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Nic Cage, Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, and a Superman Film That Wasn't »

An upcoming documentary titled The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? explores the development of a late 90’s Superman film that was being written by Kevin Smith, directed by Tim Burton, and the lead part being played by Nic Cage.

From the first trailer, it looks like they were pretty far into pre-production and if released would have been a huge departure from any past Superman film that had come out.

The documentary is almost finished, but the team behind it needs an extra $85,000 for legal fees and post production. They are using a service called FanBacked to try an raise enough money to tell its story of the movie that never happened.

via The Verge

The New Typewriter »

MG Siegler on why the iPad is so great for writing:

It’s the best of both worlds in many ways. It has the benefits of correction, with the benefits of focus. And it’s decidedly portable. It may be the perfect writing machine.

I couldn’t agree more; I use my iPad Air along with an app called Writing Kit and it is the perfect setup for me. Putting on Do No Disturb mode and having one single app open has helped me focus a lot more when writing. Unlike MG’s setup, I like to type directly on the display. I’ve found that I can type almost as fast as I do on a standard Apple keyboard. I use the Vuscape Protective Cover Stand by Targus to help me get the iPad at a comfortable angle.

Welcome to the Future »

The Verge at its best is a window into the future — the future of technology, design, science, and culture. That’s the vision we had for the site when we launched it in 2011, and it’s the vision now.

Nilay Patel’s first piece as editor-in-chief.

Josh Topolsky of The Verge Is Joining Bloomberg »

Josh Topolsky, the co-founder of the technology website The Verge, will join Bloomberg as the editor of a series of new online ventures it is introducing as part of a revamped journalism strategy.

According to Ravi Somaiya, Nilay Patel, who just recently moved to Vox, will be moving back to be editor-in-chief and Dieter Bohn will move into an executive editor position.

The Demise of the Pen »

After backtracking to figure out when I last saw a pen in the house, I realized it had been more than two months.

While my home is filled with multiple laptops, smartphones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices, there isn’t a single pen to be found. No ballpoint, fountain or rollerball. No highlighter, marker or even an itty bitty nub of a pencil.

A fantastic Op-ed by Nick Bilton.

Seinfeld Emoji Have Come to iPhone -- Sort of »

Emoji - Seinfeld Edition [iTunes Link] is a new iPhone app that brings one of my favorite shows of all time in emoji form. The only caveat is that once you’ve typed out your emoji message, you can only share it as a picture.

To get a closer look at all of the emojis you can send, visit their site. The emojis span from the main cast to a Blu-Ray disc of Rochelle Rochelle. When iOS 8 allows third party keyboards, I look forward to the possibility of seeing this.

PS - Have I mentioned that I host a Seinfeld podcast?

OS X Yosemite Beta Program »

Be sure that your Mac is running OS X Mavericks. If you don’t have OS X Mavericks, you can download it free from the Mac App Store. We recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac, since it may contain errors or inaccuracies. Please be sure to back up your Mac using Time Machine before you install the beta. This is beta software that is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected. Some features require iOS 8, which is not being offered as part of the OS X Beta Program.

Now that you’ve read the above, if you are ready to take the plunge into Yosemite, take a look at Christina Warren’s preview of the new operating system coming this fall.

Meet JIBO »

On July 16, a new Indiegogo campaign launched touting a family robot named JIBO. JIBO was created by MIT professor Dr. Cynthia Breazeal and if you watch the video below, the concept seems so futuristic that it couldn’t be close to production —yet it is.

For backers who pay $499, JIBO is expected to be released by holiday season 2015. Its public debut is slated for early 2016 and if that video seemed to go to be true, check out Dr. Breazeal’s interaction with a prototype JIBO below.

#WhyIBlog »

Andrea Contino is an Italian blogger who has been collecting interviews on his site for an upcoming eBook called #WhyIBlog. Andrea reached out to ask if I could answer some questions and I was happy to help.

Some Thoughts on Overcast

Marco Arment’s Overcast has only been out less than a week, but since then I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts and have some thoughts about its two stand out features Smart Speed and Voice Boost.

Without any prior knowledge of its launch date, Overcast came to me at a good time. I was behind on my podcasts and when I found out about the app’s Smart Speed feature in particular, it sounded like it could be a great value to me.

As I write this Monday morning, according to the app, Smart Speed has saved me 60 minutes. That’s an astounding metric. For me that is a commute and a half worth of time saved. I’m subscribed to ten podcasts that update weekly and with hosting my own podcast, posting to this site, and working a full-time job, every minute saved is precious.

In short, the Smart Speed feature analyzes all of the silent sections of a podcast and trys to cut them out and squeeze the times between speakers closer together. Using Smart Speed coupled with playing some shows at 1-1.2x, I’ve been a more productive listener.

The Voice Boost feature equalizes and normalizes the audio for a show’s hosts. I’ve found that it could hurt very well produced shows, like Arment’s ATP, though it is very handy when I’m trying to listen to shows through my iPhone’s speakers and it gives me an extra volume boost. Also, the feature helps shows that aren’t as well produced to sound better and will try its best to keep multiple hosts sound at the same level.

I’m enjoying Overcast 1.0. Its two audio features, great design, and fine grained playlist creation have really impressed me. I will be sticking with it for the foreseeable future and recommend you at least try it for free in the App Store. To unlock all of its features permanently, it’s a single in-app purchase for $4.99.

From a Hobby to Something More

I want to keep this brief so that you can get to reading my actual posts. I’ve now been blogging on this site since late 2011 and it’s been flattering to see my readership grow over time. Dot info has been viewed more like a hobby to me, but in recent I have been trying to consistently post interesting finds daily and write articles more often. I’m going to continue to run the site in the same way, but in a different mindset viewing this almost like a part-time job. I will keep improving the site’s design and layout to make it as easy as possible for you to view its content.

I’ve set up a donation button in this post. The button isn’t going to be plastered throughout every page and although I’m not the biggest fan of PayPal, it’s the most well-known and trusted way to send and receive online payment. This isn’t a plea for money; I have a full-time day job. I will continue to post no matter what, but it’s here if you feel like you want to contribute to the development of the site’s future. Thanks for reading.