We’ve gotten word from a previously reliable source that Apple is discontinuing the Magic Mouse in favor of the Magic Trackpad. Our retail source has informed us that Magic Mouse inventory is not being replenished for Apple stores, and that Apple is finally phasing out the Magic Mouse.
Its been a while since I have used my Magic Mouse, with Lion you end up needing the Magic Trackpad for all the new gestures. Too bad, Apple were the ones to make the mouse popular.
Our source in Apple inventory has followed up with us, and it appears that Apple has instead discontinued the Magic Mouse’s old part number in favor for a new one. This move may indicate an update to the Magic Mouse, with the most logical prediction being better integration with advanced gestures in OS X Lion.
The only time you will see Apple make something bigger
I believe that if this new gesture region is in fact coming to the iPhone, it will be used for only one thing: switching between open apps. We can all agree that the current multitasking solution (double clicking the home button and then tapping the respective app) could stand to be improved. A left-to-right swipe would transition to the previously used app, while a right-to-left swipe would move the other way in the app history. This new gesture area would essentially mimic the function of the 4-fingered app switching gesture as seen in the iPad, which is cumbersome to perform on the iPad and nearly impossible to do on the iPhone.
I hope this is true, the 4 finger switching does not work well on the iPhone, the phone is begging to be multi-tasked with!
So what I’m saying is, I’m glad that HP finally shipped the TouchPad. If it can get developers engaged in its platform and iron out all the bugs while also growing webOS as a smartphone operating system, it might really have something here. But that’s a story about the future, and about potential. For now, the TouchPad is just another iPad competitor that can’t measure up.
This is really disappointing, I had high hopes for the TouchPad to give some stiff competition to the iPad. All the reviews say the TouchPad is not ready yet.
Over the years, adding countless features to Gmail has made it an increasingly powerful communication hub, but along the way the interface has also become more cluttered and complex. That’s one of the reasons we’re embarking on a series of interface updates to help strip out unnecessary clutter and make Gmail as beautiful as it is powerful. This is part of a Google-wide effort to bring you an experience that’s more focused, elastic, and effortless across all of our products.
I must say I love the new design, I am really happy Google is finally spending time and effort to make their products beautiful!
You can preview the themes today by going to Gmail Settings -> Themes, the themes are “Preview” and “Preview”(Dense).
I thought I’d type up some notes after an evening of using Google’s new social network, Google Plus. This is a really big deal, a super ambitious effort involving scores of engineers over months of near total secrecy. (Though some helpful sources and I scooped the core Circles part of all this three months ago.) The service is really, really well done. Will it be good enough? I have no idea, but I have felt drawn to keep using it all night long.
Overall, I’m impressed by Google+ after day one. Of course, like many, I also had fairly low expectations of anything Google tried to do in the social sphere after Wave and Buzz. Still, I used Google+ for hours and kept coming back. And I have a desire to come back tomorrow. That’s never a bad thing.
Products like the one Google just announced are hatched at off-sites at resorts near Monterey or in the Sierra, and were designed to meet the needs of the corporation that created it. A huge scared angry corporation. What little is left of the spark that created it in the first place is now used to being Number One, and wants to feel that again. It’s being created to make that person feel better.
It’s not difficult for a company of Google’s size to make a social network. The challenge is getting enough people to use it, and quickly enough, that the early adopters will stick around after the first few days and start habitually using it. This is an extremely high barrier to entry, even for Google. As with most social phenomena, social-network success tends to happen more organically and unpredictably than anyone is able to artificially create by throwing money at it. Successful social services at this scale also need constant attention, rapid improvements, and nearly flawless product direction — skills that Google hasn’t been able to consistently deliver to many of their products.
Looking at the interactive tour and the introductory videos google+ feels very un-google like in a good way. It looks beautiful has great UI elements. The videos are simple to understand and very well done. I hope they finally create a social product that sticks.
Hope the buzz is still around by the time everyone gets invites!
When Research In Motion shipped the PlayBook without native email support, it was surprising.
After all, RIM’s greatest strength is a killer email-application for BlackBerrys. Why didn’t it have email baked into the PlayBook?
Turns out it had to skip native email support on the PlayBook because its architecture can’t support two devices with one person’s account, according to a source.
Wow, thats a big feature to be missing on the PlayBook. When they started on the Playbook shouldn’t they have also started working on mutli-login support? I hope it is not too far away otherwise it stands no chance.
Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license. There is no basis for Lodsys’ infringement allegations against Apple’s App Makers. Apple intends to share this letter and the information set out herein with its App Makers and is fully prepared to defend Apple’s license rights.
I doubt Lodsys will continue to pursue this, hopefully this is the last we hear from Lodsys
The Seagate GoFlex Satellite ($200) is ready to provide your nearly port-less portable with a healthy 500GB of storage, thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection that can provide up to three devices with simultaneous access to movies, music, and other media, for up to five hours per charge of its internal battery. (via Seagate GoFlex Satellite | Uncrate)
We are surrounded by stuff. Computers, phones, cameras, iPods, iPads and a number of other great gadgets.
Stuff that we need, love and want to keep close no matter if at home, at the ofﬁce or when travelling. And here comes the tricky part: as the number of gadgets grow and get more important, how can you keep them all close at the same time and especially, when you’re on the move?
Unit Portables is a system of bags and pouches that structures your gadgets in a smart way. Also, it protects your precious pods and gadget from dangers in the outer world.
Really love the idea! Ships worldwide on June 1. Check out the video as well.
Microsoft Corp’s move to buy money-losing Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion was immediately skewered by critics and investors, who questioned the logic of the deal and suggested the software giant is paying far too much.
$8.5 billion is a lot of money for a company that does not make a profit, net loss of $7 million last year. From the looks of it they are doing it for the technology and not the user base and Microsoft spends eight times as much on R&D than Apple.
I use Skype a lot, I just hope I don’t have to create a Windows Live Id!
The transition was going to be arduous and complicated. This was particularly true for the people who write AOL’s press releases, who had to work overtime issuing statements with business terms like “restructuring” (which means firing people), “streamlining” (which also means firing people), “re-branding” (which means making people forget all the negative associations they have with AOL and Arianna Huffington), and “synergy” (which doesn’t mean anything).
Engadget part of the AOL network is one of my favourate tech blogs, unfortunately almost everyone working there has resigned.
Laurens Laudowicz explains why he created his Kickstarter project :
Why not COLORFUL cables? In our world every MP3 player, phone, laptop and other digital device has many options for colorful accessories that add personality to YOUR device. Lot’s of cases, earphones, speakers and more and they all come in various colors. All except the charging cable. They are pretty much always either white or black. My project is about to change that.
As great as Apple software is, we’ve all benefited from dozens of iPhone and other iOS applications that overshadow or completely replace some of Apple’s default apps on our mobile devices. For whatever reason, Apple seems reluctant to upgrade its mobile apps until several versions later. But luckily, smart, enterprising developers fill the gaps. Let’s explore three useful time-saving apps I’ve been using on my iPhone.
If you listen to or want to discover great Podcasts I highly recommend Instacast . Photosync is a no brainer!