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Masterbuilt 330G Propane Smoker Review: As Good as Wood

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Some pit masters may look down on smoking with propane, but this smoker could convert them.
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tingham
8 hours ago
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I mean just get two separate units. What is the problem?
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Perfectly Cropped

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Here’s a fun, personal story about what can go wrong in an otherwise fine UI when things are redesigned.

My wife typically only charges her phone when she’s at her desk during the day. She doesn’t leave it plugged in overnight, which means iOS’s software update never happens automatically for her. So, she just recently upgraded to iOS 13 a few days ago.

Fast forward to today…

She claimed she couldn’t save photos to her phone that someone else texted her. My first thought was “oh god, it’s something to do with her iCloud account” that I tweeted about a few days ago.

So, I call her and we start debugging this over speaker phone.

“What app are you in?”

“Messages.”

“Are you tapping the Share button?”

“The box with the up arrow? Yes.”

“You don’t have a save option?”

“No, all I can do is send it to other people or make a reminder or a note or stuff like that.”

“Send me a screenshot.”

“Ohhh, no. You have to scroll down. I don’t know how to explain the difference, but “apps” are left and right and “actions” are up and down.”

“I am scrolling down. There’s no save option.”

“Send me another screenshot.”

“No, no. You tapped the “More” button where you pick what apps show up. You need to scroll down from the main screen. Look for the black and white icons on the bottom.”

At this point there were a few seconds of silence before she yells “Oh my god! This is just like the dumb new Music app. I didn’t even know I could scroll down!”

Why didn’t she know there were options further down the share sheet? Because she’s using an iPhone 8, which happens to be just the right height to perfectly crop the share sheet. Take a look again at the first screenshot she sent me:

The “Copy” action is perfectly spaced from the bottom of the screen to appear like it’s the only option. And since iOS (and in some places now macOS, too) doesn’t offer visual affordances like scroll indicators, she had no idea there was any content further below.

I’m a developer with an eye for design, but I’m certainly not a designer. So I don’t know what the solution is to these types of accidental UI bugs. But I see them impact my aging parents all the time. This was just the first time one has so obviously confused my wife, and it caught me by surprise, too.

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tingham
1 day ago
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A visual bug like this is still a failure.
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Google Stadia's controller is wireless, but only on TV at launch

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PC, laptop, and mobile will need the USB-C cable to connect for now
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tingham
2 days ago
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Great start
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The Plutocrat’s Status Quo (with Anand Giridharadas)

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On this episode of Stay Tuned, “The Plutocrat’s Status Quo,” host Preet Bharara answers your questions about:

— The indictment of Rudy Giuliani’s associates, brought by SDNY prosecutors

— Giuliani’s refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena related to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump

— Last week’s Stay Tuned interview with George Conway, conservative lawyer and Trump critic

Anand Giridharadas is an author, editor-at-large for TIME magazine, political analyst at MSNBC, and cultural critic. He joins Preet to discuss his most recent book, now out in paperback, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.

To hear bonus clips from the interview, try two free weeks of CAFE Insider membership.

Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet.

As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.

The post The Plutocrat’s Status Quo (with Anand Giridharadas) appeared first on CAFE.

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tingham
2 days ago
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Really good one
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Showtime Is Making a Limited Series About Uber

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Also, Zoë Kravitz is going to play Catwoman, and there's a new trailer for the final season of 'The Man in the High Castle'.
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tingham
2 days ago
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What's weird is that every season of Billions has done a "Take" on some aspect of this fucked up economy. I don't understand why this isn't just season 5 or whatever.
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Feels like the future

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Nick Heer writes about AirPods at Pixel Envy:

It’s also the category of tech products that, I think, comes closest to feeling futuristic today

I’ve never managed to phrase it like that in my head, but that’s exactly my feelings, too. For two reasons:

One: AirPods are a damn marvel of technology and miniaturization. They’re literally the same form factor as the EarPods we’ve had for almost a decade, and yet Apple somehow managed to fit inside a Bluetooth transmitter, optical sensor, accelerometer, and still had enough room left over for five hours of battery.

And two: Nothing better illustrates Apple’s incredible talent at designing, building, and shipping a product when they own the entire stack. I think AirPods are the best product – hardware or software – that Apple has released in the last five years if not longer. Better than Apple Watch, the insane year over year CPU jumps, and massive software and hardware camera improvements. The only thing that comes close to that level of integration and seamlessness in my mind is Face ID.

If you had shown my 2002 self a pair of AirPods as I was busy unboxing my first iPod and its white, corded earbuds, I simply wouldn’t have believed you. (And then I would have grabbed them from your hands and run away.)

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tingham
2 days ago
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The first iPods didn't support bluetooth. AirPods would have been useless.
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