A look back to the original iPhone Prototypes. Circa 2005/2006

June 29. The 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

June 29 marked the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. Introduced by Steve Jobs in January 2007, iPhone went on sale and changed the smartphone landscape forever.

While the hype is building up around the upcoming iPhone 8, let’s take a trip  down a memory lane with the original iPhone prototypes. Apple employee Ken Kocienda took to Twitter to offer a look back at the first Apple smartphone, that quite frankly looked like a Palm devices.

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As you can see in the pictures above, the devices are far cry from anything we’d see from the today’s smartphones. It’s a hint that how technology was dancing forward.

That first Apple phone boasted some impressive specs for its time, but today seems almost laughable. A 3.5-inch display at just 320×480, 128 MB of memory, and a 2.0 MP camera — not to mention a default storage size of just 4 GB.

“I kept those devices in my desk drawer for years,” . “When I left Apple, returning this hardware was tough, like saying goodbye to old friends.”

— Ken Kocienda

Kocienda, who just left Apple in early May, was with the company for an impressive 16 years, working on human interface design and (according to his own tweets) was involved in the development of the software keyboard that the iPhone became so well known for.

Sofiane MEROUANI

Movie tie-in : My name’s Bond. James Bond. The World is Not Enough

I’ve been collecting movie tie-in since 2013. I’m lucky to have a friend living in the United States who ships me a lot of movie tie-in periodically. Right now, I own + 100 movie tie-ins. And here is one of my favorites.

My name’s Bond. James Bond. The World is Not Enough is by far one of my favorite James Bond’s movie. Released in 1999, the movie was followed by a movie tie-in. Written by Raymond Benson, the World is Not Enough is the fifth in the James Bond’ saga.

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The World Is Not Enough was adapted by then-current Bond novelist Raymond Benson from the screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein. It was Benson’s fourth James Bond novel and followed the story closely, except in some details. For example, Elektra does not die immediately after Bond shoots her; instead, she begins quietly to sing. The novel also gave the Cigar Girl a name: Giulietta da Vinci, and retained a scene between her and Renard that was cut from theatrical release. Also, Bond is still carrying his Walther PPK instead of the newer P99.

The movie tie-in is also available as an audiobook at audible.com

Sofiane MEROUANI

Paint. NET is coming to Windows Store

Paint. NET is one of the world’s most popular easy-to use-imaging manipulation software for the hobbyists and the pro alike. It has been around the web for decades. And for the people who uses Windows 10, good news folks, Paint. NET is coming to Windows Store.

Paint. NET is one of the world’s most popular easy-to use-imaging manipulation software for the hobbyists and the pro alike. It has been around the web for decades. And for the people who uses Windows 10, good news folks, Paint. NET is coming to Windows Store.

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Touted as the best imaging software, Paint. NET was seen as the alternative to the standard paint that ships with Windows for more than two decades.

The current version of 4.0.17 and it arrived on April. The Windows Store version is likely to be pushed pretty soon. Stay tuned.

Sofiane MEROUANI

You can download the iOS 11 Public Beta but at your own risk!

Earlier this month, Apple announced a major revamp of its popular operating system. For the iPhone, it’s the brand new iOS 11. For the Mac, it’s the High Sierra in its 10.13 iteration.

While the focus is not on the Mac as the High Sierra is still listed as “coming soon”, Apple right now begin seeding the next version of iOS 11 in its beta form. Just as a reminder, the beta is at your own risk. You can download it, tinker with it and sends bug reports to Apple.

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Last year, I began moving away from my Android and Windows devices with acquisition of iPod Touch 5th generation (which I bought back in 2016) and a second-hand iPad 2 mini back in March 2017.  Apple has a very bright future and I thought it was a time to move on. (Even Mondi Ess jumped into the Apple bandwagon), so another reason to get an iPhone 6 S as quickly as possible.

iOS 11 is certainly more feature-heavy. It contains an all-new Control Center, notifications work differently, drag and drop, and there’s a new Files app. There are also a number of iPad-specific improvements, such as a new dock that allows you to fit many more apps on it, and a new way of implementing Slideover and Split View. In fact, you can now combine Split View and Slideover to show three apps on the screen at once.

There are also some photo editing improvements. You can now trim live photos, and when you take a screenshot, you’ll be able to tap a thumbnail to go to a screen where you can crop it or write on it.

You can sign up for Apple’s Public Beta Program here, or if it’s still too early for you, you can wait a couple of weeks until the next build is out. The updates will be generally available this fall, likely at the end of September.

Sofiane MEROUANI

How to Get $ 5 Free Gift From Windows Store (but conditions apply)

I’m not a huge fan of Windows Store, despite I use Windows 10 as my primary operating system.  When it comes to digital downloads, I use audible.com to purchase audiobooks, kobo.com to purchase e-books and I’m looking forward for purchasing goodies on Apple Store and Steam to get apps + games.

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Microsoft right now is offering a $ 5 gifts you can spend on Windows Store. Just buy a cheapest book out there. Let’s say a one-dollar book and you are good to go for the 4 remaining bucks.

But there are some caveats:

1- You must own a Windows 10 devices. So forget about reading e-books on Androids, Kindle or Kobo readers.

2- You must have the latest version of Windows 10. The Creator Update.  Microsoft Edge gains e-book capabilities in this Creator Build.

3- You must live in the USA.  And not elsewhere.

4- Redeem the code quickly.  Unlike Audible which uses subscription-based or credits, you have to redeem the code before 30 of June.

5- It’s a limited offer. So hurry up.

Sofiane MEROUANI

iPhone 5 and 5C won’t support iOS 11. Put the blame on the 64-bit architecture (Sofiane’s Editorial)

I’m speaking about the iOS 11.

When the next iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system from Apple will hit the market, along the side iPhone 8,  this fall, many of the older iDevices won’t support it.

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I’m speaking about the iPhone 5 and 5C and the iPad 4. The reason is about the architecture.  When iPhone 5 was released in 2012, and the 5C in 2013, the core application ran on the 32 bit architecture. Which was quite fine. But moving to A7 processors, Apple finally made the jump into the 64 bit architecture.

Two different worlds will collide. As a result, because the iOS 11 is the most advanced operating system, it seems natural that older devices that dated all way back early 2010s won’t work.

However, good news for the owners of iPhone 5 and 5C and iPad 4, you can still appropriate the goodies of iOS 10 as the OS runs smoothly on these iDevices.

Sofiane MEROUANI

Puung, Love is…(an illustrated artbook)

We all agree that love is an universal theme. We find it in songs, movies, books and many other media outlets. And the The Korean artist Puung captures this sweet feeling in her ever popular illumination in which love is present in everyday’s life.

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“…I entered university as an animation major but I was not one of the best artists. So, I worked hard. And then I realized one day that I should at least draw one drawing that was just for me. I started to ask the question “Maybe I’m working too hard. Am I really happy?” I decided to draw at least one drawing for myself every day. I started to draw things I like, such as architecture and people around me, which inspired the idea for my current “Love is…” series.”

Puug currently holds a fundraising website where you can donate money for her works.

 

Sofiane MEROUANI