iOS 10 is amazing

Apple released iOS 10 to the public this week just days after unveiling the iPhone 7. While the iPhone 7 has proven to be disappointing with its lack of stellar new features and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, iOS 10 shows promise of what’s to come.

I was reluctant to upgrade to iOS 10 this week because Apple updates are notorious for their bugs that can leave phones or iPads “bricked,” or in an unusable state for a period of time.

However, I decided to take the plunge and see what Apple had to offer. They had a lot.

Perhaps the best new feature is how the phone wakes when you simply pick it up. No more reaching over for your phone and pressing the home button, which usually unlocked the phone because of touch ID.

Other exciting features include redesigned notifications, new messaging features, and the ability to delete those default apps that you’ve never used. You know, things like Stocks and Watch.

iOS 10 also just seems to run faster, and the interface seems cleaner.

iOS 10 is a breath of fresh air, and everyone should give it a try.

 

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Simple Musings: The Mass Media (I’m Different)

Hello, readers! It’s been a long while since I’ve made a real blog post. Expect more to follow, because spring quarter at the college ends next week! 

This quarter at the college, I’ve been taking some very interesting classes such as Sociology 101 and Environmental Science 150: Environment Issues. These two classes have really made me think about the world around me and have given me new perspectives. However, today’s blog will feature something I’ve realized by taking another class: CMST&102: Intro to Mass Media.

In this class, there’s been a lot of discussion on how the mass media have been changing. Everything has been melding and converting to digital, and it’s changing the ways we do things.

The discovery I made was how old school I seem to be. Now, I don’t mean old school in a social way, I mean that the ways I consume media are different from the ways that my peers do in the 18-24 age group.

Let’s break it down into categories.

Music

Most of my peers are either buying singles from their favorite pop/rap artists on the iTunes Store, or they’re subscribed to streaming services like Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube Red/Google Play, Pandora, or Apple Music.

These services and great.

However, I’m one of those few people who still buy the physical CD of a new album. I also have a 448-vinyl record collection. Most of this is not new vinyl, but I plan to purchase new vinyl at some point.

Television

Instead of streaming TV shows on Netflix or online, I actually watch most of my favorite TV shows, well, on the TV. I will binge watch TV shows that I haven’t seen on Netflix, but when I eventually catch up with the current season I watch new episodes on TV.

Movies

Yes, I stream movies on Netflix. But also, yes. I do buy Blu-Rays of my favorites.

It’s just interesting that most of these forms of media are now consumed online by my peers, when I don’t even think to consume them in that way.