April 11, 2014
Reeder 2 for Mac Releases Public Beta

Popular RSS client Reeder 2 for Mac hits first public beta. You’ll remember Reeder being a very popular desktop RSS reader in the Google Reader days, and it was shut down at that point. Now it’s back with a free public beta available to test out.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 09:34 AM
February 13, 2014
*sigh*

Guy Lines Up for Apple’s Unannounced ‘iPhone 6′.

a guy named Yoppy has already lined up outside Apple’s flagship Japanese store to buy the unannounced ‘iPhone 6’ , a device that isn’t expected to launch for another seven months or so

Other fans of Apple hardware and software, this is the sort of shit that gives us a bad name. Stop it. ok?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:31 PM
January 02, 2014
Early 'iWatch' Production Doom Rumours Starting Already

Well I’m surprised it took this long, but the early stages of “Apple New Product Rumor Mania” are beginning. First it’s the rumours of the product, the debates about them, and then at some point the as-yet-un-announced-or-confirmed product will start getting rumours like these:

Early ‘iWatch’ Production Seeing Poor Yields Due to Issues with Body Finish Treatments? - Mac Rumors

So obviously Apple Is Doomed(tm) right? An unannounced product with an un-announced ship date is having yield issues with some part of itself.

sigh

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:46 AM
December 22, 2013
iOS 7 Jailbreak Released

Merry almost Christmas to you folks wanting your iOS 7 untethered Jailbreak:

Just in time for Christmas, the Evasi0n team has released an iOS 7 compatible Jailbreak. I’ve just jailbroken my wife’s iOS iPhone 5s (long story) so I’m pretty sure it is legit.

Apple/Mac , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 04:46 PM
December 19, 2013
The Verge Reviews The New Mac Pro

Well, the big story this morning is that Apple’s released the new Mac Pro, and you now can get one if you have somewhere between $2999 and $13,000 (depending on configuration of course). The Verge goes Up close and personal with the new Mac Pro complete with hands on video. However it seems regardless of the price and odd look, it’s a smoking fast machine.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:15 AM
November 29, 2013
The Best Black Friday Deals for Your Mac | Mac.AppStorm

The Best Black Friday Deals for Your Mac from AppStorm. I’ve already bought two of these things.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 09:42 AM
November 22, 2013
School Finds Switch to HP Tablets "Unmitigated Disaster"

The Switch to e-books was ‘an unmitigated disaster’, says school principal.

Students experienced problems such as tablets failing to switch on, tablets spontaneously going into sleep mode, devices looping while performing automatic repairs, system board failures and issues with wi-fi.

Weird, I’ve never had any of those issues with my iPad. I’m sure that no one thought to look at those though.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:33 PM
November 08, 2013
Apple Changes iCloud Photo Stream Limit from 1000 to "None"

Via 512px comes the news that Apple has changed the Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing limits:

There is no limit to the number of photos you can upload to My Photo Stream over time, but iCloud limits the number of photos that can be uploaded within a given hour, day, or month to prevent unintended or excessive use. 

Yay. First step in an EverPix replacement?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:24 PM
November 01, 2013
iPad Air Speed Comparison vs Every iPad Ever Made

This iPad Air Speed Comparison vs Every iPad Ever Made will tell you what you knew already.

New stuff is faster than old stuff.

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 01:40 PM
October 24, 2013
Tweetbot 3 for iPhone Released

After weeks (months?) of anticipation and wondering, Tweetbot for iPhone version 3 is out the door. Completely redesigned UI and cool (but IMHO a bit too much) animations. Yup, you’ll have to re-buy it for $2.99 (soon to be $4.99), and yup, if you complain about having to pay $3 for an app for your $900 phone, you’re a dick.

A few other reviews:

Apple/Mac , Software , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 03:56 PM
October 23, 2013
OS X Mavericks Tips and Tricks

OS X Mavericks: Tips, Tricks, and Details over at macstories has a great list of the new less than obvious updates to Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:32 PM
October 22, 2013
Today's Apple Event Summary

Today’s Apple Event: What You Need to Know has the hits from Apple’s event this morning for anyone who missed it, and cares. Main things:

  • Mavericks (OS 10.9) is available today and free
  • iPad Minis now have a retina option

Lots of other things, but those are the two highlights for me.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:02 PM
October 18, 2013
Apple Sued Over Automatic iOS 7 Downloads to iOS 6-Powered

My first thought when I read the article Apple Sued Over Automatic iOS 7 Downloads to iOS 6-Powered Devices was “are you f-n serious?”

After iOS 7 was released, some iOS 6 users discovered that as much as 3GB of storage was being used up by an automated over-the-air download of iOS 7.

I don’t know if it’s people in the US that are overly-litigious, or the people in general. But seriously, a lawsuit about some disk space taken up? Is this what courts are being filled up with now?

sigh. Seriously, screw these people.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:04 PM
October 15, 2013
Apple announces special event for Oct 22

Apple announces special event for Oct 22.

Right on schedule. My predictions:

  • New 10” iPad with a new body style, and Touch ID
  • New Retina 7” iPad minis, with new body style, no Touch ID, but in a variety of different colors.
  • Of course speed increases, etc. You don’t have to be a genius to know that this year’s versions of the iPad will be faster than last years.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
October 01, 2013
iOS 7 And Accessibility

The Intersection show was featured on Daring Fireball, talking about iOS 7 and accessibility.

I was going to feel sorry for this guy, but I’m pretty sure he has a better setup, rig, and more podcasting and public speaking skills than I have.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 PM
Paper by FiftyThree Updated To Allow Printing

Paper by FiftyThree app now lets you create & order customized Moleskine books.

Paper by FiftyThree, the popular sketching and illustration app, today announced that it has teamed up with Moleskine to offer its users the ability to create and order customized 15-page Moleskin books directly from the app. The partnership with Moleskine means you’ll get a quality, hand-assembled 15-page foldout book on sustainable matte paper, but it also means you’ll have to hand over $40 USD in the process:

Very interesting partnership. I wish I had the skill to make it worthwhile to do something like this, but sadly I don’t think I could justify $10 on my chicken scratch drawings, much less $40. Still, if you’re a digital artist and are good with an iPad, this might be a very cool thing.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
September 26, 2013
LA Kids Bypass School iPad Restrictions

In a shocking turn of events, the LA school district found out that kids are smarter than adults.

The LA Times is reporting that the distribution of iPads to all 640,000 students in the LA school district may be temporarily halted after high school pupils worked out how to bypass the restrictions placed on the devices.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 09:46 AM
September 24, 2013
Apple updates iMac

Apple updates iMac:

According to Apple, the entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro integrated graphics. The high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation.

My fully maxed out machine is still $3400. Of course, that’s the same price as it was for the last version, with lesser specs, and half the ram. Still an expensive bit of kit, but a damn nice bit of kit.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:45 AM
September 19, 2013
I lasted 37 hours on Android

I lasted 37 hours on Android

Yes, you can hack into the code and change the location of the commonly accepted awkward lock button…but why should I have to spend a single minute of my time doing that? Is it not HTC’s job to find the best location for the lock button?

Interesting read, even knowing that the author started as an iPhone fan. His points regarding some of the overwhelming ability to customize mirror some of my own experiences with comparing something like KDE. The biggest point I identified with was the Keyboard:

Sure, I can customize the keyboard and change it if I don’t like the stock one…but why should I have to spend any time doing so? Shouldn’t the keyboard be optimium right out of the box?

Still, if you’re an iPhone fan this will read as justification for following the Cult of Jobs, if you’re an Android fan this will read as just another lame attempt to discredit Android by an iSheep. However you fall in this stupid and pointless religious battle, it’s an interesting read.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 05:08 PM
September 18, 2013
iOS 7 Download Now Available

So if you see your more Apple Fanboy friends sweating and breathing a bit harder this morning, you might want to be aware of a few things going on:

So be patient, if they’re fiddling with their phone more today than normal just smile and understand, and if they show you something amazing and new (“look how it bounces… it’s boooouuunnncccciiinnnngggg!!!!”) be kind to them and pretend you care :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:17 AM
September 12, 2013
Reeder 2 for iOS Released

Reeder 2 for iOS leaps back into the RSS battle according to The Verge. I’m a bit annoyed at buying it at $4.99 again, but I paid that much a couple of years ago, and the cost of a fancy coffee for some excellent RSS reading iOS software is truly a small price to pay!

The updated app functions much as Reeder 1 did, is now a universal app, so no need to re-buy Reeder for iPad, and is now more iOS7-feeling.

More info in the story, or just head over to the App Store Link and buy it yourself, it’s worth it if you have an RSS reading addiction like I do :)

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 07:49 AM
September 11, 2013
Apple details Fingerprint Sensor/Touch ID security

Apple details Fingerprint Sensor/Touch ID security as well as a bunch of other questions answered.

Via the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesperson fleshes out some of the finer details surrounding the fingerprint sensor and Touch ID.  To use Touch ID, it is mandatory to also set up a passcode. This acts as a fallback in case the fingerprint sensor fails temporarily or experiences a permanent hardware fault. iOS may necessitate a passcode under some other conditions, as well.

Assuming that you believe them, and don’t think they’re a front for the NSA to get everyone’s fingerprints as well as location, contacts, etc (the iPhone does seem to be the phone of choice for terrorists), this is good news.

Apple/Mac , Security - Posted by Arcterex at 04:59 PM
September 10, 2013
This Is The Monitized Internet

Buzzfeed story: Basically Every Apple Rival Bought Twitter Ads Against The iPhone Event Today

Nokia UK , Samsung, LG, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone all bought Twitter ads to show up at the top of users’ timelines on searches for “Apple” or “iPhones,” today, taking advantage of an event that generated more than 25,000 related tweets per minute. According to Twitter, that’s on par with the volume of tweets sent about Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps’s race at the 2012 Olympics — in other words, huge.

