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CES 2013 Mobile App Showdown

This week I attended the 2013 CES convention, one of the highlights of which included attending the Mobile App Showdown. This breakout session filled the meeting room with mobile enthusiast, reporters, and developers. The agenda featured the top ten mobile apps submitted for the showdown. Each finalist introduced the concept of their application, followed by a demonstration. This being CES though, most of the demonstrations featured some showmanship. The likes of a Jay Leno celebrity impersonator, a mock dating game, and a live fitness workout. After all the ten demonstrations had concluded the first entry, MyScript Calculator, garnered top honors. This application pairs up character recognition with a calculator. You simply need to use your iPad like a blackboard writing out your equation. The character recognition kicks in and solves the problem. Not only does this work for simple arithmetic operations, but also for trigonometry, and calculus. This demonstration so captivated the meeting room, that there was a collective audible gasp. The take away from this demonstration is that the user can now break away from the numeric key pad, and calculator. Moreover, this may have provided a glimpse of perhaps how we will do calculations forever in the future. Erick Garske, JustiPad.com Read On

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 featured Siri’s Father HAL

In this youtube excerpt, Kubrick cast a prototype of the Apple iPad in the 1968 movie, 2001: a Space Odyssey. http://youtu.be/-3949GAIokg Read On

Apple CEO Tim Cook ousted as Gil Amelio takes the helm as new Chief

The Apple board, meeting behind closed doors Sunday night, voted to oust Tim Cook as CEO. In his place, former Apple CEO Gil Amelio was voted in as interim lifetime CEO. “I am so glad to be back at the helm of this ship that is Apple,” Amelio proclaimed. “We’ll be placing this ship in dry dock and reinventing its wheels.” The board had no comment on its decision, only to issue the formal written statement that it has nothing to do with the recent Papal visit to Cupertino. Management Shake-up  Amelio went on to further state that, “Cook will maintain an advisory position with Apple with the new title as Captain.”  The Captain could not be reached for immediate comment as he was preparing Amelio’s French-pressed coffee with cream and sugar. However, an intern reported that Cook had already been severely reprimanded. Apparently Cook returned it with Sweet and Low and not Splenda. To which Amelio told Cook, very Kevin Spacingly; “If you can’t follow  simple instructions, how can you be trusted with smaller decisions?” Sweeping Product Line Shift                         Extending the nautical metaphor Amelio announced a sweeping shift in its pursuit of dominating the underlying digital technology and circumnavigating back to the company’s analog roots.  Gill was heard saying;  “We started with analog, right?” iTunes Store shelved in favor of the iBrick and iMotor Store  To this end, Gil announced plans to shut down the iTunes Store. “As soon as we finish selling out all the digital inventory in our warehouses, we’ll move to our new franchised line of iBrick and iMotor stores.” The new product line includes: i45’s analog disks i33’s analog laser disks i78’s floppy albums Apple Hangs up iPhone in favor of the iRotary Landlines  The next step to the conveyor chopping block holds the... Read On

Once Drop Outs, Now Commencement Speakers

Their stories are now the stuff of legend. Once drop outs, now they are the CEOs of companies that have changed the world. It is perhaps a bit ironic, therefore, that these individuals – Steve Jobs of Apple and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft – would one day return to academia to inspire a new flock of college graduates. Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford and Steve Ballmer’s 2011 commencement address at USC show that despite the sometimes conflicting paths their respective companies take, the passion that drives these two individuals is largely the same. Both Jobs and Ballmer stressed the importance of following one’s passion. Jobs advised graduates to “find what you love.” Ballmer urged them to “find passion.” Jobs told his story of dropping out of college to start dropping into classes he liked. He relayed how he would sit into calligraphy classes out of sheer interest. Ten years later, when Apple was designing the first Macintosh computer, those calligraphy classes served as inspiration for multiple typefaces; today, this is a basic feature of any word processing software. Ballmer explained how his experience as the manager for his college football team led to the discovery of his passion for organizing. When Ballmer’s friend, Bill Gates, contacted Ballmer about joining Microsoft, Ballmer dropped out of his MBA program to apply his passion for organizing to the new company. The common thread in both stories was the discovery of one’s passion as a prerequisite for success. As Jobs told graduates, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Though few might have predicted that these two drop outs would find themselves delivering commencement addresses to graduates from top universities, it is clear now that the values Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer embody were strong... Read On

Facebook Readies an iPad App, Finally – NYTimes.com

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Retrospective of WWDC OSX Lion and the iCloud

With the recent WWDC finally wrapping up, we got a lot of new announcements from Apple. We were shown the new impressive features that are now built into Apple Mac OSX Lion. We were also introduced to a new service called the iCloud. The first major announcement was the developer version of Apple’s Mac OSX Lion. They were finally able to show all of the new features of the operating system. The new OS will support full-screen apps, Multi-Touch gestures, the Mac app store, and it will be optimized for the iCloud. Apple Mac OSX will also have Mission Control. Mission Control combines Expose, Dashboard, and your apps all into one program to allow for complete control over everything. The new operating system will also include Resume and Launchpad. However, the biggest new feature of Mac OSX Lion is the support for the Apple iCloud. The single biggest announcement from this year’s conference was the introduction of the Apple iCloud. The iCloud will redesign how we store and share data. The iCloud will save your apps, music, photos, documents, and anything else. Then it will push that data to all of your other devices. This is great for people who use multiple devices. It will also support using a PC to submit data to the cloud. The iCloud will also allow you to never worry about losing your music again. Once you purchase a song, the song is then saved to the cloud and pushed to all of your devices. Steve Jobs announced that they will be adding a new service called iTunes Match coming this fall. You will be able to trade in any music that you got from anywhere else, and Apple will give you the iTunes copy of it. You will need to pay $24.99 a... Read On

AppleInsider | WWDC survey finds 47% of iOS developers support Android, 7% write for Mac

This is a very telling article profiling developers at WWDC. Even though the survey pool was sparse it was enough to shed some light on the development landscape. Notable was the fact that many of the developers having written apps for other platforms preferred the ease of iOS. – Erick Garske, JustiPad http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/06/13/wwdc_survey_finds_47_of_ios_developers_support_android_7_write_for_mac.html Read On

15 Awesome Things We Learned From The 1985 Steve Jobs Playboy Interview

In 1985 Jobs said that if IBM wins the computer war, there would likely be twenty years before real innovation returned. – JustiPad http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-jobs-playboy-interview-2011-4 Read On

Instagram Rises as Social Web Embraces Photo Sharing – NYTimes.com

Twitter is yesterday’s news with emergence of Instagram a picture worth is mightier than the tweet! http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/technology/04photosharing.html?pagewanted=2&emc=eta1 Read On