AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

Angry Birds goes green in St. Patrick’s Day →

March 10, 2011 |

The game maker is promising hidden surprises and bonus content, in addition to 15 new levels and “fun in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.”

So fun. A friendly warning, though: stay away from this if you are a helpless procrastinator.

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Why Nobody Can Match the iPad’s Price →

March 10, 2011 |

Apple is the most vertically integrated company in the world. In addition to operating its own retail chains, all Apple hardware and software are designed in-house, and Apple also runs its own digital content store, iTunes.

Looks like it’s not so easy to build an “iPad killer” after all.

Via Alberto Lago.

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The Roger Ebert Test for Synthesized Voice →

March 09, 2011 |

Last Friday Roger Ebert, the movie critic who lost his ability to speak several years ago after his lower jaw was removed, used a [computer-created voice](http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100226/PEOPLE/100229986) to tell a joke to an audience of over 1,000 people at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif.

A great example of technology at the service of human beings. Probably the very reason why I started this site.

“If the computer can successfully tell a joke, and do the timing and delivery, as well as Henny Youngman, then that’s the voice I want,” Mr. Ebert said.

Truly inspiring.

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A Checklist for Content Work | A List Apart →

March 09, 2011 |

Let us meditate for a moment on James Bond. Clever and tough as he is, he’d be mincemeat a hundred times over if not for the hyper-competent support team that stands behind him. When he needs to chase a villain, the team summons an Aston Martin DB5. When he’s poisoned by a beautiful woman with dubious connections, the team offers the antidote in a spring-loaded, space-age infusion device. When he emerges from a swamp overrun with trained alligators, it offers a shower, a shave, and a perfectly tailored suit. It does not talk down to him or waste his time. It anticipates his needs, but does not offer him everything he might ever need, all the time.

Online excerpt from The Elements of Content Strategy, a promising new book by Erin Kissane on the importance of Content Strategy on the Web. It seems incredibly interesting to me, as I progressively commit to this adventure. Brought to you by A Book Apart.

Via Jason Santa Maria.

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A5-powered Apple TV to handle 1080p video? →

March 08, 2011 |

9to5 Mac:

When the Apple TV undergoes an update later this year, most likely in September, we’ll most likely see it pack Apple’s new A5 chip, which will handle 1080p video with ease.

As it is, the current Apple-TV is already able to decode H.264 1080p video by hardware, but the HDMI output is downscaled to 720p. However, non-H.264 HD video playback is laggy and practically unwatchable, even if it is only 720p.

If the A5 is indeed able to handle all kinds of HD video with ease (and the iPad 2 specs certainly seem to imply this), we may soon see the end of this limitation.

The little back box is already impressive, and it would only get better with 1080p support. When that happens, maybe it will stop being “just a hobby”.

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Quote of the Day →

March 08, 2011 |

I can resist anything but temptation.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), Act I.

My kind of guy.

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Which iPad 2 should I get? →

March 08, 2011 |

If you’re happy with your iPad, there’s not a huge reason to upgrade. Casual gadget customers who already own iPads are probably better off waiting for the next version. But for the sake of the rest of this post, suppose you’re buying an iPad 2.

Excellent advice from Marco Arment on how to decide which of the iPad 2 models is perfect for you. Pretty useful, considering that there are 18 different configurations (!) to choose from.

I don’t quite agree with him on one thing, though:

Black is the safest option if you’re unsure. I suggest seeing them in person before choosing white. While I haven’t seen them yet, I suspect that the white bezel is more likely to be distracting. You’re not supposed to notice the hardware while using it, and I bet the black will be easier to ignore than the white.

I suspect for some people the black bezel can be quite irritating due to the reflections. It’s practically like holding a mirror, and it can be distracting while watching video, for instance. A white bezel would go a long way towards eliminating reflections in the area around the screen. In any case, like Marco said, you should see one of these in person before picking one.

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Quote of the Day →

March 07, 2011 |

Not every story has explosions and car chases. That’s why they have nudity and espionage.

Bill Barnes and Gene AmbaumUnshelved, 09-14-08

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The Chair | Daring Fireball →

March 05, 2011 |

It’s a shame, almost, that we squandered the term “personal computer” 30 years ago.

Spot-on analysis by Gruber on the significance of the iPad. I think we’re still not fully aware of just how big this thing is. We’re witnessing what is probably the biggest revolution in the history of consumer electronics, and maybe even in the computing industry itself.

You can be a part of it today. I’ve always been terribly jealous of the people who lived through the first big computing revolution, the arrival of the original Macintosh and the birth of the modern PC as we know it today. Those were exciting days.

This time, I don’t want to miss the action.

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