Saturday, December 22, 2012

New 27" Apple iMac Review (2012)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Don't Sell Your Apple Stock

"If you own Apple stock, odds are good you bought it for the wrong reasons. Don’t sell it for the wrong reasons, too. 
The tech giant’s shares have plummeted from a high of over $700 in September to around $521 today, driven by a worry that the iPhone 5 isn’t selling as well as initially anticipated, a shifting sales mix that tilts more toward lower-margin products and investors seeking to take profits before 2012 comes to a close. 
For a while, there was nothing but love for Apple. It’s ubiquitous, cool and makes a lot of money — all of which are terrible reasons to buy it. 
“Attention is a scarce resource. When there are many alternatives, options that attract attention are more likely to be considered,” wrote Brad M. Barber, a professor in the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis. There’s certainly no shortage of media coverage about Apple, which is still up nearly 30 percent for the year in spite of its recent slide...."

More at Why now's not the time to sell Apple stock.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

The New Google Maps Review

A simple and short review of the new Google Maps App. It is a bit different from the Apple Maps. After using each...I will use both depending where I'm going and what I will be doing. They are both useful and of course Google has been doing this a bit longer than Apple and will have more info at your finger tips for the Google version.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Apple iPad Mini Review

Apple has unveiled a new member of the family: the iPad Mini. This device is a clear response to the market pressure the cheaper Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 have placed on the existing iPad. So how does this scaled down version of the iPad compare with its newly refreshed big brother and the Android tablets that still come in at a lower price?
Comparing Specs with the Competition
Screen Size: iPad Mini's comes in at 7.9 inches, compared to the 9.7 inch screen of the iPad and the 7 inch screens of the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7. With a narrower bezel, iPad Mini fits a bit more screen into the same real estate.
Resolution: 1024x768 — this is not the Retina display that Apple touts as its high end screens on the iPhone 5 and the bigger iPad. Rather, it's the same resolution as the iPad 2, but with more pixels per inch. Also, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have higher resolution 1280x800 screens.
Thickness: 7.2mm thick — that's roughly 1/3 of an inch, or a little thinner than a pencil, and significantly thinner than either of the leading competitors.
Weight: .68 pounds, 53% lighter than the fourth-generation iPad. Competing Android tablets weigh slightly more: Nexus 7 tips the scales at .75 lbs, and the Kindle Fire HD at .88 lbs.
Processor: The dual core A5 chip is same as iPad 3 that came out in 2011, and even Apple says the A6 chip in the iPad 4 and the iPhone 5 is twice as fast for some tasks as the A5. The Nexus 7 has a newer quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and the Kindle Fire HD has a 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor, but you can only compare the performance of these processors against the iPad once you benchmark them in the real world; the numbers and specs don't tell you everything. But I'd give the edge to the Nexus 7 purely on hardware.
Cameras: iPad Mini: front and rear-facing cameras. The camera on the back is a 5 megapixel, same as the iPad 4 but lower res than the iPhone 5's 8 MP camera. The Nexus and Amazon tablets have only front facing cameras that are lower resolution than the Mini.
Other Specs
The Mini will come in a Wifi-only model and an LTE version with access to cellular networks on the go. It will use the new smaller lightning connector so you'll need all new charging cords and adapters if you have lots of accessories with the previous 30-pin connector.
Apple says it gets 10 hours of battery life, is made primarily of aluminum & glass, and it comes in both black and white. It will be available for preorder on Friday, October 26 and is set to ship November 2.
iPad Mini 16GB WiFi only — $329 ($459 for the 16GB with LTE cellular connectivity)
iPad 4 16GB WiFi only — $499
Kindle Fire HD 16GB — $199
Nexus 7 16GB: $249 — But rumors are flying of an even cheaper Nexus tablet releasing next week and/or a big price cut on the Google tablet in time for the holidays.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

iPad Mini Latest News

"When it comes to evaluating the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is the (presumed) iPad mini. 
In order to compete in the 8-inch tablet market, most rumors have hinted that the iPad mini has been designed for compromise. Some sources say no cellular data. Others say no Retina. Still others say the price has to be compromised to accommodate the iPod touch....More at You're the Pundit: What will we get with the mini?"
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Apple CEO: We Blew It with Maps App

