Posts Tagged as: apple

October 30, 2012

Embedding a Tweet from an iPad

So it turns out that trying to embed a tweet from an iPad is a serious pain in the ass. Twitter hides its desktop version from iOS, so I needed to download a user agent switcher to fool the site into thinking I’m on a desktop.

Sidenote, I’m using an app called KissMyAgent. It does the job just fine, but its lack of tabs and quirky UI make me really appreciate how much thought goes into making a decent mobile web browser; it’s a lot more than just a web view.

So anyway, here’s a tweet embedded from an iPad. It’s a response from Newark Mayor Cory Booker responding to a person’s request for help about a fallen tree during hurricane Sandy. The fuck?

October 15, 2011

iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS Camera Comparison

As someone who’s stuck it out with an iPhone 3GS for the past two years, my upgrade to the iPhone 4S has me most excited about its improved camera.

Today I went around Long Island City and took some side-by-side shots with both the 4S and the 3GS, then shrunk both sets of images down to the same size. You can click each image to see the 3GS version because I am amazing at Javascript.

Overall the 4S photos are sharper, a little brighter, and seem to display more dynamic range across the board. There’s also better flare control, as you can see in the last photo. This is by no means a scientific or accurate comparison – just a little real-world example of what types of improvements we can expect with the 4S.

Click the photos to see the 3GS version. Seriously, why aren’t you clicking already?

July 23, 2010

Pixel density comparison: iPhone 3 and iPhone 4

Clearly I’m not the first dude to weigh in here, but I wanted to get a real-world sense of the increased resolution on the iPhone 4’s “Retina Display.”

In these photos I’m holding an iPhone 3Gs in front of two computer displays running Apple’s iPhone Simulator. The Simulator is running a virtualized version of iOS 4.0.1 set to mimic the iPhone 4 device. The iPhone 4 simulator looks huge on the computer screens because today’s Macs have pixel densities in the 72-120 range, while the iPhone 4’s pixel density is 326.

Pre-dousing any flamey comments, I’m fully aware this is 100% unscientific so I offer this information purely for my own delight. That said, if you have something positive to share, surprise me. :-)

An iPhone 3Gs held roughly 30″ away from a 27″ iMac running a simulated iPhone 4 interface. Badass.

Same as above, but with a 1920×1080 display. I needed to hold the iPhone roughly 34″ away to get the sizes to match.

June 20, 2010

Using iPad as a: Google search

Think I’m finally “getting” the iPad. Here’s why:

August 28, 2009

iPhone’s Artist Icon Looks Like Bono

iphone-artist-icon-bono

March 16, 2009

PowerSquid + iPhone App = WANT

File this under “would someone please invent this for me?”

I already have a few of these types of “squid” power strips and they’re fantastic. But imagine if each one had a wi-fi chip so you could control the flow of power to each plug from an iPhone (or computer) app? That’s right – total mindfuck.

This way you could tag each individual outlet in your home (presumably you’d have a few of these babies scattered around) letting you turn anything on or off (or dim it) while either not getting off your ass or from another location. You could also program the iPhone app’s acceleratometer (assuming Apple lets us run background apps eventually) to detect if you’re out and about, turning off a specified set of lights and electronics in your home. …Or if the software hooked into the iPhone’s microphone you could make it a modern overpriced version of “The Clapper.” …Or you could have it automatically adjust the lighting based on the mood of the music it hears. …Or you could just talk to the damn thing. “Turn off the goddamn coffee machine.”

There are tons of other cool things you could do with this (many of which are marginally, if at all useful), but the possibilities are so endless that to me it just seems like a good fit.

I’m sure similar things exist already, but my hunch is that if someone came along and presented a polished, cheap, turn-key system they’d make a killing. Just not in this economy.

November 20, 2008

Uptime

Geeky but fun question – how long has it been since you’ve restarted your computer? (If you’re a Mac user, the best way to find out is to open up the “Terminal” program inside your Applications > Utilities folder and type “uptime” without the quotes, then press return. Shazam.)

To the comments!

July 31, 2008

Hubris

Every once in a while I click on some spam I’ve received (just for fun) and I’m taken to some bogus site that automatically forces me to download an .exe file. And as a Mac user I just sit back and laugh as I put that .exe file in the trash and go about my business.

I love spitting in the face of danger. Hubris never tasted so good.

March 29, 2008

NYC Subways Use Apple’s Keynote Software

Has anyone else noticed that the displays on the new NYC subways seem to use Apple’s Keynote presentation software? If you’ve ever used Keynote, pay attention to the transitions and you’ll recognize all your favorites – Cube, Dissolve, Pop – they’re all there!

Does anyone know if they actually have a little Mac running the show inside every subway, or if it’s just a video file looping?

March 25, 2008

Time Machine and Photoshop Preferences

Hey everyone – miss me? I don’t know how you survived yesterday without a new caption contest, but I’m back from a little vacation (Anna and I went to Mexico) so it’s onward with the caption contests, shit jokes, and other useless diversions.

Case in point – I just discovered another nifty use of Apple’s Time Machine. Ever launch Photoshop and suddenly all the pallets and preferences are set to the default (ie, moron) settings? It happens to me about once every few months. For some reason the preferences file (~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings) occasionally gets corrupted and reset to the factory default. But with Time Machine, just browse back to a time when you knew everything was peachy, and restore that sucker. Just worked fine for me.