On one hand, if Apple did this, I might applaud them, but probably not (and frankly they’d probably be less douchey). Not like Apple hasn’t done things like this before (anyone remember the “Redmond start your photocopiers”?).

The buying tweets for it just seems…. ugly. I don’t care so much about these being ads for/against Apple, it’s more corrupting the “purity” of twitter. Or something like that.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:41 PM
The Apple Fall Keynote [Updating]

Apple Fall Keynote Watching

Everyone ready for the keynote?

Updates: (Basically everything that had already leaked).

  • iWork suite of apps will be free
  • iPhone 5C colorful and less expensive (99/199 for 16/32 on contract)
  • iPhone 5S the new big phone
  • Separate motion chip (basically they killed the Fuel Band type products)
  • Better camera sensor/lens/software
  • Dual type flash for better color
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • iPhone 5S 16/32/64 at 199/299/399 on contract
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:07 AM
Apple Keynote Bingo

The version of Apple Keynote Bingo for this year seems more awesome than usual. Awesome in a snarky way that is.

Via Inspired by Apple.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:32 AM
September 09, 2013
Realistic Predictions For Tomorrow's Apple Event

Macgasm lists The Only 5 Things You Can Count On At Apple’s Event Tomorrow. The only thing I question is number 3, “Goddam Game Demos”, as those have been a bit lighter later. The rest are a lock though :)

Apple/Mac , Rumors - Posted by Arcterex at 12:24 PM
September 05, 2013
Craig Hockenberry On The iPhone Fingerprint Scanner

Excellent dissection of the “iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint reader” rumors in Fingerprints by Craig Hockenberry.

And anytime you want to access this data, you’re logging into iCloud. Wouldn’t it be great if you could skip the part where you have to type in your Apple ID?

This is a similar conclusion I came to a couple of days ago. I’ve been on the “this doesn’t make sense for apple to do” train since the rumors started. Adding this sort of gratuitous “extra tech” onto a smartphone felt more like Samsung and their plethora of extras on the Galaxy S4 and not the (in general) tight integration that Apple is known for.

But then I thought about all the times that I still need to enter my password or login on the iPhone. Websites, purchases, buying apps, logging into Google’s search app, unlocking the phone. What if that could be just replaced with “put your thumb on the home button?

Apple has:

  • All that information stored in the keychain
  • Keychain syncing is going to be part of iOS7 / OS/X Mavericks
  • Credit card information will be stored in your keychain
  • All your purchases of apps, music, movies, tv shows, and books tied to your account

Putting it all together, and making the iPhone your mythical “digital wallet” really does now seem like it’s one of those “of course” ideas. Thinking of it this way instead of a simple concept of “your thumb unlocks your phone” really turned me around.

Craig goes into the reasoning in far better a way than I, so I recommend you read his article as well.

Of course, there are also rumors that on launch the fingerprint reader will just be for unlocking the phone, so maybe Craig and myself will be sorely disappointed :)

Apple/Mac , Rumors - Posted by Arcterex at 11:22 AM
September 04, 2013
Omnigroup Rescinds Offer to Upgrade Due To Apple

On the Omnigroup blog today: We’re unable to offer upgrade pricing for Mac App Store purchases.

My apologies: I’m afraid we will not be able to offer upgrade pricing to our Mac App Store customers after all. So long as we continue to sell our apps through the Mac App Store, we are not allowed to distribute updates through other channels to apps which were purchased from the App Store.

The reasoning is basically Apple says they’re not allowed to offer upgrades “out” of the App store while continuing to sell apps in the App Store. So either you are in, or you’re out. They are allowed to continue to sell their apps both in the app store and from their own online store, but they can’t offer to let people upgrade from the App Store version to their own version.

This is the sort of crap that Apple fans deal with all the time. 90% of the time everything in the Apple World(tm)(r) is happiness and unicorns, but the 10% of the time that Apple does their thing, they really make people mad.

Please Apple, just offer upgrade pricing in the store already!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:52 PM
August 29, 2013
Tap Tap Tap Releases a Flashlight App. No, Really.

tap tap tap has released A flashlight? WTF?! Oh, a FAST flashlight!

Glorious, eh? We’ve truly embraced the flat design fad for this one. It can be none more flat. If you look closely at the reflection, you can see the shark being jumped.

Be a good sport and read the article. It’s possibly the most compelling thing I’ve ever read to make me buy a flashlight app. Ever.

Note: source code is included.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 11:48 AM
August 28, 2013
The Omni Group's Answer to the App Store's Lack of Upgrade Pricing

OmniKeyMaster: The Omni Group’s Answer to the App Store’s Lack of Upgrade Pricing via Mac App Storm:

The latter, indeed, hasn’t happened. So today, the Omni team released a new tool, OmniKeyMaster, to help Mac App Store customers transition back to the original Omni Store licenses, in preparation for releasing the hotly anticipated new versions of OmniFocus and OmniOutliner in the upcoming months. It’s a simple little tool: run it, and it’ll detect your App Store licensed Omni apps, ask for your name and email address, then generate a Omni Store license key and email you a backup copy as well.

Definitely an interesting solution to a hard problem. Wonder if it’s something other companies will use as well, to deal with the same issue. Some more information is here.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 10:54 AM
August 20, 2013
"Steve Jobs Would Never Make A Gold iPhone"

Kudos to Gruber for digging up the perfect response to the ‘Apple Would Never Make a Gold-Toned iPhone If Steve Jobs Were Still Alive’ Crowd.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:01 PM
August 03, 2013
The 6 Ways Apple Should Copy Google - From Cult of Mac no less???

The 6 Ways Apple Should Copy Google

Really I didn’t make this up or anything.

Android , Apple/Mac , Google , iPad , iPhone - Posted by cthulhu at 03:18 PM
July 03, 2013
Beta of iCloud Pages, Numbers and Keynote Released

If you have a developer account at apple, you probably just got the email shown here:

iCloud developer beta

Apple’s beta versions of Pages (word processor), Keynote (presentation) and Numbers (spreadsheet) are now available on beta.icloud.com if you have a developer account (even a free one). The functionality here seems pretty solid after a quick look and dirty look. The collaboration features of Google Docs aren’t there, but they weren’t promised, so don’t be too disappointed they’re not there. For a webapp that’s a word processor running off the cloud? Pretty damn awesome.

iCloud Pages demo

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:37 PM
June 27, 2013
Did That Apple Ad Bomb?

In Money well spent John Moltz takes a couple of minutes to look at the source of the information that the new Apple ad flopping. Hint: they are a new client of Samsung.

I’m sure that’s just a coincidence though.

Thanks to Gruber for pointing this out.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:50 PM
June 21, 2013
First Trailer for Ashton Kutcher's 'Jobs' Released

The First Trailer for Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ has been Released. After the disastrous first peek in January, I have to say this looks… pretty awesome. Of course, the movie will never live up to the expectations (and deep knowledge) of the Apple faithful, but, other than the fact all I can see is Ashton Kutcher, it looks pretty good.

Apple/Mac , Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 12:45 PM
June 18, 2013
In A Shocking Twist, Celebrity Endorsements Are Bunk

11 Times Jay-Z Used A Phone That Wasn’t A Samsung Galaxy is just one (well, eleven) times in hundreds when someone endorsed something as the best thing ever (case in point) from a completely different device.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:12 PM
June 11, 2013
Gizmodo on the New Mac Pro's Design

The Brilliant Insanity Behind the New Mac Pro’s Design. Great bit about how the new “trashcan” Mac Pro is really an evolution of the original G4 cube, and how it’s a game changing design by a nutso company. This quote hit it well

Let me just say this about the Mac Pro: this type of design can only be produced by a company that is first, truly led by its industrial design team, and second, completely nuts. No sane engineer would ever let this leave the design stage because it goes against everything you’re supposed to do with electronics. You’re supposed to arrange boards parallel to each other to maximize space efficiency. You’re supposed to have I/O ports that attach to the board in parallel, not perpendicularly. You’re supposed to end up with something that is roughly the shape of a box, because that’s the easiest and most efficient way to manufacture a device.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:38 AM
June 10, 2013
Apple Keynote: iOS7, New Mac Pros, New MacBook Airs, New OS/X

A few highlights from the Apple WWDC keynote this morning:

Of course depending on what side of the internet arguing fence you’re on, you’ll be saying this is an amazing / boring list of things and the keynote was full of lies / cool statistics. My quick thoughts on the above items:

iOS 7 is a great looking update with some new and sexy things. The fact that a lot of the functionality already exists in either third party apps or Android is completely irrelevant. People have been complaining “it looks the same as it did in 2007” for the last 5 years, now they can complain that “it looks too different / too much like Android / etc”.

OS/X looks like it’s a fairly boring update, with some nice new stuff, but nothing groundbreaking. Also a horrible name. Sea Lion would have been better.

New Mac Pro will maybe make the pro’s happy. Not a lot of expandability (outside of Thunderbolt, where there’s not a lot of peripherals for yet). And while the form factor is sexy and new (thinking the G4 Cube), it’s not really stackable and seems like it’s different to be different. Still, I’m sure it’ll be an amazingly powerful computer that I can’t afford.

New MacBook Air is all about the battery life (9/12 hours for the 11” / 13”) and not much else. A few bits here and there (802.11ac for example), but mostly it’s a bigger / better tuned for the battery (assuming their battery life stats work out as being true). Maxes out at 8G ram and 512G SSD and a bump in the CPU, for $1849. Pretty pricey still, but starting at $999 is still pretty nice.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:36 PM
May 29, 2013
Twitter Makes Big Changes With New iPhone and Android Features

New iPhone and Android features for better tweeting.

  • Better photo tweeting
  • Wider timeline
  • Nice UI tweaks for account visibility and location

Still no hotlinked usernames from the timeline though :( It’s a nice update, but not sure if it’s enough to get me off tweetbot.

