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I love music. I am a big fan of all genres. Whether its orchestral music from the 1950s, 1980s Goth, thrash metal, or hardcore punk, I’ll give just about anything a spin at least once. I also love music-based apps, especially the ones that let you create music.

I love music. I am a big fan of all genres. Whether its orchestral music from the 1950s, 1980s Goth, thrash metal, or hardcore punk, I’ll give just about anything a spin at least once. I also love music-based apps, especially the ones that let you create music.

Sequential for iPad is a music app that lets you create dance-friendly sampling loops that can be added to tracks you are already working on in other programs. Don’t be intimidated. You don’t have to know how to write music to have fun. You just have to feel the beat…

Design

What caught my eye when I first saw Sequential in the App Store was its similarity with Yamaha’s Tenori-on. The digital musical instrument allows users to create sounds by pushing different buttons. Although this app doesn’t have quite the variety of the Tenori-on, it definitely has the same visual-performance feel. Sequential also lets you fine-tune each effects track with a few additional effects.

The screen is made up of four sets with either three or four columns in each. There are 12 rows, each with a slider bar for fine-tuning the individual effect. There are eight different “scenes” so you can create different loops and move between them during your performance. Below the fine-tuning sliders sits three modulation buttons that adjust the sliders all at once in a particular order while you hold them down.

There are 34 effects packages, including four demos. However, you are not limited to what comes with the app. You can import loops from other apps, and even import your own, customized loop that you’ve created in Sequential.

You can also alter the way the effects playback by adjusting the duration, playback and timing of the audio file and playback rate. Change the length, duration, or crossfade time of effects with shuffle, strobe, and transition.

When you are ready, you can record real-time performances and then copy and paste them into another app, or export them to your computer using iTunes file sharing.

App Use

The first thing I did when I opened the app was to push a bunch of buttons to see what would happen. The results were awesome, which shows that you don’t have to know what you are doing to make some sweet sounds. After goofing off for about 10 minutes, I actually read the user guide to check for features I hadn’t already figured out from just playing around with the app.

The first thing you will need to do is load a sound file. Tap the file at the top of the screen to get started. If I remember correctly, the default file is Acid Bassline. Tap it.

Then, select a sound file to get started. If you don’t know what to do, try a demo file to get an idea of what Sequential is capable of.

Then, select the particular effect you want to add to the sound for each beat. You can add four different spectrum-based effects, four different oscillator effects, or two different time-based effects. You can also keep the sound in its original form by leaving it at the top of the grid under the “clean” effect.

To change an effect, tap the row that is related to the change. Categories are clearly labeled with different colors. Blue is for spectrum. Green is for oscillator. Pink is for time. Fine-tune the row by adjusting the parameter slider. Unipolar sliders are based on minimum to maximum adjustments, while bipolar sliders will apply a different effect to the left or right side.

The three buttons at the bottom left side of the screen give you the ability to change the parameters to either rising, falling, or random modulations in real time. They only work when you hold them down. Use them during a life performance, or while recording your loop.

There are eight separate scenes so you can switch between different effects. Create different parameters for the sound file for multiple scenes to create changing effects in real time. The scenes are available by tapping one of the number buttons at the bottom of the screen.

In addition to altering the effects of each beat that the sound makes, you can also adjust the transport settings. Some audio files are longer than others, so you will need to change one or more setting. Drag the duration setting from left to right to adjust it. Tap the playback setting to switch between forward and backward.

Change the timing from normal four-four beats to triplets. When you tap the timing toggle, the grid will switch between sets of three or four columns. Additional transition features will alter the length ratio, decrease the duration, and adjust the crossfade time between effects. Experiment with each to get the sound you like the most.

When you are ready, record your loop. To do so, activate the feature by tapping the record button at the top left of the screen. The button will blink, letting you know that it is ready in standby. Then, press the play button and it will automatically record your performance. Then, press the play button to stop the loop and stop the recording.

The file will automatically be saved to your recorded file browser. You can then tap the copy button at the bottom, which will copy the file to the general pasteboard so you can paste it into another app that supports the copy/paste feature. You can also export the file by connecting your iPad to your computer and syncing with iTunes file sharing.

