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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New iPhone 3.0 Beta and SDK Reaches Developers

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple has released a third beta of the upcoming iPhone 3.0 operating system, build 7A280f. The company has advised of compatibility issues, although any significant changes to the interface or features will likely be reported after developers have a chance to take a closer look at the OS."

I'm seriously looking forward to the 3.0 software and from the frequency of releases lately, I'm starting to feel like we won't have that long to wait. Of course, I'm also looking forward to the potential for a new iPhone, also, and preferrably one with 32 gigs of storage. 16 just isn't cutting it for me anymore!

Tags: apple, iphone, beta, sdk, 3.0

Friday, April 10, 2009

.Mac HomePage is Being Discontinued

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

"MobileMe subscribers using legacy .Mac website tools have been warned by Apple that the .Mac Groups and HomePage features will be discontinued in July, leaving existing pages live but taking away the ability to edit or update them. The email message, which is partly mirrored on a notification page on Apple's site, tells those customers who transitioned over from .Mac that the HomePage web app will shut down on July 7th and will prevent sites created using the online web editing tool from receiving further updates."

My welcome screen when I checked out the HomePage site, my first visit!

When I read about this, to be honest, I had forgotten about it. I had to go to the .Mac site to remind myself about what I had never used. And I can see why. It is a rather clunky appearance, although I suppose it worked well to store files, etc. I'm thinking it is probably a good time to retire it, and I doubt it will be missed.

Apple Voted "Most Innovative" Again

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple polished its revolutionary image in 2008 with its online iPhone App Store. While its Mac and iPod expand share, success in the supposedly mature cell-phone market is one of the greatest achievements of CEO Steve Jobs, pictured here."

I think the iPhone will go down as one of the biggest achievements of Steve Jobs' career. The iPod was great, and it changed the music industry, but the iPhone came into a market sector that, as Business Week notes, was considered to be "mature" and changed the industry to the point where companies like RIM abandoned theiir traditional product line to try something that mimicked Apple's new device. Since the launch of the iPhone, the "touch screen" phone has taken off, and every company is trying to come up with the best "iPhone" for their carrier, manufacturer, or client set.

Apple walked into a "mature" market and simply changed it, and whether or not you own an iPhone, you've benefited from the wakeup call Apple sent the industry.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Apple Doing Better With Greenpeace

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"HP, Lenovo, and Dell haven't fared too badly in some of Greenpeace's previous e-waste reports, but it looks like three companies have fallen well short of the organization's expectations this time around, with each getting called out for failing to live up to their promises."

Not that anyone cares (or should) about what Greenpeace has to say about anything, but Apple's a frequent target of their ire (they went so far as to disrupt Macworld San Francisco last year with their stupid stunts) and it seems like they have much bigger fish to fry now. While Apple isn't exactly in the green, Dell, Lenovo, HP, and Acer are all worse and are all selling more units than Apple will ever sell in any market, so maybe Apple goes off their radar for a bit and they start focusing on the bigger guys who will, justifiably, ignore them.

Microsoft Unleashes Another Dubious Ad

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"On a budget of just $1500, Giampaolo looks for a high-spec laptop that's up to his standards."

Portability, power, and battery life. Got it. So what does he end up with? An HP laptop with under 2.5 hours of battery life, RAM that's running at half the speed of his CPU, and a 16" screen. But don't worry; Giampaolo is very picky and he knows what he wants. Oh, and Macs are just about aesthetics, you see. There's no portability, power, or battery life there.

In fact, in every way he was searching for, the MacBook that he dismissed as "only about aesthetics" actually fit his needs better. It has a much better battery, a screen that runs at almost the same resolution (the HP he picked up runs at 1366 x 768 which I'm sure looks marvelous blown up to 15 inches), and a CPU of equal speed with RAM that's matched to it. Oh yeah, and no OS upgrade required to run 4 gigs of RAM.

At least with the "Lauren" ad, she kinda got what she was looking for. This one features a guy who set out for three things, told us how picky he was and how technologically savvy he was, then proceeded to buy something that wasn't even within the guidelines Mr. Picky set forth at the beginning of the ad. For that reason alone, this one should've ended up on the cutting room floor.

Giampaolo got just what he paid for. Not what he wanted; just what he paid for.

