Apr 10, 2012

The Birth & Evolution Of The iPhone

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The Birth & Evolution Of The iPhone [Infographic]

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 12:00 PM PDT

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It's rare that a gadget comes along that changes pretty much our whole perception of how things work. We tend to get very attached to the ways we, the users, approach things when it comes to technology. Take the remote control for example. We have been using it for a couple of decades now, and little has been done to improve its usefulness or the way it actually works. We have grown so attached to it that it is now going to be really hard to introduce any other way to switch the channel on your TV or start your DVD etc. That almost happened with cell phones as well. The way the buttons were configured, and how it all worked almost became the norm for all future technology.

Then the touchscreen came along, and we started to see a slight change in how things could work. Then, bam! Apple announced the iPhone and suddenly everything changed seemingly overnight. Every cell phone manufacturer started to develop smartphones. However, to create something that stays in focus as long as the iPhone has, you need to keep innovating. The gadget has to evolve even after its birth.

I guess that was why Temple Fox MIS published an infographic called The Birth Of The iPhone that is entirely dedicated to the iPhone birth and evolution. It's a timeline so to speak. It differs a little from the usual infographics that we see about the iPhone. It has a more in depth approach and lines up the previous incarnations to compare stats and further demonstrate the never ending evolution it goes through. It is as much of a timeline for Apple's success as it is an evolutionary timeline for the actual iPhone itself. The question is whether or not we'll see the iPhone 5 this year, or if Apple is secretly working on a greater update that will take a little bit longer to complete now that most people are expecting a new design and some new ground breaking features. Maybe this time around, we'll finally see a projector incorporated. That would be a serious game changer for the iPhone. To be able to project movies on walls at home with just an iPhone would not only boost its usefulness but also the user's urge to purchase a heck of a lot more movies from iTunes. We'll just have to cross our fingers that this is not too far away.

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How To: Peel A Potato In 10 Seconds

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 11:00 AM PDT

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Although we write about a lot of silliness on Bit Rebels, one this is for sure. We definitely provide you with the most random bits of information that you never knew you needed to know. It's the kind of stuff that after you read about it, you realize you've always wanted to know, but you just didn't know it. Let me explain.

I wrote an article a while back about how to peel an orange all in one piece. After that, I had several people tell me that they've always wanted to know how to do that. The same thing happened when Richard wrote about how to open a banana monkey style. And then there was that article about how to open a can with a spoon, which still blows me away.

I could go on and on, but instead, I have another one to share with you today. Have you ever sat at your kitchen table for what feels like forever peeling potatoes? I have. It's torture. It feels like the biggest time sink ever. I don't even eat potatoes anymore, and part of the reason why is because I don't like peeling them. I'm happy to say that now you can officially throw away that dumb potato peeler. Yup, you never have to use it again, and even better… you will be able to peel each one of your potatoes in about ten seconds.

Apparently the average person who peels potatoes on a regular basis spends about a month of his or her life peeling those little suckers. Now you can save that month of your life for other things. Watch this video and feel yourself transform into a potato peeling Jedi. Haven't you always wanted to know how to do this? You probably have, you just didn't know it…



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Star Trek Enterprise Almost Became A Las Vegas Mega Attraction

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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There are plenty of mad builds being created in the world, and I am not talking about Lego builds right now. I'm talking about real structures and real buildings in our immediate reality, if you know what I mean. For some reason, countries like to pride themselves on having the highest building in the world, and apparently that injects a magnitude of tourism into the country's economy. They say there is a limit to how high you can build a house (I don't remember exactly how high that is), and that has to do with what the ground can take as far as weight. There are new techniques being thought of every day, but it's clear that you need to spread out the weight over a larger area to prevent the building from sinking into the ground due to the millions of pounds it weighs.

But, that's not what we are going to talk about right now. There was actually something brewing in Las Vegas back in 1992 that most people didn't know about. The Las Vegas developers had grown tired of the diminishing number of people who wanted to visit downtown, and they started thinking a little bit creatively. At the time, the Star Trek franchise was big in everyone's minds and so they started to develop an idea to build a 1:1 scale of the Star Trek Enterprise ship in the middle of downtown Las Vegas.

In the end the idea was scrapped, but there was a ton of illustrations and detailed planning that went into this project. Few people knew anything about this until now when the contractor, The Goddard Group, revealed details about the proposed build. It would certainly have been a Star Trek fan's wet dream to come to Las Vegas with a pocket full of money and a spaceship to board. With Star Trek increasing in popularity again, maybe this idea isn't too unrealistic after all. I mean, I am sure a lot of people would pay for the experience to board the Enterprise at least once in their lives. Maybe involve Richard Branson in the idea, and it might actually even go into intergalactic traveling. That would be an attraction to get all hyped up about. (To read more about this whole project, go to the in depth project file at The Goddard Group.)

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