Tag Archive for ‘Casey Liss’

Casey Liss Tries Google Photos ➝

Casey Liss:

Search is impressive, and fast. I can type in beach 2014 and pictures from our family’s beach trip in 2014 come up nearly instantly. I haven’t tagged these photos explicitly; Google’s algorithms have inspected them, determined they are photos taken at a beach, and looked at the EXIF data to see they were taken in 2014. (To be fair, these photos do have a latitude and longitude.)

I’m still not thrilled about having all my photos stored on Google’s servers, but the service is just so darn good.

Adding Optical Audio to the Apple TV ➝

Casey Liss talks about using the Tendak HDMI Splitter to get optical audio from his Apple TV. I thought about purchasing an adapter like this when I found out that the Apple’s latest model didn’t support optical audio out, but that was before I learned that my television supported audio pass through. Casey’s TV supports the feature as well, but he specifically wanted to playback audio from the Apple TV without having his TV on. The Tendak worked like a charm.

Casey Liss Revisits the Apple Watch ➝

Casey and I seem to have pretty similar experiences with the Apple Watch. He primarily uses his for:

  • Checking the time
  • Notifications
  • Weather forecasts
  • Calender events
  • Messaging
  • Controlling audio playback
  • Keeping track of deliveries
  • Daily stand goals

I’ve quickly settled into the same set of tasks. Although, I would add the use of the sunrise/sunset complication and keeping track of to do lists with Clear.

And I couldn’t agree more with his closing paragraph:

Overall, I can think of many ways to spend $400 that may suit someone better than an Apple Watch would. However, I am very glad that I got one, as it really does improve my life, at least a bit.

The Watch isn’t something that anyone needs to own, but in the short time I’ve owned it, I can say that it’s definitely improved my life.

Complicated ➝

Casey Liss on third-party complications:

Not having used a Watch for more than a few minutes, I don’t really know how glances and apps will fit into my life. Nevertheless, in many cases, I can think of scenarios where just a few characters of information may be enough to convey all I need to know. Perhaps in much the same way that your next calendar entry can be shown in well under 50 characters.

Imagine a way in which just a few characters of information can provide everything you need to know about something. It wouldn’t require any interaction with the watch; simply raising your wrist and looking down would get you the information you need.

Casey goes on to list several potential uses for complications and points out that Jason Snell has also been thinking along the same lines.

Third-party complications are a no brainer — as long as Apple believes it can continue offering reasonable battery life with them enabled. But, I think it’s only a matter of time before they finish up the APIs and hand it off to developers.

Apple Pay Messaging ➝

Casey Liss, regarding a recent experience with Apple Pay:

Thinking back, I remember that my physical card had just been replaced in the last couple months. In fact, it was just before the failed Babies ‘R Us experience. Suddenly everything makes sense.

However, were it not for the friendly Whole Foods cashier, I never would have known the card stored in Apple Pay had expired. There was no messaging to that effect. All I was told was that I was DECLINED.

I can’t think of any reason why Apple Pay would tell you that your card is declined when it should know that it’s expired. But, that doesn’t sound like the kind of usability experience I want when I’m simply trying to make a purchase.