This had the smell of inevitability about it. Yes, a Russian hacker got 3D maps working on an iPhone 4. It's not complete and turn-by-turn directions aren't working yet, but it's a start. SlashGear has the story via Russian site iguides. There are instructions on the web, but they are not for the faint-of-heart and require the just released iOS6 jailbreak. I expect there are a lot of disappointed iPhone 4 users out there who are pretty upset that the maps app has so little functionality on their older phones. I could make a half-case for leaving the 3D flyovers off, but certainly turn-by-turn would have been nice to allow. Dozens of other apps have no trouble running on the iPhone 4 or even the 3G model. So readers, are you understanding about this Apple decision, or mad as hell? [via SlashGear]Russian hacker gets iOS 6 3D maps running on iPhone 4 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Saturday, 30 June 2012
OWC posted up a photo that is every Mac user's dream. The photo shows a MacBook Pro with Retina Display powering not one, not two, but three external displays in addition to the notebook's own monitor. OWC lists the attached computers which includes the Retina display on the MBP set at its "best for Retina" setting; two 2560 x 1440 iMacs connected via the Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt/DisplayPort; and a 1920 x 1200 LG monitor connected via HDMI. OWC says the performance was smooth and claims "moving images and media didn't create any lag." They also say they "were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously." As noted by MacRumors, Apple's support site confirms that the Retina MacBook Pro is capable of supporting one monitor on the HDMI port and two on Thunderbolt, but it's impressive to see such a setup in action. [Via MacRumors]MacBook Pro with Retina display running three external monitors originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Disney Mobile has made a number of really smart moves over the past few years (starting with acquiring Tapulous, all the way up to allowing a game tester to make them a great game). Now here's another brilliant move: they've signed a deal with developers Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckynova (also known as the very nice married couple behind Imangi Studios) to help them make a Brave-branded version of Temple Run. The game itself is actually being put together by a third-party game developer, but Imangi had input on the finished product, and the deal has actually been in the works for quite a while, even before Imangi saw all of its astronomical success with the golden idol running game. Imangi told me at GDC this year that they were being careful about choosing partnerships, but apparently this partnership with Disney met with their approval. Temple Run Brave should be in the App Store for 99 cents on June 14 (though my guess is that given how popular Temple Run has been as a free game, it'll drop to free soon after that). Disney has shown a lot of insight into the App Store in the past, and this latest deal with a very hot indie studio is no exception.Disney taps indie studio for Temple Run Brave originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
As we noted earlier this week as part of our roundup of device compatibility for various iOS 6 features, several of Apple's new mapping features including Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation are not officially supported on the iPhone 4, much less the iPhone 3GS.
But as reported by SlashGear, a member of Russian site iguides has posted videos [Google translation] showing the 3D maps and Flyover working on a jailbroken iPhone 4. The poster has also included instructions for adding the functionality, although the procedure is not yet a completely straightforward one.
Apple has historically placed hardware restrictions on certain features of its iOS release, based at least in part on how well older hardware handles the specific features. In other cases like Siri on the iPhone 4S, Apple's limitations may have more to do with differentiation and marketing. But it seems reasonable to think that 3D map performance on the pre-A5 devices like the iPhone 4 simply doesn't meet Apple's requirements, and thus the company has elected not to officially support the feature on that hardware.
Regardless of the reasons for Apple's limitations on mapping features, hackers and developers will undoubtedly continue working on ways to circumvent those restrictions, and we will likely see other features like turn-by-turn navigation also come to older devices for those willing to tweak their devices to enable them. read more..
While Apple's new Retina MacBook Pro includes a display measuring 2880x1800 pixels, the default display options do not allow users to run their systems at that raw resolution. Instead, the extra pixels are used to display a higher level of detail on a canvas representing the previous 1440x900 resolution. As a result, windows and user interface elements appear to be the same relative size as on a 1440x900 15" display, but with four times the detail. Users who wish to use a desktop with apparent resolution higher than 1440x900 can still do so, as System Preferences offers several different options ranging up to 1920x1200.
Those users who want even more screen real estate by tapping into the full 2880x1800 resolution mode of the display can also do so, but the option involves a workaround that is not authorized by Apple. Macworld has more details on the process, which involves using either a third-party app like the paid SwitchResX (as noted in our forums) or one of a number of free options that have sprung up such as Change Resolution.
Retina MacBook Pro running at 2880x1800
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Running a 2880x1800 desktop on a screen measuring only 15.4 inches diagonally obviously results in very small text and user interface elements, but for those willing to sit close enough to their screens to make the onscreen content readable, it may be an interesting option.
As noted by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, users running Windows on the new Retina MacBook Pro can also take advantage of the full display resolution, simply setting the resolution in preferences within Windows. read more..
Discovered: Exercise reduces breast cancer risk, Facebook is better than sex?, parents aren't careful enough about kid allergies, and it just takes two degrees of warming for bit climate change.Exercise reduces breast cancer risk. What sounds like an easy way to cut back one's risk of the disease is actually a lot harder than it sounds. Those who exercised 9 to 17 hours per week, meaning more than one hour per day, reduced their breast cancer risk by 30 percent. Looking at 3,000 women those who exercised during their 20s and 30s, were less likely to develop the disease during ... read more..
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
These smartphone apps will help you save money on gas and repairs, recover from an accident, and avoid tickets. read more..
iOS Game Review: Temple Run: Brave doesn't cover new ground
If you've played Temple Run, you'll be very familiar with this Brave-themed version of the endless action game. read more..
Facebook finally made the appointment it needed to change its shameful billionaire boys club to a slightly less shameful boys club, appointing COO Sheryl Sandberg to the board of directors Monday afternoon. "Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years," said Mark Zuckerberg, according to a press release on the site. "Her understanding of our mission and long-term opportunity, and her experience both at Facebook and on public company boards makes her a natural fit for our board. ... read more..
People Sure Like This Creepy Site that Makes Your Facebook Status Public
After 27 hours up and running this stalker website with the appropriately creepy name We Know What You're Doing ... has gotten over 100,000 unique visitors, according to a tweet from 18-year-old founder Callum Haywood, which says something disturbing about our society. ... read more..
Apple has begun running a pair of new television ads for the iPhone 4S and Siri featuring actor John Malkovich. This comes after a pair of celebrity ads started running last month with Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel.
Siri: Try and be nice to people. Avoid eating fat. Read a good book every now and then. Get some walking in. And try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.
Malkovich: That's pretty spectacular advice, actually. Thank you. I enjoyed this chat immensely. You are very eloquent.
Siri: That's nice of you to say.The celebrity ads scored very well with viewers, registering higher scores from advertising tracking firm Ace Metrix than any other iPhone 4S ad released so far this year.
