Paper

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The team spent months painstakingly figuring out how to emulate materials on a digital screen. For example, they had to understand how lead plays on the texture of paper, and how pen ink moves when you apply an artistic wrist flourish. Even more time was spent getting watercolor paint to bleed just right when you… Read more »

Cook visits China

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I doubt this is the first time Tim Cook has visited China, particularly given his previous role was COO. Following Tim Cook’s meetings with China’s Executive Vice-Premier Li Keqiang earlier this week, the Apple CEO took a trip to Zhengzhou to check out the new Foxconn manufacturing facility and its iPhone production line. The plant,… Read more »

4G

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Australian iPad 3rd-gen customers have been through a very odd few days. Apple were sued over the use of the term “4G” in their marketing blurbs, which is quite a huge notch on their name. The reason for the case is that the new iPad isn’t compatible with their 4G networks. As such, marketing the… Read more »

iPad apps vs. Android apps

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Eye opening comparison by pcmag.com that demonstrates just how ugly Android tablet apps versus iPad apps. Note that this isn’t a slight on Android phone devs, but I think there’s a case to be made…

Another brick in the wall

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The business post website has an interesting rant about the fact that education authorities are not up to the task of teaching kids how to be digitally prepared for the digital world. It’s aimed at the Irish market, but it definitely makes sense globally. In my experience, many of them defensively reach for the “we’re… Read more »

Apple TV UI thrown out

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According to some tweets posted by macgasm, a former Apple UI engineer has let slip of information that the current Apple TV interface was thrown out 5 years ago thanks to Steve Jobs, who didn’t like it. I originally noted that the new UI is ugly, but plenty of people seem to love it. I… Read more »

How will film survive?

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If you listen to SOPA politico’s or copyright holders (other than Sony, thankfully), you’d think film-makers and the business people behind them are going broke. However, according to Bloomberg… Legal online viewings of films will more than double to 3.4 billion this year from 1.4 billion in 2011, IHS said today in a statement. Physical… Read more »

TweetDeck

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A new version of the now-proprietary software for “power users” of Twitter, tweetdeck was released to fix bugs and add new features yesterday. Unfortunately, TweetDeck is a monumental disaster. I gushed over what it was trying to do when a huge revision came a few months ago (following their acquisition) but moved back to my… Read more »

1 million iPhoto users

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Apple told me today that its newest iOS app, iPhoto, hit 1 million users in less than 10 days after its release. It’s important to note that figure is users, not downloads. It’s quite possible that one user downloaded the app multiple times, but Apple isn’t counting those, only the unique users. That’s traction… (via… Read more »

MSFT > APPL

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lol. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world’s largest software maker, said its Windows Phone operating system will propel it past Apple Inc. (AAPL) in China’s smartphone market as its partners release devices costing as little as $158. Microsoft have always been a “shoot for the stars” kind of company, but this strategy is one that Android…