With all the lawsuits piling up over the past month, I felt a revision of this graphic was needed. In this update I also included patent holding companies.
Update: Motorola fires back and Microsoft and Spansion sues Samsung.
IF THE SHOE FITS… WEAR IT TO THE CITY CIRCLE!
It’s that time of year again, citizens! As all of Panem gears up for the Opening Ceremonies, we’ve been doing some serious shoe-stalking around town. It seems like everyone who’s anyone is traipsing about the City Circle in the latest and the greatest kicks. Check out some of the highlights from our trés fashionable reconnaissance mission…
In her final episode, Oprah was asked if there was a common thread throughout her 25 years on the air. As she reflected on decades of interactions and interviews she distilled it down to one thing all of here guests shared:
I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000…
We just released the beta version of Axure RP for Mac. It is available for download here. And we are targeting the end of March for the final release.
The beta expires April 15, 2010. A valid beta will be available until the final release of 5.6 for Mac so your work will not be interrupted.
Axure for Mac requires the following:
- Mac computer with Intel processor
- Mac OS X 10.5+
- 1 GB Memory
- 200 MB disk space
- For specifications, Microsoft Office Word 2004 (with compatibility pack) or Word 2008
- For prototypes, Firefox
What to expect:
The beta has all* of the features from Axure RP 5.6 for Windows including shared projects. It also has a number of UI enhancements like a new properties pane and redesigned interactions dialog.
If you’ve been using the alpha (thank you!), you’ll notice a new formatting toolbar and the formatting pane has been moved to the annotations and interactions pane. Also, the default folders for widget libraries has been moved to ~/Documents/Axure/Libraries.
The .rp files are compatible with Axure RP 5.6 on Windows.
* Features not in the Mac version:
- Word 2000 generator (the newer Word 2007 or DOCX generator is available)
- CHM generation for prototypes
- Spell Checker (native Mac spell checking while editing text works)
Safari compatibility has not been fully tested. If you notice anything in prototypes that do not work in Safari, please let us know.
iWork Pages crashes when opening the generated specification. Word is required to open the specification. But once saved in Word, they do open in Pages.
Shared projects can be stored on a Windows (SMB) network drive or SVN server, but not a Mac share or through https.
Performance tuning is in progress.
How can you help?
Please submit bug report dialogs that pop-up in the application. Any information that might help us repeat an error is really helpful. You can send those to firstname.lastname@example.org along with any bugs and requests.
And if you have any requests for 6.0, now’s a good time to send them in.
Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, recently published a breakdown of devices and OS versions for everyone who uses his app. He reveals that only 45.1% of his users are using iOS 5.
Many developers have been asking what is the minimum OS version they should target. This is…
I will confirm that Amazon, really, are a pretty good little company.
Even though Craig Dalton’s business had so many things “wrong” with it, honesty, transparency, and connection between his customers and the artisans making his product were enough to create a successful company.
The advent of new technologies often begets the decline of…
The above This American Life piece on how Apple products are manufactured in Shenzhen, China, floored me, for the following reasons:
- Mike Daisey, the storyteller to whom the bulk of the episode is dedicated, performs a piece of theatrical alchemy that’s absolutely amazing. He doesn’t justtell us about the bizarre, often awful working conditions under which our electronic devices are made, he places us there, mentally and emotionally. He makes the truly alien understandable, and gives us the ability to truly empathize with people we can barely imagine. That’s not only great storytelling — it also provides us with an intimate understanding his subject of a sort that journalism is often unable to provide, despite the fact that “intimate understanding” is so often the point of journalism.
- Other shows — most other shows on NPR, even — would be content to broadcast Daisey’s story and leave it at that. But when the story is over, Ira Glass does something remarkable — he fact-checks it. The result? Most of it’s true, but a few details are unverifiable or were, perhaps, isolated incidents. But yes, the thrust of Mike’s story checks out. And finally,
- Other shows would be content to say, “Hey, isn’t this horrifying?” and leave it at that. Instead, Glass goes on to interview a range of writers and activists, and gets a range of opinions on the issue — notably, Nicholas Kristof points out that factories like these contribute enormously to ending poverty in third-world countries. Finally, Glass notes in the close of the show that the entire episode you just heard was produced entirely on Apple computers. Which is to acknowledge, tacitly, how difficult and complex this problem is, because, after all, if it weren’t for the amazing yet troubling Apple products that brought you this program, you wouldn’t know how troubling nearly every piece of electronics you own is.
All of which is to say that the synthesis of storytelling and journalism that This American Life has developed and recently perfected is totally unique in American media, and immensely effective. I can’t think of another outlet that combines the intimate, empathetic aspects of storytelling with the rigorous chops of journalism, and to such great effect. Ira Glass and his contributors have been doing some amazing, historic work.
All of which is to say, go listen to this with the lights off.
Supplemental materials: Here’s what Apple’s done in response to this piece. It’s pretty good, but they still have a long ways to go. And Mike Daisey is a fascinating performer who I’m currently fascinated with. Here’s his account of how he adapted the piece from his live stage show; here’s a comprehensive list of his work; and here’s an unbelievable video of eighty-seven Christian protesters walking out of one of his shows because he said “fuck.” And here’s his unbelievable followup to that incident.
A number of his monologues are available, ironically, in the iTunes store.
Thanks for this great tutorial!
You’re syncing from another computer. You’re restoring from a backup. iTunes has a bad day. Whatever reason, iTunes decided to resync all your apps, and replace them in your springboard in alphabetical order. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find that particularly helpful. I don’t know *how*…