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Monday: May 10, 2010

Verizon customers would really like to have an iPhone to call their own.Verizon customers would really like to have an iPhone to call their own.

Of those polled who are currently Verizon subscribers, 19% said they were 'very likely' to buy an iPhone if it became available to the carrier, with another 34% answering that they were 'somewhat likely' to buy. Both numbers were higher than those for either Sprint or T-Mobile subscribers.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:39 AM | Tags (10) | apple | att | customers | iphone | mobile | pcworld | phones | poll | services | verizon |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Ten free iPhone apps to learn a new skill in ten minutes or less.Ten free iPhone apps to learn a new skill in ten minutes or less.

Yes folks, if you have a desire to learn a brand new skill chances are there truly is an app for that somewhere on the app store. Enjoy these quick gems and be sure to use your newfound skills wisely and for the greater good (looking at you, origami app).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:16 AM | Tags (9) | apple | apps | free | iphone | knots | morse | origami | skills | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 64 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 26, 2010

Adobe to work on speeding up Flash video thanks to new Apple APIs.Adobe to work on speeding up Flash video thanks to new Apple APIs.

In the recent Mac OS X 10.6.3 update, Apple added a Video Decode Acceleration Framework  for accessing H.264 decoding hardware present in the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 320M, and GT 330M GPUs. It turns out that this is precisely one of the APIs Adobe was hoping for.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:53 AM | Tags (7) | adobe | api | apple | flash | mac | performance | speed |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 20, 2010

Apple would like their device back from Gizmodo, sends official letter.Apple would like their device back from Gizmodo, sends official letter.

Well, this whole story just keeps getting more interesting every minute. Apple has acknowledged the existence of said missing device and sent notice asking for return. Gizmodo has decided to post the letter along with a casual smart-alecky response as well. Not a good way to win brownie points or future media event invitations.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 1:45 PM | Tags (11) | apple | device | events | found | gizmodo | iphone | legal | lost | prototype | response | tuaw |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 36 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Everything you need to know about that recently leaked iPhone and the story thus far.Everything you need to know about that recently leaked iPhone and the story thus far.

If you haven't heard by now (which you probably have but we'll continue anyway) Gizmodo mysteriously got their hands on a prototype of the next generation iPhone which was supposedly left in a bar by an Apple employee. This breach of Apple security and the entire story itself is raising all kinds of questions about media ethics.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 12:45 PM | Tags (12) | apple | bar | cnn | employee | ethics | gizmodo | iphone | lost | media | nextgen | prototype | stolen |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 23 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: April 15, 2010

Adobe to sue Apple sometime in the near future regarding recent SDK changes.Adobe to sue Apple sometime in the near future regarding recent SDK changes.

This really shouldn't be a surprise given Apple's recent barring of none-native code on the iPhone and features that Adobe had ready for CS5 in those regards for development. Apparently this was the final straw and not the relentless bashing they've endured for lack of Flash on Apple's various mobile devices.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 4:26 PM | Tags (11) | adobe | apple | code | development | devices | flash | iphone | lawsuit | locked | programming | tools |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Opera Mini for iPhone shoots past one million downloads in the App Store.Opera Mini for iPhone shoots past one million downloads in the App Store.

Turns out that people really do like an alternative to mobile Safari on their beloved iPhones. The application is also currently in the number one position in all twenty-two flavors of the app store.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 1:58 PM | Tags (11) | apple | application | appstore | browser | choice | downloads | iphone | mini | opera | reuters | safari |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Daily Grind: Caffeinated

Name: Vin (aka hyper-hypo)
How Vin feels today: Caffeinated @ 12:51:25 PM
What Vin really wants today: To remind self the next time I order a medium coffee at the local coffee shop that its quite large rather than medium. Enjoy unnecessary caffeine boost, attempt to post additional links to make up for yesterday.

