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Despite producing multiple iPhone prototypes (here, here and here) leading up to its blockbuster 2007 release, the company’s brain trust nearly shelved the project because it didn’t believe the device was up to Apple’s exacting standards of what a mobile phone should be, Cupertino’s vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive revealed in an interview.
One of the issues that had the team consider axing the iPhone involved the device’s touchscreen accidentally initiating a phone call when put against one’s ear. Apple later solved this by equipping the iPhone with a proximity sensor which automatically turns off the display to prevent spray input from your face…
Gideon Spanier of The Independent talked to Ive, who explained speaking at a British Business Embassy event to coincide with the Olympics:
There were multiple times where we nearly shelved the phone because we thought there were fundamental problems that we can’t solve. One problem involved an early prototype where I put the phone to my ear and my ear dials the number accidentally.
So how did Apple go about solving this problem?
With a proximity sensor, now the standard feature of most touchscreen phones (even if Nokia’s 7650 handset had it back in 2002).
Steve enthusiastically pointed out the iPhone’s many sensors, including the proximity sensor feature, during the iPhone’s January 2007 unveiling (13:20 in)
Apple also noted the feature in its 2007 press release announcing the handset:
Ive also shared this little gem on Apple’s process of product evaluation:
We have been, on a number of occasions, preparing for mass production and in a room and realised we are talking a little too loud about the virtues of something. That to me is always the danger, if I’m trying to talk a little too loud about something and realising I’m trying to convince myself that something’s good.
This is how product design should be done and it’s a shame that only Apple appears to be holding its internal projects to high standards.
I also love this quote:
You have that horrible, horrible feeling deep down in your tummy and you know that it’s OK but it’s not great. And I think some of the bravest things we’ve ever done are really at that point when you say, ‘that’s good and it’s competent, but it not’s great’.
Most other companies would just release the damn thing and worry about customer satisfaction later. Of course, Apple also left out some standard features from the original iPhone, such as copy and paste and MMS, adding them in later iterations.
But Apple is known for its uncanny ability to say ‘no’ to a thousand things in order to really focus on a handful of features that matter.
He also feels Apple does not get enough credit for rejecting ideas and devices.
Still, can I have my Apple television set at some point in the future?
Ive was also quoted yesterday saying that Apple’s fortunes are the result of its uncompromising focus on end user experience rather than money being the primary driver.
“If we are successful people will like [our products] and if we are operationally competent, we will make money”, Ive said sharing tidbits on Apple’s design acumen and business practices with Wired UK.
Apple is incredibly lucky to have the likes of Jony Ive on its deep bench of executives to provide guidance to Tim Cook.
I’m kinda hoping that Apple will name Ive its next CEO once Cook’s tenure is over.
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You couldn’t pick a better time to get into traditional archery. There’s a wide variety of good, affordable gear. Plus, there are great online resources for new shooters (more on that in a moment).
However, there are a few hard truths about getting into trad. First, it’s going to be difficult—you will likely have the impulse to hurl that new bow through the woods on more than one occasion. Second, it’s going to take time—it took me about a year of shooting before I was competent with a recurve and another two years before I was really skilled with one. But if you keep after it, you’ll earn the opportunity to experience one of the purest and most exciting forms of hunting.
Starting with a solid foundation is key.
Until recently, there haven’t been any widely-available, standardized resources for learning how to shoot a trad bow. Without established mentors or coaches, most of us have been left to figure it out on our own. This is where Tom Clum Sr. of Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear comes in (read my full story about shooting with Tom here). Tom is a certified archery coach and a bowhunter at heart. He saw how he could adapt a target archery shot for hunting. The standardized “NTS” shot was developed by a US Olympic coach as a scientifically designed, and biomechanically efficient, repeatable shot, and it produces incredible accuracy and consistency.
Tom began teaching this method of shooting a recurve in his shop and has recently released an online class called SOLID Archery Mechanics. A one-time fee will give you unlimited access to all the info you would get if you were getting Clum’s coaching in person. It’s a substantial initial investment at $200, but having gone through the course myself, I can confidently say that it’s worth the money. I wish I’d had this information years ago when I was learning to shoot. It would have saved me years of frustration.
