While iWatch rumors continue to run hot and heavy Apple hasn't said word one about any specific wearable product. Many of their competitors, however, have had smartwatches on the shelves for months if not years. That's led to some market and media sentiment that Apple's "late" to the game. Apple, however, like wizards, tends to arrive precisely when it means to. Jim Dalrymple writing for the The Loop:
Wolfram Language is what powers the computational software suite Mathmatica and the computational knowledge service Wolfram|Alpha. All three are the brain children of Stephen Wolfram who, in the above video, shows off just what that engine looks like for the first time. And it's amazing. Like Star Trek computer amazing.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has just been announced and it includes a 5.1-inch 1080p screen along with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 16 or 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and specs aside, a swipe-style fingerprint scanner, a heart-rate monitor, and more.
Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are Samsung's second-generation smartwatches. They've lost both the Android operating system and the "Galaxy" brand, but gained Samsung's own, home-grown, Linux-based Tizen operating system instead. What exactly that means will take a while — and a series of reviews — to figure out. Jerry Hildenbrand for Smartwatch Fans:
The iPhone 6 is coming. The Galaxy S5 is coming even sooner. HTC will be releasing a new flagship phone of their own — currently codenamed M8 — and while they make great devices, they've so far been crushed between the twin juggernauts of Apple and Samsung. So, HTC is trying something different — free screen replacements for 6 months. But can better service help them succeed where devices alone have not?
The original iPhone infamously shipped without cut, copy, and paste functionality, or any form of text selection. It was on Apple's list of things to do, but it took them a while to get it right. That was iPhone OS 3.0, and the man who helped make it a reality was Bas Ording.
Right now Apple makes money on their own devices like the iPhone and iPad, Google makes money on the advertising attached to services for everyone, and Microsoft struggles for breath somewhere in between. What if Microsoft decided to cede the device market and become a full-on competitor to Google in the services space? What if they leveraged their cloud-savvy to provide a true online alternative for iPad and iPhone users, and maybe even Android (AOSP) as well?
For as long as Apple has been selling iPhones, people have been scalping them. What makes this particular story interesting is that it's not simply buying in one place and selling higher in another. This is buying and using as pseudo-currency or barter for goods and services. In other words, iPhone-as-money. Vernon Silver, Businessweek:
While it frustrates some people when Apple redesigns Final Cut Pro or the Mac Pro and it no longer seems to serve the power-user base, it ultimate ends up empowering a far larger base. That's Apple's longstanding mission — to make technology ever-more accessible. And one of the primary ways Apple accomplishes that mission is through clarity. Jim Dalrymple, writing for The Loop:
"Rate this app!" popup requesters — you might know them from such popular apps as Instagram or Google+ — have been the subject of a lot of controversy lately. Some think they serve no customer-centric purpose and have no place in any app ever, others that they're the only way for developers to survive in the ratings-centric App Store, and still others that there's a middle ground where customer attention and developer sustainability can meet and find balance. Longtime NeXT, OS X, and iOS developer Wil Shipley has a thoughtful take on the matter in The Loop Magazine: