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Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 5S announcement

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By now you’ve heard all the latest news regarding Apple’s announcements on the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C being available on 20 September 2013. There are some articles that curate Apple’s announcement very well, but first, allow me to share my opinions.

I’m reservedly excited because I’m a little lethargic in the iPhone department because my iPhone 4 functions slowly and Apple’s cloud solutions leave a lot to be desired. However, I am excited for the 5S for two reasons.

Fingerprint Scanner
It isn’t so much because of the biometric security that impresses me, but the layer between technology and human that the company has peeled away. It’s perhaps the first device that has seriously attempted to remove the barrier between man and machine by letting you confirm actions through biometrics. It’s not the technology that is new, but how the technology is presented that is the real innovation.

Why is this important? Because touch is an otherwise often overlooked sensation yet full of potential. We remember certain sensations and our memories form connections with them. Now, there is a device that you can quite literally be connected to. The iPhone 5S is the first real step forward into becoming you. If you’re not wowed by that, then you have no idea how much the world is going to change in the next 20 years.

Improved Photography
The Apple marketing machine has been hammering this down our throats like Japanese water torture during World War 2. As a iPhone 4 user, I welcome this. I welcome the increased camera sensor size, the dual-flash and even the high-speed video function.

It’s interesting that they’ve chosen photography to be another core pillar of this product cycle, but I suppose it makes sense. If this version of the iPhone is supposed to be even more ‘human’, then it makes sense that one of the core activities we use with our phones (that is image capturing, manipulation and sharing) gets the much needed boost it deserves. I think plenty of people are underwhelmed by this particular improvement is because they take the convergence of camera and mobile device for granted, but after a few weeks, the effects will be felt everywhere, especially on the social networks and connections we share our images to.

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– Reads –

With The iPhone 5S, Apple Is Making You The DeviceCo.DESIGN

Thoughts and Observations on Today’s iPhone 5C and 5S IntroductionDaring Fireball

Apple Announces Two New iPhones: iPhone 5C and iPhone 5SLife in LoFi

iOS 7: what’s changed since June?The Verge

Apple iPhone 5s and 5c: everything you need to knowThe Verge

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Sunny Rainbow Days

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I think I over-extended my Christmas break from blogging, both before and during, so I’ll make up by being consistent again with the after.

I’ll admit, blogging is a bit boring for me right now, even with the curated day series. Mainly because curation is just so boring when it’s content out there that is easily available and all it takes is for bloggers like us to re-assemble there here. I suppose the things I have going to keep this going is that most of the content I highlight here tends to be rather niche, and that I still get to share my opinions in this section.

I do wish that I had more time, energy or resources to have more opinion pieces but crafting text is quite a time-sink. Something I’m sure you can appreciate if you’ve done this before.

Well, enough whining, this isn’t what it’s about. I hope you enjoy today’s Curated Day!

READ

A Big Misunderstanding

A good read if you want some analysis of how Apple changed the game for selling personal computers.

Apple is not selling caviar against cheese and crackers. They’re selling better-tasting cheese and crackers, and all you have to do is come into their store and taste some to believe for yourself. Anyone who believes Apple is about to have the rug pulled out from under the iPhone and iPad by commoditized Android devices should spend a few minutes inside an Apple retail store this holiday week.

TNV: Maurice Simon “The Rise of Female Model-DJs”

I don’t care much for Model-DJs and the way they look more than the music they spin, or how they spin it. I probably find most of what I’ve heard so far to be the same, mundane boring dance music, and I don’t really care much for scantly clad women parading behind a console. No, honestly.

I love what TOKIMONSTA said in a podcast, that as a female DJ, she doesn’t want to cut the queue just because she’s a girl. I respect that, even though I recognise that not many people take female musicians seriously enough, or put them in a certain box. She probably has more aptitude for taste then most of these Model-DJs anyways.

However, the other side exists too. There are many performers and artists in the electronic music circuit who are genuinely focused on their craft.
Unless as a female DJ, you were booked to play a gig at a themed or private party, it’s kind of over the top to be Djing at a club in your bikini or lingerie isn’t it?
To put things into perspective – Maya Jane Coles, Sister Bliss, Ellen Allien and many other top global female DJs wouldn’t be caught dead performing in a playboy bunny suit with neon pink headphones strapped to their necks.
These ladies are renowned for their excellent technical and creative skills. They have an innate ability in expressing their craft in a genuine and compelling way. Their credibility comes from the unique genres of music that they play at dance clubs and festivals.

LISTEN

Underwater (Cherry Chan x Kiat Remix) – Monster Cat

A real pleasant surprise from Monster Cat and the head honchos of Syndicate! If you thought the original Monster Cat was a brand of dark folk, Cherry Chan and Kiat turn this number into a glitchy after-dark horror party.

The Amen Project – Syndicate

More Christmas-y festivities with a whole album from Syndicate and their stable of artists! My personal favourite probably goes to Izak Stern, so maybe you could fast forward to that and chekkit.

WATCH

Whipping Post – Allman Brothers

From 1970.

Adventure Time: Video Game Intro

From 2012 with a 1980′s twist.

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ClamCase Makes Your iPad Better!

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Recognise this latest mobile marvel? Looks spiffy init? Full 360-degree rotating screen, 10-inch keyboard.. it’s that dream tablet PC you always wanted. No WAIT! It’s an iPad!

Whut???? Read on and find out.

I’ve been craving an iPad ever since Apple announced it last year, but a couple of factors have been preventing me from satiating that technolust. Namely:

1. The price point (I was only working part time at the time.)
2. I’m waiting to see what upgrades the next generation of iPads will get, especially if its going to get the iPhone4′s retina display.

However, after watching this video by ClamCase, it just makes me get all fuzzy inside. Basically, this resounding piece of gadgetry transforms your iPad into a netbook with a touchscreen! (sans the USB ports.)

I am so in love with this on so many levels, the design, the way it integrates so effortlessly with an already wonderful piece of technology, and pretty much makes it better!

Just watch the video and you’ll see why.

Technolust. It’s a horrible yet beautiful thing.

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