WWDC – The aftermath

Leopard DesktopToday Steve Jobs revealed many new and innovative products for both the Macintosh platform and the Windows PC platform, as well as developer news for the iPhone.

The main feature of the conference was the release of the next version of Apple’s OS X, named Leopard. New features included an updated graphical interface with semi-transparent dock and menu bar, a more consistent look across the platform (no more brushed metal look) an improved dock with an ability to ‘stack’ several items into one slot and a completely 64-bit operating environment.

The finder has also had a large overhaul – it now has a interface fairly similar to iTunes, with a 3 column view. Full previews of documents and media (including video) has been added. Coverflow has been integrated into the finder as well, allowing the user to ‘flip’ through documents.

Data back-up software called “Time machine” that allows users to go back to previous versions and revisions of a file in an unconventional interface.

Another important feature of Leopard is “Spaces“, where a user has four virtual desktop spaces instead of the usual one to work in. This allows a more streamlined use of the workspaces, and an ability to separate workspaces so as to focus on different projects.

The “one more thing” announcement surprised many people, with the launch of the Apple Safari browser for Windows XP and Vista. It is thought that the reasoning behind this move is to reap the royalties given by Google and Yahoo for every search done in that browser.

Other Apple programs given updates are iChat and Mail, with screen sharing and upgraded audio quality in iChat.

The iPhone is still slated for it’s June 29th release, launching at Apple stores and AT&T stores across The United States. Developers are able to create third party programs within Safari for the iPhone, however there is no word on whether a SDK will be released in the future.

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A 3000 Foot Monster Burj Dubai Scheduled For 2009 – Worlds Tallest Building

The Burj Dubai will be the world’s tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf regions most prestigious urban development to date. This shows the world the oplulence of Dubai.

A couple of island groups, a rotating building and underwater hotel are to be major attractions.

The building will also show off many world firsts, such as the fastest elevator with speeds of up to 40miles per hour and the longest distance between stops.

As of May 31, construction is at floor 130, and the current height is at 468.1m.

read more | digg story

Quick Byte: Macworld; what to expect at WWDC

Apple is making no secret that OSX Leopard, the next operating system for the Macintosh computer will be the headlines of the conference. What is harder to pin down is what else will be shown besides a preview of the updated operating system – new hardware? Software, such as iLife?

Macworld takes a look at the possibilities.

Watch and wait and see.

An abandoned city, photo essay

This has been around quite a long time now, but not many people have seen this. It is an interesting eye-opener into the failure of socialism in Eastern Europe and a modern Pompeii.

From the site:

When the Soviet Union collapsed, government didn’t have much funds to support some small cities around strategically import objects. People of these cities were left all by themselves. Nobody could support them because any communication with this places terminated after the army decided that they now don’t have money to support those objects.

People had to leave their places and move. Some were lucky to find their place under a sun of the Army of new Russian Federation, some less fortunate had to leave such places without any hope to find a new home, just because the shops stopped working, water stopped coming out of the facet and nobody cared about them any more.

Quick Byte: Uber-Eco-Towers; Top 10 Green Skyscrapers

Green skyscrapers offer so much for the average “EcoGeek” to drool over. Each one can contain hundreds of innovations that make the world a cleaner place, they build up, rather than out, and many of them are freaking gorgeous. Here are the top 10 from around the world, both under construction and in planning stages.

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WWDC Bingo!

It seems that Arstechnica are having their usual fun with the run-up to the highly awaited Apple World Wide Developers Conference.

And they are doing it through Bingo. They have supplied a card (in pdf format) for attendees to play during the Steve Jobs Keynote. There are squares such as iPhone (a guarantee), “Boom” (for when Steve Jobs uses the phrase to describe something in a demo) and a new file system in Leopard (a mere mention will do).

There are hopes for people to shout “Bingo!” during the Keynote and get the “Steve Jobs glare”, possibly even thrown out of the auditorim. Whatever will give some entertainment.

If no-one wins, there is always the next WWDC…

Quick Byte: Q&A; Palm’s founder answers the Foleo’s critics

We found this cnet article recently, I thought it might be a quick, interesting read.

It made us wonder why Palm developed a hobbled laptop.

Palm founder explains the reasoning behind the device.