Apple/Mac , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
May 28, 2013
Apple Employees Reveal How Apple Keeps Its Secrets

Apple Employees Reveal How Apple Keeps Its Secrets, But Sometimes Doesn’t over at Macgasm.

One anonymous Apple employee gave a lot of detail as to how Apple keeps everything so secret:

Links over to a discussion on Quora, with lots of interesting stuff.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:31 AM
May 02, 2013
Android tablets overtake Apple

Android tablets overtake Apple for the first time.

Here is your Anti-Apple post Alan (:

Android , Apple/Mac - Posted by cthulhu at 02:49 PM
May 01, 2013
Instacast for Mac Goes Beta

Instacast for Mac is now available for download. Instacast began it’s life as an iPhone podcast management system, and a damn good one (if you don’t want/need to sync back to iTunes). A Mac companion app sounds like the logical next step. Looking forward to checking it out.

This will be nice for people (unlike myself) who can’t stand iTunes and want to get rid of every little bit of it.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 10:05 AM
April 25, 2013
Twitter for Mac Updated

Saw that Twitter for Mac goes Retina, gets design tweaks and 14 new languages. I honestly didn’t think this would ever happen, after the year (or more?) of complete inactivity on the official twitter app for the Mac.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
April 23, 2013
Fake Lytro Part 2

Related to the last post, check out FocusTwist which lets you focus photos after taking a picture. It’s a $1.99 iPhone app available here.

Apple/Mac , Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 12:03 PM
Tweetbot 2.8 Introduces Media Timeline View

Tweetbot, from TapBots released Tweetbot 2.8 (app store link) today, which introduces, among other things, the new “Media Timeline” view, which is basically a view where the standard Twitter timeline has any media already in it’s “expanded” state (Update: This view shows only tweets with media in them, not all tweets). Less tweets to read per page, but a very sexy look!

Tweetbot 2.8

A reminder that the UFies.org site tweets at @ufies and I tweet at @alanbailward.

Apple/Mac , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 11:26 AM
April 17, 2013
iSteve The Movie Released

Funny or Die’s iSteve is out and alive, for free, all 80 minutes of the first (and fastest written) movie about Steve Jobs.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 03:00 PM
April 02, 2013
Funny or Die Releases Teaser Trailer for 'iSteve'

Funny or Die Releases Teaser Trailer for ‘iSteve’. Not a lot of “real” content in it, but I still can’t wait for the movie to come out, even if it is a bit of a farce. April 15 folks!

iSteve Exclusive Teaser Trailer from iSteve

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 10:40 AM
March 25, 2013
Quicksilver Releases 1.0

Oh wow… Quicksilver 1.0 released.

After almost 10 years of testing, Quicksilver lays the beta tag to rest. (If the lack of an eszett brings a tear to your eye, you can always reminisce by hitting ⌥S on your keyboard). What does this release mean? It means more than just a change in the version numbering system - it signifies a maturity of Quicksilver and a sign of what’s to come.

Of course, I think that QuickSilver was pretty stable years ago, but good on them for finally releasing the big “1.0”.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 12:53 PM
March 12, 2013
Mozilla won't bring Firefox to iOS until Apple Opens Up

Mozilla won’t bring Firefox to iOS until it can use its own rendering engine via The Verge.

Jay Sullivan, the company’s vice president, told an audience at SXSW that Firefox won’t be coming to Apple’s platform until Cupertino relaxes its stance toward third-party browsers.

I’ll echo Gruber’s comment about no one holding their breath for Firefox for iOS. There are already a bunch of browsers on iOS, all do basically the same thing and other than a couple of differentiating features, they’re all the same. No need for another one, and frankly even if Firefox for iOS could run it’s own rendering engine, why would I use it? There’s just no leverage there.

Apple/Mac , Mozilla/Firefox , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 01:08 PM
Interface Hall of Shame - QuickTime 4.0

This entry for QuickTime 4.0 in the Interface Hall of Shame is a great read. From what I see (I don’t remember it myself, or blocked it out) it well and truly deserves to be there.

The application does provide additional means to determine the names of one’s favorite media files, but the user must go somewhere else. The application’s menu bar offers a function labelled “Organize Favorites”, which when selected provides a standard listbox containing the names of the favorites. The listbox allows the user to rename favorites, delete favorites from the list, and reorder items in the list; these functions are notably unavailable from the Favorites Drawer itself. The Organize Favorites dialog is not without its own design problems. Surprisingly, the Organize Favorites dialog does not allow the user to Add favorites to the list, for that, the user has to …go somewhere else.

Anyone who thinks that Apple can do no wrong and has always produced winning software out of the gate that should be a beacon of light to the other doldrums of software out there needs to read this.

Seriously, what were they thinking?!

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 12:08 PM
March 04, 2013
On Continuing Stupid Rumors About the iWatch

I’m all for Apple news, but when I see headlines like this, I go into a rage: Apple’s iWatch May Come Out In 2013, Could Hit $3.6 Billion In Profit First Year.

Let me get this straight. They’re writing an article about the first year profits, or a product that isn’t out, hasn’t been announced, or for that matter has been anything but rumors from Mac rumor sites? Next you’ll see that the iWatch will be a failure because it’s not going to sell $3.6b in profit the first year, followed by a massive Apple stock drop because of this.

Seriously people, regardless of the seeded leaks that may or may not have happened, no one really knows anything about this and, as with all things Apple, we’ll only know it’s actually real when Tim Cook shows up on stage and announces it. Until then why don’t you all settle the f down a bit.

Oh, I hear the iWatch will also integrate a new NFC technology that will enable the new iCoffee maker, which will be announced in early 2014. Seriously a guy who knows a guy who heard it from a friend who is “knowledgeable in the matter” told me.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:04 PM
Android Is The New Windows - ReadWrite

A bit of an inflammatory headline of course, but In The Security World, Android Is The New Windows is an interesting read. “Open wins” isn’t always true.

I do take umbrage with some things however, such as this:

Even as Android takes the lead in global sales, it’s been much less successful from a security standpoint. “We sell an anti-virus product for Android,” Cobbnoted. “No one sells anti-virus for iOS.”

I’d say that this is not because no one wants to sell anti-virus for iOS (I’m sure that McAffee and friends would love to have a subscription anti-virus installed on your iPhone by default, but because the App store doesn’t allow it.

Android , Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:50 AM
March 02, 2013
Apple Maps Updated with 3D Maps for Metro Vancouver

Saw that Apple Maps is Updated with 3D Maps for Metro Vancouver and have to say, they do look fine.

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Vancouver Apple Maps 2

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:49 PM
February 12, 2013
iPhone Twitter app timeline View Comparision

Nice post Comparing iPhone Twitter app timeline views, should you be concerned with such things. Interesting to see the differences and similarities though.

Apple/Mac , Web 2.0 - Posted by Arcterex at 04:59 PM
February 07, 2013
Mailbox App For iPhone Launched

Mailbox review by Shawn Blanc:

For his review at The Verge, Ellis Hamburger titled his article: “Mailbox just fixed email on the iPhone — How a startup outdid both Apple and Google in one fell swoop”. That is a massive statement right there. Got iPhone email troubles? Not any more.

Sadly, it’s only GMail, and even more sadly, it requires a backend server component, which they need to get to the people. Currently I’ve got 393,785 people in front of me, and in the 2 minutes since I installed the app, 440 people are behind me in line. No 450, no 460, 540…. lets just say lots.

700 now, and growing by about 5 per second, based on my very unscientific “one one thousand, two one thousand” method.

870 now. I’ll let you go.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 05:21 PM
OmniFocus 2 Debut Video

If you’re a Mac nerd or a productivity or GTD guy, you have heard of Omnifocus and will want to check out the OmniFocus 2 Debut video below.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:22 PM
February 06, 2013
Starfish Smartwatch Saga At MacWorld

Great story of how the Starfish smartwatch saga illustrates entrepreneurial stumbling blocks at MacWorld/iWorld this year.

What’s more, the photo in the advertisement appears to defy my own understanding of how such a wristwatch could work: The interface is clearly not just scaled but resized to fit the watch’s square display; it doesn’t match the aspect ratio of either the iPhone 5’s display or that of earlier iPhone models—it looks closer to the sixth-generation iPod nano than anything else. And assuming the AirPlay connection did work and the interface could be resized as shown in the ad, how could the watch be interactive?

Via Daring Fireball.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 11:10 AM
February 03, 2013
The little-known Quirks of The Apple Lisa

The little-known Apple Lisa: Five quirks and oddities - via MacWorld.

Amazing how far we’ve come.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:44 PM
January 29, 2013
500px Returns To The iOS App Store

500px Returns To The iOS App Store, but now with more Apple walled-garden compliance.

Toronto’s 500px got its popular photo sharing iPhone app back on the iTunes App Store today, following a takedown that Apple said stemmed from multiple user complaints about pornographic material. The app returns with an age-gate warning, advising that the content in the app is for 17+ audiences, and also adds a new “Report Photo” button to help users quickly tag things they find offensive for potential removal from the network.

I normally give Apple a lot of leeway for their decisions, but some seem just silly. I’m glad they and 500px at least came to an agreement and their (excellent) app is back.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 04:28 PM
January 28, 2013
iOS 6.1 Released

Rabid iPhone and iPad users, iOS 6.1 is ready for download. Not exactly a thrilling release, with:

  • iTunes match improvements
  • Siri / Fandango integration
  • More LTE support with new carriers
  • Bug fixes

I just installed the over the air update, zero issues at all.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:04 PM
January 24, 2013
First look at Kutcher and Gad's In Steve Jobs Movie

This is the first Clip of the new movie ‘jOBS’ and gives a first look at Kutcher and Gad’s roles.