Cook said in a statement that Apple had let its customers down by putting out a subpar product. "We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and are doing everything we can to make Maps better," the statement read.
Apple's iPhone 5 went on sale Sept. 21, and complaints about the shortcomings of the Maps program started early and came often. In short, phone buyers felt Apple Maps wasn't even approaching the standard set by Google Maps, much less surpassing it, prompting a frantic search for a replacement.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Apple Siri vs Samsung S-Voice

Very interesting results...Siri bested S-Voice in most of the test. When they both got it right, Siri was faster to the answer. Apple's presentation in it's results were much better than the S-Voice. Half of the results for the Galaxy, when it could not give me an answer, asked me if I would like to "search the web for answers...that's its job. Siri is the clear winner here, not surprising.

Apple Earpod Review

"These are very solid for a free pair of earphones, and they will outperform any of the previous Apple earphones that they have made previously, including the $80 Apple in-ear earphones".

Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 Notebook Computer - MC975LL/A (Google Affiliate Ad)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Apple Delay's iPhone 5 Shipping Times

Apple has already pushed back shipping estimates for iPhone 5 pre-orders, just hours after the phone was added to Apple's online store.
The iPhone page on Apple's online store promises a release date of Sept. 21 in retail stores, but the pre-order page for the phone says all three models--the 16GB, the 32GB and the 64GB--will be shipped in two weeks if ordered online today.
Read More Here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 Signs

iphone 4s recycling from apple
Apple is, as usual, remaining tight-lipped about whether it will be releasing any new devices this autumn — and even if there will be an event scheduled for September 12, as many have been reporting. Meanwhile, here is a sign that the company could be preparing for a new phone launch: Apple is offering users an option to recycle their iPhone 4S devices for up to $345 back in the form of an Apple Gift Card. Apple is among a number of other companies that have already been offering 4S device rebates (here’s a top 10 list from 9to5mac), with the highest offer being $500 on Amazon.

"The addition of the 4S to the list was pointed out earlier by The Next Web, although it’s not clear whether the 4S models were added today or some time previously. Apple’s store had been down for several hours earlier today and this could have been the reason why. We have contacted Apple to ask and will update as we learn more.

Apple’s highest offer of $345, and Amazon’s for $500, is for the most premium of the devices: the 64GB White iPhone 4S. A black 16GB version of the 4S will net $285 from Apple, according to an estimate it uses from PowerON.

These prices are for devices that are in good condition — no water damage, no cracks, no scuff marks. In return, users get a Apple Gift Card — usable, of course, for either another Apple iPhone or towards another Apple product.

When you trade in your phone, if the device is in good order, Apple says it gets resold as used or reconditioned; if it’s not in good repair it gets broken down for recycling responsibly.

The recycling issue is a huge one and there is a lot of pressure on phone makers to play a bigger role in helping to manage it. According to one estimate from the United Nations, global electronic waste is growing to 40 billion tons every year, and mobile phones are a billion-device contributor to that problem."

...More at Another Sign Of A New iPhone? Apple Will Pay You To Recycle Your 4S

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Apple Wins Another Injunction Against Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is facing a temporary sales ban, reportedly issued by a federal judge on Friday, in a patent dispute between Apple and Google. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

"After a week of successful introductions to the new Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet, the latest version of Android (nicknamed Jelly Bean), and its first self-manufactured hardware product in the Nexus Q, Google’s week is ending on a sour note. Apple has reportedly won an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, Google’s flagship Android handset.
Jelly Bean is supposed to make its public debut on the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus in mid-July. But on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted a preliminary injunction that will halt U.S. sales of the Galaxy Nexus, according to a Reuters report.
The decision closely follows Koh’s Wednesday ruling that won Apple an injunction against another Android-powered Samsung device, the Galaxy 10.1 tablet.
Though not a party in the lawsuit, Google emailed Wired a statement on the injunction, saying: “We’re disappointed with this decision, but we believe the correct result will be reached as more evidence comes to light.”
Samsung and Apple did not respond for comment by the time of publication. And the official court ruling is not yet publicly available.
According to Dan Levine, a Reuters reporter on site at the ruling, Judge Koh handed out paper copies of her decision to issue the temporary sales ban to both Apple’s and Samsung’s attorneys on Friday afternoon..."

