Archive for July, 2012

iWork.com finally leaving beta (because it’s dead)

Apple introduced iWork.com at Macworld in 2009 as a beta Web service for sharing and collaborating on documents created in the iWork ’09 productivity suite. The website has remained in a perpetual “beta” state since then, never becoming the full product Apple once envisioned.

Like MobileMe, which was shut down a month ago, most of iWork.com’s features moved to iCloud. This removed the need for iWork.com to exist any longer. As of tonight, Apple will no longer allow users to login to the Web interface, but, although the iWork apps were updated to support iCloud last week, the option to login to iWork.com through the Mac version still exists.

Considering the current suite is over three years old, many are hoping to see an updated version launch later this year. Apple’s next media event is rumored to be Sept. 12. While the event will likely be focused on the next-generation iPhone, it is possible that Apple could surprise us with iWork ’12.



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Mike Beasley

July 31st

Apple

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Verizon spanked by FCC for charging extra for tethering/apps, should drop extra fee in short order

Verizon iPhone Personal Hotspot settings (Image: TechCrunch)

Verizon was fined a measly $1.25 million today for blocking access to tethering apps mostly on the Android platform. That does not apply to most iOS users (currently), however. That is because this ruling —for now— only affects LTE 4G devices. With the next-generation iPhone, which will launch in mid-September, heavily rumored to be the first iPhone to include LTE access, this will affect those choosing to go with Verizon Wireless for their fancy new iPhone.

The ruling asserts that Verizon must not charge an additional fee for tethering on its devices—so long as they are not on the grandfathered unlimited data plans. The iPhone has included tethering support since iOS 3.0, and the feature was taken to the next level by Apple and Verizon Wireless with the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 and the wireless Personal Hotspot feature in early 2011. The feature was soon spread to iPhone carriers globally with iOS 4.3.

Earlier this year, Apple brought the Personal Hotspot feature to its tablet with the LTE iPad. Something notable with Apple and Verizon’s agreement for the iPad is that the wireless tethering feature is included in the pre-paid data plans. If a user pays a certain amount for data, they will not have to pay anything extra to access the wireless tethering system. With the LTE iPhone, according to today’s FCC ruling, users will have the same, great experience.



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9to5Mac

July 31st

Apple

Mac

New Digg site launches to the public, featuring new iPhone app

After just six weeks of rebuilding the website from scratch, the new Digg site (and new Betaworks team) finally launched this evening with a complete redesign and new editorial curation. It is a side step to the user-controlled network that it once was, but the new site is definitely much quicker, featuring images and headlines from content around the Web that is submitted by users. Along with voting up a piece of content, the new Digg also considers retweets and Facebook shares. Editors place the content on the page where they deem appropriate, going away from the original Digg where votes moved content on the page. The new system makes for a beautiful layout. The Digg staff said more is coming, showing they are committed to bring Digg back to the social service it once was:

  • introduce network-based personalization features (like we do in News.me) to make Digg a more relevant and social experience
  • experiment with new commenting features
  • continue to iterate Digg for mobile web
  • move the website forward with features like the Reading List, different views into the top stories on Digg, and more data to help users better understand why a particular story is trending
  • launch an API so that members of the development community can build all the products that we haven’t even thought of yet

A new iPhone app also launched alongside the redesign, allowing users to quickly check out new Web musings from their iPhone. The app also lets users Digg stories, read stories offline, and save stories for later reading. Another nifty feature, called “Paperboy”, allows you to download the latest Digg stories when you leave a certain location. A new Digg mobile website also launched. You can check out a few screenshots in the gallery below.

[Digg via Digg Blog]

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Jake Smith

July 31st

Apple

Mac

A Well-Made Chair for the Bistro in Your Kitchen [Daily Desired]

I'm moving to a new apartment today. Groundbreaking because I'm actually going to have room for a dinner table. And you can't have one of those without a few chairs. The bistro chairs from American Country Home look just like the ones you see in cute sidewalk cafes in New York City. More »


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Leslie Horn

July 31st

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The New Digg Launched Just Now, 1 Day Early [Digg]

While scheduled for tomorrow, the re-vamped Digg made its debut prematurely, just now! Huh. [TechCrunch] More »


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Molly Oswaks

July 31st

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This DIY Lego Wheelchair Can Carry (Small) Passengers

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Burf aka Simon Burfield is an iOS programmer and Lego experimenter who tries to take building blocks to the next level. Interestingly, if this wild rideable Lego wheelchair is any indication, he’s left the next level and is now firmly in the distant future.

