"What kind of a**hole enters his game in the IGF
before it’s done and then decides to delay release for 2 years?" The creator of Monaco discusses the philosophy of one or two buttons in gaming
. His answer: None.
(NSF People who don't like Penny Arcade.)
Did Dropping Acid Make Steve Jobs More Creative?
Awkwardly omitted from his many obituaries
, Steve Jobs said that "doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life." Was his experience (portrayed in this reenactment
) the source of his creativity?
In 1987 Apple predicted a complex language voice assistant
built into something called the Apple Knowledge Navigator, a tablet computer. With today's announcement of the refined (and integrated) version of Siri
, it appears they were less than a month off.
In a New York Times op-ed called "You Love Your iPhone. Literally."
branding consultant Martin Lindstrom
says that his fMRI experiments show that iPhone users' brains "responded to the sound of their phones as they would respond to the presence or proximity of a girlfriend, boyfriend or family member ... they loved
their iPhones." The piece has drawn intense criticism
from neuroscientists, who have called it "complete crap
", "terrible, terrible
", and "truly hideous
, monologuist, author and gadfly, will be streaming the live performance of his 24 hour monologue, All Hours of the Day, from 6 PM PST today until 6 PM PST tomorrow. He remains cagey about what precisely the show is about, but early reports indicate that bacon will be involved
. [more inside]
Microsoft announced today that Internet Explorer 10, part of Windows 8 and a massive UI and structural redesign, will come in two flavors: a desktop app that will continue "to fully support all plug-ins and extensions, " and the flagship version intended for touchscreen devices called Metro, which will be as "HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free
". Specifically, Metro won't support Adobe Flash
. [more inside]
The Shrine of Apple
--a (sill in progress) archive of photos and specs for Apple's complete product history.
Suck on it Applesoft.
"Everyone was baffled when Google made those crazy bids for the Nortel patents last month
. Remember? They bid things like the distance from the earth to the sun, the number pi, and some other wacky numbers from mathematics." [more inside]
When Brandon left for camp
, his last words were, "stay out of my room!" Unfortunately for Brandon, he has the
most awesome family in the entire world. [more inside]
How a Security Researcher Discovered the Apple Battery ‘Hack’
- How to destroy Hardware with Software.
Blogger BirdAboard discovers not one, but three fake Apple stores in Kunming, China
John Siracusa's (27,000 word)
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
. [more inside]
Although Apple's OS X
operating system is making inroads with power users, providing Apple style and usability over a FreeBSD-derived UNIX-certified architecture, many find the built-in terminal emulator sadly lacking both UNIX feel and Apple polish. Fortunately, MeFi's own jewzilla
has picked up the ball on the most popular third-party Terminal replacement, iTerm, and rolled out something altogether new and wonderful: iTerm2
. [via mefi projects
Video of Steve Jobs discussing iCloud and other current Apple products, at the 1997 WWDC
. Yes, 1997. Via Daring Fireball
Final Cut Pro backlash.
Two months ago, Apple previewed
the new 64-bit version of its popular professional video editing application, completely re-written and re-designed with loads of new, revolutionary features, an iMovie-like interface, and a deep price cut. Excitement
abounded. On Tuesday, it was released
, and the excitement has been completely reversed
. Unfortunately, as Apple typically
does with all-new products
, they left out a lot of features that users particularly needed (including backwards compatibility), and simultaneously killed
the previous version, causing an unprecedented amount of confusion
in a matter of hours
. Many people felt left in the lurch, others felt that Apple had abandoned the pro market without telling anyone, and still others prescribed patience
Who owns the term "app store"? Apple wants to
, but Amazon
, among others, think it is generic. Will Steve Jobs's own words
come to haunt him? In any case, the first casualty of the fight between giants seems to be Amahi
, a small open-source media server. [more inside]
Is Apple bypassing the Web?
Maybe so, and the inventor of the Web's fears
are one step closer to being realized.
It used to be called "Sherlocking".