Loops that you’ve recorded can also be used as sounds that you can extend the effects adjustments. For example, I recorded a dubstep track and then used it to add more effects. The recorded track will have the new effects as the “clean” effect and you can add more tweaks to the sound file. You could, potentially, add more and more effect to the original sound file until it is a completely distorted mish-mash of sound.

The Good

The app is very easy to use. Experimenting with possibilities helps you learn everything Sequential is capable of. The few features you can’t figure out on your own are clearly explained in the user guide.

Files can be easily exported. It can be as simple as a copy-and-paste action in some compatible apps. Export through iTunes file sharing makes it possible for you to send the loop to any app that supports .aif files.

The Bad

Some of the user interface actions are awkward. For example, whenever you load a new file, it automatically starts it from the clean effect. I’d love to be able to switch between files while the effects I’ve created remain the same throughout. That way, you can see what it sounds like with different sounds.

Value

Sequential for iPad costs $4.99, which is the perfect price for an app like this. It offers unlimited sound options without being overwhelming or hard to understand. It may seem basic on the surface, but after delving into the features, you will see that it offers lots of components with deeply integrated effects tweaks.

Conclusion

I love it when a music-making app is so easy to figure out that anyone can use it. If you have any interest in creating sound loops, even just for fun, this is a great app for experimenting with the various effects alterations that are used for producing and mixing interesting samples. Sure, five bucks is a lot for an app just to mess around with. But, maybe you will discover that you were meant to be a deejay. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

Yamaha’s TNR-i – US is another sequencer that lets you activate sounds by pushing buttons on a grid. The TNR-e – US features electronica and dub step beats.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review: A More Practical Mix

Bezel-less smartphones are all the rage today. To earn the tag of being called a flagship device in 2023, any smartphone has to have a bezel-less display. We have seen that with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, the LG G6 and V30 and the much anticipated iPhone X. But, do you know which was the first smartphone which kicked the whole bezel-less display syndrome in motion? If you think the answer is Samsung, you would be wrong. Xiaomi, a China-based smartphone manufacturer was the first company to bring the bezel-less display onto a smartphone with its flagship Mi Mix which was launched last year. Mi Mix was truly the first smartphone to convert the dreams of bezel-less displays on smartphones into reality. However, Mi Mix was more about making a statement than being the one for the masses. This year, Xiaomi wants to correct that approach by bringing its successor; the Mi Mix 2. So the question is, did Xiaomi learned from its experiences with Mi Mix, or is the Mi Mix 2 still just about challenging the status quo? That’s what we are going to find out today, in our Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review:

Specifications

Dimensions151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm (5.98 x 2.97 x 0.30 in)

Weight185 g (6.53 oz)

DisplayIPS LCD 5.99 inches (1080 x 2160 pixels ~403 ppi pixel density)

ProcessorSnapdragon 835 (Octa-core ~ 4×2.45 GHz and 4×1.9)

RAM6/8 GB RAM

Storage64/128/256 GB

Camera12 MP with IMX386 sensor, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), and dual-LED flash

Camera5 MP

BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery (supports Quick Charge 3.0)

SystemMIUI 8 based on top of Android Nougat

SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer

ConnectivityDual-SIM, dual band 802.11 WiFi ( a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0

Price30~35 K INR

What’s In The Box

The Mix 2 comes in a suave black box with Mix engraved in gold accents, just like the device. Here is the box’s content.

Mi Mix 2 (of course)

Charging adapter (Supports Quick Charging 3.0)

Type-C cable

Type-C to 3.5 mm jack connector.

A nice case with great in-hand feel.

SIM ejector tool

Paperwork

Design and Hardware

Apart from the Display, the design in the original Mi Mix was the talking point of the device, and the Mi Mix 2 is no different. In short, the Mi Mix 2 is stunning. No manufacturer is using ceramic as Xiaomi is doing with its Mix series. The phone is beautiful and feels really good in the hand. However, the ceramic back is also a fingerprint magnet and a bit on the slippery side, but thankfully, the metal frame makes sure the device provides a lot more grip. Still, it is better if you use the device with the included case as it would add grip and keep your device free from smudges. If you plan to use it without the case, you better keep a cleaning cloth handy.

