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@tabiUK - Probably the best quality iPad cases you can buy in the UK

I had a great experience recently while iPad case hunting. I’d been shopping around for a new iPad Mini case for about a month. I’d been trawling the net, eBay and Amazon and was in that horrible zone where I knew exactly what I wanted and hadn’t found it.

Having decided that I utterly disliked the gen 2 iPad Smart Cover and new smart case I came to the conclusion that what I needed was a ‘sleeve’ style case I could put my iPad in. I wanted something entirely leather or part leather, the leather had to be brown, the case needed to cover all four sides of the iPad rather than three, and that was about it. For a while it seemed like I was looking for a unicorn until I came across a small company based in Brighton called TABi. They make a “Heritage” range of products including a folio sleeve for iPads and MacBooks.

The design and build is everything I look for in a product. The leather is premium cowhide which is very supple to the touch and is clearly high quality. It’s that type of leather that you know will look better the older and more worn it gets. The leather is offset beautifully with the main body of the folio which is made from 100% merino wool in a lovely dark grey. For me the finer details are where I really pay attention and where even the best products fall over - most recently for me with Knomo, who I’ve always been a fan of and spent good money with, and I really feel they’ve lost their way of late on quality, especially with stitching and have been surpassed by Sena in my opinion (who in turn have a portfolio of products more suited to the American market). Quality was not an issue with the TABi Heritage though. Everything is hand stitched and the quality shines through with even spacing and width on the stitching. And the whole package is finished with a brass fastener.

I love it. It’s the nicest, highest quality iPad case I’ve owned (and I’ve had them all, trust me). The fit for the iPad Mini version I have is perfect (so bear in mind you can’t fit it in with a skin or Smart Cover on your iPad). If you use your iPad naked and want a nice looking folio to take to meetings, this is it. I’ve had plenty of comments in meetings asking where I got it too, so it certainly provokes conversation with people, and I always enjoy side conversations with colleagues and customers about things like cases, shoes and watches as it’s a nice ice breaker in a meeting.

If I had to find something I would like to see in a version 2 TABi Heritage it would probably be a magnetic element to the button fastener, but I’m really splitting hairs.

One final point to note, the service from TABi was great. I grasp any opportunity to support a UK business and they didn’t disappoint. You can pay with Paypal if you want, order confirmations were prompt, delivery fast and I got a nice follow up email inviting for my feedback on the service. Wonderful. I’d like to see a mailing list or newsletter around new product releases, as I’d certainly be interested in receiving regular correspondence from them.

I’ll certainly be coming back for more of this, as they have a whole host of great looking products for phone, tablet and laptop.

Here’s a link to the TABi Heritage for the iPad Mini: http://goo.gl/QwbKYl

Feb 9

From Pre-PC To Post-PC

parislemon:

Daisuke Wakabyashi:

When Apple introduced the Macintosh in 1984, people wondered whether everyone would need a personal computer one day. As the Mac prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary on Friday, the same question hangs in the air.

Great lede.

Gmail update pushes Google+ on us

I’m a huge Google fan but this is undoubtedly one of those ‘enhancements’ they know people won’t like, but will do anyway as part of their continued push for Google+ adoption.

Regardless, anyone with a Gmail address will need/want to disable this feature! I’d love to see the MI of opt outs post this change, but I think it’s fairly predictable.

Sep 2

Star Citizen now the largest crowdfunded project ever.

8bitfuture:

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$17 million and counting…

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thenextweb:

Anyone else find they end up doing this each night? I do! #geekproblems@MattNavarraUK - TNW Community Director

thenextweb:

Anyone else find they end up doing this each night? I do! #geekproblems
@MattNavarraUK - TNW Community Director

(Source: chewingfat.co)

Since the Lehman Brothers collapse, tech has been carrying the New York City economy. It’s been an engine of growth and has helped diversify New York’s economy beyond Wall Street. They’re creating jobs and eating up more real estate.