Last Day for Macheist; Complete Bundle Almost Unlocked

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

Just a reminder, in case you haven't picked your copies up yet. BoinxTV unlocked over the weekend, and they're a mere few dollars away from unlocking the whole bundle, so if you were interested, now's the time. Unlocking the whole bundle adds Espresso, the integrated web development environment, to the bundle, and Hit List for you GTD types. It's a pretty solid bundle this time 'round, so don't be shy! (Besides, I want my free copy of Espresso!).

Friday, April 3, 2009

Apple Conference Call April 22nd for Q2 2009 Results

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple plans to announce its second fiscal quarter results on April 22, 2009. At that time, we expect the company to focus largely on how little of a hit it's taking compared to other manufacturers in this slowing economy."

This is expected to take place at 5:00pm Eastern time, and shortly before Apple will usually post the results of the quarter they are talking about, in this case Q2 for 2009. You can go to the Apple Investor site to listen in to the conference call, and it is expected the call will include information about Snow Leopard and the Mac sales, which is expected to be between 2 and 2.2 million units according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lauren Goes Grocery Shopping

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 02:00 PM

Tags: apple, parody, lauren

Macworld Expo Moves to February; No One Cares

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Macworld Expo® 2010 is scheduled to take place February 9 - 13, 2010, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, IDG World Expo announced today. Responding to feedback from the Mac community of exhibitors, attendees, media and fans of the show, IDG World Expo is ushering in a new era for the event by shifting the show dates away from their historical early January timing. The new dates will give exhibitors and attendees more breathing room between the busy holiday season and the world's largest event focused specifically on Apple products."

Not that I think the folks at IDG should just roll over and die now that Apple has shown they're not interested in participating in Macworld anymore, but is anyone really finding themselves looking forward to the next one out of anything but morbid curiosity? Macworld thrived because people could head out and see a Stevenote and see what Apple was offering, not because some wacky company was offering some stupid iPod accessory. In fact, two years ago, MacBreak Weekly had wall to wall coverage of the garbage that was in the back end of the hall, and most of it was just horrificly boring. Is this the kind of stuff Macworld is going to be all about?

I'm not so sure Macworld matters without Apple. I understand why Apple walked out on the expo, but I don't understand why IDG is bothering to continue it without them.

Friday, March 27, 2009

iLife '09 and iWork '09 Updated

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has just released updates for some of the applications bundled in the iLife '09 suite, and true to Apple's reputation, very little has been mentioned about exactly what problems have been addressed in these updates. All applications in the iLife suite have been updated except for iDVD."

Well, there you have it. Go grab the updates! It's not like Apple's in any rush to tell you what the update's for, but we all know we have to update when the mothership says so.

Must. Update. Now.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

MacHeist 3 Bundle Released

Posted by Michael Barrett in "Apple Talk" @ 08:00 AM

Wow. If you didn't watch the MacHeist 3 Bundle Reveal Show, you missed seeing two beautiful ladies on camera for the better part of an hour. Veronica Belmont and Lisa Bettany were joined by Chris Pirillo as they announced this year's MacHeist bundle.

Like I said before, wow! There are a couple apps in the bundle that made it totally worth purchasing, at the very, very low (and very, very reasonable) rate of $39. As a newbie to the Mac scene I was quite impressed with the amount of software added to the total package. I have never seen such a bundle put together for Windows users. Well, let me rephrase that. I have never seen a bundle of useful, well designed software such as these, put together and released for users in the Windows environment that most Windows users would want to install on their machines. I hope that made sense, without hurting anyone's feelings.

This year's bundle includes iSale, Picturesque, SousChef, World of Goo, PhoneView, LittleSnapper, Acorn, and Kinemac. If you are one of the first 25,000 people to purchase the bundle, like I was, you also get Big Bang Board Games. I am looking forward to installing SousChef. I love to spend time in the kitchen and that little application is going to make those dinner plates a lot more interesting. There are four more apps included in the bundle that will be unlocked based on the amount of money raised for charity (you get to choose from a selection of charities when you make your purchase). The four "to be unlocked" apps are WireTap Studio, BoinxTV, The Hit List, and Espresso.To be honest, the reason I jumped at the chance to grab this year's bundle was because of those last four. The Hit List will make managing my day a lot easier, and I am anxious to work with WireTap Studio and BoinxTV, but I really, really, want Espresso. I'm a code monkey at heart and Espresso is pulling my strings.