When compared to its predecessor the Mi Mix, Mix 2 is fairly comfortable in hand. A lot of that has to do with the fact that now the Mix 2 is smaller as it only houses 5.99-inches of the display as compared to the 6.4 inches of the Mix. This change makes the phone very handy. Looks like Xiaomi learned from its mistakes in the Mix’s design, and made the necessary changes in the Mix 2. There are other changes which mark a departure from the design of Mi Mix too. The rear camera is a bit protruded, the lower chin is smaller, and now even the base version of the Mix 2 comes with a ceramic back which I like. The top border is a bit thicker, but Mix 2 has a good reason for that.

You see, the original Mi Mix didn’t have an earpiece, rather it was utilizing a piezoelectric actuator which vibrated the front glass to convey sounds to your ears. However, when I extensively used the Mi Mix, the piezoelectric earpiece was a huge problem for me. It was just not good enough as the calls sounded a little choppy. Thankfully, the Mi Mix 2 is sporting a traditional earpiece which was the reason behind making the top border a little thicker. However, you won’t even notice that until you put both devices side by side. I am in favour of this decision choice by Xiaomi. I also love the fingerprint sensor at the back, which is well placed and by far one of the fastest fingerprint sensors I ever tested.

Display

Now, let’s talk about that display which takes up more than 80% of the front. The Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99-inch Full HD Plus IPS LCD display. That’s a bit smaller than its predecessor which makes this device fairly easy to use. However, it still is a two-handed device. Of all the implementation of the bezel-less displays that we have seen in the previous year, Mi Mix 2 still remains my favourite. I am not a fan of the notch present on the top of either the essential or the iPhone X. Mi Mix has nothing of such sorts and looks incredible, to say the least.

The color reproduction is great and despite having an IPS Display, the blacks are really good. If you’d like more punchy colors, you can change the contrast in the settings. While the Mix 2 display is one of the best LCD displays out there, I would have preferred to see an AMOLED display on the device. Because at the price Mix 2 has landed, there’s the OnePlus 5 has a Full HD AMOLED display and I will take AMOLED over LCD any day. If not AMOLED, at least Xiaomi should have put QHD display. Seeing how both the Honor 8 Pro and the Nokia 8 offer a QHD display, it would have been possible for Xiaomi to do that too. However, if you don’t care about the resolution, I think you will find the Full HD+ LCD display on the Mix 2 good enough. The edge to edge to display is just a beauty to look at. The display still remains the biggest selling point for the Mix 2.

User Interface

However, there are certain changes which I really love. Firstly, there’s the Smart Assistant which comes baked with MIUI 9. I use it for only one purpose, that is, searching for apps on my device. Since, MIUI 9 doesn’t have any app drawer, finding an app has always been harder, especially if you install as many apps as I do. The assistant helps me do that. Finally, the ability to reply to messages directly from notification is also here. The home screen has also been worked upon, and you will like the included changes. However, the good thing (or bad) is that the underlying structure of the MIUI remains the same. Basically, if you loved it before, you will keep on loving it, however, if you hated it, there’s nothing new here which will make you consider this otherwise.

I believer that MIUI ROM is one of the best Android ROMs in the market, as it adds a ton of customisability and brings an open boot-loader which you can unlock anytime without voiding your warranty. However, some people are not a fan of its looks, and I won’t blame you if you hate it too. Basically, the performance is not hampered by the MIUI, it just a question of personal preferences. The only resource that MIUI utilises more than the normal Android is the RAM, and since Mix 2 ships with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, that takes care of any concern that users might have.

Performance

Apart from the display and the build quality, performance is the biggest strength of this device. The Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with either 6 or 8 GB RAM, makes this device scream. In my usage, the device has been fast, even when I have tons of apps installed. Switching between apps was quick and the gaming performance has been smooth too. Well, Xiaomi has definitely not compromised on the performance of the Mix 2. Plus, it helps that MIUI 9 is a well optimised OS and brings a ton of useful features.

