Apple Releases iOS 4.3, Safari 5.0.4

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | Business | 3 Comments

Apple released iOS 4.3 today (except for Verizon iPhone users … grr)

Updates include:

  • Personal Hotspot
  • iTunes Home Sharing
  • Airplay Updates (more interoperability between devices)
  • Faster Safari (and also released a 5.0.4 for desktop users) – featuring the Apple Nitro Javascript engine — some results are up to 50% faster!
  • HD Video out with the Apple adapter
  • Few tweaks to settings

You can get it now, if you don’t have Verizon.  Guess I can’t ever be on the winning side of Apple.

I’m hoping the delay for 4.3 on Verizon iPhone isn’t too long — but no official word on that yet.

Also with the updates was an update for Apple TV today that aded some content as part of it’s iOS 4.3 update.

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Adobe Publishes Flash FLA to HTML5 Converter

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

Don’t get too excited, it doesn’t do most of the good stuff such as actionscript, filters, sound, strokes … the list of “unsupported” goes on and on.

It is, however, nice to see Adobe embracing HTML5 as a standard, and moving beyond the Flash / HTML5 games.

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XKCD: Server Attention Span

Monday, March 7th, 2011 | Business, Personal | No Comments

I’ve said it before, don’t redirect a mobile user asking for a specific page … TO THE HOME PAGE. It’s just not good for anybody.

Now I see XKCD did a comic on it, Server Attention Span (click the image to see the full size):


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BBC: Human Planet – Breathtaking Photography

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

The most amazing audio slideshow with pictures from unique cultures around the world.  You must see this.  I don’t post non “geek” items much, but this is a must see. Timothy Allen’s photographs and narration are top notch.

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iPad 2, iOS 4.3, and new Apps – review of the Apple iPad 2 event

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Steve Jobs managed to present for about a half hour, and came on and off stage after that.  It seemed like he was auditioning everyone, but still wanted to demo the iPad 2 himself.  At least we get to see the big product announcement before “1:55” in the announcement.

Lots of interesting things, most of which was predicted.

First the iPad 2 announcement:

  • Two Cameras
  • Faster – Featuring the A5 processor, which will have 2x the CPU power of the iPad, and 9x the graphics power of the iPad.
  • Lighter – down to 1.3 pounds from 1.5
  • Thinner – down to just 8.8mm thick, that’s thinner than an iPhone 4
  • HDMI out – up to 1080p
  • Gyroscope that the iPhone and iPod now have
  • Same Prices as before (I had hoped they would lower slightly, but they are already cheaper than the competition)
  • Will be available in both Black and White (upon release, no delays)
  • Will be in both AT&T and Verizon 3G models
  • 10 hour battery life (all the new toys, same battery life)
  • NO improved display
  • An interesting cover, which serves as a cleaner, stand, and a flap to protect the screen
  • Release date is March 11th (better get it out soon, while the iPad 3 is almost done)
  • Supports FaceTime

Also announced was the iOS 4.3:

Now Apple is getting into the App arena, and moving way beyond Poker:

  • Photo Booth – a photo manipulation app, seems ok
  • iMovie – Serious upgrades here, very impressive (social integration, great editing tools, only a few bucks)
  • Garage Band – Amazing that this can be done on such a mobile device

That’s it.  I’m excited, and would love to grab an iPad (and also want a new AppleTV to take advantage of the AirPlay functionality).

Seems in the coverage a term is being coined nowadays, called “post-PC”.  We saw it on mobile phones that can double as full computers, and now on tablets that have processing power to behave like a desktop.

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Apple’s iPad 2 Announcement @ 1:00 pm Eastern

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

You can follow my favorite live coverage at Engadget.

We know they are announcing the iPad 2, the question is — exactly what does that mean?

Personally I’m expecting a minor upgrade including:

  • Internal Camera
  • Faster Processor
  • More Storage
  • Possibly lower price points?
  • Verizon compatible “3G” iPad?

Other rumors include:

  • A new Social iOS app launch
  • Possibly focusing on the release of “The Da Vinci Code” and Random House appearing as iBooks
  • Mobile Me changes (we know there will be changes, just not sure if it’s announced today, and/or what they will be — maybe this is the new iOS Social app?)

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Help: WordPress Update to 3.1 (or any version) Crashed my Site

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I just updated this site to WordPress 3.1, and it took the site down.  The automatic updated failed to update the site, and left the site in a permanent “500 Internal Server Error”.

How to fix any failed WordPress core Update (3.1 included)

Understand that one beautify of WordPress is that the core software is entirely separate from any customizations (if done right).  This means as long as you leave 2 items alone, you can replace your entire install.

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WordPress 3.1 Released

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Update your WordPress installations, WordPress 3.1 is released.

Some of the changes in 3.1:

  • Internal Linking – no more copying the URLs!
  • Admin Bar – not sure what this really is
  • Streamlined Writing Interface – hiding some of the usual stuff on the editor screen will make life a little easier.
  • Post Formats – New Theme Feature! You can specify what the post format is (gallery, link, image, quote, etc), and themes can now adapt to that
  • Network Admin – Here’s a screenshot of the new Network Admin Users screen.  Core super admin tasks are removed from various menus, an organized.
  • List-type Admin Screens – native support for sortable columns of list-type screens, better pagination
  • Exporter/Importer update – the export/import functionality has been redone to handle structure, terms, and navigation menus (guess they left that out)
  • Advanced Queries! – We can finally query multiple taxonomies an custom fields!
  • Refreshed Admin color scheme – well, guess you have to do something visual.

I have seen the automatic upgrade pop up in a few client sites, but not all.  If you don’t see it, you can always download and force an update.

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Week in Web: jQuery Menus, Flowplayer update, Stylesheet removal, drop shadows, Gury, Sliders, etc

Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I’m going to start publishing, every Friday, a list of some useful / interesting links I’ve visited throughout the course of the week.

Usually this will involve whatever I am working on at the moment.  If you like these links, you can follow me on Twitter to get them as I find them (as opposed to waiting for Friday).

This week I’ve been working a lot with jQuery (nothing new), Flowplayer, and CSS.  An average week for a web developer.

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Flowplayer 3.2.6 Released – Viral sharing, HD/SD, Streaming updates, bug fixes

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

My favorite video player, Flowplayer, has released version 3.2.6 addressing some previous bug issues (one of which has been annoying me).

Some updates include:

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