Claris was a computer software developer formed as a spin-off from Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) in 1987. It was given the source code and copyrights to several programs that were owned by Apple, notably MacWrite and MacPaint, in order to separate Apple’s application software activities from its hardware and operating systems activities.
In 1998 the company divested itself of all but its flagship product, and reformed as FileMaker Inc.
""Google knows that every Friday night I search for a pizza place," he says. "So I’m hoping that [eventually] on my Android phone my GPS will trigger an alert when I happen to be driving past a well-reviewed pizza place that just happens to have a Google offer available.""
I can’t people are eventually hoping that we get push notification ads. Fucking insane.
Mat Honan for Gizmodo, August 2011: "Dear technology journalists of the world: You know how you called that gadget you just reviewed sexy? Tell me, do you intend to fuck it, or do you simply plan to shove it up your ass?"
"Lazaridis is still involved with RIM in a somewhat nebulously-defined strategic role, and he insists that the company is headed in the right direction — he points to the fact that he just invested an additional $50 million in RIM stock as proof of that."
If Mike Lazaridis says RIM is “headed in the right direction” and invested a boatload of cash in it, then it’s pretty clear to me that they are not headed in the right direction and that this CEO switcheroo is only so people stop criticizing RIM for their co-CEO structure.
Find me one Lazaridis quote from the last year where he has said something that implies he has the slightest clue what the fuck is going on in the industry.
“In the United Kingdom, TV presenters Richard and Judy campaigned to have the video banned from TV claiming it pandered to paedophiles with the use of school uniforms and young girls kissing.”—All the Things She Said @ Wikipedia. Please, no one show them the new SKE48 video.
Tangentially related: you know one excuse I’m tired of hearing? “We can’t bring you this because of international licensing issues.”
You know what, content companies? Fuck you up the ass. I don’t care that you have international licensing issues, you’re going to have bigger issues when you realize that maybe one of the reasons your revenue is decreasing is because you’re only selling shit to one country.
It didn’t even occur to me to think of this during the SOPA protests, but perhaps the solution to piracy websites outside the US isn’t shutting them down (because you will never manage to stop piracy anyway), but actually giving people outside the US parity when it comes to buying your content.
Here is how you get a TV show on your Apple TV in the US:
Go to your Apple TV.
Go to TV Shows.
Choose a show.
Select an episode.
Press buy, and it’ll be playing within 30 seconds.
Now here’s the process in Canada:
Go to your Mac or PC running iTunes.
Find a TV show on the iTunes Store.
Press Buy Episode.
Wait for the entire episode to finish downloading.
Go to your Apple TV.
Go to the Computers tab.
Choose your computer.
Choose TV shows.
Go to Unwatched.
Select the episode you “just” bought.
The main reason for this: different entities control the rights to the television shows in Canada, and surprise, surprise, they don’t want the iCloud TV show locker to exist here because that could undermine their television business. Because of that, there is no way to get a TV show on your Apple TV without downloading the entire episode on a Mac, PC, or iOS device ahead of time outside of the United States.
Now you might think that’s an issue limited to iTunes’ implementation of selling TV shows, and yes, that’s true, but I dare you to find a single other service selling television shows in Canada. There are none.
I do not want my bookshelf to depend on a specific company or piece of software to actually be usable. This is the same reason I bought CDs when iTunes was still selling DRMed AAC files.
Content stores tend to be pretty bad software companies. I would rather they just give me content in an open format and let me choose where to read it.
In context with Kindle:
If Amazon dies and I do not have all my Kindle books on a Kindle, they are gone. I can’t read them anywhere other than a Kindle or on Kindle apps, presuming they are already downloaded and that platforms do not evolve in a way that breaks the apps.
The Kindle app, while remarkable for a content provider, is not a remarkable app, and I would much rather use another reader, but I can’t.
This is not an argument limited to Kindle; this applies to most e-bookstores out there even the iBookstore. Licensed DRM schemes like Adobe Digital Editions are no better; you depend on Adobe, and the last thing anyone wants to do is depend on fucking Adobe.
If anyone wants to compete with this, they really need to up their game. If the Kindle Fire has trouble animating a page flip with a decent frame rate, how the fuck are they going to compete with these kinds of books?
The company’s manufacturing partners in Asia started ramping up production of the iPad 3 this month and plan to reach full volumes by February, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren’t public.
Last year at Google I/O, I had a trollish question to ask Matias Duarte at the design session as to whether or not Android would ever get a human interface guidelines document to provide formal design patterns for Android app designers.
I ended up not asking it because by the end of the session it was fairly clear to me that:
Matias Duarte knows what he’s doing
Major changes were coming in Ice Cream Sandwich
Putting out a style guide that would have to be completely changed within a few months would be silly
This is that mythical unicorn style guide. Very happy to see it show up. Will manufacturers follow it? I doubt it. Will app developers follow it? I doubt it. But at least it shows that they have the head in the right place.
The Professor wanted to make his case in the most convincing style possible. He indicated that, in his view, no normal person would find the experience of giving a lecture to a large audience to be erotically stimulating or erection-inducing. He had, he said, therefore injected himself with papaverine in his hotel room before coming to give the lecture, and deliberately wore loose clothes (hence the track-suit) to make it possible to exhibit the results. He stepped around the podium, and pulled his loose pants tight up around his genitalia in an attempt to demonstrate his erection.
At this point, I, and I believe everyone else in the room, was agog. I could scarcely believe what was occurring on stage. But Prof. Brindley was not satisfied. He looked down sceptically at his pants and shook his head with dismay. ‘Unfortunately, this doesn’t display the results clearly enough’. He then summarily dropped his trousers and shorts, revealing a long, thin, clearly erect penis. There was not a sound in the room. Everyone had stopped breathing.
Prior to iOS 5, there was a master Notifications switch. You could switch that off, and you knew that no matter what you were doing, you wouldn’t get interrupted by an IM or a Twitter direct message or something coming in that was entirely out of your control. This was especially annoying prior to iOS 5 because all notifications were modal dialog boxes.
That happened to be extremely useful for players of super-twitchy, never-a-good-time-to-pause music games. Especially since jubeat has a bug in it that makes it segfault whenever you exit it instead of multitasking properly (whoops?), so you always had to start from scratch. Hopefully you weren’t 90% of the way into a full combo.
Now it’s gone. You need to disable them all on a per-app basis. What was once one tap for all apps is now something like three taps for each app.
Perhaps this is because Apple thinks that their non-modal notifications which involve a 3D transition (3:30) on the top of the screen aren’t intrusive and don’t need to be disabled. That would be true… except when you’re running a graphically-intensive game where the OS attempts to animate the 3D transition while continuing to animate whatever was happening in those 40ish pixels.