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An Interesting Look Into Steve Jobs Through Photography

While we anxiously await just what’s Apple’s sleeve tomorrow, there’s that old saying, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.”  With that, Steve Jobs is certainly no exception.  We were able to come across a photo shoot of Steve from awhile back, that offers a candid glimpse of the human side of the man whose eyes clearly show he’s already thinking of the next “one more thing…”

Below is are a couple of the images Ms. Walker was able to capture.  For more images be sure to head here.

Apple Looking Into Scrollable Toolbars and Menus For Lion


(Image courtesy of AppleInsider)

It looks like sometimes simple could very well be better.  A new Apple patent has revealed that the company could be looking into a new graphical UI that would allow for devices that are running either Mac OS X or iOS to be able to cut down on toolbars and menus, thus reducing some of that pesky screen clutter.

The reveal comes from Patently Apple, and the plans revealed in a patent application that was filed last week in Europe, users would be able to select an area and then scroll through menu items, which allows for a larger choice of options that could then be displayed on the screen at once.

The filing also made note that toolbars and menus for the usual commands, like opening a file or saving a document, “can take up valuable real estate in the graphical user interface.”

“For example, a user does not want a floating tool palette that takes up too much of the screen,” reads the patent.  “As more options get added to a tool palette, the tool palette must get larger or the size of the options must get smaller.”

Apple’s filing also states that the feature would allow for an application to display all of the options on a menu or toolbar while at the same time not taking up a large amount of space. 

For more images of the patent, head here.  Let us know if you like what you see thus far in the comments below.  Possibly visually pleasing, or not so much?

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Tango Dances Its Way Into App Store with Mobile Video Calling

Tango website

If you don’t have any friends with a FaceTime-equipped device but still want to enjoy mobile video calling, there’s a new option that’s just hit the App Store in the form of Tango, available for both iOS as well as Android.

All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg devoted this week’s Personal Technology column to the just-released Tango app, which provides free video calling between iOS and Android devices in the same style as Apple’s own FaceTime.

After installing the Tango app, a simple registration is required (involving only your cell phone number, name and e-mail address) and once you allow the app to search your address book, it will find any friends who are already registered for the service and add them to your Tango Contacts. Given that the service is so new, you’ll likely come up with a blank Contacts list to start, but once you tap on the Invite tab, you can quickly invite others to join the party via e-mail or SMS.

So how does it work? “In my tests, Tango worked as promised, and was simple to use,” Mossberg reveals. “But the quality of its video calls was uneven, and only a few of my calls matched my best experiences with FaceTime, which, while hardly perfect, was better. Video froze or stuttered too often for my taste, and will have to become more reliable for me to recommend the service for important or frequent use.”

Mossberg is quick to note that despite its quirks, Tango is worth giving a try, since unlike FaceTime, the service is cross-platform (iOS and Android), works over both Wi-Fi and 3G and even runs on the older iPhone 3GS, which Apple’s own solution certainly does not. The tech guru also found the service easier to use than competitors like fring or Qik, particularly since Tango uses your mobile number to connect with other users rather than some arcane login name that you friends and family may not know.

While Mossberg previewed the Tango app on Wednesday, it became available to the public on Thursday and the free 5.4MB download is now live on the App Store. Tango requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible only with the iPhone at this time.

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iLoveHandles Fashions Your iPod nano Into a Wristwatch

Y’know, when we first laid eyes on the new iPod nano in clock mode, we definitely thought that it resembled a twentieth century pocket watch. Well, apparently it doesn’t have to stay in your pocket. The new iLoveHandles “Rock Band” turns your iPod nano into a wrist watch, so you can use your nano to check the time or keep it clipped onto your wrist for easy playlist access.

The iPod nano Rock Band costs .95 and is available online.

Oh, and check out this cool reader mail we got from David A. Logan, who fashioned his own iPod nano wristwatch.

Way cool!

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Insight into Apple's Enterprise Marketing Methods

In the space of a few years, the iPhone has gone from being a smartphone non grata in corporate circles, to being a much sought after productivity device for suits around the world. You’ll also find enterprise-level business tech users hunkered down in deep thought, searching their minds and the iTunes App Store for ways to justify the purchase of the latest piece of successful businessman accoutrement–the iPad–to their superiors. If you’ve spent anytime working in a corporate environment, you’ll know that this is a definite change. Up until recently, the office was ruled by the PC and Blackberry–boring technology, sure, but also cheap and relatively secure, allowing a company’s the bottom line to stay red while providing a reasonably stringent IT security.

How did Apple manage to sway the hearts of the world’s enterprise giants? Simple: They left them the heck alone.

As part of an interesting op-ed piece over at GIGAOM, it’s argued that Apple has managed to snag themselves a large share of the enterprise market not as a result of expensive advertising or aggressive sales aimed at corporate purchasers (they do regularly post ads in publications like the Wall Street Journal and Business week, but not noticeably more so than they do in consumer-centric publications). Instead, the folks from Cupertino chose a different route: provide enterprise users what they need to feel comfortable in order to use the device, wind them up, and let them go.

By including greater IT security control over iPhone handsets and better enterprise-class Microsoft Exchange Server integration for iOS devices, Apple created an environment where large business could feel comfortable enough to consider the use of iPhones and iPads as tools to help them operate their businesses a possibility. This shift to meet the needs of the business world was a gradual one made over the course of a few years. Once the iOS devices entered the corporate ecosystem, the users were free to explore the App Store and find software that met the specific needs of the businesses they were involved in. This, GIGAOM argues, is a great example of Apple shaping its products to meet the demand of its users. This breaks away from the philosophy of most large manufacturers, who demand that a target audience be identified before a product can be built or released.

The article isn’t a long read, and the comments surrounding it are pretty lively–especially those responding to the statement that Apple allows users freedom of choice in how they use their devices. If you have a few minutes, it’s worth checking out.