Xiaomi has promised that the device will be launched with MIUI 9 in India on October 10th, hence we wanted to test the phone with it onboard. And quite frankly, the phone handled everything we threw at it. Although, I am not much of a benchmark guy, however, if you do care about such stuff, you will find the test results in the images below. Although, the scores should not come as a surprise seeing it packs the same Qualcomm 835 chipset as every other 2023 Android flagship smartphone.

Telephony and Audio Performance

As I mentioned earlier, a welcome change with Mi Mix 2 is the addition of the standard earpiece instead of the piezoelectric one used last year. That makes a world of difference. I was not at all happy with the Mi Mix’s call quality last year, but this year, everything sounds like it should. The calls were clear, and both sides could hear each other without any problem. Calls made on speaker phone also didn’t disappoint much.

However, the speakers should not be used for media consumption as they are tiny and distort at higher levels. That brings us to the elephant in the room or lack thereof; the headphone jack. There’s no headphone jack on this phone hence you will have to either use the included USB-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter, or go completely wireless. Since the phone doesn’t come with a USB-C headphones, the switch feels a little harder. I am not much of an audiophile, so I can’t complain too much about the sound quality, but, I do hate the removal of the headphone jack.

Battery

Cameras

Moving on to the camera, the Mi Mix 2 features a 12 MP sensor on the rear, with f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis optical image stabilisation, and dual LED flash, which is somewhat disappointing, as the trend is moving towards dual cameras and wider apertures. All the phones in the Mix 2’s price range come with dual cameras, be it the OnePlus 5, the Honor 8 Pro or the Nokia 8, so it’s surprising that Xiaomi didn’t just use Mi 6’s dual camera setup in the Mix 2. That would have made the phone perfect.

However, if you can get over that drawback you will find that the Mix 2’s 12 MP camera unit takes some great shots, especially in the day time. The photos are sharp, have great detail, and the colors come out good too. The dynamic range could be a little better, but there’s not much to complain here. However, everything falters when it comes to the low-light photography. The pictures are just not that good. There’s a lot of noise in the photos taken in low-light. The OIS does help a little bit, but still, the low-light performance can only be deemed as below average. When it comes to video, the phone supports both 4K and slow-mo video recording, and the video quality is pretty decent too. The videos are stable and feature decent colors and details. However, it does lacks the support for 60 FPS recording at 1080p and above resolution. I also noticed a bit of a shutter lag at times, which I hope will be fixed with future software updates.

To conclude, the primary camera produces some really good results, if you are in good lighting conditions. In low-light, the camera fails miserably. I appreciate the inclusion of 4K and slow-mo recording. The OIS really helps in producing some really stable footage. But, the front-camera is really bad and is better left unused. Needless to say, like last year, the cameras are still the weakest point of this smartphone.

Connectivity

Both Mi Mix and Mix 2 are one of few devices in the world that support most of the major wireless bands around the world. So, doesn’t matter which country you live in, I am sure that it will support 4G-LTE there. When its comes to reception itself, the device maintains a constant connection even in areas with a patchy network. Other than that, the phone features dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB OTG support and GPS with GLONASS and Beidou. However, there’s no IR blaster or FM Radio support. Overall, the Mi Mix’s connectivity suit features almost everything that you’d expect from a modern-day smartphone

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review: A More Practical Mix

Let’s sum things up, shall we? It’s been a while since Xiaomi introduced a flagship device in India, one and half years to be exact, but well, they are finally breaking that trend and launching the Mix 2 in India. The Mix 2 is  priced at INR 35,999 and

at this price range, it’s taking on some great competition, including the OnePlus 5, the Honor 8 Pro, and the Nokia 8. So, is it worth buying? Well, the biggest thing going in favour of the Mi Mix 2 is the bezel-less design. No other phone in the price range can match the design of the Mix 2. If you want a ‘truly’ bezel-less device in this price range, go for the Mix 2. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the Mix 2 is a great phone overall.

