Thursday, June 23, 2011

Microsoft vs. Apple The History of Computing InfoGraphic

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Manolution has published an incredibly detailed timeline of events and stock prices throughout the historic battle between Microsoft and Apple.

Despite maintaining dominance of the OS market for over three decades, Microsoft’s stocks continue to trade at or below their first ever public value of $27.50 (at closing on 3/13/1986).

Thanks to Apple’s extremely successful ventures into various hand-held gadget markets (namely the iPod, iPhone and iPad) Apple’s stock continues to rise, trading at over $300 more than that of Microsoft’s as of 6/6/2011.

Manolution predicts the gap in stock pricing between the two companies will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.




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iOS 5 Offers Evidence That Apple is Building Its Own Maps

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More evidence that Apple is building its own maps solution has been found in iOS 5, according to MacRumors.

The site was tipped off to a new "Map Data" section in iOS 5's legal disclaimers. This section is separate from Google Map's terms and many of the companies do not overlap.

• CoreLogic - offers Parcel data which marks boundaries for of properties to provide positional accuracy in location-based solutions.
• Getchee - provides location and market data on China, India and Southeast Asia.
• Increment P Corp - provides location and traffic data for Japan.
• Localeze - provides local business listings.
• MapData Sciences Pty Ltd. Inc - provides mapping data for Australia and New Zealand.
• DMTI - provides postal code data for Canada.
• TomTom - offers global TeleAtlas mapping data which is also licensed by Google for their map solution.
• Urban Mapping - provides in-depth neighborhood data such as crime, demographics, school performance, economic indicators and more.
• Waze - offers real-time maps and traffic information based on crowd sourced data.

While Apple has reportedly signed on to continue using Google Maps, the company has publicly revealed that it's working on a traffic service for iOS users and its acquisitions and hirings suggest a full blown maps solution.







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ICE Screen HD 1.2 Released

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DVMagic Studios has announced an update to its popular "ICE Screen HD" iPad 'Lock-Screen' wallpaper creation software. Completely rewritten, this new version has enhanced Photo management capabilities including cropping, resizing, instant special effects, additional fonts and a fantastic new 'in-app' graphical tutorial. This is the last update that will directly support iOS versions prior to 4.3 and is recommended for all users.

Easily create personalized "Lock-Screen" wallpapers with your own pictures and information. Commonly used to display Lost/Found contact information as well as ICE (In Case of Emergency) information such as contact, severe allergies and severe medical conditions.

The iPad was designed to be used while in both vertical and horizontal positions with ease. Orientation is an important concept to understand when creating wallpapers. Your iPad is rectangular in shape, therefore there are 2 primary directions that your device can display information is Portrait (Vertical) and Landscape (Horizontal). 'Portrait' and 'Landscape' are Photography terms that have come to generally describe Horizontal and Vertical orientations for devices.

Displaying a Portrait image on a horizontal device would cause the sides of the photo to be empty. The opposite is true while displaying a Landscape image while device is vertical. The top and bottom would have empty space. To handle this issue, the device automatically zooms into the center of your Lock-Screen image and zooms it in to fill the entire screen. When rotated back to Portrait, it automatically zooms it back out. So it is important to have your photo properly sized (zoomed) to fit the screen so that the iPad can properly display your image in both orientations.

Because the top and bottom areas of an image are automatically zoomed when device is horizontal, it is important to keep all of your text message out of the "Image Crop Areas". This is easy to do with the help of on-screen visual guides. Overlay your text message onto your photo or select a color background to create your new wallpaper. Text font, size, color, drop shadow angle(s) and color can be adjusted for the perfect look.

ICE Screen HD now has even more Photo Image Effects:
* Grayscale: Make bold statements and evoke emotions with the simple stylized beauty of black and white photographs
* Posterize: Over saturation of the yellow color channel for old postcard appearance
* Negative: Reverse image color channels for a "35mm film negative" appearance
* Sepia: Over saturation of "rust color" applied to image for an antique look. Combine with Grayscale first for even more effect
* Dulled: Under saturation of colors for a weathered/faded appearance of older photographs

Every iPad should have this information in case it is lost/found or for emergency responders to be able to contact your designee!

Pricing and Availability:
ICE Screen HD 1.29 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.



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