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UK details new laws to retain users’ internet and phone activity

Remember when the EU’s Data Retention Directive, a requirement for all telecoms companies to record everyone’s web and phone activity, was declared illegal by the European Court of Justice? As expected, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced…

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iMovie for Mac updated to 10.0.4, brings stability improvements and bug fixes

If you use iMovie on your Mac, you have a small update waiting for you in the Mac App Store. Today’s update is small in stature but provides something every user wants — bug fixes and stability improvements. In fact, that’s all it addresses according to the official changelog in the App Store.

Improves stability and resolves issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly

The update, of course, is free. If you don’t have a copy of iMovie you can buy it in the App Store for $14.99.

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New York law lets Tesla continue direct car sales

Tesla has just dodged another bullet — well, sort of. Just days after New Jersey overturned a ban on direct car sales, New York has enacted a law that lets Tesla continue selling cars through its stores in the states. As with similar laws in other…

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‘Computerworld’ ends its print run, becomes a digital-only magazine

After nearly half a century Computerworld is ending its existence as a print magazine. Next Monday the final issue of the stalwart publication will be circulated on processed wood pulp. Computerworld won’t be going away completely, however, an online…

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Galaxy K Zoom review: Samsung’s best cameraphone yet

Samsung is on a mission to build the perfect cameraphone. Low-quality fixed lenses and tiny smartphone sensors are clearly insufficient for photography enthusiasts, but while you always bring your phone to parties, sporting events and trips to the…

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This DARPA invention gives soldiers Terminator vision

This DARPA invention gives soldiers Terminator vision

DARPA has finally demonstrated one of its most promising inventions: An augmented-reality HUD system that will give soldiers the same advantage of a jet fighter pilot. It displays battlefield data over the soldier’s environment, identifying friendly and enemy forces on land and air in real time.

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Apple recognizes the talent at Nokia, hires resident camera expert Ari Partinen

Nokia is out of the smartphone race as a company, though Microsoft is picking up the baton with its newly acquired mobile hardware division. That said, competitor companies acknowledge the talent at Nokia, notably Apple who has snipped camera expert Ari Partinen. According to Partinen’s Twitter feed, today marks his last day working on the Lumia family of devices.

The senior engineer states that a new chapter in Cupertino will be well under way soon, and even confirms to a Twitter reply that the company he will be migrating to is indeed Apple. With Partinen heading to Apple, this could be a sign that Tim Cook and co. are looking to really bump up the quality of experience when it comes to photography on the range of iPhones.

While Windows Phone continues to take its time to catch up to the big players in the market, the family of Lumia devices are renown for optics.

Via: Engadget

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Who Painted This 300-Year-Old Guidebook to Every Imaginable Color?

Who Painted This 300-Year-Old Guidebook to Every Imaginable Color?

More than two centuries before Pantone divided the visible spectrum into six-digit color codes, a mysterious Dutch artist crafted this extraordinary guide to painting in watercolor. Hundreds of subtly varying colors were mixed by hand for this one-of-a-kind, encyclopedic volume.

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EE’s homegrown Kestrel smartphone now available for £99

EE announced at the end of March it would be taking its first stab at own-brand hardware with the Kestrel, a 4G handset for thrifty speed merchants. Well, the Android smartphone is now available to buy online or over the phone for £99 on…

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Early iPhone engineer shares stories of Safari’s move to mobile

What was it like moving Apple’s Safari web browser from the Mac to the original iPhone? More interestingly, what was it like doing it under the attention of Steve Jobs? Former Apple engineer Francisco Tolmasky, one of the team members who helped do just that, spoke with Brian X. Chen about it as part of the publicity for his new iOS game, Bonsai Slice. There are lots of great anecdotes included, including how Ken Kocienda ended up creating the iPhone keyboard, insight into Don Melton’s and Henri Lamiraux’s teams, and, of course, Steve Jobs. The New York Times:

Mr. Jobs was notorious for throwing his weight around however he could. One person on the iPhone design team was also named Steve, which caused some confusion in meetings. Mr. Jobs sought to change this.

“At some point Steve Jobs got really frustrated with this and said ‘Guess what, you’re Margaret from now on,'” Mr. Tolmasky said. From there on, members of the team would always address the designer Steve as Margaret.

For some context on that, Steve Jobs was away on leave when the designer, Steve Lemay, came on board. So, during meetings, when “Steve” was asked for an opinion, Lemay was who they were talking to. When Jobs came back and they asked “Steve” for an opinion, Lemay, who was used to answering, answered. It happened twice, and then Jobs realized it would keep happening, so said — “Okay, from now on, when I’m in the room, your name is Doris!” (Or “Margaret”, I’m sure recollections of the specific name vary.)

(That anecdote came up on a previous episode of Debug, along with a few others.)

I love that this kind of stuff is getting shared. The iPhone is one of the most important developments in recent technological history and how it came to be is a story that needs telling. It’s part of reason we do the podcasts we do here at iMore, and why I link to as many other sources on it as I can. It’s our history.

Check out all of Tolmasky stories, and more, via the link below, and let me know your favorites.

Source: The New York Times

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