And with that, a lot was shown.
While Apple was on a roll, I’ve only just seen this.
Brilliant trailer to Snake’s beginnings of Outer Heaven and the original Metal Gear it seems.
Still not convinced on Kiefer Sutherland voicing Snake, but I’ll take it as it goes.
So far so good!
About 5 hours until the keynote begins (click the picture to be taken to the livestream at 6PM GMT), and as always on the day, the flurry of rumors has been flying around all the sites, but it’s not as obvious or leaked as before, especially like last year’s WWDC.
After months of rumours, it’s finally here.
When the name appeared, I was expecting another console that solely focused on games, with a smaller design to match.
Alas, this was the only console that would bear the name of ‘Xbox’.
The familiar announcements of specs and partners was rolled out like a conveyor belt, and games were shown, but only cut scenes, no in-game footage. Hopefully at E3 they’ll be actual game play in 3 weeks.
So far, the box itself looks huge, a cross between a Sega Saturn and a Phillips CDI, I can’t see that even fitting on the shelf below my Television. The vents all over the machine gives me the impression it’s going to be even louder than how the first generation Xbox 360 was.
I’ll wait until I see it with my own eyes if it’s really as big as it looks.
So far, I’m not impressed with it. It just seems like a rehash of the 360, but with an emphasis of focusing on taking over the living room. Microsoft could have done an announcement with a bang, but, once again, they disappointed.
When you’re setting up a website, the main thing you want to do is to relate and communicate to whoever reads what you put up. One way can be e-mail, another can be asocial network.
Chatwing though, offers a new way which seems to be a faster and easier way to communicate with visitors.
I was given the opportunity to give it a try, and this is what happened.
With under a month to go, I can see the new iteration focusing more on TV than just social features that the PS4 was shown to have.
Should be an eventful time.
Hopefully there will be actual demos to play this time, unlike another event from Microsoft last year.
After last night’s conference call saying there would pretty much be no new products until fall (although I’m hoping for the new refresh of the Macbooks in June) iOS 7 and 10.9 are certainly to be shown.
A UI refresh of iOS is surely to come, along with Siri and Maps coming to OS X.
And in the same week as E3 as well, a good week to come, roll on June 10th.
2005 5 Inch iPhone/iPad Prototype with Ethernet, Serial & USB Ports
So while the iPod with video was being unveiled for the first time, the very early prototypes were coming out, with serial ports!
I can’t see it being anything else.
They’ll either ignore the inevitable and price it at £500, or use the ‘Gaikai’ service they bought last year and have it for £99 with a subscription service to maximize profit.
Either way, I’m curious to see what happens.
The Verge have a good article on it too.
RIP Sir Patrick Moore. The Gamesmaster of the childhood.
From a 1980 kids computer book.
We’re living in the future. Just need hoverboards in 3 years.
When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years,”
“It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.
Tim Cook on the future of the TV. NBC.
A year ago, I thought at the end of 2012 we would see the true Apple Television, but a year on, with all the products updated by October, it seems like 2013 is the time for it to be shown.
- Apple can’t update its online store without taking it offline first.
- A popular Game Center game was able to bring down the entire network.
- Apple requires you to re-friend everyone on Game Center, Find my Friends, and Shared Photostreams.
- Notes requires an email account to sync.
- The iTunes and App Stores are still powered by WebObjects, a mostly dead framework written almost 20 years ago.
- iMessage for Mac lives in an alternate dimension in which time has no ordered sequence.
Apple should buy Twitter not for its social network, but for its talent and technology. That talent and technology could undoubtably help bring Apple and iCloud into the 21st century. The social network is basically an added bonus.
Agree with everything here. Google can update their web services without having to take it down with a ‘Back Soon!’ post it note, so why can’t Apple.
A really great mockup of how iOS can go beyond it’s current state. 3 Features that could do with these improvements.
The first new feature of the lockscreen is something I call “Lockscreen Cards.” Basically, they’re little informative slates that are connected to an app. You can slide between the cards in the same way that you slide between homescreen pages.
The grabber which was introduced a year ago, with the camera icon appearing next to the ‘slide to unlock’ bar, shows a method of improving this:
Quick access to the camera was a great addition to the lockscreen in mid 2011, but I think that the idea could be taken further. The grabber should be able to open any app action that you want. So, first, what exactly is an “app action?” It’s basically anything that you do with an app. Update your status on Twitter, check-in on Foursquare, take a picture with Instagram, whatever. So you can customize your grabber to be one of those things.
More on below.
Loren Brichter, the founder of Tweetie and then sold it to Twitter, which is now their official app, talks about how he see’s design, and what iOS design could mean now that Jonny Ive is in charge.
One quote that stood out for me:
One of my complaints about design of iOS is it’s doing things that aren’t true to the hardware.
Something that seems to be coming to the forefront of what iOS 7 will be, is how the design is going to be so simple, but elegant, and just makes sense. Exactly how the design of the hardware has been since 1998. Now with Ive in charge, the design of iOS 7 will complement the hardware completely.