:25   also doing collaboration, it's fine, looks very nice. But how does it tie into the main

00:28:31   product, into what people actually use Dropbox for?

00:28:34   So I think that this is primarily created for Dropbox for business and they're just

00:28:39   giving it to personal customers as well.

00:28:41   It feels like another thing in the business suite.

00:28:45   But then why is it not integrated with the other Dropbox functionalities?

00:28:50   I don't see a way to import files into a document.

00:28:55   I don't see a way to save a document into my Dropbox directory.

00:28:59   I don't see integrations with the Dropbox app on iOS.

00:29:02   It's very beta.

00:29:03   I wouldn't even call it a beta, I would say it's in public alpha at this point.

00:29:08   I think part of that conversation is, you guys started here and then you sort of wandered

00:29:13   away from it, but where the files are actually stored, like you don't get a folder of markdown

00:29:17   or text documents in your Dropbox folder.

00:29:20   I have a theory about that, that if you, if they were to treat these documents as if they

00:29:26   were files in your Dropbox, you could actually sync, you know, I could sync this connected

00:29:30   show topics is marked down to my Mac, then I can open it in Byword or whatever

00:29:35   marked editor I want to use, then they've got to deal with not only real-time

00:29:39   collaboration on the web or in the app but also syncing via the Dropbox client.

00:29:45   Yeah, it would kind of blow up wouldn't it?

00:29:47   Well and that can only happen because it's reliant on the file system when you hit

00:29:51   the save button or your app auto saves it. And so I agree with you guys that it's

00:29:56   weird that this is sort of like siphoned off from Dropbox in the sense of like business

00:30:00   like I don't really understand how it fits into their business but it's also siphoned

00:30:03   away from Dropbox as the product. I think they had to do that to make the collaboration

00:30:07   stuff work that you know if you are reliant on the local file system to save you know

00:30:15   every so often then it's going to fall out of sync. That's not to say they couldn't build

00:30:19   a Mac app I mean they could build a Mac app that's a wrapper of this web application.

00:30:24   all quip is, it's all slack is, that's a common thing with Mac apps now.

00:30:28   Where it's basically just a very thin wrapper around a web service. I agree with someone

00:30:33   in the chat room saying it'd be nice to have this as a Mac app. I would like it too just

00:30:36   so I'm not stuck in a tab in Chrome that I can close or move around. It'd be nice.

00:30:42   In that regard, right, because we're getting a million people, I know I can have it as

00:30:44   like a tab of its own window. I know I can use those things where you turn tabs into

00:30:50   apps, right? No one wants to do that.

00:30:52   I just don't want to do that. I just want there to be an app like Slack or like Quip.

00:30:56   I just want that. I just want to throw something out there to go back on what you were saying,

00:31:00   Steven, about how this is tying into business, right? What happened, I mean, I'm still hurt

00:31:06   about this, email. They were doing an email thing.

00:31:09   Yeah. They were.

00:31:10   Should have tied into business. How does this work where Mailbox didn't?

00:31:15   I mean, my guess is that this is something that-- two things.

00:31:21   Mailbox came from the outside, right?

00:31:23   Didn't they-- they bought mailbox?

00:31:25   Is that true?

00:31:25   Yes, they did.

00:31:25   Or did they have to develop it?

00:31:26   Yeah, they did.

00:31:26   So maybe there was just integration issues with teams.

00:31:30   Who knows?

00:31:31   But I had also heard, I think, as well as some other people

00:31:34   did, that that was a very expensive project.

00:31:37   Not even as far as hours of engineering time,

00:31:41   but just keeping it up and running because they're

00:31:43   doing all this stuff with with email servers and a whole bunch of junk. And I would

00:31:48   guess is something like this is probably computationally expensive as well but

00:31:53   it's having been built from Dropbox internally I think makes a big

00:31:59   difference. And if you use this thing it has a lot of a lot of similarities to

00:32:05   the the web commenting features that the Dropbox has as well. We can actually

00:32:09   open a link in a browser and comment directly on it within Dropbox. So it feels

00:32:15   like some of these pieces may have been floating around already and you know I

00:32:18   hope that mailbox isn't assigned that you know paper if it doesn't do well

00:32:23   would go away. I like this product I hope they keep working on it but I don't know

00:32:29   if comparing them directly is super fair but it is a good point right that they

00:32:33   have historically tried things that are outside of their main product and those

00:32:38   things haven't been successful and so this is another example of that and

00:32:42   hopefully they can they can break the mold a little bit. But so far as

00:32:46   for something you know that's very early even though the iOS app does have some

00:32:51   some issues and it's weird that you can't delete the example documents and

00:32:55   you can move things into folders only on the web and not iOS like there's some

00:33:00   there's work to be done here but I think the seed of what they have is pretty

00:33:03   good at this point.

00:33:05   I just worry that it's a good looking distraction from the main Dropbox service and that eventually

00:33:13   in a couple of years time this goes on without any major updates and it's discontinued and

00:33:19   we're all going back to Google Docs.

00:33:22   Maybe they'll finally have split screen by the end though.

00:33:25   Maybe, I hope so.

00:33:26   I don't know, I mean again it's very nice, it's very clean and there's some really nice

00:33:32   For example, a personal favorite of mine is how it shows you the word count for a document

00:33:38   and in addition to words and characters, it also tells you how many emojis have you used.

00:33:43   And by the way, it uses emojis as a plural version, so I'm not sure on that copy there.

00:33:50   I actually think emojis is the correct pluralization.

00:33:54   Oh yeah? It is?

00:33:55   I saw this somewhere else recently. I think the pluralization is emojis.

00:34:01   Okay, so it tells you that. The design is fine and I just worry again that Dropbox has a history for doing these kinds of things.

00:34:12   You know, like carousel and mailbox, paper. And it's usually like, I get it like how internally it's nice to be able to work on something else on the side.

00:34:24   and eventually you realize "hey, why don't we give this to people as well?"

00:34:28   But then engineers go back to the main product, designers go back to the main product

00:34:33   and this is left without updates, just as it is in the first version.

00:34:39   And we're all wondering "hey, what's going on with paper?"

00:34:42   So we'll see. I want to be optimistic, it's just they don't have a track record

00:34:47   for being able to do services on the side.

00:34:50   From the Emojipedia FAQ, in Japanese the plural version of emoji is emoji, but in written

00:34:58   English emoji or emojis is considered an acceptable pluralisation of the word emoji, and Emojipedia

00:35:04   uses emojis as standard.

00:35:07   But usually accepted doesn't mean, you know, it means that it's okay if you use it but

00:35:11   we really prefer if you didn't.

00:35:13   Well if Emojipedia uses emojis, I think we're all good.

00:35:16   Emojis, okay.

00:35:17   Yeah, Emojipedia uses emojis.

00:35:18   Good enough for Jeremy.

00:35:19   They're both accepted.

00:35:20   Alright, thank you Myke.

00:35:23   So just one last little complaint from me because it's just kind of weird.

00:35:28   There are just a few things in this app that are just weird.

00:35:30   External keyboards on the iPad, it does some strange stuff.

00:35:33   It has a formatting bug that I've seen in a bunch of places.

00:35:36   You know where you have an overlay, a keyboard overlay, you know you have like something

00:35:41   will come up over the keyboard which will be some formatting options or something.

00:35:45   Apple Notes does this as well.

00:35:47   When you have an external keyboard on the iPad with this, this doesn't work basically.

00:35:55   You see like a tiny sliver of the UI and you can't actually do anything with it.

00:35:59   It doesn't come up across the screen.

00:36:01   Shift-Tab does not outdent, but there are a lot of apps that don't do this, but the

00:36:05   weirdest one for me, and I cannot even understand why this is the case.

