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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
This Fully Loaded Laptop Is Your Poor-Man's-Windows-rMBP Deal of the Day
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
TimeWorks 1.2.6 - View iCal events in a window or as screensaver (was iCalViewer).. (Demo)
TimeWorks displays the events from Apple's calendar application, iCal, in a window. Each event is displayed in a similar way to iCal and marches towards a finish line which is the time now.
- You set how far you want to see into the future.
- Events are displayed in a window on the desktop, over the screen saver.
- An Exposé hotkey brings the display quickly into view when you need it.
- Minor fixes
Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
RIM's QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device shows up in pictures
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Monday, December 10, 2012
Facebook data suggests Microsoft has sold 4.2 million Windows Phone handsets since October
It was big news when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the world that Windows Phone devices were selling at four times their rate from 2011. That, along with several other positive factors, led TNW to declare that the time of Windows Phone's youth has come to a close.
Today, fresh external data appears to confirm the statement.
In early 2011, TNW found that a ratio existed between the number of monthly active users (MAU) of the Windows Phone Facebook application and the total number of handsets sold. Naturally, this MAU figure can but help us describe the number of recently sold handsets, as retired phones would not appear in the figures.
Now, where do we stand? According to WMPowerUser, Windows Phone's MAU figure is surging when compared to last year:
Using the number of Monthly Active Facebook users as a guide, we can see around 627,000 MAU of the built-in Facebook app has been added since the 1st October 2012, the start of the quarter. Last year over the same period less than 150,000 was added by the 15th December.
As you can deduce, 627,000 is roughly four times 150,000 mirroring the rate that Steve Ballmer let fly to the public.
In our initial reporting, a ratio of 6.756 handsets sold per active user of the Windows Phone Facebook application. That ratio could now be quite dated, as Facebook usage patterns change, and the Windows Phone userbase changes demographically. However, as that ratio allowed us to predict nearly perfectly the 2 million handset sold mark for the platform, it does carry some weight.
And so, that mathemagical calculation would yield as the guess that 4,236,012 have been sold since the start of the quarter. We leave the figure to your gut for a check.
However, for context, our friends over at WMPowerUser who brought the latest MAU data to our attention have a much larger figure in mind:
Last year according to Gartner, who claims to measure units actually sold to end users rather than shipments, said 2.759 million Windows Phones were sold in Q4 2011. The data suggests already 7 million Windows Phones were sold so far this quarter, and we may finally be heading to a + 10 million Windows Phone quarter.
The moral of the story this fine Sunday is that one of the most accurate external pieces of extrapolatable data confirms what Microsoft has told the market.
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Instagram photos vanish from Twitter as policy finalized
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Monday, December 3, 2012
New Apple Patent Outlines The Wireless Charging Future We're All Dreaming Of
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The HTC Windows Phone 8S was announced as a lower-end alternative to its bigger brother, the flagship Windows Phone 8X, but the company has remained relatively quiet about it since. While we're still awaiting official details on pricing and availability across the globe, HTC has filled us in on one crucial nugget of information: it won't be coming to the United States. While we've been suspicious that this might be the case, we had been holding out hope that it might have at least some amount of reach in the US market. Essentially, HTC is focusing all of its stateside efforts on the 8X, its signature device. With that said, we'll still likely see the 8S show up as an unlocked and unsubsidized smartphone on various etailers, so Windows Phone enthusiasts with a penchant for bright colors will want to keep their eyes peeled. Now that we know more about the markets that won't be graced by the presence of the 8S, all we need now is a confirmation on when we can expect it elsewhere. Stay tuned past the break for HTC's official statement.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Developers now have access to download OS 10.0.9.1103 for their BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices. The includes bug fixes, but also an important update for Web developers as the BlackBerry WebWorks HTML5 tools have been updated to offer more functionality and to draw closer to parity with Native tools.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Pocket for Mac updates with improved sharing, new keyboard shortcuts, and more
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sony coats Xperia P in 24-carat gold, keeps up tradition of so-so phones in luxury shells
Outside of custom projects, the cardinal rule for draping phones in exotic materials is that they must never, ever be truly high end devices: at best, they should involve mid-tier hardware that could be eclipsed by a garden-variety smartphone at a fraction of the price. Sony's maintaining that all too time-honored tradition by producing a gold-coated, 24-carat version of... the Xperia P. Yes, rather than spruce up a flagship like the James Bond-approved Xperia T, Sony has instead given the luxury treatment to a smartphone with a strictly middling 4-inch display and dual-core 1GHz processor. In fairness, the company sees this as an experiment rather than a Vertu-like business model, with the intent strictly to emphasize the unibody design. A maximum 15 have been built as a result -- and rather than count on impulse purchases from oligarchs, Sony hints that it's offering at least some of its gold Xperia P stock to followers on Facebook. As long as there's no pretenses of living the high life with what's really a very ordinary phone underneath, we're satisfied.
T-Mobile Nexus 4 sells out hours after Google refers to it
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Apple (AAPL) excels when it comes to product design, interface design, marketing and in a number of other areas but when Web services come into play, things go south fast. "Almost anything Apple does which involves the internet is a mess," wrote former Apple engineer Patrick B. Gibson on his personal blog, pointing to a number of examples to support his claim. Among them are the fact that Apple can't update its online store without taking it down, the fact that Notes requires an email address to sync, the fact that iTunes and the company's App Stores are powered by "a mostly dead framework written almost 20 years ago," and the unmitigated disasters that are MobileMe and Ping. Gibson also jokes that "iMessage for Mac lives in an alternate dimension in which time has no ordered sequence."
Gibson does note that Safari is a bright spot — perhaps the only bright spot — on Apple's Internet resume.
"Google, specifically Android, has been steadily improving its entire platform," Gibson wrote. "To me, it still doesn't have the same quality of polish and feel that Apple software does. However, it's getting harder to argue that point, especially since their web services all tend to Just Work. Features like Google Now and near-instant voice commands are starting to give Android a serious leg up on iOS. Design is coming along as well. Android is still ugly, but it's much less ugly than it was a few years ago. Google seems to be actively addressing this, and if Apple isn't worried, they should be."
He goes on to suggest that Apple should acquire Twitter, not just in an effort to take an immediate leadership position in the social networking space, but also for Twitter's talent. Gibson says Twitter uses some of the most advanced Web technologies currently available, and that the engineering team there invented much of it.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Microsoft explains WP 8 Lock, Home screen design decisions
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Many Mac apps are beautiful to look at — while other operating systems have beautiful apps, design is a bigger factor for the platform's developers. And, a lot of the time, these apps are wonderful to use too – their fantastic design being part of a carefully-considered UI that engages users and makes the apps truly useful.
With so many apps being developed for the Mac, by amateurs and professionals alike, it is hard to stand out and innovate. Gathered in this collection are forty examples of apps that have tried to push the boundaries with their designs.
The Hit List
Evernote 5 (Beta)
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