Sorry but I don’t see anything but Ashton Kutcher acting here, I don’t see Steve Jobs (or frankly, Woz either).

Apple/Mac , Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 11:46 AM
January 22, 2013
Apple Pulls 500px's Mobile Apps From The App Store

Think that Apple is infallible and always right? Think that I think that? Nope, saw this today: Apple Pulls 500px’s Mobile Apps From The App Store, Claiming It’s Too Easy To Search For Nude Photos and I think it’s a completely stupid thing.

The apps were pulled from the App Store this morning around 1 AM Eastern, and had completely disappeared by noon today. The move came shortly after last night’s discussions with Apple related to an updated version of 500px for iOS, which was in the hands of an App Store reviewer.

If they are pulling apps for being able to find nude images, pull the Safari app, anything vaguely like a web browser, anything that lets you browse flickr, etc.

Seriously stupid.

If you don’t know, 500px is a fantastic photo sharing site that I use and has a amazing quality of images on it (my work aside). And yes, you can easily find nude images on there, of which most are artsy and high class.

Sorry Apple, no love from me on this one.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:19 PM
January 21, 2013
9to5 Mac Compares iOS Twitter Clients

Where is the best Twitter experience on the iPhone? asks 9to5Mac.

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly on some form of social media or another. You’re not a self-proclaimed “social media guru” or some kind of “expert” on getting people to follow you, just someone who enjoys talking to interesting people online.

Good article, even more so because it compares apps that I actually use :)

Apple/Mac , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 11:36 AM
January 02, 2013
Fix for Installing Windows via Boot Camp on a New Mac Fusion Drive

Not technically (I think) a limitation of the new Fusion Drive per-se, but more a limitation of the drive size and it's interaction with the BootCamp drivers. Either way, if you got yourself a shiny new iMac with a 3TB fusion drive and found you can't install Windows, you'll want to check out Installing Windows via Boot Camp on a 2.2 TB or larger Drive in Lion and later over on TwoCanoes.com.

Boot Camp Assistant is not supported by Apple for hard drives larger than 2.2 TB. If you purchased a new iMac with the 3TB option (either with a Fusion drive or just a standard drive), Boot Camp Assistant will refuse to partition your hard drive into a Mac and Windows partition. However, it is still possible to create a working Boot Camp partition for Windows, provided you use the partitioning scheme as outlined in this tutorial.

Via 9-5mac.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:38 AM
December 07, 2012
Driving in Russia

13 minutes of Driving in Russia. Most of your questions will be answered by reading the text below the video. IE:

Question #1: Why did I end up watching all 13 minutes of this video? A: Because it’s one literally unbelievable thing after another.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 01:12 PM
December 06, 2012
Snapseed for iOS Goes Free

Snapseed for iOS (itunes link) is my go-to on-the-go editor, and now a couple of weeks after Nik Software was bought by google, the app has been updated, made free (was $4.99, and worth every penny), and updated with some extra functionality (Google+ sharing) and given a swanky new icon.

Apple/Mac , Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 10:01 AM
December 05, 2012
Apple's Russian iTunes Displays Porn

Via 9to5Mac: NSFW: Apple’s Russian iTunes launch plagued with bug displaying escort/pornography sites.

It appears Apple’s launch of iTunes music and movies in Russia is running into a bit of controversy with several Russian users noticing advertising for pornography websites and escort services in the iTunes’ movies section. As highlighted in the many tweets below, and reported by local blog iPhones.ru, a section titled “more films in different languages” is displaying the pornographic content. iPhones.ru speculated it might relate to an issue with temporary xxx placeholder links (machine translation):

Personally I could have predicted the headline:

“In Soviet Russia, Porn blocks Apple.”

This is completely hilarious.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 10:06 AM
November 29, 2012
iTunes 11 Released

Best title (though obvious) is from Techcrunch: iTunes — It Goes To 11. (In Design, If Not Performance.). I had a feeling it was coming today, and raced to upgrade. If you’re not a crazy apple person you might want to wait to see if there are any early adopter woes.

Yes, after much delay (about a month), iTunes 11 is here today. And yes, it is one of the biggest overhauls of the media management service yet. Perhaps the biggest. And yes, it is now better positioned to compete in the era of the cloud. And yes, they even made the icon a bit better.

Overall, there’s a lot to like in this new iTunes. It certainly feels new and looks great. Several annoying processes in the older versions have been streamlined, with search and the Up Next area being particularly amazing. And the iCloud elements no longer feel tacked-on — I doubt I’ll ever keep my entire library of media on a computer again.

Personally the thing I’m looking forward to most is improved performance and the ability to queue up a song to play next (welcome to 1999 Apple).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:11 AM
November 22, 2012
Apple Launches International Black Friday Sales

Apple Launches International Black Friday Sales. In typical apple fashion though, the most you’ll get off is $105 off a Retina display MacBook Pro. Still, I guess $105 in your pocket is still better than a kick in the pants (as my dear pa used to say).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:31 AM
October 25, 2012
2012 MacBook Pro 13" Retina Teardown... With Kittens

I normally really don’t care all that much about hardware teardowns, but the MacBook Pro 13” Retina Display Late 2012 Teardown has kittens, so it’s definitely something I can get behind.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:25 AM
October 24, 2012
Shit Android Fanatics Say

Shit Android Fanatics Say.

That is funny.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 AM
October 23, 2012
Apple's iPad Mini Media Event Wrapup

MacRumors has a good list from the Live Coverage of Apple’s iPad Mini Media Event. They released:

  • New 13” Retina MacBook Pro
  • New more powerful Mac Mini
  • Newly designed and super-thin (5mm omfg) iMac
  • New iPad 4 (basically the iPad 3 with the new connector and a spec bump)
  • New iPad (wait for it) Mini, 7.9” non-retina (but same resolution as the iPad 2)

So what do you think, going to be upgrading anything? Think the iPad 3 users were screwed with the iPad 4 released barely a year later?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:18 AM
October 18, 2012
Tweetbot for Mac Released

Tweetbot for Mac has been officially released. $19 is a bit steep, but Tapbots makes good work, and full kudos for (as Gruber notes) avoiding the race to the bottom.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 11:14 AM
October 17, 2012
MacHeist 4 Bundle Released

Interested in a bunch of good Mac software for $29? Hit up MacHeist and get BioShock 2, Scrivner, DiskTools Pro, 15 months of Evernote premium, plus a ton more great apps for the low low price of $25. Also 25% of each purchase goes to charity.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 10:03 AM
October 16, 2012
Apple Announces iPad Mini Media Event for October 23rd

Again with a complete lack of surprise, Apple announces iPad mini media event for October 23rd.

Apple has officially announced a media event for the much rumored iPad mini scheduled  for October 23rd. Apple today sent out invitations to the press as noted by The Loop. The event will kick off at 10:00 am PT and will be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, opposed to one of Apple’s usual venues. An October 23rd unveiling of the new 7.85-inch iPad would likely signal an early November launch and international rollout leading up to the holidays. Earlier this month The Wall Street Journal reported Apple’s supply chain in Asia has kicked mass production of the iPad mini into full swing.

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 09:17 AM
October 11, 2012
Apple's New EarPods Casing Simply Dissolves In Water

Apple’s New EarPods Casing Simply Dissolves In Water. Glad they included a video or I wouldn’t have believed it for a second.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:13 AM
September 21, 2012
Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clock

Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clock, and while my first reaction was “you can copyright a clock?”, it’s really no more odd than copyrighting a black square with rounded corners.

SBB is the sole owner of the trademark and copyright of the railway clock. The railway company will now get in touch with Apple. The aim is a legal, as well as a financial solution. It is not right that one [Apple] simply copies the design.

I don’t know if this will go anywhere, but seems like Apple is clearly in the wrong here, and should pay up or change it, just like they’re making Samsung do for doing exactly the same thing.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:25 AM
The Amazing iOS 6 Maps

The Amazing iOS 6 Maps is a tumblr site collection of the, shall we say, “less than stellar” examples from the new iOS 6 maps.

I really like iOS and the iPhone, but this I 100% say is a stumble on Apple’s part. I am hoping that it’ll be getting better over the next while, not only under the careful watch of Tim Cook (read: developers chained to their desks until it works properly) and as more user data comes in (as a lot of things like driving and traffic are helped by users using the maps app more and more).

Some of the examples are pretty facepalming (is that a verb?).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 06:51 AM
September 14, 2012
John Gruber on the iPhone 5 Event

John Gruber has posted a nice bit on his Thoughts and Observations Regarding Yesterday’s iPhone 5 and Music Event. Good reporting as always, with a few digs here and there:

What does Apple do when it deems a technology past its expiration date? They abandon it. What do tech writers do when Apple abandons these outdated but ubiquitous technologies? They pitch fits. Happened with the floppy drive. Happened when the original iMac went USB-only. Happened with optical drives. Happens every few years with display adaptors.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:47 AM
September 12, 2012
Apple's iPhone 5 Event

So you can get any of the myriad of coverage of the Coverage of Apple’s iPhone 5 Media Event at any number of locations, but here’s the short version:

  • New iPhone 5, pretty much exactly as rumored. Tall and 4”, twice as fast, better cameras. Same prices as the iPhone 4S. Pre-orders Sept 14, shipping Sept 21 to the first wave of countries (US/Canada/UK/Germany/Australia/Japan/Hong Kong and Singapore). Other countries follow after.
  • New iTunes, redesigned and lots of nice little features and hopefully a lot less suck. Available late October.
  • iOS 6 with no huge new features available Oct 19.
  • Redesigned iPod Nano (again) including bluetooth 4, iPod Shuffle the same, iPod touch basically iPhone 4S internals with the option of a 4” screen (odd that they’re keeping both body models around).
  • New headphones (“ear pods”, that sounds just silly) shipping with new iPods and iPhones. Look odd, and different, claimed not to suck.
Apple/Mac , iPhone , iPod - Posted by Arcterex at 11:46 AM
September 10, 2012
From Linux to OSX - 1 Year Later

Neat write up from a guy who went from a Linux desktop to OS/X, his From Linux to OSX - 1 Year Later blog.