00:36:09   On the software keyboard, if you type an asterisk and then a space, it creates a bulleted list.

00:36:14   Just with the hardware keyboards it doesn't.

00:36:17   And I can't work out why.

00:36:19   If you type in asterisk and a space, it just formats as an asterisk and a space.

00:36:27   Like I just see, it's like how?

00:36:30   How is it happening?

00:36:31   I guess something weird going on with the text input from an external keyboard must

00:36:36   be some kind of bug with, what's it called, an iOS UI text input, the API I think.

00:36:41   I guess, I guess.

00:36:42   It just, I was like, what are you doing?

00:36:43   It's an amusing bug. Or maybe it's something to do with auto-capitalization with external

00:36:50   keyboards. I know that I've run into some odd issues with Scrivener when using the external

00:36:57   keyboard and the auto-capitalization settings. So yeah, there's some weird stuff in general

00:37:02   going on still with iOS when you use a keyboard. And it doesn't... I mean, it's amusing, it's

00:37:06   a fun bug to come across, but it doesn't really surprise me. I guess there's a... Even if

00:37:11   If you look outside of paper, there are still a few inconsistencies with external keyboard

00:37:15   typing in iOS 10.

00:37:16   Oh yeah, there's problems everywhere.

00:37:19   But yeah, I've got to say, my feeling on this is it is more than good enough in its current

00:37:24   state.

00:37:25   There is some weirdness to it, there's some things that they should clean up.

00:37:28   The fact that this is a beta is a good thing, right?

00:37:30   That it's at this stage, but it's in a beta.

00:37:33   I'm happy to keep using it, I'm happy to see where it goes, and genuinely I hope that Dropbox

00:37:39   put the engineering efforts into this product that will keep it running, keep it going,

00:37:45   as something that this would need.

00:37:48   Clearly there is a need for this inside of business because Salesforce just purchased

00:37:52   Quip for a lot of money.

00:37:54   So companies see for whatever reason that this stuff is good in business, I don't know

00:37:59   why, but that is enough of a reason.

00:38:01   I wonder if Dropbox pushed this out there because Quip, because this has been around

00:38:05   for a little while and it was kind of maybe just a beautiful coincidence but it seems

00:38:10   that there's a reason that this stuff exists Dropbox continues to want to push into the

00:38:14   commercial and the business roots so maybe this is part of that and we're just seeing

00:38:19   the fruits of those labors but I hope that they continue to keep working on it.

00:38:23   Yeah we'll see.

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00:41:25   Can you explain why you have like yet another old computer?

00:41:29   So when you ask like that, it hurts my feelings my but it's true though. Do you have feelings Wow?

00:41:35   No, just wondering you seem a very do have feelings. Okay. I just like to show them on the internet very much

00:41:42   Exactly. See see that's why I ask

00:41:45   So the hairs in 1993 how old were y'all in 1993 held were you Myke eight five. How would we yeah?

00:41:52   Stephen was a

00:41:55   32 already

00:41:57   I was seven seven come on really seven 27 you mean I

00:42:04   Just love this I'm sorry I know please explain what is going on with so in

00:42:13   In '93, some people at Apple decided,

00:42:16   you know, television seems to be an area

00:42:20   that's not going away.

00:42:21   What if we put a television inside a Macintosh

00:42:25   and they did it?

00:42:26   It's called the Macintosh TV.

00:42:27   There's a link in the show notes to an iMore column.

00:42:29   I wrote about it last year.

00:42:31   Not a great computer, not a great television,

00:42:36   but together it's sort of a magical sauce of despair.

00:42:41   And I talked about it on MacPowerUsers a couple weeks ago.

00:42:45   This has been at the top of my list since buying the 20th anniversary Mac for my birthday.

00:42:50   And now I've got one.

00:42:51   A listener of MPU emailed me.

00:42:53   They said they had one.

00:42:54   We worked out a deal.

00:42:56   And it's now sitting in my office.

00:42:58   And it's, like I say, go read the article.

00:43:02   We won't go into it here too deeply.

00:43:04   But basically, and the TAM has this as well.

00:43:09   It's got a TV, like a coax input on the back,

00:43:12   it came with a remote.

00:43:14   The Macintosh TV, the whole case was black plastic,

00:43:16   so it looks unlike really any other Mac at the time.

00:43:19   The problem is that this 32 megahertz computer

00:43:24   didn't have the power to do computing and TV,

00:43:27   so you basically had to switch modes.

00:43:29   So it's not like what we're used to today

00:43:31   with picture in picture, where you are,

00:43:33   you know, you're working and then you have,

00:43:35   you know, a YouTube video or something going in the corner

00:43:37   and you're kind of multitasking with those different media.

00:43:40   This is one or the other.

00:43:42   And they didn't sell very many of them,

00:43:44   it didn't sell very well, it was expensive,

00:43:47   it was like $2,100.

00:43:48   Tidbit's named it the second worst Mac of all time,

00:43:53   which is pretty rough.

00:43:55   They named that before the PowerBook

00:43:56   that the batteries would explode and catch fire, so.

00:43:59   - Okay. - Not great.

00:44:00   - I mean, at least it didn't explode, this one.

00:44:03   - It did not explode.

00:44:05   about 10,000 of them or so made. I don't know how many exist today, not that many.

00:44:08   But it's kind of a weird computer and one Apple played with TV for a while.

00:44:13   Like I said, the TAM has this. Although the 20th anniversary Mac you can multitask, you can

00:44:17   run Mac OS and have like a little window of TV. And they would

00:44:22   eventually, this is so crazy, they would sell basically TV tuner cards you could put into

00:44:27   your power Mac or into your performer or something if it had a card slot. So you could go and

00:44:32   and add this to your Mac if you wanted to

00:44:36   later down the road.

00:44:37   And I really think, we think now,

00:44:41   just how much something like the Apple TV

00:44:43   has blurred the line between a computer and a television,

00:44:46   right, that even if you're seeing your cable box,

00:44:49   you're not really watching straight TV,

00:44:50   you're watching TV through a computer

00:44:53   with all the benefits of a computer.

00:44:55   And I do find that arc interesting,

00:44:58   that here we are, you know, 23 years later,

00:45:01   and computers and televisions are very much

00:45:04   kind of the same thing.

00:45:06   I think that's sort of a fun evolution to keep an eye on.

00:45:10   - What's next?

00:45:12   Are you done now?

00:45:14   You finished buying old computers?

00:45:16   Like, are you done?

00:45:18   - I mean, what do you think the answer is?

00:45:20   - Probably not, right?

00:45:21   But now you've gotten the one

00:45:23   that you were looking for, apparently.

00:45:24   Is there more?

00:45:26   - Well, there's always one more.

00:45:27   I mean, there's always more.

00:45:29   I'm not looking for anything in particular right now.

00:45:33   I would say the spiritual successor to the iMac project is probably coming the end of

00:45:38   the year maybe.

00:45:39   What's that going to be?

00:45:41   Well if I told you it would be really fun.

00:45:42   Is it going to be a computer or something else?

00:45:45   A notebook.

00:45:46   Oh god.

00:45:47   He's going to buy the iBooks.

00:45:50   You're going to need to help me move the iMacs when you're here next week by the way.

00:45:52   I'm not doing it.

00:45:53   It's not to do with me.

00:45:54   Why do I have to touch him?

00:45:56   I'm not sure Myke doesn't put a sticker behind your back on a Mac.

00:46:00   No! Don't sticker my computers!

00:46:02   Yeah, just like sticker stickers.

00:46:04   Don't do it.

