Apple News: Apple Planning Pop-up Shops For Its Apple Watch
Apple already has a strong presence on the high street — some of its retail stores have become as iconic as the wares contained within — but there are signs that the Cupertino company wants to expand this presence even further. A number of pop-up displays are reportedly being built in high-end jewellers in Paris and London. The latest rumor comes courtesy of MacRumors, which says that the Apple Watch is going to go on sale near the entrance to the Wonder Room in the London branch of Selfridges. The “store-within-a-store concept” will be used to show off all varieties of the smartwatch and one-to-one consultations are likely to be available for those who want them.
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Technology News: Why 2015 is the year of encryption
During a visit to Silicon Valley earlier this month, President Obama described himself as “a strong believer in strong encryption.” Some have criticized the president for equivocating on the issue, but as “strong believers” ourselves, we’ll take him at his word. Obama isn’t alone; everyone is calling for encryption, from activists to engineers, and even government agencies tasked with cybersecurity. In the past, using encryption to secure files and communication has typically only been possible for technically sophisticated users. It’s taken some time for the tech industry and the open source community to ramp up their efforts to meet the call for widespread, usable encryption, but the pieces are in place for 2015 to be a turning point.
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Programming News: UI Does Not Equal UX
There is a lot of discussion around UI and UX. Countless times we’ll see “UI/UX” written in job postings, mentioned in meetings, etc., as if they are interchangeable, or as if they are one and the same. But what does that even mean? A UX designer friend of mine was telling me of a meeting they were in the other day.
Executive: “We need to address the UI/UX.”UX Designer: “What do you mean? The underlying user flows, or the visual elements, or what exactly?”Executive: “I mean the UI/UX, this button should be naturally on the left – where I would expect it to be.”
Of course, we will not go into the executive that says “I” too much here, as that is a whole other post… but people talking about UI and UX as if they are one and the same seems to now be a pretty standard situation. Let’s clear up a common misunderstanding; UI does not equal UX. There… I said it. People may see UX as Interface Design but it is not that alone.
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Photography News: 4 Mistakes New Photographers Make and How to Avoid Them
Cameras are complex machines and to get the most out of them you need to know how they work. When you’re a new photographer shooting with a sophisticated camera for the first time, the complexity can be overwhelming. There’s just so much to learn! Now that I’ve been shooting for more than ten years, it’s interesting to go back to my early days and see the mistakes I made. In this article we’ll have a look at four of my first DSLR photos and I’ll share what I know now that I wish I knew then, so hopefully you can learn from these mistakes.
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Apple News: Should Apple TV users be excited about the Apple Watch event? Apple will be hosting (and live streaming) an event on March 9. Judging by Apple’s track record of cryptic invites, the “Spring Forward” tagline shouts out that the event will be mostly about the Apple Watch. But there are some goodies hidden somewhere here for us Apple TV users, too. First of all, let’s hope for Apple…Read more...
Apple News: Ericsson wants to block Apple from selling iPhones in the U.S. In one to file under “N” for “Never happening,” mobile phone company Ericsson has filed seven new lawsuits asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Apple products, such as the iPhone, from selling in the United States. The lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing on up to 41 patents, related to user interfaces, battery saving, and…Read more...
Apple News: Apple hopes ‘real-time’ maps will be a Google beater For a long time, Apple Maps was a laughing stock. Then it started getting better. Apple ironed out the glitches, began updating Apple Maps every day, and introduced Flyover, which gave you a 3-D view of major cities as they would look from the sky. Now it’s taken that technology one step further in an effort to win the…Read more...
Apple News: How an entire Modern Family episode was shot using iOS devices Tonight, history is made as Modern Family becomes the first major TV show to ever air an episode shot almost entirely using Apple products — ranging from the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 to MacBook FaceTime cameras. But while Apple products are famously easy to use, the episode itself contained numerous challenges: taking more than three…Read more...