Monday, November 21, 2011

Jonathan Ive On Apple Design...

Jonathan Ive On Apple Design

Jonathan Ive is the lead designer at Apple and as a fellow designer, I have always been fascinating with listening to him talk about design. In this video segment from the movie, Objectified Jonathan Ive talks about making the unibody structure for the MacBooks.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Four Keys To Apple's Success from the Wall Street Journal

Four Keys To Apple's Success
from the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published a story today about Creg Joswiak, who is part of the Apple product marketing team and has been with Apple for 20 years. Greg Joswiak is pictured below, and he is the Vice President of iPod, iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

In a recent speech Creg Joswiak told the audience at the Silicon Valley Comes to Cambridge what he thought the top four secrets were behind Apple's amazing success:

Focus: It means saying no, not saying yes. We do very few things at Apple. We do $100 Billion in revenue per year with very few products. There are only so many grade A players. If you spread yourself out over too many things, none of them will be great.

Simplicity: Make complex things simple. A lot of people think it means take something simple and leave it at its core essence. But it isn’t that. When you start to build something, it quickly becomes really complex. But that is when a lot of people stop. If you really know your product and the problems, then you can take something that is complex and then make it simple.

Courage: Courage drives a lot of decisions in business. Don’t hang on to ideas from the past even if they have been successful for you. You don’t build a product just because everyone else has one.

Best: If you can’t enter the market and try and be the best in it, don’t enter it. You need that differentiation. At Apple if we can’t be the best then we are not interested in it.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 in Matte Black

2012 Lamborghini Aventador
LP700-4 in Matte Black

My pal Kaveh is pictured below in the all-new Matte Black Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, which looks like the next Batmobile. The Lamborghini Aventador is the successor to the Lamborghini Murcielago, and the Aventador has a 6.5 Liter V-12 that cranks out 700 Horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. The magnificent monster accelerates from 0-62 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, so it is like a rocket-ship.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

iClip Clipboard Manager for Mac

Clipboard Manager for Mac

I am so excited to share this great news with you. iClip was an amazing clipboard manager that was very successful for years, then the developer unfortunately abandoned it. This frustrated many users.

The great news, is that my pal Steve, who owns and runs Irradiated Software, purchased the code, and completely rebuilt the code and optimized it for Lion. Irradiated Software re-introduced iClip earlier this week. I have had a chance to evaluate it, and I am happy to report it is amazing!!!

Steve managed to keep all the original features and in the screenshot below, we see how it works. Essentially anything you copy to your clipboard, with a keyboard shortcut or from a drop down menu, will be recorded and save into iClip. This includes all images, text, URL's, etc. You notice in the photo below that there are multiple copied content modules on the right side of the screen. As you copy items and content to your clipboard, iClip places the latest at the top. and keeps them in reverse chronological order.

The end-user can go back in time and paste any content into the active application, which is amazingly useful. Also, if you have content you regularly like to paste, you can create a special clipboards that will paste them. For instance, if you have travel instructions for how to get to your home or office, you can add them to iClip, and past them whenever you want.

You can learn much more by visiting

Why You Need Clipboard Management

Do you copy & paste much?

Have you often copied something but when you tried to paste it you realized that you copied over it?

Do you ever want to copy multiple items before pasting them somewhere?

If you’re like most Mac users then the answer to these questions is a loud “yes!”

What you need is a supercharged clipboard that enables you to copy several times before you ever have to paste anything and that’s where iClip comes in.

Where the built-in Mac clipboard can only copy one thing at a time, iClip automatically stores a history of up to 99 things you’ve copied.

You can copy…copy…copy then paste…paste…paste at your convenience. Can you see how useful iClip will be in your workflow?

If you value your time, you owe it to yourself to be the next Mac user to start saving time and become more productive with iClip.

Lexus Dealership Using iPad's In Service Department...

Lexus Dealership
Using iPad's In Service Department

I was recently at a Lexus Dealership, in the service department, and I noticed the service advisors are all now using iPad in special cases.

Basically this Lexus dealership switched over from paper forms to iPad for all the Lexus service advisors in the service department. So when a Lexus owner arrives and they are greeted by the Lexus service advisor who inputs the license plate number and all the info on the car populates on the iPad screen. The service advisor then inputs all the information for what needs to be done.

The most interesting thing is how the Lexus service advisors hold the iPad. The iPads are in special neoprene cases that not only protect the iPad, but also allow the iPad case to fit on the users hand like a glove. Basically, the end user sticks their hand in the square hold as seen below. I asked a Lexus service advisor what he thought about the system and he said he loved it. He said it makes things work so much better.

iPads abound in the Lexus service center. I just happened to notice that even customers who were waiting in the customer lounge had iPads at the Lexus dealership. This really goes to show how popular the iPad has become.

Rare Photos of Steve Jobs with Bill Gates

Rare Photos of Steve Jobs with Bill Gates

This first photo of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as taken more than a quarter-centery ago in 1985, which was only one year after the original Apple Mac was released for sale.

In 1995 Steve Jobs was interview by Robert Cringely, and Steve Jobs famously said "The problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third rate products."

In Walter Isaacson's book which was published recently Steve Jobs said "Bill Gates is basically unimaginative." Steve Jobs reportedly said "Bill Gates never invented anything. He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas."

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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