John Malkovich is well known for his unique acting style and his iPhone 4S ad reflects his somewhat peculiar persona. The query that Malkovich posits -- "Life"-- elicits a number of different responses from Siri, including:
"I Kant answer that. Ha ha!"
"It's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya."
"Life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death."
"I don't know. But I think there's an app for that."
"I can't answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens."
"I find it odd that you would ask this of an inanimate object."
"That's easy… it's a philosophical question concerning the purpose and significance of life or existence in general."
"Life: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings. I guess that includes me."
"I give up."A second ad is airing as well, showcasing a bit more of Siri's talents: read more..
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
In case you were wondering: Ron Conway says he will not be running for mayor of San Francisco.Apparently that was on Mike Arrington's mind when he interviewed Conway and SV Angel partner David Lee on-stage at Disrupt today. He said he heard from more than one source that Conway is considering a run "somewhere down the line," and asked flat-out if that's true. read more..
The TechStars NYC Demo Day went down this morning, and thirteen new companies have officially come to market, ranging from a Pinterest for places, a social wireless MVNO, and a mobile workforce communication product, to a social network for trades and transactions, a moving industry disruptor, and a leisure class aggregator. Some are venturing into a brand new world, leveraging social media and our online identities to disrupt retail, consumer engagement with brands, and communication within workforces. Others are traveling back to the past, elbowing their way into traditional industries and trying to make a difference. If you happened to miss our earlier coverage, here's a rundown on the whole lot of them: read more..
Monday, 25 June 2012
There was a good deal of gnashing of teeth, including mine, about the loss of MobileMe galleries which will vanish June 30 as MobileMe becomes iCloud. It was dead easy to take a collection of photos and get them on the web, so clients, friends, and grandma and grandpa could share the images. Apple today announced a halfway-but-welcome enhancement to Photo Stream in iOS 6. You will be able to select photos from your Photo Stream for sharing. You tap a share button, select the photo or photos, and out they go. Friends and family on iCloud who are running iOS get the photos delivered instantly. Macs running Mountain Lion get the apps in the Photos app or iPhoto. They also can be delivered to an AppleTV. Here's the big improvement: If they aren't running Apple software and hardware, they can see the photos on the web. It's not quite as slick as the MobileMe galleries, but seems just about as easy. Even better, the shared photo streams don't count against your storage on your iCloud account, and you can share over a WiFi or cellular network. Of course iWeb and many of the MobileMe features, like iDisk are dead, and if you had Apple hosting a MobileMe website, you've already been warned to clean it out before it vaporizes at the end of the month. Still, I was hoping Apple would offer some worthwhile photo sharing options, and we'll have them in iOS6 and Mountain Lion. Is the enhanced Photo Stream something you are happy about? Let us know in comments.Enhanced Photo Streams somewhat rescue soon-to-be-missing Galleries originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just when brokers thought Mom-and-Pop investors were getting excited about the stock market, along came Facebook. The 17 percent plunge in Facebook's shares since its ballyhooed debut last Friday, coupled with Nasdaq's mishandling of opening day trading, is spooking the very investors who had seemed the most intrigued by the offering, said Wall Street executives. ... read more..
Sunday, 24 June 2012
(Reuters) - The world's biggest search engine, Google Inc, will buy Meebo Inc, a startup that helps online publishers connect their websites with social network sites, Meebo said on its blog. Last month, technology blog All Things Digital reported that Google was in talks to buy Meebo in a deal worth about $100 million. California-based Meebo provides software that lets users share pages on social networking sites, including Facebook, allowing publishers and advertisers to promote products in interactive ways. ... read more..
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four of Wall Street's major market makers involved in Facebook's botched initial public offering last Friday expect their losses from technical glitches on Nasdaq's exchange to be around $115 million. A software error on Nasdaq OMX Group Inc's U.S. exchange delayed the social networking company's market debut by 30 minutes last Friday. Many client orders were delayed, leading to significant losses to some investors and traders as the stock price dropped. The exchange operator is facing lawsuits from investors and threats of legal action from brokers. ... read more..
Scott Forstall has just revealed some pretty significant stats for iOS 5 and Apple's mobile operating system platform in general. Check 'em out:
- 365 million iOS devices have been sold (through March 2012) since the first iPhone went on sale in June 2007.
- 80% of iOS devices are running iOS 5. That's compared to only 7% of Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android's OS -- which was released at the same time as iOS 5.
- There are 140 million iMessage users. One billion iMessages are sent per day and over 150 billion iMessages have been sent so far.
- Since adding Twitter support to iOS 5, Twitter usage on iOS devices have grown three-fold. 10 billion tweets have been sent from iOS 5 and 47% of photo's posted to Twitter come from iOS 5 devices.
- Game Center has 130 million active accounts. Five billion scores are recorded each week. Sixty-seven of the top 100 games have Game Center integration.
Saturday, 23 June 2012
OTG Management is a company primarily known for running those expensive shops and restaurants in airports, but they're about to do something new and very cool -- installing iPads that are available for use by anyone waiting for a flight. The first airports to see these new devices are New York's LaGuardia, Toronto Pearson International, and Minneapolis-St.Paul International. You won't be able to just pick up a free iPad and wander around the terminal with it, however. The iPads are locked to a table and running apps for doing those important things -- browsing, looking at Facebook updates, playing some games, or shopping online. There's a method to OTG's madness of providing free iPad use. The iPads are used to point customers to their other properties as kind of a concierge for airline passengers. Enter your flight number and you can see if it's been delayed or if the gate has changed. If you have a while to wait, the iPad suggests that you go find a restaurant to relax in. The virtual concierge also recommends items for purchase in OTG Management stores -- you can browse and buy items, and then have them delivered to your gate for pickup. The iPad stations can also be used to plug in your phone or laptop for charging. OTG Management's CEO Rick Blatstein told GigaOM's Erica Ogg that the company is "bullish on the iPad" -- they're expecting to purchase anywhere from 25,000 to 100,000 devices as they expand the reach of the program throughout the U.S.Several airports installing iPads for public use originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Telerik's free Test Studio for iOS offers an exciting new tool for developers. It allows you to record and execute automated tests in your mobile apps and websites. Users can also use the tool to provide feedback to your team as they test. Telerik worked closely with Apple to get this app into the iOS App Store, and it provides an astonishing utility to anyone who develops. It allows you to run tests in separate apps that you create. It also works with stand-alone websites. To make your app Test Studio-compatible, you do need to compile in a small static library so Test Studio can see it on your device or in the simulator. Website testing works straight out of the box. The test suite is aware of all installed applications that have been prepared for use with these tools. In the testing mode, you create a series of validation sequences. These sequences consist of interaction events, which you can record directly from your app, and verification tests, which you specify in the built-in action editor. These tests ensure that user interactions match certain expectations that you set. A special-purpose menu, which appears directly in-app, lets you pause, add tasks, and review the steps that you have already taken. Anyone who's used a UI recording tool will be familiar with this kind of interface. Nicely, the menu can be easily flipped out of your way if it obscures things you need to work with. A lot of work has gone into making this suite usable for developers. This app works in the simulator as well as on devices; it also works in off-line mode, so you can create your tests while on-the-go if you're away from the Internet. Once recorded, you can then play back these interactions directly to the app or website. The integrated library will simulate all user interactions in the test, and confirm that the interface matches all your verification targets. Since these sequences are stored outside of the app/website environment, you can test your evolving product as you work on new features and bug updates for each build. The test suite resumes control when tests fail, so you can inspect where and why the interaction sequences failed. A secondary mode allows you to deploy your app through ad-hoc testing to solicit user feedback. It offers in-app bookmarking, screen shots, and e-mail, so users can respond to you as they work with hands-on deployment during your testing phase. The app is available for free, with the developers monetizing through future cloud services. "The big thing for us," said spokesman Chris Eyhorn, "is offering a tool that scales for us from one-man development shops all the way up to the enterprise." He says they plan to offer free versions indefinitely, to be an active part of the Apple developer ecosystem. DevJuice: Test Studio for iOS originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
A generation of children grew up learning to love reading by watching LeVar Burton's PBS show Reading Rainbow. The show was cancelled in 2009 after a 26-year run, but has been resurrected as a new iPad app.
