Pressed it

Clip it, edit it, publish it. Get familiar with the new and improved Press This. From the Tools menu, add Press This to your browser bookmark bar or your mobile device home screen. Once installed you can share your content with lightning speed. Sharing your favorite videos, images, and content has never been this fast or this easy.

Source: WordPress › WordPress 4.2 “Powell”

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Press This merge proposal

What is it? Press This is a redesign of an existing feature with a focus on automation, speed, and mobile usability.

Source: WordPress › Press This Revamp Merge Proposal « Make WordPress Core

I’ve been working on Press This off and on for 290 days according to Github. (probably a little longer). Keep in mind, there was a bit of a pause in work.

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It’s been quite the learning experience (which I’ll post a bunch about later).

Anyway, I’m super freaking proud to even get it far enough to be a merge candidate.

If you’ve never tried Press This (a WordPress posting tool), it’s pretty neat. The new one we just built is better in every way. Take it for a spin.

Seriously. It’s awesome.

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The Android Switch | Noscope

The platform really doesn’t matter much anymore: smartphones are marvels of modern science that democratize technology in an unprecedented way. That’s the one thing to take away from this switch, really. We are spoiled to live in an age where you can literally ask our phones questions and have answers presented based on the sum of human knowledge. For that reason I find it very hard, perhaps even petty, to criticise one platform over the other.

Source: The Android Switch | Noscope

Android switch observations, just a few days in

I decided to switch to Android for a bit and started using a Moto X a few days ago as my primary phone. My friend and colleague, Joen, inspired this, so it’s only fair to show his notes in comparison each update.

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Switching to Android for a bit

This post is the yang to @joen’s yin. He’s a heavy Android user switching to the iPhone and taking notes so I’ll do the opposite. (You should follow his blog)

The last Android device I used as my main phone was the original Drooooooooid. And it was awesome. It had a physical keyboard, robot sounds, and one kickass boot screen. However, after switching to the iPhone, I’ve had zero desire to go back. After the Droid, almost everything on the iPhone felt very polished and high quality in comparison and has remained that way. I do love the Apple ecosystem and just how nicely devices play together.

Android has come quite a ways since I used it. I plan to fully dive in for at least a few months to see just how much it has improved as a cohesive part of the Google ecosystem (which I still like).

I haven’t totally been kept in the dark in terms of using Android devices. I purchased a Nexus 7 (the V1 where the screen would melt off) and used it heavily as a tablet as long as it remained functional (not long). I also use a Nexus 4 in my day job to test apps and sites on and Android device. That said, these brief experiences aren’t a great way to really get a feel of the ins/out of a device and it’s design patterns.

To pretty much directly quote @joen (with some key changes):

Starting today I’m an Android user. No, I wouldn’t call this a switch — call it a “soak test”. I fully expect to switch back to iOS — I’m actually eyeing an iPhone 6. That is, unless the experience of investing myself fully in the Moto X is so compelling that I have no desire to go back, which is entirely possible. I won’t know unless I give it a proper test. Since I’m in the fortunate position to be able to make this switch, there’s no good reason not to. I’ll be using my black and mahogany Moto X 2014 testing device. I don’t expect to be impressed by the camera. I expect to enjoy a bit of jank-free fluidness of the OS, even if I expect to turn off extraneous animation. I’m curious how I’ll enjoy the homescreen and its lack of customizability compared to iOS, and I can’t wait to see if the sliding keyboards in the Play Store are as good as  better than they are on iOS. I should have some experiences to share on this blog in a month or so. Let me know any apps you want me to try!