00:46:05   I'll get some clear stickers made so you don't even know.

00:46:08   I look forward to seeing the photos of Myke putting stickers on Steven's stuff while he is not watching.

00:46:16   I wish you the very best with whatever it is, computer wise, you do next.

00:46:21   It's so big. Those projects are so large.

00:46:24   were doing the iPods, you know, they're just small little things. It's just huge.

00:46:29   I am. I've got a... so the iPod turns 15 in October and I'll be doing something for that.

00:46:35   I have all of the classics except one model of U2 iPod that is elusive. But, yeah, they're

00:46:40   little. You can just put them in a shoebox. You cannot do that with a Macintosh TV.

00:46:44   It's enormous. Depends how big your shoes are.

00:46:46   I guess that's not untrue. Instagram has...

00:46:53   "Liberally borrowed from Snapchat in the last one."

00:46:57   "Liberally borrowed."

00:46:58   Is that what they did? It seems like they stole it pixel for pixel.

00:47:01   Yeah, it's a liberal borrowing.

00:47:03   Down to the name.

00:47:05   It's the same exact feature.

00:47:07   Yeah, it's kinda gross.

00:47:11   Instagram Stories.

00:47:13   What is going on here?

00:47:14   Are you a Snapchatter, Myke?

00:47:16   No.

00:47:17   So are not. Okay.

00:47:19   I have tried to understand Snapchat but I cannot understand Snapchat.

00:47:28   And I know this makes me sound old or whatever but it's just the UI is confusing to me because

00:47:36   I had never paid attention to it for a while and now things are being bolted on, it's being

00:47:40   added to it and it just doesn't really make sense to me.

00:47:43   also none of my friends seem to really use Snapchat that much and I'm just

00:47:50   I've just never really been that drawn to it but I use Instagram a lot I have a

00:47:57   curated a bunch of friends on there right like I pick who I want to follow

00:48:00   stuff that I like I follow we mentioned this before I spoke about us on a couple

00:48:05   of weeks ago like I like to see certain types of things on Instagram like pens

00:48:12   and nice little things that I enjoy in my life and I follow people's Instagrams and it's nice.

00:48:18   It's a happy social network for me to go to. It's your happy place. Genuinely, when it comes to

00:48:24   social networks, yes it is. I don't ever really see anything that makes me sad on Instagram, right?

00:48:29   It's angry, it's just nice stuff. Not even the wrong type of pen makes you angry? No, because I

00:48:36   I don't follow those people.

00:48:37   Okay.

00:48:39   I mean people with good pants.

00:48:40   So they updated with the stories thing.

00:48:43   And so people's Instagram stories started appearing at the top of my timeline.

00:48:48   So I started watching them and I kind of enjoyed it and I can see why people like

00:48:52   this on Snapchat, right?

00:48:54   But I never was interested in Snapchat.

00:48:56   And so now I get to see them on Instagram.

00:48:59   All of my friends are already there.

00:49:00   They're using it.

00:49:00   It's easy for me to see it.

00:49:02   And I liked that.

00:49:03   So I've been, was watching a few and then I had a busy day.

00:49:06   one day this week and decided that I would use it myself and I really enjoyed it. Like

00:49:10   I was taking pictures of stuff and taking little videos and drawing stuff on them and

00:49:14   putting a merger on there. All of this stuff is on Snapchat. I know, but I feel like I

00:49:19   have to say this a million times, but I wasn't using it. I like it on Instagram. It's nice

00:49:23   and simple. I can understand what I'm doing. It's all within the UI that I am aware of

00:49:28   and I know that my friends are there and so they can see my stuff and I can also look

00:49:32   at the stuff that my friends post. So I've been thinking about this as well, right?

00:49:35   Why did they do this? Now, Instagram and Snapchat, I don't know how much they

00:49:42   really compete with each other before now. They were kind of, they're both

00:49:48   photo sharing services, but people share different things on those services.

00:49:54   And over time, Instagram has kind of become the place for people to post

00:50:00   their best most perfect photos right they've really kind of line them up

00:50:04   right and you got to get the filter correct and you got to really kind of go

00:50:07   for that and make it the perfect thing to be a super funny thing on the artistic

00:50:11   thing or like the latte art shot at the perfect angle with the light in from the

00:50:16   window and the flower and the you know it was like super precise stuff what

00:50:21   this stories feature does is allows the people that use Instagram and like

00:50:25   Instagram to post this rougher more like ephemeral things these like little bits

00:50:32   to Instagram without having to worry about destroying the perfectness of

00:50:36   their Instagram feed and also you also don't have to worry about throwing a

00:50:41   bunch of things on Instagram and clogging up your friends feeds especially

00:50:45   now that they don't see these things chronologically anyway right you just

00:50:48   have this random stuff just thrown in there so what Instagram has done with

00:50:52   this is they are protecting the feed, the Instagram feed, to be exactly what people

00:50:59   are used to seeing and the nice photos and imagery that they see. But they're also now

00:51:04   giving Instagram users the place to share this kind of nonsense with their Instagram

00:51:09   friends. I totally see why they've done this. Because Snapchat doesn't have that beautiful

00:51:17   And it would be, I think, really, it would be more of a kind of turn for Snapchat to

00:51:24   integrate something like that, when they have always been about the quick thing.

00:51:28   It is way easier for Instagram to integrate Snapchat's features than it is vice versa.

00:51:35   And if I was Kevin Systrom, this is what I would have done with my products as well,

00:51:40   because they have found a way to give Instagram users the best of both worlds.

00:51:44   And I really, really like it.

00:51:46   Yeah, I mean, I wasn't expecting to like or to need something like Instagram stories in my life.

00:51:54   Because I thought, like you, I thought I didn't need this stuff because I didn't like Snapchat.

00:51:59   So it's like, well, I just don't want this in my life. But my problem I found out is

00:52:03   I just don't like the Snapchat experience enough to make me want to go for it.

00:52:07   Yeah, I was under the impression that I would like I wasn't in looking for this sort of

00:52:14   24 hour rolling diary of my life because the Snapchat app is terrible.

00:52:20   And I think that it's a, I think that Snapchat is really an enormously popular service with

00:52:28   a terrible native app experience.

00:52:30   Whether it's navigation or, you know, design that doesn't conform to any iOS.

00:52:35   Discoverability, like how hard it is to get the filters to work.

00:52:39   Like you have to, oh, it's just crazy.

00:52:42   Yeah, and there's a reason why people use it.

00:52:46   I just personally don't like the way that it's structured.

00:52:50   They do great innovation in many, many different spaces, like with geolocation stuff, they

00:52:54   do innovation with how you talk to people with messages, and the latest photo stuff

00:53:02   with the camera roll integration is super clever.

00:53:04   I just don't like the way that it's designed.

00:53:06   And in Instagram, I think this combination of the raw, personal, sort of non-precise

00:53:17   nature of stories, combined with the beautiful feed and the staged photographs, I think that

00:53:24   there's a divergence here.

00:53:26   And it really does work, because one compliments the other, in the sense that you can see a

00:53:31   person going from the intimate, you know, non-edited, non-curated even stories down

00:53:41   to the feed and the selected photo, the selected, you know, the beautiful view or

00:53:46   the beautiful landscape, the perfectly lit and staged selfie, you can see the

00:53:51   difference and it makes sense to have, you know, more the messier, you know, the

00:53:57   busier story as opposed to the more curated and rare, I would say, Instagram feed, which

00:54:06   sort of speaks already to how, you know, a lot of young people have been using Instagram,

00:54:11   which is, everything goes on to Snapchat, where it disappears after 24 hours, but selected

00:54:18   pictures go on Instagram, and a lot of people, and even some people that I know, after they

00:54:24   they post a picture on Instagram, if it doesn't get enough likes from their friends, they

00:54:28   remove it. So Instagram sort of becomes this wall of fame of the best shots, right? And

00:54:35   a lot of people that I know do this.

