Last year, I gave up traveling with a laptop, slimming down to my iPad 2 when I was away from HQ. My setup was a fabulous easel-like iPad stand from Twelve South and an Apple Wireless Keyboard. It was a pretty efficient and lightweight kit that, despite its multiple pieces, was more versatile than a MacBook Air, since I could use the iPad to read magazines, newspapers and books as well as write. Continue reading Traveling Lighter with Logitech’s Ultrathin iPad Keyboard Cover
When it comes to accessories and jewelry on men, I’m a less-is-more kind of a guy. In a land of sartorial screamers desperate to be noticed for something… anything… I think understated is underrated. For me, the understated beat is doubly true when it comes to tech-related accessories. Continue reading If I Were to Get an Apple Watch…
I’m at a crossroads with my hardware. As of this writing, I have a Mac Pro, a MacBook Pro, an iPad and an iPhone. I want to slim down. As a content creator who works with a great deal of photos, video and audio, I need something powerful. I was thinking of paring down to a suped-up new MacBook Pro (which is rumored to have a retina display) and an iPad, wirelessly accessing most of my files and media through hard drives connected to my secure home network. Then I saw Brydge.
One of the things that makes Apple products so appealing is their simple, graceful, minimal design. My problem with most iPad and iPhone add-ons is like the problem I have with new cars: they take something simple and sexy and strip it of all traces of the original elegance that made it appealing in the first place, creating a bloated beast that fell out of the fat and ugly tree, hitting every branch on the way down. Clunky and unrefined, with no trace of its original ingenious simplicity.
Brydge is different. Made of actual aluminum (instead of aluminum-painted plastic), it looks like a natural extension of the iPad. Almost as if Dieter Rams and Sir Jonny Ive designed it themselves in their spare time, it exploits Apple’s brilliant design aesthetic – an aesthetic of elegance, purity and simplicity that other manufacturers can never seem to touch. It looks undesigned, perfectly and seamlessly incidental, as if it couldn’t logically be designed any other way.
If I had this smart contraption for my iPad, it would essentially give me two laptop-esque situations. When I’m thinking now is to go for a new iMac (when the new ones come out) and use Brydge for the iPad, enabling me to do the design and multimedia work I need to do on the big iMac screen, and take advantage of the versatility and superlative portability of the iPad with Brydge.
I’m still undecided, but I’m pretty sure Brydge will be part of a leaner and meaner system here at GH HQ. For more on Brydge, check out the designers’ page on Kickstarter, which gives a full breakdown of Brydge’s impressive features.
In terms of where tech and internet is headed, this is easily one of the most relevant fifteen minutes of video I’ve stumbled upon. Tech investor Roger McNamee eloquently outlines six changes that are transforming the way we consume and create content, which will have us interacting with the internet in completely different ways ten years from now.
My favorite bullet point? “Windows is dying…”
Mr. McNamee is the co-founder of a technology investment firm called Elevation Partners, plays bass and guitar in his band Moonalice, and is the author of The New Normal, published in 2004 by Portfolio/Penguin Books.
Back in 2004, Steve Jobs asked writer Walter Isaacson to write a biography on him. Isaacson was given unprecedented access to Jobs, who encouraged the author to talk to both friends and foes, and to cover both the good and the bad. The book, titled “Steve Jobs,” was published by Simon & Schuster and released on Monday (October 24).
CBS’s 60 Minutes devoted last Sunday’s entire show to Jobs and his biographer. Below are excerpts from the show.