It’s been 8 years since the iPhone was unveiled.
Look how terrible the first one was
It’s eight years to the day since Steve Jobs first revealed the iPhone to the world. It was nothing short of a miracle. Before the iPhone came out, smartphones were clunky devices, half keyboard and half screen. Full websites didn’t run on mobile phones, so companies were forced to build weak, mobile versions of their sites. The iPhone changed everything. And yet the iPhone experience we all enjoy today didn’t happen overnight. It took years of Apple adding feature upon feature. By today’s standards, the original iPhone was a useless brick. As a reminder of how far the iPhone has come, we’ve put together this slideshow on how the first iPhone was pretty crappy. There’s an important lesson here: People tend to quickly judge products on what they can and cannot do, while failing to account for how the product improves over time. As the iPhone shows, it’s okay to start with limitations and gradually expand the product over the years. As speculation mounts ahead of the release of the Apple Watch, it’s worth keeping this in mind.
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For the Internet of things, the cost of cheap will be
In 2014, the Internet of things (IoT) moved beyond a buzzword; it became a security risk. Gartner forecasts there will be almost five billion connected devices by the end of this year and 25 billion in 2020. However, the deployment of cost-efficient sensors and devices that has allowed the IoT to grow will also make its network less secure, creating major vulnerabilities in the cyber ecosystem and possibly becoming a counterweight on the U.S. economy. More companies and brands than ever are recognizing the value of networking their products while, at the same time, developers are conjuring up innovative new ways to make user experiences more rich through the use of IoT devices and sensors. Networked devices that are currently in the marketplace include home and office mainstays such as door locks, thermostats, picture frames, garage-door operators, and audio and video systems.
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6 Ways to Quantify Your Code – and Why You Need
to Do It
Businesspeople dig numbers. They don’t necessarily want to hear that you got something done; they want to hear how much you got done—especially relative to past results or some other relevant benchmark—and they want to know the value of what you did. Some professionals have it easy when it comes to quantifying their job performance. Salespeople can measure their achievements in dollars and cents, for example, and many other fields also have clear-cut numbers with which to calculate their contributions. For software developers and some other technology-based roles, however, quantifying your work can be a struggle without a straightforward solution. Yet doing so is crucial not just in job searches, but in many aspects of a software engineer’s career: performance reviews, effectively communicating up the chain of command, working efficiently with non-technical business units, and ensuring you’re properly valued within your organization.
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These are the most amazing aerial photos of New York
It’s always exciting to receive a message from a master like Vincent Laforet telling you about his new photos. This time he has outdone himself (once again!) so I had to share it right away. Never in my life I’ve seen New York from this perspective and with this stunning quality—so perfect it feels unreal.
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Apple News: Apple’s rumored 12“ MacBook Air may aggressively target mobility with USB 3.1 Type-C Apple has been rumored to release a 12-inch MacBook Air for a long time now; last April, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the company would release an ”all new,“ ”ultra slim“ 12 inch MacBook Air with a new fan-less design sporting a ”click-less“ trackpad as well as fewer physical inputs and outputs. That prediction…Read more...
Apple News: First HomeKit devices confirm Apple TV’s limited role in home automation CES 2015 has given us a deluge of new HomeKit announcements. Thus far, we’ve seen several smart outlets, a garage door opener, light bulb adapters, a door lock, and a power strip from vendors such as iDevices, iHome, GridConnect, Chamberlain, Schlage, and Incipio. Elgato announced an entire range of HomeKit sensors while Insteon introduced a full-on hub…Read more...
Apple News: Apple Might Be About To Kill Off The iPod Shuffle Apple has made some moves that make it look like it might be preparing to stop selling the iPod Shuffle, as supplies of the device are starting to run low. 9to5Mac is reporting that supplies of the cheap iPod are “dwindling,” a sign that Apple has plans for the product. Apple has reportedly warned its retail employees that…Read more...
Sony succeeded in making it very difficult to update the GPS Assist Data on their GPS enabled cameras using a Mac or Linux. Sony supplies a windows-only software for downloading and updating the GPS almanac on the camera. The supplied PMB Portable software runs on Apple’s OS X, but it does not support downloading the GPS almanac. Here are the steps to do so manually on any OS:Read more...