Reality Distortion Field Theory
Cocoa:Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms - Businessweek
Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms - Businessweek
Look around your office hallway or college campus and you’ll see people holding interactive panes of glass. Smartphones and tablets, so revolutionary a few years ago, are quickly becoming commodities. "
First use of Obi-wan in a serious article about Apple products, seriously.
Cocoa:iOS Apps From Google and Others Improve on Apple Defaults - Liz Gannes - Mobile - AllThingsD
iOS Apps From Google and Others Improve on Apple Defaults - Liz Gannes - Mobile - AllThingsD
Instead of Music, I like Spotify, TuneIn and Songza. Instead of Weather, I prefer Weather Live. Instead of Notes, I try to use Evernote.
Arguably, an operating system is measured by the strength and vitality of the offerings from independent software vendors. Or we might measure the success of Windows gaming by Minesweeper.
Labels: iphone, windows
Cocoa:That Freckled Girl in a T-Shirt and Jeans Is Your Typical Mac User - Ina Fried - News - AllThingsD
That Freckled Girl in a T-Shirt and Jeans Is Your Typical Mac User - Ina Fried - News - AllThingsD: "The typical Mac user is a freckled woman in a T-shirt and jeans."
This is a funny story. Different locales probably feature different laptop demographics, but where I sit and do coffeee/code, Mac users come in all shapes and sizes.
Labels: lifestyle, mac
Cocoa:Early Apple prototypes by frog design's Hartmut Esslinger featured in upcoming book
Early Apple prototypes by frog design's Hartmut Esslinger featured in upcoming book: "Most of the examples come from the 'Snow White' design language, a version of which ultimately came to market with the Apple IIc, and are similar to actual Apple products, while others are more abstract and bear no resemblance to anything that came out of Cupertino. "
Many fond memories of the stylish Apple IIc, but my teeth were cut on the ][+. Two plus forever!
Labels: apple, Apple ][c
Cocoa:Facebook to Launch Its Own Snapchat Competitor App - Mike Isaac - Social - AllThingsD
Facebook to Launch Its Own Snapchat: "Facebook is currently testing its own built-in-house version of a ‘Snapchat-like’ application, a messaging app that allows users to send impermanent photo messages to one another, according to sources familiar with the matter."
You can be sure that somewhere there is a small group of engineers who have a display monitoring all the perky photos running through a system like that. If you don't believe it, you've never met an engineer capable of building the backend for such a system.
Cocoa:Apple granted rights to new process for creating high-quality curved glass
Apple granted rights to new process for creating high-quality curved glass: "While curved glass enclosures have emerged as a hallmark of Samsung's latest smartphone designs, it was revealed this week that Apple has also expressed interest in the subject, "
I think this is moving in the direction of a phone that looks like a BANG & OLUFSEN product. Hopefull the UI will not be incomprehensible.
Cocoa:Google to debut Motorola-built 'X phone' next year, takes aim at Apple and Samsung
Google to debut Motorola-built 'X phone' next year, takes aim at Apple and Samsung: "Google is said to have tasked subsidiary Motorola to engineer a sophisticated smartphone to compete with Apple's iPhone"
Breaking news, Motorola to produce competitor to iPhone.
Labels: android, iphone, motorola
Cocoa:Rumor: Fifth-gen iPad to debut in March with iPad mini design cues
Rumor: Fifth-gen iPad to debut in March with iPad mini design cues
Apple is reportedly preparing a thinner, lighter fifth-generation iPad model ahead of a March unveiling.
Also includes improved smell fka fragrance.
Labels: ios, ipad mini
Cocoa:Strong iPhone 5 launch in China highlights Apple's 'enormous' growth opportunity
Strong iPhone 5 launch in China highlights Apple's 'enormous' growth opportunity: "Greater China has become an increasingly important part of Apple's business, generating about 15 percent of the company's fiscal 2012 sales."
Viva UTF8! The unsung hero of globalization.
Labels: iphone5, unicode, utf8
Cocoa:Futurist Ray Kurzweil to Join Google - Mike Isaac - General - AllThingsD
Futurist Ray Kurzweil to Join Google - Mike Isaac - General - AllThingsD
Ray Kurzweil, author and controversial thinker, announced on Friday that he will join Google as a director of engineering".
Next up: Google announces Google HAL, a sentient Android app that undermines you in your workplace, resulting in eventual firing, or summary termination.