Am I happier now without Linux? Definitely! Is OSX a better OS than Linux? Absolutely not! It does have a much better desktop experience and since I spend most of the time on a computer interacting with the desktop - that’s a big win for me. Of course I wouldn’t mind seeing Linux achieve this level of desktop maturity and stability.

I have to mostly agree with what he’s found, the good, bad and ugly mostly mirror my own experiences (though I continue to use both Linux and OS/X as my daily work and home desktops respectively), with the exception that I use Vim, the One True Editor, and don’t care about the missing right control key at all :)

Interesting to go through the comments on both the site and the OSNews story to see some of the differing views, as well as their level of, well, aggressiveness (why is it when someone who is not an Apple fan hears any story about someone liking Apple they are convinced that the review can in no way be objective and the person is either a shill, or that any complaints you had about whatever it is that isn’t Apple in the comparison are in fact your fault or “they work fine for me therefore you are wrong”. I suppose this isn’t Apple specific, but more than a few of the comments that aren’t reasonable discourse seem to go in this direction. The level of passive-aggressive insults in the comments are pretty high in some places too, for example this from “ix” in response to his assertions that the hardware support and coupling of Mac hardware and software results in some superior aspects such as power management:

” I think that Macs are good for people who don’t want to tinker with their PC & OS and who don’t mind throwing money away, I think I could buy two normal laptops with the same specs for the price of one Macbook. Plus, I don’t think Macs are good for games.”

Apple/Mac , Linux - Posted by Arcterex at 03:06 PM
Blue Toad Publishing Company Admits Stolen 'FBI' UDIDs Came From Them

Looks like that Anonymous leak of iPhone UDIDs weren’t actually from an FBI laptop as Blue Toad Publishing Company Admits Stolen ‘FBI’ UDIDs Came From Them. Not nearly as good a story as hacking into an FBI laptop sadly :(

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:00 AM
September 03, 2012
Bruce Willis Going After iTunes Story Not True

In a shocking turn of events, the wildly circulated story about Bruce Willis suing Apple over his iTunes library was refuted by his wife. Ok… a lot of times I get pulled into really juicy sounding stories, especially when they’re about tech or companies that I like, but this one for me just didn’t pass the smell test. Bruce Willis caring about iTunes? Enough to sue Apple for millions? Not surprising it isn’t true.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:52 AM
August 24, 2012
Live: Apple vs. Samsung: Jury Decision Live Blog

Just in: The jury has (very surprisingly) reached a verdict in the Apple Samsung decision. The Verge has the live blog: Live: Apple vs. Samsung: jury decision.

Will update when I hear more.

Update 1: Looks like it’s going to Apple. Samsung has been found to infringe on Apple’s patents (so far) on most (but not all) devices.

Update 2: So mostly siding with Apple for the phones, no infringement on the tablets, and again phones yes, tablets no for the “should have known” question.

Regardless of my own opinions, I think this is bad news and not a good precedent to set (if it’d gone to Samsung I’d say the same thing). Also I’m sure that the appeals have already been filed.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:05 PM
August 09, 2012
Mac Editor TextMate 2 Goes Open Source

Wow, I know that @marcoarment talked about the rumors of this on last weeks podcast, but I didn’t expect it would actually happen. But saw this morning that TextMate 2 has gone Open Source, with the source now up on github.

This is a bit of the end of an era. TextMate is one of the canonical text editors on the Mac, and vaulted to some fame after the original Ruby on Rails “blog in 15 minutes” screencast. TextMate 2 was announced several years ago, but never materialized until an alpha was promised and (barely) delivered before Christmas of 2011. Minimal changes have happened since then, leaving the faithful with a crisis of faith if MacroMates was actually working on it, had abandoned it, or what was going on. This was made even worse by the several-year-long wait from TextMate 1 to the public Alpha of TextMate 2.

On the upside, hopefully the release of the open source software, combined with the fact that TextMate is primarily a programmers editor, will mean that the bugs will get squashed and the editor will soar like a phoenix and become the awesome editor that everyone’s wanted.

I can’t wait for some of the people more “in the know” to weigh in on this with some commentary.

Updates:

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 09:12 AM
August 08, 2012
The Samsung 2010 Report: Make Galaxy More Like the iPhone

AllThingsD’s post about how an internal document from Samsung in 2010 basically says that to make the Galaxy S1 better, make it more like the iPhone. Pretty damning evidence, but I don’t want to talk about patents or these ridiculous (and wasteful) court cases. For me what’s more interesting (and I’m sorry for the non-Apple fanboys in the audience) is the differences in the software UI. Apple is lauded as having great user interfaces (well, by some anyway), and many who look at the Mac and iOS UIs and say either “meh” or “well duh, that’s obvious [that you would have it that way]”.

For me what’s cool is looking through the document and seeing the points where Apple got it right and others (in this case, Samsung) didn’t. The little things that the “Apple people” like and others ignore, such as (page 31) on the iPhone where the numbers font size is reduced to show more in the field as more numbers are typed, or (page 62) that the web browser on the iPhone disables the add bookmark button when the page isn’t loaded.

Little tiny details, maybe inconsequential to those who value software freedom, but a really interesting look at the “little details” that Apple is so proud of. Also the fact that pretty much every suggestion is “make this more like how Apple does it” has to mean something.

You can read the full document here or view the embed below:

44iPhoneGalaxyS1review

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:49 PM
July 27, 2012
How Was Your Mountain Lion Upgrade?

So the latest from Apple was released early on the morning of the 25th…

Did you upgrade? Problems? Going to wait for the inevitable 10.8.1 in a couple of weeks?

Share your story in the comments!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:57 AM
July 25, 2012
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica Review

The latest version of Apples flagship OS has been released and what better way to celebrate than with the amazing @siracusa’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review at Ars Technica.

Update: If you’re into meta-ness, you can check out Marco’s review of John Siracusa’s review.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:17 AM
July 11, 2012
Tweetbot for Mac Public Alpha

We’ve been waiting for this for a while, and looks like Tapbots delivered. Via Daring Fireball Linked List.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 11:36 AM
July 09, 2012
Apple Seeds Golden Master of OS X Mountain Lion to Developers

First saw on MacRumors that Apple has seeded the OS/X Mountain Lion GM to Developers. The GM is the ‘Gold Master’, and while this doesn’t mean that a release to end users is coming any second now, it does mean that the release is very close, I’d say within “weeks”, but to make the ship date of “July” there are only 3 left in the month anyway.

Apple released the Golden Master (GM) version of OS X Mountain Lion to developers today. The “golden master” designation indicates that this version of the software is intended to be the final version released to the public, barring any last-minute issues. The Build is 12A269.

No idea if this hints at a release date previous to the 19th, but we (the ones who will download and install this the second it’s released) can hope.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:59 PM
June 26, 2012
Apple releases Podcasts app for iOS

Very interesting….. Apple releases Podcasts app for iOS

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

So this would explain the lack of podcasts in the iOS 6 betas. Thing is don’t want a ton of different apps for different things taking up space on my home screen, I want one app, say “Music” that handles all music, podcasts, and audiobook functions.

Stupid Apple.

Update: Ok I take it back a little. It’s got some nice features (yes yes, available in other apps such as Instacast and in every single one of the 8,434 podcast clients for Android):

  • You can properly subscribe to new podcasts from the app
  • Has both skip back and skip forward (podcasters aren’t going to like this much)
  • Automatically imports your current podcasts, has an unplayed
  • Looks like it has a super-sexy (though oddly Skeuomorphic design that’s bound to attract both praise and critique
  • Doesn’t look like there’s a “update all” yet. Come on, if there’s one feature to add it’s this one. Ok, it looks like if you go into the settings for a podcast there’s a ‘subscription’ toggle and an ‘auto-download’ toggle, which (I assume), will check for and download updates when they’re available, though it appears (at least after having run the app and not connecting to iTunes yet) that you have to set the subscription, episodes to keep, and auto-download settings for each podcast. I assume that when connecting to iTunes it’ll pull these settings from it (I hope anyway). IE: “Just works”.
  • A few questions still remain though. How will this affect playing from the music app? Will it automatically interact “properly” with iTunes, etc.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:50 AM
June 14, 2012
Comparison of Apple Maps versus Google Maps in iOS 6

A couple of links with comparisons of the new in-house (combined with TomTom and Waze it sounds like) Apple mapping solution for iOS6 and the current Google Maps integration.

Bad news is that the Apple solution seems like it has a long way to go. Good news is it’s still a beta and the release rumors are the fall, so they have time to go that distance.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:53 PM
June 13, 2012
Teardown Of Retina MacBook Pro

So iFixit tears down the new Retina MacBook Pro, calls it ‘least repairable laptop’ yet. This is one of two things:

  • A travesty perpetrated by an evil company that is restricting you from doing what you want, with hardware you own, and no doubt an attempt to screw you over with their overpriced upgrade options.
  • Completely expected and the natural progression, similar to how you can’t rebuild your own engine in a new car like you could with something from the 60’s or 70’s

I’m not happy that even the RAM isn’t user upgradable, but if you think about the engineering needed to create they design and form factor that they did, it’s not unexpected. I can assure you two things though: lack of user-upgradability will not affect Apple’s sales, and this will create many arguments on the internet.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:22 AM
June 12, 2012
Apple planning professional Mac for 2013

Pros can rejoice a little bit, in addition to a (very minor) bump in the Mac Pro lineup yesterday, according to an email from Tim Cook to Macworld, Apple is planning a professional Mac for 2013.

