Blackberry is the brand which contributed to the popularity of qwerty devices and it was a pioneer in it. Since then, Blackberry started shifting its focus from creating qwerty phones to creating touch screen phones. Blackberry is still symbolized as the father of qwerty phones and people love blackberry as a qwerty phone. There had [...]
We’re back with another Amazing Apple Anecdote. This week we learn how Marc Andreesen, a web browser pioneer, questioned the lack of a keyboard on the iPhone prototype. He was out to dinner with Jobs at the time, and the latter quickly dismissed his worry.
Marc Andreessen, Internet browser pioneer turned venture capitalist, recalls a double-date he had with Jobs a few months before the iPhone was unveiled. “In the fall of 2006, my wife, Laura, and I went out to dinner with Steve and his brilliant and lovely wife, Laurene. Sitting outside of the restaurant on California Avenue in Palo Alto waiting for a table to open up, on a balmy Silicon Valley evening, Steve pulled his personal prototype iPhone out of his jeans pocket and said, ‘Here, let me show you something.’ He took me on a tour through all of the features and capabilities of the new device.
“After an appropriate amount of oohing and aahing, I ventured a comment. BlackBerry aficionado as I was, I said, ‘Boy, Steve, don’t you think it’s going to be a problem not having a physical keyboard? Are people really going to be okay typing directly on the screen?’ He looked me right in the eye with that piercing gaze and said, ‘They’ll get used to it.’”
Apple has sold more than 250 million iPhones since 2007 and it’s one of the top-selling smartphones in the world.
People sure did get used to it, as Steve Jobs’s accurate predictions were again on show. That’s it for this week, but we’ll be back soon with more. For now tough, enjoy!
Twitter rolled out a massive update today for their popular TweetDeck Twitter management app for Mac, despite having announced plans to discontinue the iPhone, Android, and Adobe Air desktop versions of the app.
The update brings a number of highly-requested features, such as improved filters, enhanced column filters, a setting for wider columns, far more powerful search features, and more. Also included are numerous minor updates to make the app more consistent with the TweetDeck web interface.
From the release notes (via TheNextWeb):
What’s New in Version 2.7.1
➤ Introduced column filters and powerful advanced search
➤ Added Content filters to columns and search including ability to filter by media, RTs, including and excluding terms
➤ Added Users filters to columns and search including ability to filter by verified users, members of a list and more
➤ Added wide column setting
➤ Added new font sizes to settings
➤ Spacebar now triggers page down event
➤ Cmd+W closes windows
➤ Social proof for favorites & RTs in detail view
➤ Added verified badge to list searches
➤ Enabled infinite scroll in temporary columns
All in all, it looks like a solid update, despite that it may well be the last one the app ever sees. TweetDeck is available for free from the Mac App Store.
- TweetDeck for Mac (direct link).
A keyboard with a customizable backlighting is of course something nice to hear, but it’s true and one that’s definitely not a joke or a lie. The Vengeance K70 is coming out from Corsair to do just that and many other things all intended to boost gaming performance with its fully –mechanical keyboard and the lighting previously mentioned. Corsair has not been into keyboard making lately until now and the release of K70 is accompanied with the release also of Vengeance headsets.
Going back to the keyboard, there’s the maximum grip texture and Cherry MX Red color for the 1-6 and WASD keys even providing a contoured placement on the board for a quick find without the hassle of looking down. The response rate is faster at 1,000Hz with the ability to support to a maximum of 20 keystrokes in one setting. For a gaming simulation that might be overkill but that’s the way it is.
More so with a chassis that’s made of aluminium for keyboard durability. But one can still find the ordinary things such as the USB ports, the multimedia buttons and a detachable wrist rest. Vengeance K70 comes in either black with red backlighting or blue with silver with blue backlighting. The gaming keyboard has a price tag of $ 130.
We’ve all grown up with visions of how our life would look like in the future and what kind of technology would be driving our lives. One technology that has grown by leaps and bounds is the personal computer and companies are coming up with amazing ways to further it. One such company is Google and its singular vision on how people will be searching for information in the future.
Several head honchos at Google have admitted that the company is working on a search engine that’s straight out of sci-fi movies. If Google is successful, people won’t need keyboards to search for information online. People can just walk up to a computer and talk to it. The exciting thing is, Google appears to be on the way to fulfilling its vision with Project Glass, Google Now, Talking Sneakers and other products that are currently being developed.
The most talked about Google product right now is the Google Glass which projects information on the glass and is controlled via a person’s voice. With the Glass, a person can share information as it happens, look at a store and get pertinent information and even instruct the computer to search for a particular location.
It goes without saying that what Google wants to achieve also hinges on other technologies like voice control and touch technology. But it is exciting to see what will happen if all these technology come together.