Engadget attended the public launch of the app, and has video of Burton's emotional introduction of the app, as well as some hands-on reviews.
Burton told us that he was genuinely surprised with the public outcry that followed the show's cancellation. Kids have grown up with it for more than a quarter-century, and as such, there are some fairly strong emotional bonds at play here. According to Burton, maintaining the elements that made the show so magical was the most difficult aspect of the 18 months the team invested in the creation of the app. And, naturally, one reporter in attendance wanted to know what happened to the book report feature that played heavily in the TV show. Burton assured him that it's coming.
The app's interface is built around a series of floating islands, each based on a different genre. At present, the islands include "My Friends and Family," "Animal Kingdom," "Genius Academy" (science and math) and "Action Adventures & Magic Tales." More subject islands will be added as the app continues to be built out. Burton told us that the team was looking to move away from the more traditional e-book shelf format, into something that made reading "more of an adventure," much like the original program.
New books are available via a subscription service for $9.99/month, or $29.99 for a six-month subscription. Reading Rainbow's page on the App Store has additional details for exactly how the subscription system works.
Reading Rainbow is available free for the iPad on the App Store. [Direct Link] read more..
Friday, 22 June 2012
Microsoft today unveiled a major tablet initiative to compete with Apple's iPad, Google's Android, and its own PC hardware partners.
The Microsoft Surface is a 10.6" tablet powered by Windows 8, coming in two distinct versions -- both equipped with touch screens. One will be powered by an ARM processor and will be more like a traditional tablet running Windows RT. The other will be powered by Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge chips running the desktop version of Windows 8.
As reported by The Verge:
The Windows RT version is just 9.3mm thin, weighs 1.5lbs, includes a built-in kickstand and is the first PC with a vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case, according to Microsoft. It will ship in 32GB or 64GB versions.
Microsoft's Intel-based Surface tablet will run Windows 8 Pro, with a thickness of 13.5mm, a weight of 1.9lb, and USB 3.0 support. This particular version will also include magnesium casing and a built-in kickstand, but will ship with either 64GB or 128GB storage. The Intel version will include additional digital ink support through a pen that magnetizes to the body of the tablet.
In addition to the tablet itself, Microsoft will sell two Smart Cover-like devices that attach magnetically to the Surface. Unlike Apple's add-on, which serves only as screen protection and as a stand, Microsoft's Touch Cover and Type Cover turn into a full-sized keyboard complete with a built-in trackpad. Microsoft says using the Touch Cover is "twice as efficient as typing on glass", a clear shot at the iPad's on-screen keyboard.
Microsoft did not share any information on pricing or availability, saying both the ARM and Intel editions would be price competitive with like products. read more..
Apple yesterday released a pair of software updates for Java, issuing versions for both Lion and Snow Leopard. The update in part builds upon an earlier Java update for Lion that disabled automatic execution of Java applets in an attempt to minimize the impact of Java-based malware threats like Flashback.This update configures web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.As noted by Krebs on Security, the release is notable because it came on the same day that Oracle released updates for Java on other platforms. Apple has long been criticized for lagging on Java updates, a policy which allowed the Flashback malware to flourish as Mac systems remained unprotected against the threat even though Oracle had patched the vulnerability on other systems several months before.The update Oracle released yesterday, Java 6 Update 33 and Java 7 Update 5, fixes at least 14 security flaws in the oft-attacked software that is installed on more than three billion devices worldwide. Apple’s Java update brings Java on the Mac to 1.6.0_33, and patches 11 of the 14 security vulnerabilities that Oracle fixed in Tuesday’s release. It’s unclear whether those other three flaws simply don’t exist in the Mac version of Java, but we’ll take progress where we can get it.With Java SE 7 set to come to the Mac later this year, control over updates is transitioning from Apple to the OpenJDK project, with both Apple and Oracle providing expertise to ensure that updates for Mac roll out on a timely basis. That transition was begun back in late 2010, with Steve Jobs noting at the time that having Apple responsible for Java updates on the Mac "may not be the best way to do it." read more..
Television networks are in hot pursuit of a big Twitter presence, but none have gone so far as MTV. The network's long-running reality series MADE returned for its 12th season on Monday with a new name: MADE #DreamBigger. read more..
As you may have read minutes ago here on TechCrunch, there's a brand new iPad app on the market that brings the best of the Reading Rainbow show that many of us loved so much as kids to the current generation of budding bookworms. So it was a real treat to have LeVar Burton, the super popular film and television actor and director who was also -- of course -- the host of the long-running Reading Rainbow show on PBS swing by TechCrunch TV to give us the first-hand pitch on the app that he helped to develop. read more..
Veepstakes: How Romney's Potential Picks Stack Up On Social Media
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney's selection of a running mate -- the "veepstakes" -- may be drawing near. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty may be the leading contender, but there are plenty of other names being tossed around -- including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. read more..
In a move that borrows from the Angry Birds playbook, quite literally, Fight My Monster - the so-called ‘Moshi for boys’ - has appointed licensing heavy-weights Russell Binder and Dimensional Branding Group to represent the brand globally and, presumably, to begin exploring merchandising options.Binder’s Striker Entertainment actually claims Angry Birds as a client, while DBG works with the likes of Sony, Miniclip and Temple Run -- so this appears to be quite an ambitious appointment for the young company and points to the potential of Fight My Monster’s brand amongst its much coveted and hard to reach audience of 8-14 year old boys. read more..