00:54:37   I can see why people do that. I've never thought that people did that. I didn't know

00:54:40   people do that. But I can see exactly why people do that.

00:54:44   Exactly. So there's a… Instagram must have, clearly must have seen this behavior. And

00:54:49   They want to appeal to this dual nature of social sharing, which is one that is ephemeral

00:54:55   and that dies after 24 hours, and one that stays as highlights.

00:55:01   And I think it's...

00:55:04   I feel sorry for Snapchat, but also not sorry because they make a lot of money.

00:55:08   But in the principle, I feel sorry because it's never nice to see.

00:55:15   You know, basically Instagram is Samsung-ing Snapchat.

00:55:19   I'm using that as a word and it's terrible,

00:55:21   but that's what they're doing.

00:55:23   And I feel sorry in the sense that the format seems,

00:55:28   at least for me, to work better in Instagram

00:55:31   than it does in the original service.

00:55:33   But I think it makes a lot of sense.

00:55:36   I think they're hungry for those Snapchat users.

00:55:39   And I think Facebook, and especially Mark

00:55:43   and the Instagram people, they're gonna relentlessly fight

00:55:48   to get those users back and to win the perception back.

00:55:53   Because let's face it, a lot of people say,

00:55:55   Instagram and Facebook are for old people.

00:55:58   And on the one hand, they wanna go after those old people,

00:56:03   old in the sense that you're young at 14 and 15,

00:56:07   you're old at 25.

00:56:08   So they wanna go after people like me and you.

00:56:11   And they also want to kind of change the perception

00:56:14   of those younger people, the teenagers,

00:56:17   and to be able to say,

00:56:18   "Hey, you can do that fun young stuff on Instagram too.

00:56:21   Will it work?

00:56:22   Is it too late?

00:56:23   Does it make Snapchat the underdog?

00:56:25   And in a sense, is the underdog

00:56:28   the more favorable character to root for?"

00:56:31   Because when someone is being copied,

00:56:34   you root for the guy that got these ideas stolen from.

00:56:38   So we'll see.

00:56:39   I think Snapchat is going to push back.

00:56:43   Obviously they're not going to say, "Hey look, Instagram copied us.

00:56:49   We're done.

00:56:50   Sorry, goodbye."

00:56:51   They're going to push back and it's going to be an interesting fight.

00:56:53   That's made it a little bit worse if you know the backstory of Facebook at some point attempting

00:56:57   to buy Snapchat and Snapchat said, "Thanks, but no thanks."

00:57:01   And then you go and not only copy their feature but copy their name and some of the gestures

00:57:07   are the same.

00:57:09   really too close to be comfortable for me and I understand what they're doing

00:57:14   business-wise I have no problem with the business end of it but if you're gonna

00:57:17   do that then put your own ideas into it don't just copy what your competitor is

00:57:23   doing I think you're right I think Snapchat will fight back and I think

00:57:25   probably even in a legal sense even though Facebook is much much bigger

00:57:30   that's an impossible fight to win well well I mean if you get caught in court

00:57:35   for 20 years it is, but if it's based on trade dress and patents, then maybe it's not.

00:57:40   That it's a pretty clear ripoff, and I know like Apple people like wave that around, you

00:57:46   made the Samsung joke, all that sort of stuff aside, like this is pretty clear copying.

00:57:53   And so I don't know, like Facebook could outgun them and out-lawyer them, but I would think

00:57:59   Snapchat would have the upper hand and hey this is clearly a violation of our

00:58:04   of our work but I wouldn't want to see Facebook.

00:58:08   Yeah like if you want to see why like you want to think about why did why did

00:58:13   Instagram do this like you just look at the reason that Instagram is part of

00:58:19   Facebook in the first place right like Facebook didn't want there to be

00:58:24   something else that was taking the photos. So they're like, well screw this.

00:58:28   You know, that's why they've done this, why they tried to buy Snapchat, right?

00:58:32   Like the idea is that they just want to be in control of all of that stuff so

00:58:35   they've seen somebody else is doing it and they're just like, nope we're gonna

00:58:38   do it now. And they've just instead of trying to, well instead of buying them

00:58:42   because they couldn't, they've now just decided this is something we're just

00:58:47   gonna do now. This is now our feature too. Calling it stories, I mean I know why

00:58:52   they did that like it's it's because it serves the purpose of what they're attempting to do right is

00:58:57   to win over the snapchat people and to give instant brand recognition but it is weird like

00:59:01   this stuff like stories i don't know if that is a like a generic enough name right like that it

00:59:10   could just be considered the thing because it's not like this type of thing exists in other places

00:59:15   it's not like just a name that you can associate to a 24-hour rolling feed of images you know

00:59:21   Like, to your point Steven, this isn't like a clean thing that they've done here.

00:59:28   They've very clearly just called it this because that's what Snapchat calls it and that's not

00:59:34   the right thing to do. They didn't need to do this. They did it for a clear reason but they

00:59:40   could have given it another name. But Facebook don't care about that, right? Paper. This is what they'll do.

00:59:45   I think saying "have you seen my story" has a nice ring to it.

00:59:50   You know, instead of saying "have you seen my specific feature name?"

00:59:54   They could have called it Carousel.

00:59:56   It's not as simple.

00:59:58   No, but they could have given it any name.

01:00:00   It's like, you know, what is in a name, right?

01:00:02   You just have to have a name be a thing for so long

01:00:04   and then it just becomes what people know it to be.

01:00:06   Like, why was Stories ever a good name?

01:00:09   It was just a name that Snapchat came up with

01:00:11   and now it's one that makes sense because it's the thing that exists.

01:00:14   Because it lets you ease the transition from Snapchat to Instagram.

01:00:18   No, but I mean, they could have called it anything, right?

01:00:22   They still could have marketed it right, but they just decided to go the easy route, which

01:00:26   was give it the same name, deal with the problems later.

01:00:29   Or, you know, I would like to think that Facebook is such a big company and is smart enough

01:00:33   that they've looked into this and have found out that they can just call it that, because

01:00:37   whatever, like, Instagram or Snapchat don't have the trademarks or can't get them or whatever

01:00:42   it would be.

01:00:43   Or they, you know, back to my point, maybe they looked at it and said, "You know what?

01:00:48   We can take a hit, but it's worth the users in the long run."

01:00:53   Yeah, like, we can fight this or we'll at least call it this for enough time that we

01:00:57   get people on board and then have to change it later, but it won't matter.

01:01:00   No telling.

01:01:01   They've probably thought all that stuff through.

01:01:03   Sure.

01:01:04   I mean, Facebook is super smart.

01:01:06   But Steven, what do you think of it though?

01:01:08   I mean I'm like you, I have a Snapchat account and I use it a little bit but it's like you,

01:01:15   my friends aren't really on there.

01:01:19   My friends who are on there are all friends who are in some cases 8 or 10 years younger

01:01:26   than me.

01:01:29   But people like I went to school with or people in my immediate peer group were all on Instagram.

01:01:35   I have found it fun because I'm already on Instagram a bunch to use it.

01:01:40   I have been using it partially to Federico's point because the UI is understandable.

01:01:48   I know we all sound old, but Snapchat's UI is really bad.

01:01:52   They hide a bunch of stuff behind gestures that until you discover them you don't know

01:01:57   that they're there.

01:01:58   It's like it's not even that it's behind gestures.

01:01:59   It's behind gestures they never explain.

01:02:02   Exactly.

01:02:03   one thing I you know the snapchat stories has a lot of branded content there so you go in there is like

01:02:08   The vert you can follow all these publications and they're publishing like little just little

01:02:12   Eyedropper bits of news to you

01:02:16   And Instagram doesn't have any of that I would imagine that stories at some point will be open up to some sort of branded content

01:02:23   If it hasn't already I don't follow any any

01:02:25   hashtag brands on Instagram, but

01:02:29   The interface is better. It's easier to use them already spending time there and my friends are there

01:02:33   So it's a lot of fun and it's fun to have some place to stick something. That's just sort of

01:02:38   nonsense because I definitely fall into that category people who like I

01:02:43   Really?

01:02:46   When I post them on Instagram

01:02:47   I want it to be good and I don't go as far as like the leading things

01:02:50   They don't get much of likes that seems this bridge too far for me

01:02:53   but I definitely think about what I put on Instagram and I try to

01:02:59   share things there that I that I'm proud of and that like have some sort of

01:03:03   you know something to say and

01:03:06   This definitely frees you of that like I've been doing like I did this thing this morning where I checked the relay po box

01:03:12   I like did a little video like I would never put that on Instagram ever

01:03:15   And I want to probably wouldn't put even put it on Twitter

01:03:17   But it's like this weird little pocket where I can do weird stuff in I think that's I think that's a lot of fun

01:03:23   I'm enjoying it

01:03:24   I do wish there was a way to link to

01:03:28   the UI at least, right? Like an easy way. Like you can use like URL schemes

01:03:33   but that's just, you know, like that would be great if I could just do like

01:03:37   Instagram.com/Myke/Story and that'd just be a link that I just send people to.

01:03:42   Right, the stories are not online. Like I'm on the Instagram website right now and

01:03:45   signed in and the stories aren't anywhere, best I can tell. So it would be

01:03:50   nice to see that. Maybe that's something that's coming but my thought is even

01:03:54   with that, they want you to use the app.

01:03:56   And so, I always have felt like the Instagram website exists

01:03:59   because someone made them make an Instagram website.

01:04:01   For a long time, it wasn't here.

01:04:03   Like, remember, when Instagram launched,

01:04:05   you go to their website, it's like, go to the app store.

01:04:07   And now, if you log in, you can see your timeline.

01:04:11   In a chronological fashion, oh, nope, nevermind.

01:04:15   I was getting excited, now I'm not.

01:04:18   So yeah, there's room to grow, but I'm enjoying it.

01:04:21   I think it's fun, and I think that it's,

01:04:24   I think that people are going to like it. I think people who were never going to use Snapchat

01:04:28   will introduce them to this concept for the first time.

01:04:32   And they'll just think it's an Instagram feature, right? They won't know that it got ripped off from Snapchat.

01:04:36   And that's a win for Facebook.

01:04:38   I feel like the conclusion to all this is Facebook is the perfect example of the expression

01:04:45   "Keep your friends close but your enemies and Snapchat closer."

01:04:49   Because this is what they're doing. Basically going after Snapchat time and time again

01:04:53   time and time again and they've seen they've seemed to understand now that

01:04:57   they shouldn't be subtle about doing what Snapchat is doing by you know

01:05:03   having like separate apps or like hidden features and options in the Facebook app

01:05:08   let's just go all in and make it a main feature in Instagram at the top of each

01:05:13   of the main page I guess a very bold copying you know there's copying and

01:05:17   and there's being bold about copying,

01:05:20   to the point where you go on the record in an interview,

01:05:24   the CEO of Instagram saying,

01:05:26   "Well, we appreciate what Snapchat has been doing,

01:05:28   but we think, you know, the stories is more of a format.

01:05:31   It's a standardized format.

01:05:32   It's not their own feature."

01:05:34   And I'm part of that here. - I'm thinking about that.

01:05:35   - But sure, okay, buddy.

01:05:38   Now you realize that, you know,

01:05:39   your main competitor has created a new format.

01:05:42   I mean, I don't know.

01:05:43   - That's like, this is what I was trying to get at earlier.

01:05:46   Like if three or four other companies had done this before Facebook, I would understand

01:05:50   it. But that's not the case, right? Like it's just Snapchat that's doing this.

01:05:55   Yeah. Yeah, it's not like everybody, it's not like Markdown where everybody's now doing

01:06:01   Markdown. So yeah, okay, it's a standard. We can, we can adopt standard. It's a, it's

01:06:05   a very specific feature of your main competitor.

01:06:08   Well, in Grubber release, Markdown with an open license. So you can go in and do things

01:06:12   with it. It's not like Snapchat invented the JPEG.

01:06:16   Well, it's like the phrase "timeline." I think that was Facebook's thing first, but then

01:06:22   enough smaller companies started to use it, which wasn't really too much of a problem,

01:06:25   right? Because they weren't big into Facebook. But now that it's just an understood and used

01:06:29   phrase by anybody who has a layout view like that, just "timeline." That is a timeline.

01:06:35   And "timeline" as a word already exists in the same way that stories did. But now it's

01:06:39   It's just like we understand that to be a timeline.

01:06:41   So if there have been, I'm sure there are some,

01:06:43   but like if there have been enough time

01:06:45   or enough applications, we're doing things like this

01:06:47   and calling them stories, then if Facebook

01:06:50   could have come along a few years later

01:06:51   and called it Instagram stories,

01:06:54   it maybe wouldn't have been so much of an issue.

01:06:57   But at least I can't, I don't know of any applications

01:07:01   that do this rather than Snapchat, right?

01:07:04   - I don't either.

01:07:04   - I'm sure that there is like Snapchat for boats

01:07:07   or something that's doing this.

01:07:09   and they have it, but there aren't enough, this isn't enough of a big thing that would

01:07:13   be used elsewhere because there just aren't really a lot of photo sharing services.

01:07:16   You know like Flickr had something called Stories and Photobucket and something called

01:07:19   Stories etc.

01:07:20   I'm pretty sure that a while ago I was pitched Snapchat for dogs and I mean it does sound

01:07:26   ridiculous but also kind of incredible.

01:07:28   Well like you get to see dogs or dogs get to send pictures to each other?

01:07:32   See I don't know if dogs actually interact with the product but I've been meaning to

01:07:36   go back to the tips inbox that we have on the site and check out the Snapchat for dogs.

01:07:44   Maybe Facebook will copy that next.

01:07:46   I don't know.

01:07:47   Why, before we wrap this up, why do you guys think it is in the Instagram app and not the

01:07:52   Facebook app?

01:07:53   Oh, because it's, because my idea is they know that kids and teenagers that have been

01:08:01   using Instagram as a shelf of their most beautiful shots and instead they want to go back into

01:08:11   their routine, they want to get back into their daily usage, not just for those beautiful

01:08:16   shots with tons of likes but also for the raw aspect of daily life, the stories basically.

01:08:26   They want to have more engagement on Instagram in addition to those more special pictures

01:08:34   and they want to go after Snapchat because they don't like the fact that people are spending

01:08:38   tons and tons of time on Snapchat and how impressively they have grown, I mean Snapchat

01:08:45   over the past two years to the point where even in Italy which is usually these things

01:08:52   a while to take off. Now a lot of people I know they say "hey do you use snap?" It's

01:08:57   totally normal and that's a problem for Facebook, that's a problem for Instagram. And to have

01:09:04   those people not spend time in Instagram and not generate revenue and mobile money with

01:09:10   app installs and ad revenue on iPhones and Android phones, that's a problem. And why

01:09:16   is it a problem? Because you don't spend enough time. Because you just open Instagram,

01:09:21   pause the shot, wait a few minutes, doesn't get enough likes, delete the shot, you're

01:09:25   done.

