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Every Dev Needs This iOS Design Cheat Sheet

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When you’re designing an app for iOS, you need to take into account what specific devices you’re building for, whether it be just the iPhone, iPad, or both. There are several Retina and non-Retina screen resolutions to remember, and then there are other nerdy elements like PPI and color temperature.

User interface designer Ivo Mynttinen has published an updated version of his handy iOS Design Cheat Sheet, “a  [Read More...]

More pictures, more finger-friendly

More pictures, more finger-friendly

Izik is a new web search app from the makers of Blekko, a web search engine for people who are looking for a change from Google.

You could be forgiven for saying “Blekwhat?” there. Although it’s been around for a few years now, Blekko isn’t what most people think of when they go looking for somewhere else to search.

But that doesn’t mean you should  [Read More...]

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Wooden speakers apparently make the sound that issues from them seem warmer and more appealing. Maybe so, but in the $ 99 headphone range there are probably other cost-based design factors that make more difference.

Still, these WoodTones headphones from Griffin certainly look warm and appealing. They come in walnut, sapele (aka aboudikro, as if you didn’t know) and beech. They’re  [Read More...]

Greyed songs in Music app on iPhone

Have you ever gotten a new album or podcast, synced it over to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then when you went to play the songs you discovered they were grayed out in the Music app? The album is there, the song title is there, but because the song is grey you can tap it all you want and nothing happens, the music won’t  [Read More...]

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CES 2013 bug LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – What do a four-rotor, remotely-piloted vehicle, touch-screen car audio and a little, Bluetooth-armed facsimile of a plant stem have in common? Not much. Yet they’re all concoctions from French-based Parrot; the latter is their newest gadget, a sensor-laden gardening device they’ve named the Flower Power.

Once the little green stem is planted in soil it begins  [Read More...]

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The Canopy Sensus case puts a multi-touch surface on the back and the right edge of the iPhone. It recognizes all of your fingers at once, and in my brief time trying it out, it works great. But who the hell is going to buy it?

When Apple added gyroscope and compass to the iPhone, a slew of apps appeared  [Read More...]

Adobe Creative Suite 2

If you have an older Mac you’re in luck, because the entire Adobe Creative Suite 2 is available for free, including Acrobat, GoLive, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premier. Keep in mind that Adobe Creative Suite 2 (CS2) is dated from 2005, but if you have an older Mac (or Windows PC) that can support the old versions they’re actually very capable apps and for the most part aren’t  [Read More...]

Siri-Eyes-Free

Hyundai is set to showcase a number of new vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, and the company has announced that they’ll all include Siri Eyes Free technology. The feature allows iPhone owners to perform a whole host of tasks using the intelligent assistant — such as taking calls or creating Reminders — without taking their hands off the wheel.

Hyundai confirmed the move in a press  [Read More...]

Lunatik’s new Taktik Extreme case for the iPhone 5 heads a lineup of rather overprotective phone prophylactics. If cases were condoms, the Taktik extreme would be the extra-strength safety model, the Seismik would be the ribbed version, and the Flak would be the ultralight, “natural feel†member of the group.

But today we’ll stick with the Taktik Extreme, a multi-layered monster of protection which features Corning Gorilla Glass not only over the screen but  [Read More...]

That retro look

That retro look

Pentax has just announced a new retro-styled point-and-shoot zoom camera, the MX-1. The trend for cameras that look like they’ve fallen through a time warp from the 1960s is trickling down from the high-end and into lower-cost, consumer-oriented models.

The f/1.8-2.5 lens is 28mm at its wide end, and zooms as far as 218mm. Inside there’s a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor with maximum ISO capability of  [Read More...]