I, like many adults, used to collect comics. I owned dozens of long boxes, filled to the brim with various copies of X-Men, Spider-Man and Detective. But I eventually traded comic books for cars, and shortly thereafter my collection went away, sold to a man for pennies on the dollar.
Three years ago, I started collecting again. But I didn’t end up in a dusty comic book shop that smelled of vanilla and shame, but instead from the comfort of my living room using the many popular iPad apps built by Comixology. And recently, the game changed again with Marvel Unlimited. But the shape of the online comic book landscape still isn’t that bright. How so? Let’s find out.
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When iOS 7 was first introduced, the buzzword heard most often around the water cooler was “Flat design.” Apparently, someone decided that iOS 7 had certain design aesthetics that made it look more flat than iOS 6, and therefore, that was the way people should start designing their apps.
Thing is, iOS 7 isn’t flat, per se. In fact, it’s quite layered and nuanced, and those that talk about it being flat are just being lazy writers and repopping what other tech luminaries said from the start. How so? Well let’s get into it. (more…)
Pagico, considered a ‘brilliant cross-platform project and task management app‘, has developed legions of fans since its launch. Perfect for managing complex projects across multiple platforms (Mac, Windows, Ubuntu and iOS), Pagico’s destop version retails at $50. It is available for both Desktop and iOS.
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This offer applies to Microlancer purchases made from Tuesday, 24 September 2013 to Tuesday, 1 October 2013 AEST. (more…)
When it comes to Apple’s iconic media events, the one thing that guarantees hype is new hardware. No matter what else is on the agenda, iPhones and iPads are the star attractions. Understandably, much of the other news interspersed between device unveilings is swept aside, perhaps given a whisper of coverage after the dust settles. For me, it is those tidbits I find tantalisingly mysterious, a mere breadcrumb hinting at a grander plan. Last week’s iPhone event was no different.
Prior to WWDC I’d have forgiven anyone for thinking iWork had been put out to pasture. With no desktop update since 2009, it’s fair to say the web app versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers came with more than a little intrigue. In a sense, Apple had just created its first multi-platform apps. Now, four months later, Apple has dropped another breadcrumb. All three iWork iOS apps are now free for purchasers of a new iOS 7 device — Apple’s strategy is beginning to come full circle with more than a little risk and reward.
I have a buddy of mine who is an iOS developer, so he gets me all of the inside scoops that I ever need about what’s going on. A few months back at WWDC, he sends me an iPhone picture of a controller attached to an iPhone with the caption, “Holy crap! They’re doing third-party controllers for games now!” I was ecstatic.
And then I promptly forgot about it until the other day when all this talk about Nintendo made its rounds on the web, which got the wheels turning again. Is there a way that Nintendo could get onto the iOS platform and still keep control of its hardware? Maybe. (more…)
With the introduction of the new iPhones came more big news with the iPhone 5s, the inclusion of the M7 coprocessor. As Apple puts it, the M7 is essentially the Robin to the A7’s Batman, but focuses purely on the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It also means that the M7 could put FitBit out of business.
Or does it? Because it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about my own experiences with mobile fitness devices. Although the M7 coprocessor does seem like it could be the stepping stone to replacing a FitBit, it’s not quite there. Not yet, anyway. (more…)
For the past two years, we’ve worked with Newaya Recycling to get you amazing deals on your old iPhones. See, the way the system works is like this: You want a new iPhone 5S or 5C, and you want to sell your old iPhone to get some cash back. Well this year, Newaya is back onboard with another big deal, and you’re going to want to find out about this one. (more…)
We had all heard the rumors prior to the big announcement, but yesterday it was all out there in the open for the world to see. There were now two iPhones: the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. But what struck me about the two models wasn’t that there was now a low-cost version of the phone that changed the game, but that one of them was significantly better than the other.
Just a few years ago, we had a low-end Mac that fit into the lineup. It was made with a plastic case that was, for the most part, seamless. And it was flanked by more powerful models with higher options. Is the iPhone 5S now really the iPhone Pro? (more…)
So what happened at today’s big iPhone event? Let’s find out.