Music Stuck in Head: Big Bang Baby / Stone Temple Pilots
Any song that mentions Orange Crush in the lyrics is OK in my book. And by book I really mean magazine. And by magazine I really mean pamphlet. And by pamphlet I mean - whatever, the list is short.

Stuff to do today:

  • Go to Apple Cube over on Fifth Ave
  • Remark that overall feeling and general consensus of the iPad was... underwhelming
  • ...its kinda heavy for everyday use - especially as an e-reader
  • ...typing on the device is not exactly a joy either
  • Interface was pretty neat but if you have an iPhone you've been there
  • On the other hand, that newly updated MacBook Pro is quite awesome
  • ...and freakin' fast (even the base Intel i5 model screams)
  • Save money for next major purchase

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 1:51 PM | Tags (9) | apple | caffeine | coffee | dailygrind | geeklikeme | glm | ipad | macbooks | purchases |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 13, 2010

Apple finally pulls the curtain back on Macbook Pro notebook refresh.Apple finally pulls the curtain back on Macbook Pro notebook refresh.

Said notebook refresh brings the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros over to speedier Intel i5 and i7 chips. According to some early benchmarks these machines are about 50% faster than the previous generation. Sadly, the 13-inch model is still stuck in Core 2 Duo land.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:34 PM | Tags (10) | apple | c2d | chips | graphics | intel | macbooks | macrumors | pro | processors | updates |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Opera Mini browser app now available for your beloved iPhone.Opera Mini browser app now available for your beloved iPhone.

Users of the iPhone now have an alternative to Safari when browsing the web thanks to Opera's latest and recently approved app offering. The Register has a thorough review of the app on the other side of the click. I'll admit it feels pretty snappy on my 3GS although sometimes page rendering is a bit wonky.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:11 PM | Tags (9) | approvals | apps | appstore | browser | competition | iphone | opera | register | safari |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 12, 2010

Google already hard at work on an Apple iPad competitor device.Google already hard at work on an Apple iPad competitor device.

Well surprise, surprise - Google wants in on the tablet market as well. Actually, it's not much of a surprise at all but it'll be interesting to see how this all progresses in terms of the continued rivalry between Apple and Google.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 3:22 PM | Tags (11) | google | table | htc | slate | device | ipad | apple | competition | ereading | android | mashable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Google decides to acquire Plink, a visual search company.Google decides to acquire Plink, a visual search company.

The four month-old start-up provided visual search results based on artwork photography submitted to their PlinkArt application on your Android handset. The principle is simple: take a shot of a painting, run it through the Plink art database and get the details on the artwork and its author.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 1:32 PM | Tags (11) | acquisitions | android | app | database | engine | google | plink | register | results | search | visual |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Updated MacBook Pro notebook configurations finally coming out this week?Updated MacBook Pro notebook configurations finally coming out this week?

It certainly wouldn't be the first time that rumors like this have come around and it certainly won't be the last time either. I'll be patiently refreshing the Apple Store website tomorrow morning just in case though.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 12:57 PM | Tags (10) | apple | configurations | intel | laptops | macbook | notebooks | pro | rumors | sku | updates |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: April 8, 2010

A quick look at the world's most innovative companies.A quick look at the world's most innovative companies.

Did you have any doubts as to which five companies are currently the world's most innovative? I'll admit four out of five were pretty easy to guess but I was not quite aware of the mystery guest behind door number five.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 7:07 AM | Tags (9) | innovation | companies | economics | visual | company | facebook | apple | google | amazon |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 29 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 6, 2010

Apple sends out invites for iPhone 4.0 preview event.Apple sends out invites for iPhone 4.0 preview event.

The month of Apple continues to roll on as the media will surely continue coverage of the iPad, iPhone, iPod now that this little event has been announced. The new software update is rumored to have some interface refreshes and some possible multi-tasking in there as well.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:58 AM | Tags (9) | apple | four | invites | iphone | macrumors | press | preview | software | version |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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