Today Apple announced not one, but two new iPhone models to replace the iPhone 5.
The first, and less expensive, is the iPhone 5c, the C standing, apprently, for “colorful.” It comes in five shades (white, yellow, green, blue, and pink), and has an elegent and simple plastic design. Apple is heavily pushing the new cases for the model, which are equally colorful and have a strange hole pattern on the back. Internally, it is largely the same as the iPhone 5, though it does have improved cameras and cell connections.
The second is the iPhone 5s, with S once again indicating “speed.” This phone, which costs $100 more than the 5c, is designed to look luxurious, with silver, gold, and “space gray” versions of an aluminum body, and cases made from leather. The system is controlled by the A7, the newest version of Apple’s homegrown mobile-device processor/graphics chip, which the company claims is several times faster than its predecessor. There is also a new “M7” chip, which tracks motion data from the phone’s sensors in order to snoop on your movements.
The most interesting new feature of the 5s is a fingerprint sensor built into the redesigned home button. Users can unlock the phone or authorize purchases simply by placing their finger on the button. Apple seems to have gone to great lengths to ensure integrity, but the system still falls prey to the world’s simplest security hack.
Both new phones will ship with iOS 7. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, which releases on September 18th, brings several new features, such as AirDrop for sharing media. It also contains a much-hyped but mostly useless interface overhaul.
Steve Ballmer, the world’s ugliest man, is finally—finally—leaving his post as CEO of Microsoft Corporation. Ballmer, who was recently named by Forbes “[w]ithout a doubt… the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company,” is receiving a long-overdue sacking. The news led to a 7.29% rise in Microsoft’s stock, as well as much rejoicing.
A number of executives, both within Microsoft and at other companies, are being considered as Ballmer’s replacement. One of the chief contenders is Nokia CEO Steven Elop, who, as can be clearly seen from these two disgusting photos, is the second ugliest man in the world. Whoever is chosen, this turn of events is a stroke of good fortune for Microsoft, and the world. I think we can all join with this retarded giraffe in joyous celebration.
Yes, there haven’t been any updates to Geeks Rule in a long time. I decided to make a Safari extension, though, and it’s pretty cool. It looks like this:
There are links to the main Geeks Rule page and a random article, as you can see. It also lists the most recent article, although you must visit the main website to give it the info. Once you do, the current window’s bar will include a link, and the others will once you reload them.
Sound cool? Get it here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3570095/Geeks%20Rule%20Bar.safariextz
Awesome news today, if you’re a LEGO fan, a Tolkien fan, or even better, both! We already knew that a LEGO Hobbit board game was on its way, but very few details were available. Now, ToysRUs.com has new info about the set, and it looks brilliant. Let’s go through it step by step.
First, the box. Only one thing to say: wow!
Next, the microfigures. As you probably know, microfigures are smaller versions of minifigures used in LEGO board games. They’re always awesome, and these don’t disappoint.
Like many microfigures, these are based on existing minifigures from the sets. The process of making something smaller, while retaining its key features, is always interesting. Gandalf is especially cool; the small hat, made from two common LEGO pieces, is a great design.
Now, the board.
It’s hard to think of anything to say other than what I used for the box, but I’ll try. This is a great design, and looks like it’ll be a blast to play. The board captures the charm of Hobbiton impressively. The hobbit holes all look essentially the same (although with different decorations), but that’s made up for by their epicness. They’re a great representation; again, it’s interesting to note how they’ve been downsized. Here, the transformation is even more drastic.
The gameplay tiles look awesome as well: food, runes, Bilbo, Frodo (why? maybe representing other hobbits?), Thorin, and dwarves, which disappointingly seems to only be in one kind. It’s not quite clear how these will be used. However, the description says the game is about “find[ing] the missing dwarves in Hobbiton,” and compares it to the game of memory.
Altogether, this looks like both an awesome set and an awesome board game. ToysRUs says it’ll be released in September, which would be great, but a December release (around the time of the movie!) is more likely. Either way, it’s worth waiting for.
Accelerated Card-Counting is a mobile-optimized website I made that gives probabilities for card games. Enter the cards which have already been played, and you can find the probability for a suit, number, or face card being played.
If you find any bugs or have any suggestions, leave a comment!
The new version of OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion, was today previewed on Apple’s site! It continues the trend of bringing iOS features to the Mac, this time with iOS 5 features such as Reminders, Messaging, and Notifications, as well as a new Mac Notes app. It also brings new Sharing integration, including websites like Twitter and Vimeo (YouTube, a Google service, seems absent).
One feature, however, is a little disturbing: users can now choose to restrict downloads to the Mac App Store only, or to the Mac App Store and developers certified by Apple (which is “recommended”). It seems Apple is trying to gain even tighter control over users’ software downloads. This is my response: