iOS 7.1 Update Moved Placement of Wallpaper, All Shelf Type Wallpapers Need to be Adjusted.

iOS 7.1 Update Moved Placement of Wallpaper, All Shelf Type Wallpapers Need to be Adjusted.

  It appears that with the latest update to the OS for the iPhone, IPad and iPod Touch, Apple has made a slight adjustment to the automatic placement of an image when choosing a wallpaper. For most images this slight movement will not matter, but for background images, usually for the home screen and not the lock-screen, that rely on an exact placement to correspond to icon and app title text placement, you many need to adjust your images. The elements of your custom wallpaper that match up with iOS UI elements like…Read more …
iPhone 6 and the Future of Mobile From Apple, in 20 Seconds.

iPhone 6 and the Future of Mobile From Apple, in 20 Seconds.

Visually, somewhat like the current 5th generation iPod Touch, but bigger (and smaller). From an industrial design point of view, it can easily be argued that the 5th gen iPod Touch is a better hardware design than both the iPhone 5s and 5c. The French blog Nowhereelse.fr and designer Martin Hajek have put this idea to pictures. The design essentially looks like an iPad mini or iPad Air scaled down to iPhone size, which happens to look almost exactly like a current generation iPod Touch. This hypothetical new design would work with multiple…Read more …

iPad Mini is my iPhone Phablet. Only $20 a month.

Simple, yet a bit too convoluted for most people. iPad Mini (Verizon LTE) + Google Voice + VOIP phoning app (Talkatone). Double bonus because I have bad eyesight and iPhone screen is too small for me. Sans all the jokes about carrying it around...I leave it in the car often. Or, Bluetooth/WiFi the free personal hotspot to my old iphone 4. Mini is wrapped in an Otterbox Defender and sometimes just carry it around like a small book. Fits in the pocket of most of my cargo shorts/pants... Not doing much conventional phoning,…Read more …
Gold iPhones and Automobiles

Gold iPhones and Automobiles

Driving in my car, I see gold-colored newer model automobiles everywhere. I never saw all of these gold cars, trucks and SUV's until I mentioned this in a previous "Gold iPhone" thread at a popular Apple rumors website. Look at all the gold cars. This is especially true if looking for various versions of the color gold, and not just one preconceived color of gold. I think only hipsters claim to not like the color gold. I am a hipster myself, I do not like the color of gold, most all versions of…Read more …

Hover Effects / Mouseover will come to mobile devices in the near future.

Enabled with the use of advanced, wide-angle camera (s) or the screen itself will be able to detect hand &  finger locations. This will work with websites using ancient code. You will not need to touch the screen, unless you want to. People who have used a Wacom or other modern digital drawing tablets with a pen device know this effect already. The pen tip does not need to touch the tablet surface. We are talking fingers and thumbs here, not stylus pen device. This is the next killer app.Read more …
I could have designed all the iOS 7 stock app icons in 5 days

I could have designed all the iOS 7 stock app icons in 5 days

The title is meant to be alluring—sensationalist, maybe—but not altogether untrue. I am not a team. I am one person. Many other single persons out there could also have designed better app icons in less than one week. Many already have in the last week, as if in defiance of the less-than-stellar visual design of the app icons. I am not a huge "skeuomorphic" design fan, I do not even like saying that word or typing it, and I never know if I spelled it correctly. Neither am I a huge "flat" design…Read more …

iPhone Iterations and Their Analogous Relationship to Led Zeppelin Albums

Original iPhone to Led Zeppelin I Led Zeppelin I is the band’s rawest and most blues-based of their studio recordings. It is also, obviously, their first album. The first iPhone is the most low-technology (old, slow CPU, low resolution screen, limited functionality in the software) yet high hardware craftsmanship / durability / build quality to the point of being over-built. Led Zeppelin I became the template for all future hard rock, even some punk rock—listen to Communication Breakdown. iPhone became the template for all future mobile phones/devices. Apple did not invent multi-touch with…Read more …

Facebook, Why is the Cover Image an Undersized Width of 851 Pixels?

The current size of a "Cover" image, the optional large photo or other image that runs across almost the entire width of a Facebook page open in a browser window, is 851 X 315 pixels. Besides the fact that this is an odd size in and of itself, it is vastly too low resolution for a wide variety of current devices displaying Facebook by either a browser window or the Facebook stand-alone app. We are not talking about only the very new hiDPI, high-resolution or hi PPI devices hitting the market. Using the…Read more …
Interactive Started with Pong.

Interactive Started with Pong.

It is one thing to be born into an electronic interactive world, it has always been there for you; and it is one thing to have already been an adult, lacking the extreme learning abilities and child-like amazement of a new mind; and it is an entirely other experience to have been a young child EXACTLY when electronic interactive interface was let loose upon the world, and it was not with the personal computer and later the internet. 717Read more …

Apple’s iTunes Store using lower quality images?

It appears that some of the main graphic images used in Apple's iTunes Store are of a lower visual quality than in the recent past. Look for some of the classic representations of image compression—noise, loss of edge clarity and tone roughness. Compression artifacts are especially recognizable in small and medium sized text. Image quality changes appeared sometime around August 24-27, but this date range is unconfirmed. The alteration in image quality is consistent across multiple configurations including OS X, Windows and iOS on the iPad (iPhone images seem to still be very…Read more …

Using a Wacom Tablet and Pen, in Mouse-Mode.

I like to dabble in the visual design arts, and one of the input devices for my computer is a Wacom tablet. Specifically, a Bamboo Pen & Touch, allowing both an Apple-Trackpad-like experience, including all the gestures as well as the typical Pen-Mode input method. The touch interface works satisfactory, but not great or even well. The cursor movement is not smooth as it is with both the Apple Trackpad and with the same Wacom tablet while using the supplied pen. This may be a driver/software issue or it could be hardware. However,…Read more …