Smithsonian Magazine spent some time tracing the origins of the QWERTY keyboard layout, including research that debunks the myth that it was invented to slow typists down. We've all heard that myth, but some Japanese researchers said that the QWERTY layout evolved from the needs of telegraph operators and the peculiarities of Morse Code. The article also talks about keyboard layouts for tablets and the KALQ keyboard. Cool stuff. The attribution path is a lengthy one: @LeoLaporte > Next Draft > The Atlantic.
Apple is getting ready to retake control of the narrative, according to Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes. At the same time, that means that Apple lost control of that narrative in the first place, and Bryan Chaffin says that Apple can only blame itself.
Those who want to charge an iPhone and an iPad, on the go, at the same time with one charger should check out the Gum Max Duo from Just Mobile. It does both and fits in most pockets.
Over the weekend, Cult of Mac ran a story about how new technologies are threatening to leave the iPhone behind. The premise there is that there is no longer room for vision, that a technology race determines the ultimate winner. John Martellaro weighs in with a rebuttal.
Adobe unveiled the next version of its popular graphic design, Web design, and video editing applications at Adobe MAX on Monday, and the collection is changing names from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud, hinting at a future where Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver are available only through subscriptions instead of traditional licensing. Adobe is also pushing the collaborative features of its apps through its purchase of Behance at the end of 2012.
The idea that Apple is going to make a cheap iPhone just doesn't sit well with me because the low-end market is something the company has historically been willing to leave for its competitors to fight over. That said, Apple also has its own way of systematically working its way down the market ladder and eating into what little it previously left for its competition, and that could be the company's modus operandi for the smartphone market, too.
Popular author and columnist Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is hitting the road for a multi-user group tour that includes appearances in Hershey, King of Prussia, and Princeton. Bob will be talking about cool things he likes for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, and may mention a few he hates, as well.
The European Union isn't pleased with Motorola's stance on standard essential patents and has gone so far as to call the company's injunction against Apple an abusive act, and that Apple should be allowed to license the patents in question under reasonable terms. In a statement from the European Commission, which is investigating Motorola's actions, officials called the actions "an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by EU antitrust rules."
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Today's statements aren't a final ruling in the Motorola investigation, but they do offer a good idea as to what may be in store for the company. The agency clearly isn't pleased with the way Motorola is dealing with its standard essential patents, and could dole out some pretty harsh penalties as a consequence.
Ever have your Mac tell you that your startup disk is so full that you can't run any more applications or really do anything? That happened to Sarah, and we help guide her through diagnosing and solving this problem... and we might even learn some troubleshooting tricks along the way!
Mac Geek Gab listener Joe prefers to archive copies of his email messages for reference, but doesn't always want to keep the associated email attachments which are often unnecessary and take up valuable drive space. We show him how to use a little-know feature of Mail to remove attachments from email messages.
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