Archive for Apple

Major WebOS developer leaves Palm for Apple

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 9th, 2010

The iPhone is on a completely different level from the Palm Pre in terms of popularity and sales. Still, there are a few things that I don’t like about the iPhone that the Pre does better. The most obvious is the way webOS handles notifications that let you keep working while the iPhone makes you stop and tend to the notification.

The man who designed the notification system in webOS has left Palm and landed at Apple. We can only hope that his first job will be to revamp the notification system the iPhone uses into something that works better.

Apple rumored to be launching Magic Trackpad

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 7th, 2010

Apple launched its Magic Mouse a while back that has no physical buttons on its slick and smooth surface. Rumors claim that Apple is set to launch a new Magic peripheral today at WWDC called the Magic Trackpad.

The Magic Trackpad is just what it sounds like, a track pad that is designed to connect via Bluetooth to notebooks and desktops. The thing supports gesture control and is said to recognize handwriting.

Japanese docs use iPad during surgery

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 4th, 2010

I like my iPad and I have taken it with me many places for reading and playing games when I get bored. Lots of folks are finding that the iPad is good for a great many things, including a group of surgeons in Japan.

These docs used the iPad during surgery apparently to view images to help during the procedure. The iPad was held by an assistant during the surgury. I imagine it went something like this — scalpel, suction, iPad, landscape please.

Apple says no third party apps can capture device data

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 3rd, 2010

Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs are notorious for their tight levels of secrecy surround its new products. I was surprised when Jobs didn’t personally castrate the dude who lost that iPhone prototype in public. Steve is now pissed that third parties are grabbing data on what software and devices are being used.

The problem Steve has with this is that “some company called Flurry” was capturing device information on handsets and software that were in testing on the Apple campus. Good ol’ Steve, never one to mince words said “Some company called Flurry had data on devices that we were using on our campus — new devices. They were getting this info by getting developers to put software in their apps that sent info back to this company! So we went through the roof. It’s violating our privacy policies, and it’s p***ing us off! So we said we’re only going to allow analytics that don’t give our device info — only for the purpose of advertising.”

Lots of netbook shoppers chose iPad instead

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

The iPad is a very interesting gadget, despite that it is expensive. The device is capable of replacing a netbook for most users and could perhaps even replace a notebook for some. A new survey has shown that a significant amount of people looking for a netbook ended up with the iPad.

The survey was conducted on behalf of retrevo and pooled over a 100 users of different ages, races, and incomes. The survey found that 40% of the pole in the market for a netbook bought a netbook without waiting for the iPad after it was announced.

iPhone OS 4.0 beta hints again at tethering

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2010

One of the things that many iPhone users have wanted for a long time was the ability to tether their device to a notebook for 3G connectivity. Apple added that feature into OS 3.0, but AT&T blocked tethering on the device.

The first betas of iPhone OS 4 didn’t show any tethering features in the OS. However, a new OS 4 Beta 4 has surfaced that has some tethering features inside.

Ten1 debuts Tango case with stylus

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 18th, 2010

I have used the Tango stylus for the iPhone before and the thing works very well for hitting small buttons and links with more accuracy. The problem was that there was no place to put the stylus in most cases making it hard to take along on the road.

Ten1 has announced a new case called the Tango Leather case and stylus. The device has full-grain leather on the outside and a soft microsuede interior. The interior can be had in light blue or green colors.

iPad 3G buyers in UK can get cheap data plan by being sneaky

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 14th, 2010

Here in the US AT&T did us a solid with nice data plans at a good price. Over in the UK fans of the iPad looking to get the 3G version might be looking to save some coin on a data plan and there is a way to save even more than the already cut rate pricing on iPad data.

ITProPortal reports that if you have an account with Orange that has a SIM card at the £5 monthly rate for 500MB of data you can use that SIM in your iPad 3G with some tweaking. Presumably, you can buy the dongle before the iPad just to get the SIM card as well.

MacBook Air update rumor surfaces

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 10th, 2010

A month or so back Apple finally updated its line of MacBook Pro notebooks with new processors from Intel. The MacBook Air is still chugging along with the processors that it has had for a long time. That may change this week according to a rumor.

MacWorld Australia reports that the MacBook Air is getting an update this week. The rumor comes by way of a tipster that was right on with a tip that the MacBook Pro line was being updated.

Jailbroken iPad hack supports Magic Mouse

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 10th, 2010

I really like my iPad and most of the time I like the fact that it has performance like a netbook but the input features of my iPhone. However, a few times I have wished that I could use a big keyboard and mouse with the thing.

A new hack for jailbroken iPads has surfaced that allows the user to use the Apple Magic Mouse with the iPad via Bluetooth. The only real downside is that the iPad has to be jailbroken and many folks don’t want to do that.

Apple patent app hints at heart rate logins for iPhone

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 6th, 2010

I bet that there are lots of you who have tried to use biometrics to log into your gadgets or computers before and had a hard time. I know the notebook I used to have with a fingerprint scanner rarely let me login when swiping my finger.

Apple has a new biometric sensor patent application that has surfaced that shows a method Apple has envisioned to allow only authorized users to access future iPhones. The sensors in the case of the phone would read the users heart rate and use the readings to verify their identity.

Lala closing on May 31

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

I think there were a lot of us out there that knew the end was near for Lala when Apple announced that it had purchased the company. Sure, some of the tech behind Lala might live on inside iTunes or other Apple offerings, but the Lala service would undoubtedly die.

Apple has now announced that it will be killing Lala on May 31. Current users of the service can continue to use Lala until that day and no new users are being accepted.

Make an iPad stand out of its own packing material

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2010

I am sure that there are many people who bought iPad that soon realized they needed a stand to comfortably watch video on the screen. If you are wanting an iPad stand, but don’t want to spend any money, Make has your simple DIY solution.

The free stand is made from the packing materials inside the iPad box. You take one of the end pieces, but it in half, and then cut a slit in the box across the short side at an angle.

Screen shortage to blame for iPad delay?

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

Apple announced recently that the iPad wouldn’t be shipping in Europe for about a month after it was expected. At the time, Apple gave no reason for the delay other than to say demand in the US was more than expected.

Bloomberg is now reporting that the reason for the delay may be a screen shortage. Apple gets iPad screens from LG Display Co, Samsung, and Seiko Epson. Reports claim that all three vendors are having production issues with the screens.

MacBooks may finally be updated next week

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 9th, 2010

Mac Fans have been crying for an update to the beloved lie of MacBook notebooks for a long time now. Some sources claim that Apple fans can blame Acer for at least some of the delay after the company snapped up most all of the new Intel Core 2010 processors.

That processor backorder is over now and new rumors coming from Australia are surfacing pointing to next Tuesday for the long waited update. At the same time, the 15-inch MacBook Pro models have been pulled from Best Buy websites here in the US.