28 August 2014

Link: Wish We Could Say More ☍

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a special event being held on Sept. 9, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Typically Apple’s events are held either at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco or at the company’s campus, but this year is a bit different. Apple said in the invitation that the even will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the city where Apple’s corporate headquarters is located.

Juli Clover explains the new venue a bit more:

For the occasion, it appears that Apple has been building a massive structure on the campus, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade. A MacRumors reader has sent in images of a mysterious structure at the Flint Center, which appears to span three stories and is protected by “scads” of security people. Administrators had previously declined to comment on what the structure is for, stating only “We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes.”

Apple has not held an event at the Flint Center in many years, so the company’s return to the site of the original Mac unveiling suggests its upcoming announcement will be a major one. The Flint Center has a much higher seating capacity than other venues where Apple has unveiled products in the past, including the Yerba Buena Center and its own Cupertino campus.

This should be an interesting one—should be a fun week and a half of mindless speculation.

24 August 2014

Link: Docklings ☍

Thomas Brand:

Yesterday, Stephen Hackett described the transformation from System 7′s Control Strip to today’s Menu Bar extras. But he left out one often-overlooked stage of Control Strip evolution; the Dockling…

I remember playing with the first versions of OS X and it felt like a temporary, stopgap solution—keeping the Control Strip would’ve yielded an awkward extra “dock” on the screen.

“Seems like some apps do get written for Android first.”

18 August 2014

Review: Incase Pro Snap Case for iPhone 5/5s

Pro Snap CaseA little over a year and a half ago, we reviewed Incase’s Snap Case for the iPhone 5, which also is compatible with the 5s. More recently, we took a look at the Pro Snap Case, a slightly different version of the case, featuring rubberized sidewalls for enhanced protection…

13 August 2014

Link: It’s 2012 Again? ☍

The subtitle for the story by Aaron Souppouris for The Verge:

“Get used to this look, you’re going to see a lot of it”

The best way to describe the Galaxy Alpha and Samsung’s new design language is if you took an existing Galaxy S5, and then put an iPhone 5/5S-style metal antenna band around the whole thing. It still has the probably-flimsy back cover and color-matched bezel, but the sides have the little bands to separate the antennas and chamfered edges that have been familiar to iPhone owners. Then again, is anyone surprised?

10 August 2014

“This is the only way I can see how it could’ve happened.”

Link: …Must Come to an End ☍

Matt Bloomingdale:

Currently, we have started work on our annual publication, The 2015 Student Affairs Feature, and we have some amazing articles scheduled for the coming months. We are still soliciting articles through December, but this year will be our last.

We wanted to let you know now. We didn’t want anyone to be taken by surprise. And, we wanted to give people who were still interested the opportunity to contribute.

I had the opportunity to help Matt with this project, mostly in the areas of testing, providing a fresh set of eyes on design, and improving the responsive layout, but even with all the nice design (if I do say so myself), Matt worked hard to solicit and share quality content. While the audience of this site and his are probably not completely the same, some topics can certainly be applied to various other fields.

5 August 2014

Link: Starting Dissatisfaction ☍

Matt Gemmell:

And that, of course, was what bothered me about the Start button. It’s called Start because, to do almost any task on the computer, you start with that button. Click it to show a menu where you can launch (or search for) apps, access settings, view your files, open a command shell, or even shut the machine down. It makes a certain kind of sense.

Let’s also not ignore the old joke about using the Start button to shut off your computer.