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Ashton Kutcher in a Biopic About Steve Jobs - The New York Times
A film review on Friday about “Jobs,” a biography of Steve Jobs that the review said has “all the sex appeal of a PowerPoint presentation,” referred imprecisely to PowerPoint. It was created by Forethought as Presenter and later renamed PowerPoint, and was acquired by Microsoft in 1987. It was not originally developed by Microsoft.
stevejobs  apple  film  review  powerpoint  sexappeal  microsoft 
12 weeks ago by kme
Where do I find Python? - Apple Community
Asking questions is hard. Coming up with sympathetic answers in the face of profound misunderstandings is even harder.
python  apple  newbie  questions 
august 2019 by kme
MacBook Air (2018) review: Testing the 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 laptop | Macworld
One of the things we loved about the MacBook Air was the MagSafe charging connector. USB-C charging is convenient in a “you only need one cord” sort of way, but there is almost no old-school Mac laptop user that doesn’t have a dozen stories about how the magnetic breakaway charger saved it from certain doom when someone tripped over the power cord.
macbook  air  review  apple  mac  hardware  explained 
march 2019 by kme
Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party • The Register | https://www.theregister.co.uk/
Unsurprisingly, The Register is not all that flexible when it comes to tech companies trying to intimidate us into writing nothing but positive press coverage. The question you should be asking yourself is: does that mean that everyone who is invited to Apple's events can be relied upon to self-censor any negative comments? (Quick clue: the answer's yes.) ®
apple  wwdc  conference  press  reporting  journalism  reviews 
december 2018 by kme
Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical • The Register | https://www.theregister.co.uk/
Need to Know is a useful and interesting UK digest of things that happened last month or might happen next month. You can read it on Friday afternoon or print it out then take it home if you have nothing better to do. It is compiled by NTK from stuff they get sent. Registered at the Post Office as "well, you wouldn't want to pull teeth too often"

Here at El Reg we have no reason to be nice to Apple. They're not nice to us. A petty-minded animus against The Register has lingered long after Steve Jobs' death. But thank you. You have actually done something right. You've behaved ethically, putting long-term consumer concerns first.®
apple  cellphones  plannedobsolescence  tech 
december 2018 by kme
Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad - The Verge | https://www.theverge.com/
Apple seems to want it both ways with the iPad Pro: it loves to tout the iPad’s laptop-dwarfing sales figures and industry-leading performance, but when pushed on the iPad’s limitations, the company insists that the iPad is still an ongoing attempt to build the future of computing, not a laptop replacement.

But after eight years, this double-sided argument is no longer tenable. Unlike virtually every other computer, the iPad is a product of Apple’s singular vision: the company designs the display, the processor, the operating system, and the limits of the applications and accessories that plug into it. And after all this time, it’s clear that whatever roadblocks and frustrations exist in using the iPad Pro are there because Apple wants them there. There just aren’t that many excuses left.
ipad  apple  hardware  butwhy  photoshop 
december 2018 by kme
Siri Is Apple's Broken Promise | https://gizmodo.com/
In exchange for surrendering control and submitting to that heftier price tag, I expect Apple products to simply work. That's all. If you use Apple products, I suspect you made a similar bargain.
siri  apple  ai  brokenpromises 
april 2018 by kme
Throttlegate | Low End Mac | http://lowendmac.com/
If Apple had added a feature that put up a warning dialog box when a battery was nearly consumed that gave the user an option to either keep the unit in full power mode (with the expectation that unexpected shutdowns could occur) or reduced power mode (to minimize the risk of unexpected shutdowns), I wouldn’t have any issues and I wouldn’t be writing this article. They could have also easily added a dialog box with an option to contact AppleCare or make an appointment at a local Apple Store to have their battery replaced. But I guess that is just too much to ask from the powers that be at Apple HQ in Cupertino.
throttlegate  apple  hardware 
february 2018 by kme
Low End Mac’s Compleat* Guide to the MacBook Air | Low End Mac | http://lowendmac.com/
Apple has stopped selling the 11″ Air – the 13″ model remains for sale, but with minimal upgrades and – in particular – a screen resolution that was good in 2010 but is now a bit of an embarrassment. Continued sales are a testament to the quality and value of its now 8-year old design, but I wonder how much longer it will remain in production?
macbookair  apple  mac  hardware 
february 2018 by kme
Why won't Apple make a touch screen laptop and iMac in combination with also keeping the trackpad, mouse, and keyboard? - Quora
Several of us retrofit third party touch screen interfaces onto a number of iMacs. The experience wasn't very satisfying, unless you set the software driver to do a combined "move here + click". Even then, you ended up with finger grease all over the thing, which significantly detracted from its utility for GUI and design work, and it was really annoying when pointing things out in terminal windows, and so on. Overall, it was not that useful, and only two of the 5 of us who had hacked up their iMacs left the touch screen enabled.

