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"And boy have we patented it!"

August 24, 2012

Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone, January 9, 2007: We've been innovating like crazy the last few years on this, and we've filed for over 200 patents for all the inventions in iPhone. And we intend to protect them. And they have. (Here are links to the title and post source videos)

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A major Mountain Lion bug?

July 27, 2012

I just finished a clean install of Mountain Lion and have run into what appears to be a major bug: I can't browse my old Time Machine backups! It seems like I'm not the only one. This is a major, showstopping bug and it's hard to imagine how it got through Apple's QA process. I […]

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Misreading misleading charts: Alaska edition

August 4, 2011

There's a headline making the rounds this morning that caught my eye because it seemed preposterous: "Apple Stock Helping the Alaska Permanent Fund More than Oil." It's everywhere, but the original instigator seems to be this USA Today article. It looks like nobody bothered to read (or understand) the Fund's actual returns. First of all, the Alaska […]

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Trials of the early adopter

July 25, 2011

Update: this post is now completely obsolete. I've posted a much more comprehensive guide to installing Python, NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib and IPython on Lion here. This post is meant as a public service announcement for an extremely small audience. If you don't think this is directed at you, then it almost certainly isn't. I'm happy […]

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I love natural scrolling in Lion

July 24, 2011

I want to add my voice to a (silent?) minority: I love natural scrolling in Lion. For those readers who aren't yet running Apple's latest OS, scrolling has been reversed in the new software: to scroll down the page, flick your fingers up; to view a panel to the right, drag your fingers left. It […]

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Why the Mac App Store is a brilliant idea

October 20, 2010

Apple announced this afternoon that the App Store is coming to Macs - a brilliant move on their part. When the iPad was announced, I speculated that it would imitate the Dashboard of Mac OS. Instead, it pursued a "single serving app" model, with great success. So great, in fact, that now the tables have […]

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"You already know how to use it"

May 13, 2010

A new iPad ad breaks the mold and tells us exactly what the iPad is: a screen capable of showing any kind of data at any time. I think that's quite incredible. We take for granted that computers can do anything: now you can take that with you. When was the last time you saw […]

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Adobe strikes back

May 13, 2010

Responding to Steve Job's first public shot in the Flash Wars (apart from the whole not-including-Flash-in-his-mobile-empire thing), Adobe is running a direct set of ads on major sites like the NYT. The campaign pairs a somewhat surprising banner: With a more direct sidebar ad: I predict that within a year, HTML5/Java editing tools will be […]

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iPad: magical indeed

May 3, 2010

CrunchGear has a post up called Apple: Can we stop with the "magical" already? - aimed at Apple's iPad marketing, which refers to the device as "magical and revolutionary." The author feels "that Apple’s dedication to the “magical” party line is a bit disingenuous" because the iPad, yes, is not actually a magical device. For […]

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More iPad Dashboard speculation

February 4, 2010

Kevin Fox is on board the Dashboard train that I wrote about a short while ago. Having seen the sparsity of the iPad screen, and how strange iPhone-scale apps look when zoomed, I'm liking the idea more and more. Plus it would enable some form of multitasking... (Via John Gruber)

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The new kid

December 9, 2009

Google Chrome for Mac has finally been released (in beta, but who's complaining?) and I've been testing it as my primary browser. It's already my top choice on Windows (this development making it all the more sweeter) and I have to say - once you use a combined address/search bar, there's absolutely no going back. […]

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How to market your eReader

November 9, 2009

This is so much nicer than this, especially because they provide this. Looks like B&N took a page from the Apple playbook; Amazon borrowed from Microsoft.

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Tuesday light reading: Ars' Snow Leopard review

September 1, 2009

Ars Technica's review of Snow Leopard may take longer to read than the OS takes to install. I suggest you begin now.

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Progress in Safari 4 (update)

June 8, 2009

And while we're comparing Safari 4 to its beta, I had also noticed various progress bars that were available in the beta. The final release has gone with none of them, choosing instead a more radically visible indicator: My immediate reaction is that I preferred the subtlety of the beta indicator (eventually preferring it to […]

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Update: Safari 4 still breaks bookmarklets

June 8, 2009

When the Safari 4 beta came out, I observed that having more than one tab open would break any resize bookmarklets. I can confirm that this is still the case in the stable release of Safari 4. Cody Robbins commented on my original post and noted that the problem has been filed as a WebKit […]

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Damn the physicists, full speed ahead!