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Second-screen social TV app Zeebox is coming to the U.S. later this summer, after a successful run in the U.K. The app is the brainchild of Anthony Rose, former CTO of the BBC and a big driving force behind the development of the public broadcaster's iPlayer. As such, he knows a thing or two about changing viewer habits, and Zeebox is uniquely positioned to take off where other similar apps have failed to get traction. I got the chance to talk with Rose for TechCrunch TV and to get a demo of the app. First of all, how is the viewing experience changing and why do we need apps to take advantage of that shift in behavior? According to Rose, broadcasters are looking to take advantage of second screen capabilities and make live TV more social. read more..
The past few years haven't been kind to Microsoft. (There's no need to walk down memory lane. We all know what's happened.) But somehow that's all changed in the past few days. Surface and Windows Phone 8, along with Windows 8 and Xbox prove there's still some fight left in the old dog. It's a bit premature to say that the company is back and that the decades long string of mediocrity coming out of Redmond is over but the company is clearly focused and we haven't seen that Microsoft in a long, long time. read more..
What's in iOS 6? When is it coming out? What devices can run it? We answer these questions and others by running down what you need to know about iOS 6. read more..
(Insider) The Macalope Daily: The universe where Tim Cook has a goatee
A CNet blogger lets his imagination run away with him. If only it had taken him further. (This story is viewable exclusively by Macworld Insider members.) read more..
The new Reading Rainbow for iPad app, which launched Tuesday, isn’t merely an exercise in nostalgia: It wants to create a new generation of readers using videos, multimedia, and a Netflix-style subscription plan. read more..
MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Putting the video to the test
We've seen couple of reports recently about the MacBook Pro with Retina Display's video, one about its ability to run at 2880 by 1800 resolution, the other about connecting external displays. We decided to test both. read more..
How often have you gotten an email from a troubled prince, a long-lost relative or a distressed damsel, and instantly sent it to the trash? You know the type of message I'm talking about — a typo-filled pile of run-on sentences which offers you riches in exchange for your help. read more..
Video ad startup YuMe is working to make it easier for pretty much anyone to monetize their video content, without needing to know a whole hell of a lot about ad rates, inventory, clicks, impressions, and the like. That's because the latest update to its ACE for Publishers (AFP) platform -- version 4.0 -- includes a QuickStart Edition that includes everything one needs to run ads against their video player, without all the messy tools required by more sophisticated video publishers.YuMe's ad optimization platform is designed to maximize fill rates and respond to changes in impression supply with a proprietary yield optimization algorithm. All of which is to say that YuMe attempts to ensure that publishers are making the most money possible by automatically switching between ad networks. read more..
A rare piece of Apple history is no longer on the market. Last Friday, Auction house Sotheby's sold a working Apple I computer for US$374,500. The vintage computer sold for more than twice its estimated value after a bidding war broke out between two bidders, according to a CNN Money report. The lucky winner was an anonymous telephone bidder who will walk away with one of only six known units. Apple originally produced 50 Apple I's and the other 44 are missing. Also on the auction block was a letter Steve Jobs sent to Atari. The letter sold for $27,500, which like the Apple I was significantly more than it was valued.Vintage Apple I sells for $375,000 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Forbes takes a look at how Apple entices potential customers by tilting MacBook Pros "just so" - at 70 degrees to be precise. Why is this the case? So people are encouraged to adjust the screen to suit their own viewing needs, Forbes' Carmine Gallo said. Once you adjust the screen, you might be tempted to check out those apps nestled in the dock. Or maybe you want to open a Safari browser and check your email or a sports score. Eventually, you might walk out carrying a coveted piece of Apple merchandise. It might not be that day, but it might be some day in the future. Gallo talks about how Apple fosters this culture of interactivity with its products, comparing them against Best Buy that tends to discourage that sort of thing. My personal experience at Best Buy tends to linger toward over-hovering salespeople. I want to try a product, not be harassed about it. I've always had good experiences at the Apple Store with employees not constantly barging in. Gallo has written other pieces about the Apple retail experience, and they're definitely worth checking out.Why Apple retail tilts MacBook Pro displays to 70 degrees originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Apple has issued a software update via the Mac App Store to Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4, originally released last week.
This update is the second time Apple has updated the Mountain Lion Developer Preview via the Mac App Store rather than releasing an entirely new DP -- Apple issued a similar update in May.
Apple did not specify changes in the update, saying only that it "is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4. With Mountain Lion's final release expected next month, Apple should be moving towards a final build soon.
Among other things, the update adds support for more Facebook notifications and PowerNap support for supported machines. It weighs in at 1.08GB and has a build number of 12A248, up from 12A239 previously. read more..
Microsoft just took the wraps off the all new Microsoft Surface. Even though the name is familiar this is an entirely new product. Simply put, the Surface is a Windows 8 tablet. But it seems so much more. In fact, perhaps I'm still a little drunk on Microsoft Kool-Aid, but the Surface seems like the next generation of mobile computing. While Surface might not kill the iPad, it might revive Microsoft.To be clear, the Surface is Microsoft's hardware. This is a not a Dell or HP tablet running Microsoft's software. Microsoft clearly designed this tablet to best showcase Windows 8. The tablet itself seems fantastic. Compared to the iPad, it's a bit utilitarian with hard lines, full size I/O ports, and heat vents. But it also seems like a serious tablet rather than a plaything. read more..
Apple today rolled out an update for its Apple Store [App Store] app for iOS devices, adding two new features to enhance the functionality of the app.
The first feature is support for Express Checkout, which has been available through the regular online store but is now available through the app as well. With Express Checkout, a user placing an online order can bypass the shopping cart system and simply click the "Buy Now" button and enter his or her password to complete the order. The order will automatically use the default billing and shipping information associated with the account. A preference allows users to specify whether Express Checkout should default to shipping purchases, picking up purchases, or asking each time.
The second new feature, which is only compatible with the iPhone 4S, allows users to alert Specialists at their local retail stores that they are arriving to pick up an order. Typically, users have had to find a Specialist upon arrival and wait for their orders to be collected, but with the new advance check-in system their orders can be ready the moment they walk in the door. read more..
