Apple

iPhones buying iPhones

Apple’s Retail Self-Checkout Doing Well, Strong Promotion Coming at Grand Central

Apple has an iPhone app called Apple Store that’s grown to not only help you locate the nearest Apple store and schedule a genius appointment but it also allows iPhone 4 and 4S users to easily buy things in any Apple store using “Easy Pay” which allows the scanning of barcodes of Apple Store merchandise, paying and leaving the store without having to talk an Apple Store employee. Nothing wrong with talking to them, most of them take happy pills and are very nice, but this new system helps you get in and out of a usually mobbed Apple store with the goods you want quickly.

This is brilliant and reminds me of robots building robots except in this case it’s iPhones buying iPhones.

Susan Kare

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

I first posted about Susan Kare here: Making the Macintosh Project but I’ve known about her since the mid-1980′s because both her icon and font designs were the “face” of the original Macintosh and stayed with us for close to ten years.

She makes and sells limited edition prints: Susan Kare: limited edition prints and has a professional web site for her design work: Susan Kare: user interface graphics.

Voting by iPad

Voting by iPad in Oregon on Tuesday

Election workers are taking the iPads to disabled voters who might otherwise have difficulties marking their ballots, the AP wrote. These voters are able to pull up the ballot on the iPad and tap the screen to mark the candidate of their choice before printing out their completed ballot. After that, voters will send in their votes in a much more traditional way: by mail.

Apple Inc. donated five iPads to the state for the program, and Oregon shelled out about $75,000 to make the software, the AP reported. According to Secretary of State Kate Brown and the state elections director, Steve Trout, the office tested several different types of devices before settling on the iPad.

Now, how about using iPads so the rest of us can “vote different.”

[via Gary Sharp]

Ask Different

Ask Different

Ask Different is a brilliantly built discussion site that allows people to ask questions about their Apple products and get a variety of answers and tips from others.

I first heard about it back here and I decided to subscribe to its RSS feed for a while to see what kinds of questions and answers were being put up.

In short order I figured I might be able to answer a few of the questions so I registered and posted an answer. That led to another and pretty soon I was hooked, less on being a know-it-all (I know much less than most people posting there) but on the challenge of attempting to explain in words the answers to various questions (one can also post screen shot images there).

Questions and answers are rated, much like Amazon or eBay reviews might be and in this case it’s less about a popularity contest, more about helping folks find the credible sources and to support well written questions and answers. Brilliant.

I’ve learned quite a bit from this feed, not just answers to my own technical questions but also about the types of questions and problems people are having in the Apple world. Ask Different could easily turn into a more up to date and fluid source than Apple’s support area or Wikipedia (Apple products) for these types of things. Certainly a parallel source for more specific questions.

Many of my Mac and iOS using friends who read this blog could easily become addicted to this so I’m warning you, be careful.