Fighting for water in a rainy day|
By: Fernando Mol on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:33:33 pm
As if I were in a post-apocalyptic Hollywood blockbuster, I saw today people fighting for water. It was surreal. A week ago we were living a normal life in Monterrey, Mexico. Today, the hurricane Alex left us a half destroyed wet and thirsty city.
There are mountains of ruined cars, streets dragged by the river, houses buried on mud. There's still an occasional rain, but the people, so used to just open the faucet is now stealing water from other houses instead of taking it from the sky. A friend of mine found out a man with his family stealing...
Less is more and more is crap|
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jun 26, 2010 at 2:00:10 pm
By now some of you probably think that I am an Apple fanboy. That's actuslly not the case. I spent the largest part if my professional life with PCs and Linux machines. I did write quite a bit about Apple lately because they simply make excellent products that I enjoy greatly.
Apparently the Cupertinians have become a favorite target of blogger and technopress lately, probably because of the Gizmodo fiasco, even though Gizmodo acted in unethical ways, bordering on the criminal.
Anyway, i was reading a review of the iPhone 4 on the Wired magazine website and I noticed a glaring mistake...
The uncomfortable pusher|
By: Fernando Mol on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:54:25 pm
Today I read an article on apple.com about why their new devices will not support Flash.
It's really a hard work for web designers and developers to complain to different standards. Now, the fact that we need to re-work on many flash based sites just because the CEO of the company can't see the content in his new iPhone it's not nice at all. So my first reaction to Steve Jobs was "don't do this, man, I was just about finishing this project".
But after reading the article I found out that, as usually, what apple is doing is bigger than any...
NLE on the iPhone!|
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:01:22 am
This is going to be my shortest blog entry but it marks a new era for the COW crowd.
iMovie for iPhone!
Yep! iPhone 4.0 records 720p HD video at 30fps and you can edit the movies directly on it. From the makers of FCP!
Announced today at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference....
By: Paolo Ciccone on May 25, 2010 at 1:22:51 pm
Sometimes I read stuff on the Web that drives me nuts. There is this "opinion" on CNN, I know, I know, I should know better than reading CNN, but what can I do? I have a knack for self punishment. Anyway, I read this opinion on CNN "Tech" by one Pete Cashmore titled "Has the iPhone lost its cool?"
Augmented reality will change the world or at least add to it!|
By: Peter Wiggins on May 18, 2010 at 8:01:13 am
Every now and then a piece of technology comes along that really makes you think. That's what happened to me this morning with Layar.
What is Layar? It is a platform for people to build augmented reality applications. On Android or 3GS phones you can overlay a direction sensitive 'layar' of information. When you move, the layar follows.
OK, so what does that mean, let me give you a few examples:-
1) House prices or property to rent. Hold your phone up with the camera on and Layar can overlay latest prices or rental fees over the building.
2) Want to find...
Macworld Day One - Take 2 OMFG!!!|
By: gary adcock on Feb 11, 2010 at 1:14:43 pm
to all of the nay sayers, this Macworld, while with a smaller number of vendors than the early years is a hit. The show floor is absolutely packed with people, to the point where I decided to step back and take a look as some of the cool things I have already seen amid the chaos.
One thing to the iApps developers- get off your butts and talk to people, I walked thru the area just prior to the shows "official" start time and of the 60 or so developers only 2 responded to my inquiries So here we go...
Heading to Macworld Slowly.|
By: gary adcock on Feb 9, 2010 at 7:59:16 am
this looks like its going to be my last MWSF. As a member of the working press (I write for Macworld LLC and Creative Cow), 90% of the advance PR info I have received has been ipod or iphone related. While not bad, not really worth my time to spend a week in SF looking for something to talk about. I am however looking forward to a hands on with an iPad.
It will be good to catch up with the few of you that will be at Moscone, if you see me say Hi.
Otherwise I will send snippets from the...
De-Size Me Why Don’t Ya!|
By: Jiggy Gaton on Aug 20, 2009 at 1:43:47 am
Right now I am sleep deprived and behind in 3 days of my life. Why? I received an iPhone in the mail. I have been up late night and ignoring all calls except for the ones I make testing new applications and features of my new phone. My imagination is tethered to this device, exploring all possibilities and trying out hundreds of apps, in and out of the app store. I just now recovered and came up for air.
My first impression is that they finally made a phone for me, and I am not talking mobile, I am talking phone...
Storm Cloud: A Review of Apple MobileMe |
By: Jiggy Gaton on Jul 19, 2009 at 5:55:38 am
Well they have been talking about "the cloud" ever since I can remember, even back during my IBM days when they were all excited about IBM/370 applications being in the cloud, and everyone was using monochrome terminals with green blinking cursers to find it. Only back then, the cloud was more like an isolated thunderstorm confined to single set of mainframes the size of a small house. Things have not really progressed much, as proven by my recent sign up to Apple’s MobileMe Cloud program.
You probably have noticed, I am frugal with my software budget so I don’t...
