Dropbox Sync API permalink Dieter Rams and Why Designers Will Lead the Future permalink
I’m excited to see how iOS apps integrate with Dropbox’s new API. iOS developers now have a cost effective alternative to the sometimes unreliable iCloud. This will be a win for everyone.
Apple Releasing a 128GB iPad with Retina Display permalink
Good design will have to play a part in urban development, starvation in third-world countries, and caring for an over-populated and over-poluted planet. In the near future we will be challenged with serious design problems.
Good design solves problems. Whenever you are challenged to find a solution, either independently or societally, adhering to design principles will always yield the best results.
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) Formally Asks Eric Holder to Explain the DOJ’s Handling of the Swartz Case permalink
For iPads to supplant laptops as the go to mobile productivity device a storage bump was sorely needed. Some industries generate significant amounts of data in their daily operations. This move will open up the iPad to a new group of professionals. At $929 the flagship iPad has nearly reached pricing parity with the 11-inch MacBook Air. I believe this speaks volumes about how Apple views the iPad.
Carmen Ortiz Issues a Statement Regarding the Handling of the Aaron Swartz Case permalink
Senator John Cornyn:
First, on what basis did the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts conclude that her office’s conduct was “appropriate?” Did that office, or any office within the Department, conduct a review? If so, please identify that review and supply its contents.
The letter goes on to ask an additional six scathing questions.
Writing Tools permalink
As federal prosecutors, our mission includes protecting the use of computers and the Internet by enforcing the law as fairly and responsibly as possible.
I would love to hear what her definition of protecting the use of computers and the Internet actually entails. If it really is simply “enforcing the law” then she deserves all the negative attention that she’s received. It’s no secret that current American laws hardly make sense for both computers and the Internet. Mr. Swartz did what he did in the name of protecting the use of information funded in part by the American public. I think it goes without saying that she only issued a statement expressing condolences to protect her political career. I somehow doubt she experienced the same sense of outrage and sadness that the rest of the Internet felt the day he died.
Poster 2.0 permalink
Matt Gemmell shares the tools of his trade in an amusing blog post. The very first tool he lists warms my heart.
The Case Against Aaron Swartz Was Complete Garbage permalink
Poster 2.0 is out today, and it’s another fantastic update that reassures me Tom is committed to making this app the best WordPress editor for iOS.
I agree with Federico that this is the WordPress editor of choice for iOS. It’s a beautiful app and a perfect example of good mobile development. Poster is the type of app that is self explanatory as the user navigates the interface. WordPress becomes complex to use once the more advanced features are implemented. Poster deals with this gracefully even on the limited screen real estate that an iOS device provides. This update is a solid refinement to a must own app if you blog with WordPress.
Apple Blacklists Java on OS X permalink
It’s not about what’s right. It is entirely about them winning, getting the press coverage and “making examples” of people. And they’ll go to amazing lengths, and create pressure that you and I can only have nightmares about, to get people to accept bogus “plea” deals, just so they can notch up another “win.” It’s scary, scary stuff. Fighting back may have been the right thing to do, but must have created a level of stress unimaginable to most people.
The fact that a system is in place to exact tyranny on American citizens in order to bolster the careers of government officials is disgusting. My hope is that the Aaron Swartz story will be a wake up call but that’s optimistic. America’s indifference to their freedom seems incurable at this point.
Matias Brings Tenkeyless Mechanical Bluetooth Keyboard to Laptops permalink
It’s becoming more apparent that Java will share the same fate with Flash.
Readability Ditches Flawed Money Collecting Practice permalink
Peter Cohen, The Loop:
Matias likens the new Laptop Pro to an Apple-made keyboard that’s still a fond memory for long-time Mac users. “It’s basically a smaller, quieter, wireless, Apple Extended Keyboard II,” said Matias in a statement.
Having a wireless mechanical keyboard for my MacBook holds a lot of appeal. Though, they dropped the ball with the quiet part. The Cherry MX Blue switches in my WASD are a dream to type on. The clicky nature of the key press is so satisfying.
Asus Ditching Android For Windows 8 and Ivy Bridge In Transformer Tablets permalink
Ending the publisher payment system allows us to put our full energy behind making Readability incredible for all of our users. We’ll continue to work with publishers, just as we’ll continue to forge relationships with developers and writers and readers and everyone else that’s become a part of the Readability ecosystem. It’s been a hell of a first year. The next one will be even better.
Well, it couldn’t be worse.
Shawn Blanc Reviews the New Codas permalink
Announced today at Computex in Taiwan, the Asus Transformer Book will come in 11.6, 13, and 14-inch screens with a resolution of 1920×1080, and a range of Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, according to ExtremeTech.
Extremetech said the prototype from Asus is not without problems. “The tablet is positively riddled with air vents,” the site notes, while raising questions about the battery life for a device with such powerful hardware.
Riddled with air vents?! Sign me up!
The Very Excellent ForkLift App is Currently Only $0.99 in the MAS permalink
The premier difference between Coda 1 and Coda 2 is its improvement between components. The workflow. Though each individual component (the text editor, the FTP client, etc.) has been improved upon, the most significant improvement to Coda is its central aim as a one-window web development tool.
I love the new Coda. It’s a thoughtful reimagination to what was an already great app. Diet Coda is a complete triumph. It has raised the bar in iOS development.
Court Rules Google Did Not Violate Oracle’s Patents permalink
I don’t like to post about app deals or hardware rumors but this deal is an eye-catcher. ForkLift is an excellent piece of software offering several enhancements over the default Finder. I’ve used it steadily over the past year and it has proven to be very helpful. It’s normally $29.99 so this is a must buy opportunity.
Google must be very pleased with this ruling as surely it preserves the long term viability of the Android platform.