Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion preview: Notification Center, iMessage, AirPlay and more 147inShare Jump To Close It's only been seven months since Apple launched Mac OS 10.7 Lion, but the company isn't sitting still: it just announced the developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, a tweaked and enhanced new version of the operating system that includes major new features like Notification Center, AirPlay mirroring, and iMessage. Mountain Lion also represents a dramatic speedup in the pace of OS X updates: Apple says it'll be issuing yearly updates from now on. Video Video Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion screen shots and photos Previous Next View full Gallery It's not all iOS features, though. In addition, Mountain Lion includes Game Center and GameKit, which allows for cross-platform multiplayer gaming and achievements. Mountain Lion will be out later this summer as a paid update in the Mac App Store, but developers can download preview builds starting today. Major features Major features Notification Center Messages There are still some rough edges in the developer preview, however.
Thomas Edison's To-Do List, 1888 donating = loving Brain Pickings remains ad-free and takes hundreds of hours a month to research and write, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in it, please consider becoming a Member and supporting with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good dinner: (If you don't have a PayPal account, no need to sign up for one – you can just use any credit or debit card.) You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: labors of love Apple Rejecting Apps That Use UDID, Don't Support iPhone 5 Apple has finally placed a deadline on its rejection of apps that use UDIDs. As of May 1st, Apple will no longer accept new apps that use the Universal Device Identifier. In addition, all apps must be compatible with Apple’s Retina displays and iPhone apps must support the 4″ iPhone 5 display, or they’re no go. Here are the notices: Starting May 1, the App Store will no longer accept new apps or app updates that access UDIDs. The ban on apps that don’t support the iPhone 5′s display is an interesting one, as there are still many apps out there on the store that are stuck at the old ‘letterboxed’ resolution of the iPhone 4/4S. In a somewhat oblique side effect, the new screen size requirements also mean that any new updates to apps or new apps will no longer be able to support iOS 4.2 devices, as they’ll have to be built against the iOS 6 SDK, which contains features incompatible with older versions of Apple’s software (outside of some hacky methods). Back to the issue of UDIDs, though.
6 Small Math Errors That Caused Huge Disasters If there are any children reading this, there's really only one thing we want to tell you about adulthood: If you make one tiny mistake, people will die. Don't believe us? Let us share these tales of completely forgivable design mistakes that cost lives. #6. An Airliner Crashes Due to Square Windows Wikipedia In the 1950s, companies were making the first foray into jetliners, and leading the pack was the de Havilland Comet. Unfortunately, in 1954, two Comets disintegrated midflight for no apparent reason, killing 56 people total. retrothing.comAlthough it was superior to de Havilland's first choice, the "Murder Bird." The Laughably Simple Flaw: It had square windows. This is one of those things that is easy to miss (the designers missed it, for instance) but easy to understand once it's explained. Here's a Kit Kat style candy bar. seriouseatsAlong the willpower line, probably. Right there at those sharp notches, obviously. GettyTo fix, place head in bucket of sand and hum loudly. #5. Wikipedia
instagram-open-source-apple-watch?utm_content=buffer2f461&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter Facebook unit Instagram has open sourced a coding library to GitHub that could make it much easier for programmers to develop for Apple Watch. The company said its library, called IGInterfaceDataTable, “makes configuring tables with multi-dimensional data easier.” For instance, a developer might need to organize a set of watch-app actions into an easy-to-use, yet sophisticated, contextual menu. For developers of large and complicated apps, this could become a valuable resource for bringing their work to the Apple Watch. See also: Apple Watch Developers Can Now Submit Watch Apps To Apple “We’re really excited to be one of the first apps on the platform, and were able to build some solutions that we think will help other people build their apps more quickly and easily,” Instagram engineer Ryan Nystrom told VentureBeat. You can install the library with CocoaPods, a dependency-management tool for some code projects written in Swift and Objective-C, which is itself on GitHub.
