This is a good list of some new iOS 7 settings that you probably did not know about, or likely never would have accidentally run across.
I will be a little bummed if updated Apple TV hardware is not announced, slightly less so if there is no “iWatch” released.
Although it will be interesting to see what Apple has to say, it will be far more fascinating watching the tech analysts dissect Apple, likely stipulating that they are no longer innovating and on a decline, even though Apple continues to make the best products the tech industry has to offer.
Jim Tanous of The Mac Observer on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo showing interest in offering the iPhone:
President Katoru Katō reportedly said that his company was eager to add the iPhone to its lineup, but that concerns over alleged sales quotas imposed by Apple had been a previous point of contention. Mr. Katō now says that DoCoMo could meet those quotas as long as the iPhone accounted for 20 to 30 percent of its overall smartphone sales.
NTT DoCoMo is Japan’s largest mobile telecom network by far. Overall, it has the best coverage throughout the entire country, often times offering service in areas where KDDI and SoftBank have very limited, or no, service. It would be a big win for Japanese consumers if DoCoMo were finally to get off its high horse and start offering the worlds most wanted smartphone on its network.
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Fascinating story by Don Melton about how the Safari development team kept the browser secret up until it was launched:
I wasn’t worried about talk either. Forstall certainly trusted me – that’s one of the many things that made him a great boss. And I trusted my team — otherwise I wouldn’t have hired them. None of us nor any of the internal beta testers at Apple were going to snitch. There were too damn few beta testers, but they were above reproach.
Twitter and Facebook didn’t exist then. Nobody at Apple was stupid enough to blog about work, so what was I worried about?
Server logs. They scared the hell out of me.
When a Web browser fetches a page from a Web server, the browser identifies itself to that server with a user agent string — basically its name, version, platform, etc. The browser also gives the server an IP address so the server knows where to return the page. This exchange not only makes the Web work, it also allows the server to tell who is using what browser and where they’re using it.
You can see where this is going, right? But wait, there’s more…
The entire story is well worth the reading time.
MG Siegler on TechCrunch, writing about the 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display:
I’m more than happy to take on the extra half-pound of weight in exchange for this screen (as well as other, slightly better specs). Some will disagree, but I think plenty of people will agree. No, it’s not technically a retina MacBook Air, but again, it’s close.
In terms of thickness, this new Pro and the 13-inch Air are actually very close (0.75 inches versus 0.68 inches). Of course, the air tapers off into almost nothing (0.11 inches) at the end point while the Pro is a uniform thickness. Oddly, the 13-inch Pro is actually slightly less wide than the 13-inch Air.
Sounds like a tough decision if you’re looking for portability versus bleeding-edge features. I’m not entirely sure the price difference is worth it yet.
Erica Ogg of GigaOM on Apple discussing iOS security at the upcoming Black Hat 2012 Conference:
This is a big deal for Apple for a few reasons. First, Apple almost never appears at major technology conferences – with the exception of AllThingsD’s annual confab. It doesn’t do MacWorld anymore, and it doesn’t do the Consumer Electronics Show. Second, Apple doesn’t talk much about security. It’s been able to get away with this for years because its Mac market share has been almost too small to attract much of an effort from malicious hackers running scams.
Times are changing under Tim Cook’s leadership. This can only be a good thing.
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Chris Rawson of TUAW on Sparrow’s recent acquisition by Google and the ensuring uproar:
The reality is much harsher. Barnard estimates that Sparrow’s iOS app made $400,000 in its first four months. That may sound like a lot of money to people making $40,000 a year or less, but most of that $400,000 came in the first couple of months. Sparrow’s team had five people on it and, according to Barnard, that team of five could expect total revenues to eventually average out to around $30,000 per month. They had also taken a funding round, meaning that there were now investors who would expect an eventual return on their money.
It’s no wonder then that Sparrow sold the company and the app to Google for $25 million. In one lump sum, the team earned an amount of money that would have taken nearly 70 years on the App Store at App Cubby’s estimated monthly revenue.
I am glad to see good things happen to good people. The Sparrow team always struck me as developers with good intentions, who were genuinely interested in providing a valuable product.
About the only thing I’m bummed about is we will likely never see push notifications for Sparrow; however, I’m holding out hope that Google will release a branded version of Sparrow, to include all the goodies everyone has been patiently awaiting.