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Posted by Claire on March 15, 2012
On February 16th Apple unveil their new Desktop OS Mountain Lion. As any tech addict I rush to see the details of this upgrade. Well I was REALLY disappointed. Last summer I was one of the first adopter of OS X Lion as well as one of the early adopters of iCloud in October. Ever since I have been hoping that Apple will improve the features and the communication between devices.
My Griefs were:
- iMessage was only cross iOS and not compatible with iChat whereas FaceTime was enabled in every Apple devices.
- The reminders never worked for me, always messy (it is stupid to have the reminder not ordered by due date!) and I never managed to unable the location base reminders.
- iCloud document. It is crazy that Dropbox works so well, with a dedicated Dropbox folder that sync immediately the documents that are in on every devices. I did not understand why it did not worked the same for iCloud. Uploading the document on iCloud.com from the desktop computer in order to have it on the iDevices was annoying and downloading it from the cloud to have it back was inconvenient and led to duplicates. So I basically put my document on Dropbox mac to open it in the iDevice and then send it by mail to have it back to my computer. Annoying right?
I beleived that at some point Apple will fix this minor inconveniences after reading the feedbacks. Well they do but not with a tiny update but with a big paid upgrade. And the other new features are everything but amazing or crazy. Twitter integration who cares? From a phone on the go it can be useful but from a computer I am not sure… I am not sure either that releasing new OS with so few major improvement is a good idea overall.
In addition, I already tested the new iMessage for mac which is available in Beta and I am not really enthusiastic. Of course it’s really great to send iMessage from my mac to my friends’ iPhones, it creates duplicates on the phones. It is not the same conversation which is weird. I assume it’s going to be fixed soon but in the meanwhile it is not flawless.
About an other feature that grabbed my attention, safari is finally having an omnibox like Chrome. However Safari is still too slow to bring me back after a Chrome experience.
I also miss iBook for mac. Every competitors are cross platforms, why not iBooks? And what about preview in iDevices?
What about you? Are you excited by this announcement? Is there some features that are missing according to you?
Posted by Claire on February 17, 2012
On the night of January 13th, a Cruise ship called Costa Concordia hit a rock that ripped a hole in the hull, although the route of the ship had been set electronically before it left the Harbor. The vessel was transporting more than 4,000 passengers. Following the tragedy, at least 15 people are reported dead, and the injured are countless.
According to the company the only cause of the shipwreck was a human error. Indeed it seems like the captain did a maneuver to navigate closer to the Tuscan Island for the beauty of the landscape. This very caring captain abandoned the ship with the crew and the passengers as soon as he understood that the boat was sinking.
He is now under custody with criminal charges and the shares of the Carnival Corp, which is the largest cruise operator worldwide, dropped after the disaster.
It is interesting to think now about the consequences of this tragedy. On the one hand for Costa Cruise and Carnival Corporation which hired Francesco Schettino, the man who had an inadequate behavior for a ship captain. But more importantly, on the other hand for the whole cruise industry, because potential passenger may now be scared to book a trip although this accident was due to the captain’s error. All safety and emergency response procedures and practices should be reviewed, as we can hardly believe that exactly 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic people can still die during a cruise.
Posted by Claire on January 20, 2012
Few months ago I presented the French movie The Artist, I am glad to announce today that the movie got 3 Golden Globes yesterday evening, including best actor, best musical score.
Most people talk about the American Dream. With the story of Jean Dujardin we can see how hard work pay. Indeed, he started his career as a locksmith and after his military duty he started his acting career in small bars before getting real opportunities on TV. At that time, his agent told him he would never play in a movie because his face was too expressive, as he told yesterday after he received his award. Two of his films were really funny: the OSS 117 serie in which Jean Dujardin plays a spy really narrow minded, parodying the James Bond role.
I did not have the time to watch it during my trip in France but I will definitely watch it here!
Posted by Claire on January 16, 2012