I sat at my desk early in the morning while the office was mostly empty. A coworker arrived, said hello and sat down to work. She put on her headphones and started blasting music. The only problem? Her headphones were unplugged and the music was playing for the whole office to hear.
Accidental noise like this is very embarrassing. I welcome all innovations that make this less likely to occur. I was blown away when I used an iPod for the first time and unplugged the headphones. Unlike the CD players I had used before, the music paused. With the iPod it didn’t make sense to continue to play music without the headphones plugged in, since there was no internal speaker.
I am happy that both iPhone and Android adopted this convention as well. You’re much less likely to embarrass yourself if the sound stops as soon as headphones are removed rather than automatically switching over to the external speakers. I wish that laptops did the same, but alas.
I live most of my work day in a browser. I often end up with a whole slew of tabs. Suddenly I hear some sort of noise – one of the dozen pages I have open is blaring an ad. I usually have to search each tab one by one to try to find the culprit. Chrome recently launched a new feature to visually distinguish which tab is making noise. This is a brilliant innovation, and one I welcome in my quest not to make a fool out of myself in front of others.
Disclaimer: I work at Google. The opinions expressed are my own and do not represent that of my employer.
Stanza is a great free e-book reader for the iPhone or iPad. One thing I noticed while using it was that the screen would be very dim from time to time. Thinking there was a problem with the light sensor, I’d try all sorts of things to try to get the screen brightness to fix itself. Other apps on the phone didn’t have this problem, so I figured I must have changed some setting. I looked in the settings of the app but there was nothing indicating how to change the brightness.
Finally I discovered by accident that dragging your finger up and down the screen increases and decreases the brightness. So if your Stanza app reading experience is hampered by a dim screen, try dragging your finger from the bottom to the top.
Hopefully this helps someone similarly confused.