Atari’s Missile Command Heads to iOS This Spring

· Andrew Orr · Link

2020 is the 40th anniversary of Missile Command and Atari is bringing it to iOS sometime this spring.

Missile Command: Recharged maintains the same perspective of the original game, in which missile silos battle incoming rockets to protect civilian structures. Recharged uses a neon-colored visual design, a la classic arcade game re-imaginings like Pac Man Championship Edition and Space Invaders Extreme. Gameplay has been remixed, with power-ups, an upgrade system, and an augmented reality mode that projects gameplay onto a “virtual arcade cabinet.”

How the Windows Team Was “Blinded” by the iPad

· Andrew Orr · Link

Former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky wrote a blog post about how his team were caught off guard by the iPad.

The success of iPhone (140K apps & 3B downloads announced that day) blinded us at Microsoft as to where Apple was heading. Endless rumors of Apple’s tablet *obviously* meant a pen computer based on Mac. Why not? The industry chased this for 20 years. That was our context.

It’s a good read. Everyone expected Apple to compete with netbooks. They did, but not by creating their own Mac netbook.

Apple History: Steve Jobs Revealed the iPad 10 Years Ago

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad on January 27, 2010. Since then it has remained a steadfast product in Apple’s ecosystem, although only recently has Apple pushed the device forward with the introduction of iPadOS. Tim Cook once said: “The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.“ Here’s to the next ten years to see what the iPad becomes.

—Sent from my iPad

iPads Can’t Kill Laptops But They are a Viable Alternative

· Andrew Orr · Link

It’s the tenth anniversary of the iPad. Steve Jobs introduced the device on January 27, 2010. Nathan Ingraham writes about the iPad but insists Apple is still trying to kill laptops. But I think he disproves his own point when he shares what Mr. Jobs said:

Shortly after the iPad launch, Jobs nailed his famous metaphor, comparing iPads to cars and traditional laptops and PCs to trucks, saying he believed that for most people, a car met all their needs. That clearly has not come to pass for a majority of computer users, but that doesn’t mean Jobs was wrong.

The metaphor is correct. Apple isn’t trying to kill laptops, they’re saying that for many people iPads are a good alternative. Alternative, not replacement.

Backblaze Storage Pod Celebrates 10 Years

· Andrew Orr · Link

Ten years ago, cloud storage company Backblaze introduced the Storage Pod. It’s a custom-built server for reliable, cheap storage. Today is the Pod’s 10th Anniversary.

Back in 2007, when we started Backblaze, there wasn’t a whole lot of affordable choices for storing large quantities of data. Our goal was to charge $5/month for unlimited data storage for one computer. We decided to build our own storage servers when it became apparent that, if we were to use the other solutions available, we’d have to charge a whole lot more money. Storage Pod 1.0 allowed us to store one petabyte of data for about $81,000. Today we’ve lowered that to about $35,000 with Storage Pod 6.0.

It’s an interesting, worthwhile read. Backblaze is a good cloud storage provider in my opinion.

Apple Celebrates Superman's 80th Birthday with Movie Bundle

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Superman just turned 80, and he’s aged pretty well. To celebrate the son of Krypton’s birthday, Apple has an iTunes Store movie bundle loaded with some pretty fantastic animated features. This bundle includes Doomsday, Public Enemies, Apocalypse, The Return of Black Adam, and more. The eight movie bundle is priced at US$49.99, which is a significant drop from its regular $84.82. DC may stumble with their live-action superhero movies, but they nail it with their animated stories.

Apple Celebrates Superman’s 80th Birthday with Movie Bundle

The iPhone at Age 10 (Which is Roughly 60 in Dog Years)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

original iPhone and birthday cake for 10th anniversary

The iPhone turned 10 last week (that’s roughly 60 in dog years). In this week’s Rants & Raves column, Dr. Mac  takes a brief look back upon the 14 iPhone models introduced so far and the new features each one introduced.

 

Get Ready for Apple's $1,000 10th Anniversary iPhone

· Jeff Gamet · News

10th anniversary iPhone 8 to cost over $1,000

In a world where people are still having a hard time accepting that smartphones cost money, Apple is prepping a special 10th anniversary iPhone model, and it’s going to cost more than US$1,000. The special model will reportedly be called the iPhone 8, and despite the hefty price tag people will likely buy it.

10 Years in and the iPhone is Still Going Strong

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

10 years of iPhones photo mosaic

Apple unveiled the original iPhone 10 years ago on January 9th, 2007, at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Apple changed the smartphone world that day and opened the door for a future where mobile computing is the norm, and flip phones, Treos, and Blackberrys are fading memories.