Monday, 18 June 2012
Amazon launched its cloud-based music streaming service last year and provided a web-based interface for iOS users. Now iOS users with an Amazon music library can download Amazon's official Cloud Player app and enjoy their music on the go. Released on Tuesday, the new Cloud Player app lets Amazon users stream, download, and manage their music in the cloud. The service comes with 5 GB of free storage, and additional storage is available starting at US$20 per year for 20 GB. The Cloud Player app is available for free from the iOS App Store and is compatible with an iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later.Amazon Cloud Player app available for iPhone and iPod touch originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
A lot of Londoners (me included) haven't been able to get tickets to the London Olympics this summer. But we'll all get something else, Facebook announced today. The company is launching Explore London 2012, a dedicated page for athletes to communicate with fans and provide their own personalized updates around the event, including metal wins and their own photographs as well as status updates. Alongside that, Facebook is adding other data to pad out the story: historical photographs and other information about notable events -- part of an effort to be able to claim that 2012 will mark the first "Social Olympics."Officials from the International Olympics Committee tell me they started to work with Facebook on the effort some 18 months ago. So far there are only 250 of more than 10,000 Olympic athletes on the site, including UK athletes Tom Daly, Jessica Ennis, and the cycling team, although Facebook expects that to ramp up significantly in the weeks ahead. Significantly, although the pages may expect to get a huge amount of traffic from the millions of people who tune in to watch the sporting event, Facebook will not run any advertising alongside any of it. read more..
The biggest selling feature of the next generation MacBook Pro is its Retina display. The notebook has an impressive 15.4-inch LED-backlit display with 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch. The specs look great on paper and according to a display-focused review by The Verge, the display looks amazing in person, too. This improvement is best seen in a side-by-side shot of Chrome on the non-Retina MacBook Pro and a Retina MacBook Pro. Text, which has blurry edges on the MacBook Pro, is crisp and defined on the Retina MacBook Pro. As noted, the Chrome team is already working on a Retina update; you can see the effect already if you want to run the Chrome Canary bleeding-edge nightly builds. You can check out the short review of the display and a full review of the Retina MacBook Pro on The Verge's website.Side-by-side browsers on MacBook Pro with Retina display originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Dear Aunt TUAW, Ever since I upgraded to OS X Lion, I've been unable to use dual monitors if I have an application running in full screen on my iMac's display. I would love to be able to fire a movie up on the second display, make it full screen and still make use of my iMac, rather than turning it into a 21.5" television that can do so much more...
Any ways to accomplish this? Your loving nephew, Josh, aka Single-Display in Columbus Dear Josh, Lion's inability to properly handle full screen apps across multiple displays is truly an irritating feature, although it's one that Mountain Lion will apparently address. Instead, she recommends using QuickTime's "Fit to Screen" (Command-3) for that television watching instead of "Enter Full Screen" (Control-Command-F). Yes, this leaves your desktop wallpaper visible. So if you are really concerned about these things, hop into System Preferences and set your desktop to a solid black (System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop > Apple > Solid Colors > Black). Auntie has found one exception to the full screen dilemma: Aperture. According to Uncle Rich, Aperture will use the second monitor when the primary one is in full screen mode. It doesn't do it by default but you can turn it on after entering full screen. This is probably because Aperture's full screen mode predates Lion, though; Aperture has always worked this way. Want to let Apple know how you feel about dual-full-screen issues? Drop them a note at their bug reporting site. Hugs, Auntie T.Dear Aunt TUAW: Help me watch and work at the same time originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Today is the day that BRAVEN's new SIX series of Bluetooth speakers hits the market, and in case you're curious about this new noisemaker, we've got a full review for you right here. Be sure to stick around until the end of the post, because you can enter to win a new BRAVEN 600 (US$149.99) of your very own.
DesignThe BRAVEN 600 is a multitasker. Not only is it a Bluetooth wireless speaker that can be daisy-chained to other members of the SIX series, but it has a built-in 1400 mAh battery pack for charging up your iPhone when it's running low. It's also a speakerphone, and it packs all of this functionality into a nice-looking anodized aluminum case. That case can come in either mountain ash (kind of a nice silvery tone) or bright Moab red. On one end of the case is a USB port for powering your favorite electronic device, an audio out port, and a battery check button. At the other end is an audio in port (used in conjunction with the output port for daisy-chaining), a micro-USB port for charging the BRAVEN 600, and buttons for turning the volume up or down, enabling the speakerphone capability, and turning the speaker on and off. Gallery: BRAVEN 600 Bluetooth Speaker All of this is packaged into a clear plexiglas box with amazing shelf appeal. Inside that box is a charging cable, an AC adapter the size of the one that comes with the iPhone, and a daisy-chaining cable. Charging the BRAVEN 600 takes about four hours.
FunctionalityPairing the BRAVEN 600 with an iPhone is an easy process; you simply slide a toggle up to turn Bluetooth on, after which the speaker emits a rather impressive synthesized tone to get your attention (there's another tone indicating that Bluetooth has been turned off). Next, you press and hold the speakerphone button for five seconds. The BRAVEN 600 appears on the iPhone's list of Bluetooth devices, and you tap the device name to pair the two. The BRAVEN 600 also appears on the list of AirPlay devices. As expected, this Bluetooth device works well when paired with a Mac. It appears as both audio output and input devices. After that, it's time enjoy your music, and you will enjoy it thoroughly. As opposed to many of the Bluetooth speakers I've tested over the year, the BRAVEN 600 actually sounds like an audiophile-quality speaker. There's a lot of depth to the sound from this device; the bass really kicks, yet treble tones don't get lost in the process. I listened to a variety of tunes from my iPhone, and all sounded great. On the other hand, I wasn't as impressed with the speakerphone capability. According to my fellow TUAW blogger Erica Sadun, it sounded like I was talking with a bagful of cotton balls in my mouth. That was what she sounded like to me as well -- the iPhone's built-in speaker phone provides much better sound quality for phone calls. I also wasn't too happy with the BRAVEN 600's abrupt handling of the call. Many Bluetooth systems I've tested, both for cars and home, do a nice job of fading out of music that is playing when a phone call comes in. With this speaker, there was just an abrupt jump to the ringtone. As I only had one BRAVEN 600 to play with, I wasn't able to test the daisy-chaining capability. However, I think it would be incredible to listen to music from a pair (or more) of these speakers. I liked the fact that I could press and hold the volume buttons on the speaker to have them act as previous / next buttons when shuffling through music or playing a playlist.
ConclusionBRAVEN's new SIX series of Bluetooth speakers looks like it will be a winner. The BRAVEN 600 is joined by the 625S (shock-resistant, has a built-in LED flashlight, made for outdoor use) and the 650 ($189.99, more capable than the 600). I'm actually sad that I have to give this away to a TUAW reader, but it's a product that I would happily spend $150 on. Pros
One day after its release at WWDC, Apple has already issued a software update for the MacBook Pro (Retina).
The update, which weighs in at mere 1.26MB, fixes an issue with the trackpad being intermittently unresponsive:
About MacBook Pro (Retina) Trackpad Update 1.0
This update addresses an issue where the trackpad may not respond consistently to user input, and is recommended for all MacBook Pro with Retina display notebooks.