- In its 7th year
- 20 million people applied
- New store in Stanford that’s 1,100 sq ft.
- The Stanford store has glass on 3 sides. Looks amazing
- Two rooms: One up front for demos, back room for Genius Bar, etc.
- This month Apple will ship the 700 millionth iOS Device
- More convenient search in iOS 7, right in Notification Center
- Lots of edge-to-edge apps
- New sound effects for calls and texts
- Can search for tweets with Siri
- New square aspect ratio camera
- Built-in filters and more in the camera app as well
- AirDrop showcased for iOS 7. Easier way to move photos and so on between devices. It works on P2P Wi-Fi.
- iTunes Radio. All about discovering new music.
- Over 200 new features
- Comes out on Sept 18 for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th Gen)
- All for iOS 7.
- All Free for any new iOS device.
- Comes in lime green, white, blue, red/pink, yellow
- Entire back and sides are made from just one part. No seams.
- Custom cases with soft feel silicone rubber. Circular cutouts to show the color underneath.
- Hard coated polycarbonate shell
- 4-inch Retina display and integrated touch layer on iPhone 5C.
- A6 processor.
- Slightly larger battery than iPhone 5.
- 8MP iSight camera, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, 5-element lens. FaceTime HD camera on front size with more pixels.
- FaceTime Audio
- Dual band Wi-Fi,
- Bluetooth 4.0More LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world
- Up to 100Mbps download speed
- iOS 7 wallpapers complement the iPhone 5C colors
- $99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB
- Cases are $29 each
- Pre-order Sept 13
- Buy in store Sept 20
Three colors: gold, white and black (or slate and silver, depending on your perspective)
- 64-bits, works with iOS 7
- Backwards compatible
- Almost twice as fast as A6
- Amazing with games, such as the new Infinity Blade III.
M7 Motion Co-Processor
- Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, all in one piece.
- Enables a new generation of health and fitness apps.
- Can tell if walking, driving, etc.
- 3G talk time: 10 hours
- 10 hours LTE browsing
- 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing
- 40 hours music
- 250 hours standby
- 5-element lens
- F2.2 aperture
- 1.5 micron pixels. Bigger pixels = better pixels.
- iOS 7 takes advantage of new sensor
- iOS 7 adjusts exposure and settings automatically to take a better pic
- DSLR-level autofocus.
- Auto image stabilization
- Burst mode for multiple photos and it combines to get the sharper ones. 10 frames per second.
- A7 determines best pic out of burst
- 120 FPS slow-mo video.
- 5S camera shoots 720P video at 120 FPS
- Normal video is 1080P at 30FPS
- 28 MP panoramic shots
True tone flash
- Lights according to color temperature in the room
- One is white, one is amber
- 1,000 unique variations
- Fingerprint sensor — Touch ID
- It has a touch capacitive sensor
- 500 pip resolution
- 170 microns thin, scans sub-epidermal skin layers. Can read in any orientation, embedded in the home button
- Covered by sapphire crystal
- Just touch the home button and it unlocks
- You can use it for iTunes purchases as well
- Can handle multiple fingerprints
- Encrypted fingerprints
- Never available to other software.
Availability and Pricing
- 16GB $199
- 32 GB $299
- 64 GB $399
- All with 2- year contract
- Purchase on Sept 20
I was at the barbershop the other day, getting my hair cut as I do every few weeks, when my barber says to the room, “Isn’t the new iPhone supposed to be coming out soon?” I’m about to open my mouth when a guy sitting in a chair to my left peeks up from his phone to say, “Beginning of October. Who cares anyways, Apple doesn’t have anything for me anymore.” Then he went back to playing with his HTC One.
Surly and inaccurate statements aside, I’ve heard similar thoughts voiced amongst the Apple community. The feeling seems to be that Apple’s already pulled out all of its magic tricks, what could they show us tomorrow that would really wow the crowd? What’s the big feature this year? Do they have one more thing in them or have we seen all the magic left to offer?
Who knows. But more importantly, why do you care? (more…)