01:09:26   And you know, if I were Zuckerberg I wouldn't like it either.

01:09:29   But now the strategy is to go after Snapchat.

01:09:32   I mean it's...

01:09:34   I don't like the rip and off, but you gotta hand it to them, it's quite impressive how

01:09:39   bold and there have been about it.

01:09:43   Like Ben Thompson and an excellent article on his website, basically they're copying

01:09:50   right. They're doing copying right, in the sense that they're not hiding behind, you

01:09:57   know, different name or different design, just whatever. It's the whatever approach

01:10:03   to copying. And that's frankly remarkable in a way.

01:10:07   Okay. Do you think the same about Samsung?

01:10:10   Well, you know, I have to tell you, in a way, maybe it's way too close for me, because,

01:10:21   you know, writing about the iPhone is what I do for a living, but if I were not writing

01:10:27   Mac stories, I would tell you, yes, it is remarkable how they have been able to understand

01:10:36   they were doing before the iPhone and to change their strategy entirely after the iPhone quicker

01:10:43   than any other companies, it is remarkable. I don't like them, but that's my personal

01:10:49   feelings getting to this.

01:10:50   It's a bias. It's a bias.

01:10:51   I have a bias, but I think externally I would tell you, yeah, it is impressive because from

01:10:58   an industrial standpoint to retool your entire supply chain, how you design phones, and how

01:11:06   how to learn to copy, that is impressive in a way. You know, I'm not saying it's morally

01:11:12   acceptable.

01:11:13   At Samsung, right now, they're past the copying stage. Now they are like neck and neck with

01:11:21   Apple. They do things before Apple can do them, then Apple do things before Samsung

01:11:25   can do them. Right now it's like going backwards and forwards, because I'm looking at, I keep

01:11:30   seeing that edge fun and my word that is a beautiful piece of hardware.

01:11:36   Like the new Note as well, the Galaxy Note, it just looks amazing.

01:11:42   They really know what they're doing, right?

01:11:43   They got all the waterproof stuff set, like it's all done.

01:11:46   I've seen the MKBHD video, they're doing some crazy stuff like the iris scanning, and I

01:11:53   love how on the new Galaxy Note you can highlight a portion of the screen and make it a GIF

01:11:59   to share with people. That's just incredible, man. Come on. That's awesome. And so, yeah,

01:12:04   they've arrived at this stage where they're basically shipping the same really close hardware,

01:12:12   different experiences, but, you know, they're copying each other at this point. It's not even

01:12:17   copying because we're all playing in the same field, essentially. And it's just a matter of

01:12:21   taste what do you prefer? But to come to this, you know, to be here now for Samsung it means

01:12:31   they had to copy a lot before and you know other companies, you know LG, HTC, they didn't

01:12:39   know how to copy, they didn't know how to imitate Apple and Samsung did. And even if

01:12:44   it's personal for me and I have a very strong bias against Samsung, I have to say, you know,

01:12:50   They make a lot of money and they're the only company that's making money on premium Android

01:12:54   phones because they know how to copy.

01:12:57   That's it.

01:12:58   At least they knew how to copy.

01:13:00   Now they're doing their own things, mostly.

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01:15:17   Now Stephen you requested that the connected audience shower upon us some Q&A.

01:15:25   Would you like to read the first Q&A question considering you have requested our audience

01:15:31   to give us these. We did this well before we realized we had so much stuff to talk about,

01:15:35   so sorry. Really this only applies to you, but our friend Rob Lewis wants to know how

01:15:43   many Pokemans have you caught. How many Pokemans do you have?

01:15:50   Question for Myke, I haven't really been playing the game.

01:15:53   I have caught and seen 67 Pokemon.

01:15:57   Um, as of maybe the last couple of days, the fun is wearing off for me now.

01:16:02   Uh, I swear I play Pokemon Go.

01:16:05   I see way too many of the same Pokemon.

01:16:07   I'm not finding new exciting ones.

01:16:09   Um, I, they need to add more stuff to the game to try and bring me back in.

01:16:13   But as of right now, I'm not enjoying going out and finding them or finding

01:16:17   it to be a bit of a hassle sometimes, which is a real shame.

01:16:20   Uh, I'm sad about it cause I enjoyed it so much.

01:16:22   but when I'm seeing like 55 Rattatas a day and know like you know I want to see some

01:16:29   more EVs I want to see I've never even seen a Pikachu I've never even how is that possible

01:16:34   that's very sad I remember you taking pictures going on Poke walks with your girlfriend now

01:16:39   fiance so does he mean no more walks no more no more romantic getaways with Pokemon I think

01:16:46   she's still been playing it a little bit more than me I it's just a shame like and someone's

01:16:51   telling me in the chat room I need to level up. I'm level 21. Like that feels like a pretty

01:16:55   strong level. Seems like a lot of level levels Myke.

01:16:58   And you know, there is a thing where I'm like, why is it difficult to find Pikachu in this

01:17:03   game? Everybody wants a Pikachu. Everyone should be able to find one, right? I feel

01:17:09   like that should be the one Pokemon that they may be like at a certain point, like you see

01:17:13   one. Like they do something behind the scenes to kind of try and trick that. But you know,

01:17:18   I feel like everybody should be able to catch Pikachu

01:17:20   if they want one.

01:17:21   I feel like that should just be a life lesson for us all.

01:17:23   So I'm waiting to see, like I've not got rid of it yet.

01:17:26   I'm still keeping it on my phone.

01:17:27   I keep checking in every now and then

01:17:30   when I'm somewhere new.

01:17:31   I'm just playing it less

01:17:33   and it feels like it's maybe going away,

01:17:36   but I'm hoping that it can, I don't know,

01:17:39   that it can kind of bring me back in some way

01:17:42   when they have more features.

01:17:45   I wonder if that's the case with more people.

01:17:48   I'd be curious to know if the trend is going down.

01:17:51   Oh, it definitely has.

01:17:53   I expect that maybe in the last week or so there has been an incredible drop off.

01:17:57   Because it was just too big, right?

01:18:00   So there must have been a drop off, but it depends on what that resting level is.

01:18:04   And we'll see.

01:18:05   Like, they still haven't launched it in all the territories they want to launch it in.

01:18:07   I don't think it's in Brazil yet, so.

01:18:11   Or China.

01:18:12   Is it not in China yet?

01:18:13   I don't think so. They launched in some Asian countries today, but not in India and China.

01:18:18   So they still have a long way to go. So even if they're losing people, they can bring them on.

01:18:22   Yeah.

01:18:23   The next question is from someone named Casey Liss. Casey Lice? I'm going to go with Lice.

01:18:31   Casey Lice sounds like a problem you've got to take care of.

01:18:35   He said, "Why do you guys like beards so much?"

01:18:41   Yeah, because I'm lazy. I don't have time. There's a very timely tweet from some avatar

01:18:50   on Twitter with a picture of Sean Murray, he's one of the developers of No Man's Sky.

01:18:56   By the way, it's the game I'm gonna play tonight, a day before Myke. Let it be known that I'm

01:19:01   playing No Man's Sky before Myke, after like three years of waiting. Anyway, there's a

01:19:07   series of pictures of Sean Murray from I guess 2013 to 2016 and he's progressively not shaving

01:19:16   and the caption is "game development" and the final picture...

01:19:19   Also I like the last one where it looks like he's a zombie.

01:19:22   His eyes look super red.

01:19:24   Yes, and his beard is quite impressive and there's like merchandising behind his back.

