Archive for June, 2012

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An app does syncing through MobileMe. Now, it needs to do it through iCloud. Fine. But Apple won’t let an app use iCloud unless it’s sold in the App Store. Fine. But Apple won’t approve an app for the App Store unless it’s sandboxed. And for many developers, sandboxing means that half of their app’s features will either no longer work at all, or will need to be dumbed way, way down. Selling your app there also means being cut off from any kind of simple and direct line of communication with your users…. No wonder so many developers are feeling a little bit smacked around by Apple.

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I used LSD from approximately 1972 to 1974. Throughout that period of time I used the LSD approximately ten to fifteen times. I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin. I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself. I have no words to explain the effect the LSD had on me, although, I can say it was a positive life changing experience for me and I am glad I went through that experience.

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Apple shows how its technology is helping to open the world to the blind, to the impoverished, or to those for whom even basic communication is a struggle. You get the impression that someone there gives a damn about the people using their products.

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  1. Your aim is information overload. Ensure that your Twitter app is open and Growl is enabled. Open seven or eight live blogs – they will crash, so start with as many as you can. Make sure you have the Gizmodo one open, so you can laugh at how bitter they are that they haven’t been invited.

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I worked on a high-profile app at Apple when Marklar was just a rumor even inside Apple. I was one of the four engineers working on VideoConference.framework, the videoconferencing core of iChat. Our app was ported to Intel without the knowledge of the engineers on our team, a pretty impressive feat. I actually inserted a deliberate bug into iChat just to catch the Marklar team, because I was curious about the rumors.

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Facebook’s camera app was given the first Editor’s Choice award ever on the App Store when it was released last week. In addition, it was allowed to ship with an icon that looks startlingly similar to Apple’s own camera icon and displays on home screens with its name reading simply ‘Camera’. I haven’t seen any other camera apps do this. I really don’t think that this would have flown for a company that had some sort of combative, or even neutral, relationship with Apple.