Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Motorola Goes for a Sexier Look

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Just a little tidbit from the tech world today: Motorola (or should I say, motorola?) is re-branding. No longer are the sharp and uncomfortably red logo designs are the past- now all these attributes have been traded in for a cooler, smoother, more lowercase design. I don't know about you guys, but I think it's super sexy. 

Source The Verge

Monday, June 24, 2013

SnapKidz Brings All the Fun of SnapChat to the Little Ones, Albeit Without Online Access

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Those youngsters are always looking to get a taste of the fun, now aren't they? Well, now they finally can. SnapKidz is a brand new feature for those under the age of 13. Apparently, SnapChat trusts that these kids wouldn't otherwise fake their age and take a risk for the glamour and fun that is the social photo-swapping goodness that makes SnapChat worth it.

The new app allows children under the age of 13 to sign up under youngster accounts and use all of the features of a good ol' fashioned snap'n without any ability to share the images. They can take pictures, draw obscene things on them, take pictures of obscene things, or anything else most older persons do with the application. I honestly don't understand why they think this will make any difference, but apparently the company that streamlined sexting really believes in the honesty and integrity of humanity.

Check out the update from the bad boys themselves HERE and be sure to check in daily for the fun interpretations of Max Bleich, technology weirdo.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks: Apple is Growing Up

For so long, both iOS and OS X have been known for a comfortable, “human” interface that made you feel emotions whilst using each respective operating system. The original interface for OS X (back when it was Mac OS X) was named Aqua: named for its distinguished and realistic appearance. Steve Jobs announced it saying “one of the design goals was when you saw it you wanted to lick it” when he introduced it to the world along with OS X Cheetah in 2001. It was a real break from the norm that was OS 9, completely revolutionizing what it was people expected in a desktop operating system.

And it worked for more than a decade before it became stale. For it was the moment that Apple introduced iOS that many Apple fans would become invested in the notion of a total interface upgrade. Such an upgrade would not come, at least, not for a few years.

It is now 2013, and we have seen that Apple is able to growing up. iOS 7 may have some issues, but all in all it is a total step in the right direction. It presents a complete break from the past, while simultaneously building on Apple’s design legacy. Isn’t that the very thing that Steve hoped would happen with Aqua over a decade ago?


And it did. Until Apple had to move on. OS X Mavericks may not have the total iOS 7 interface change, but it is too starting to move on. I wouldn’t be surprised if OS X 10.10 or maybe even OS XI (omg what a thought) makes the same break that iOS 7 does. Who knows, maybe we’ll even have a new model for computing come this time next year.

Either way, by advancing forward and still incorporating some elements of familiarity, Apple has not only ensured the continuity of its legacy, but also inspired change across all levels of OS design. Who will be next? Stay tuned.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hello, I Must Be Going.

When Joshua Topolsky, Editor-in-Chief of The Verge announced he was leaving Engadget for a new journey in the world of tech reporting, not only did he use this same title, but he also made it clear that he was NOT leaving the internet.

I am NOT leaving the internet. 

In fact, I'm going nowhere. I will be staying here. However, I will no longer be running this "professional" tech blog. Instead, I will be moving to a more personal model. A new start, with some familiarity. I'm speaking of my current Tumblr blog, which will eventually transition over to maxbleich.com, the new home of my writing, both personal and professional. Some things will be tech, some things won't. For the most part, they will be me. Some things will be others. But at the end of the day, wasn't that what I was doing here anyway? 

I have so much love for all of you who have supported me throughout these last two years. It has been a really wild ride, and I love all of you so very much.

But again, I AM NOT GOING. You will be able to access all of this, at the location maxbleich.wordpress.com, the original web page of my blog. 

For now, I must be going. Not leaving. But moving on to other things. Different things. Maybe funner things too. Either way, I'll still be here. Giving my two cents. But at least now I won't be tied to a schedule. Because honestly, it wasn't working out anymore. 

Thanks again to all of you, for all of the love and support. 

Honestly, I wouldn't of had it any other way.

-Max

Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm Back!

2412508491_crazySmiley1_answer_8_xlargeOkay guys, after a brief hiatus, I have returned to my beautiful throne on the internets!

Regular posting will return starting tomorrow! Get ready... there's A LOT to talk about!