Wolfenstein 3D for iTunes!!|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:42:54 am
One of the earliest first-person shooter games, and maybe still the coolest , makes its way into the iTunes app store !
The image is from the front door of the game's official site. You can also find a truly wonderful story by John Carnack, its designer, on how Wolf3D made its way to the iPod Touch/iPod platform.
More coolness: the developer has released the source code! Tweak away, my pretties! And expect Doom and Quake soon .
(I'd forgotten that, in 1995, id Software had also released the source code for the original version of Wolf3D .
When Wolfenstein 3D was...
I don't own an iPhone, but....|
By: Russell Lasson on Mar 19, 2009 at 9:00:18 am
It seems like copy and paste would have been a function that should have been included in version 1.0, not 3.0. Well at least they have it now. For any of you people who might be reading this from their iPhone, copy and paste this once for me:)
New DirecTV app for iTunes!|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 17, 2009 at 7:08:33 am
I came across this, and thought it was kind of cool. I'm not sure exactly what it's going to do, but take a gander.
DIRECTV is excited to extend an opportunity to the CE participants to participate in our next field trial.
This field trial is for a native iPhone/iPod-Touch application.
DIRECTV will be selecting a limited number of users that submit their information to the following site:
If you have an iPhone or an iPod-Touch and are interested, submit your information ASAP.
Criteria to be selected will be based on previous trial history, your activity in the CE arena, and...
Ho ho ho! Pull my finger!|
By: Tim Wilson on Dec 25, 2008 at 2:05:38 pm
I don t know about you, but around our household, nothing says Christmas like farting. This is apparently true elsewhere as well. On December 22, iFart Mobile, the leading fart app in the iTunes store, pulled down nearly $10,000! That s right, in a single day. This is one of many, many fart apps in the store. I got this from VentureBeat, a blog syndicated by the New York Times covering venture capital in Silicon Valley. Founder Matt Marshall used to cover technology for the San Jose Mercury News, the undisputed authority on tech news in the Valley. So if...
Apple iPhone or Samsung Instinct?|
By: walter biscardi on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:22:26 am
Well Samsung has released the supposed iPhone killer and I ve wondered how it stacks up to the newly released iPhone 2.0. Fortunately for all of us, MSNBC has done a really nice head to head comparison of the two. In the end, they both work well, but the one thing I was surprised about is that the live Sprint TV they advertise in the ads is not entire shows, just snippets of shows. And the comparison of the screen brightness and clarity is pretty impressive. Anyway, really good reading for anyone thinking about one or the other....
Power to the iPhone people!|
By: walter biscardi on Jan 28, 2008 at 6:09:57 pm
So according to a new Reuters article, over 1/4 of the Apple iPhones sold in 2007 have gone missing by the end of the year. In other words, they have been unlocked and are running on other networks. Maybe they don t want to be snooped on by at t (see related blog entry) or maybe they just want to be able to choose which phone they want to use on which network. Gee, that s an original concept! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22887583/ Maybe there should be an iPhone hackers convention like the internet hackers convention. Which, of course, doesn t really exist,...
AT&T to monitor your network use|
By: walter biscardi on Jan 28, 2008 at 7:27:19 am
Interesting news from the MSNBC website that at t now plans to monitor all internet use by users of their networks. Which of course will include all 4 milion+ iPhone users. at t claims they will be looking to stop illegal copyright sharing and such, but they will have full, carte blanche access to review all your emails, all your internet surfing and instant chat messages. Now of course all ISP s have the ability to review anything you do, but at t has come out said they are absolutely going to keep an eye on everything you do. Kind...
Internet Killed the Video Star|
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:41:48 am
Hi everyone - I ve been pretty silent for the last few months because I ve been hard at work on a new Creative Cow Master Series DVD - Internet Killed the Video Star: A guide to Creating Video for the Web. The 4.5 hour DVD will be available very shortly. Feel free to spread the word. Here s the basic description of the DVD: Whether you’re posting video for a client, putting your demo reel on-line, creating a video podcast, or building video training for the web, the Internet is conspiring to keep your work from looking its best....
at&t: Faster iPhone in 2008|
By: walter biscardi on Nov 30, 2007 at 4:33:31 am
Well of course Apple would never say anything in advance, but thanks to the CEO of at t, we know for certain an iPhone that can run on the 3G high speed internet networks will be out in 2008 . No word on the exact date of availability or the cost, but at least it s something. This is what I ve been waiting for personally, although I hope the new phone will also have at least 16GB of storage as well. Full Story: http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2007/11/29/ATT_iPhone_ 1130.html...
Of leopards, rumors and getting it right|
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 2:15:42 am
So on March 23 we hear that Leopard s coming in October rather than spring, to wait for Vista compatibility. Later that day, Apple s official response is that we don t respond to rumors. The same day, someone says that Apple says Leopard ll come out on time. Three weeks later Appple announces that Leopard is coming out in October, but the reason is iPhone, not Boot Camp. So there you go. Wait . Did somebody say they re delaying Leopard to wait for Vista compatibility?!?! Taipei-based DigiTimes was first on the scene . On March 23, they cited...
