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The Morning Dump #134: All The World's An Ad

September 30, 2015 at 11:00AM

I rant about Twitter possibly extending its character limit, Chromecast wireless audio streaming, product ads in YouTube videos, and delivering packages for Amazon.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.

iOhYes #86: One Format to Rule Them All

September 30, 2015 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 2 minutes

Tweet Shoutouts


  • Live Photos - Combo of JPEG and MOV
    • JPEG
      • around 2.5 MB
      • 12 MP
      • 95% quality
    • MOV
      • around 2 MB
      • 720p
      • 12 FPS (up to 15 FPS?)
      • 1.5 secs before and after JPG
      • h.264 encoded
  • Formats
    • Bitmap
      • Decoded in memory representation
      • 4 bytes per pixel (even when no alpha) - on iOS at least
      • 1920x1080 - 8,294,400 bytes (~8MB)
    • Lossless vs Lossy
    • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
      • lossless (can have alpha)
      • Will be ~3.5MB (naive compression can be poor but tools like PNG Crush can help)
    • JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
      • lossy (no alpha)
      • ~1.1MB at 95% quality and ~650KB at 85% quality
      • Hardware decoding support
        • How Apple quality vs ImageMagick interpreted quality
          • 0.830 == 95%
          • 0.575 == 85%
          • 0.465 == 75%
          • 0.400 == 65%
    • WebP
      • lossy (no alpha) or lossless (alpha)
      • ~850KB at 95% quality and ~500KB at 85% quality
      • ~2.6MB lossless
      • limited support
    • JPEG–2000
      • lossy (no alpha) or lossless (alpha)
      • over engineered (one format for all use cases) - complex
      • ~800KB at 95% quality and ~650KB at 85% quality
      • limited support
    • Progressive JPEG
      • ~10% smaller than JPEG (~1MB at 95% and ~550KB at 85%)
      • Using ImageIO you can get things to load progressively (iOS 8+ only)
      • Hardware decoding support
      • ~25% to first scan
    • Progressive JPEG–2000
      • Same size as non-progressive
      • 5 different “progressive modes” - again complex
      • Only RPCL and RLCP modes will work with ImageIO on Apple OSes, super fragile too (but it works)
      • ~25% to first full frame
    • PVRTC
    • Other texture graphics
    • SVG (scalable vector graphics)
      • Resolution independent
    • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
      • Uses a palette of 256 predefined colors, limiting quality
    • APNG (Animated PNG)
      • Can get very large very fast





Alternative show title suggestions

  • Heft of images
  • No silver bullets
  • I’m lazy
  • A billion people on the Internet
  • 0 to 255 of transparency
  • J-FIF
  • Make informed defaults
  • (When you) do do WebP
  • lawyers, no thank you
  • brother’s babies

Hosted by Darryl Thomas & John Sextro.

Back to Work #240: The Third Phase Is Now

September 29, 2015 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

TOPIC: Speed, Reliability, and Expectations

This episode, Dan and Merlin talk about this week's massive leaps forward with the pairing of iOS 9 and iPhone 6s.

Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

The Pipeline #5: Angelo Coppola

September 29, 2015 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Guest Angelo Coppola joins Dan Benjamin to talk about the currenty of life (time) and how to reclaim it, floating vs. sinking, leaving behind the world of marketing, a/b testing, and eyeball tracking for a life focused on quality. They discuss "lifestyle entrepeneurism", beating the temptation to quit, being reevaluating assumptions, quitting coffee, a formula for creativity, and what to do when everything goes wrong.

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.

On Taking Pictures #179: The Timeline of that Osmosis

September 29, 2015 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 35 minutes

This week, we talk a little about the iPhone 6s and the iPhone’s impact on photography for both amateurs and professionals. Also, we discuss the Bruce Gilden photos that have been making the rounds lately from his recently released book, Face. Should intent be a factor in viewing or appreciating photography, or is it all about the end product? Also, a few teasers for next week, when we'll be discussing influence and the question of whether or not something is art, simply because it moves you to attentiveness. Linden Gledhill is our Photographer of the Week.

Hosted by Bill Wadman & Jeffery Saddoris.

The Morning Dump #133: Microaggression Machines

September 29, 2015 at 11:15AM

I rant about Facebook privacy hoaxes, robots that are stumped by IKEA furniture, self-driving cars becoming more human, and online ordering at Taco Bell.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.

The Awkward Human Survival Guide #81: Syphilis on Wall Street

September 29, 2015 at 1:00AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

This awkward week we're talking about funny girlfriends, erectile anxiety, and a deadly attraction. Want to ask a question on the show? Email or call 323-456-3345 to leave us a voicemail.

Hosted by Adam Dachis, Darren Herczeg, Erica Elson, and Richard Cardenas.

HabloGeek #13: iOS y Android

September 28, 2015 at 7:30PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

¿Cuales son las diferencias entre los sistemas móviles iOS y Android? ¿Como afectan al mercado esas diferencias? ¿Como elige uno entre los dos? Para investigar estas preguntas, y otras, Fede habla con Julio César Fernández Muñoz un desarrollador de software con experiencia en los sistemas operativos.

Hosted by Federico Hatoum.

On the Grid #134: Brought to you by...

September 28, 2015 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Recorded September 24th, 2015. This week: a very topical podcast about ad blocking.

Hosted by Andy Mangold, Dan Auer, and Matt McInerney.

DLC #93: Destiny and Chill

September 28, 2015 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

Jeff and Christian welcome Chris Bergman from Chore Monster to the show this week to talk about Oculus Connect 2 announcements, a possible VO actor's strike, no successor for the Vita, and more!

For The Playlist, everyone is back playing Destiny, Chris playing Rocket League and Rivals of Aether, Christian still loves Shovel Knight, and Jeff has face-on with Land's End and Narcosis in VR, as well as Minecraft: Story Mode Episode One.

In Tabletop Time, Chris had an epic moment playing Mysterium, and like the micro game Welcome to the Dungeon, while Jeff describes introducing his D&D group to End of the World: Zombie Apocalypse.

Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.