This morning I woke up with the news that Steve Jobs had passed away. The man that revolutionized computing, music and mobile phones. The man that made being a nerd cool. A true loss for the world.
Besides the products there is another thing for which I’d like to thank him: His 2005 Stanford speech. We all have these moments that we need a little help and advice, and I usually grab back to this one. Have a look and remember.
It’s no real surprise, but at least it is official now: iPhone 4. Besides it’s awesome looks, what else is new? Here’s a short summary:
Better camera (5 mega pixels photo’s and HD video revording)
Front facing camera, allowing video chats
Higher definition display
Longer battery life (especially beating the disappointing 3G)
New and improved operating system
Support for iBooks
Whats not new? The phone is still only available in stylish black and white. A little disappointing is that there is no extra memory added as the only versions available are still 16 and 32 gigabytes. But have I mentioned it looks great?
One of the (many) reasons why I have switched all my computing to Apple is that their products simply look awesome. On the other hand, most PC’s have to be chucked away in some closet preferably never to be seen by anyone. But now there is Jeffrey Stephenson, who makes the best looking PC-mod’s I have ever seen. He makes PC’s, screens, speakers etc. worth showing off. He integrates the systems in mostly Art Deco styled bodies using a lot of wood in this process. Check out the examples below.
No prices where mentioned on his website, which usually means that these things are for a ‘select few’. Nevertheless it are amazing pieces of work! Check out his website for more images and mods.
OK people, while I am fighting a jet lag and working hard to complete my NY To Do list for you, this just has to be shared! It has arrived: iPhone 4G. An Apple engineer actually lost it in a bar (ouch), and Gizmodo got their hands on it. And the fact that Apple has officially requested it back confirms it is the real deal.
So, whats new?
Front-facing video chat camera
Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS) with flash.
Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
Split buttons for volume
Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic
The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through.
An aluminum border going completely around the outside
It’s official: The iPad is coming our way! Apple has just revealed the long awaited device. As you can see it is a big iPhone, which according to Apple will fill the gap between the iPhone and the MacBook.
Browsing, email, photos, e-books, and videos are the main functions it’ll do better than an iPhone and with a lot more apps on the way it sure looks promising. Especially as a gaming device and an e-reader I think it’ll be very successful. I think the biggest news for Apple is that they are introducing the iBook-store. Just as iTunes and the App Store this will be a very fruitful business for them.
In the US it will be available together with a subscription from AT&T for all the mobile browsing. With prices starting at $499,- for a basic version up to $829,- for the full swing 64gig-3G version.
Besides all the technological coolness you just have to agree with me that Apple has once again delivered a market changing and massively good looking device. Well done Steve!
The Sleep Cycle alarm clock, developed by Swedish developer LexWare Labs AB, is an alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase within a 30 minute timeframe before the wake up time set by yourself.Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement to determine which sleep phase you are in. You just tuck in under your sheets and close your eyes!
I have been trying the app now for a couple of days and I must say in most cases it did wake me up in a feeling better, less tired. Whether it is real or just a placebo effect I don’t know, and frankly I don’t care: It works. What’s also pretty cool is the readout it gives you of your sleeping pattern. Nice to see what happens when you are passed out, and how it differs each night.
Anyway, a very nice new use of the iPhone’s capabilities, and for only €0,79 it is definitly worth a try! Get it here.
Another nice app for all you iPhone-owning decorators out there: Colorsnap. Paint producers Sherwin/ Williams have created this smart iphone app. Colorsnap allows you to take a picture of whatever it is the color you like off and telling you the exact buildup of these colors. The only thing you have to do is get to a store and but the colors. Now this is making smart use of iPhone’s capabilities! Unfortunately the results are not always as you expect them to be because of the poor quality of the camera…
This is such a smart thing to do. To me, this proves that every kind of company can create smart apps which actually have an added value for the user. All it takes is creative thinking. And that’s where it stops at most companies… Well done Sherwin/ Williams!