News in Short: Apple fans not pleased with iTunes icon makeover; Google's bouncy-ball logo makes for fun distraction

by Knowlton Thomas

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Apple fans not pleased with iTunes icon makeover

For the new iTunes 10, Apple unveiled a new icon for the program. Wired News reported that a designer emailed Steve Jobs, saying that the new logo "sucks" and wastes a decade of "instant product recognition." Steve's response: "We disagree." 

My opinion, and thousands of others? It does suck, Steve. It's bland, generic, and doesn't look Apple-y at all. There's a superior version made by designer Chris Carlozzi floating around the web, but unfortunately Apple seldom goes back on its changes and we're likely stuck with this crap for years. Apple fail, to be certain.

Google's bouncy-ball logo makes for fun distraction

The search engine titan loves to have fun with its wordmark. Most recently, it used a cursor-sensitive motion effect that was both fun and frustrating to interact with. Basically, the Google logo is made of little coloured balls, which float and bounce away from your cursor like it carries the West Nile virus. Here is an emulated version for those who missed it.

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Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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