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Jonathan Bowles

Yahoo to Move Into Old New York Times Headquarters - NYTimes.com

(via fred-wilson)

Tumblr Staff: News!

nerdology:

staff:

Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.

Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.

So what’s new? Simply, Tumblr gets better faster. The work ahead of us remains the same – and we still have a long way to go! – but with more resources to draw from.

Yahoo is the original Internet company, and Marissa and her team share our dream to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas. I couldn’t be more excited to have her help. We also share a vision for Tumblr’s business that doesn’t compromise the community and product we love. Plus both our logos end with punctuation!

As always, everything that Tumblr is, we owe to this unbelievable community. We won’t let you down.

Fuck yeah,
David

I’ve been on tumblr for a long time. I’m kind of excited by this.

8bitfuture:

Photos: Samsung Galaxy S4 Teardown.

Check out the full gallery here.

Just discovered an old collection of cassette tapes in a cupboard in my flat. No idea how these have moved around with me for so long without my knowledge! Such greats, including Guns N’ Roses (both Illusion albums), Nirvana Nevermind and Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. #throwback #tunes

Just discovered an old collection of cassette tapes in a cupboard in my flat. No idea how these have moved around with me for so long without my knowledge! Such greats, including Guns N’ Roses (both Illusion albums), Nirvana Nevermind and Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. #throwback #tunes

thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button
Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button

Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

Apr 2
8bitfuture:

2009’s fastest supercomputer to be dismantled.
The IBM Roadrunner was at the number 1 slot on the Top 500 supercomputer list three times during 2008/2009, but the cost to run it compared to that of other systems has meant it no longer makes sense to keep it running. It will be dismantled next month.
Roadrunner was the first supercomputer to reach one petaflop, or one million billion floating point operations per second. The machine at the top of the most recent list has been benchmarked at 17.6 petaflops, with researchers now looking at how to achieve exascale speeds - 1000 times faster than a petaflop.

Petaflop machines aren’t automatically obsolete—a petaflop is still speedy enough to crack the top 25 fastest supercomputers. Roadrunner is thus still capable of performing scientific work at mind-boggling speeds, but has been surpassed by competitors in terms of energy efficiency. For example, in the November 2012 ratings Roadrunner required 2,345 kilowatts to hit 1.042 petaflops and a world ranking of #22. The supercomputer at #21 required only 1,177 kilowatts, and #23 (clocked at 1.035 petaflops) required just 493 kilowatts.

8bitfuture:

2009’s fastest supercomputer to be dismantled.

The IBM Roadrunner was at the number 1 slot on the Top 500 supercomputer list three times during 2008/2009, but the cost to run it compared to that of other systems has meant it no longer makes sense to keep it running. It will be dismantled next month.

Roadrunner was the first supercomputer to reach one petaflop, or one million billion floating point operations per second. The machine at the top of the most recent list has been benchmarked at 17.6 petaflops, with researchers now looking at how to achieve exascale speeds - 1000 times faster than a petaflop.

Petaflop machines aren’t automatically obsolete—a petaflop is still speedy enough to crack the top 25 fastest supercomputers. Roadrunner is thus still capable of performing scientific work at mind-boggling speeds, but has been surpassed by competitors in terms of energy efficiency. For example, in the November 2012 ratings Roadrunner required 2,345 kilowatts to hit 1.042 petaflops and a world ranking of #22. The supercomputer at #21 required only 1,177 kilowatts, and #23 (clocked at 1.035 petaflops) required just 493 kilowatts.

parislemon:

cdixon:

Little Inferno is an iOS game where all you do is burn stuff so you can buy more stuff to burn. No timer, no score, no winning. Just burning stuff.

Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Update: In case you want to download it, find it here.

parislemon:

cdixon:

Little Inferno is an iOS game where all you do is burn stuff so you can buy more stuff to burn. No timer, no score, no winning. Just burning stuff.

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Update: In case you want to download it, find it here.