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Great artists steal: The difference between Apple and Samsung

Samsung is widely regarded as having copied Apple's iPhone with their original Galaxy S products in order to gain broader, faster entry into the smartphone market. From device design to icon design to accessory design, Samsung inarguably copied Apple designs to a sometimes ludicrous degree. Yet many would argue Apple copies as well, in feature set if not in design. So why is it Samsung earns the ire of the designer community while Apple typically enjoys widespread praise? Is it just bias, or is there something fundamentally different about the way each companies copy? That's the topic Dave Wiskus explores in the second episode of his new series, Better Elevation.

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App design walks the line between art and fashion, not unlike pop music

One year rich, skeuomorphic textures are all the rage, the next, flat designs and naked buttons. So are apps art or are they fashion? Are the made to stand the test of time to keep time with the latest trends? Or, like pop music, could they be both? My friend and frequent collaborator, Dave Wiskus has begun a new video series examining design and what it means in our daily lives.

The first episode, Rock Stars, is above and if you like it, you can subscribe to the rest via Better Elevation and check out his Patreon options.

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Homage to the Terminal

Craigh Hockenberry, writing on Furbo.org:

As much as I love them, these long "trick lists" on Stack Overflow have a problem: they're poorly organized with little narrative describing why you'd want to use a technique. This long homage to the command line is my attempt to remedy that situation.

Terminal is an incredibly powerful tool that the vast majority of Mac users ignore completely. Residing in the Mac's Utility folder, Terminal provides a command line interface for the Mac. Paired with the apps and tools you can use from the command line, you can do some truly remarkable things with it.

Whether you're a longtime Terminal aficionado, or someone who's always been curious to know more, it's well worth a read.

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Women and inclusivity in the Apple community

There were no women on stage during WWDC 2014 keynote or at the State of the Union address that followed it. Kim Vorrath was given a shout-out, women from both Apple and the community presented sessions and gave talks during the week, Apple scheduled a Women in Technology get-to-gether, and Apple does an excellent job promoting inclusivity and diversity on their website and in their ads. However, when the lights were on and the cameras were recording, the stage was anything but diverse. Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat talks about how that feels to women in the Apple community, but also what can be done to effect change.

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Like the MacBook Air stickers in Apple's new ad? Here's where you can get them!

Apple's new MacBook Air ad shows off a ton of stickers that can be used to give your, in some cases well-loved, Mac some custom, cartoon, cultural, or just plain crazy flare. So, if you see one that catches your attention, that you think would look simply smashing on the back of your MacBook Air, where can you get it?

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The power and promise of accessibility and inclusive design

Speaking of accessibility, here's a terrific talk by Robin Christopherson from Mobile Mobile Conf 2013.

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Android Wear watches get reviewed, are they painful enough for an iWatch yet?

Android Wear is the software and services from Google designed to run on a wide range of wearables, but launching first as watches. Android Central has just posted their LG G Watch review and Samsung Gear Live Review and... they're certainly a step forward in many ways. If the Pebble was the Palm V of smartwatches, maybe these are the Windows Mobile? And if so, does that mean the market is finally, painfully, mature enough for an iWatch?

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Going not-indie: Lower revenue, less value, and the lure of big software

The App Store is a hard business and getting harder. Unlike almost any other aspect of Apple's business, "premium" isn't stressed. Prices have raced to the bottom, discovery is a perpetual challenge, and casino games are thriving, not beautiful, magnificent, audacious new software ideas. What affect is that having on indie software developers?

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Isometric takes gaming podcasts to the next level

Isometric is a new gaming podcast featuring not only our very own Georgia but Brianna Wu, Maddy Myers, and Steve Lubitz as well. They're only 6 episodes in, but as should be apparent by the people involved, they're doing things not only differently, but interestingly, insightfully, and amazingly. If you want something other than the same-old gaming podcast, check out Isometric. You'll be ecstatic you did.

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Amplified 99: Like Hodor with a Better Vocabulary

While Jim Dalrymple of The Loop was away vacationing, our own Peter Cohen got to play — by filling in for Jim on the Amplified podcast. Here's the official blurb and a link to the show, which turned out terrifically well.

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