Author Archives: Jesse Virgil

Mobile Tip: How To (Sort Of) Get Notifications for Sparrow on iOS

Last week, the independent development team known as Sparrow announced that they had been bought by Google. For those of you that are unaware of what Sparrow is (if so, it may be best just to stop reading at this point) — Sparrow is an email application for OS X and iOS that thousands of users greatly enjoyed using over the default Mail apps, which includes myself. When Sparrow was first released for iOS, I was a bit taken back by the lack of push notifications and deleted the app almost immediately after my initial download. Read the rest of this entry


Today’s Occurrence: Twitter May Lockdown Third-Party Apps

Earlier today, The Verge reported that Twitter may begin implementing stricter API guidelines on third-party Twitter apps. In March of 2011, Twitter announced that they would no longer allow services that “mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” So, needless to say, the notion of Twitter enforcing stricter guidelines on third-party developers shouldn’t come as a surprise.

However, with so much time that has passed since Twitter’s original discussion (and with little to no action) of shutting down services that mimic the “mainstream Twitter consumer experience,” it certain begs the question, “why now?” Twitter offers their own official apps for each big mobile OS, as well as OS X; but, it’s safe to say that a decent percentage of Twitter users opt for one of the many third-party Twitter apps, such as Tweetbot, Twittelator Neue, TweetDeck, Seesmic, Hootsuite and MetroTwit. Read the rest of this entry

Happy Captain America’s Favorite Holiday!

All of us at A Nerd Occurrence would like to wish you a very happy and safe independence day.

Today’s Occurrence: Don’t Mess With Felicia Day

Social media is such a enigma. You never know what will become big news, or won’t, but something big is always around the corner. So, imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to find out that some Twitter user bashed Felicia Day, and the Twitterverse was all up in a tizzy about the event. The Twitter user in question is Ryan Perez, who at the time of the offending tweets worked for gaming website Destructoid (Perez and Destructoid parted ways shortly after the incident). Read the rest of this entry

A Nerd Wallpaper: Minimal Superheros

I’m not sure if you know this, but I love to design, and from time to time I get the itch to design a new wallpaper. If you check out my deviantART profile you’ll notice that I don’t release new designs often and that most of my designs are very minimal in nature. Don’t get me wrong, I love the use of a subtle gradient or drop shadow as much as the next bloke; but, more often than not I really love simplicity. A few days ago, I was playing around with a two shades of gray (inspired by OS X Lion) and thought to myself, “I wonder what it would look like if I made a really minimal wallpaper featuring superhero logos?” Read the rest of this entry

The Amazing Spider-Man: In Defense of the Reboot

Back in July, 2010 Columbia Pictures announced they would be rebooting the Spider-Man movie series, now known to us as The Amazing Spider-Man. With the release of the film just a month and some change away I thought I’d take a moment to discuss why I think Columbia Pictures made the right call. Those of you that have experience with the internet know that when studios announced reboots (especially with superhero reboots), millions of people follow suit with endless droning about how it’s a horrible idea and that the studio is greedy. Read the rest of this entry

Five More Shows You Should Be Watching On Instant Streaming

Last September I posted a list of five shows you should be watching on Netlfix via instant streaming, which included Doctor Who, Scrubs, Mad Men, Parks & Recreation and The Kids in the Hall. A Nerd Occurrence received a lot of positive responses after publishing the list (thanks for that), and with some months past (giving everyone enough time to watch each recommendation) it felt right to take a look at five more shows you should be watching on instant streaming, especially now that most current TV shows are done for the season. Read the rest of this entry

Why the Zune Music Pass Needs to Come to iOS and Android

At times, the tech world can be amazing, innovative and inspiring; other times, though, it can be quite infuriating (e.g. patent wars, discontinuation of support, etc.). However, one of the trends in the tech world I simply cannot stand is when a company refuses to share a service with other tech companies. One case in particular is Microsoft’s lack of interest in making it’s Zune Music Pass service available to non-Microsoft devices.
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5 Shows You Should Be Watching On Instant Streaming


Though Netflix has received some backlash for the new price increase, it remains as one of the most (if not the most) popular movie services available today. If you’re shelling out $8 a month for instant streaming, Netflix offers an immensely large catalog of movies to choose from. However, if you’re anything like me, you love Netflix mainly for its variety of television series.

Before Netflix, you’d have to trout down to your local rental chain and pray against all odds that they carried more than just the latest season of the show you’re looking for. If they did carry earlier seasons, more than likely they were missing disc three of four in the season you want. But, then I signed up for Netflix and everything changed. I now had access to every season to shows I had been anxiously waiting to watch, and the discs were being mailed to my house! What more could I ask for?

Turns out my previous question was answered for me in the form of instant streaming. I didn’t think much of the service at first, but then as the library got better I realized that I could watch a show without have to wait those bittersweet days in between disc return and arrival. These days, the Netflix television library offers a plethora of fantastic shows to watch and after the jump I’d like to share five  excellent shows that you really need to watch.

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FIRST LOOK: The Man of Steel

Set to release on June 14, 2003, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will see a new chapter emerge for the most recognizable super hero of all-time, Superman. While the plot of Man of Steel remains a mystery, the first production photo was released today by Warner Bros., depicting Henry Cavill as Superman. So, what information can we gain from said photo? Find out after the break.

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