Apple publishes iphone-5 blueprints

For the first time Apple released the external blueprints of one of their devices to the public. Usually this is made available to accessory manufacturers. Now they’ve published it in their developer site.

Samsung can now start making its next phone. (I keeeed! I keeeed! 😀)

Source: developer.apple.com

Apple’s advice to Samsung … Don’t make rectangular devices

Wow! Apple has suggested a few workarounds to Samsung to help them work around Apple’s design patents. They had to do this as part of their July request to ban imports of Samsung products. Redacted documents related to this request, including an expert declaration with workaround suggestions, are becoming available online. Here’s a few of the suggestions:

  • Front surface that isn’t black.
  • Overall shape that isn’t rectangular, or doesn’t have rounded corners.
  • Display screens that aren’t centered on the front face and have substantial lateral borders.
  • Front surfaces with substantial adornment.
  • Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
  • Front surface that isn’t entirely flat.
  • Profiles that aren’t thin.
  • Cluttered appearance.

There’s only one reaction to this … WOW!

Thunderbird 3.0 is officially available!

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Mozilla have released the new major version of Thunderbird. It has huge improvements in the interface. First of all, the inboxes of all your mail accounts are grouped together and they’ve been moved to the top. You can also view a collated list of emails from all your accounts by clicking on the top level Inbox.

Gmail users will love this version of Thunderbird. Setting up a new Gmail account is as simple as entering your username and password. You can see all your tagged emails in separate folders too.

The POP3/IMAP account setup process has also been totally simplified where it asks you to enter just the email address and password, then tries determine the server information from that. Even when it can’t autodetect the server, it populates most of the information in the manual setup window.

The main user interface is now tabbed like firefox. opening an email now shows it in a new tab instead of a new window. Search results are also displayed in a new tab.

The search feature is one of the most improved features in Thunderbird 3.0. The search results look similar to a web search with the title and summary of each email matching your search. Additionally it also allows you filter the search results based on a number of criteria, all without having to rerun the search.

And last but not least, being a sister-product to firefox, it has a huge number of add-ons.

All in all it’s a great email client. Its available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Get it at Mozilla Messaging.

Flash and the mobiles

The smartphone market is finally getting a full-fledged flash player. Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash 10 running on Nokia Series 60 (based on Symbian), Windows Mobile and even the Google Android platforms. There was a major but expected absentee … The iPhone.

The smartphone market is finally getting a full-fledged flash player. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash 10 running on Nokia Series 60 (based on Symbian), Windows Mobile and even the Google Android platforms. There was a major but expected absentee … The iPhone.

While Adobe has a near complete version for the iPhone, it’ll probably never be released to the wild. The problem as some see it is that it is too close for comfort for Apple, providing a free application platform that would compete with the App Store. They would lose the tight control they have on what can be run on an iPhone, as well as losing the revenue stream from sales via the App Store.
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Linux with better User Experience than Mac?

Infoworldhas coverage of Ubuntu Linux Founder Mark Shuttleworth speaking Open Source Convention (OSCON), asking the audience Can we go right past Apple in the user experience we deliver

Infoworld has coverage of Ubuntu Linux Founder Mark Shuttleworth speaking Open Source Convention (OSCON), asking the audience Can we go right past Apple in the user experience we deliver, adding Certainly on the desktop experience we need to shoot beyond the Mac, but I think it’s equally relevant [in] the mobile space.
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