More at Apple Wins Another Injunction, This Time Against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Apple Products /Tim Cook Performance

"Fortune has a lengthy profile of Tim Cook on tap in this week's issue, compiling reports of the CEO's performance through the first 7 months and how that has affected Apple. Mostly there's nothing new; Cook is an accessible, efficient CEO who is putting his expertise in factory production to good use. But there are a few bits of interest, including murmurs of Apple's future products.
As Fortune describes, Apple holds an annual event where it invites, according to its own criteria, the "Top 100" executives to check out the company's upcoming roadmap...."

More at Fortune: Executives 'Blown Away' by Apple's New Products [Apple]

Apple to release 'most important product we've done'
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

iPhone 5 Very Different Design?

We’ve heard tons of speculation that the iPhone 5 will be thinner and lighter than the current model and these cases suggest it will have tapered edges and a slim profile as well. Finally, the images appear to an aluminum back on the fifth-generation iPhone, which also jibes with earlier reports.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be available in the United States in October, so we’re not surprised to see leaks like this start to spill out across the web.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Amazon's New Bigger Kindle

Amazon could be stoking a bigger Fire. Photo: Victor J. Blue/

'If rumors are to be believed, Apple and Amazon are both working on tablets that would invade each other’s turf. The latest scuttlebutt has Amazon preparing for a 10-inch Kindle Fire: DigiTimes reports that “market rumors” are pointing to a 10-inch Amazon tablet launching in the third quarter of this year. 
While Amazon is notoriously tight lipped about its sales figures, the Kindle Fire has been pegged as the number one selling Android tablet on the market, with a 54 percent share among a vast field of competitors. With such a commanding lead, it makes sense that Amazon would set its sights on expanding the Fire line, and taking on the iPad in the 10-inch tablet market. 
The irony, of course, is that Apple is rumored to be working on a 7-inch iPad mini. The smallish 7-inch form factor — once blasted by Steve Jobs as being dead-on-arrival — is actually doing quite well for Amazon’s Fire, and conventional wisdom says Apple is finding the prospect of lucrative 7-inch iPad sales too hard to ignore.
Both companies’ tablets support robust digital ecosystems that make money on their own. Apple makes a tidy profit on all its iPad sales, but also takes a 30 percent cut of all iOS app sales. And of course Apple makes money on iTunes movie, TV show and music sales as well. 
Amazon, meanwhile, takes a different route: It doesn’t make any money on its rock-bottom-priced, $200 Kindle Fire, but recoups everything on the back end (and then some) via all the digital and physical goods it sells via the tablet, a veritable gateway drug to rampant consumerism. Thanks to this pricing model, the company could effectively subsidize a 10-inch Kindle Fire, selling it for cost at between $300 and $350."
Read More at Amazon Rumored to Be Readying a 10-Inch Kindle Fire

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Steve Jobs Wanted to Make an Apple Branded Automobile

Steve Jobs Wanted to Make an Apple Branded Automobile:

It sounds like a bad joke, but there are some vestiges of truth behind the assertion that Apple could produce a company-branded automobile dubbed the "iCar." As it turns out, Steve Jobs actually spoke of such a creation. And he definitely wasn't joking.

Shortly before his fall 2011 passing, the iconic co-founder of the world's most profitable company began dramatically expanding - at least on the drawing board - the potential reach of Apple's product line. In addition to laying the groundwork for a forthcoming connected HDTV offering, Jobs envisioned something much more unorthodox.

iTunes: Apple Censors "Jailbreak" in iTunes App

Apple Censors "Jailbreak" In iTunes
"Apple really doesn't want you to jailbreak your iPhone. So much so, that it has reportedly started filtering the term "jailbreak" in the US iTunes store. The search results still turn up, but most of them show up as "j*******k." Oh f**k. 
Not every single result for "Jailbreak" has been censored as a bad word . Take for example Thin Lizzy's classic record Jailbreak. For certain versions of the record—mostly the older ones—the title shows up as it should. For the new Deluxe Edition, the record's title is censored, but the word isn't censored in the description. The names of apps have also been censored, and as Shoutpedia points out, the iTunes store in other countries is still showing the full word....More at Apple Censors "Jailbreak" In iTunes [Video]." 
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Apple iOS 6 Features

Possible new iOS new features...