Made with 12 Lego NXT motors and 12 multi-directional wheels, this carefully designed prototype can carry around a 198 pound person and is controlled via a small joystick. It can move in multiple directions and even roll side to side to “strafe” through a room.

Obviously this is a one-off DIY project, but it’s amazing how far a little ingenuity, a whole lot of Lego, and an underdeveloped sense of the dangers associated with sitting on a bunch of little plastic blocks can get you.

via Burf.org


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John Biggs

July 31st

Gadgets

If you have a US iTunes account, you can watch Hulu anywhere in the world (for now)(Update: blocked)

Earlier this morning, Hulu and Apple began offering Hulu Plus on the Apple TV to give monthly subscribers easy access to Hulu’s content from their couch. As a part of the new app, users can sign up for the service and bill the monthly $7.99 fee straight to their iTunes account. It definitely makes it easier for new users, but, even better, it allows those outside the United States (and more recently Japan), as The Next Web first found, to access the content as long as they have an iTunes account linked to the U.S. store.  Since the registration process is through Apple and its device, it appears Hulu does not have a way of regulating where the content is being viewed. That is not to say it will not catch on, but, for now, if you are outside the U.S. and have come about a U.S.-linked iTunes account somehow, you are off to the races. [The Next Web]

Update: ..and its gone. Go find a US proxy.

Top image via Flickr



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Jake Smith

July 31st

Apple

Mac

One of Apple’s lead designers reveals that the design process starts around a big kitchen table

“Our role is to imagine products that don’t exist and guide them to life,” said Apple industrial designer Chris Stringer (no relation to Sony’s ex-CEO Howard Stringer), who has been a part of every design since 1995, when he testified today in court as part of the Apple vs. Samsung trial.

Who helps imagine those products that come to life? Stringer told the court that Apple has a small team of only 15 or 16 people who design the original idea for the company’s key products, from the iPhone to the MacBook Pro, AllThingsD first reported. Apple’s lead designer, Sir Jonny Ive, is of the group.

Interestingly, he added the design process begins around a kitchen table, where the intimate team hashes out ideas to someday come to light. If the team believes an idea is good enough, the idea will be made into a physical model. In typical Apple design fashion, the group pays so much attention to detail that there can be up to 50 drawings for one button. What a crazy look into the start of the products we use everyday.

Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller is set to take stand next in the case, where both parties are seeking damages over a slew of patents. What a treasure trove of information this case is turning out to be.

 [AllThingsD]

Image via Flickr



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Jake Smith

July 31st

Apple

Mac

FreedomPop lets cheapskates transform iPod touch into makeshift iPhone

FreedomPop 4G iPod Touch Sleeve

FreedomPop has developed a new “4G case” that’s designed specifically for people who own an Apple (AAPL) iPod touch but who don’t feel like paying for an iPhone or signing a two-year service agreement with a mobile carrier. Per CNET, the new FreedomPop iPod touch 4G Sleeve plugs into the iPod touch’s docking port and provides access to Sprint’s (S4G WiMAX and LTE networks. While the case itself costs $99 to buy, FreedomPop is giving users 500MB of free monthly data to play around with and users can add more data to their plans if they refer friends to the service. Users can then buy more monthly data for the Sleeve at $10 per additional gigabyte.

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Brad Reed

July 31st

Mobile

FDA Approves the First Smart Pills That Track When You’ve Taken Your Meds [Medication]

Remembering if you've taken your medication could be a thing of the past now that the FDA has approved Proteus Digital Health's new chip-embedded pills that can report back to a sensor and your smartphone when meds have been ingested. More »


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Andrew Liszewski

July 31st

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