Invented in 1987, GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has become the most popular picture format for short animation on the web. Remember the Dancing Baby from 1996? Its creator Steve Wilhite is still annoyed about the debate of GIF’s pronunciation.
He is proud of the GIF, but remains annoyed that there is still any debate over the pronunciation of the format.
“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”
There are no strings attached, no royalties and no license fees. This is just an extension of Unity Free which we launched in 2009. Individual developers and startup studios can simply download Unity and get going on mobile game development. As before, companies and other “incorporated entities” (you know who you are) with a turnover in excess of $100,000 in their previous fiscal year are required to use our paid version. That way, we can keep the lights on and continue to make Unity better for everyone.
Unity is making its game development tool for iOS and Android free for developers earning less than $100,000 per year. This is great news for new game studio or indie developers.
Search for confidential Excel spreadsheets the company inadvertently posted online by typing “filetype:xls site:za confidential” into Google, the book notes.
Want to find spreadsheets full of passwords in Russia? Type “filetype:xls site:ru login.” Even on websites written in non-English languages the terms “login,” “userid,” and “password” are generally written in English, the authors helpfully point out.
Misconfigured web servers “that list the contents of directories not intended to be on the web often offer a rich load of information to Google hackers,” the authors write, then offer a command to exploit these vulnerabilities — intitle: “index of” site:kr password.
This is the experience of a friend solving Wi-Fi connection issue on his iPad mini.
He bought a iPad mini Wi-Fi model last December and has been happily using it in his home network until last week. Suddenly the network connection became slow, way too slow to be usable. He was able to get web pages to load only when the iPad mini was within 1 metre of the Wi-Fi router.
He did a network speed test using the Speedtest.net app and found out that the speed had drop below 1Mbps for both upload and download. Normally the Wi-Fi speed is between 10Mbps – 25Mbps in his home network.
To make sure there were nothing wrong on the Wi-Fi router, he tested the connection speed using a iPhone 5, a MacBook Pro and a Windows notebook. All devices’ Wi-Fi were working normally except for the iPad mini.
To troubleshoot further, he upgraded the iOS from 6.1.2 to the latest 6.1.3, but it did not solve the problem. He tried to reset the network settings next from Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Still, the Wi-Fi connection persisted.
He then backed up his iPad mini’s data, and did a complete wipe using Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. And his woe continued despite all the steps he tried.
So he brought the iPad mini down to Apple. The staff did a simple check on the iPad mini, and within less than a minute informed him that Apple would do a one-to-one exchange of his iPad mini. Judging from the quick diagnostic from Apple support staff, it appeared to be a common issue. A quick search on the web suggests that this issue might affect only the first batch of iPad mini.
If you encounter similar Wi-Fi issue on your iPad mini, do not despair. There is no need to buy an additional Wi-Fi signal booster. Just back up your data and bring the unit down to Apple for a free replacement as iPad mini is covered by a one year warranty. That is the only way to solve the Wi-Fi problem.
Peter Belanger is a product photographer that has worked with Apple for years. In this Verge interview, he sheds some light on Apple’s creative process.
The team at Apple always has a really well developed shot list and sketches of what they need. I work with their talented art directors to translate those sketches into photos. We start by getting the position of the product and then move forward on lighting. Because Apple products have such carefully selected materials it is incredibly important to light the product in a way that will showcase the various materials accurately. I pick an area to start with and think about how that material needs to be described. Once that section is done I move on to the next. This is how my sets get so complicated! I need to have control over each and every surface so when the client asks for a highlight to be elongated, I can do that. It’s similar to working on a file in Photoshop: you don’t do all your work on one layer. I think of my lights as layers that I can adjust individually to get the desired results.
In this post, we will go over how to create screenshots that appeal to the emotion and logic of a potential user, can give you the advantage over other apps in your space, and help you get more downloads.
Some good advice on App Store marketing. Read on if you’re keen to develop iOS app for the App Store or to learn some tips on app ranking marketing.
The first Steve Jobs movie ‘iSteve’, starring Justin Long as Steve Jobs and Lost’s Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak, is now available online. Coming from humour site Funny Or Die, ‘iSteve’ runs nearly 80 minutes long and is not a ‘serious’ telling of Steve Jobs’ life.
Another Steve Jobs film titled ‘Jobs’, starring Ashton Kutcher, is set to be released this year. And Sony Pictures is making a third Steve Jobs movie based on the biography by Walter Isaacson and a script by Aaron Sorkin.
There is no button on the keypad of Calculator app for iOS to delete entered digits. However there is nice trick to accomplish the task. To delete last entered digit, simply swipe across the ‘LCD screen’ box from left to right or from right to left. That’s it. One of those tricks that you wish you had known about earlier.
When you are composing a new message in Mail app and then tap the “Cancel” button, there are options for you to delete the draft or to save the draft. Saved draft can be retrieved later to continue writing the message.
To access the saved drafts, tap the email account under “Accounts” section at the main Mail app screen, then tap on “Drafts”.
To quickly access the saved drafts, tap and hold the compose button on the main screen. Mail app will display a list of saved drafts. Simply tap to select the draft to continue message composing.
Developer Silvio Rizzi is making Reeder for iPad and Reeder for Mac free, until its next major version 2 release in the coming months. Reeder for iPhone remains a paid app.
Reeder for Mac and iPad will be updated to 2.0 in the coming months. Version 2.0 will add all the features of the iPhone version, including all sharing and syncing services. Until then, Reeder for Mac and Reeder for iPad will be free, starting today.
Reeder is designed to be a Google Reader client when it was first released, and is one of the more popular Google Reader client for iOS. Since then Feeder for iOS version has added support for other feed services. With the impending closure of Google Reader on July 1st, Feeder developer has promised that development of Reeder will continue after July 1st. It is not clear however if Reeder will provide its own web backend similar to Google Reader or a migration path for existing Google Reader users.