Thanks for your email. Our Pro customers like you are really important to us. Although we didn’t have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today’s event, don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year. We also updated the current model today.

No idea if this means a new type of computer to replace the current Mac Pro, or a similar update with USB3, Thunderbolt, updated CPUs, etc.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:27 PM
June 11, 2012
Apple WWDC Announcements

Well, it’s finally over, the almost 2 hour keynote from Apple’s WWDC has finished and the good stuff is up and available for you mac nerds. In short:

Missing in action was any mention of Apple TV (how dare they not say anything about something that they never announced!), Mac Pro, or iMac. Though some of it might be simply that there is only so much they can announce in a 2 hour keynote.

Overall not disappointing at all. The new MacBook Pro retina version (wonder how that’ll match up in the lineup, compared to the normal macbook pro… why would anyone get the normal MBP when you pay a bit more and get this monster machine). Maps on iOS I’m really interested to see if non-major US cities get screwed (and as there’s no choice of mapping apps on iOS if the new maps isn’t as good as google maps, you are kinda boned), and I’m really loving the new updates and tweaks that’ll show up in Mountain Lion. The “power nap” system where it’ll get updates and notifications while still asleep and finally proper syncing of notes, reminders, etc. Some other nifty stuff too, but hit the links above for that.

Ok, enough with the Apple stuff, on to the rest of the news.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:01 PM
June 10, 2012
WWDC 2012: Live Blogs Round Up, Predictions for The WWDC Keynote

“Timsmas” doesn’t have the same ring as “Jobsmas”, but I’m willing to give it a try anyway and see how it goes. Yes, non-Apple people beware, tomorrow is a big day for the Apple faithful, with a plethora of potential awesomeness being announced or released. Maybe. As usual I’ll point you to someone else who has done the research to collect the latest rumors, live blog locations, and prediction roundups:

WWDC 2012: Live Blogs Round Up, Predictions for Tomorrow’s Keynote over at iPhone in Canada was the one that caught my eye!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 PM
How does Apple keep secrets so well?

Fascinating writeup on How does Apple keep secrets so well on Quora.

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.”

Well, well worth the full read. Linked originally by Gruber.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:28 PM
June 06, 2012
Text from Xcode

Text from Xcode is an awesome blog for those enjoying some Apple / XCode humor. I think this one is my favorite so far.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 02:51 PM
May 23, 2012
Coda 2 and Diet Coda Available For Sale

Yup, you can get Coda 2 and Diet Coda for sale now (50% off till the end of Thursday) on the Mac App and iTunes stores.

Apple/Mac , Software , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 09:15 PM
May 14, 2012
Mac Video Tool Perian Reaches End of Life

Perian posts end of life notice:

t’s been one of the best and most useful tools I have had access to and invariably the first thing I reinstall after any upgrade. And now, according to a statement by its devs, it’s reaching the end of the road.

Sad, but awesome that they are posting all the code to github or google code. They also have a nice list of alternatives on their site.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:21 PM
April 30, 2012
My Thoughts on the Apple Tax Hiding Expose

Todays The Joy of Tech comic pretty much perfectly sums up my thoughts on the Apple is avoiding paying billions in taxes story that “broke” this weekend. Seriously, I’m pretty sure that every big company (Microsoft, Google, et all) all do exactly this, but somehow putting “Apple” in the headline makes it something that lasted for more than a day on the internet.

The Apple response is a good read.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like that companies making BILLIONS of dollars every quarter avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes, but I make deductions on my taxes, and do my best to avoid paying anything extra, so why shouldn’t they? The argument of “if Apple had to pay an extra 40 billion in taxes, they wouldn’t be able to employ the 50,000 people that they do now”. I think it’s fine to get all high and mighty, but until you go to the CRA or IRS or whatever and say “no sir, please let me pay the maximum taxes possible” and not “can I deduct my cat as a dependant”, you can’t complain too much, as this is just a difference in scale (and that companies with a lot of money can afford to hire accountants who know all the tricks).

Apple/Mac , News - Posted by Arcterex at 04:51 PM
Ars Digs into "Mastered for iTunes" Music

Ars asks Does “Mastered for iTunes” matter to music? and then goes deep into exactly what it means.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:23 PM
April 17, 2012
Read It Later's iPhone App Renamed to "Pocket", Also Free

Instapaper and Readability competator Read it Later has gone free and been renamed Pocket. Their new site, http://getpocket.com/ has been relaunched and looks good. I’m personally an instapaper guy but I have to say that the iPad app looks very Flipboard-like, and is propbably worth checking out. Also the app is now free, which makes it a no-brainer :)

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 09:35 AM
March 28, 2012
50 Creative MacBook Decals and Stickers

50 Creative MacBook Decals and Stickers via @moo.com.

I’ll take the portal one please!

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff , Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 01:16 PM
March 21, 2012
Tim Cook Unboxes the new iPad

Tim Cook Unboxes the new iPad. Ok, that is friggin’ hilarious.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 07:40 AM
March 15, 2012
Sparrow Email Client for iOS Available

The Verge has the full story on how a startup built the Gmail app Google couldn’t, or hit the announcement where I saw it on 9-5 Mac.

Personally I think it looks great and has some nice things beyond what you get in the default client (ie: faces associated with addressbook entries, a built in photo browser), but I don’t do enough emailing from my phone for the $2.99 to be worth it (and I don’t use gmail for my primary mail). Still, if you’re a heavy iOS gmail user, or love the desktop client, this might be the app for you!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:22 AM
March 07, 2012
iPad 3 Media Event Round Up

iPhone in Canada has What You Need to Know from today’s Apple iPad event.

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 12:07 PM
iPad 3 Rumors and Release Soon (?)

So we’re about 20 minutes from the start of the next Apple Keynote where (we all assume) the iPad 3 will be released. Looking through the iPad 3 rumor round-up I can be sure of two things:

  • Apple will release something
  • People will bitch, complain, and be disappointed

Just like every other Apple announcement.

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
March 05, 2012
John Gruber - Cingleton 2011 on Vimeo

Speaking of Windows 8, “No Compromises”, Apple and Gruber, here’s 54 minutes of John Gruber at Cingleton 2011. Good video, even if you’re hardcore anti-Apple, to understand why the Apple faithful are the way they are (to some degree) and what offends them about the non-Apple world, and why they love, love, love their Apple products.

Or you could ignore it and just call him a shill, I’m sure he’s heard worse.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:31 PM
March 02, 2012
Retina Display For Macs - TUAW Does The Math

Nice look at the required ofr Retina display Macs, iPads, and HiDPI. Goes through what is retina, how close are current hardware models to “retina” display quality, and what’s needed to get there. Most importantly, is it needed?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:16 AM
February 28, 2012
Audio Engineer Takes on Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" and Finds It's Not Any Better

Seen over on 9 to 5 Mac is the story (and video) where a Mastering engineer proves “Mastered for iTunes” doesn’t ‘sound closer to the CD’.

If you don’t know, Apple launched a “Mastered for iTunes” section where they said the tracks were remastered to sound better than the standard iTunes encoding for their audio. Sadly this is (allegedly) not true. I was hoping that this was more than just a PR and cash grab by Apple, but unless this guys methodology is simply wrong, it seems it is just lip service… His conclusions come in around 9:50 in.

Course, these days 99% of people listen to music on crappy laptop speakers or even crappier earbuds and wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between lossless WAV and a 64bit mp3 anyway.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:00 AM
Apple Issues Invitations for iPad 3 Media Event on March 7

Apple Issues Invitations for iPad 3 Media Event on March 7, via MacRumors.

Let the in depth analysis begin!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 AM
Alfred App Launcher: 10% discount on the Powerpack

If you’re an Alfred (app launcher for the mac) user, and haven’t bought their “power pack” yet (and you probably have if you’ve tried Alfred as it makes it much more useful) you’ll be happy to see that as a Happy 2nd Birthday to Alfred there’s a 10% discount on the Powerpack this week

Hot on the heels of two big releases, we’re offering a 10% discount on the Powerpack so if you haven’t yet adopted the powerful add-on to Alfred’s free version yet, this is your chance.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 09:27 AM
February 24, 2012
Readability for iOS Arrives March 1

Readability for iOS Arrives March 1. Video shows you what to expect.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 05:02 PM
February 21, 2012
More Details on Mountain Lion Changes

Ten exciting system changes in Mountain Lion goes into a bit more detail about some of the other behind the scenes changes in the upcoming release of OS X.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:47 PM
February 16, 2012
Apple - OS X Mountain Lion

So this greated me when I came into work this morning: Apple - OS X Mountain Lion. Innovation comes back to the Mac.. Actually it was a random text message from my buddy PeeJay saying “this is a test from the iMessage desktop app”.

Short version (and I honestly have just seen this stuff) is a lot of “lets sync everything everywhere” coming to the mac. The tweet anywhere/reminders/notes/notifications and game center from iOS on your desktop. Logical next step from what I can see, but still a great improvement.

Other places to find info:

  • Daring Fireball
  • Download the iMessage for Mac beta
  • Looks like the move towards a walled garden](http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/16/apple-releases-public-beta-of-new-messages-app-for-os-x/) is getting closer too :(
  • Read more on pretty much any Apple blog anywhere… :)
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:09 AM
February 03, 2012
iBooks Author 1.01 out with updated EULA

The iBooks Author 1.01 is out with an updated EULA, clarifying what Apple has and doesn’t have rights over.

The change is an important one though, clarifying that Apple has rights over the format a book is in, not the content. If someone wants to charge a fee for an .ibooks formatted file, that document can only be sold or distributed through Apple, and that work will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple. The restriction does not include works distributed in non-.ibooks formats (such as the Kindle,) as TUAW’s Erica Sadun previously discussed.

