Entries Tagged as 'Apple'

SixApart introduces plugin for iPhone

Another reason to buy that iPhone or iPod Touch. Six Apart has released a plugin that uses the beautiful new design of MT4 and Typepad as a mobile interface for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
What’s interesting about this is that Six Apart actually paid attention to user interface, which I must applaud. All of the iPhone’s interfacing was done from scratch instead of using the browser interface and just shrinking it down. This makes for a way better user experience and overall will be worth a lot to Six Apart.
Now if only iPhones actually worked on CDMA networks… I’d actually have a reason to buy one.

Greed will get the best of NBC

Apple iTunes NBC is getting greedy.
Apparently they discontinued their contract with Apple due to the fact that they wanted $4.99 an television episode versus the $1.99 price that Apple has on its iTunes Store.
This goes back to the age old fight when people have been trying to rock Apple forever thinking that content providers have the end-all-be-all game. Not so. Remember mp3s versus iTunes? Who’s the overall winner there? Definitely iTunes. Movies? iTunes again. Television shows? iTunes. Whatever you throw at Apple, they win.
Easy. They went through the research and found the cheapest price that people are willing to pay and never looked back. No price changes, no gimmicks, no increases. It’s plain and simple and consumers love it. It’s obvious when you look at their competition whom hasn’t been able to compete no matter what the deal is. Sony’s Connect? Recently shut down. Napster? Struggling.
So here goes another content provider that definitely made something from the iTunes store is now probably going solo. But will they be as popular? My guess is “no”. The people have spoken, and their knight is Apple. To maneuver yourself from Apple is like cutting off the nose to spite the face. Ridiculous business move, but it should be interesting to watch greed best those top dogs at NBC.

Apple understands indie devs unlike Sony

iphone.jpg It’s really funny. It wasn’t but a couple days ago that I wrote about Sony’s refusal to accept in the homebrew development community and the backlash that it has caused.
On the other side of the fence, where the grass is always greener, Apple has strangely enough done the exact opposite. They took the things that hackers were messing with and created something useful out of it instead of locking it completely down with each firmware release. Not only that, they introduced some new things with the firmware (terminal emulator) that allows you to run code packages if that’s your thang.
What’s so great about that? Apple is letting its users play with their toys… no matter how they want to play with it. That’s pretty sweet coming from a corporation that sells products since it empowers the users to push the limits of the gadget. On the flip side, not allowing access to devices just constrains all the development to only the corporate’s limits. You know the old adage that two brains is better than one…. well, what happens when you have over ten times the amount of brain power thinking up things that you never would have dreamed of while getting paid a salary and meeting deadlines.
Exactly. So this is great to see that at least some corporations understand the usefulness of people that want to hack your product.

The pressure of being first

It’s tough being first on breaking news. Sometimes it really hurts your reputation too when you report something that you find out later on to be a hoax. That’s what happened to Engadget yesterday. Here’s Ryan Block’s post apologizing to the readers.
Apple’s stock tanked yesterday on this news as investors got wind of this. I’d be curious to know if someone has launched any investigation on people shorting Apple. With this elaborate scheme, there’s bound to be someone that had money tied to it. Apple’s stock came back later in the day and is back on its normal track.
But lesson to be learned here? Being the first to report isn’t always a good thing. It’s all about the content behind the post itself. A buddy of mine taught me that. Engadget did a great recovery and they have always been on the up-and-up when it comes to the news they report. I doubt this would sour their reputation that much if any. They’re the juggernaut that just happened to stumble on a pebble.
But it also goes to show that first to show doesn’t necessarily mean as much. It sure doesn’t mean as much in television anymore. In fact, you’ll find that people are much more interested in investigative reporting than “breaking news”. Probably because “breaking news” is just too common across the stations. Same thing happens with group blogs and news sites.
And when it comes down to it. You really don’t have to be first. Just have good content that your readers would want to read. They truly care about quality over quantity. As with many in the tech world, Engadget has our support too, especially after the very cool and collected save by Ryan Block.
One last thing. Didn’t your mother ever teach you the little lesson of taking everything with a grain of salt? I’m surprised that investors and analysts alike didn’t actually do some fact-checking right away from reading it (the post) before going ballistic. Ahh well.

