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Live updates can be far more useful than getting stuck in a search, read, search, read loop. I know. The OneBusAway app on my iPhone gives constant updates of Seattle bus arrivals. This could be that for All Sorts of Things. I have my doubts about live traffic updates though. If too many people use the feature, that quickest route can quickly become a parking lot.
Quote: "Apple's own assurances that it is complying with court orders to turn over evidence in a privacy lawsuit are insufficient according to the judge presiding over the case, who has ruled that the company must now turn over all documents related to the matter." Yes, and that'd almost certainly violate the very privacy that this lawsuit is supposed to be protecting. Personally, I think these lawyers suing Apple are blowing hot air. I looked at the location data on my...
What's there about Apple that makes so many analysts and reporters behave like fools? Every other tech company executive on the planet would love to have the sorts of problems that Apple will face over the next few years. These idiots think every little blip down spells the end of the world.
I can imagine something simpler but perhaps more useful. Users carry a Bluetooth signaling device with a long battery life. When they walk away from their computer for more than a couple of minutes, it goes to sleep. A few minutes later, the lights dim. Shortly after that, if there's no Bluetooth signal in the entire house and certain other conditions are met (i.e. a weekday morning), the entire house goes into Owner Away mode. When the owner returns, the process reverses...
Absolutely marvelous! I have two iPhones with GPS, so I'm less than happy than neither can share that location data with my non-cellular iPad, with its much larger screen and better audio for turn-by directions. Let's hope these features come soon and work with older iDevices. One of Apple's primary competitive advantages, I tell friends, is their support for previous generation gear. My 3GS runs the latest iOS. Try finding that with someone's else's smartphone. Most go...
Looks like Office 2011 will be the last version of Office I'll ever own. That matters little. For writing, I use Scrivener. For formatting I use InDesign. I have no need for a word processor that does both badly.
I picked up a Windows Mobile 6 second hand. It was so bad, after five minutes I wanted to hurl it against the wall. How something that awful could pass through the Microsoft system still amazes me. Don't they use what they sell? On the other hand, at about the same time I found a Motorola RAZR tolerable, although it did leave me wondering why it didn't include a text editor for note taking. That was a pre-iPhone hint that cell phones needed to get smart, meaning offer...
Hopefully, this'll encourage Apple to add GPS chips to their entire product line from the iPod touch to the non-WiFi iPad and all their laptops. Every Apple product should be location aware. That'd be marvelous for app developers and users.
Given how cluttered the unlicensed WiFi spectrum is, it'd make sense to create a band that's dedicated to medical devices. Every WiFi chip would be able to use it, but only certain apps, mostly medical ones, would be able to access it. Otherwise, we're going to find people whose heart attack symptoms go undetected because the guy in the next apartment is streaming a movie or because a microwave over in a cafe is warming up meals.
Let's hope they spend at least a few million to improve OS X's text services, which seem virtually untouched since 10.2. The spell-checker's suggestions draw a blank about a third the time for me, which is a real time waster. Building ePub into the system like PDF is has long been overdue. Named styles have been in Word since at least the late 1980s. It's time they came to OS X text apps, particularly since that'd make working with ePub export much better. And GREP for...
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