Again, this was the same reason given by the UX people.

The only surprising thing was the lack of a Bluetooth keyboard with a touchpad that was always in the same location relative to the spacebar, to give a laptop-like experience. I saw several people attempting to use third party versions of these things, with little luck. The problem came down to the ability to use the touchpad area without relocating your fingers away from their default locations for touch typing. Something which is easy with a keyboard the size of a small laptop keyboard, but much more difficult with a full size keyboard, even if you omit the numeric keypad in the design.

And yet again, the same reason for not supporting it that was given by the UX people.

Don't think that these things have not been tried out internally, or using UX labs and having people actually use prototype equipment that has the features; they almost certainly have for everything you could think might be a good idea to add to an iMac or MacBook.
apple  hardware  macbook  touchscreen  butwhy 
march 2017 by kme
Why don't MacBooks have two screens, one being a touch screen on the back not just for you but also for strangers? - Quora
There are various reasons. Here's some:

Why?
The lid would have to be thicker and Jony would throw a fit.
It would look silly and Jony would throw a second fit.
It would weigh more and Jony would throw a third fit.
It would cost more and Tim Cook would throw a fit.
It would be feature creep and checklist design, at which point Steve would rise up from beyond and smite whichever engineer and designer was responsible for such a travesty.
You are already carrying around a small touch screen in the iPhone - why replicate it attached to your laptop.
It would burn battery.
It would only be useful to you when the laptop was out of its case yet closed. A tiny amount of the time.
apple  hardware  touchscreen  butwhy 
march 2017 by kme
Watch: Bill Maher slams Apple (AAPL) for pointless iPhone upgrade and consumers for falling for it — Quartz
“Somewhere along the way we bought into this insane idea that everything always has to get bigger, especially sales,” he said. He argued that the constant drive for better financial performance can lead companies to engage in unethical behavior, citing the Wells Fargo fake accounts scandal as a prime example. “It’s that very pressure for growth, endless growth, even when you’re filthy rich, that led them to a crime where they cheated and deceived their customers,” he added.
capitalism  infinitegrowth  business  muahahaha  apple  upgrades 
september 2016 by kme
Dieter Rams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/]
Good design:

* Is innovative
* Makes a product useful
* Is aesthetic
* Makes a product understandable
* Is unobtrusive
* Is honest – It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
* Is long-lasting
* Is thorough down to the last detail
* Is environmentally friendly
* Is as little design as possible
http://www.sfmoma.org/about/press/press_exhibitions/releases/880
In Gary Hustwit's 2009 documentary film Objectified, Rams states that Apple Inc. is one of the few companies designing products according to his principles.
design  philosophy  apple  fanboy  minimalism 
june 2016 by kme
Destroying Apple’s Legacy… or Saving It : Cheerful

At heart, what users — humans — need is to not deal with bullshit:

* A user should never have to ask themselves: “Is that clickable?”
* A user should never have to pause and be concerned: “Wait, am I in the right app?”
* A user should never wonder: “Did that tap… work?”
* A user should never have to use a widget where proper use impedes accuracy (e.g. a date/time scroll wheel, where scrolling with your finger covers the time being selected).
* A user should never have to click on every single element to figure out which is a radio button, which is an on/off, which is a multi-select, which is editable text.
* A user should never have to wonder about the purpose of the menu bar.
* A user should never, ever, EVER be mistaken about whether the Shift key is active.
* A user shouldn’t have to work harder to read text because it is made out of “translucent material.”
design  apple  ux  ui  rant 
september 2015 by kme
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review | Ars Technica
Most computer users aren't conscious of such subtleties, but their combined effects are profound. Long-time Mac users might remember a time when scroll thumbs were perfectly square regardless of the total size of a window's content. When I think back to my time using those scroll bars, I don't recall any problems. But just try using these so-called "non-proportional" scroll bars today. The modern computer user's mind revolts at the lack of information, usually treating it instead as misleading information about the total size of a window's content. ("This window looked like it had pages and pages of content, but when I dragged the tiny square scroll thumb all the way from the top to the bottom, it only revealed two new lines of text!") Only when this cue is gone do you realize how much you've been relying on it.
scrolling  osx  apple  macos  ui 
march 2015 by kme
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