01:19:30   So yeah, I feel like my beard grows more whenever I'm busier, and so I'm writing my IS10 review,

01:19:40   I'm actually editing my IS10 review now, and I have quite a beard and I need to shave.

01:19:45   And I feel like there's a direct correlation between busyness and not shaving,

01:19:53   so I'm gonna go with lazy and there's just no time to sit down and do that.

01:19:59   I didn't read who submitted this question, I just read the question. So when I wrote

01:20:07   it first I was like "huh, this person, what he's saying is for now, it's just like what's

01:20:10   even the point? It's KC, lice, like this guy, he doesn't, the reason he can't have a beard

01:20:16   is because of the lice I think." Just frankly, I feel more comfortable with a beard.

01:20:25   Can you have beard lice?

01:20:27   Probably.

01:20:28   Wow, that still looks terrible.

01:20:30   I have had facial hair for over 10 years in some form.

01:20:34   I think that my face looks better with facial hair.

01:20:36   I think I look cooler with a beard.

01:20:39   I feel smarter when I am thinking and I've got my hand in a beard, right?

01:20:45   And I think it looks cool and I think Casey needs to grow...

01:20:49   Casey looks really good with a beard.

01:20:51   Now, if my memory is correct, he lets his facial hair grow out over Christmas, and he

01:20:57   looks really good.

01:20:58   He just won't go far enough.

01:21:00   Makes me sad.

01:21:02   Come on, Casey.

01:21:03   Let the handsome out.

01:21:05   I have a beard the same reason you do, Myke.

01:21:07   I've had facial hair for a really long time.

01:21:09   I think I look like a child without it.

01:21:11   So for me, I don't look like me.

01:21:14   I've been clean-shaven like three times in a decade, and I always feel like I look like

01:21:18   somebody else.

01:21:19   this sounds quite silly but my dad is, you know, he's from another generation and he's

01:21:25   not used to travel much, but whenever I go back home and I usually go for dinner with

01:21:32   my parents and he tells me, like he looks at me and starts shaking his head and he's

01:21:37   like "Why do you keep growing this beard?" and I'm like "Hold on, come on, every time

01:21:43   you tell me this" and he's like "Sooner or later you're gonna be stopped at the airport

01:21:48   by the police and they're gonna ask you questions and I'm like that that is very unlikely that

01:21:53   it's gonna happen to me but that has happened to me that as I know I know but you know I

01:21:59   don't have that long a beard I an airport border once coming into the United Kingdom

01:22:06   back from America I had a lady asked me what's with the beard to which I have responded I

01:22:14   I think it looks good. So maybe that person was Casey in disguise.

01:22:18   Or maybe it was my dad. I don't know.

01:22:20   Did he have grappa with him?

01:22:23   That was the problem.

01:22:25   Up next, another Casey. This is like the little Casey section.

01:22:29   Casey, some last name that I'm not going to try.

01:22:33   Oh come on, come on.

01:22:35   Broughton? Broughton? The DHT is throwing me off. Broughton.

01:22:39   Casey Broughton asks, "What email apps are you using and why?"

01:22:45   So we answer this every time.

01:22:46   People are really interested in email apps.

01:22:48   I use Mail.app everywhere because it seems to get the job done.

01:22:56   What about you guys?

01:22:57   >>Tichy, I want to know what you're using.

01:22:59   >>Yeah, so I've been trying the Apple Mail app since beta one of iOS 10 just to get comfortable

01:23:06   again and see what's changed.

01:23:09   And after, I feel like this happens every year, after being very disappointed by the

01:23:14   lack of changes, I went back, I know right? It's like every year, yeah, I'm trying

01:23:20   to have full mail again, it's nice. Then after a couple of months, like, what am I

01:23:24   doing? What is going on here? So I'm back to ARML. Probably because I really do miss

01:23:31   two features. Push notifications. I know I shouldn't obsess over email, you know, all

01:23:37   that stuff but it seems like Apple Mail for whatever reason it can never check

01:23:42   for changes every 15 minutes like I tell it to do. I don't know what is

01:23:46   going on I use Gmail so that's probably the reason why. And I like the second

01:23:51   feature that I like in airmail is the app integrations so I can send an email

01:23:54   message with a link back to the message that will open the message in airmail to

01:23:59   todoist, todo, you know any other task manager or communication app that I use

01:24:05   on iOS. It's really well done. It's getting better that I'm testing this update that they're

01:24:09   doing for iOS 10 and a bunch of changes. Very nice. I know the developers, they're Italian,

01:24:14   so you know, extra points. I'm using ML. Love it.

01:24:18   I use ML because of Federico. I listened to him on episode 10 of Canvas and switched immediately.

01:24:25   There are a few things that I really like about it. There are some things that frustrate

01:24:28   me about ML. There's some weird, it just does some weird stuff every now and then.

01:24:35   But the things that it does well, it does so well that I'm willing to look over and

01:24:40   look past some of the weird bugs and strangeness that it has.

01:24:44   You mentioned about sending emails out to other services.

01:24:48   I'm able to send an email message out to OmniFocus, it appends the entire message in the note,

01:24:52   and I'm able to jump back to the email if I need to grab an attachment out of it or

01:24:56   something.

01:24:57   And that has changed the way that I deal with email because I'm able to get email out to

01:25:01   my task manager a lot easier.

01:25:03   I'm also able to have tasks with contacts to them,

01:25:06   so I don't need to write out notes or whatever to myself,

01:25:08   which is great.

01:25:10   And I love how easy it is to turn email messages into PDFs,

01:25:14   which lends into my system now of trying to replace

01:25:18   Evernote with Notes, right?

01:25:20   I'm able to just create PDFs of travel emails

01:25:22   and add them straight to Notes.

01:25:24   M-A-L is great across all platforms.

01:25:28   I really, really like it.

01:25:29   And I feel like I'm just scratching the surface

01:25:31   of its power.

01:25:32   every time I think I wonder if it can do this, it can do it.

01:25:36   And I read a little bit for that.

01:25:38   - Cool.

01:25:39   - I may give it another run here.

01:25:40   If you guys are both sticking with it for the song.

01:25:43   - Yeah, I think it's a generally a good sign

01:25:46   when I'm using something else as a test

01:25:50   and I find myself missing the original app

01:25:53   and that happened with Hermel.

01:25:54   That's usually a good indication of the fact

01:25:56   that it's a good app and I wanna go back to it.

01:25:58   - Yeah.

01:25:59   - Cool.

01:26:01   Steven Fraser asks, naked phones or cased phones?

01:26:06   - Case is forever.

01:26:08   - Yeah, I gotta go with Myke here.

01:26:12   I've been a case free person for most of my iPhone years,

01:26:17   but in the past couple of years since the iPhone 6 really,

01:26:22   when I realized every year I'm just gonna buy

01:26:24   a really expensive phone and it's gonna be the plus model

01:26:28   with a lot of storage and I wanna be able

01:26:31   to sell it, you know, next year and I want to be able to sell it in good condition,

01:26:35   then I gotta go with the case.

01:26:37   Because these phones are so big, they're easy to drop and I don't want to drop them.

01:26:40   I smash them into a bajillion pieces.

01:26:42   The only thing I'm gonna say, I'm using the Apple silicon case and sometimes my jeans

01:26:49   are a little tight and it's hard to pull out of my...

01:26:53   No, I mean just the model, you know, the design.

01:26:57   I know.

01:26:58   Yeah, that's what I'm saying.

01:26:59   I bet you look real good in them.

01:27:01   There's a lot of grip between the case and the fabric of the jeans.

01:27:09   And I don't know what you're doing with this, but still, I wish it was a different texture.

01:27:16   That's all I'm saying.

