The PlugBug Charger →

TwelveSouth’s innovative solution for owners of Mac laptops and iDevices. If I traveled more often than I do I’d be all over this.

TwelveSouth’s innovative solution for owners of Mac laptops and iDevices. If I traveled more often than I do I’d be all over this.

iPhone 4S sells 4 million in first weekend →

What a failure. Linked item is a thoughtful analysis by Frederico Viticci, citing the opening weekends for all iPhone launches. Scroll to the bottom for the money shot.

What a failure.

Linked item is a thoughtful analysis by Frederico Viticci, citing the opening weekends for all iPhone launches. Scroll to the bottom for the money shot.

Missed it by that much… →

Andy Baio, remarking on Apple’s 1987 “Knowledge Navigator” concept: So, 24 years ago, Apple predicted a complex natural-language voice assistant built into a touchscreen Apple device, and was less than a...

Andy Baio, remarking on Apple’s 1987 “Knowledge Navigator” concept:

So, 24 years ago, Apple predicted a complex natural-language voice assistant built into a touchscreen Apple device, and was less than a month off.

Knowledge Navigator was one of Sculley’s concepts at Apple for a tablet-like computer with video chat and voice control. Like most things in Sculley-era Apple, it was never anywhere near fruition. Still an incredibly prescient concept video with an incredible coincidence hidden within. Worth the click for the Navigator concept video alone.

Samsung and Google postpone Galaxy Nexus →

The optimist in me thinks this is a wonderful show of respect between two fierce competitors in the mobile space. The pessimist in me says that the presentation was/is probably loaded with sharp...

The optimist in me thinks this is a wonderful show of respect between two fierce competitors in the mobile space. The pessimist in me says that the presentation was/is probably loaded with sharp jabs at Apple and, maybe, Jobs. The realist in me believes it’s a bit of both, and that the companies made the right choice to take the high road.

★ About Steve Jobs

Unless you live under a rock, and said rock doesn’t have access to public broadcasts, internet, or cellular service, you’re aware that Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs passed away last...

Unless you live under a rock, and said rock doesn’t have access to public broadcasts, internet, or cellular service, you’re aware that Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs passed away last week. Seeing as how I’d never met the man or worked at Apple, I’m not going to eulogize him. He was incredibly brilliant, flawed, and visionary, and the things he created moved technology as a whole forward whether you used Apple’s products or not. I’ll leave that at that. Instead, I wanted to write down my “Steve Jobs/Apple” story.

Click here to read more…

John Gruber on the iPhone 4s event →

John Gruber breaks down the iPhone 4s event in a way that few others could do. As usual, the piece has insightful commentary, including this on the iOS/Android battle: If you...

John Gruber breaks down the iPhone 4s event in a way that few others could do. As usual, the piece has insightful commentary, including this on the iOS/Android battle:

If you value tech specs over practical real-world battery life, if you would like to choose from a variety of screen sizes ranging from 3-4.5 inches, if you would prefer a thicker bulkier form factor to accomodate large LTE chips and a bigger battery to power said LTE chips, then the iPhone is not and never will be the phone for you. And, lucky for you, there’s another platform, Android, that offers you everything you want.

This really hits at the crux of the difference between iOS and Android; Apple values amazing battery life, a consistant UI experience, and a low ease of use/high secure environment for iOS. If you want larger screens, cutting edge LTE radios before they have been optimized, and the freedom to do whatever you want with your device, there’s a platform for you in Android.

It’s easy for people in one camp to argue about what is the right tradeoffs to make, but Android and iOS aren’t becoming more similar; they’re becoming more divergent. And that’s really a good thing for both fans of Android and iOS. There’s plenty of room for both to be successful to the needs of different-minded customers.

The rest of Gruber’s article is required reading for anyone trying to understand Apple’s strategy or direction.

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours →

Wow, Apple really is having problems selling those. I’m glad we have pundits around to tell us how shitty things are going to be, so we know what to buy and...

Wow, Apple really is having problems selling those. I’m glad we have pundits around to tell us how shitty things are going to be, so we know what to buy and what not to.

Otterbox flames the fires of iPhone 4s/iPhone 5 fever →

Remember how many people were hyping cases for the Droid of the Month before it was released? Or even announced? Oh right. No one. ‘Cause no one gives a shit.

Remember how many people were hyping cases for the Droid of the Month before it was released? Or even announced?

Oh right. No one. ‘Cause no one gives a shit.