See, I don't need the iPhone!|
By: walter biscardi on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:08:07 am
See, I m so glad I didn t rush out for the iPhone. Now I can keep my little Razr phone that I like and get the iPod for everything else. Very cool! http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/...
Early iPhone buyers get $100 credit|
By: walter biscardi on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:06:26 am
If you purchased an 8GB version of the iPhone right off the bat, Apple is offering you a $100 credit since they ve already cut the price of the phone by $200. http://money.cnn.com/2007/09/06/technology/iphone_price/index.htm?cnn=yes.. .
iPhone slashed $200|
By: walter biscardi on Sep 5, 2007 at 4:53:36 pm
Almost lost in the new iPod rollout was the price slash by $200 on the 8GB iPhone and the discontinuation of the 4GB model. I m quite surprised Apple dropped the price so quickly, but according to Steve Jobs, they want the phone to be in a lot of stockings this christmas. Still don t agree with their decision to lock the phone to AT T (the hack workaround not for the faint of heart) as they would most likely sold double or triple the devices if it was an open phone for all networks. But glad to see the...
500 hours to an unlocked iPhone|
By: walter biscardi on Aug 26, 2007 at 11:24:54 am
When I was 17 and it was summer, that generally meant lazy days out by the pool with friends. For George Holz, it was 500 hours to unlock an iPhone so it can run on any carrier, not just AT T. The times they are a changin! Along with a secretive group of online collaborators, the 17-year-old broke the restrictions that make Apple Inc. s iPhone, arguably the hottest gadget of the year, work only on AT T Inc. s cellular network. The feat took him 500 hours, or about 8 hours a day since the iPhone s June 29...
iPhone makes the cake...but Apple makes the battery|
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:35:34 am
From Fake Steve Jobs , who remains the absolute best resource for Apple information, and by far the funniest blog on the web: The nice folks at Sugarcat Cakes sent along this photo of their latest cake creation. They call it the Jesus Cake. Feeds a whole party of hungry geeks, but alas, you can't remove the battery. You know that you can't remove and replace the iPhone battery yourself, right? Just like the iPod, you have to send it to Apple, and pay $79 plus $6.95 for shipping for them to ship it yourself. On top of...
Apple iPhone can apparently be hacked|
By: walter biscardi on Jul 23, 2007 at 6:28:06 am
According to a newspaper article in today s Atlanta Journal Constitution , a security group claims the iPhone can be easily hacked to retrieve personal information. According to the article: A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple s popular new iPhone that allows them to take control of the device. The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators, a company that tests its clients computer security by hacking it, said that they could take control of iPhones through a WiFi connection or by tricking users into going to a Web site that contains malicious...
Cheaper iPhone by fourth quarter?|
By: walter biscardi on Jul 11, 2007 at 2:33:26 am
In a report from today s Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fresh off the launch of its much-hyped iPhone, Apple may be preparing to offer a less expensive version that could be used with several wireless carriers, a telecommunications industry analyst says. ...new model could sell for less than $300.... to be based on Apple s iPod Nano music player,.... , Full article here: http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2007/07/10/iphone_0711 .html Personally, I m waiting for the original iPhone to drop in price and hopefully work with a faster internet service. I have used AT T for about 8 years now through their various name changes with my cell...
First posted pictures from an iPhone?|
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 30, 2007 at 11:08:47 am
I ve got one of them here, of our boy Derrick (really?), eating his toast. Really. By itself, it s not much. Unless you re Derrick or love toast. But it s part of an online mystery unspooling around the iPhone. Quite the saga behind this. The Mobile Guerilla had been searching online for taken with an Apple iPhone. Good for MG! This one of Derrick was the first of two posted to Flickr, marked private, then removed . I m still not exactly clear what happened from there to make them public, if obscure. But whatever it was, I...
iPhones, the TED interface and the Future...|
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 31, 2007 at 5:15:29 am
When I first saw the iPhone previewed by Steve Jobs during his keynote at last January s Macworld Expo, I had a sneaking suspicion that I had seen that interface before. In fact, I told Tim Wilson, Man, that interface looks just like the one that is over at the TED conferences... that I had sent Tim a link to the summer before. Well, it *is* the TED interface and while Apple gets top nods for knowing a good thing when they see it, and for licensing it quickly enough to likely have it forever associated with them in the...
AT&T CEO: 1 million inquiries for iPhone|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 29, 2007 at 6:48:28 am
That s from AT T s CEO Randall Stephenson, in his keynote speech at the CTIA wireless technology conference. But made the audience snap to attention was when he pulled one out during his speech. Before the speech, the chairman of the FCC grabs the phone from Stephenson. He spent more time with it than I did, Stephenson said in an interview afterward. For a minute, It seemed like he wouldn t give it back. The part of the story I find most remarkable is that there a million people who ve taken the time to get on AT T...