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
In honor of one year since Steve Jobs left this earth, here is a touching video that really goes with its music. Even though it was made right after his passing, it still might bring a tear to your eye.
Mojang and humblebundle.com have teamed up for a Mojam. The indie game-develping company that brought us Minecraft has 60 hours to create a game. All profits go to charity; like the other Humble Indie Bundles, everyone who donates, whatever the amount, will get the game. You only have until Sunday February 19 at noon.
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:
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