The Largest Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender, Ever

[ Polygraph ] Amazing research, intensely detailed with data beautifully animated and visualized by Hanah Anderson and Matt Daniels:

But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion. How many movies are actually about men? What changes by genre, era, or box-office revenue? What circumstances generate more diversity?

To begin answering these questions, we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever.

Every element represents something meaningful; nothing went to waste. I think Edward Tufte would be proud of this work.

9.7-inch iPad Pro Review by Ars Technica

[ Ars Technica ] Andrew Cunningham:

For instance, the screen’s DCI P3 color gamut (a feature originally implemented in the most recent 4K and 5K iMacs) means it can display deeper and more accurate shades of green and red, but it’s not nearly as impactful as the switch from a non-Retina display to a Retina one or even the switch from the original iPad Air’s non-laminated display to the Air 2’s laminated one. The screen’s brightness goes up to about 500 nits, a nice increase from the 400-or-so nits of the big iPad Pro and the Air 2. However, if you’re not outside or in harsh light, you won’t need the screen to be quite that bright.

The True Tone feature is subtle but easier to appreciate. The screen has “four-channel ambient light sensors” that detect not just the brightness of ambient light, but also the color of that light. This subtly changes the display’s white point, making it more orangey in warm light and more bluish under cool light. This feature makes the iPad’s screen more accurately resemble a sheet of paper.

Okay, let’s summarize what the 9.7-inch iPad Pro brings to the table:

  • DCI P3 Color Gamut means colors are more accurate. If you’re a photographer or a designer who needs color to be accurate, well the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is your best bet when it comes to tablets.
  • 500 nits: We’re sometimes in bright environments when we need to use our iPads, and the added brightness of the new smaller iPad Pro will help. Even more than the increased brightness is the 40% reduction of reflectance. Less reflection helps you see the screen better.
  • True Tone: Now, this is cool. The screen changes colors based on the colors of your environment. It behaves like paper.

Even without the ability to use Apple Pencil, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s screen has enough improvements to be enticing to those who need a portable color-accurate screen.

Foxconn Takes Control of Sharp for US$3.5 Billion

[ Bloomberg ] Pavel Alpeyev, Takashi Amano, and Shigeru Sato:

The parent of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. is paying 389 billion yen ($3.5 billion) for a controlling stake in Sharp, a drop of 100 billion yen from an agreement forged a month ago. As a result, Foxconn and its affiliates will get 66 percent of the Japanese company for 88 yen per share, both companies said in statements on Wednesday.

Foxconn at the moment is a giant contract manufacturer of electronics products; Apple’s iPhones for example are built by Foxconn. Is Foxconn becoming a vertically integrated consumer electronics brand? That would be interesting.

The world’s CE brands outsource their manufacturing to companies like Foxconn. But what would happen if one of the largest contract manufacturers start to compete with the same CE brands they manufacture for? At half the price? Bloodshed.

Foxconn knows how to make things and make them well; think iPhone-level quality manufacturing, at half the price.

Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter Charges iPad Pro to 80% in 1.5 hours, 12W Adapter Takes 3.5 Hours

[ MacStories ] Federico Viticci:

The 29W USB-C power adapter with fast charging on the iPad Pro isn’t only capable of quickly charging an iPad Pro while its screen is turned off – most notably, it can both sustain and power the device considerably while it’s working hard used at full brightness. The 29W adapter is remarkably consistent in battery gains in a variety of conditions and it dramatically reduces the amount of time required to charge the iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro takes a long time to charge: 3.5 hours to 80% using the included 12W power adapter. But use the MacBook’s 29W USB-C power adapter, with a USB-C to Lightning cable, and you get to 80% in just 1.5 hours. You save 2 hours every time for $74 ($25 Apple’s 1-meter USB-C to Lightning Cable + $49 Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter). I think it’s worth the investment, especially if you depend on your iPad Pro all day long.

Oculus Rift CV1 Teardown


  • Two OLED displays with a combined resolution of 2160×1200
  • 90 FPS refresh rate
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer
  • 360-degree headset tracking via Constellation IR camera
  • Horizontal field of view greater than 100º

A combined 2160×1200 pixel format, means 1080×1200 each. According to iFixit each OLED display is 90mm for a resolution of about 456ppi, which means you’ll need to be 8 inches from the display to have a ‘retina’ experience — an experience where you can’t see individual pixels. (Your eyes are not far enough using the Oculus Rift and so you’ll see pixels.)

OLEDs have fast response times and are the only feasible display technology — manufacturing infrastructure, tech maturity, price, etc. — today that won’t make you sick due to pixel lag.

iPad Pro in the Dugout


Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced its latest technology collaboration with Apple to integrate powerful new on-field capabilities through the approved use of iPad Pro and a newly developed advance scouting, analytics and video app – MLB Dugout – during MLB games. The announcement, made by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., brings iPad Pro into all 30 Major League dugouts and bullpens and marks the first-ever on-field integration of next generation technology, putting advance scouting video and customizable reports at the fingertips of all managers, coaches and players.

Entering the 2016 MLB season, each iPad Pro has been customized for each Club and loaded with the MLB Dugout app, allowing every team’s manager, coaches and players to utilize their own proprietary and strategic statistical reports, data visualizations and advance scouting videos during every MLB game from dugouts and bullpens giving them easy access to valuable, actionable baseball insights. Clubs also will have the ability to include any of their own reports with data generated from last year’s first full season of Statcast™ tracking technology, bringing new stats for pitch tracking, hitting, baserunning and fielding, right on iPad Pro.

Managers, coaches, and players need easy and quick access to information that will give them an edge over the competition. It depends on the app’s UX/UI, but in general the iPad Pro has an advantage over Windows-based tablets when it comes to easy and quick.