The Verge has a great interview with Peter Belanger, the photographer behind many of Apple’s product photos.
Jim Dalrymple at The Loop:
“We have decided to cancel CocoaConf Alt 2013. It turns out that it’s not just the hotel that had concerns, but that Apple has a policy of stopping ‘competing’ events in the area,” wrote CocoaConf Alt, Dave Klein. “You know and we know that CocoaConf Alt was not in competition with WWDC, but there just isn’t time to find the right person at Apple to explain that to, nor any guarantee that we could convince them if we found them.”
There was an app like this when I was in college that would suck MP3s out of shared iTunes libraries on the same network.
Four years ago this week, I wrote this:
I never thought I’d be the one to write a mass email like this. People you don’t know write emails like this. People your mother-in-law works with; those people write emails like this.
Needless to say, I’m shocked. But here we are.
Doctors have found a “significant” tumor on the interior of the right side of Josiah’s brain via a CT scan this afternoon. They are unsure what the tumor is at this point in time. The tumor is blocking the drainage system built into the brain, meaning that cranial fluid can’t escape.
The last three weeks of May 2009 would turn out to be the most traumatic 23 days of my life.
I know I’ve written a lot about my son and his battle with cancer here in the past, and I know it’s weird to do it on a tech-centric website like 512.
The reality is that 512 isn’t just a tech site. It’s my site, and I choose to write what I care about. The month of May is burned in to my very DNA and thus gets fleshed out on these pages.
As intrusive as Josiah’s cancer is in his brain, it’s just as intrusive in my mind, heart and very soul. The same is true for my wife, and to a lesser extent, our friends, parents, neighbors, coworkers and more.
That’s what cancer does. It gets in places it shouldn’t be, like tree roots cracking a sidewalk from underneath.
I have my cracks. I have some big ones, actually. While Josiah bears physical scars, they aren’t all that different than the ones I carry. I just feel them more in May than any other time of year.
With the update, Pebble owners will be able to see their pace and mileage on their watch face, along with the ability to start or stop a workout. Unfortunately, you’ll still need to pull out your phone to get things started — launching the app on your phone automatically launches a companion app on the Pebble, at which point the two begin communicating with each other.
It’s a slow start, but apps are finally coming to the smartwatch.
PDFpenPro is the advanced version of PDFpen. PDFpenPro does everything that PDFpen does, such as add signatures, edit text and images, perform OCR on scanned documents and export Microsoft Word documents. It also has the ability to create a PDF form, build a table of contents, and convert HTML files to PDF.
The new PDFpenPro 6 adds document permission settings. When you share a PDF, you can restrict printing, copying, and editing of your PDFs. You can also use the new automatic form field creation tool to convert a non-interactive form into an interactive PDF form with text fields and checkboxes automatically added.
PDFpenPro 6 is available on the Smile Store and the Mac App Store for $100. A free demo can be downloaded on the Smile site. Find out why Macworld calls PDFpenPro “the crème de la crème of PDF editing and annotating applications.”
I had a running list of things to turn in to an article. Instead, I’m linking to this, because Viticci’s knocked it out of the park.
Fusion Drive, no one needs your fragile combination of storage technologies anymore. If Apple had really believed in you, they would have made you the default storage system on a Mac, any Mac. Instead you were neglected to a build-to-order-option. Even the top-of-the-line 27 inch iMac never shipped with a Fusion Drive standard. Fusion Drive, we will always remember you for the fast plentiful storage you promised. A great idea whose time came too late.
Harrison Weber at The Next Web:
Adobe has shared with us that Creative Suite 6 will still be available for purchase, but it will not be updated beyond addressing bugs and OS compatibility. There will be no Creative Suite 7.
“Everything moving forward is focusing on creative cloud” —Adobe Instead, Adobe is pointing all of its energy towards Creative Cloud, eliminating the familiar retail box in the process. Like last year, the company is releasing an updated suite of applications this June, newly branded as “CC” apps. This includes: Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC.
I’ve cleared my Instapaper queue and I don’t have any unread books on my Kindle.
My inboxes are all at zero and there’s nothing left to mark as read.
I’m bored. So very bored.
The Internet is usually a firehose of articles, links and images, but in the Apple-centric corner of the Internet things are a little slower than normal.
With WWDC still several weeks out, and no news from the company expected in the meantime, we’re all moving from app release to app release, dreaming of new software, knowing new Apple hardware is still probably months away.
I visit larger sites in this space, and it seems that everyone is feeling it. Stories that normally wouldn’t be big deals are floating the top. It’s a race I don’t want to be in.
In times like this, I’m sort of glad I don’t write 512 full time. But it makes me feel weird that I spend so much time online reading and looking and absorbing.
Things are just slow right now, but instead of enjoying it, I am sort of freaked out.
I need Breaking Bad to come back on.
The photo with the display, Cube and NeXT laser printer makes my heart sing.
So the current state of openness on Android, at least for the two big-name manufacturers, is a mixed bag. The largest carriers continue to keep their devices locked down as much as possible, while the smaller carriers are slightly more willing to let tinkerers and hackers dig in.
Is this thing on?
The original Macintosh used 400 KB floppy disks. In that limited space, countless nerds got their start. This shirt celebrates a time when software — like so many things — was simpler and smaller.
Instead of having shirts printed locally and spending hours packing and mailing shirts, I’m using Teespring this year. It is like Kickstarter for t-shirts, sorta. You can pre-order now by visiting this fancy link between now and Monday, May 13. Estimated delivery is by May 27, so you’ll have plenty of time to gets yours broken in before WWDC.
We’ve got to have 50 shirts ordered for the batch to be printed, so be sure to go check it out. As always, thanks for supporting 512 Pixels.
It’s hard to believe that there have been seven apps downloaded from Apple for every person on the planet.
His second day back on the Internet has been busy.