• Friday Morning News

    Even if you've already read everyone else's review of the iPad mini, you should add the Anandtech review of the same to your Reading List/Instapaper queue. It's exactly as you would expect: incredibly detailed, and filled with all kinds of technical information you may or may not have known about the iPad mini.

    And that pretty much wraps up the actual news for today, besides the fact Apple are doing a sale on a few products, both online and in-store. A few modest discounts on iPods, iPads (although the iPad mini is conspicuously absent), and a few accessories. Not that we expected anything radically different, of course.

    On a related note, quite a few iOS games are also on sale: publishers like EA have placed a whole heap of games on sale, and Touch Arcade has two posts that cover most of the sales thus far. Even better, most of the titles are on sale in Australia, too.

    TUAW has a piece on why Siri makes sense on the Mac. It's one thing to have a mobile assistant in your pocket so you can schedule reminders when you're out and about, but what about on the Mac? After all, the Mac already features voice commands: why not just integrate Siri and call it a day?

    Hammer for Mac is for web developers who build static websites using good old HTML. It's not for people who are used to using frameworks to build out their websites, but Hammer for Mac does make it incredibly easy to build and publish simple, static HTML.

    The Verge has a concept to improve what one user calls "legacy" parts of the iOS UI. Instead of the normal iOS alerts we've had since iOS 1.0, but now they sport an all-new design that's a little less gloss and a little more polish. Not only that, but system notifications and in-app alerts have also been given a visual makeover.

    If you're on the web, how do you go native on iOS and other platforms? That's the challenge facing many websites, and Tumblr rose to the challenge. We've all seen what happens when your "app" is simply a web wrapper, so it's good to see companies considering how to improve the experience for users.

    Speaking of web services, that's exactly the one area where Apple hasn't exactly been great at. And that's Apple's problem: Google are getting better at design faster than Apple are getting better at the web. Hence why Patrick Gibson thinks Apple should buy Twitter *read his argument all the way through and tell me it doesn't make sense, at least conceptually.

    There are so many great apps on the App Store that sometimes we forget the great apps already on our iOS devices. Which is why James Gowans is living life on the edge and only using an extra five non-stock apps on top of the ones that come preloaded on his iPhone.

    Over at the Panic blog they're not actually doing any real work, but experimenting with Face Detection APIs introduced with Lion and iOS 5. Their FaceTest app is actually kinda freaky.

    And just because it's Friday: remember the time Apple partnered up with the Black Eyed Peas to introduce the iMac G5? Those were the days.
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