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Apple marks 5 years of the App Store with new poster

Apple celebrates 5 years of the App Store with informative posterWith the fifth anniversary of Apple’s App Store just about a week away, MacRumors reports that Apple sent out a poster commemorating said anniversary to Financial Times tech reporter Tim Bradshaw.

While it’s hard to make out just what the fine print on the poster reads, it appears to chart the impressive rise in both the number of apps available on the App Store and the total amount of money paid out to developers.

We can undoubtedly expect to see a more mainstream celebration from Apple as the July 10th anniversary steadily approaches.

Apple marks 5 years of the App Store with new poster

Apple celebrates 5 years of the App Store with informative posterWith the fifth anniversary of Apple’s App Store just about a week away, MacRumors reports that Apple sent out a poster commemorating said anniversary to Financial Times tech reporter Tim Bradshaw.

While it’s hard to make out just what the fine print on the poster reads, it appears to chart the impressive rise in both the number of apps available on the App Store and the total amount of money paid out to developers.

We can undoubtedly expect to see a more mainstream celebration from Apple as the July 10th anniversary steadily approaches.

Douglas Engelbart, thank you for your great mind

Douglas Engelbart thank you for your great mindDouglas Engelbart died on July 2 at age 88. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, then look at your computer mouse and give thanks to this World War II radar technician who came up with the idea in the 1960s. Engelbart also influenced computer use in other ways, such as working on the use of multiple windows, network computing technologies. In addition, his lab helped develop ARPANet, which was the government network that predated the Internet.

Engelbart had a long history in electronics, electrical engineering, innovation and design. He had a burning desire to boost “our collective capability to solve important problems intelligently, for which he coined the term Collective IQ,” as noted through his web site. He holds 21 patents in his name; some shared with associates.

Multiple sources cite that Engelbert’s work and thought processes on computing, as it relates to human cognition, was significantly influenced at the young age of 20. While in the Philippines in 1945, he read an article in “The Atlantic” by Dr. Vannevar Bush, “As We May Think.” The New York Times notes that Bush “described a universal information retrieval system called Memex. The idea stuck with Engelbart, and he made it his life’s work.”

Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User’s Ear

The USPTO is big on Apple patents this morning, with a new application published around earbud technology spotted by AppleInsider.

Apple’s own earbud designs have been mostly underwhelming, even if the last change for the stock set that comes with iPhones and iPods was an improvement. The new patent application describes tech that could be truly game-changing, however, by adjusting earbud output to match any user’s specific ear canal size and shape.

The somewhat sci-fi patent applications describes a method that measures earbud fit based on various signals, including electrical current, acoustic indicators with a mic including signal frequency and more.

Apple Seeks Patent For Waze-Style Crowdsourced Navigation That Could Boost iOS Maps

The US Patent Office has just published a new patent application by Apple (via AppleInsider) that integrates crowdsourced traffic data for real-time information about road conditions, similar to what Waze does.

Waze, which was just acquired by Google, seeks user input on changing road conditions, and rewards users for making accurate reports.

Apple’s patent also offers route choices based on criteria like “Scenic Route, Light Traffic, No Construction” and more that are also rated and reviewed by users.

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