I am fully convinced that a person who goes through this course with a stretch band for a month before even picking up a bow will learn much faster than someone trying to learn by himself. Along with enrolling in Clum’s course, here’s what you need to get started.1. Stretch Bands
This is probably one of the most underrated tools for the trad archer. Even Olympic-level shooters use stretch bands, and you should too. They can be made in any number of ways, but a basic therapy band that gives you some flexible resistance is all you need. It allows you to simulate draw weight and develop your shot without holding up the weight of a bow, and as a bonus, you can take it anywhere. It’s not for building strength, but for working on all the intricacies of your shot.
When I learned the NTS method of shooting, all of the initial work was done on a stretch band. You will have to teach your brain completely new motor programs, using muscles in ways you haven’t before. This takes a lot of time and slow, isolated movements, which are perfect for the stretch band. You can work on those individual movements, then begin to blend them together into a smooth shot process. One guy I know who has been going through the course struggled and struggled to develop his shot with his bow. I suggested he get a stretch band and work on each individual part of his shot before finally meshing them together. A month later, his form looked way better, all from the stretch band.
The Fleetwood Edge traditional bow is a great option for new shooters. Fleetwood Edge2. Buy Your First Bow
Cost is another major consideration. Many high-end custom and semi-custom recurves and longbows will run upwards of $1,000. These bows are nice, and many of them shoot wonderfully, but don’t even consider one of these for your first bow. There are many affordable bows that are much better to start with, and there are a couple of reasons for that. First, you don’t want to tie a bunch of money up into something that you may decide isn’t for you. Also, as you become more comfortable and better at shooting, your preferences may change. You really need to have an established shot in order to tell which bow feels right for you. Even if you want to end up with a high-end bow, start cheap, then you’ll be better suited to find the bow that fits you best.
Finally, I recommend a takedown bow to start with. These typically utilize interchangeable limbs. This will allow you to start with very light limbs, and as your skill level and strength grow, you can just get a new set of limbs for the same bow. For any new shooter, I’d recommend bows like the Fleetwood Edge or Samick Sage. These are very affordable recurves with limbs in a variety of weights. They can sometimes have Q.C. issues, but overall, they are fantastic options for new shooters. Start with light limbs, and you can usually find heavier ones for $50-75.
Read Next: Shooting Lessons Learned from a Master of Traditional Archery3. Buy Your First Arrows
Tom Clum demonstrating “the hook.” Tom ClumThe Hook
It might look unbelievably simple, but a properly executed shot is much more complex than it seems. Each component of the shot lays a foundation for the next step. It might be difficult to see how one or two details will affect the outcome, but it all matters. It all starts with how you address or “hook” the string. If you’ve always done what feels natural, chances are, you’ve been doing it wrong. I sure was. The basic components of the hook are: 1) where the string sits on your fingers; 2) weight distribution. You want the string just in front of the first notch of your index finger, just behind it on your middle finger, and on the pad of your ring finger. Most of the weight will be on your middle finger, followed closely by your index finger. Finally, your ring finger should be holding just enough weight to keep the string from pinching your middle finger. Too much weight, and you will have added torque on your string and it will slightly change the tiller of the bow. This hook will also be the same for both split-finger and 3-under shooting.
Another critical component to the hook is maintaining what’s called a high wrist. If you think about how you carry a bucket of water, your wrist is slightly bent with your hand curling inward toward you. This is a position of strength. The “natural” way to pull a bow straight back bends your wrist in the opposite direction, into a weaker position (low wrist). Setting up a proper hook can be very uncomfortable at first, but don’t skip it. A proper hook will create the strongest holding position, and allow the string to blow through your fingers efficiently; eliminating sloppy releases. It will get easier, and it is a critical step in learning the rest of the shot.The Cognitive Shot
Once you’ve got the basics down, the rest is all mental. There are quite a few folks out there who will tell you that the best way to shoot a traditional bow is to shut off your brain and go by feel. This might feel good and comfortable, but it is not a consistent way to shoot a bow.
