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Monthly Archive:: August 2011

Photo Cube – iPhone Photo Printer

While it’s great to have a million digital pictures, sometimes it’s nice to have an honest-to-god photograph. You might want to put it in a frame or give it to someone as a keepsake. Or maybe you just want to remind someone about that digital evidence you’re hanging onto. Really, hardcopy comes in handy.

But how can you be expected to wait around for a million years while your iPhone syncs the aforementioned million pictures to your computer? And who doesn’t cringe when they have to email a picture to themselves just to print it? It’s illogical and frustrating.

The Photo Printer for iPhone solves this problem and it’s dead simple to use. Just pop the iPhone into the dock and fire up the free app to control the printer. In less than a minute, you’ll have a 300 dpi hardcopy suitable for framing of all sorts.

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iCADE – iPad Arcade Cabinet

Enter the iCADE iPad Arcade Cabinet! To use the iCade, gently slide the iPad into the cradle. The iCADE uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPad so there’s nothing else you need to do. You’re ready to “insert coin” and game on!

To bring the iCADE to life, ThinkGeek has partnered with ION. Atari, the first name in classic arcade games, also signed up to bring a huge suite of classic arcade titles including Asteroids® to market with iCADE support built right in. When released, a friendly API will be made available to developers to add iCADE support to almost any game.

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Tim Cook e-mails Apple employees: “Apple is not going to change”

Tim Cook has already stepped up to reassure Apple employees that the company isn’t going to change, according to an internal e-mail seen by Ars. Sent early Thursday to all employees in the company—the morning after Steve Jobs announced his resignation as CEO—Cook said working with Jobs and Apple has been “the privilege of a lifetime,” and that he’s looking forward to the years ahead.

Team:

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.

Tim

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The Strange and Twisted History of Ramen Noodles

Welcome to the dark history of the world’s favorite comfort food. It all begins with two arch-enemy nations, Japan and China. Though their mutual hatred stretches back over the years, when these countries first made contact around 400 A.D., they were friendly. The Chinese were much more advanced, and the Japanese played eager students, learning such skills as how to write and how to make paper. They even borrowed the Chinese calendar and the Buddhist religion. But by the late 19th century, Japan was feeling superior to its former teacher.

In 1895, the small nation dealt China a humiliating defeat in a naval battle. As spoils of war, they annexed the province of Taiwan and wrestled control of Korea away from Chinese influence. Flexing its empire-building muscle further, Japan soon took over more of China, and in the process, assimilated aspects of its culture. Most notably, martial arts, as well as parts of their cuisine.

And that’s where the Ramen enter the story, although by a different name. In 1910, two Chinese cooks at Tokyo’s Rairaken restaurant introduced a signature dish with salty broth and noodles. They called it Shina Soba.

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