What goes up must come down — though not always in the way you’d expect. This is Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation, and you can thank it for GPS, Google Earth and even the pictures beamed back from the other side of the Solar System. Here’s why.
The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating “guided tours” for its new products back in 1984—here are some…
Ketchup, that delicious nectar of a condiment, is more annoying than it should be to pour out and enjoy. Why? Partly because of the dumb bottle it's in but mostly because it's a non-newtonian fluid in more than one way. Watch TED-Ed explain why it's so damn hard to pour out and what you should do instead in this…
In grade school you probably learned Newton’s apple story around the time you learned that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree, that people in Columbus’ time thought that the world was flat, or that the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America and invited the Native Americans to join them.
All the way back in the 90s, Qualcomm approached Apple to suggest that it might want to put a radio in its Newton PDA. It could have led to the first ever iPhone two decades early —but instead, Apple told Qualcomm to stick its radio chip somewhere else.
Running shoes today tend toward two extremes. You can strap gigantic foam pillows to your feet, or you can don a super thin slice of rubber and pretend you're running barefoot. (Wait, there's a third extreme—those neon green Olympics shoes.)
This Taiwanese girl just learned the laws of gravity from her iPad. Not the apps inside the iPad, but the iPad itself. While holding the tablet over her head in bed, she dozed off. That's when Newton decided to deliver his first and second laws directly to her face, in the form of a mouthful of Apple technology.
When Apple breaks with a technology—like, say, Flash—where does it go to live out the rest of its days? Looks like a nice little purgatory, actually! I think in this scenario, HyperCard is Gilligan. [Joy of Tech]
If all goes as scheduled, Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree—which inspired him to formulate his Universal Law of Gravitation—will launch to space next Friday at 2:20PM Eastern Time. Not the whole tree, mind you, but just this piece:
If you transported Apple's website back to 1993, I have no doubt it would end up looking exactly like this. Especially that beige menubar. HyperCard, anyone?
It's too early for trance for this mellow (mmm, bed...sleeeeeep) but the 3D models of iconic Apple products from the Newton to the OG iBook to iPad are genuinely delicioso enough to keep your eyes open for. Then sleep. [Recombu]
The reason Windows tablets have sucked is that they've crammed desktop interfaces onto tablets. Assumedly, the Apple tablet's magic is in the interface. So it's funny that Apple's secret tablet from over 14 years ago made the same mistake.
The Newton, like the forthcoming tablet, was introduced with expectations that it would revolutionize personal computing. Apple's then-chairman noted, "It has been said that Apple either walks on water or it sinks." That was after the Newton, well, sank.
Apple started working on Newton in 1989, but as this infographic shows, the first seeds of tablet technology were sown well over a hundred years ago.
In this totally unscientific but reasonably fair test, one man writes a long paragraph on several different devices (including pen and paper) to test speed. The results may surprise and anger you.
If the most popular rumor is true, and the Apple Tablet finally has a 10.1-inch display, here's how it will compare with the iPhone and the Newton MessagePad 2000. Clearly, it won't fit in your pocket. Not even Phil's pocket.
The Newton might be in the valley between an iPhone and Apple's upcoming tablet, but it's essentially Apple's first stab at the form factor. And here's how they promoted it.
More dusty Newton prototypes have emerged from the archives as everyone's busy drycleaning their favorite black turtlenecks in preparation of Apple's tablet announcement. The Bic and Cadillac hit the FCC but never quite made it to shelves, apparently.