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Is it too late for RIM?


English: Screenshot from the upcoming Bold 990...

English: Screenshot from the upcoming Bold 9900 / 9930 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RIM seems to be broken and customers in North America are leaving Blackberry for Google Android and Apple iPhones. There Playbook, albeit a great device, seems to be lost in a sea of tablets and obscurity. So what is RIM to do now? It seems that they are taking their time. Moving slowly towards a goal. BB10 will be a great OS and will provide Blackberry users with the update they need, however it seems that RIM is in slow motion; in an industry moving at lightning speed. We have already heard word that the first BB10 phone will not come with their signature keyboard, which some feel is suicide; a keyboard version not coming until 2013. We still don’t even have a release date. We want the best for RIM and they have a network, with software services, that other players covet. The only positive note is for RIM is the move by Microsoft to produce their own device; upsetting their OEM manufacturers. Google buying Motorola and potentially going it alone; now releasing updates about their Nexus 7. The question, is it too little too late for RIM?

Where is the Crackle App for Apple TV


Do you love TV? Then you will love Crackle! It is a great little app and if you’re a fan of watching TV Crackle gives you free viewing of old and new shows. It would be nice to see this application, along with others, added to Apple TV. I am still waiting for BBC, Livestation and a few other web services on the AppleTV; making it the killer device. Some other nice additions would be Tetris, Angry Birds and a better remote. Just saying!

You burb I burb we all scream for the suburbs


The Suburbs

Cookie cut lives in the suburbs

It’s a cookie cut life of mediocrity, welcome to the burb. It’s all the same, we love it and it’s nothing to absurd. Admit it, we were sucked into the dream; the dream of owning a piece of Canadian terra-firma and all that it means. You love the plastic playground and uniform styles. The box stores and endless cars scream out the word character. It’s perfect and fun! It’s lovely and glorious, isn’t it? We enjoy the hours spent in the daily commute; a life like this is a wonderful pursuit. We love, even more, waking up early to catch a GO Train; packed in like sardines, it’s all normal, we are not insane. We enjoy closing ourselves out from the world; shielded by our iPhone, Android, Blackberry and tools. Thank you fast food, easy meals, it’s all so divine. Yes, we live in the suburbs and our lives have never been better. It’s all so simple and pedestrian.

Cutting the cord through my over-the-air AppleTV and Netflix experience


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It’s been more than 1-2 years and my over-the-air antenna, AppleTV and Netflix configuration has helped me to save a substantial amount of money. To be perfectly honest the experiment started when I began to observe that family members were not watching the TV; opting to go online to get their content. Paying for a monthly plan just did not make sense. There were really only two issues. How do I get my news and what about entertaining guest from time to time?

Starting with cable, with over-the-air HD quality signals I cut the cord. My HD 51 inch plasma TV already had a built in tuner. I purchased a Digiwave yagi antenna and 2 regular HD antenna’s; running them into my attic. The results, after going to TVFOOL.COM, was approximately 20-25 channels.

What about additional content? Well, since we were avid podcast followers the AppleTV seemed to be the perfect fit. We researched many others, but devices like the Roku was not available in Canada and GoogleTV unfortunately was not available either. I loved the Boxee, but not it’s price. I believe it was an error to sell it for so much. In any case I am happy with the ATV2. I can rent movies with ease, use the iCloud for my pictures, connect with YouTube, use Vimeo, the Wall Street Journal and a host of other items from one device.

My Netflix experience is extremely positive. I have no complaints. Content is fine, albeit it would be nice to get more British media. Integration in the AppleTV is seamless. There are a few other features available with the AppleTV, which I have not used. In particular iTunes Match. I may get to it one day. Other bonuses are online radio and the ability to purchase movies and TV, ala cart, from iTunes and have it available from iClould.

All in all the Apple created a simple and easy to use experience. There were a lot of nay-sayers, in regards to my over-the-air antenna. However I can happily say that I have found other uses for the cash. Ironically Netflix did not affect my 60 GB limit as much as I thought it would. Online, through a browser, radio seems to use more bandwidth and bytes. If you want to cut the cord first evaluate what is important to you. It’s not for everyone. However, if you find, like me, you are doing more online it maybe time to look at spending a bit more on bandwidth and cut the cord.

Steve Jobs has passed away – May he Rest In Peace.


Apple chairman and co-founder, Steve Jobs, who pioneered the personal computer; changing the way we used and interacted with the PC, died today. He was a visionary and great innovator. He will be greatly missed by everyone. May he rest in peace! At 56 years old, he is survived by his wife, Laurene, and four children.

Super 8 and awesome I hope?


I have been patiently anticipating the release of Super 8. I still have absolutely no idea what the movie is actually about. Is it science fiction, fantasy, a thriller, an action or a horror flick? It’s hard to really know. What really gets me high hopes are seen through the clips I have already seen. Visions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and a modern adventure seem to encompass this feature films trailers. I worry that they may all be some marketing ploy. But who really knows? We all remember Clover field. However this seems to be something different. Something exciting! We will have to wait and see. For now we are stuck with speculation and rumor. I am hoping that it will go back to a time of imagination. Maybe it will be something we did not see coming. Based on the latest trailer it seems that it is either a monster or something else? Here are some questions that need answering.