The Bottom is Not Enough [Translations: Japanese] I wrote a book, Out of Control, heralding the immense power of bottom up systems. You know: smart mobs, hive mind, web power, amateur hour, decentralized webs, network effects, and collaborative work. But throughout my boosterism I have tried to temper my celebration of the bottom with my belief that the bottom is not enough for what we really want. The reason every bottom-up crowd-source hive-mind needs some top-down control is because of time. Here’s how I come to that conclusion. Howard was at the forefront in the then totally radical belief that content could be assembled entirely from the collective action of amateurs and the audience. My argument was that the publisher roles would change drastically, but the need for some top-down selection and guidance would only increase in value. Ten years later no one was as shocked as I was to see the Wikipedia disprove this notion, and show how well the bottom could work without any editors at all. …ad infinitum.
The best Apple Watch apps: 15 essential downloads The greatest aspect of the Apple Watch is the selection of apps available – and with 3,000 to download, the App Store is still the best in the business. As with all its products, Apple wants to give developers the chance to create personal experiences that will make the Watch an essential accessory. Definitive verdict: Apple Watch review There are already thousands of apps that have an Apple Watch extension – but not all of the 3,000 strong selection are worth your time. The Apple Watch is perfect for providing information when you're out and about. Citymapper If you're in one of the supported cities (which include Paris, New York and London), Citymapper is a must. Free, Download Citymapper Weather Nerd Powered by Dark Sky, Weather Nerd is in our opinion the superior option on Apple Watch. £2.99/$3.99, Download Weather Nerd Yahoo Weather If you fancy something a bit simpler for getting weather info, Yahoo's app fits the bill. Free, Download Yahoo Weather TripAdvisor Free, Download TripAdvisor
Unpublished Photos of Steve Jobs and Silicon Valley's Early Days Finally Surface | Raw File Steve Jobs rallies the troops. Redwood City, California, 1988. Menuez: "Steve gives a rousing pep talk to his employees shortly before the launch of NeXT Computer, while also indulging in a short rant about revenge on Apple and John Sculley."Photo: Doug Menuez/Contour by Getty Images/Stanford University Libraries The day Ross Perot gave Steve Jobs twenty million dollars. Fremont, California, 1986.Menuez: "Ross Perot invested over $20 million in NeXT after this lunch pitch on the site of the future NeXT Factory with the NeXT Board of Directors. Even then, Steve was a consummate showman who understood the power of compelling settings. The painter David Hockney rests during a photoshop class. Steve Jobs rallies the troops. In the photo, Steve Jobs sits at a table in the middle of an empty warehouse with his board of directors from NeXT and Ross Perot. It’s one of Menuez’s earlier photos (the second in the above gallery), but for him, it’s still one of the most important.
A weekend in Australia with the Apple Watch: Is it worth the hype? When you have an Apple Watch on your wrist you automatically turn into a bit of a tool. My arm was doing totally unnecessary maneuvers — hair flicking all over town, reaching for things I didn't need and I kept purposely pushing my sleeves up. It was Friday, the 24th of April and I'd picked up my 38mm white Apple Watch Sport for a night on the town. But with all the street cred, does it actually live up to the hype? Here's a roundup of my weekend geeking out. Pros Text messages on the watch are a dream. Fishing your phone out from the bottom of your bag becomes a thing of the past, and it feels glorious Fishing your phone out from the bottom of your bag becomes a thing of the past, and it feels glorious. The same goes for answering calls — especially short, quick calls — directly from your wrist. Telling me to stand up every hour for a minute is actually more beneficial than it is annoying. Cons Uber The Uber app owns the watch. Facebook Nada. Yelp Twitter Instagram Slack CNN and NY Times Tripview
4 Signs of a True Entrepreneur People often wonder how the kid who rarely talked or wasn't particularly popular in class went on to become a start-up genius. What was it about that person that helped him or her blossom into an icon of entrepreneurship? And how can you make sure you have what it takes? It's a combination of factors. Start with these: Passion Passion is the fuel that drives the creation of dreams. Conviction Passion without conviction is like a shooting star that fizzles before you even fully realize it's there. Lunacy Let's face it: You have to be a little bit crazy to achieve extreme success. Need for approval Before the "how they did it" question comes the "why". If the list above describes you, congratulations.