Hopefully this’ll clear up any questions about Apple’s intentions.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:50 AM
January 19, 2012
Apple Launches iBooks 2 with Interactive Textbooks

Launching ahead of their media event today, At their 7am PST media event, Apple Launches iBooks 2 with Interactive Textbooks, also iTunes 10.5.3 to support textbook syncing. Sadly the textbooks are US only, but I presume more will be showing up soon.

Apple is partnering with McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on the textbook front, with the three companies currently responsible for 90% of textbook sales in the United States. McGraw-Hill and Pearson are rolling out a handful of introductory titles today, with more coming soon.

I wonder what's left to announce at the event? Or maybe it's just going to go through the tools in more details....

Oops, completely missed that it was an EST announcement, not a PST one, so when I saw the links at 7am this morning that was after the announcement :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:10 AM
January 05, 2012
Mac Classic II vs. MacBook Air: which boots faster?

Fun little video comparing Mac Classic II vs. MacBook Air: which boots faster?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:22 PM
December 05, 2011
Siri Port For the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G Released

Well, as I predicted, it hasn't been all that long and a Siri Port For the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G has been Released. Not strictly legal as it requires some files from the 4S that aren't publicly available, so we'll see how long before it's taken offline. Until then though, the Cydia store has it up and ready for your jailbroken iDevices.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 AM
November 14, 2011
A Clear Explanation of iTunes Match

MacRumors has A Clear Explanation of iTunes Match, as it was just released (US only so far, bah humbug).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:54 PM
November 08, 2011
Hands-On With the Apple Store EasyPay System

Hands-On With the Apple Store EasyPay System over at The Mac Observer. This is the next version of the Apple Store iPhone app (now available in Canada too!) which started as a pretty lame location aware sort of store app, but has now evolved to allow you to complete an entire purchase with only the iPhone app (though I think there must be some sort of monitoring to make sure people don't just go through the motions and walk out with stuff).

Product purchased, we looked around, feeling a little odd about having not worked with an employee, and then walked out of the store. Not a single employee nor the uniformed security door gave us a second look, despite the fact that we were walking out with an $200+ product under our arm.

Seems like now that apple has reduced the number of buttons on a laptop to 0 they can start reducing the need for pesky things like retail employees.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:30 PM
October 19, 2011
Siri Running Successfully On All iOS 5 Devices

I'm not sure how it's possible, but apparently @Jackoplane has gotten Siri Running Successfully On All iOS 5 Devices, No Jailbreak. Not sure how you'd run it (as a normal app maybe?) and if so does it hook in and integrate the same as Siri on the 4S (no idea how).

Still, I'm excited for this, especially in the "is it restricted to the 4S because of marketing or technical reasons" question.

Update: Jack says you do need to jailbreak to get it to work.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:22 PM
October 18, 2011
October 13, 2011
My iOS5 Review

So I've now been using iOS5 and the new Lion 10.7.2 update for about a day, and I figure that would give me enough insight to write up a quick little review.

In General

Mostly the same, not so revolutionary and mind bending that you'd notice any differences without looking. Good and bad of course, no one likes massive changes, but we all like something to remind us we're using something new. There are some changes in the UI of course, the on/off/yes/no switches have changed appearance, and there are other subtle tweaks.

The Bad

Sometimes Apple does things that make no sense to me and piss me off. In this release it did two of these things.


  1. Split the "iPod" app, which previously played your movies, podcasts, audiobooks, and music all from one convenient location; into two separate apps, "Music", and "Video". I don't use a lot of the video functionality from my iPhone, so the video playing parts of the iPod app were pretty much ignored, but the problem is they have now created another Apple app icon that I can't delete from the phone and have to hide away in some back corner folder like the stocks and calculator apps.

  2. The Newsstand app is great for the iPad but honestly the iPhone screen is way too small to properly appreciate the magazines that are offered. However they have created YAAITICDFMI (Yet Another Apple Application Icon That I Can't Delete From My iPhone) and has to be hidden away in the back corner with the Video app, but this app can't be put in a folder. Yes you read that right, the Newsstand application icon cannot be put in a folder on your home screen, unlike every other application icon, Apple created or not.

    I can only guess this is either a) a bug or b) some misguided attempt to give it more visibility (I think that Microsoft calls this "surfacing functionality"). Maybe because if it's in a folder you can't see the pretty magazine icons appearing as your subscription pulls them down? I can only hope that it's "a" - a bug.

    The reason for this I found is that the Newsstand application is a magic folder itself, and as you know iOS doesn't allow you to have a folder in a folder. There is also a workaround if you really don't want to have Newsstand outside of a folder.

    As for the app itself I played around a bit and the "free" magazines I installed all were just the magazine "app", and to get content you had to do in app purchases for $5 for an issue. The New York Times was the exception here, and it had a nice mobile interface. Still, I think this will be much like iBooks and simply not be used by me, until I get an iPad and have a better device for a reading experience of course.


For the bad though, that's all I've found so far, and both those problems are currently hidden away on my very last home screen.

The Good

Notifications
Lots of nice little tweaks can be found. Obviously the notifications are awesome. I don't have access to an Android phone, but from what i can tell this brings iPhones dismal state of push notifications into parity with the Android OS, which is great news for iOS users. Androiders mock all you want, this makes us happy, and we're happy that Apple stole from the current best of breed notification system out there. Getting the "slide to go to action" functionality from either your lock screen or the notifications pull down is great and very useful.

The Camera
The Camera from lock screen is also a welcome change, I daresay that this is going to be my favorite new feature as a photographer. The camera app starts more quickly as well it seems, but that could be just the new-install smell. I'll re-visit this in a week or two and see if it's still as good. I don't' do a lot of image editing on the phone, and when I do it's more specific than the new functionality in the Photos app, but that's nice to have for the times you need a quick crop, red-eye, or auto-enhance.

iMessage
This system is a way for you to send free text messages between iOS 5 phones. Like face time, it's baked right into the "Messages" app (where you send your SMSs), no need to open another app, no need to create an account, you just need the newest version of iOS. At first I thought this was going to be one of those "Apple giveth, Apple taketh" apps where you have to send messages to a user at their @me.com account to have it work, but no, SMS your friend at their phone number as normal, and if they have an iPhone that's got iOS5, the message bubble will be blue instead of green and you'll know that the message isn't being added to your SMS limit for your plan (if you're like me and don't have unlimited texts).

Reminders App
The new Reminders app is nice as well. I'm a bit of a slut for productivity / TODO applications, with AppiGo's "Todo" being my current favorite, but I am wanting to give Reminders a shot. It has one feature that is either a great demo or actually amazingly useful, that is the location based reminders.

If you haven't used it, you basically set a reminder like you would in any app, and in addition to a due time, you have a location field and you can set to to remind you when, for example, you leave your current location. This worked great for me in my test with two minor caveats. You can't seem to set the radius that it kicks in at, so when I was reminded down the street when I left my location tonight that might have been too far or too close for you, but that's a bit of the apple way. It might also depend on the resolution and detail of GPS coverage you have as well. Secondly (and this should be obvious) the GPS on your phone will be active until all location based reminders are completed (or else how will it know where you are when you leave). So the idea of having a bunch of these for when you are near the grocery store, home, and the office might not be a good idea depending on battery drain.

The resolution of the GPS might be set purposefully wide as well to reduce the battery drain caused by polling, causing it to not use as much battery and to have a slightly less accurate location reminder "net". Another thing that will become more obvious with testing.

Reminder will sync through iCloud (more on that in a second) with the reminders check boxes in your iCal calendar (at least on OS/X). It nicely separates them into separate lists as well, based on what calendar your reminders are for. I had a bunch that were pre-populated and I had to figure out where they were coming from, I was wondering if maybe Apple was smart enough to pull data right out of Todo! Sadly no. While you get over the air syncing with Reminder for free, the sophistication of the app leaves much to be desired, compared to Todo. However for what it is, it does it's job well and doesn't shut out competition from other apps.

Now if only the other apps would add in the location aware secret sauce!

iCloud on iOS and OS/X
I have had mobile me for a couple of years, only the last year however because I forgot to cancel it. Having it mostly because paying $99 was worth having the over the air sync of contacts and calendar entries between my phone computer and website, as well as the "find my iPhone" feature (of course that was after my iPhone was stolen in 2008).

Since then though things have changed. Find my iPhone is free, and now Mobile Me has converted to iCloud. iCloud is basically mobile me, but now it's baked even more deeply into iTunes, OS/X, iOS and the various apps that use it. Here's a video link to Apple's description of it.

Converting from Mobile Me to iCloud is easy and step by step, just run through it on the website and as long as your OS (phone or computer) is the right version, after a few seconds (you back everything up before you start this of course) you get a notification that everything is upgraded. That easy.

Using it is a bit harder. Not that it's hard to use, I mean; it "just works", but not much really uses it. I'm not a user of Keynote or Pages on mobile so that doesn't really work as a test case, and I know as time goes on more applications will put it to use. Right now though the best example is that I can take a picture with my phone and a couple of minutes later (not quite as instant as they show in the video) it will appear in iPhoto in a Photo Stream album. Of course you have to turn these on in various control panel settings on your computer, iPhone settings, and of course know to go to the 'Photo Stream' source in the left hand side. Still, once it's up and working, it seems to work well.

One downside of the move is that you lose your mobile me gallery, so if you want to access your images from a website, you're out of luck unless you share them off manually through flickr, Dropbox, email, twitter or similar. Hopefully apple will replace this functionality soon.

I'm really looking forward to what will happen with this in the future.

The "Meh" (Or The I Don't Know Enough to do Anything But Guess)

Siri
Honestly no clue, it's not available for the iPhone 4, and since Rogers would charge me an extra $340 (on top of the subsidized cost of the phone), I most likely won't be getting one until my contract is up.