What is being transported on an unarmed train? What woke up whatever it was?Why did the pickup seem to purposely crash into the train? Why are the kids only semi-afraid? Why are there so many electrical issues? Who is throwing the cars around? The Army seems to know something? Possible Super Heros or Super Villains? Is it something created? Does Super 8 mean “8 super humans”? Is it a prequel to an existing franchise? Is it a transformer? Cannot wait to see it!

By: Andy MJ a.k.a The GTA Patriot

10 Essential iPad Tips & Tricks


With the release of the Apple iPad I found this link, which I thought would be quite useful to everyone!

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Any idiot can use an iPad at a basic level. It’s designed that way. But even still, there are things that you’re just supposed to magically know—things no one ever necessarily tells you. So we’re here to help.

http://gizmodo.com/5508399/10-essential-ipad-tips–tricks

How Apple is killing Adobe Flash and remaking the web in Steve Jobs image


Steve Jobs while presenting the iPad in San Fr...

Steve Jobs while presenting the iPad in San Francisco 27th January 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apple’s iPad could make it the king of old media, arbiter of taste and technology alike. So magazines and newspapers have begun a series of countermoves that could turn the quietest dogfight in media into the most vicious.

In one sense, the iPad‘s January unveiling was a nerd climax, a landmark for obsessive gadget freaks. But in another it was one in a series of Apple chess movies that will determine how much influence the company wields over the future of magazines and newspapers. If the tablet device and Apple’s associated online shops become popular enough, the company could have a chokehold over publishing technology and content itself. It could become as central to the future of print media as it has become to the future of music, where Apple’s iTunes Store dominates online sales. And it could use that position to promote its preferred technologies over those of rivals, most notably Adobe’s Flash animation software, now ubiquitous on websites.

But Apple is but one player in this game; old media are making moves of their own. Apple’s refusal to work with Adobe, whose software is central to most art departments, makes publishers uneasy.

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Rumor: What’s next from Apple? Atom-powered mini-tablet? Tablet Mac? iTablet?


Atom-powered mini-tablet! This one was pretty hot! ZDNet reported that Intel Germany CEO Hannes Schwaderer confirmed that there is an iPhone that will be using Intel’s new Atom processor. According to lore, the elusive device is slightly larger than iPhone and speculation that it could be the long-rumored Apple mini-tablet with a 720 x 480 display.

Intel smashed this one pretty quickly, yesterday saying that Schwaderer’s comments were misinterpreted. Intel merely believes that the iPhone is representative of a new kind of platform (called the Mobile Internet Device or MID) and that Atom is expected to form the heart of many MIDs.

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Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked? True or Fake?


Steve Jobs’ keynote speech, that he is due to make on stage at the Moscone Centre in San Francicso on Tuesday 15th January, has apparently been leaked via Wikipedia.

With highlights including a 16GB iPhone, details of the SDK for the device, a 13-inch 0.8-inch thick redesigned MacBook and direct YouTube for Apple TV, it would not be a dull keynote if it’s all true.

In its entirety, if the sources are to be believed, here is what Monsieur Jobs is to cover during tomorrow’s time on stage:

MacWorld January 2008 Keynote
Rough Outline; draft 5

Greetings! Welcome to Moscone Center
Quick Overview: iPod/iTunes
– iPod has been extremely profitable for us this holiday season
– Sales figures, market share
– Our new models are doing better than ever
– 3 iPod games released last month accidentally (supposed to be for today)
– Another new game today: Chess
– iTunes doing extremely well (sales figures/market share)
– Today: 30 indie labels releasing their entire catalogs in iTunes Plus
– Many more to follow in the next few months

iPhone
– Best iPod ever
– Sales figures, market share
– Sales beyond our wildest dreams
– Much more than the 1% market share we asked for in January
– Starting today: 8GB $399, 16GB $499
– Four times the memory as original iPhone for the same price
– iPhone is coming to Japan in March with NTT DoCoMo
– SDK is unveiled!

iPhone/iPod Touch SDK
– Apps and Widgets
– Using Cocoa with Objective-C
– Developers submit programs as source code, not executable
– Specify iPhone or both iPhone/Touch (certain features iPhone only)
– Set your own price: Apps $0-$6.99, Widgets $0-$2.99
– Users buy/download in iTunes Wi-Fi Store / iTunes Store (Mac/PC)
– Automatic updating wirelessly or docked

– Demonstration of exporting from XCode 3 to iTunes Store
– Submits source code to Apple for validation (make sure that people aren’t abusing the system, prevent malware and viruses)
– If using microphone or GSM, iPhone only; otherwise, available for both iPhone and iPod Touch
– Apps can be free or up to $6.99; Widgets free or up to $2.99
– Developers recieve 70% of revenue for their products
– Licensed under Apple Mobile Software License
– Can download wirelessly from iTunes Wi-Fi Store or docked to computer from iTunes Store
– Demonstration of wirelessly downloading (and running) the app submitted earlier
– Apps and widgets can be rearranged on front screen; front screen scrolls to show all apps/widgets
– Resubmit updated versions of apps; when added to store, iPhone/Touch will ask you to update it next time you use it (or next time you dock the iPhone/Touch)
– Developers can get their hands on a beta version of the SDK tomorrow on ADC and start developing; final version due early February
– iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch Software update 1.3 allowing for Apps mid-February