1. Expand Siri's capabilities and open up the Siri API.
2. Multiple users (on iPad).
3. Facebook integration.
4. Auto-hide an empty Newsstand
5. Multitasking gestures for iPhone.
6. Improved Notification Center.
7. Weather, Stocks, and Clock for iPad.
8. AirDrop for iOS
9. Quick access to toggle Bluetooth, WiFi, and 3G on and off. (most Important to me)
10. Universal passcode locks for apps.
11. Multiple signatures in Mail.
12. Safari Top Sites.
14. Styled Text APIs.
15. Improved cursor navigation.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kid Earns $65K Selling iPod Parts in High School

 What a great story except for the cease and desist stuff...
"After a long day at school, the house phone rang and my mother answered. It's Apple and they want to have a word with you, she said. At the time, I was 16 and I had been hustling iPod parts to all parts of the world. 
"I'm not telling you this as an authority but as say, an uncle figure: you need to stop what you're doing," said the Apple attorney on the other end.
When I was 15, my 3rd...

Hacking the iPod: How I Earned $65K in High School Off Busted Apple Products

generation iPod had broken. This was a tragedy as music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. With no funds to purchase a new iPod, I was determined to fix it. After scouring eBay, I purchased a logic board and read countless tutorials on how to crack open my iPod and surgically replace the logic board. 
The operation was successful and I felt triumphant – functioning iPod, new awesome skill as iPod-surgeon, and none of my music was lost. I grew very curious as to how frequently out-of-warranty iPods malfunctioned and simply required a new part or two."

...More at Hacking the iPod: How I Earned $65K in High School Off Busted Apple Products [IPod]

Friday, April 20, 2012

Apple defends 4G Branding Down Under

In an ongoing battle in Australia over the use of 4G in the iPad name, Apple's now arguing that its naming convention adheres to the standard use of the term 4G. According to a report in The Australian, Apple claims, 
"The descriptor '4G'... conveys to consumers in Australia that the iPad with WiFi + 4G will deliver a superior level of service in terms of data transfer speed (consistent with accepted industry and regulatory use of that term), and not that the iPad with WiFi + 4G is compatible with any particular network technology promoted by a particular mobile service provider in Australia."
...More at iPad 4G branding strategy defended by Apple in Australia

Friday, April 13, 2012

Galaxy Player vs Apple iPod Touch

Samsung's Galaxy Player 3.6 is the South Korean company's answer to Apple's iPod touch. 
Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

"When Apple first debuted the iPod a decade ago, it redefined mobile audio technology. Other companies had already launched “MP3 players,” but Apple propelled portable digital music hardware into the mainstream. Sony and Creative Labs struggled to compete, but ended up with fail on their faces. 
And now we have Samsung, the latest to throw its hat into the portable media player ring with the release of the Galaxy Player 3.6. This hardware is aimed at anyone considering the iPod touch, and emerges in a long line of copycat devices — Samsung has followed Apple’s lead into phones, tablets and ultrabooks. 
But does the Galaxy Player 3.6 pack enough features and performance to capture the hearts (and wallets) of customers, especially when the smartphone is fast becoming the only portable media device we really need?
Possibly. First off, it’s cheaper. The Player 3.6 costs $150, while the cheapest iPod touch, the 8GB version, costs $200. It’s powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface sitting atop the operating system — just like Samsung’s smartphones. 
In fact, the Player 3.6 almost is a Samsung smartphone — sort of like a neutered Galaxy S.
Unlike Apple’s hardware, however, the Samsung media player feels lightweight in the hand, and even a bit cheap and chintzy. And, of course, if you’re comparison shopping against Apple hardware, you’ll be giving up the iPod’s superior App Store selection. And, hell, this little Android-based media player isn’t even running Google most advanced mobile OS, Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)."

