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Facebook tries to intercept its users e-mail

In other words, Facebook silently inserted themselves into the path of formerly-direct unencrypted communications from people who want to email me. In other contexts, this is known as a Man In The Middle (MITM) attack. What on earth do they think they are playing at?1

Customer or cattle?

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Retina MacBook Pro beats Mac Pro in speed-tests

In a real-world test (”clean build Adium”) my 2.7Ghz i7 Protina just bested my 3.33Ghz 6-core Westmere by 2 seconds.

Holy. Shit.1

Holy shit, indeed.

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Pushing 15 million pixels with the Retina MacBook Pro

Including the built-in Retina display, the new 2012 MacBook Pro 15″ can run four displays at their native resolution.1

Simply amazing!2

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Forget Your Past – Timothy Allen | Photography | Film

Forget Your Past – Timothy Allen | Photography | Film.

Fabulous photos of a really evocative building. Check it out!

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Competitors, start your copiers!

From MacWorlds ”Hands on with the Retina MacBook Pro:

(Keep in mind, the original MacBook Air was another $2000-plus product that arrived a bit early, but within a few years the Air had become the lowest-cost, most mainstream Apple laptop. This is the path this new MacBook Pro is now on.)1

I agree! Competitors to Apple should definitely start their copiers and start churning out Retina MacBook Pro knock-offs, because it’s likely the direction the computer world will head in pretty soon.

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David Smith on iOS 6

In Episode #54 of Developing Perspective David Smith talks about why he thinks Apple more or less confirmed that the new iPhone will have a bigger screen.

Developing Perspective is a podcast discussing news of note in iOS Development, Apple and the like. Never longer than 15 minutes.1

If you’re interested in mobile development in general, or iOS development and/or Apple in particular you should definitely check out Developing Perspective. It’s short, focused and states a clear opinion.

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”This changes everything” in Safari and Web Apps

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Finally, it’s here. You can now upload photos and videos from the Photo Library using a regular input element. This was previously only possible via the use of Phonegap etc.

This is a real game changer for mobile apps.1

Apple unveiled a lot of interesting things at the start of their WWDC this Monday. There’s been a lot of talk about new hardware, hardware that weren’t updated and new things in Mountain Lion and iOS but the fact that it seems like Safari in iOS 6 will support the <input type=”file” /> element has largely been overlooked.

I myself have a couple of ideas of apps that I’d like to build, but I don’t have the knowledge necessary to build them in Objective C and I currently don’t have the time to acquire that knowledge. I do, however, have the knowledge necessary to do those things using HTML, CSS and JavaScript with a PHP backend. The problem with this is that web apps in iOS can’t do some of the things that native apps can. For example, up until now it’s been impossible to upload pictures taken with your iPhone to your blog/web page/facebook/twitter etc. without using a natively built client.

To me, ”this changes everything”. Enabling the same (limited) access to the filesystem from web apps as from native apps is a huge boost for those of us that has an interest in web technologies. I can’t wait to try it out for real.2


  1. Nothing Insightful • What iOS 6 Mobile Safari Offers Front End Devs 
  2. I don’t have an extra iOS device to install the beta on, and I don’t want to install it on my main devices, so I’ll likely have to wait until they’re released as stable versions. 

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Tim Cook says the Mac Pro is not dead. It’s just resting.

A letter from Tim Cook(!) to a Mac user.

Franz,

Thanks for your email. Our Pro customers like you are really important to us. Although we didn’t have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today’s event, don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year. We also updated the current model today.

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Tim

via Cook: Apple planning professional Mac for 2013 | Macworld.

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The Mac Pro – Dead or alive?

After two years, the Mac Pro was “updated” today, sort of: now we can choose slightly faster two-year-old CPUs at the top end, and the other two-year-old CPU options are cheaper now.

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The message is clear: Apple doesn’t give a shit about the Mac Pro.1

Marco Arment is pissed.

Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro. An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.2

But David Pogue is reassured.

As I wrote in my Follow WWDC from a distance post, my only real wish was a new Mac Pro. I wouldn’t call the updated model ”new” in any way, but I still have faith. (And, fortunately, I’m not in pressing need for one right now.)

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Follow WWDC from a distance

If you’re going, to San Francisco …

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference starts tomorrow. (If you don’t know what that is you’ll likely not want to read this blog posts.) A lot a people is going. I’m not one of them. I didn’t even try to get a ticket because Apple development is just an area of interest for me, it’s not by any means my job, so it’s way to expensive for me. If you’re reading this you’re likely not going either. If you are going and you’re reading this right around the time I publish it you should likely stop reading and start packing your bags.

Anyway, this post is for those of us who is not going. I just want to share a couple of, presumably. great ways for those of us who’s not there to get the best information in the most entertaining way.

The Keynote

The WWDC keynote is going to be covered absolutely everywhere since it’s partly a press event and since no NDA is applied. It will likely be available as a video download shortly after being given (usually around Tuesday morning here in Sweden). Still, most of us likely want to get the information as fast as possible.

There will likely be all kinds of live blogs and those live blogs will likely be completely flooded with traffic and down about four seconds into the keynote. The best and most reliable source of information for me will be, and has been for the last couple of years, MacWorld’s twitter account @macworld. The guys at MacWorld will be live-tweeting and their coverage is usually very good.

For personal preference and amusement I’m also following Marco Arment (@marcoarment) and John Siracusa (@siracusa).

The rest of the week

Everything after the keynote will be covered by the NDA so the participants will actually not be able to talk much about the various sessions, but I’m still planning to keep myself up to date by following a few people that will be there. After all, they can talk about everything in the keynote and a lot of stuff from it will be more or less important as the week progresses.

I’ve already mentioned Marco Arment and John Siracusa. I’ll also start following John Gruber (@gruber) and keep an extra eye on his blog, Daring Fireball.

These guys will also do there respective podcasts in a special WWDC format during the week. On tuesday both Build and Analyze and The (new) Talk Show will be broadcast and on Friday we’ll have Hypercritical.

An Apple TV SDK?

One of the many rumored announcements for the week is a developer platform for the Apple TV, with an SDK, App Store etc. Should this become true, you should definitely follow Tobias Hieta (@tobiashieta) on twitter. He is part of the Plex developer team and the man behind the current version of Plex for jailbroken Apple TVs.

My wishes

I don’t have any predictions for this years WWDC, but I do have one wish. Please, Apple, give us a new Mac Pro! That would silence a lot of the talk about how Apple is abandoning the pro market.

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