Twitter Founder, Jack Dorsey, has his new payments system called Square which is now out in the public domain. It looks great but begs the question when will we be able to drop the credit cards all together for payments? We have devices and they can be set to pin access only. We have apps on those devices which also can be secured so in essence the Credit Card is superfluous in the next decade in my opinion. I think what he has done is brilliant. The no credit card approach will win in the end, and hopefully it’s a good guy like Jack.
One word – wow! This is pretty amazing stuff. Earlier today Steve Jobs, Apple’s charismatic but somewhat elusive CEO announced the impending launch of the Apple iPad. This product has been shrouded in secrecy for quite a few years now, with the tech world eagerly awaiting Apple’s take on the handheld tablet computing concept. And as I said….wow, i think theyve nailed it. Who cant see themselves using one of these little beauties at some point in the future! Watch the video.
Even though the Apple iPad won’t be available for another 60 or 90 days, Apple already has its official iPad website up and running.
In addition to showing off some of the applications, features and design and technical specifications, the website also features an eight-minute video with Apple’s design and development team discussing the device and showing it off. Check it out!
Nextwave is just starting to get into iPhone software development to help our clients take better advantage of the growing number of iphone users. The great thing is that nearly all the apps built for the iPhone will also work on the iPad, leveraging Apples massive and growing App Store of 150,000+ apps ranging from entertianment, producitivity, fincance, sprt and loads more…
You wil certainly be hearing lots more about the Apple iPad and the iPhone in the coming month.
Talk to your project manager about potential applications for your business in this growing market of content hungry users.
I read a great article this morning explaining an issue with the way colours can display on Macs while surfing the web. Heres the example from the article.
The image on the right is infact closer to: #EC9546;
If you are on a Mac with Safari take a look for yourself.
Apparently the issue all stems from the fact that Macs use a gamma setting of 1.8 where as PCs use 2.2.
However the Mac doesn’t simply brighten up everything, or there wouldn’t be a problem. One could simply counter this with the monitor or system gamma settings.
The problem is that OSX will infact render different parts of a web page with different gamma settings.
HTML, CSS and other rendered graphics will follow one gamma setting, while images and in particular photos with embedded colour profiles, will render differently.
Achieving consistent complimentary colour for your web viewers might be more of an issue than you think.
While even Apple recommends users change their system gamma to 2.2, like that of the PC, not everyone has photoshop or can download a colour profile and install it onto their Mac.
Apple touts the most effective print media computing system with default gamma settings deeply rooted in print media history, but its the PC that maintains some colour uniformity in the chaotic world of the web.
All of these resolution and colour issues that have continually plauged computer use should be on the way out in the next 10 years with the advent of better displays; but until then its another battle over technical restrictions and backwards compatibility to just get it to not look WONKY.