Example apps/widgets
Apps:
– iChat (coming with 1.3 update) (AIM, Jabber/Google Talk)
— Quick demonstration
– RSS Feed Reader (coming with 1.3 update) (read feeds online or off)
– One of our partners made something cool: Last.fm (scrobble tracks played on iPhone/touch wirelessly without syncing w/ computer)
Widgets:
– Dictionary (coming with 1.3 update) (quickly look up words, translate, use wikipedia)
— Quick demonstration
– Yellow/White Book (coming with 1.3 update) (search for contacts, add them to your address book directly from the app, will sync back with address book on your Mac/PC)
– Sports Ticker (coming with 1.3 update) (choose your sports and teams, get updates on their progress)
– Another partner: Twitter (update your Twitter on the fly, see your friends tweets)
– Try these out on the show floor today

Mac
– Sales are getting better and better every day
– Hardware sales figures/market share
– Leopard released October; doing spectacularly
– Sales figures/market share
– Selling extremely well; estimated to overtake Tiger in terms of marketshare by June if you only count the new Macs that come with it preinstalled; even quicker if you include boxed copies
– 10.5.2 out today – many bug fixes, also addressing a lot of issues and complaints users had such as list view with stacks and certain HIG non-compliance issues

New MacBooks!
– What would MacWorld be without a new Mac? (sorry about last year)
– Completely redesigned MacBook
– Completely aluminum body like MacBook Pro
– 13″ screen at 1440×900
– Two colors: Black and Silver
– Looks gorgeous at 0.8″ thin
– A major feat of engineering – patents abound
– DVD drive pops open on side when eject button is pressed
– New on all notebooks and iMac: iSight HD (720p)
– New backlit keyboard based on recent Apple Keyboard revisions (keys slightly lighter than that of laptop casing, colorwise)
– New matching MagSafe cable (Aluminum ends, cord color matches that of keyboard)
– New matching Apple Remote (slightly smaller with larger overall buttons)
– Intel GMA X3100 graphics
– 3 models
– Completely phasing out the combo drive on all product lines today
– BTO models can upgrade all the way to 2.6GHz/4GB Memory/320GB hard drive
– 4.5 hours of battery life
– Starting at $1199

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Apple should start offering Windows-based Macs


Here’s a question that I received from yesterday’s mail bag:

Apple should start offering Windows-based Macs

Apple’s a lot easier to understand when you stop looking at it as a religion and instead see it for what it is – a multi-billion dollar consumer electronics company
Now, I have checked and I’m pretty sure that this email isn’t from Steve Jobs, but it’s an interesting question nonetheless.  Apple is, without a doubt, a successful company and is returning strong data quarter after quarter.  For years, the darling for investors was the iPod, the first of Apple’s products to hit critical mass and make it big (some might say that it was the first piece of branded consumer electronics to go critical mass, but personally I wouldn’t take it that far).  Now it seems that Apple has managed to put the Macs under the iPod’s halo and dramatically improved desktop and notebook sales.  Sales are strong, but you have to put this into perspective.  CNET’s Tom Krazit does a good job of crunching the numbers:

The numbers seem simple: Apple has sold more than 120 million iPods to date, and Mac shipments are growing much faster than the overall market.

But Hewlett-Packard’s worldwide shipments are growing twice as fast as the overall market. Acer’s worldwide shipments are growing at nearly four times the overall market. Even in the U.S., where Apple does the majority of its business and is the third-leading PC vendor, everyone but Dell is growing much faster than the overall market. HP might have a brand name in printers, but nobody, even HP, has a consumer product with nearly the cachet of the iPod.

But like Krazit, I’m not so convinced that there’s a correlation between iPod sales and Mac sales:

But I’m not convinced that you can draw a direct line between iPods and Macs. Are you more likely to buy an HP PC because you own (and like) your HP printer? Are you more likely to buy a Sony television because you’ve spent thousands of quality hours with your PlayStation 2? Maybe, maybe not.

OK, but let’s get back to the original question – What could/should Apple do to take sales and profits to the next level?  Simple.  Release an Apple branded Windows-based PC.  I know, I know, this kind of talk is bound to upset the hardened Apple fanatic, but it makes perfect sense.  One of the things that’s undoubtedly helped boost Mac sales is Boot Camp.  Now there’s no punishment for switching platforms because you can take your old platform with you, but just as some people got tired of paying the Microsoft tax when they wanted a PC to run Linux on it, people who want Apple hardware in order to run Windows on it will eventually see the Mac OS as an Apple tax.  Why doesn’t Jobs and the crew at Cupertino just skip that whole Apple tax step and offer customers a choice of operating systems.  Since Windows is the dominant OS at present, that’s a good place to start, but if Apple really wants to offer the customer real choice, Linux would also be great.

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