We are here at Apple's worldwide developers conference aka WWDC and the excitement is in the air. Already, from the banners hanging in the hall we know to look for a new version of iOS, specifically iOS 6. But once inside on my way to the keynote, there were more banners introducing features like Messages for Mac OS Mountain Lion, so apple users can communicate by text messaging using all of their apple devices, and avoid carrier fees.
"It's Mac's turn to talk."
So says the banner outside the keynote. If AT&T and other carriers aren't already taking a beating from Apple's iMessage which let's you send text messages for free other iOS users, now, with Mountain Lion, Apple Mac computers can join in on the free fun!
Another year, another WWDC but alas, this time no Steve Jobs. I'm sure it will be eventful but I'm sure it will be bittersweet this year.
I'm expecting a revamp of the MacBook Pro line, but I would also like to see updates to the Mac mini and Mac Pro. A new iPhone might be premature, as we all expected one at WWDC a year ago, but it was not to be. It seems like the Fall is the cycle Apple is working from, for iPhone updates.
Kickstarter is unleashing new products at a record clip. Ideas that might never have seen the light of day are being funded, before mass production, and even influenced directly by those backers. The latest example is Twig
I have a good friend who is a dentist, and he wanted to put an iPad in front of patients so they could be entertained during longer procedures. So when I saw the SpiderArm
, I figured it would be just the ticket. Indeed, with all of the options, and the sleek white design, the SpiderArm looks just like a typical dental tool.
The iZON from stem
is a beautiful, functional Wi-Fi enabled security camera / NannyCam. In fact, it looks like it was designed by Apple, which is high praise indeed. It's a small cylinder, reminiscent of Apple's original iSight external camera.
The removable convex base connects to the iZON
via magnets, allowing for some flexible angles.
I dropped my iPhone the other day. Needless to say, I didn't like it. It seemed to happen in slow motion. Sure, iCloud would have a backup of most of my data but, as an app developer, even a day or two's loss of use of my iPhone would be difficult, and expensive.
Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book holds a special place in my heart. It was the very first movie I saw in a theatre, and I'm told that at one point, I stood up and yelled 'Go get him, Baloo!' So I was excited to see the new Disney app
based on the classic film, which is in turn based on Rudyard Kipling's stories from 1894. I was not disappointed.
I've been using (and have written about) the iPole from FastCap, since I first picked it up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The hiking iPole model or the telescoping mini iPole both offer a tripod mount (and optional iPhone case with tripod thread) is a great way to take self portraits and include yourself in videos. But the one downside is you have to stretch to turn on or off the recording mode.