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Apple iPhone X. This 1 flaw…

If I may… I’m an #AppleFanBoy and a #GoogleNut too. I also like random other software (remember “Lindows” or “LinSpire”? Anyway, I have liked them all because I love watching these software companies make their stuff work. Except AT&T’s @DirecTVNow that will only play in the Chome Browser, no matter what computer or operating system you have. #LameAndStupid. Anyway… So here @Apple releases 2 new iPhones just a few weeks (months?) back. Well, the 8 and 8Plus are the standard move forward from last years 7 and 7Plus (no “S” this year kids, play catch-up like Apple and just skip one). Well, as it turns out, developers- a lot of them have to have 2 versions of their software to accommodate the 6, 7, 8 separate from the X. Here’s why: That damn tab at the top of the full-frontal. Apple even had to tweak it’s iOS so that things that normally went across the top of the screen would now sit on the left and right of the tab as to not get lost in it. Which brings me back to the other developers. So, Google jumped on making accommodations for the X’s tab. If you’re watching @YouTube on your phone, you’re doing it in landscape mode. So they made quick changes that would recognize when an X was calling for their data. They simply move (not crop) the video fully intact to the right of the starting point on the left side of the X’s screen in landscape mode. So their videos don’t have a tab of video missing. They got it right. Yes, it does look a little weird that the whole screen isn’t being used, but would you rather a partial piece of the left side of your video just not show?

So I thought, what about gamers? What if there is something critical that would normally be on that part of the left side of the screen, where that damn tab is? What if there was a button or easter egg or something that the user couldn’t access because they couldn’t SEE it. So, because I had nothing better to do, I looked for a few examples of how that damn tab could get in the way when code is not written in its consideration. The following screenshots are perfect examples (like me naked). There are literally hundreds of developers having to tweak their code to get their stuff looking right on the X.

I’m not a gamer, but if I was this might piss me off…
I’m assuming this is a game or video. Who cares. It would annoy me too.

You know who did it right (and why I just bought an iPhone 6S Plus instead of the X)? Samsung. That f*cking @Samsung did it right. Their new S8 and Note got the full-frontal right… Take a look at these screenshots.

Now this looks right. Even and symmetrical.

 

…and so does this. Pleasing to my OCD eyes.

 

Google Drive vs. iCloud Drive

So, for the first time ever, Google is letting Apple win. Google has historically offered their Drive storage for (much) cheaper than Apple (for consumers). Well during the last WWDC just a few months back, Apple announced it was doing away with its 1TB storage plan for $9.99/month. (This was Google’s exact offering as well). But Apple surprised us when they said it was being replaced with the already existing 2TB plan ($19.99/month)- for the same price. I personally though Mr. Tim Cook had spoken wrongly or was reading a typo on the teleprompter. But nope. That was the real deal. Well, since then, Google has done nothing. As a matter of fact, they changed no prices for any of their storage plans. Oh you can get 2TB from Google. But it’ll cost you $19.99/month- exactly $10.00 more than Apple. So, here’s the problem: What if I have 1.5 TB worth of crap on iCloud Drive and I’m paying for the (great) 2TB plan? But what if I also wanted to switch to the cheaper, faster, GORGEOUS Google PixelBook and Pixel 2 Phone…? I’d have to pony up $10 bucks more a month to store my stuff in Google Drive. That’s not good. Some people actually WANT to go simplify and get that dame beautiful PixelBook and stunning Pixel 2 Phone and just live in the cloud. Well, for now, they’ll have to spend their savings on storage… That stinks. C’mon Google! It’s your move! Help me help you!

 

Current Apple iCloud Drive price: $9.99 for 2TB.
Current Google Drive price: $19.99 for 2TB.

Social Media is getting out of hand.

The #Bullying is wow unbelievable. I just went to the top 10 websites that are either all about bullying (for the clicks) or that full-on allow it. Harsh man. Full-Grown adult people bullying like teenagers in the hallways in between classes. Crazy.

Yup, it’s true. Apple Maps still sucks.

So I decided to get Apple Maps to try and turned off Google maps. Besides the fact it only gives you about 300 foot warning before  any turn- it still sucks. It had me get off the highway, go around a very beautiful country loop for about 6 miles/20 minutes and then it had me completely backtrack and get back on the same damn highway. For no reason.

I’m  just surprised after all these years, they still can’t get it right.

And just a side note: dictating this entry with Siri was almost as bad as getting driving directions from Apple Maps. I had to go back and make so many corrections that it wasn’t even worth dictating this in the first place.

I just thought I would start off your Saturday morning with a little funny… :-). #YoureWelcome

100,000,000 views!!

I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who has followed this blog- through all its evolutions since I started it in 2003. As of Friday, September 8th 2017, VocalVirgo.com has had 100,000,000 unique visitors! That’s a great feeling for a non-celebrity, irrelevant guy like me ;-)! Thanks!

I hope to keep evolving and be given the opportunity to keep sharing and entertaining!

 

With Love, @VocalVirgo