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

Thursday, April 12, 2012

25 iPhone Tricks and Tips You Might Not Know

 Most of these following 25 suggestions will work with all versions of the iPhone, but be sure to have the latest software installed (iOS 5.1).
OK, here we go:
Take a photo with your headphone cord: Now that you can use the volume up or down buttons to snap a photo, steady your hand while framing up the photo and when you're ready to take the picture, press the button on the cord so it won't shake the iPhone. Voila!
Dry out a wet iPhone: You're not the first one to drop an iPhone in a toilet or sink. If this happens, don't turn it on as you can damage the smartphone by short-circuiting it. Lightly towel dry the phone. Don't use a hairdryer on the phone as it can further push moisture into areas that aren't wet. Submerge the iPhone in a bowl or Ziploc bag of uncooked white rice and leave it overnight. If you have it, try using a desiccant packet you might find with a new pair of shoes or leather purse.
Dismiss suggested words: If you're typing an email or note and the virtual keyboard is suggesting the correct spelling of the word — and you don't want to accept it — you don't need to tap the tiny "X" at the end of the word in question. Simply tap anywhere on the screen to close the suggestion box.
Take photos faster: Even if your iPhone is locked you can double-tap on the Home button and you'll see a camera icon you can tap to open the camera immediately. Now you can use the volume up button to snap the photo, too. You can also use the volume up on the headphone cord to take a photo (if you want to) and pinch the screen to zoom instead of using the slider bar.
Use location-based reminders: You probably know Siri can be used to set a reminder, like saying "Siri, remind me to call mom at 4pm today." But did you know you can set location-based reminders on your iPhone 4S? Say "Remind me to call mom when I leave here" or "Remind me to call mom when I get home" and you'll be notified accordingly.
Get word definitions: Apple has recently added a built-in dictionary and you can access it in most apps that let you select a word. Simply press and hold on a word — such as in an email, reminder, iBooks, and so on — and you'll see a pop-up option for "Define."
Revive a frozen iPhone: If your smartphone freezes on you and pressing the Sleep/Wake button on top of the device doesn't do anything, don't panic. Instead, press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. You'll be prompted to swipe the "Slide to Power Off" tab. This so-called "hard reset" resuscitates the frozen iPhone. You'll first need to wait through a full shut down and restart.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The New Apple iPanel TV?

"Apple's rumored television set could be called the iPanel. Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired

If you owned the branding for a multibillion-dollar tech corporation, and were choosing a name for your first-ever television set, you’d probably spend a good amount of time choosing the perfect name for your product. 
But whatever that name is, it probably won’t be iTV, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek told Barron’s. Nope, Apple’s rumored-to-be-in-development television should be called the iPanel, because the display will be “far more” than just an ordinary television set. 
“It is a display, gaming center, media hub, computer, home automator, etc.,” Misek wrote.
Why not iTV? Well, in addition to the device’s multiple talents, Apple would also likely have difficulty getting naming rights from the UK TV network ITV..."

Read More via Apple Insider...More at Apple’s Rumored Television Should Be Called iPanel, Analyst Says

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs for Movie

"The Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher will play the late Steve Jobs in the indie film "Jobs", Variety reports. 
Also Reported: Ashton Kutcher and John Cryer get two more years on Men... but no raise? 
The Movie "Jobs" will follow the Apple co-founder from early hippie to starting and running one of the most successful computer companies in the world, Apple!. Matt Whitley wrote the script and Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) will direct the film. 
Kutcher, who is currently negotiating a deal to return to Men next season, will start shooting "Jobs" in May while on his break from the CBS sitcom. 
ER star Noah Wyle previously played Jobs opposite Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates in the 1999 TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. 
Jobs died in October 2011 at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer."

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Applenewsonline's take: While we were pulling for Noah Wyle to return to his fantastic role as Steve Job's, we think it an intersting pick for Kutcher as the role of Job's...but hard to see it as he has done mostly comedy and Wyle more dramatic we shall see how this plays out. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Your new iPad’s battery is fine

Lex Friedman, writing for Macworld:
"Your new iPad’s battery is fine. Despite some media reports suggesting that Apple’s newest tablet suffers from a pair of battery-related issues, Macworld’s own research concludes that the third-generation iPad’s battery works as designed, and that customers needn’t fear harming the battery by over-charging it."
Why would anyone believe that Apple, of all companies, would design a product that gets damaged if you do the obvious thing and simply leave it plugged in overnight? Some outfits are so desperate for negative iPad stories that they’ll report allegations that don’t even make sense.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Apple's New iPad Reviews

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

iPad 3 release date March 7th

Apple has finally sent out invitations to it's media event on March 7th, most likely an iPad 3 event and rumors of a new improved Apple TV system. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

iPad3 to be Released March 29th?