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Ulefone Mix Review: Beauty But No Beast…

The Chinese manufacturer promotes this model as one of the most impressive dual camera/bezel less smartphones and has serious expectations from its performance in the mid-range market. So how does this affordable dual camera model fare at the end of the day? What are its best attributes and where could we see it… do a bit better?

Let’s have a look at this Ulefone Mix review.

Ulefone Mix – Technical specifications

Network: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz – 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz – 4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz

 Ulefone Mix review: Display, design, features

What I can say for sure, is that the phone, is really good looking, and quite impressive – especially its back side, that glows during daylight, and can easily become a smudge magnet unfortunately. The Ulefone Mix is available in 2 color variants which are mainly: Black and Blue and I ordered the Blue one, which basically looks much betters in terms of appearance according to my taste.

As its name confirms, one of its unique selling points is “bezel-less,” but in fact, there is a tiny bezel of 2mm around it. Surely the top bezel is very impressive and basically extends the display all the way to the top, leaving just a small gap for the speaker.

Ulefone MIX is a pocket-friendly smartphone if we look up to the size. Nonetheless, the device comes up with metal framing and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. So if by mistake your phone falls or bumps into something, the display won’t get damaged like other phones.

There’s also a front facing camera placed at the bottom bezel (a typical solution these days for Chinese manufacturers), along with a home button with an embedded fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is quite decent for what it’s worth.  It can unlock the phone in less than 0.1 second with almost 97% success rate. It can basically store up to 5 different fingerprints and can recognize them all from 360 degrees, something that’s a standard nowadays. 

Unfortunately the one button you will find placed below the display doesn’t function as a “Home button” by default, though it can be configured to perform actions like Go Back, go to Home, or launch Recent list with a single tap or press and hold. It doesn’t have any capacitive buttons beside the fingerprint sensor, so there is some wasted space at the bottom area. So, if you’re looking for the 3 Android soft-keys you will find them at the bottom of the display, inside the menus.

As you may have already learned by now, the selfie camera is placed just below the display and if you want to use it in an acceptable way you’ll have to turn the phone upside down when in Camera mode. The viewfinder menu will rotate and you will be able to shoot some decent selfie photos or snapchat videos.

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One of the main features of this Mix clone is – no doubt- its 5,5 inch display, with a typical resolution of 1280×720 pixels, anti-glare coating, offering quite vivid colors that will surely impress you. At the beginning the low resolution maybe quite noticeable, but after a couple of days you won’t have any issues using it. The colors of the display may be rather saturated, but the images are crisp enough, offering a “deep” black color, with good viewing angles and a fully responsive panel if I may add. All in all a decent display – especially for a smartphone on this price range. 

There’s a main camera located at the back side of the device, boasting two lenses – a setup pretty common in phones nowadays with the goal of helping you take better photos. There’s also a micro USB port placed at the bottom, along with speaker grilles and a 3.5mm audio jack on top.

Hardware & Performance

As far as power is concerned, this Ulefone Mix in the test comes loaded in all sections. On the one hand, we have one of the best MediaTek processors, an MTK6750T 64bit Octa Core running at 1.5GHz, paired with a Mali T860MP2 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB. All this, accompanied by Android 7.0 Nougat. 

It offers a rather decent user experience with minimal lags and good multi-tasking (thanks to 4GB of RAM of course), enabling users to keep several applications open in the background with no significant impact on its everyday performance. Oh and if you’re into checking benchmark results, the Ulefone Mix scored 42231 points in AntuTu which is a typical result for this type of chipset when paired with this hardware (RAM, GPU).

On the other hand, the battery life is great. On normal usage (reading emails, watching videos, surfing the Web, listening to music), you can easily get a day and a half (a whopping thirty-six hours) of usage for each charge. For streaming videos at full brightness and volume, it can last for eight hours. Depending on your usage, it will have no problem lasting for a full day.