Labels: google, kurzweil
Cocoa:Old People // ben's blog
Old People // ben's blog: "Your startup is going well and as your business expands, you hear the dreaded words from someone on your board: ‘You need to hire some senior people. Some real ‘been there, done that’ executives to help you get the company to the next level.’ "
As I recall, this strategy didn't really help Apple (ie. John Sculley).
Labels: apple, next
Cocoa:Google's Eric Schmidt says Android 'clearly' winning against Apple in phones
Google's Eric Schmidt says Android 'clearly' winning against Apple in phones: "With a wide range of devices at numerous price points running the Android operating system, Google's mobile platform is 'clearly' winning over Apple's iOS, Eric Schmidt believes."
I'm not sure that more users and a fragmented device base is necessarily winning. Gross margin is a form of winning.
Labels: apple, google
Cocoa:Working Apple I nets record-smashing $640,000 at German auction
Working Apple I nets record-smashing $640,000 at German auction: "A working example of Apple's first computer was sold by German auction house Team Breker"
Unfortunately this news also implies I'm a classic computer.
Cocoa:Microsoft balks at Apple’s 30% fee, leaving SkyDrive and apps that integrate with it in the lurch on iOS - The Next Web
Microsoft balks at Apple’s 30% fee, leaving SkyDrive and apps that integrate with it in the lurch on iOS - The Next Web: "Microsoft and Apple are currently locked in something of a Cold War over the future of SkyDrive in the iOS App Store."
These are complicated times.
Labels: app store, apple, apps, microsoft
Cocoa:AppleInsider | News and rumors since 1997
AppleInsider | News and rumors since 1997: "Twitter rolled out updates to its official iOS and Android apps on Monday, adding new image editing features including Instagram-like image filters after Instagram halted support for in-app photo viewing on Sunday."
The problem is that Instagram and almost every other "vintage camera" app out there are all based on the exact same OpenGLES sample code from Apple.
Almost any Photoshop professional can recreate the Instagram effects with layers and blending modes. Which means so can anyone else.
Labels: instagram, twitter
Cocoa:Apple & Google Team Up for Kodak Patent Bid - The Mac Observer
Apple & Google Team Up for Kodak Patent Bid - The Mac Observer
If successful, it would likely mean Apple and Androids OEMs alike would be free from patent infringement charges related to these patents."
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Labels: android, apple, google, iphone
Cocoa:Google to Rein In Free Version of Software - Amir Efrati - News - AllThingsD
Google to Rein In Free Version of Software - Amir Efrati - News - AllThingsD: "Google Inc. said it stopped offering its suite of Web-based software for businesses — known as Google Apps — free of charge to groups of 10 or fewer users, as it moves to generate revenue from previously free services."
Call me a liar.
Cocoa:Instagram Changes Photo Display on Twitter - Mike Isaac - Social - AllThingsD
Instagram Changes Photo Display on Twitter - Mike Isaac - Social - AllThingsD: "The cards are on the table, and it’s getting ugly. From now on, you may happen to notice Instagram photos appearing oddly on Twitter."
I think it's interesting that only Google and YouTube and maybe a handful of other tech companies have the discipline to keep giving away bandwidth no matter what.
Labels: google, instagram, twitter, youtube
Cocoa:Apple again predicted to build low-cost iPhone for emerging markets
Apple again predicted to build low-cost iPhone for emerging markets: "firm has said it continues to believe Apple will expand the iPhone lineup with a new entry-level model."
Labels: apple, iphone
Cocoa:Verizon Shutting Down the Mobile Video Service It Launched in 2005 - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD
Verizon Shutting Down the Mobile Video Service It Launched in 2005 - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD: "Verizon Wireless is pushing the ‘off’ button on the pioneering mobile video service once known as Vcast Video"
Being a TV network isn't as easy as it looks.
Cocoa:Top-selling iPhone 5 flanked by strong sales of legacy iPhone 4S & 4
Top-selling iPhone 5 flanked by strong sales of legacy iPhone 4S & 4: "While the iPhone 5 has been the top selling handset at the three largest carriers in the U.S., Apple's legacy iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 handsets have also been strong performers "
I have one of the new iPods with the same form factor as the iPhone 5. Although I like it, I much prefer the feel of the 4s in my hand as a telephone.
Labels: iphone, iphone4, iphone4s, iphone5
Cocoa:Apple takes number two spot behind Samsung for all US mobile marketshare
Apple takes number two spot behind Samsung for all US mobile marketshare According to data from the comScore MobiLens service, Apple jumped from third place at the end July to second place three months later. "
Number two of a really big number is a really big number.
Labels: apple, samsung