"Apple has scheduled a media event next month on March 29. News leaked by the nearby electronic makers say that many high tech components have been sent to Apple since the last quarter of 2011. 
The TSMC- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has received a really big ‘order’ for 28nm APUs from AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). AMD confirmed this Friday that it will shake hands with TSMC to manufacture 28nm Krishna Wichita accelerated processing unit (APUs) during the initial phase. 
Because of the Chinese New Year, the launch of iPad 3 has been postponed till the end of March instead of beginning of March. This long holiday season brought disappointment to the millions of Apple’s fans for delayed date of iPad 3’s release. 
The new iPad 3 is slated to be thinner and lighter and it will also have an A6 quad-core processor. March 29 is not far away, very soon, we might see people playing around with the super-power quad-core iPad 3."

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Apple Updates iBooks Author Agreement

"Apple has updated its iBooks Author app in order to clarify the language of its End User License Agreement,” Matthew Panzarino reports for TNW. “The changes to the EULA clarify that Apple does indeed intend the packaged product to be sold on the iBookstore only, but also makes it clear that it does not lay claim to the content that you use to create the book, nor does it try to limit what you can do with that content elsewhere.” 
“This change in wording should make it clear, as many right minded people have assumed, that Apple was never interested in limiting the distribution of content that was not packaged in the .iBooks format,” Panzarino reports. “The wording of the original was taken by some to mean that Apple was trying to exercise its rights on all kinds of content, including universal formats like PDF, not just iBooks.”

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bill Gates discussing Steve Jobs

"In a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo! and ABC News, the former head of Microsoft talked about how Steve Jobs' death affected him, his fix for American schools and his annual letter, which sets the priorities for one of the most generous charitable efforts in history. 
With a pledge to give away 95 percent of Gates' personal wealth, the Gates Foundation claims to have granted more than $26 billion since 1994. While some of that money is devoted to improving U.S. education, roughly 75 percent goes to the poorest countries in the world, and Gates scoffs at the idea that the money would be better spent at home. 
"Well, the question is, are human lives of equal value?" Gates said. "For the mother whose child dies in Africa, is that somehow less important, less painful? If we can save that life -- for very little [money], is that appropriate to do? And, in fact, we know that if we do save those lives, it can reduce the population growth. It can let them be on a path to graduate from receiving aid." 
After the Gates Foundation's vaccination efforts in India, that nation reported only one case of polio last year. And while the foundation promises to fight on against preventable diseases, the top focus of this year's letter is agriculture and Gates' belief that without technology, farmers could never feed the world's exploding population."
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Apple's New Software: iBooks Author

Create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad.

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Inside Apple: The Book is Out Now

Inside Apple reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.

"Steve Jobs was a micro-manager, bully, made 'impossible' demands and took a non-excuses perspective, and made Apple a very secretive entity. Fortune magazine Lashinsky, however, manages to provide useful insights nonetheless. The secrecy about future products and its management methods was intended to make life more difficult for its competitors, avoid stealing thunder from existing products, milk additional free media coverage on product launch days, and avoid disappointments if the eventually released product failed to match the hype. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Verizon iPhone 4S vs Verizon Droid 4

"The Verizon iPhone 4 was one of 2011's most hotly-anticipated smartphones, after years of theiPhone's AT&T exclusivity. And with the launch of the iPhone 4S in October, another major United States carrier was added to the iPhone's lineup: Sprint. 

Verizon already has a carrier-exclusive series of smartphones, however, in the form of the Droid brand. And the Droid 4, announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and coming to stores soon, is in many ways a 2012-updated, 4G LTE-enabled sequel to the original Droid. Here's a quick look at what sets it apart from the iPhone 4S:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Jan 26th iPad 3/iPhone 5 Announcement

The iPad 3 to feature a new powerful A6 processor (quad core) buily by Apple's nemesis Samsung. And as well the iPhone 5 should contail the dual core A6 version and could be released as soon as Fall 2012.

Joining the manufacturing party along side Sharp for building Apple's iPad displays will be Samsung and LG. For the CMOS Image sensors the job could be split between Samsung and Sony for the primary suppliers.

At the upcoming iWorld Trade Show (former Macworld) on Jan 26, 2012 Apple should have all our answers about iPad and iPhone info as well as Apple's latest tech news from themselves. Rumors are that they will have a couple to a few new models of its iPad to satisfy its customers and attract new one with different options. Should be an intersting 2012 for Apple to start it first year without Steve Jobs at the helm since mid 1990's.