01:27:17   Well, if you tried the leather, it's definitely better for this.

01:27:19   I don't like the way that it ages.

01:27:22   Oh man, it's great.

01:27:25   No, leather is for old people.

01:27:27   I was gonna say I usually don't use a case but if I do I use the black leather

01:27:33   Apple case and how many iPhones are you on didn't this round?

01:27:37   Yeah, I've had a bad

01:27:40   I did break a 6s plus last year, but um

01:27:46   The the leather case is nice. It's it solves the problem. I have the same problem with the silicon case

01:27:53   I actually tried one ended up returning it for that reason Federico that you stick in your pocket is like

01:27:57   Velcroed itself to the inside. Yes. Yes. I think maybe my jeans just aren't as tight as yours

01:28:02   Maybe I bet you don't look good Myke. I always look good

01:28:06   Yeah, it's because of the facial hair. Oh, yeah. Yeah, that's right. The the silicon case really grips the beard hair

01:28:12   I don't even need to hold my phone

01:28:14   Anyway, it just sticks to the side of my head when I talk on it. That's kind of gross. But okay

01:28:22   listener Sebastian writes in and it's a really long thing you can find these in the show notes, but it boils down to which iPad

01:28:29   He should buy based on

01:28:31   Email browsing the web maybe doing some Adobe comp work

01:28:35   Not doing you know

01:28:37   It doesn't seem like going full in on the on the iPad like like some people have they still keeping a Mac

01:28:43   Which iPad should I get and most importantly which color I?

01:28:47   I recommend get the 9.7 for this person's use case because they seem like they want to just do some stuff and

01:28:54   Still use a Mac get the keyboard. So you take advantage of all the space when you're typing

01:28:59   It's more comfortable for everyday use the 9.7

01:29:01   But if you do want to replace your laptop you think that's something you really want to do then go to 12.9

01:29:06   But the 9.7 is a better complementary device if you're still planning on using a Mac frequently as well and I recommend gold

01:29:14   hmm

01:29:17   - T.G., you recommend gold now too, right?

01:29:20   - I do.

01:29:21   I'm just wondering if maybe next year I wanna go back

01:29:24   to the black iPads, black phones everywhere.

01:29:28   Just because I feel like I've been missing having

01:29:31   you know, the black front of the iPhone.

01:29:36   I really do miss it.

01:29:37   And sometimes when I'm reading on the iPad Pro at night

01:29:40   and I look at the white bezel, you know,

01:29:43   I kind of wish it was black.

01:29:45   but I gotta say the gold back looks amazing so my wish is for Apple to make

01:29:51   a black iPhone and a black iPad with the gold back

01:29:55   that would look good

01:29:56   black and gold yeah? I don't know with my next phone if I'm going with rose gold or gold

01:30:01   but it's going to be one of those two

01:30:03   I might go rose gold that looks great

01:30:06   man all black all the time I really don't like the white cover glass

01:30:12   The last question we have is from Mr. Rebo.

01:30:16   How do you feel about IOS 10's control center in particular about having to swipe to access the volume control?

01:30:22   So if you're not familiar on IOS 10, control center is now split into multiple panes.

01:30:28   So before you had brightness and volume sliders kind of on top of each other.

01:30:32   Now you have all your hardware controls, brightness, airplane airdrop, and then if you go over you have a media preview.

01:30:40   So like the album you're listening to, its playback position, play controls, and then volume.

01:30:45   So it's up and over, get to volume. How do you guys feel about that?

01:30:49   So I just checked in Scrivener and the control center section is 3,000 words.

01:30:56   So I'll try to keep it short.

01:30:58   And I feel like it takes some time to get used to, but overall I think it's an improvement.

01:31:08   It's not perfect. I don't like the design of the main page, the first one with the system shortcuts.

01:31:15   I think they should do more and it's time to make it customizable. So I have a whole bunch of complaints,

01:31:21   but overall I think the idea works. But it takes you a while to get used to it. And it especially

01:31:26   works if you listen to a lot of music and if you do a lot of play and pause or tweak the volume,

01:31:33   or listen to podcasts and use the skipping controls.

01:31:37   I think it works. I'm a fan. There's a whole list of

01:31:41   complaints that I have, but it takes a few weeks to

01:31:45   go all in with the idea. And it

01:31:49   makes a lot more sense on the iPhone than the iPad.

01:31:53   I've only played with it on my iPad and I haven't got

01:31:57   a lot of complex thoughts yet and I feel like I'm not

01:32:01   able to fully get a picture on this because it's not on my iPhone yet. I have not got

01:32:05   10 on my iPhone. Do it. No I'm not going to do it yet. I'm not doing it yet. I don't need

01:32:11   it. I'm fine. I'm deciding to keep the stability of my iPhone for a while because I use my

01:32:17   iPads so much when I'm at home it is giving, it's sufficing my need to check out iOS 10.

01:32:24   I don't need to put it on my phone right now. That's fair. And we should add too that Control

01:32:29   Center will pick up a third pane if you have the home kit stuff set up so you can

01:32:33   you can save scenes and some controls into there. Unlike Federico I do think it's

01:32:39   probably better. I like the media page and having the preview of what you're

01:32:43   listening to you have more information about it. I do wish maybe that you could

01:32:47   maybe set the order because 90% of the time when I go into Control Center it is to do

01:32:53   media stuff. It is not to launch the calculator or the flashlight and it would

01:32:57   be nice to be able to like reorder those panes. But it's not the end of the world.

01:33:01   It could also just be context-worth. If audio is playing, then that should be the first

01:33:06   one.

01:33:06   What Apple is doing is they remember your last viewed page. So if you dismiss Control

01:33:10   Center and you're viewing the "Now Playing" card, when you open it again, it'll open to

01:33:15   that page.

01:33:15   Okay. That's kind of cool. But still. If a podcast is playing on the speakers, like,

01:33:20   give me that view. But I guess that could end up being more confusing if it keeps switching

01:33:24   around. I don't know.

01:33:27   Is that the end of the questions?

01:33:29   That's all we're going to do for today.

01:33:31   Awesome.

01:33:32   We'll be back next week, a little later in the week.

01:33:35   Federico is going on summer vacation and me and Steven are going to be together in Memphis

01:33:41   and we're going to be recording on the 18th which will be our anniversary for Relay FM's

01:33:47   second year.

01:33:48   So look out for that a little bit later on next week.

01:33:51   If you want to find Federico online he'll be posting pictures of himself on the beach

01:33:55   on his Instagram Snapchat story, which is @vitiaci.

01:34:02   You have @vitiaci on Instagram, right?

01:34:05   I think so, yeah.

01:34:06   Yeah, I think you are.

01:34:07   You're also on Twitter, @vitiaci.

01:34:09   Steven is @ismh on Twitter only.

01:34:11   Steven, what is your Instagram?

01:34:15   Steven M Hackett.

01:34:18   Someone else has @ismh, don't search it.

01:34:20   It's terrifying.

01:34:21   Yeah, really.

01:34:22   Seriously, I know that sounds like, "Ah, it's a fun thing."

01:34:24   Don't do it.

01:34:25   I'm gonna search for it. No. You're gonna see what's up. You're gonna regret it.

01:34:28   Yeah you really seriously you don't want to. It's gonna mess you up.

01:34:32   So Stephen M Hackett on Instagram. Stephen M Hackett on Instagram this is what.

01:34:37   Okay. Or is it ISMH. Don't do it. Alright and I am @imike everywhere.

01:34:45   Thanks so much to our sponsors this week. The fine folk over at Hover,

01:34:50   Mac Worlden and of course Braintree. We will be back next time until then say goodbye guys

01:34:57   Adios, adios