Thinking Jail

The new iPhone ads remind me of early-2000s Apple in the best way. Naturally there will be a blog post featured on Techmeme soon declaring that they’re a sign of Apple losing its way and diluting its brand.

New Orleans in 3D

New Orleans in 3D

Still waiting for Google to update Street View in New Orleans and have yet to get an Apple Store in the city itself, but I noticed today that the city is now 3D in the new iOS 6 Maps. And she’s looking gorgeous as ever. Flying over the Quarter, the ‘dome, Audubon Park and my old neighborhood was really cool, I can only imagine how handy this will be as more and more cities are added.

Mr. Daisey and the Apple Fabrication

And she listens to this, and she says, but you are not a businessman. And I say, that’s true, I am not a businessman. And she says, and you aren’t going to buy their products. I say, that’s true, I’m not going to buy their products. And she says, you will lie to them. And I say, yes Cathy, I’m going to lie to lots of people.

— Mike Daisey

I generally can’t stand to listen to people be called out to their face; it hits a visceral nerve within me that makes it painful to experience. Listening to Ira Glass confront Mike Daisey, though, was an amazing lesson in the importance of accountability. And listening to Mike Daisey defend himself was an amazing lesson in the futility of being the last person to still believe your own bullshit.

Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks

Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks

We wanted to eliminate the guesswork in locating and installing device drivers for mobile broadband. We did this by working with our mobile operator and mobile broadband hardware partners across the industry, designing a hardware specification that device makers can incorporate into their device hardware. In Windows 8, we developed an in-box mobile broadband class driver that works with all of these devices and eliminates your need for additional device driver software. You just plug in the device and connect. The driver stays up to date via Windows Update, ensuring you have a reliable mobile broadband experience.

The way that Microsoft has built in native support for mobile broadband in Windows 8 is kind of great. The more of Metro I see the more impressed I am, and I hope Apple’s user experience engineers and designers are taking note.

Thanks, Steve

When I was five years old, my dad brought home an Apple IIe for the summer (he was a teacher, and they used to close up the schools in the summer) and it changed my life. It made me fall in love with technology. And years later, at my uncle’s house, when I first used a Macintosh, I fell in love with design. For a painfully shy middle class kid growing up in suburban Alabama, the possibility of me growing up to become a technologist and designer was remote. But Apple’s example of good design and good taste inspired me to learn about subjects for which I had no teachers. And it’s where I came to appreciate the way design can dissolve the barrier between people and technology that they instinctively fear.

Every designer of my generation owes Steve Jobs a huge debt, one we can repay by creating work that would have withstood his intense scrutiny. Though I never worked for him, I’ve applied that test to my work throughout my career, and it’s one I’ll continue to use as long as these hands are still designing.

Local boy done good

Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook grew up twenty miles from me in the town of Robertsdale, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University. I’m pretty sure this fact would have to make him the must successful businessman ever to come from Baldwin county. Local station WKRG has the story, along with a video of Tim Cook’s parents being really cute.

Read it on a WordPress blog today, or in the newspaper tomorrow.

Just three days ago, blogger BirdAbroad posted a fascinating account of China’s fake Apple Stores (I reblogged the story myself). Today, you can read about the repercussions of the story going global in the Daily Mail or Reuters. It’s fascinating to see how quickly a blog post can get the attention of the international press. And remember, if you want to read it first, read it on a WordPress blog. :)

The Knock-off Apple “Stoer”

Are you listening, Steve Jobs? The Western news media is replete with pithy descriptions of the rapid changes taking place in China: China has the world's fastest growing economy. China is undergoing remarkable and rapid change. This represents a unique moment for a society changing as quickly as China. You probably read such things in the paper every day – but if you have never been to China, I'm not sure you know quite what this means on a mundane level. As I've mentioned el … Read More

via BirdAbroad

Another Friendly Speed Test

I’ve been looking forward to doing this for a while. Today, I got an iPhone on the Verizon network. Obviously all comparisons between Verizon and AT&T depend entirely upon where you live. And there are some advantages to AT&T’s 3G network. But if you live in the majority of the country where AT&T has no 3G service at all, this is what the comparison looks like. Needless to say, I’ll be canceling my AT&T account as soon as everyone’s aware of my new number.

iPhone OS 3.0

As anyone interested probably knows by now, Apple gave a preview of the new iPhone OS and SDK today, addressing quite a few of the biggest omissions in current iPhone software. From Apple’s annoucement:

With a rich set of over 1,000 new APIs, iPhone SDK for iPhone OS 3.0 beta provides you with an amazing range of technologies to enhance the functionality of your iPhone and iPod touch applications. New APIs also provide support for applications to communicate with hardware accessories attached to iPhone or iPod touch.

The nice part about this, for me, is that I just copied and pasted that quote from Apple’s web site into this post, which I composed using WordPress for iPhone. The future’s gonna be great.