The mental side of shooting a bow is every bit as important as the physical. Accuracy and consistency come from doing the same thing, the same way, every time, and we can’t do that by going on auto-pilot. You must develop a rigid “checklist” that you run through on every single shot. When you’re learning, the process can seem complex and slow, but as you develop your shot, the checklist becomes more natural.
Cognitively running through your shot also allows you to analyze the process better and determine where you are having problems. When you are shooting cognitively, it’s easier to walk back through a shot that went awry and figure out the issues. Keeping your head in the game will help as you go through the SOLID Archery Mechanics program and learn to shoot, but developing your own cognitive checklist to hit each and every shot will also help you right where you’re at now.
As rumored, Apple today took the wraps off two new iPhones during a streamed media presentation in Cupertino, Calif.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus boast a new Retina HD screens. “Not any display would do,” said Schiller. Compared to the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1334 pixels by 750 pixels.
The larger, phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels, which translates into over 2 million pixels, 185 percent more than the iPhone 5S, noted Schiller. Both models feature a glass front that curves slightly around the edge.
Highlights include iOS 8, an updated 8 megapixel iSight camera and a faster A8 64-bit processor with 2 billion transistors that is “50 times faster than the original iPhone,” said Schiller. Connectivity is enhanced with a 150 Mbps LTE and a Wi-Fi Calling feature that “seamlessly” hands off to cellular networks. In the U.S., T-Mobile will support Wi-Fi calling.
Eddie Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple, later showed off the company’s mobile payments solution, Apple Wallet. A combination of near-field communication (NFC) technology, Touch ID, a Secure Element chip and specialized software, the Apple Wallet integrates with Passbook to enable secure payments with retailers and select e-commerce apps.
Cue assured that his company will respect the privacy of Apple Wallet users. “The transaction is between you, the merchant and your bank,” he said.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale on Sept. 19. iPhone 6 prices start at the $199 for the 16 GB model and top out at $399 for the 128 GB version. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus prices start at $299. Preorders for both models start on Sept. 12.
The event’s “one more thing” was the long-rumored iWatch, or as the company is branding it, the Apple Watch. Available in two sizes, the wearable “works seamlessly with iPhone,” said Cook. It also serves as a “comprehensive health and fitness device,” he added.
Apple Watch pushed the company to explore new interface and device interaction models. “What we didn’t do is take the iPhone and shrink the user interface,” said Cook.
The touch-capable, sapphire-enhanced display is complemented with a “digital crown” that contains infrared LEDs. Users can press and twist the dial to zoom and otherwise navigate the Apple Watch UI. A rear sensor monitors a user’s heart rate. It also features integration with Apple Pay for mobile payments.
To get developers on board, Apple is making available a software development kit (SDK) called WatchKit to extend iPhone apps to the device. Apple watch requires the iPhone, said Cook, before revealing that the smartwatch is backward compatible with iPhone models stretching back to the iPhone 5.
Apple’s wearable will be available in three versions, the base Apple Watch, the Sport and the 18 karat gold Edition. A range of interchangeable watch bands, from leather to sweat-resistant plastic to an array of metals, add an additional touch of personalization.
Prices start at $349. Apple Watch is scheduled to ship in early 2024.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.
How to change settings to download Disney Plus movies and TV shows
Before you download Disney Plus movies and TV shows, you will need to change the app’s settings. First, you will need to decide what video quality you want for your downloaded content.
Sign in to Disney Plus, then tap on your account icon on the bottom right of the app.
Then, tap on the App Settings selection in the menu.
You should see a Download Quality option. Tap on that.
Remember that each quality setting has different download speeds and storage limits. The higher the setting, the slower the download. Higher settings also mean more storage space is used on the device.How to change download locations
If your phone or tablet has a microSD card slot for additional storage, you can go into App Settings and tap on the Download Location option. You can then switch between your device’s internal storage or your installed microSD card. When you download Disney Plus movies and TV shows, they will be stored at your selected location.
