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Staying Charged at CES

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I went to CES last week. Unlike last year when we descended on Las Vegas for the full six days required for journalists to fully exhaust themselves among a flurry of PR pitches and devices that won’t make it out of January, I decided it was a good idea to get everything done in one day.

To accomplish this, I would need to assemble a setup that could survive 9 hours of flights, 11 hours on the ground with no extended outlet access (more than 10 minutes), and that was light and small enough to carry around in one bag. This wasn’t going to be your typical journo-mega-conference bag — I had to narrow my choices down to five devices. An iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, 13” Macbook Pro with Retina Display (late-2013), Anker Astro Mini, and a ChargeKey.

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Design Thoughts: The Edit Menu

A few weeks go, it was brought to my attention again, through a conversation with my grandmother, that editing contacts or other items such as mail messages seem to be an odd practice at first and not intuitive. Even in the previous iOS 6 interface, this button always appeared to be an odd concept. Odd in the sense that new users, the thousands I’ve worked with, have a difficult time distinguishing what its purpose is. It may sound obvious to a common computer user, because the edit menu is where we go to cut, copy, and paste such as in word processing. However, many newborn users of iOS, even after reading the edit button, exploring for options, reading a manual, etc., do not know what the word means on a mobile device or why they should edit in the first place.

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The Segue, Episode 8: The Barge Of The Bay

art_smallThis week, Eric and Micah ponder what could be inside the mysterious barge Google is building in the San Francisco Bay. We also discuss Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5, Apple’s Q4 earnings, Fantastical 2, and paying for app updates.

 

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13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display (2013) Review

13rMBP2013There are some products that are great, and then there are some that just hit that elusive sweet spot. Last week, I picked up the newest version of the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display (rMBP), Apple’s latest and greatest laptop. Here are the specs of the mid range model ($1499):

  • 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • Nine hour battery life
  • 802.11ac WiFi, 3.46 pounds, 0.71 inches thick

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The Segue, Episode 7: Ace Apple Analysis

art_smallMark Gurman, Senior Editor at 9to5Mac, joins Eric and Micah for a huge show of Apple analysis and opinions. Of course we cover all the announcements from Tuesday’s big Apple event – OS X Mavericks, iLife & iWork, new Mac hardware, and the new iPads – followed by a discussion about Apple’s future plans for 2014 and beyond, including the rumoured iWatch and the mythical Apple TV.

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The Segue, Episode 6: The Great Purge of ’97

art_smallEric and Micah are joined by Alex Heath of Cult of Mac to discuss a big week of Apple news. We talk Apple hiring Angela Ahrendts as their new head of retail, next week’s iPad event, iPhone 5C sales, Google being creepy again, Godzilla, Justin Timberlake, and a whole lot more. Plus we ponder the most important question of all — tucked or untucked?

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And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’

Fred Vogelstein, The New York Times:

It’s hard to overstate the gamble Jobs took when he decided to unveil the iPhone back in January 2007. Not only was he introducing a new kind of phone — something Apple had never made before — he was doing so with a prototype that barely worked. Even though the iPhone wouldn’t go on sale for another six months, he wanted the world to want one right then. In truth, the list of things that still needed to be done was enormous. A production line had yet to be set up. Only about a hundred iPhones even existed, all of them of varying quality. Some had noticeable gaps between the screen and the plastic edge; others had scuff marks on the screen. And the software that ran the phone was full of bugs.

A fantastic, behind the scenes recount of what took place in the years, months, and days leading up to the original iPhone unveiling on January 9, 2007. This is like the missing chapter from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography – all the cool stuff us nerds wanted to know about how the first iPhone was developed and launched. A definite must read.

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