– Famous judge spikes Apple-Google case, calls patent system “dysfunctional” — Mobile Technology News
Posner didn’t mince words as he used plain language to beat up the over-reaching arguments of both sides:
[re a slide-to-unlock patent] Apple’s .. argument is that “a tap is a zero-length swipe.” That’s silly. It’s like saying that a point is a zero-length line.
Motorola’s contention that the term has a “plain and ordinary meaning” is ridiculous; Motorola seems to have forgotten that this is a jury trial.
Another use of the ‘Crazy Ones’ text comes in Lion’s All My Files icon, which contains slips of paper that spell out some of the text written for the campaign by Chiat/Day’s Rob Siltanen and Ken Segall. Note that this version of Crazy Ones is the ‘original’ one, not the one that was aired in the commercial. The full text, which can be found here, contains the line “Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?” The final commercial version did not contain this line. (via The interesting secret stories behind 10 Apple icons - The Next Web)
If you look closely at the Keynote icon that has been in use since the ’09 release of iWork, it has a document on the podium entitled “Q4 2009″. But the text is far from businesslike. Instead, it’s the lyrics to a song by Duncan Sheik featured in a musical version of the German play Spring Awakening. (via The interesting secret stories behind 10 Apple icons - The Next Web)
– Open-Mindedness | The Wirecutter
Apple’s getting into digital textbooks, which is a good thing for you if you are a broke student or pay for the livelihood of a broke student. Instead of buying textbooks for hundreds of dollars each, like I did, digital textbooks could cost around $15. Yes, iPads are expensive, and it’ll be awhile (if ever) until most textbooks are available like this. But college is much more expensive than an iPad. Also, old textbooks cannot play Angry Dirds as well as an iPad.
Yes, even if they do well, Apple’s tablet textbooks won’t fix the fact that teachers are underpaid, and kids are way dumber these days because we got to watch Voltron which is all about teamwork and outsmarting your opponent and they have Spongebob. But it is something that could make the world a better place.
Also, it’s appropriate that the Genesis of Apple’s Textbook program may have come from a student intern at Apple with a dream of cheaper books.
Here’s to the doers of words, not just the writers of them.
BusinessWeek cover circa 1996.
With the futuristic design Apple apparently is relying heavily on its experience building retail stores, and it will be creating one massive piece of curved glass if the proposal goes through. “There’s not a single straight piece of glass in this building,” Jobs says. The parking will be underground. Jobs also wants the building to function as its own power source, with an “energy center” as its primary source of power (“with natural gas and other ways that are cleaner and cheaper”), using the grid as a backup. (via Jobs To Cupertino: We Want A Spaceship-Shaped, 12K Capacity Building As Our New Apple Campus)
33% thinner & 15% lighter, the iPad 2 sports the A5 dual-core processor (twice the o.g. iPad’s speed), a front + back facing camera (you can use Photobooth, FaceTime, and take HD videos), and the Smart Covers are probably the coolest thing: Available in an assortment of colors, they magnetically attach to the screen to put the iPad 2 to sleep, while removal automatically wakes it up! AND it can bend backwards to create a stand! All iPad 2 models will be remain the same price ($499 and up) and will ship out March 11th.
Granted I was gifted a first generation iPad, but…Methinks I’ll wait until September to get really excited.
Caroline: UP SCHMIDT CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE
Fellow Writer: That's not funny. I can't believe you're making fun of that poor guy when he's most vulnerable.
Caroline: Can I put "The Schmidt hits the fan" in my lede?
Editor: Nope. But I shall cherish the pun all morning.