The updater will install in the Applications/Utilities folder and will launch automatically. Follow the instructions to complete the process.
Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source when running the update. read more..
Friday, 15 June 2012
As noted by AllThingsD, Apple and Time Inc. appear to have settled their long-running differences over digital magazine subscriptions, with Time launching iPad-only subscriptions for its magazines through Newsstand. According to a press release from Time, the offering addresses all 20 of its consumer magazines, which include Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, and Time.
Time was prepared to launch iPad subscriptions for Sports Illustrated two years ago, but Apple refused to allow Time to bill subscribers directly rather than going through the iTunes Store mechanism where Apple would keep 30% of the revenue and limit publisher access to subscriber information. As a result, iPad users were initially limited to purchasing titles on a single-issue basis.
Nearly a year later, Apple and Time reached an agreement to allow print subscribers to receive free access to the iPad editions of the publisher's major magazine titles. But digital-only subscriptions remained off the table even as other major publishers such as Hearst were accepting Apple's subscription terms and rolling out their own offerings.
AllThingsD notes that it is unclear what changed between Time and Apple to now allow full-fledged digital subscriptions, including whether Time simply relented or if it was able to obtain some concession from Apple. It could be as simple as Time Inc. trying to boost sales, which haven’t been stellar recently — a slump at its People magazine title is particularly troublesome for the publisher. Or perhaps parent company Time Warner got some other concession from Apple for one of its other units, like HBO or Turner.Digital subscription pricing for Time titles varies, but a flagship title like Sports Illustrated is being offered at a $3.99 monthly rate or a $38.99 annual rate, a significant discount from the $4.99 single-issue pricing for the weekly magazine. read more..
Every entrepreneur starts her company with a clear vision for success. You will create an amazing environment and hire the smartest people to join you. Together you will build a beautiful product that delights customers and makes the world just a little bit better. It’s going to be absolutely awesome.Then, after working night and day to make your vision reality, you wake up to find that things did not go as planned. Your company did not unfold like the Jack Dorsey keynote that you listened to when you started. Your product has issues that will be very hard to fix. The market isn’t quite where it was supposed to be. Your employees are losing confidence and some of them have quit. Some of the ones that quit were quite smart and have the remaining ones wondering if staying makes sense. You are running low on cash and your venture capitalist tells you that it will be difficult to raise money given the impending European catastrophe. You lose a competitive battle. You lose a loyal customer. You lose a great employee. The walls start closing in. Where did you go wrong? Why didn’t your company perform as envisioned? Are you good enough to do this? As your dreams turn into nightmares, you find yourself in The Struggle. read more..
Back in mid-May, a pair of Geekbench 2 benchmarks that claimed to be from unreleased MacBook Pro and iMac models appeared, setting off speculation that updates to both lines might be imminent if the entries were indeed legitimate. But with Apple not updating the iMac earlier this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, those looking for an upgraded all-in-one desktop Mac have been left waiting.
With updated MacBook Pro models reaching the public, Primate Labs highlighted some of the benchmarks yesterday, and the details for the non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro match up nearly exactly with what appeared in the entry from last month, all but confirming that it was indeed a legitimate leak.
Now with that information in hand, it pays to revisit the iMac benchmark that appeared around the same time, and while the two benchmarks aren't necessarily linked, it could generate hope that an updated iMac may still be right around the corner. The iMac benchmark referred to an "iMac13,2" model running a 3.4 GHz Core i7-3770 quad-core processor with 4 GB of 1600 MHz RAM, and while it is possible that the information could have been faked, Primate Labs previously reported that it believes the entry to be legitimate.
Further fueling speculation of a near-term iMac update is recent confusion in which it was initially reported that Apple representatives had told reporters that new iMac and Mac Pro models would likely be arriving in 2013. But following publication of those reports, Apple press relations staff specifically clarified those remarks to note that only the Mac Pro would be seeing the 2013 update. The assumption related to that clarification is of course that an iMac update is very likely to come sooner than the end of this year.
It has already been over 400 days since the iMac was last updated, and Ivy Bridge processors appropriate for the iMac have been available since late April. Consequently, it seems likely that the iMac will still be receiving an update in the relatively near future despite not making an appearance at this week's conference.
As for what improvements the next-generation iMac will see beyond Ivy Bridge, at least one mainstream news report has claimed that Apple is working on Retina displays for the iMac, although we previously analyzed how daunting of a task it would be to support four times the number of pixels found on the current models, particularly on a 27-inch display. Other sources have claimed that Apple is working on anti-reflective glass for the iMac, rumors that may have gained some support with Apple having touted this week that the Retina MacBook Pro's display produces 75% less glare than non-Retina models. read more..
Thursday, 14 June 2012
President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that will make the construction of broadband networks along federal roadways and properties easier and, according to the White House, 90% cheaper. This is only one part in the White House's new push to improve broadband in the United States. In addition, the White House is also launching its "US Ignite" initiative that actually feels somewhat similar to what Google is doing with its Google Fiber project in Kansas City. US Ignite's mission is to spur the development of "next-generation applications and digital experience" that will we able to make use of state-of-the-art broadband networks running 100 times faster than today's Internet connections." read more..
For the fourth year running, Susan Casden, Cameron Silver, and the West Coast Friends of the Costume Institute welcomed Harold Koda to L.A. to celebrate the Institute's latest exhibition. This year, of course, it's Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. At the Beverly Hills Hotel last night, Koda, the curator in charge of the exhibit, was keen to point out how Schiaparelli in particular resonated with Los Angeles culture. "There's this sense that the most provocative designs of the most deliberately transgressive designer in the 1930's really found fruit here because of the glamour of Hollywood and the silver screen. And when people dress here, it's the opportunity to make a statement—the chance to dress up." He also seemed pleasantly intrigued by the differences in dress between his east and left coast patrons. "As opposed to what happens in New York, where there is almost a tribal consensus about what to wear, this is so much more individualistic."
Rudi Gernreich muse Peggy Moffitt, Dita Von Teese, and Rose McGowan were among the individuals in the crowd. Michelle Monaghan, who was too busy shooting her latest film to attend the Met gala last month, used the evening as an introduction to the show. "Miuccia is so avant-garde as far as Italian designers go, and she thinks outside the box—she's unique that way. I'm excited to get back to New York in a month and get to see the exhibit then."
—Alexis Brunswick read more..
This charming man, Todd Harrison, bought a used Apple II and some drives from Ebay and did what any self-respecting geek would do: he gave them the attention and respect they deserved, cleaning all the parts and getting it ready to run some BASIC again.The machines were in pretty rough shape. He powered the CPU on and it seemed to fry a little and as he dug through the box he found packing peanuts in the casings and a number of special treats including a Hayes Microcomputer modem. Todd grabbed some rubbing alcohol and some Clorox and got to work. Why? Because he loved Apple IIs. read more..
