Now that last Friday's iPhone activation server-crashing debacle is settled and most of us have our iPhones unbricked and back to working, it's time to celebrate their coolness (and inherently, our own). So take a break from downloading Apps for your iPhone 3G or your 1st-Gen iPhone that you updated with the iPhone 2.0 software update and help yourself to this free wallpaper:
Right-click it to save, and then drag it into an iPhoto folder that you sync with your iPhone, or on a Windows machine, into a folder you sync in your My Pictures.
Check back later for more free iPhone wallpaper!
not really real tests, but for some reason, while searching for iPhone 2.0 apps, I can upon Six Apart's June 12th release of the web app BlogIt, an blog management tool for the web, iPhone, or some other 'smartphone' you might be unlucky enough to be using instead of an iPhone (any generation, cos seriously, BlackBerry's suck hardcore).
Basically, BlogIt is an easy interface application which allows you to simultaneously post to multiple blogs or 'status' sites (think Twitter or Facebook). Anyhoo, don't know how I missed this, cos I love SixApart and their great products, but I'm giving t a whirl now.
Sadly, it does not seem to support uploading photos via the iPhone, something I hope they update soon, thanks to the technology possible with iPhone 2.0.
Why didn't anyone tell me about this?!
More importantly, though, it quite appropriately casts Keanu Reeves as Klaatu. After watching the preview, I doubt there could have been a more perfect actor playing the role of the quiet, warning envoy that is Klaatu.
The preview is quite intriguing and the movie looks to have several similarities to the original. However, 57 years after the original DTESS came out, the new version has the benefit of super computers and CGI, and the special effects look spectacular.
In the 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still, Klaatu delivered a stern warning to a planet on the brink of worldwide nuclear war, and while things didn't end so well for Klaatu, the humans seemed to get the message and be spared planetary destruction by interplanetary pacifists. In more recent sci-fi 'alien / end of days' movies, however--like Cloverfield, the remake of War of the Worlds, Signs, and even the current The Happening--the humans get a serious beat-down. The preview for the new DTESS seem to indicate that it may continue that trend, the idea that we'll learn the lesson a little better if you decimate us first.
Go watch the preview; it's quite exciting, whether you're a DTESS fan like me, a sci-fi fiend, or just a movie buff. Plan on being at a theater the weekend of December 12.
(Oh, and if you're like me, and suddenly towards the end of the preview realize you haven't seen Gort, just wait for it...)
We went and saw WALL-E again this weekend, and again loved it. Seeing the sleek, translucent look of EVE and the other robots got me to thinking about the relationship between Apple, Pixar, and the robots in WALL-E. It doesn't take much imagination to see striking similarities between EVE and the trendy line of Apple products.
As it turns out, there is. From Fortune: Apple's Jonathan Ive helped Design the heroine of Pixar's Wall-E.
"I wanted Eve to be high-end technology - no expense spared - and I wanted it to be seamless and for the technology to be sort of hidden and subcutaneous," Andrew Stanton, Wall-E's director, told Fortune. "The more I started describing it, the more I realized I was pretty much describing the Apple playbook for design."