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A weblog by Joe Caiati

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.

36 Years in This Skin »

It’s my 36th birthday today. It sounds cliché, but I can honestly say I never expected to live this long. For the first 24 years of my life, I believed my life expectancy was 24.

A powerful piece by Brett Terpstra.

I'm with Dubin »

Michael Dubin, mostly known as a concert photographer, is a lot more involved in the music scene than you’d think. You may not even realize how many shows he’s been to photographing or just hanging out with bands like Brand New, Dashboard Confessional, Manchester Orchestra, The Black Keys, and more. There’s also a T-shirt that band members wear saying “I’m with Dubin” because of how popular he has become especially in New York. Recently, he was profiled in a series called It’s Who You Know and it’s interesting to see how he started from a kid going to shows on Long Island to one the most known names in the rock scene.

The First Season »

This week, Joe and Matt discuss Seinfled in the news, its Pilot — The Seinfeld Chronicles — and how it differs from the entire series, and also go over the remaining episodes of Season 1.

Overcast »

Marco Arment’s long awaited podcast app, Overcast (iTunes Link), has finally released. After reading about its 1.0 features, I’m more intrigued about its prospects than I thought I’d be— especially the Smart Speed feature which could allow me to listen to more podcasts in a shorter period.

I’m going to give it a try this week and see if it could replace my current pod catcher, Pocket Casts. Also, if you want to read a great review on Overcast, check out Federico Viticci’s. Overcast is free to try and has a $4.99 in-app purchase to receive the full experience.

This Comcast Call Sickens Me »

Ryan Block sits through a torturous call with Comcast as he tries to cancel his service. The eight-minute clip is mostly filled with the Comcast representative borderline berating Ryan. It’s really tough to listen to. Comcast has tried to do some damage control, but that damage has already been done. I really don’t look forward them buying Time Warner. A company that already is plagued with similar antics.