When you download Disney Plus movies and TV shows, they will likely take a lot of bandwidth if you use a cellular connection. If you have a limited data plan on your phone or want faster speeds, you can go into App Settings and then select the Download Over Wi-Fi Only option.
How to download, watch and delete Disney Plus movies and TV shows
It’s pretty simple to download movies and TV shows with the Disney Plus app.
Go to the film or TV episode you want to download from the service, and you will see an arrow icon going down. Tap on that, and the download process will begin.
To watch your downloaded movies and TV shows, tap on the download arrow icon at the bottom menu of the Disney Plus app.
You can then see which downloaded films and TV shows are on your device. To begin watching one, tap on the small phone icon at the right of your selected video.
You will then see a pop-up menu with two options: Play or Remove Download. Tap Play to begin watching your video, or Remove Download to delete it from your device.
If you have multiple videos on the app you want to delete, there’s a faster second method. Just tap on the Edit option on the top right of the screen. Checkmarks will replace the phone icons. Tap on the videos you wish to download, and when you are done, tap on the garbage can icon on top to remove them all.
Keep in mind that when you download Disney Plus movies and TV shows, they will only be available to watch for as long as you subscribe to the service. Sometimes, a film or TV show may be removed from Disney Plus. If that happens, and you have downloaded it, you won’t be able to play it again until it’s back on the service.
Unfortunately, the Disney Plus smart TV apps don’t support downloading of content.
There may be a few shows and movies unavailable for download for various reasons, including limited contracts, content, and region availability.
If your device is not connected to the internet beyond 30 days, your downloadable content from the app will be automatically removed.
The same Disney Plus movie or TV episode has a download limit of ten supported devices at once.
While it’s easy to watch Disney Plus on Xbox, you can’t download content for offline playback.
Most streaming platforms allow some form of downloading for offline playback, but they typically disallow those features on Mac and PC. The same is true here: if you watch Disney Plus on a desktop, you cannot download content. However, Chromebooks are an exception as they can access the Disney Plus Android app
AT&T posts FAQ for the Apple iPhone
Do you have some looming questions about the Apple iPhone, and your AT&T Wireless account? Perhaps you’ve tried asking the sales reps at your local AT&T store, but you haven’t gotten all the answers you’ve been looking for. Well, they have been kind enough to post a FAQ on their website.
Most of the information is not new, but it does answer a lot of questions that potential customers are going to have. If you didn’t know already, AT&T can ask for as much as $800 for a deposit when activating new service. If you are worried about that, you won’t have to wait until you get home and activate it, they can do a credit check right there in the store before they send you on your way. Otherwise, everything will be done from your home PC.
Q. Where can I buy iPhone?
A. iPhone is available at AT&T stores, Apple stores and online at chúng tôi Find an AT&T store that sells iPhone now.
Q. How much does iPhone cost?
A. There are currently two versions of iPhone available. $499 for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8 GB model. Both prices require a 2-year service agreement.
Q. Is iPhone eligible for Wireless Phone Insurance?
A. No. iPhone is ineligible for the Wireless Phone Insurance program offered to AT&T customers. iPhone is covered by the Apple Warranty. If you have Wireless Phone Insurance from AT&T, it will be removed from your line of service.
Q. Are business customers eligible for discounts?
A. No. iPhone service is available only to consumer accounts. iPhone and associated wireless service are not eligible for corporate discounts.
ActivationQ. How do I activate iPhone?
A. You activate iPhone in a whole new way—using iTunes right on your computer. All you need is a PC or Mac, a credit card or debit card, access to the Internet and an email address.
The credit approval for your AT&T service also happens on your computer. It’s part of activating through iTunes, but if you’d rather have your credit pre-approved before you leave the store, an AT&T store representative can help you with that.
You will also select an available plan during activation.
Q. Does iPhone work out of the box?
A. No. iPhone must be activated before it can be used. iPhone includes a pre-installed SIM card for your convenience.
Q. How long does it take to activate iPhone?
A. Most activations should happen within a few minutes of selecting your plan. If there are any questions around your account status or credit, there may be delays in activation.
Existing Customer QuestionsQ. How do I upgrade to iPhone?
