Coach Jason Kidd took phone call during Summer League game

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It’s Summer League, things are casual.

Although, not usually “coach will take a phone call during the game” casual.

But that’s what newly minted Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd did on Thursday. He’s coaching Summer League and walked out to take a call while his team was down 17-2. To be fair, we don’t know who the call was from — an important call from a family member, a call with a Russia country code which Kidd has learned he must take. Either way, it pretty much fits with how the Nets did in Orlando (winless).

Hat tip to Ben Golliver.

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Why developers need Apple to add ‘video screenshots’ to the iOS 7 App Store

   

Apple is in the midst of shifting its design language from one of illustration to one of animation.  In order to do this, it’s emphasizing the use of a new dynamics engine that will give developers more tools than ever to create interesting tactile experiences.

Unfortunately, those experiences don’t always translate well to still screenshots. If developers are aggressive in adopting Apple’s new language, and I think that they will be if the conversations I’ve had at WWDC are any indication, then we’re going to end up with a lot of apps that end up looking very similar in ‘pictures’.

In order to show off the way that the apps use animation to differentiate themselves from other apps, there needs to be a way to display motion content right alongside still content in the screenshot section of the app’s App Store description.

These videos should not be very long. Look at Apple’s new iOS 7 preview site, which is packed with short video examples of many new features that are revealed through animation.

Apple is in the midst of shifting its design language from one of illustration to one of animation.  In order to do this, it’s emphasizing the use of a new dynamics engine that will give developers more tools than ever to create interesting tactile experiences.

Unfortunately, those experiences don’t always translate well to still screenshots. If developers are aggressive in adopting Apple’s new language, and I think that they will be if the conversations I’ve had at WWDC are any indication, then we’re going to end up with a lot of apps that end up looking very similar in ‘pictures’.

In order to show off the way that the apps use animation to differentiate themselves from other apps, there needs to be a way to display motion content right alongside still content in the screenshot section of the app’s App Store description.

It’s probably a coincidence that many of these interactions or sequences are about as long as a Vine video, but it’s a darn interesting one for sure. There seems to be a sweet spot of attention span and illustrative value in the ‘six second’ video that the Vine folks spent a lot of time divining.

Note that the videos also fill the entire screen, which allows the user to see it as if the app is already installed on their device and running as it will when they buy it. This transformation gives a much better feel for how it will be to actually use the app than a cropped screenshot.

Just after the WWDC keynote, I tweeted that iOS 7 must be seen to be understood, and much of that has to do with the shift away from pixel art as a primary means of communication. There’s a very definite reason why Apple decided to show off iOS 7 with a bunch of video previews.

The new aesthetic of iOS 7 is simply not suited to still images. Animation and interaction is how the next generation of apps will signal, instruct and delight their users, and developers deserve a way to show that off.ImageImage

Apple has acquired 9 companies since October 2012, and the rate was up from the previous roughly 6 companies per year. Not all of these acquisitions were announced.

 

The stat came from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was speaking at the All Things D conference in Palos Verdes, CA.  Cook said that the pace would pick up as it went on, and that most of the companies weren’t big enough for Apple to disclose, but that it would do so if it had to.

And if that meant acquiring bigger companies, well that would be ok too, if Apple deemed it necessary. The only other acquisition news of the night was a question posed by All Things D’s Kara Swisher about whether Apple placed a bid for Israeli navigation startup Waze. Cook replied ‘no’.

Howard may decide today; Lakers not optimistic but reports all over the map

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Dwight Howard may announce a decision Friday. But Howard is not good with big decisions so it may be over the weekend. Or early next week. Or July 10.

What is Howard thinking as he sits in Aspen with his advisors? Depends on who you ask.

These two tweets from connected NBA people pretty much sum up the Dwight Howard

So the Lakers are prominent or Kobe Bryant pissed Howard off. Or both. But a report from ESPN that as time moves on the Lakers are growing pessimistic about their…

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Premier League – Moyes: Rooney not for sale, will remain at Manchester United. David Moyes has said that unsettled forward Wayne Rooney is not for sale and will be staying at Manchester United.

Moyes was asked about the constant speculation surrounding Rooney’s future at his first press conference since he was appointed as the new manager at Old Trafford.

He provided assurances that the England star would be staying at United and repeated that he will remain at the club.

He said: “Wayne is not for sale. He is a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player.

“I have had several meetings (with Rooney). He has been training very well. I have seen a glint in his eye and he looks happy.

“All I can do is do what David Moyes has done before. I’ll continue the traditions of the club.”

Rooney’s future has cast a huge shadow over the early stages of Moyes’ tenure as he replaces Sir Alex Ferguson.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain have all been touted as suitors for the England striker but Moyes has categorically stated that the England striker will stay at Old Trafford.ImageImage

Barcelona apparently leak huge transfer news by cutting Thiago Alcantara out of official photograph

It’s just under six months since Barcelona launched their official Instagram page – and now, for the first time, the decision to share more pictures with fans has backfired.

Barca have used their page for the usual nonsense, sharing pictures of players, triumphant photos after the Liga title was claimed, some nice historic images of club legends, and lots and lots and lots of pictures of Neymar.

They also used it to share pictures of the team’s new season strip for 2013-14 a few days ago. And it’s one of those pictures that’s come back to haunt them.

This is the picture they shared to show off their finest players modelling the new home and away kits:

Barcelona’s original new kit Instagram pictureJust a day later, the picture was quietly deleted and replaced with a slightly different version.
ImageImageIt wouldn’t take the eyes of a hawk (if you’re over 30 we urge you to follow that link, incidentally) to spot that the picture of Thiago Alcantara, Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Carles Puyol had become merely a picture of the latter five.

Officially, Thiago is still a Barcelona player and the club are still fighting to save him. Unofficially, it seems, they’ve obviously told everyone at the club – and particularly their marketing bods – that he is already as good as a Manchester United player.

Still, hard to blame Barcelona. Their Stalinist airbrushing of history might have been a bit clumsy and obvious, but what choice did they have? Either they made the change when they did, or they faced even more trouble down the line from disgruntled fans as other clubs have for similar blunders.