Ulefone Mix review: Android software and UI performance

The Doogee Mix runs on Android 7.0 Nougat equipped with a custom Freeme OS launcher that’s practically pure Android, but with a few configurations added (which in case of not liking we can always get rid of them). In fact I did install Nova Launcher a couple of days later, as I prefer its settings and ease of use. In any case, the Android 7.0 gives you more control on the smartphone and also lets you customize the phone just like any other Nougat based device.

Thankfully there is no bloatware or other unnecessary apps inside, it supports all the classic Nougat features with only minimal Google Apps preinstalled. You can always install anything else you may like of course.

Other customization options include Float gesture, which is a floating ball that opens a radial view for you to quickly access various modes. I don’t find this useful, as it doesn’t allow me to customize the control items in the list. There is also the One Hand FloatView where you can swipe in from the bottom right corner to reveal a floating list. Once again, I don’t find this useful as it often takes a number of tries to bring up to the screen.

Dual camera/Selfie camera performance

If you’re interested in taking decent photos using a budget bezel less smartphone, then the Ulefone Mix could be your ideal choice. It comes with a dual 13MP + 5MP dual camera with F2.2 aperture, packing Sony IMX258 technology, a dual LED flash and 0.1sPDAF (Auto Focus Phase Detection).

The fact is it doesn’t translate to great photos but, quite decent ones. There is good depiction of details when the lighting is plenty, but things become dire at the end of the day, or in places with poor sunlight.

Note that one camera is used for creating the bokeh effect and other will capture the image with quite impressive portrait photos and decent performance in low light conditions.

give your best shot with the camera, it’s worth it (during the day)

Both cameras have independent vision processing unit, which enables background blurring in real time. It also allows you to choose where to focus (touch focus) and where to blur, with the ability to adjust the intensity of blurring, too. 

For all those Snapchat fans out there, the Ulefone Mix comes with an 8MP selfie camera with aperture F2.2 and wide angle of 88°. You can shoot typical selfie shots, but do stay outside if you want some detail in them. In clubs, or in places with poor lighting you won’t be that impressed.

Battery consumption

The Ulefone Mix is equipped with a 3300mAh battery that works great with the energy efficient processor from Mediatek and it performs well, providing more than a full day’s usage with no problems. Note that it works great in cooperation with the Android Nougat interface in order to block access to battery “hungry” apps, reduce energy consumption when possible and all those little things that make our lives easier when using a smartphone.

You will be satisfied with the battery performance of the Ulefone Mix, that’s for sure. If you’re a heavy duty user then you can safely expect a little over 7 hours of active screen, but depending the way you use it you can easily get up to 1,5 days of usage 🙂

Ulefone Mix – Main Features

Smart Fingerprint ID

Tri Bezel-less innovative all screen

Extra-narrow Metal Frame

Dazzling Lumia Effect

Vibrant 5.5-inches HD display

MT6750T Octa-core Chipset & 4GB of RAM

Dual Back Cameras

Long Lasting 3300mAH battery

Immersive HiFi Enjoyment

High-precision 6-axis Gyroscope

Pure Android 7.0 Nougat

Conclusion – So what about it?

A beauty but still no beast

I have to say that I was impressed by the looks of this device. It’s back plate is truly amazing to look at, its dimensions are “just right” for the average user, and it offers typical performance for a mid-range Chinese model.

Don’t get me wrong, i’s a decent dual camera phone, with acceptable photos in daylight conditions, average photos in low light conditions and… average (shaky) videos. It offers however very goof battery consumption, good performance for an avid Android user and decent build quality.

Chris Henry Rashomon’d By Google Real Time Search

“I mean, what are they gonna say about him, when he’s gone, huh? What are they gonna say? Are they gonna say “he was a kind man”? “He was a wise man”? “He had plans”; “He had wisdom”? Bullsh**, man! What are they gonna do when he’s gone? … Am I gonna set them straight, NO…” Dennis Hopper, Apocalypse Now