British student Greg Hughes' Wi-fi Sync
application was rejected by the Apple App Store
for security reasons. Undeterred, he sold it on the Cydia store for jailbroken iPhone apps. At WWDC
on Monday, IOS 5 was unveiled, with the latest iteration of the iPhone operating system offering
Twitter integration, a built-in to do list, an adless longform reader... and Wi-fi sync. [more inside]
Looks like FOX News called it
-- UK neuroscientists now suggest that the brains of Apple devotees are stimulated by Apple imagery in the same way that the brains of religious people are stimulated by religious imagery
Here's to the crazy ones
- a decade of Mac OS X reviews.
in revenue, £0.69
an hour - is Apple
exploiting Chinese workers
Apple's revenues and net earnings for the first calendar quarter of 2011 both beat the reported sales and profits of its rival Microsoft for the first time in recent history.
It's been an epic rivalry between these two computer tech giants. Apple had an early lead, was overtaken by Microsoft in a rather spectacular fashion. And then, slowly, like a guerilla campaign from distant provinces, Apple came back. At least by one measure - earnings - a measure that seemed destined to always be in Microsoft's favor, Apple has now taken the lead. [more inside]
iPhones Found to Track Your Movements, Keep Record
Security researchers have discovered that without any input from the user, iPhones permanently record the movements of their owners. Download an open-source app (Mac) here
to reveal your own geo history.
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]
Awesome mini Apple Store tugs at your wallet.
introduces your children to the magic of Apple; includes store, figures, and 60+ accessories. Use your own real iPhone 4 as the screen behind Steve Jobs in the Keynote Theater. [more inside]
OS X is X today!
Meanwhile, Bertrand Serlet, father of OS X, is leaving apple
- the DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac, making it beautifully, trivially easy to run DOS games
, the so-called "ex-gay" organization, has just released
an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders." The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+ rating from Apple, meaning that it contains "no objectionable content." Many are not pleased. [more inside]
Mozilla's HTML 5 Circus rolls into town.
The emergence of HTML 5 is marked by, among others, emerging browsers (or browser versions). The soon to be released Firefox 4, often delayed, mirrors the slow march to an HTML 5 Flash reduced web. Like others, Mozilla feels the need to sell HTML 5. We also have Chrome Experiments
, Canvas Demos
, IE HTML 5 demos
and Never Mind the Bullets
, and Apple's (warning: sniffer protected) HTML 5
showcase. [more inside]
When I was 17...
it was a very good year. Opera is now available in the Mac App store but you must be 17 years old to download it
. Those under 17 can get it outside
the app store.
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"
This is a short history and background of the Macintosh research project on the eve of its becoming a product.
First there was the 'Splosion Man
(and Capcom's non-response
). Then there was a The Blocks Cometh
clone (eventually taken down
after the uproar). Now comes Lugaru
, a wholesale copy of code, data, and name. (Android developers, you're not safe either
Where do you think Apple’s iPhone is the most popular? Where do Nokia’s Symbian phones dominate? How is it going for Android in different parts of the world? What about Blackberry?
We’re going to answer all of those questions and more in this article, which will closely examine mobile OS usage across the world.
We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
- Google's Chrome is will be joining Firefox in no longer licensing the MPEG-LA H.264 video codec
favoured by Apple and Microsoft for use in the HTML5 <video> tag (previously
). Not everyone is seeing this as a good thing
The new Mac App Store: The Good, the Bad
, and the Ugly
is a French bulldog who likes to eat
Google's sheer size and power is staggering - and of course a little disconcerting. But ultimately are they ensuring the internet remains open and user friendly? CBC Radio had a great piece on the Algorithm That Changed World
on how Google has helped keep the internet useful and spammers at bay. As a user, I have not found any other search engine that come close in giving me useful results. Intelligent Life's take on Apple vs Google
, shows how this open system vs closed system philosophical differences plays itself out with product strategy. Of course, Google's user-centric world can suck if you have ever written a book