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According to Amazon, the update to its Fire OS mobile operating system, Fire OS 5 (code-named “Bellini”), will introduce a “Blue Shade” feature that uses specialized filters to limit users’ exposure to blue light, which has been shown to not only prolong the time it takes to fall asleep, but also delay REM sleep and reduce our levels of alertness the following day.
With “Blue Shade” enabled, the tablet will instead offer warm color filters and the ability to lower the display brightness to an “ultra-low” level for comfortable nighttime reading, Amazon says, even in a dark room.
You’ll also be able to further fine-tune the color settings to your personal preferences, while the device continues to adjust the color filtering as you do so to limit the blue wavelength light. The feature will be available to switch on or off with just a tap from a new quick setting after the Fire OS update is installed.
Meanwhile, in Apple Land: Apple shuts down iPhone and iPad screen brightness adjusting app Flux
f.lux cannot ship an iOS App using the Documented APIs, because the APIs we use are not there. In the last 5 years, we have had numerous conversations with Apple about our product and what would be required to make it work with iOS.
Hey, Apple, get with it. Bluelight filtering is important. I’ve seen this for myself: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0: Bluelight Filter Test.
My advice? Think of this as an ADA issue and get to work on the needed APIs and issue them to developers ASAP. Make people happy.
Gone are the fundamental principles of good design: discoverability, feedback, recovery, and so on. Instead, Apple has, in striving for beauty, created fonts that are so small or thin, coupled with low contrast, that they are difficult or impossible for many people with normal vision to read. We have obscure gestures that are beyond even the developer’s ability to remember. We have great features that most people don’t realize exist.
I didn’t bother to go to an Apple Store yesterday because all the press I said it would be online orders on the 11th with units appearing in stores later.
So I figured — as is typical with Apple — there’d be no demo units.
But I learned today from Twitter that people have bought it in Apple Stores.
So today I might go looking for one to Google Books PDF Test. If successful — which depends on many factors aside from just finding one, like good WiFi — I won’t be posting many screensnaps because they’ll be ginormous and my image storage space is limited.
These Pro units might be segregated too, so I’m not counting on being able to use, say, a nearby iPad Mini to do a quick video.
If I don’t get to do this today, then it’ll be the weekend for sure.
Chart adapted from CNet. I deleted the MacBook Air column because it’s not a damn tablet.
Both the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4 should do very well.
The Pixel C will be a flop.
Seriously, Google does a flagship tablet when its OS still can’t do multiwindows? Is anyone in charge over there? Anyone at all? With an active intelligence?
You see, when the Nexus 9 was released last year, I reviewed it. It was pretty bad. It’s still not great — the Nexus 9 lacks a good deal of the tablet content of iOS, still isn’t as powerful as a Chromebook for things like basic text composition and editing or even web browsing, and doesn’t even get very good battery life. But most of the problem with Android tablets as a whole is software-related: the OS doesn’t feel designed for a large-screen tablet and the content that is available simply isn’t as wide-ranging as what you find on iOS or, if you want to look at Windows and the Surface’s ability to run full Windows applications (no small feature), even on Microsoft’s platform.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
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