If you travel with your iPad often and are in want of a better way to integrate a Bluetooth keyboard, this
Origami Workstation from Incase may
be just the ticket for you.
When not in use it acts as a cover for your bluetooth keyboard, and then it folds open and creates
a “workstation” so you can affix your iPad behind the keyboard. Specially placed hooks and bars keep the keyboard and
iPad in place.
I’ve been using this case since last August, and find it very useful for taking my iPad’s usage even further.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, regarding this week’s news about Windows for ARM:
And this is why Apple should be worried. So far I’ve been concerned that WOA would offer a cut-down, Fisher Price sort of Windows experience. It would look at a bit like duck, quack something like a duck, but actually be more of a platypus than a duck, and that ultimately this would be its undoing. But now I realize that I was wrong. WOA looks like Windows, quacks like Windows, and is Windows. Microsoft has pulled off what it promised, and has taken its desktop OS and put it across multiple platforms and onto various screen sizes. This changes how we look at tablets.
Apple has maintained a gulf between the Mac OS and iOS on a number of fronts. While we’re seeing some unification (in many ways with the migration of iOS features into the Mac OS), you can’t argue that there’s still a big chasm between the two platforms.
This is a recurring theme. Someone does something different than Apple, has some success with it, and pundits like Kingsley-Hughes start arguing that Apple needs to change course and do what the other guys are doing. Exhibit A: the Kindle Fire. It’s selling well — nowhere near as well as the iPad, mind you, but it’s not collecting dust in warehouses like most other tablets are — prompting some to argue that Apple “must” release a $250 7-inch tablet too.
Now we have Microsoft taking a very different approach to managing the difference between traditional PCs and touchscreen tablets. They’re going with a “one OS for all devices” strategy; Apple chose a “different OSes with specific shared concepts for each type of device” strategy.
Shawn Blanc recently posted this chronicle of using the new iPad, starting when he sat down with a coffee to watch the live blog of the announcement to a week after he got it, and how the process went of syncing, developing a work flow, and generally what he thinks of it over the iPad 2.. Interesting, honest read.
The Glif is a small and simple accessory for mounting my iPhone to my Joby GorillaPod. With the “serif” to hold the iPhone in place I can mount the iPhone any which way. The Glif also acts as a little kickstand to prop the iPhone up for watching movies, using FaceTime, etc. Though I nearly always simply have it attached to the Joby.
So how have I found it after a couple days?
In a word, handy.. Very, very handy.. Hook this to your phone, attach it to your tripod and start taking some nice pics
None, very nice design, works very well.
Recommend to others?
Absolutely, I highly recommend this to anyone who is an avid iPhone photo nerd who wants a to attach their iPhones to a tripod.
Having worked a few places that combine Agile and waterfall myself, it’s nice to hear others talking about it too…
Jon Arnold, a strategic consultant at Centresource Interactive Agency, explains how to blend the Agile approach and the waterfall method
Recently our team has been experimenting with a hybrid approach between Agile software development and the waterfall model. Many project management nerds are referring to this as “WetAgile”, an appropriate but kind of gross-sounding term. Before I explain further, a little background information:
We call our standard waterfall the 4D Approach: Define, Design, Develop, and Deploy. It’s pretty standard in the world of web and interactive, with each phase having a solid finish line before the next phase begins. It’s great for setting milestones with a client and managing expectations, but can often make for some difficult scheduling and internal struggles.
Nice introduction to the lean startup movement….
Laurence McCahill, design lead and co-founder of Spook Studio, spills the beans on the Lean Startup and Lean UX movements, which bring a groundbreaking approach to product development, and what it means for designers, developers and clients.
Is blogging journalism? Are bloggers journalists? Have you ever heard these questions, or questions like them, before? For those interested in writing and publishing, as I’m sure many of us are, these are important questions. Words like “blogger” and “journalist” are important and carry a lot of meaning.
But I think asking whether bloggers are journalists is asking the wrong sort of question. It’s mixing up ideas. Asking whether bloggers are, or can be, journalists, is like asking if those who email can be poets. See what I mean, about it being the wrong sort of question? We can’t mistake the method, the format, with the content.
Dan and Merlin consider how to rethink your work as a platform. It’s not just a job, or just a career, or (God forbid) just a brand—it’s about deciding when you need to take your time and attention pro.
How the stuff you’ve made and done can be leveraged into the next things you’d like to make and do; how to find the orthogonal angles and unexpected branches; how to learn what you need to learn.
This is continued from the first part.
Before I begin, I would like to mention that I’m very surprised by the amazing response on the first article and the massive traffic hitting my site. It was seriously unexpected and quite meta.
Interesting article and a couple points of view that make sense…
Will Hains on the clunky experience of having to re-enter credentials in apps when setting up a new device, using Instapaper as an example:
That might not sound like a big deal, but I had to repeat this process, racking my brain to remember all those IDs and passwords, for every single app that has a cloud service. And these days, that’s nearly all of them.
As a counter example, take Instacast. When I opened the app after a fresh install, it prompted me to sync with iCloud. And when I did, all of my podcast subscriptions, played/unplayed status, and even track positions were synced instantly. I was listening to my favourite podcast, right from where I had left off, in seconds. It was a fantastic user experience.
So why don’t more apps do it like Instacast? My first thought was that Instapaper has a web-based component to its service, so it needs a user ID and password. But why not store that in iCloud?
I’ve thought about this before, and I really don’t know what the right solution is.