How I’d Build an Apple Television Set

Super thin tv sample

kickingbear» How I’d Build an Apple Television Set:

I’ve done a lot of thinking about the Apple TV. For some reason it fascinates me. It’s entirely different from the other applications of software. First, it’s a shared experience rather than a direct experience like a Mac or an iOS device. Second, this shared experience means there’s necessarily an indirection of input — if a screen is big enough to be seen by everyone in the room you’re not going to be close enough to it to mess with it directly. So when the rumours went around of an iOS based Apple TV coming I became intrigued and tossed some ideas back and forth with a friend. Mostly the discussion came down to input methods — what could they do and what’d that mean for the interface? Around that same time Bluetooth 4.0 was ratified and the specification includes a low power mode. I guessed that if the Apple TV had a Bluetooth 4.0 chip then we’d see a new remote, if not we’d likely just stick with what we had.

[Interesting thoughts. Still not convinced Apple will do something, but I have no doubt they could if it made business sense.]

Teens triple data usage

Teens triple data usage:


Teens have officially joined the mobile Data Tsunami, more than tripling mobile data consumption in the past year while maintaining their stronghold as the leading message senders. Using recent data from monthly cell phone bills of 65,000+ mobile subscribers who volunteered to participate in the research, Nielsen analyzed mobile usage trends among teens in the United States. In the third quarter of 2011, teens age 13-17 used an average of 320 MB of data per month on their phones, increasing 256 percent over last year and growing at a rate faster than any other age group. Much of this activity is driven by teen males, who took in 382 MB per month while females used 266 MB.

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[Unsurprising and amazing at the same time.]
Source: The Loop

Iraq war

Iraq war:

It’s over today. Today will never be a holiday. There will be no V-I day. There will be no pictures of revelers in Times Square.

[Marking the occasion. That is all. Thanks to everyone who served, and welcome home to all those finally returning.]