Sir Jonathan Ive honoured with exclusive gold Blue Peter Badge

I really wish I could embed this video of Sir Jony winning the BBC's Blue peter award but its in flash.  There will be a special episode airing tomorrow night.  I hope we will be able to view this episode in the United Staes at some point.

We also got a sneak peek at one of the industrial designers CNC machines as he made a much larger version of the award for the host our of aluminum.

CBBC’s Blue Peter presents Sir Jonathan Ive with the show’s highest accolade, the gold Blue Peter badge, in a gadget special to be screened on the CBBC channel at 10am on Saturday 16 February.
— BBC MEdia Center

Remembering Steve

One year ago today many of us lost a friend, a business hero or a source of inspiration.  Today on Apple's home page there is a moving tribute remembering Steve Jobs.  It is a collection of stills and spoken words from him combined with Yo-Yo Ma's beautiful rendition of Prelude, Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite.

A few of my favorite stills from the tribute are below.

Transient
Source: http://www.apple.com/

The new Amazon commercial

M.G. Siegler pointed out this new Amazon commercial to me.  Apparently it debuted during the NFL game.  

I  just watched it and I agree. that it is a good commercial.  Personally I think it is a good commercial because in many ways it mimics Apples style.  Low key voice narration, people using the products and services everywhere.  It humanizes the service.

I watched it a second time because I could not get something out of my head.  It reminded me of something.  Based on the pace and cadence of the storyline it felt a lot like one of my favorite commercials ever from Apple - "Here's to the Crazy Ones".

We’re the people with the smile on the box
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Introducing blocs.tv !

Today is a big day for me, primarily for personal reasons. I have been working hard on a side project for about 18 months. I have hinted on this blog and started a series of posts but they remain very cryptic. I have not revealed to much as I was tying up all the loose ends and not wanting to give away to much until I was 100% good to go. I will continue to expand on them more now.

Today I launched my new product called blocs. The website is blocs.tv

Blocs.tv is an accessory to be used with the Apple TV. The bloc allows the base of the Apple TV to sit in a base and prevent it from rotating (making it easier to use your remote). In addition the base provides a space to store the remote and easily get to it.

I love technology. I love clean simple modern designs. I love tactile materials. Sometimes all the cool shiny stuff can be cold. One of the goals of the design of the product was to combine a warm organic component with a fantastic piece of technology.

 Walnut bloc

Walnut bloc

If you have a chance please go check it out and let me know your thoughts !
Use the contact form on the store, add a comment here, or you can reach me on twitter.

Source: http://www.apple.com/appletv/

Originality Score = 0

It seems a shame that after going through a trial that was focused on originality and copying Apple that a few days after the it ends with a decision against them that new images arrive showing Samsung's new “original” laptop.

That would be fine if it were true, except it is a clone of the MAcBook Air. I guess on the originality side of the coin it does have a stylus but for me that falls more into the stupid category.

See the pictures and articles below:

9to5Mac
the verge
Cult of Mac

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This Parrot's Dead >

Don Macallister has hit an impasse with his great SCOTutor iOS apps.  All the apps were approved and then later pulled form the store as being just videos.  Don reworked the apps and resubmitted to show new functionality.  They were rejected and so was his latest appeal. 

I pointed out several video tutorial apps that had been reviewed and accepted into the store THIS MONTH but still no capitulation on the fact that they considered my Apps movies.

I pointed out the rework of the SCOTutor Apps to included additional app functionality, but still they won’t budge.

So I’ve pretty much run out of patience trying to get the Apps re-instated on the iOS store.

This is a disappointment.  Although iOS has a high degree of intuitiveness these apps have been where I have pointed friends and family to for additional training.  I have gifted these to many.  I think this is an example of where Apple got it wrong.

The Rise Of Third Party Services And Fall Of Google In iOS >

Graham Spencer from Macstories has a great post describing the history of services in iOS. The graphics are plain and simple.  There is a clear direction in which Apple is integrating with more outside services.  Google is almost out.  

Most of the recent iOS discussion is how good will Apple maps be?  Could Apple replace the mapping application which had become our de facto standard?  

Apple acquired a number of mapping companies to achieve the talent and products needed to create their own Maps app, including Poly9, Placebase and C3 Technologies. This was no small move in replacing Google Maps.
— http://www.macstories.net

But even if there had not been bad blood with Google I wonder if this would have happened anyway.  If you follow the timeline Apple really had a lot in one basket with Google.