Why not jump over to MacHeist and grab a bundle for yourself. It's only available for 14 days, you'll be helping people in need, and you'll get some great applications to make your Mac even better than it is today.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Apple Sued for Ebooks on iPhone

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday, Berne, Switzerland-based MONEC Holding Ltd accuses the iPhone maker of patent infringement, unfair trade practices, monopolization, and tortious interference for allegedly treading on its January 2002 patent No. 6,335,678 titled "Electronic device, preferably an electronic book." ... In its lawsuit, the firm takes issue with Apple's move to distribute digital book reading applications through the App Store, which it subsequently sees as an endorsement by the Cupertino-based company that its touchscreen handset can serve as a capable eBook reader."

Yet again a company, which as far as I can tell has produced nothing aside from a patent application, is trying to shut down the activities of a company that actually produced something. I'm so sick of patent wars like this one I can't even begin to tell you, but I guess that's the way the tech industry is now. Hurry up and collect a ton of patents, produce nothing, then sue anyone who makes anything that might resemble that patent in spite of the fact that you've held it for years and done nothing with it.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

(Screen grab from Classics for illustrative purposes only)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ballmer Digs At Apple. Again.

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple gained about one point, but now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction. The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment-same piece of hardware-paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be."

Coming from a guy who heads a company that made its fortune strongarming computer manufacturers into including their OS and nothing else ever, then making customers pay a few hundred bucks extra over the price of a machine for it, the statement about a logo being slapped on something and increasing its cost is pretty laughable. After all, how much did that "Microsoft Windows" sticker on your computer cost you?

Of course, that's Ballmer's typical stupidity there. Everyone knows there more to Apple than a logo, but it'll probably be a really breezy day in Hades before he acknowledges it. Hell, even Melinda Gates acknowledges that!

Rumor: New iPhone Coming in June

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"We can’t tell you where or who, but pretty high up in AT&T’s food chain, the following was reported to be said: New iPhone announcement around mid-June (duh) New iPhone will be faster and have a more seamless experience unmatched by any device (could be just talking about 3.0, but we think it’s also a new iPhone) U-Verse iPhone application; will allow control of your home DVR (play, pause, rewind, etc.) The annual iPhone launch is “becoming a tradition.”"

It's not surprising that in the wake of the 3.0 announcement rumors would start swirling about a new version of the phone itself. I'm not sure I buy it, though. They had everyone's attention with the 3.0 announcement. To come out a mere two months later and announce a replacement phone when they easily could've done the same with a captive audience doesn't make sense to me.

Luckily, we won't have to wait long to find out of there really is any meat behind this rumor. June is definitely not that far off!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Apple Uses "DRM" In Headphones For New Shuffle

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPods" @ 10:00 AM

"Sigh, it looks like Apple's habit of squeezing iPod accessory manufacturers for license fees has now extended to freaking headphones -- iLounge is reporting that the new iPod shuffle can only be controlled by headphones with a special hardware authentication chip. That means that third parties will have to pay Apple for the privilege of making shuffle-compatible accessories, and you can bet they'll just pass that cost right on to consumers -- we wouldn't expect any cheap headphone adapters or inexpensive replacement headphones for this thing."

I'm so tired of the idiots making this uproar. Really. There's no requirement to buy a new Shuffle. If your old one works, fine. Enjoy it. If it doesn't, but an old one if you simply must use your $4,000 custom moulded headphones on a $79 music player. As usual, the "everything must be free" people forget to examine the obvious: these aren't regular headphones. They're the remote control for the player unit that sits in your pocket. They do more than just put the music into that cavernous void you call a skull; they actually are the controls for the device, so of course they aren't going to be standard buds, and of course Apple is going to put a chip in there to do its thing.

Has Apple "locked out" third parties? Nope. The same ones who proudly stamped that "Made for iPod" logo on their stuff can still make Shuffle headphones or adapters if they so choose. If you weren't in that program and just producing plain vanilla headphones, then your buds ain't gonna work here. Sorry.

