Sales of digital comics have soared in the past three years. Readers love the look of comics on the iPad screen and they also love the convenience of in-app purchasing, which allows consumers to buy and store their comics within a single app. So it’s a big deal when Apple bans a comic—usually because of sexual or mature material or nudity—and it has happened to at least 59 comics this year.
- Are comics too hot for Apple?
Publishers Weekly looks at Apples role as Gatekeeper in the wake of their rejection of Sex Criminals #3 and retroactive removal of Sex Criminals #1
from the iOS marketplace. Strangely the books remain available via iBooks
. This is not the first time Apples policies have been confusing or raised concerns of censorship, such as with the Saga of Saga #12
earlier this year, and before the rise of comixology with the banning
of Ulysses Seen (previously
Today saw Apple has enter the competitive 7" tablet market
with the iPad Mini
. But what if your tablety desires run to something larger, not smaller? Sony has you covered with a 20-inch, 11-pound "tabletop PC"
The iEconomy: Apple and Technology Manufacturing.
Since January, the New York Times has been running a series of articles "examining the challenges posed by increasingly globalized high-tech industries," with a focus on Apple's business practices. The seventh article in the series was published today: In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword
. Related: For Software, Cracks in the Patent System
and Fighters in the Patent War
. [more inside]
A year ago, programmer Mark O'Connor decided to swap his MacBook for an iPad and a Linode VPS
(Virtual Private Server) development environment. Today, he discusses the success of his experiment
Prototypes are usually the missing links in the evolution of human technology, the dead-ends of ideas that give way to the refinement of the final physical product. Prototypes aren't just for Darth Vader
. While the legal back and forth between Apple and Samsung continues, a treasure trove
of prototype designs
for Apple devices has been released to the public, showing insights into various design approaches and feature enhancements, including larger form-factor
and without kickstands
and landscape ports
and iPhones that parody the Sony logo
, show a different layout for camera elements
, and look remarkably like fourth-generation models
, as far back as 2005. On the other hand, some have made prototypes into the end goal itself, such as the folks at Dangerous Prototypes
, a site which features a new open-source electronic hardware project
each month. Some are just gratuitous fun
, while others are a bit more practical, such as one project that recycles old Nokia displays
and another that provides access to infrared signal
, useful for hacking together remote controls for all sorts of IR-based devices. Other prototypes of tomorrow's technology
are less concerned with shrinking down the guts of the invention itself, to make it disappear, but rather on how
with and integrate
physical representations of these ideas into our daily lives. Above all else, prototypes are always forward-looking and are therefore inherently optimistic expressions of human creativity: Even children
are getting into imagining the world of tomorrow.
Didn't get that Apple product you wanted for Christmas? Jonathan Mann
, with the help of Twitter, composed a song for you: WTF?! I wanted an iPhone!
If that doesn't quite rock your world, Mann composes and performs a song a day, so there ought to be something you like
Sixth grader codes iOS apps
, gives TED talks
, and - generally - makes me feel like I've been lazy my entire life.
Walter Isaacson, author of a just-released authorized biography
of Steve Jobs, talks to Steve Croft of 60 Minutes [single-page view]
about his brilliant, mercurial, often difficult subject.
Video of Steve Jobs discussing iCloud and other current Apple products, at the 1997 WWDC
. Yes, 1997. Via Daring Fireball
Head Tracking for iPad: Glasses-Free 3D Display
- Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay of the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory
track the user's head using an iPad's front facing camera, using the positional data to create the impression of depth without the use of specialized glasses [more inside]
Apple has launched App Store subscriptions for digital content
, something that should please magazine publishers looking for a non-print business model. However there is a sting in the tail - publishers must go through Apple, paying the 30% "Apple tax"
may have been the big news, but there were numerous other data breaches in 2010. [more inside]
With the unveiling
of the BlackBerry Playbook
, a 7" iPad competitor solidly aimed at business
, are the tablet wars
Apple has suddenly reversed their stance on 3rd-party tools for iOS development.
(From the horses's mouth.
) This means that programmers will be able to use Adobe Flash (and other tools) to make iPhone (iPad, etc.) apps. It does NOT mean that Flash apps (swfs) will be able to run in iPhone or iPad browsers. That is still verboten. It means that developers won't be stuck using just XCode (Apple's code editor/compiler) and the Objective-C language. Alternatively, programmers will be able to use Actionscript (Flash's language) or some other language. Apple will allow cross-compiled apps to be sold in their app store. Meanwhile, porn is still not allowed. Responses: 1
A candid late-night email exchange between an online journalist and Steve Jobs (who may or may not have realized he was in fact talking to a journalist).
(SLGawker, though the perplexed are welcome to Google the obscure Mr. Jobs for more information.) Learn whether Jobs thinks a 20-year-old Bob Dylan would've thought Apple was groovy, how Apple is protecting you from porn, and more!
iPad, one week later. Ars Technica gave it a very through review
. ifixit tore it apart
and Will It Blend? threw it in a Blendtec
. Adam C. Engst said in a column at TidBITS
: "The hardware is so understated [...] the fact that you’re using an iPad falls away. You’re using the app, whatever it may be, and while you’re doing so, the iPad is that app." An Apple event today announced an iPhone OS update that brings a lot of what was missing so far
(multitasking!) while also screwing over a Adobe by changing the developer license agreement
. 300,000 sold. [more inside]
"We were like children with toy train sets. And that was part of the problem. It was such fun. Computing was not supposed to be fun." Stephen Fry
visits Apple headquarters to preview the iPad; the resulting article is a sprawl that touches on hero worship, product history, and Douglas Adams, "the first person in Britain to own a Macintosh computer." [more inside]
Apple announces something
: The iPad
, which all signs say is a tablet computer. Various people, from the Ceo of textbook and magazine publisher McGraw-Hill
and Weblogs. Inc founder Jason Calacanis
have talked about their experiences using and testing the device.
But the most interesting aspect of the computer may not be the technology, but rather its potential for use in creating
in content creation
which could revolutionize digital magazines