Should Apple create other office products?

Should Apple create other office products?

Mac Free PrinterBen Lovejoy at 9to5Mac writes:

I can’t help thinking there’s a lot of office technology that could use the Jony Ive touch. I’m not just talking about aesthetics. Anyone who has ever set up a typical wireless printer will likely remember the pain for some time. As Ive himself has said, design is not just about how a product looks, but also how it works.

I have always wondered why Apple has largely avoided the computer peripheral market. I can understand why it chose to drop printers from its product lineup when it was struggling in the late 1990s, but the company is sitting on billions of dollars in cash today and has no reason not to experiment…  (more…)

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Thread Spotlight: Is Samsung actually that bad?

Thread Spotlight: Is Samsung actually that bad?

iphone plus-and-samsung-extrawideiFans forum member ThePodofi writes:

Before everyone freaks out let me explain. So it seems like hating on Samsung is the cool thing to do, kind of like how hating on Apple is for some people. Yes, they’re are those occasional “shady” stories about them. But lets be honest, every company has at one point or another, done something shady. You can hate on those commercials all you want, but they were brilliant. When it comes to build quality and “cheap” plastic, that’s all opinion.

Read ahead for my thoughts, and share yours on the forums…  (more…)

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Five reasons you shouldn’t jailbreak iOS 7 yet

Evasi0n Evad3rs logoI awoke this morning to the impromptu news that an untethered jailbreak for iOS 7 has been released. I was initially excited and prepared to jailbreak my iPhone, but I eventually decided not to. An onslaught of drama following the jailbreak release, including news that there is pre-installed Chinese software that distributes pirated apps, has changed my mind for now. Ahead, I outline five reasons why you should hold off on jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch until further notice.

  1. MobileSubstrate is outdated - This core framework that is necessary for jailbreak tweaks such as SBSettings and Activator requires a new build that is tailored towards the iOS 7 jailbreak. Until the framework is updated by developer Jay Freeman (saurik), a myriad of jailbreak tweaks from Cydia will not function properly on iOS 7.
  2. Cydia is outdated - Jay Freeman is also the founder of Cydia, and the jailbreak package distributor will also need to be optimized for the iOS 7 jailbreak. Until then, you may experience bugs or crashes when installing or managing your jailbreak tweaks. An update could take a few days at the least.
  3. Tweaks are outdated – Even when a new build of MobileSubstrate is pushed out, most jailbreak tweaks will require updates to be both functionally and aesthetically compatible with iOS 7. As was the case when the iOS 6 jailbreak was released, it will require several weeks for the majority of tweaks to be updated.  (more…)
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Is the jailbreaking community too hostile?

Jailbreak Flaming

I think back to the earliest days of the jailbreaking community, when our forums were still called iPod touch Fans, and I remember a niche and respectable group of users that were genuinely intrigued by the few tweaks and modifications available for jailbroken iOS devices. But more importantly, they were respectful.

Nowadays, the landscape of the jailbreak scene has greatly changed. The popularization of Twitter as a social platform has increased the interaction between jailbreak developers and their followers, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. The screenshot above speaks for itself.

It would be a generalization to claim that all jailbroken iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are as impatient, rude and classless as the user above, but there are certainly a significant number of people that are continuously flaming developers for the lack of up-to-date jailbreaking tools.

If you are one of these people, please stop. You are not encouraging jailbreak developers to release new exploits, but rather demotivating them to contribute to such a hostile community. Remember, these people are putting hours upon hours of work into discovering and releasing these exploits in a safe manner — for free.

Let’s show these people the respect they deserve.

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Let’s Wait Until October

Apple Rainbow LogoI can breathe again.

It’s been twenty-four hours since Apple’s media event in San Francisco yesterday, which is enough time to digest exactly what happened. And, looking back, it actually wasn’t all that much. Apple introduced two expected products in the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which were both leaked long before their respective unveilings, and gave an extended preview of iOS 7. That’s it.

Apple might have promised to double down on secrecy, but the rumor mill is simply getting too good. It was well-known that the iPhone 5s would be offered in gold, and also that the iPhone 5c would be offered in a rainbow of plastic colors. It was even known that the iPhone 5s would include a fingerprint scanner, and launch next Friday, September 20th. But there isn’t any reason to panic just yet.  (more…)

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Should Apple Acquire Nintendo?

Should Apple Acquire Nintendo?

Brian Houston:

Super Paper MarioNintendo’s value of design in both hardware and software does indeed closely mirror the Apple ethos. Both Apple and Nintendo believe in creating great products – and then letting demand grow from that creation. I bet that Nintendo skips focus groups too.

Nintendo Japan has a market cap of around 1.3 trillion yen – or 13 billion US dollars. Apple has over 100 billion in cash overseas that it can’t bring into the US without paying a heavy tax penalty. For 13% of Apple’s international cash hoard, Apple could buy Nintendo and catapult into the living room console market.

If this means that I’ll finally be able to have Pokemon, Mario, Luigi, Zelda and Metroid on my iPhone and iPad, I’m all for it.

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Expect Exciting Things From Apple in the Near Future

Apple Space

There has been a negative narrative surrounding Apple in recent months, ranging from a plummeting stock value to an overall belief that the company is no longer being innovative. Much of the coverage has been blown out of proportion, and often comes from the same few sources — yes, we’re talking about you, Bloomberg, Reuters and The WSJ.

Let me remind you that it has only been three-and-a-half years since Apple introduced the iPad in January 2010. Three years prior to that, the iPhone practically reinvented the smartphone market. Earlier in the decade, five-and-a-half years beforehand, the iPod was launched — it would quickly go on to become the world’s most popular portable media player.  (more…)

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iOS 7 First Impressions: A Much-Needed Breath of Fresh Air

iOS 7 HeadiPhone users have been clamouring for Apple to make changes to iOS for the past few years, and Tim Cook and company have finally delivered. Apple executive Craig Federighi was on stage today at the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote to debut iOS 7, the next major version of the mobile operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Before I dive into my first impressions, it is important to note that iOS 7 is a product that needs to be felt firsthand. My early negative opinions of iOS 7, based entirely off screenshots, have completely changed after installing the software on my iPhone. And, second, iOS 7 is pre-release software and should be judged accordingly.  (more…)

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iPhone Users Have Shown Quite the Pessimism Towards iOS 7

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Apple will reveal the future of iOS and OS X at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next Monday, and that news would normally be met with a lot of excitement and optimism.

The situation is quite the opposite this year, however, as iPhone users and industry watchers alike have been cautiously pessimistic about what iOS 7 will entail.  (more…)

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