May 28, 2012#

The definite iOS wallpaper overview

As there are hundreds of thousands of wallpaper resources for your iPhone/iPad, but not a single one featuring the really good ones, I thought I put together a continuous post of the most awesome walls around.

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April 10, 2012#

#1 rule of Instagram

If you don’t want to ruin Instagram, please follow this simple rule:

DO NOT pick a photo off the internet, your computer, DSLR or whatever device, then transfer it to your smartphone, then apply a filter and post it. Extra douche points awarded for Tumblr pictures which appear on Instagram. Oh and no, applying filters to already modified pictures is also massively Douche bag-ish.

If you follow this simple rule and for crying out loud just take a photo on your smartphone and directly post it to Instagram, you’ve understood the brilliance, simplicity and success of this wonderful app. Remember: Facebook isn’t going to kill Instagram. It’ll be you.

April 9, 2012#

Launch of the new iPhone (5)

Regarding all those funny rumors: the next iPhone, which will probably be called the new iPhone, won’t launch before October 2012.

March 5, 2012#

Grab it here.

January 10, 2012#

Instagram: Android-Version und Werbeanzeigen

Eine Android-Version von Instagram wird derzeit von zwei Entwicklern programmiert und dürfte nicht mehr allzu lange auf sich warten lassen. Außerdem hat sich Instagram-Gründer Kevin Systrom klar hinsichtlich eines Geschäftsmodells positioniert:

“Obviously, we didn’t start a business to not make money,” he said. “Our focus now is on growing the network. You really need to build up the network, or no advertisers care.”

Ich habe ein ungutes Gefühl. Ich befürchte, dass Instagram sowohl durch In-App-Ads als auch Android an seinem Charme verlieren wird. Marco Arment bringt es auf den Punkt:

I’d guess that Instagram could have charged a few bucks for their app from the start, made us their customers, budgeted carefully, and avoided VC funding and advertising. But they chose the free-now-ads-later model, and it appears to be working very well.

January 10, 2012#

WD-40 für den iPhone Home-Button

Ich nutze WD-40 ja hauptsächlich für meine alte Vespa PX, aber Khoi Vinh hat herausgefunden, dass sich damit auch unzuverlässige iPhone Home-Buttons wieder in einen nahezu neuen Zustand versetzen lassen:

In my experience, on not just my own iPhone 4 but also on my girlfriend’s, WD-40 restores the responsiveness of the iPhone’s home button to basically like-new condition. I just sprayed a little bit of WD-40 directly on the button, then pressed the button rapidly a few dozen times, tested its responsiveness afterwards, then repeated the process two or three times until it began to improve. Then I used the phone for a day or two to see how well the button did in actual use; I found that after a few days the problem ebbed back slightly, at which point I applied more WD-40. After the second or third application, the responsiveness remained indefinitely.

Er hat übrigens auch so seine Zweifel, dass die zum Teil trägen Home-Buttons auf die Software zurückzuführen sind:

I was surprised to discover from a friend that Apple technicians diagnosed this problem on her phone as software related, which struck me as counter-inuitive, as it seemed to me to be very much a hardware problem.

In jedem Fall einen Versuch wert.

January 9, 2012#

Tim Van Damme on joining Instagram

When I realized things at Gowalla were coming to an end, I looked at my iPhone home screen and asked myself which app I love, use every day, and wanted to be part of. Instagram popped out so I contacted Kevin.

Like a boss.

January 4, 2012#

Misconceptions About iOS Multitasking

Let me be as clear as I can be: the iOS multitasking bar does not contain “a list of all running apps”. It contains “a list of recently used apps”. The user never has to manage background tasks on iOS.

I think most iOS users are unaware of this. So, don’t waste your time killing apps in your multitasking bar, except for when they are frozen or have crashed.

January 3, 2012#

Benachrichtigungen in iOS mit Swipe verbergen

Das war mir neu: mit einem Swipe von Rechts nach Links über eine im Header erscheinende Benachrichtigung kann man diese verbergen. Alternativ kann man auch kurz die Benachrichtigungsleiste herunterziehen und wieder loslassen.

December 5, 2011#

What Powers Instagram: Hundreds of Instances, Dozens of Technologies

Sehr interessanter Artikel über den technischen Hintergrund von Instagram. Trend ganz klar: nicht mehr selbst hosten, nur noch bei Amazon mieten.