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Sharp's Newton ExpertPad
Models: original (PI-7000) and upgraded (PI-7100)
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yesterday by kkennedy
Apple might finally let you pick Chrome over Safari in iOS 14 • Macworld
Michael Simon:
<p>According to well-connected leakster Mark Gurman, Apple is “considering” whether to let users change the default apps on iOS devices. That’s hardly a sure thing, but even the possibility is a huge change of heart. Since the earliest days of the iPhone, links and email addresses have opened in Safari and the default Mail app, respectively. Even if you delete Mail, it merely asks you to redownload it when you tap an email address, without providing an option to use another app like Gmail or Outlook.

Presumably, this would be an iOS feature available to all devices compatible with iOS 14, and not tied to Apple’s new iPhone. On Android, Google has long let users pick default apps over Google’s own services and apps.

Additionally, the report says Apple is mulling over whether to allow Spotify to stream directly on its HomePod smart speaker. While users can stream Spotify songs to their HomePod using AirPlay on the iPhone, asking the speaker to play something using Siri will default to Apple Music, with no way to change it.

In recent years, Apple has slowly been loosening its grip on iOS, allowing things like third-party keyboards and giving developers more access to Siri, but it’s drawn a hard line at default apps. That stance has drawn the ire of users and developers and has led to an antitrust lawsuit against the company’s App Store practices.</p>

So it would make the HomePod more like something useful, and iOS and Android would grow even more like each other. There's got to be a point in the future where none of the devices and none of the OSs can be distinguished from each other except when you look at the "about" screen.
apple  default 
yesterday by charlesarthur
Larry Tesler, Modeless Computing Advocate, Has Passed Away
The advent of the personal computer wasn’t just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making them accessible and usable, even for those lacking a computer science degree. Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might not be a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but his contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use are the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing.

Born in 1945 in New York, Tesler went on to study computer science at Stanford University, and after graduation he dabbled in artificial intelligence research (long before it became a deeply concerning tool) and became involved in the anti-war and anti-corporate monopoly movements, with companies like IBM as one of his deserving targets. In 1973 Tesler took a job at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where he worked until 1980. Xerox PARC is famously known for developing the mouse-driven graphical user interface we now all take for granted, and during his time at the lab Tesler worked with Tim Mott to create a word processor called Gypsy that is best known for coining the terms “cut,” “copy,” and “paste” when it comes to commands for removing, duplicating, or repositioning chunks of text.
memorial  computing  computers  software  Apple  Xerox-Parc 
yesterday by dcrall
Larry Tesler, Modeless Computing Advocate, Has Passed Away
컴퓨터 복붙을 발명한 사람이 별세하다, Gizmodo
- 지구인의 문명 생활에 큰 혜택을 준 Larry Tesler라는 이 사람이 별세했다.
- 현대의 그래픽 유저 인터페스의 토대를 만든 Xerox PARC에서 근무하였는데, 근무할 당시 Gypsy라는 이름의 워드 프로세서를 개발하였다.
- 이 워드 프로세서가 잘라내기, 복사하기, 붙여넣기 기능이 최초로 등장한 프로그램이다.
- 이분은 80년부터 97년까지 애플에서 근무했다.
larry  tesler  copy  paste  cut  gizmodo  apple  computer  ui  ux 
yesterday by yun
Apple Lightning Adapter Audio Quality Measurements
Apple knows what they're doing. This tiny adapter houses a microscopic stereo digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a stereo headphone amplifier, a microphone preamplifier and monophonic analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and power converters to run this all.
apple  iphone 
2 days ago by foliovision
What is Apple MFI Certification? – Paracable
A behind the scenes look at the Apple MFI Certification process and Paracable's lightning cable manufacturing process.
apple  iphone 
2 days ago by foliovision
What Does Apple MFi-Certified Mean?
While Apple’s actions may be controlling, take a look at the situation with “noncompliant” USB-C cables to understand how useful the MFi program is.
apple  iphone  ipad 
2 days ago by foliovision

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