Am I happy that Apple took the controls off the Shuffle itself? Not terribly, but the frothing seething outrage over this stupid little chip and the association of it with the most famous boogeyman of the modern era, DRM, is laughable to say the least. Get over it people and tell the guy next to you with a gun at your temple that you're an independent enough thinker to not buy a device you don't like.

End rant.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Psst! Wanna Buy a Prototype iPhone? Too Late

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"A set of iPhone prototypes from 2006 briefly made the eBay rounds this morning, with bids running more than $2,000 for the two phones (one non-working) before Apple managed to get the listing yanked sometime during the day."

Interesting setup, I'm glad they didn't use it though. Rather ugly, but I guess that is why they are called "prototypes" eh? The video of someone using it has been pulled from YouTube several times, but you can still see a copy of it on engadget. There is also some discussion in the macrumors forums, from January of this year, of a couple of prototypes that someone bought off ebay. He also posts some pictures of them and they look like the protorypes in the video. Not too surprising that Apple got them pulled from ebay the same day they went up for bid.

Apple Unleashes New Talking 4 Gig Shuffles

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPods" @ 06:03 AM

"The new iPod shuffle is jaw-droppingly small. It's half the size of the previous generation. Yet there's room for so much more. With 4GB of storage, it now holds up to 1,000 songs,1 and lets you enjoy multiple playlists, too. Introducing VoiceOver,2 the feature that gives iPod shuffle a voice. With the press of a button, it tells you what song is playing and who's performing it. It can even tell you the names of your playlists, giving you a new way to navigate your music."

Okay, first of all that thing looks smaller than the battery holder on the Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones (like the PXC 250's). Secondly, the voice feature, if it works as advertised, is undeniably cool. I also like that they've taken all the buttons off the device itself. Everything is built into the headphones, which makes more sense to me. A lot of people are going to balk at the idea of using only Apple's buds, but that's the tradeoff for a device this small and slick.

I've already ordered one and should have it somewhere around the 18th for review. Keep your eyes peeled here for the full skinny (pun intended) once I get my hands on it.

Anyone else getting one?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Is Your Collection Missing Something Special? You Are in Luck!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Classic Apple" @ 10:00 AM

"One collector is unloading his collection of Apple goodies, which includes a Macintosh Portable, lots of product launch posters, original manuals for popular software, and even a set of the first four issues of Macworld magazine."

In the words of the owner, it is an "amazing collection of Apple memorabilia the likes of which we shall never see again!" Well, I may have added everything after "memorabilia", but he does have a wide variety of stuff for sale. T-shirts from various openings, a mousepad from Steve Jobs himself, some product launch posters and brochures and several different computers. You can check it all out on his web site.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Apple Updates Almost Everything; Settles Rumor Mill Down

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

Well, suprisingly, the rumor mill did very well. While they didn't get the timing right, they definitely got the updates right. Apple refreshed a bunch of hardware yesterday, and here are a few of the highlights.

The New iMacs

The new iMacs are a solid deal. The 20" inch model is nicely priced now at $1,199 and the 24" monster is perfect for power users at $2,199. While I'm not convinced there's a big market for desktop computers any more, if you are a Mac user and want some oomph on your desk, this is the place to get it. Another notable is that even the base configuration now has 2 gigs, and most of the desktops have 4. That's definitely in preparation for Snow Leopard.e

Cosmetically, nothing's changed aside from the keyboard, which is utterly baffling to me. Apple seems to be phasing out numeric keypads, now, and even the wired one now doesn't have a numeric keypad. I wanted the Bluetooth wireless keyboard really badly for my MBP so I sucked it up and tolerated the fact that it didn't have the keypad, but I just don't get this move at all. In some ways, this adds fuel to the fire of people who hate Apple and their "our way or the highway" approach to computer design.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Rumor: Apple Event on March 24th

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"A source has disclosed to World of Apple that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 24 to unveil new desktop hardware. The source which has been confirmed to be in reach of such information stated that the event would be similar to the notebook event held by Apple last October. World of Apple’s source was unable to offer any details on hardware specifics but did speculate that the Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro would all be refreshed."

Why not, right? I'm still fiending for the new Mini, the iMac is a bit long in the tooth, and the Mac Pro hasn't been updated since Dinosaurs were buying them, so maybe this has some legs. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this one or if another "event" goes by without an actual event.

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