Marware Protection Pack Plus for Macbook Pro

Marware creates multiple protection packages specifically for Apple products. The Marware Protection Pack Plus For 17″ MacBook Pro [affiliate] comes in a silver color that fits your Macbook Pro nicely.

  • Keyboard cover
  • Handrest
  • Laptop sleeve

Was it worth it?

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Upgrading your iPod hard drives

When your iPod dies, you really wanna say…. doh! Do I have to shell out some more money? Well, this might be DIY but it’s definitely worth a shot at reviving that loved white music player if the only issue is a burned out hard drive. CommandTab has a tutorial on how to upgrade your hard drive in your iPod and keep the beauty alive.
We will also note that some of the techniques are not as normal as most technical support type procedures (such as the one where you pry open a 5G iPod as a last resort with a razor blade), so be very careful of what you’re doing. No responsibility is taken for flying pieces of sharp metal or anything else with this and perhaps it’d be more worthwhile to actually get the real tools of the trade.
That disclaimer aside, it’s nice to have this procedure around for the sake of reviving old iPods.

What Microsoft is missing with Windows Live ID

I recently acquired (yes, with money) a copy of Windows XP Professional SP2. It was still pricey in my book, but it was worth the money to have a copy since running Windows 2000 just didn’t cut it anymore. I wasn’t about to buy into Microsoft’s whole Vista game.
While installing it on Parallels, I realized something. Even with the full professional retail version, it wouldn’t allow me to build multiple versions of my XP machine from scratch. I had to deauthorize my virtual machine by calling Microsoft.
All the while, iTunes was playing in the background…
Which lead me to this thought…

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iPhone thoughts

While everyone is crying about how beautiful the iPhone is, there are a couple of concerns for the price point that one such as myself that works in the cellular industry has to wonder about.
First, congratulations to Apple on a unique design. I have to say, that many of the visions that I once had for my employer to achieve, Apple has succeeded in. It definitely is a sight to behold and the industrial engineers and modern anthropologists really have done it again.
With that, here are the points:

  • GSM? With no HSDPA support? What were you thinking? While the tunes and such are great, you have come a long ways in improving power to portable devices. We’ve seen it in the iPod lines. So where’s the broadband support? From a power perspective, you’re not spending any less power running EDGE type transactions.
  • Design wise, you would have figured this one from the new iPod designs. Glossy screen for a touchscreen? We’re talking about smudge/fingerprints delight. Anyone that owns a PSP can attest to the craziness in trying to keep it clean.
  • Price point. Of course people will buy it. But overall? $599 with a two year contract? Ick. I’d rather put that down on a Sony PS3 and you don’t see me running out to Gamestop buying one yet. Not what you call affordable for your average consumer.
  • Internal antenna? I know the looks and all, but internal antennas are terrible when it comes to send and receive. It’s a fact of RF. The more mediums you put between the source and the destination, the less powerful the signal.

All in all, I have to say that it’s a great design innovation but I’m wondering if Apple has finally hit the brick wall when it comes to consumer sense. Outside of this, I have to say that if I was Microsoft right now, I would be seriously worried about the whole Zune division. It’s not that Apple will drop their iPods, but you can see where they wish to take their vision. And the Zune player is just not going to cut it in the long run against such design pedigree.

Quartz Snowfall Screensaver

Been to the Apple stores lately? Seen the neat screensavers they’re running? It’s Quartz Snowfall and you can have it too. Only condition? You have to be running a Mac with Tiger.
JoeyInteractive < ALittleBitofNothingLeft

Enable the iPodScreenSaver

Have a video iPod? Want to demo something without having to touch it? Just do the following:

make a folder called “Demo Mode”, drop a movie called demo in it and you’re pretty much done.

Via Make