A. Just go to an AT&T retail store, and mention you’re replacing your existing phone. Our salespeople will help you through the process and answer any questions you have.
Soon you’ll be able to upgrade through myWireless online.
Q. Do I need to switch to a different rate plan if I upgrade to iPhone?
A. If you’re an existing AT&T (formerly Cingular) wireless customer, you just need to add an iPhone Data Plan. (This may replace your current data plan. Your voice plan will stay the same) The iPhone Data Plan gives you Visual Voicemail, as well as Unlimited Data—includes both email and web—and texting, all for as little as $20. You’ll add an iPhone Data Plan during the activation process.
Q. Can I add iPhone to a FamilyTalk plan?
A. Yes. Just go to an AT&T retail store, and mention you’d like to add a line to an existing account.
Q. Do I need to switch to a different FamilyTalk rate plan if I want to add iPhone?
A. No. You might want to upgrade your minutes since you are adding an additional line.
Q. I just upgraded my phone recently. Are there any penalties or restrictions for upgrading to iPhone right away?
A. No. Everyone can upgrade to iPhone right away.
Q. What if I currently have a GoPhone?
A. You will need to activate iPhone on a new account with a new phone number.
Q. I’m an existing customer. Can I swap out my current SIM card and start right away?
A. No. iPhone must be activated befroe it can be used. iPhone includes a pre-installed SIM card for your convenience.
BillingQ. Will I be billed from both companies?
A. Wireless service will be billed from AT&T. Additional content purchases from iTunes such as music, videos, and movies will be billed from iTunes, similar to today.
Q. Are there any differences from your normal billing procedures?
A. No. There are no differences on your monthly bill.
Return PolicyQ. Do you have a special return policy for iPhones?A. Yes. Apple branded equipment is covered by a 14-day return policy and must be returned to the original point of purchase. If the Apple branded equipment is returned unopened and in the original shrink wrapping, it will be refunded back to the original payment method. Opened Apple branded equipment that is returned within 14 days will be subject to a 10% open box restocking fee. All products must be packed in their original, unmarked packaging including any accessories and manuals that shipped with the product.
AT&T publishes Apple iPhone FAQ [via MYiTablet]
Computer Randomly Plays Music: How to Stop It For Good Often, virus attacks are responsible for this issue
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Computer users have enjoyed the right to control the music playing on their devices. However, users recently complain about music playing randomly on their devices without permission. This article will guide you through how to stop your computer from randomly playing music and regain control.
Also, our readers can read about ways to stop random beeping on their computers.Why does my computer play music randomly?
There are several reasons why your computer may be playing music randomly. Some of the most common causes include:
Virus attacks – A computer virus is malicious software designed to replicate itself. It can cause harm to your computer system and data by corrupting system files. Therefore, it can cause your computer to play music or other audio files randomly.
Faulty browser extensions – Incompatible browser extensions can cause your computer to play music or other audio files. These extensions can be installed without your knowledge and can be difficult to remove.
Autoplay settings – Some websites have autoplay adware that causes music files to play when you visit the site. If you have autoplay enabled in your browser, this can result in random music playing.
These factors can differ in various PCs. We’ll take you through ways to fix the issues.How can I stop my computer from randomly playing music?
Users should try out the following preliminary checks:1. Perform a clean boot
Performing a PC clean boot will stop all backend running programs that can interfere with the media player app.2. End task for background apps
Expert tip:3. Perform SFC scan on your PC
Performing an SFC scan on your device allows you to scan and repair corrupted or missing system files. You can read about how to fix SFC scannow not working on your Windows device.4. Remove browser extensions
You can read step-by-step details to view browser extensions on Windows.
Updating your PC audio device allows the Windows OS to communicate with hardware effectively. Read on how to update the Windows driver on their device.
Another dependable method of updating your drivers is using applications such as Outbyte Driver Updater to scan your PC for outdated or damaged drivers and automatically obtain the best updates as replacements from its repository.
Alternatively, users can read about ways to fix Opera GX when background music is not working on their device and check out our guide on the best music player for Windows users.
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