June 09, 2012

Babolat's Connected Rackets Record Your Strokes

Want to know if you hit that shot above center? How much spin you hit? Or see how many slice backhands you hit today? With new rackets you'll be able to download your stats and see all that and more on your PC.

Embedded sensors in Babolat racketrs due out in 2013, promise to let you download stats on every shot you hit: Type of shot, impact point on strings, spin.  

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October 14, 2011

More Realistic "Jobs in Heaven" Cartoon

Buddhist son of a Sunni is a capitalist hero. Go figure. See last panel. 

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September 02, 2011

Labor Day Digression: Google Mapping an Airplane

A Friday digression for your amusement. An airplane caught by Google Maps (via Carl Anderson). 

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July 09, 2011

Will Apple Inc. Abandon Logic Pro, Mainstage and Aperture?

It's a question for which only Steve Jobs knows the answer: Following Apple's apparent abandonment of video production professionals with the down-scaling of Final Cut Pro X, will Apple's other professional software -- Logic Pro Studio, including Mainstage, and Aperture -- be next?

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June 24, 2011

Apple Orphans Galleries, File Sharing,

Apple Inc. has finally acknowledged the range of online services it is discontinuing with the move to iCloud.

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June 22, 2011

Email's Inventor Remembered

A series by Errol Morris, who writes blog entries in Opinionator about photography, describes how his brother Noel invented email back around 1961, something Morris didn't discover until recently when he talked to Tom Van Vleck, a co-worker at MIT. He also created an instant messaging system

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June 14, 2011

Apple Loses, Pays Up to Nokia

Remember, Steve Jobs' and Apple Inc.'s indignant declarations about Nokia Corporation copying their iPhone? 

Not so much. 

The mutual law suits have been settled with Apple paying to license Nokia's technology, since Nokia developed a good portion of the basic, underlying technology behind digital, mobile telephony. So, Nokia will get a vigorish on every iPhone sold. 

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June 09, 2011

Dreyfuss Reads Apple License -- Aloud

Pre-weekend chuckle. CNET had actor Richard Dreyfus provide dramatic readings of sections of the Apple Inc. End User Licensing Agreement AKA EULA in voices of various characters. 

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June 08, 2011

Apple's iCloud-from-MobileMe Bait and Switch

Here's one of hundreds of posts from Apple's support threads that details Apple's treatment of MobileMe customers. This addresses one problem, charging customers to renew a now, free service.

The other issues is complete lack of communications about whether other services will be cancelled including: Web hosting, iDisk file sharing, Galleries for video and photo sharing, BackUp, and browser access. 

Update: Within ten minutes Apple deleted this entry from its support threads. 

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June 07, 2011

Apple Users' Letter to Steve Jobs About iCloud

I pulled this from the Apple support discussions, an elegant explanation of some, only some, of the frustrations long-term Apple customers have with the iCloud announcement. Short version: iCloud is a trendy embrace of millennials' faddish obsession with social networking, but appears to abandon people that do real work with Apple products, and don't want to have to replace every device they paid for.

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