I first heard about the really sad news concerning Chris Henry from Twitter and like a billion other people, googled his name to find out the latest news about him. Sure enough, Google was featuring real time results on Chris Henry SERPS since this qualified as a hot “Breaking News Story”. Now plenty of folks in our industry such as Lisa Barone, Rae Hoffman & Michael Gray were pretty down on this latest Google Initiative…I didn’t necessarily agree but I also hadn’t paid as much attention to the issue as them. However, when the Chris Henry tragedy hit, I really had a chance to evaluate Google’s offering in “optimum” conditions. I have to say that I was impressed…

No, I wasn’t just a little impressed…I was impressed to the level as if I were seeing John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Leroy Vinnegar & Buddy Rich jamming together on the same celestial bandstand in the sky. I’ve scarcely seen anything more impressive online than what I viewed (and I suspect the real time results will only to get better).

Google’s Real Time SERPS brought the immense disjointed conversation surrounding the Chris Henry story into an easily digestible extremely compelling flow that anyone could follow just by watching them scroll…and that is one heck of an accomplishment.

In the relatively brief time I monitored the Real Time SERPS, here are some of the things that I saw:

Major News Sources like CNN, ESPN & TMZ reporting the breaking news (of which the details weren’t always consistent).

Local News Sources & Football Blogs also reporting the news.

Fake News Sources reporting erroneous news (and real news sources exposing the fakes).

Teammate Chad OchoCinco tweeting multiple times in anguish and other athletes like Nick Barnett who learned of the news on Twitter expressing their sadness.

Expressions of sorrow from random people in the Twitterverse.

Multiple people attempting to compare Henry to Tiger Woods in some manner…usually via lame attempts at humor.

Some spam but not enough to detract from the flow of information. The spam was no more noticeable than the ripples made by skipping a stone across a pond…slightly visible for a brief moment before vanishing for good.

Kurosawa’s Rashomon offers the lesson that relationship of a person telling a story to its action can greatly impact that person’s current perspective and future communication of the story. To best approach the actuality of “ultimate truth”, all available perspectives must be brought together as seamlessly as possible. Google’s Real Time Search gives searchers a super-mega-amphetamine Rashomon-like perspective of breaking news…a seemingly infinite number of viewpoints culled down to representative views from trusted sources reflective of the whole. These real-time SERPS show amazingly vibrancy compared to their static counterparts.

Todd Mintz is the Director of Internet Marketing & Information Systems for S.R. Clarke Inc. He also is on the Board of Directors at SEMpdx, runs his own side gigs and tweets quite a bit.

Spending Time With Kickstarter’s Touchtype Ipad & Keyboard Case

Not too long ago we told you about a new Kickstarter project that caught our eye. Called the Touchtype, the project offered up a new type of iPad case that really piqued our interest.

More than just an iPad case, the Touchtype promised to offer a safe home for not just your tablet, but also an accompanying Apple wireless keyboard. If you’ve ever wanted to leave your hefty MacBook Pro at home when popping down to the coffee shop to do a little work, then the Touchtype aimed to make using your iPad for work a real possibility.

The thing is, and as we have all witnessed before, Kickstarter projects all look great when asking for money, but what about the finished article? We have been lucky enough to spend some time with a shipping version of the Touchtype, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed…

Before we get started, this is not going to be a 1,000 word review of the Touchtype, covering its every feature and benefit because, to be honest, the project’s founder does a much better job of that than we could. Check out the video on the project’s Kickstarter page and you will see what we mean.

The project, now with less than 24 hours left to run, requires backers to offer a minimum of $47 in order to get their hands on a Touchtype. That gets you the grey polyurethane model. The one we have been testing is the $85 espresso leather version, and we have to say it is gorgeous.

Made from top layer buffalo hide, the Touchtype oozes quality and has that lovely leather smell to it. We have not had our hands on the polyurethane version so we cannot really compare, but we can’t recommend this particular color and material enough. Top marks there.

A black leather version is also available, should the espresso brown color not be to your liking.

Packaging is also gorgeous, with a black cardboard box that has a real feel of quality about it. It may not seem like much, but being presented with something with such a neat finish sets you up nicely for what is inside.

