The big Apple WWDC show starts at 1pm Eastern time today, in which new products will be touted, a new operating system likely unveiled, and other things by, of, and for Apple are shown. Apple is just one company, though, and the noise and press thrown up around WWDC can be a bit much for those with lots of work to do, or uncertain Team Apple allegiances.
And so, we present some counter-programming: five interesting things to check out that aren't related to what Just. Got. Announced at WWDC.
- 7 Bizarre Apple Products That Were Just Too Weird to Exist: Succinct roundup of seven prototypes or rough-draft ideas that Apple never brought to market. A nice reprieve from the message that Apple knows exactly what you want, and has created a magical tool to fulfill that want.
- AT&T adding push-to-talk capabilities to iPhones: An intriguing move to snap up the Nextel customers, primarily government and large corporate, that have relied on the instant push-to-talk feature of the network, which is shutting down on June 30.
- 4 UX Problems Holding Back Crypto And Anti-Wiretapping Technology: Thought-provoking take on some of the simple factors that keep internet users from living a web life that the NSA cannot so easily pick apart.
- Whitney Saves Douglas Davis’s ‘First Collaborative Sentence’ - NYTimes.com: Many great art projects are now crafted with computers, code, web services, and collaboration. But the work to preserve that code, and an end product true to the original idea, is no small thing.
- The Hacker’s Guide to Tea: As the article states, coffee gets a lot of attention on the web. Lifehacker's guide to understanding, enjoying, and making tea is quite a good jumping-off point.