Thursday, April 5, 2012

Consumer alertness: iPad is still hot

CBS Atlanta News issued a consumer alert for Apple iPad owners. Several users have raised concerns about heating issues with the new iPad.

Consumer Reports' first heat tests of the new iPad assessed running a highly demanding, graphic-intensive video game at room temperature. Testers found the new iPad gets about 12 degrees hotter than the iPad 2, sparking lots of coverage, including Jay Leno on the Tonight Show.

Consumer Reports says there's no danger of anything happening, but to test the iPad and other tablets added, Consumer Reports put them in a special chamber with the heat at 90 degrees to replicate a hot, summer day. The screen was set to full brightness and testers ran Infinity Blade 2, a highly demanding action game. The new iPad again ran hotter than the iPad 2 and reached 122 degrees in the hottest spot.

Two other tablets with fast processors, Asus and Samsung, reached similar temperatures of 117 and 121 degrees. But Consumer Reports says there's no risk posed.

Consumer Reports also discovered a matter with how the new iPad battery recharges. If you're playing a highly demanding game with the iPad plugged in, the battery might not fully recharge, or could even continue to exhaust.

"It's mostly a trouble. You can lower the screen's brightness to about two-thirds and that should stay your battery going," said Reynolds.

In fact, when results of Consumer Reports' standard tests for the fresh iPad and 10 other new tablets were in, the new iPad topped the ratings.

"The iPad is an exceptional product. It has the greatest tablet screen we've ever seen, and huge battery life overall. It also adds welcome features, like a five-megapixel camera and the choice for a very fast 4G data connection," said Reynolds.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

knowledge of typography spreads

At the Bow & Arrow Press in the basement of Adams House, the obsolete art of the letterpress thrives. Originally Gutenberg’s invention, the letterpress works by rolling a piece of paper over a raised surface that has an inked negative of the desired text. The Bow & Arrow’s lair is loaded with personal history: the space exhibits artwork from alums long gone, cases of type labeled “Our Faith” that were donated by a monastery, and a pair of KISS figurines that have long resided at the press.

“What people really like in a letterpress nowadays is the emboss, because that shows there was physical type hitting the paper,” says Ted Ollier, the non-resident tutor and conceptual artist who runs the press. “If you were printing invoices back in 1932, the last thing you would want is an emboss on your print. Today, the deeper the emboss, the better.” The difference of a few millimeters in typeface can convey a world of meaning, an engagement with the material that cannot be created by pressing “command P” and waiting for your inkjet to print paper. While a wide range of fonts has become accessible to the computer-literate public, a higher level of practical and aesthetic knowledge continues to rest in the minds of a small circle of connoisseurs.


“What you know today is very new: digital typography,” says Elizabeth Resnick, a Professor of graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Thanks to the advent of the personal computer, our modern relationship with fonts is a novel one. Every time we send an email or create a document, a circumscribed array of fonts presents themselves. “Working on the PC really came into play in the very early 80s … For students today, born into an age of personal computers, it was here when you arrived,” she says.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Independent launches bold new masthead

The Indy has a bold new masthead to celebrate its 25th birthday. It certainly sticks out among all the other papers in the shop, which can be no bad thing for the relatively low-circulation title.

The new-look paper also comes with a new typeface and headline fonts.

The other big change is that the “Viewspaper”, a pullout comment section created by recently-departed editor Simon Kelner, has been ditched.

New editor Chris Blackhurst said:

    We have decided to use the occasion of the paper’s 25th birthday for a makeover. The masthead is bolder – still ‘the Independent’, complete with eagle, but now more striking and harder to miss on the news stands.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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