June 11, 2012
I get how so many people want to know what Apple will announce as soon as possible, but for me, I ‘d much rather wait until later tonight when they release the full video of today’s keynote. I’ve waited this long, so a few more hours won’t bother me. And I find it much more satisfying to watch the video than to watch the liveblogs full of comments by the bloggers and their photos of the event.
The downside for me is that, if I really want to be surprised by the announcements when I watch the keynote (and I do), I have to go into internet-blackout mode starting at 10a PDT, and that kinda sucks. So no Twitter or sites that cover Apple until I’ve watched the keynote.
April 27, 2012
Wall Street Journal site marketwatch.com claimed today that “Apple Announces Plans to Offer Wireless Service Directly to iPhone and iPad Users“.
The problem with this “press release” is that Apple made no such announcement.
November 10, 2011
On November 9, iFixit.com posted a blog entry about the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4S. They begin by saying:
During our iPhone 4S teardown, iFixit buddy Markus noted that the new iPhone had a rather unusual-looking black component next to the ambient light sensor. We didn’t make much of a fuss about it since we were knee-deep in disassembly pictures, but the little black box certainly piqued our curiosity.
They later explain that the “unusual-looking black component” was the infrared LED proximity sensor—a sensor that’s on every iPhone, not just the 4S. The post goes on to explain that the proximity sensor on an iPhone 4S comes on whenever the screen is on, if you have Siri set to activate whenever you hold the phone to your face. The proximity sensors in all other iPhones only come on during an active call (or a Skype, Viber, Tango, etc. call).
My question is: Why were the people at iFixit so mystified by the iPhone 4S proximity sensor? These people are iPhone hardware experts, it’s not a new feature, and it’s in the same general (if not exact) location as on all other iPhones. During iFixit’s teardown report, they only mention a singular “infra-red LED proximity sensor” in Step 14 of page 2.
Then for some reason (my guess is lazy reporting and a desire for page views), both TUAW.com and TiPb.com write posts claiming that iFixit has revealed that the iPhone 4S has a secondary proximity sensor for Siri (TUAW link, TiPb link). No, iFixit feigned confusion (in my opinion) about the proximity sensor hardware to add dramatic effect to their post about how Siri uses the proximity sensor.
Laziness all around.
September 28, 2011
As of March 6, 2012, Photovine will be shutting down. They say the app won’t be supported after that, but whether it will remain functional is not clear.
July 21, 2011
I’m still digging into the details and new features of Mac OS X Lion, but so far I’ve come across one complete disappointment: Mail.app STILL does not include your sent messages in the threaded view. I don’t understand why all email programs, both web apps and native apps, haven’t incorporated this feature that GMail has had for years.
July 9, 2011
The fourth Mission Impossible movie comes out this December. It looks much better than the last two.
June 26, 2011
Engadget has a hands-on with the N9 which runs MeeGo 1.2—and the OS looks amazing. If it really is as responsive as it looks in the videos, I wonder why Nokia decided to kill it and use Windows Phone 7 instead.
The hardware, too, looks great. They’ve done something I wish Apple would do, which is to favor function over form. The iPhone 4′s glass back and hard edges look good, but make the phone less durable and less comfortable to hold and press against your ear. Contrast that with the N9′s unibody polycarbonate shell, which looks to be lighter, more durable, and more comfortable to use.
June 25, 2011
Project management in FCP X
A detailed and specific criticism of the new Final Cut Pro. Quite funny, too.
May 13, 2011
Lodsys, LLC has recently sent letters to several iOS devs, claiming the devs are infringing on a patent for in-app purchases. The patent, number 7222078, is titled “Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network.” Below is the patent “abstract”:
In an exemplary system, information is received at a central location from different units of a commodity. The information is generated from two-way local interactions between users of the different units of the commodity and a user interface in the different units of the commodity. The interactions elicit from respective users their perceptions of the commodity.
Reminds me of those signs and ads in Japan that are in English, but clearly written by someone with a very poor grasp of the language. The full patent description is much, much longer, but unfortunately, just as poorly written. I’m no patent lawyer, but it disgusts me that patents like this are ever granted—especially when the “inventor” is not actually implementing the idea.
Shame on Lodsys. Double so for targeting devs instead of Apple.
(h/t: Marco Arment)