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
It seems like everyone is moving their IT into the cloud, but very few organizations have a real good sense of how much money they're actually spending there -- or how much money they could be saving by optimizing their costs. That's a problem Cloud Cruiser is looking to solve, by giving companies a comprehensive dashboard to see and manage all their cloud resources. To do so, the company has raised $6 million in Series B funding led by ONSET Ventures and added ONSET founder Terry Opdendyk to its board of directors.Founded in 2010, Cloud Cruiser has built a management platform that integrates with existing enterprise cloud services, keeping a running tally of all the services that a company is using and allowing businesses to lower costs by optimizing usage. Businesses can set budgets and track spend across the entire organization, tying services to individual users or groups. That lets enterprises get very granular reports about where their money is going and get alerts when spending hits certain thresholds. read more..
Whoa. Thunderbolt must be extremely upset about having to share the spotlight with USB 3.0 on the new Mac models introduced yesterday, as Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2 (also released yesterday) is now causing boot failures. The issue was reported by TidBITS publisher Adam Engst this morning, who said that people are reporting "strange boot-related problems" such as kernel panics, lockups at the gray boot screen, "unexpected error" messages and other issues. It's a pretty serious problem -- the Macs are unusable after the update. Adam reports that the best fix at this point is to reinstall Lion. That's quite easy with Lion, although time consuming. Users need to boot into Recovery Mode during restart by holding down Command-R. Once booted, they can select "Reinstall Mac OS X". If you don't have a Recovery HD volume, then Lion Internet Recovery will take over and allow you to download a new Recovery HD image to boot from. Once Lion is reinstalled, do not reinstall Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2 unless you're a masochist and like to reinstall operating systems. If you have a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac and have not run the update yet, avoid it like the plague. It's only required for the new Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter anyway.Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2 reportedly causing boot failures originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
A few times a year, MacRumors partners with MacUpdate to promote their Mac application bundle deal.
Their latest bundle delivers at 11 Mac applications for $49.99 (a $457 value if all purchased separately). Notably, it includes Parallels Desktop 7, a popular virtualization tool that allows users to run Windows on their Mac.
The full bundle includes (retail value in parenthesis):
- Parallels Desktop 7 ($79.99) - Run Windows and Linux apps alongside Mac OS X.
- ScreenFlow 3 ($99.99) - Screencasting software allowing you to record your screen.
- Civilization V ($39.99) - A turn-based game to lead a civilization through time.
- Jaksta ($49.99) - Record virtually any audio or video stream from the Web.
- Espionage 3 ($19.99) - Easily encrypt and password protect individual files or folders
- Speed Download 5 ($25.00) - Boost your file transfers so they take full advantage of your Internet connection.
- Attachment Tamer 3 ($14.99) - Apple Mail add-on that gives you enhanced control over email attachments.
- KeyCue 6 ($28.00) - Learn and discover keyboard shortcuts
- A Better Finder Rename 9 ($19.95) - Batch rename dozens, hundreds, or thousands of files.
- My Living Desktop 5 ($29.95) - Turn your Mac's desktop picture into a high-definition video.
The first 10,000 buyers also get BusyCal ($49.99 value).
All apps together are being sold for $49.99 until June 20th. MacRumors is a promotional partner with MacUpdate. Bundle sales through these links benefit MacRumors financially, and provide a way for readers to directly support this site. read more..
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - "OK, fire up the Bentley. Let's rock." Thus tweeted "Elizabeth Windsor", comic online alter ego of the Queen, as the flesh-and-blood monarch was about to depart Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning for a solemn church service to mark her Diamond Jubilee. It was a typical tweet from the spoof Twitter account @Queen_UK, which has attracted close to 800,000 followers with its running commentary on current affairs from a virtual queen with a razor-sharp wit and a penchant for gin. ... read more..
At today's WWDC keynote event, Apple announced a release timeframe and pricing for Mountain Lion, the next version of the Mac operating system which was previewed earlier this year. Executives also gave a preview of some new features including dictation, iCloud Tabs, and Power Nap. Mountain Lion will be released in July through the Mac App Store for $19.99 and all Macs purchased starting today can receive an upgrade for free.
The new dictation feature will be integrated throughout the operating system to allow dictation anywhere to enter text. Dictation was previously rumored in May when resource files in Safari listed keyboard shortcuts that pointed to dictation functions.
iCloud Tabs, a new feature in Safari on the Mac, was also demonstrated. iCloud Tabs will show all tabs open in Safari on all other iOS devices and Macs logged in to the same iCloud account. Safari also gains a unified search and address bar to streamline its interface.
Power Nap is a new feature that will carry out functions while a Mac is charging and sleeping. New emails will be downloaded, Time Machine will automatically run, app updates will be applied and other actions will be carried out with Power Nap, which will be available on the new ultra-thin MacBook Pro that was announced today and second-generation and later MacBook Airs.
Apple first previewed Mountain Lion in February, highlighting many features already present in iOS, including Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Game Center and more at that time. read more..
LONDON (Reuters) - "OK, fire up the Bentley. Let's rock." Thus tweeted "Elizabeth Windsor", comic online alter ego of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, as the flesh-and-blood monarch was about to depart Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning for a solemn church service to mark her Diamond Jubilee. It was a typical tweet from the spoof Twitter account @Queen_UK, which has attracted close to 800,000 followers with its running commentary on current affairs from a virtual queen with a razor-sharp wit and a penchant for gin. ... read more..
Monday, 11 June 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Duncan Niederauer, chief executive of NYSE Euronext , said on Friday that Nasdaq OMX's mishandling of Facebook's initial public offering last month "eroded investor confidence" in the short run. "This has clearly eroded investor confidence, the way it was handled," he told CNBC television. Niederauer said it was an unfortunate series of events, and that mistakes are going to happen. "It's how you stand up in the wake of that," he said, referring to Nasdaq's handling of the Facebook IPO. (Edited by Walden Siew) read more..
According to WiiUDaily (and we're confirming), the games shown at E3 are native at 720p resolution, a considerable step down from the 1080p, 3D-pumping action coming out of the 360 and the PS3 in many cases. Although there is no absolute proof that the Wii U launch titles will all be 720p, the site noted that "the representative couldn’t confirm whether the games can be upscaled to 1080p, only that the 'native resolution is 720p for all titles showcased.'" read more..
The first thing, of course, is that Mike Lazerow, the founder of Buddy Media, met me. This sounds egotistical, but everything I did in the encounter was bad for me.He cold-emailed me in 2007. I had just launched a company called Stockpickr.com. He liked the idea and his time with GOLF.com (which he had built and sold to Time Warner for $24mm) was running out and he wanted something to do. He liked the idea of Stockpickr and wanted to run it. Specifically, his email said: read more..