June 3, 2009

Banners for WWDC are starting to go up at Moscone West. The main banner reads, "One year later. Light years ahead." Never mind the implication that Apple travels faster than light (or has a Time Machine). The laws of physics can not contain Steve Jobs!

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Web 3.0 is/isn't coming

May 26, 2009

Looks like I'm not the only one -- All Things D has declared we are on the cusp of Web 3.0: This year, as we convene the seventh edition of D: All Things Digital, we think something major is happening at the intersection of tech and media, and we think it deserves its own new hyped-up […]

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WordPress 2.8 beta 2 + TinyMCE 3.2.4 + Safari 4 beta = :) (finally)

May 25, 2009

WordPress 2.7 was released in December 2008 and represented a milestone in the software's development, incorporating a number of major changes in particular to the back end. One of the most visible was the inclusion of the latest TinyMCE post editor (version 3.2). Unfrotunately, TinyMCE 3.2 doesn't play nicely with the Safari 4 beta. Specifically, […]

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Who is this wheelchair dude, and where is his vestibule?

May 24, 2009

If you type "observe" into Apple's thesaurus, the helpful app shows the word in a sentence: Who is this wheelchair dude, and where is his vestibule?

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Tuesday trends like an Apple a day

May 19, 2009

All this talk of Microsoft and Apple's relative values sent me quickly to Google, where I pulled up the following chart: The blue line is searches for "Microsoft;" the red is for "Apple." I've filtered it by "Computers & Electronics" to limit the impact of a certain fruit. The blue spike around April first is […]

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Signs of the times

April 5, 2009

The top two most-emailed stories on right now are "I Hate My iPhone" and "The iPhone Gold Rush". The first is written by a woman who blames her poor spelling and lack of dexterity on her phone (you may remember this argument from such debates as "CDS killed the economy").  The second is about […]

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Progress in Safari 4

March 1, 2009

Update 6/8/09: The release version of Safari 4 went with none of these. One of my favorite Safari features is that the address bar doubles as a progress bar, whereas most browsers place a progress bar at the bottom of the screen, taking up real estate. This is how mobile Safari works on the iPhone […]

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Safari 4 breaks bookmarklets?

March 1, 2009

Update 6/8/09: This still happens in the release version of Safari 4. Update 6/13/09: More details available at Sakuzaku. I have been unable to verify if this is a widespread problem or just my luck, but my Java bookmarklets are no longer working in the Safari 4 beta. Bookmarklets are mini-applications that can be run […]

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The sound of a million MobileMe subscribers screaming

February 10, 2009

Google has released a beta of Google Sync for Mobile which includes support for various smartphones including the iPhone. Previously, only Blackberries were supported.  The beta, which was announced this morning on the Google Mobile blog, introduces true push syncing for Google calendar and Google contacts. In my mind, this is the nail in the […]

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Two Apples

February 1, 2009

Strictly speaking, this is a photo of a photo -- the original polaroid film was transfered to to a card, which gives the picture its distressed edges and high saturation.  As I recall, this is from 2001.

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Multiple Choice PR

January 14, 2009

If you're a multi-billion dollar public company, and your revered CEO (whom many believe is your single greatest asset) becomes ill with what could be a relapse of the pancreatic cancer he dealt with 4 years earlier, do you: Announce his illness Not announce his illness Say everything is fine, but then announce his illness […]

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Tragedy in AAPLville

January 14, 2009

This tragic story popped up in red all over my Bloomberg news feeds this afternoon: 16:35 *APPLE SHARES ARE HALTED BY NASD PENDING NEWS           :AAPL US 16:36 *APPLE SAYS JOBS TO TAKE MEDICAL LEAVE UNTIL END OF JUNE 16:36 *APPLE'S JOBS SAYS TIM COOK TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAY TO […]

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WordPress + Mac = :)

February 5, 2008

I am really happy with my WordPress installation, and I love my Mac, so I was rather disappointed to find that they don't play nicely together in one regard. The TinyMCE editor has a devilish tendency to strip line breaks if accessed in Safari 3+, both in the visual and code views. The prospect of […]

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