The problem: Kindle will not update with the last location heard on the Audible app. The Kindle iOS and web apps will sync with each other, and Audible will always recognize the last position read in Kindle (iOS and web) and ask if I want to continue from that location.
iPhone 5, running iOS 9.3.4
iOS Audible app, version 2.14 (416)
Kindle for iPhone, version 5.1
Kindle web app (read.amazon.com)
Delete and re-download book in both Audible and Kindle apps.
Delete and reinstall Kindle and Audible apps.
Manually hit the sync button in both Kindle and Audible.
In Amazon account, manually re-deliver book to Kindle app.
Audible tech support suggested deleting/reinstalling the app and rebooting the phone.
The eventual (and accidental) solution:for unrelated reasons I restored my phone from a backup, which forced me to re-download the book. I was then having issues playing the book at all, so in desperation I changed the Audible setting for “Download by part” to Single-Part from Multi-Part, and downloaded the book again.
Something I hadn’t seen before–when you change that setting to Multi-Part, a message pops up warning you that keeping audiobooks as a single file is better for syncing across devices. I do not remember seeing this when I originally changed it to Multi-Part. I also don’t know why I assumed at the time that Multi-Part must be better…probably because of the way Kindle books are broken up into locations.
I have an iPhone 5 that is perpetually hovering near capacity. I came across a tutorial online suggesting backing up then restoring your iPhone to free up all the “Other” space being taken up on the phone — in my case, around 2 GB.
Don’t do it. What that author failed to understand/mention is that the Other space includes all the files cached by your apps. So it’s a space gain only until you realize you’re missing all your podcasts, books, etc. and have to download them all again.
Specifically I noticed losing all my local data in Overcast (podcasts), Audible, Kindle, NewsBlur (RSS reader), and my various email and calendar apps…so pretty much everything I use regularly. After opening them up again, I’m back to square one in terms of lack of space.
After trying-before-I-buy with both models side by side in two different Best Buys, some thoughts:
Edge has a wider/better viewing angle — the S7 gets much darker than the Edge when the screen is not exactly straight on. Also much darker than my current iPhone 5.
At first store, the Edge gave whites a yellowed tone compared to the S7. At second store, Edge had a pinkish tone on whites compared to S7. Both had same settings, and tested on all screen profiles.
Even straight on, and with the S7 showing better whites, there was a dullness I the S7 that could be annoying over long term use.
The main value I see in the novelty of the edge menu is in taking quick actions on open articles, which will actually be immensely useful for taking notes when reading, or sharing articles. Any other use as a launcher is probably beat by the ease of keeping those apps on the home screen.
I am really interested in why I’m seeing colour differences between these two models. I’m leaning toward buying the S7, largely due to the wider viewing angle, and the slight ease of use I think the edge will give me in my phone-based activity (reading). But I’m a little uncomfortable with the colour (quality?) inconsistency I’m seeing in the Edge screens.
The closest I’ve come to finding a review that goes beyond comparing just the published specs of the screens (resolution and ppi) and actually looking at the quality of the displays is at DisplayMate, but even though they pride themselves on measuring the color accuracy of the screens, they still only measure the S7’s colors and assume the two screens will be the same. The two screens are different sizes and are made of different components, so I don’t know why nobody is looking at the non-PR-kit differences between them.
Something felt a little bit off in one particular line of “Critical Praise / Review” for Rob Bell (and ostensibly, his new book How to Be Here):
Bell will be joined by the likes of Brian McLaren, James Martin, Diana Butler Bass and Carol Howard Merritt.
— Christianity Today
I could see it working if Bell “joins the likes of…”, but there’s something about how it was written that sounded like a high-schooler’s essay pieced together with sentence fragments taken from all over the internet.
I don’t like that I now have to think twice before printing PDFs — I find more and more they’re not actually designed to be printed — just viewed.
The reason: all the background colour. White text on a dark background looks nice on a produced brochure or report, or on a website, but not when I’m printing it at home to read in detail. It just hurts to think of all that ink being wasted — even if I print in grayscale.
Here’s a possible guideline: don’t design a PDF page that will be so wet with ink that it will warp as it comes off a consumer printer.
I care more about the institutions of government in this country than the political parties. These institutions are generally structured to protect the citizens and the country, while politicians work within them for their ideological ends.
In my mind, the greatest existential threat to Canada is any government that disregards or undermines our system of government. We can bounce back from most external things, but slow-boil systemic changes will shift the structure of Canada in ways we don’t even realize today.
In this current government I’ve seen a continued and increasing disregard for Parliament and the Supreme Court, including the Prime Minister publicly trying to convince us not to trust those institutions because they have challenged him for breaking or ignoring various laws.
There are also the personal attacks to discredit the head of Elections Canada for defending our election laws (i.e. doing his job).
And the huge issue of the lobotomizing of our collective public knowledge (see “Vanishing Canada”, in Maclean’s), which, intentionally or not, serves to undermine decision-making in government. (If we don’t have scientific research and data to base decisions on, we’re only making decisions based on political ideology.)
Before considering the short-to-mid-term policies that everyone is promising, I had to eliminate Stephen Harper’s Conservatives from the options, because it’s evident to me they do not respect — and are actively undermining — the long-term system we are ultimately electing them to uphold.
Cross-posted to Facebook.
Misappropriated from G.K. Chesterton’s 1926 book on distributionism, this passage struck me as rather appropriate words in the middle of an election. It was the closing to the chapter titled “On a Sense of Proportion”:
If a man wants what he calls a flower-garden he plants flowers where he can, and especially where they will determine the general character of the landscape gardening. But they do not completely cover the garden; they only positively colour it. He does not expect roses to grow in the chimney-pots, or daisies to climb the railings; still less does he expect tulips to grow on the pine, or the monkey tree to blossom like a rhododendron. But he knows perfectly well what he means by a flower-garden; and so does everybody else. If he does not want a flower-garden but a kitchen-garden, he proceeds differently. But he does not expect a kitchen-garden to be exactly like a kitchen. He does not dig out all the potatoes, because it is not a flower-garden and the potato has a flower. He knows the main thing he is trying to achieve; but, not being born a fool, he does not think he can achieve it everywhere in exactly the same degree, or in a manner equally unmixed with things of another sort. The flower-gardener will not banish nasturtiums to the kitchen-garden because some strange people have been known to eat them. Nor will the other class a vegetable as a flower because it is called a cauliflower. So, from our social garden, we should not necessarily exclude every modern machine any more than we should exclude every medieval monastery. And indeed the apologue is appropriate enough; for third is the sort of elementary human reason that men never lost until they lost their gardens: just as that higher reason that is more than human was lost with a garden long ago.
— G.K. Chesterton, The Outline of Sanity