Rounding up Mountain Lion rumors is actually quite simple. After all, the OS update has been floating around the developer boards for a while now and while there is no Gold Master available, many of the upcoming features are already detailed and fully baked.Mountain Lion, in short, is Apple's move to add iOS functionality to the laptop and desktop. A convergence of best-of-breed mobile techniques - notifications, do-not-disturb systems, and signed software - and a strong back end, the new OS aims to scratch a few itches rather than change the way we work in a wholesale manner.Mountain Lion is an iterative update. Folks looking for touchscreen laptops and other weirdness are probably going to have to wait. However, we do know quite a bit and it's definitely an update that will make your Mac run a little better and your work a little more efficient. Here are the rumors we've heard about Mountain Lion. If you want a bit of insight into what Mountain Lion will do to your computer right now, check this out while you can read MG's review here. read more..
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Oliver Drobnik at Cocoanetics has beautifully zaprudered this year's WWDC banner, finding app icons from Path, Star Walk, Instagram, Foursquare, and more (by "more" I mean exhaustively more). He notes that social networks have a place of prominence, as do maps and productivity with a strong emphasis on iOS. I love this sort of fun analysis. If you do too, go read the whole thing. If not, look, squirrel!Cocoanetics zapruders the WWDC banner originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Apple's announcement to move their Macs from PowerPC to Intel processors in 2005 was a huge surprise at the time. Serious reports about the plan hit the web only two days before the official announcement at WWDC 2005. The immediate reaction on MacRumors included a 2936 comment thread with some very strong reactions to the switch-up.
Now, a post by the wife of a former Apple employee at Q&A site Quora fills in some fascinating details about the Mac OS X on Intel project.
According to Kim Scheinberg, she and her husband John Kullmann had decided to move back to the east coast in 2000. In order to make the move, Kullmann had to work on a more independent project at Apple. Ultimately, he started work on an Intel version of Mac OS X. Eighteen months later, in December 2001, his boss asks him to show him what he's been working on:At this point, JK has three PCs in his office at Apple, and another three in the office at home, all sold to him by a friend who sells custom built PCs (can't order them through the usual Apple channels because no one in the company knows what he's working on). All are running the Mac OS.
In JK's office, Joe watches in amazement as JK boots up an Intel PC and up on the screen comes the familiar 'Welcome to Macintosh'.
Joe pauses, silent for a moment, then says, "I'll be right back."
He comes back a few minutes later with Bertrand Serlet.
Max (our 1-year-old) and I were in the office when this happened because I was picking JK up from work. Bertrand walks in, watches the PC boot up, and says to JK, "How long would it take you to get this running on a (Sony) Vaio?" JK replies, "Not long" and Bertrand says, "Two weeks? Three?"
JK said more like two *hours*. Three hours, tops.
Bertrand tells JK to go to Fry's (the famous West Coast computer chain) and buy the top of the line, most expensive Vaio they have. So off JK, Max and I go to Frys. We return to Apple less than an hour later. By 7:30 that evening, the Vaio is running the Mac OS. [My husband disputes my memory of this and says that Matt Watson bought the Vaio. Maybe Matt will chime in.]
The next morning, Steve Jobs is on a plane to Japan to meet with the President of Sony.More engineers were assigned in 2002, and she says that's about when rumors of the project started to appear.
Indeed, in August 2002, we reported on the first news report about Marklar from eWeek:According to sources, the Cupertino, Calif., Mac maker has been working steadily on maintaining current, PC-compatible builds of its Unix-based OS. At the time, it was described as a "fall-back plan", in case the PowerPC should fail to deliver. Later, reports would also claim that PC manufacturers were wooing Steve Jobs to allow them to license Mac OS X and sell PCs running Apple's operating system.
Ultimately, Apple decided to transition from the PowerPC to Intel processor in 2005. The transition was a success, and all Macs now run on Intel processors. read more..
Soon, New Yorkers may be puling out their smartphones instead of waving their hands when they need to hail a cab. According to an ABC News report, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) of NYC is looking for developers to help bring access to its taxi fleet to mobile phones. The Commission put out a call for developers who can implement a system that would let customers schedule a cab and pay for the ride using their smartphone. One such solution, Taxi Magic, is being used in 45 US cities to schedule over 30,000 taxicabs. Other companies like Hailo, which has a cab solution up and running in London, have set up shop in NYC and are hoping to break into what potentially could be a very lucrative market.NYC may let iPhones hail taxis originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Saturday, 9 June 2012
Do you rush to install each new version of iOS or do you only jump at those versions that include significant features? If you chose the latter, then you are like many iOS users, says a report by Chitika. The analytics firm looked at iOS adoption rates and found that 12.5 percent of users installed iOS 5.1.1 within the first week. This compares to 20 percent who grabbed the feature-laden iOS 5 in the first seven days. "Users of Apple mobile devices are, as a group, much quicker to upgrade their software when a new release touts new features, rather than security fixes," says Chitika. Overall, iOS adoption rate is high, especially compared to Android. Recent Google statistics show that 7 percent of Android handsets run the latest major release, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This compares to 83.3 percent of iOS users who are using some version of iOS 5.0.Chitika reports that features entice iOS users to update, not security originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..
Yesterday, 9to5Mac reported that an iPhone user running on T-Mobile's network had observed the curious phenomenon of 3G connectivity showing up on his device when in the immediate vicinity of the Moscone West convention center where Apple is holding its Worldwide Developers Conference next week. The user, who frequently passes by the convention center, had never seen 3G network support there before.
iPhone users on T-Mobile USA have historically been limited to the carrier's slower EDGE network due to frequency incompatibility, but late last year the carrier began refarming its spectrum in select areas to move 3G service over to the 1900 MHz frequency band compatible with the iPhone. Just one month ago, T-Mobile announced that it would be taking the initiative nationwide, making the carrier ready for the iPhone by the end of 2012.
In response to the observation of 1900 MHz 3G service showing up specifically at Moscone West to beef up service for its users and speculation that Apple could make some sort of announcement about a T-Mobile iPhone at the event, the carrier issued a statement acknowledging the testing but calling its alignment with Apple's WWDC keynote "coincidental".While upgrading coverage inside the West side of the Moscone Center, T-Mobile has also deployed 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band to test the live network on a small scale. As part of the company’s previously announced $4 billion network modernization effort, T-Mobile plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year, which will make our 4G network compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone.
NOTE: The time and location of this test is just coincidental.T-Mobile is the only one of the four major U.S. carriers to not offer the iPhone, due to its current frequency incompatibility, and the carrier has been increasingly disadvantaged as even small regional carriers and prepaid networks have begun rolling out the device to an increasing number of customers. read more..