As far as the actual Touchtype is concerned, we have no complaints. To coin a phrase, it does exactly what it says on the tin. The case itself offers room for any iPad, including the latest and greatest, as well as one of Apple’s own wireless keyboards. Other, third-party efforts may also fit, though we have not tried one ourselves. With Apple’s product being so well suited to the iPad, why look elsewhere?

While it is true that a case that also plays host to a keyboard may not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you do require room to house a keyboard as well as your tablet, then the Touchtype is something that is well worth your time to take a look at. If you’re going to do just that, though, you’ll need to do it fast. With less than 24 hours to go before the funding process ends, you’ll want to be in there nice and soon.

Fear not though, we suspect this won’t be the last we see of the Touchtype, nor its project owner.

Facebook Not Working On Iphone And Ipad? Here’s The Real Fix!

The loading and flawed working of Facebook has been pretty common issues on the iPhone. Numerous users facing the problem reached out to us via different mediums and complained about it. Thankfully, it is something that can be successfully addressed. In this tutorial, we bring you possible solutions that will help you to fix Facebook not working issue on the iPhone and iPad.

1. Quit and Relaunch the App

The first thing we usually try when Facebook stops working is to pull down the app screen page to refresh it. In case this does not work, the next solution is to quit and relaunch the Facebook app.

To force quit an app, on iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. On iPhone with Home button, quickly double press it. You are now in the app switcher. Drag the Facebook app card up to close it. After a few seconds, launch the app again.

2. Fix Internet Connectivity Issues

At times this could be due to Wi-Fi or cellular data issues. To check this, open Safari and visit a website.

Does it load? If yes, perfect! If not, switch off and on Wi-Fi or mobile data on your iPhone. Also, consider restarting your Wi-Fi router. Here are our detailed resources on fixing Wi-Fi and mobile data connectivity issues in case you need more help.

If you are on cellular data, it is essential to check whether it’s enabled for Facebook or not. To do this, launch the Settings app → Cellular → under CELULAR DATA, make sure the toggle for Facebook is enabled.

Are you using a VPN? If yes, please disable it. Facebook (like many other sites) might not be accessible on certain VPNs.

3. Check Restrictions for Facebook

Screen Time makes it possible to impose a time limit and other kinds of restrictions on apps. Since Facebook is not working appropriately, let us invest a quick moment to confirm that it’s not restricted.

Open the Settings app and tap on Screen Time.

Tap on App Limits and ensure that Facebook is not added here.

If it is, tap on it and finally tap on Delete Limit.

Now, tap on <Screen Time go back. Next, tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Turn off the toggle for Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Facebook brings new app updates frequently. And in each of these, the social media giant tries to address bugs and improve the overall experience. To fix the working issue, you must get the latest version.

To update an app on iPhone, long press on the App Store icon and tap on Updates. Next, tap on UPDATE next to Facebook.

5. Clear History and Website Data

Are you facing trouble while using Facebook on Safari or any other iOS browser? Deleting the history and website data will do the trick.

We have a step-by-step guide that shows you how to clear history for Safari on the iPhone and iPad. For other browsers, tap on the in-app settings button and look for History → Clear Browsing Data.

6. Delete and Reinstall Facebook App

Once you delete an app, it removes the associated data, and after reinstalling, everything starts afresh. As Facebook is not working, let us try this solution as well.

Press on the Facebook app icon from the Home screen and tap on Delete App → Delete.

Now, press on the App Store icon, and tap on Search. Type ‘Facebook‘ and tap on the download icon.

Once the download completes, log in to the app again.

One solution for fixing several technical problems, on any device, that’s often overlooked is – restart! It involves easy steps and solves the issue without much fiddling around.

To fix the ongoing Facebook working problems, go ahead and restart your iPhone. After this, the issue may no longer continue to trouble.

Finally, if nothing helps, update your iPhone. It will ensure better compatibility with Facebook (and other apps). Consequently, the ongoing working issues may be successfully taken care of.

Signing Off

I sincerely hope you were able to figure out a positive way out of the Facebook problem by following the solutions above. Let us know which one worked for you.

Unfortunately, if the problem still exists, report it to Facebook.

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