There are a couple of different ways to look at Siri only being on the iPhone 4S.
The pessimist would say it's a shameless money grab by Apple to sell more of the new phone, and quite frankly, I'm sure in part it is. I don't begrudge them for making money though, they are a company whose job is to make money. Other thoughts people have put forward though, one that this is a slow rollout starting with the 4S and later moving to the 4 to see how the load goes on their new data centres. This would be nice to think (as an iPhone 4 user at least). Another idea is that there is something in the iPhone 4S hardware that is required for the Siri processing. Some new voice de-mangling chip, an accent normalizer DSP.... something like that. Again, a possibility, we'll see what happens when the iTearStuffApart guys get a hold of the new hardware.

I think of it a bit like this, if Honda was to replace the whole interior of my 2 year old car with brand new seats, trim, and everything except for the current new fancy Blaupunkt radio (leaving my crappy default version), I'd still be pretty happy.

WiFi Sync
Much as I'd love to be able to say that this feature brings iPhone in parity with what Android has had for ages, I don't think it is. Since no one has given me an Android phone to test for a couple of weeks yet (any googlers want to help me out here?) I don't know exactly how the sync works on it, so I can only tell you how the Apple system works.

My dream for Wifi sync was that when I was on a wifi connection I could hit the sync button and my phone would magically sync my podcasts, any new apps, music, etc though the internet through iCloud.

It almost works like this, except you have to be on the same network as your main "syncing" machine, and plugged in. Being the Apple media model is a single location to sync all your stuff from, this does make sense. Maybe in the future the sync system will utilize iCloud and it will work more like this. Having to be plugged in makes sense as well (for the auto-sync) for battery life, though you can trigger it manually.

Other Updates
Safari, Mail, and various other apps got tweaks and twiddles that add polish to their already great experiences. No doubt others can write about this stuff is far more detail than I can. A few details I did notice:


  • Long song or podcasts titles now auto-scroll in the Music app, resolving a huge nitpick I've had for ages where the title would cut off after a certain number of characters and there was basically no way to view the full title of a song or podcast if it was long (as they tend to be).

  • Safari now has Reader and Reading List integration, open links in background, and private browsing, and also feels faster (again this could be just the new car smell of a new OS install)

  • More fonts, Emoji, multiple routes in the maps app, and much more. Great coverage over on MacStories.net for a nice long list.

Additional resources for iOS5 information can be found at such sites as:

October 05, 2011
Andy Ihnatko On Steve Jobs

If you're on the internet tonight at all you will see hundreds if not thousands of posts about Steve Jobs and his passing most of them remembering him, thanking him, and honoring him. Even the people who are not "apple people" are saying that he will be missed and had an immense impact on technology and the world in general. Instead of flooding the site with a ton of Steve Jobs posts I figured I'd simply post something from someone who I respect i the tech industry, and who I listen to every week through various podcasts. Here's what Andy Ihnatko has to say about Steve Jobs, and in this case, an Apple store.

[...] Steve Jobs was correctly known as the most productively hands-on CEO in technology or maybe even any other industry. The Apple Stores were a particular obsession. If you walked in and discovered that the table of hard drives had become a table of headphones and the hard drives were now on the third shelf of the first bank of product shelves, it was probably because of something Steve decided earlier in the week.

Steve is dead. But you walk into an Apple Store and you see all the reasons why he was such a phenomenal CEO, and why so many people feel the way I do tonight.
[...]

Apple/Mac , News - Posted by Arcterex at 09:17 PM
Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56

Sad news coming through the various social networks, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple has passed away. The Remembering Steve Jobs page is up at Apple.com, and I'm sure the next week or two will be online debates as to whether he was hitler or jesus, with no margin for error one way or the other.

Love him or hate him you can't say he didn't impact the computer industry and the world (or at least, you could, and I'm sure people will).

Screw them though, this makes me sad that he's passed on.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:48 PM
September 26, 2011
Apple Denied Trademark for 'Multi-Touch'

My Android friends will be happy to see that Apple Was Denied Trademark for 'Multi-Touch' Due to Lack of 'Distinctiveness'. I have to agree, this is an obvious patent and letting them keep it would open the door up (even moreso I guess) to stupid patents for obvious things. That said, I hope that Apple isn't now bombarded by Samsung and friends for other equally stupid and obvious patents. I love Apple and all, but this suing for patent BS needs to stop from all sides.

Bonus: some interesting image comparisons between Samsung and Apple via this reddit thread.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 06:41 PM
September 20, 2011
Apple releases Final Cut Pro Update + Free Trial

Apple releases Final Cut Pro free trial, major update.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1, available through the Mac App Store right now, brings Xsan integration for distributed remote collaborative editing; XML support, which will allow project and event info to be imported and exported to external programs; and simplified export of audio, video and graphics with a new "Roles" feature. Other new additions include GPU-accelerated exports and full-screen mode for OS X Lion users, among others.

I'm sure the film geeks will still bitch, but it's nice to see that Apple is listening to it's pro users (or at least seems to be).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:20 PM
September 19, 2011
OS/X Lion Oversight Lets Non-Admin Change Other Users' Passwords

Showing I'm not a completely blind apple-fanboy, looks like this is a big oversight from Apple: Lion permissions oversight lets non-admin user to change other account passwords.

"Oops."

Apple/Mac , Security - Posted by Arcterex at 03:19 PM
September 14, 2011
VMware Fusion 4 Released

Mac people looking to run Windows, Linux, or other Mac OS installs on a mac will be happy to see that VMware Fusion 4 has been released. You can read the press release here.

Highlights include:


  • Full OS X Lion support
  • Performance improvements
  • UI Improvements for a more "mac" like experience

Update: Here's the Team Fusion blog post with more details and pretty screenshots.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 10:31 AM
September 10, 2011
Daring Fireball on "The New Apple Advantage"

Interesting piece over on DF called The New Apple Advantage where shopping for a MacBook Air-like windows computer is looked at. Probably not reading for Apple haters, but interesting nonetheless. I don't agree with everything in there, while I like the idea of choice, the idea of "too much" choice is a pain in the ass (anyone who's gone through the KDE 3.x settings dialogs will see this), but too few choice (ie: the Apple way where you get one computer per "market segment" and only one) is also a PITA. A good read to remind us (the geeks who go out and buy their computers in multiple little brown boxes and put them together on our desks at home) how the other half lives and has to deal with things.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:40 AM
August 30, 2011
Shrine Of Apple - Your Daily Dose of Apple Porn

Shrine Of Apple has an interesting goal, even outside the obvious "Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field infected zombie wave of rabid fanboy" application. It's goal is to create awesome archive images of every apple product ever. Currently they don't have everything, but a decent start. If you don't get a twinge of nostalgia from your high school (ish) days at the Disk II images, well, you're probably not around 35 and went to school where they had apple computers with those disk drives.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:11 AM
August 29, 2011
Funny Look at Steve Jobs' Calendar

Joy of Tech has a great funny look at Steve Jobs' Calendar Now He's No Longer CEO.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 09:19 AM
July 20, 2011
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review

Ars has their massive Mac OS X 10.7 Lion review up, in case you hadn't heard that Apple released the latest version of their OS this morning. I did the upgrade and it went very boringly, it just worked. Haven't had a chance to dig in too far yet, but I'm sure if you care enough about this stuff you'll be prepared to see what may or may not work for you by the time you're at the upgrade point.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:27 AM
July 19, 2011
Mac OS X Lion launches July 20

Macheads rejoice, you can give Mr. Jobs more money tomorrow as Mac OS X Lion launches July 20.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:36 PM
June 24, 2011
New iCloud FAQ

Apple's put out a New iCloud FAQ enumerating what will be in the new iCloud vs mobile me services and what won't. Short answer is almost everything that you want, and iDisk and iWeb won't be, but not many people will care about those (IMHO).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:50 AM
June 06, 2011
WWDC 2011 Wrapup

Sorry folks, busy day at work today, so not much posted. If you're not aware, Apple's big WWDC show was this morning, and Macenstein has a wrap up of WWDC 2011: The Good The Bad, and the Meh.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM
May 31, 2011
Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6

The Apple press release leaves nothing much to the imagination about what's coming up next Monday:

CUPERTINO, California--May 31, 2011--Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software - Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple's advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple's upcoming cloud services offering.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:44 AM
May 16, 2011
A Decade of Mac OS X Reviews

Ars Technica has a nice wrapup of a decade of Mac OS X reviews, complete with all the hits and misses.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:25 PM
May 06, 2011
Microsoft Wants Buyers To 'Do the Math'

Nifty new ad campaign from Microsoft where Microsoft wants buyers to 'do the math' and select a netbook over a MacBook Air.

[...]you'll see Microsoft's pairing of the 11" MacBook Air with three US$300-ish netbooks. While the price comparison is stark, the fact is that these netbooks are not even close to the MacBook Air where it counts, and to put them in the same category is silly at best and deliberately deceptive at worst.

As someone who was at an Apple store recently fondling lovingly checking out a MacBook air with a friend, the comparison of a MacBook air to a netbook is stupid. Of course, this is a company's ad campaign trying consumers to buy their products over someone else's products, so just like Apple will emphasize quality and user experience over HP/Dell/MS/etc, this isn't shocking. It's definitely interesting to see what's included and what's left out of all these ad campaigns, regardless of what "side" you're on.

Apple/Mac , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 11:44 AM
April 25, 2011
Apple Sued Over iPhone Tracking

Who didn't see this lawsuit coming? The whole debacle has hit the point where the lawyers have been called in. *sigh*

So here are my thoughts...


  1. This isn't a big deal


    • The file is only available on your computer or your phone, and if someone with nefarious intent has access to either, you're boned already

    • The file isn't sent to Apple, but kept on your computer and iPhone only
    • This is also covered (from what I hear) in the terms of service (which no one reads)


  2. However, Apple should truncate or encrypt the file


    • You can fix this by setting the "encrypt backup" to prevent it from being available on your computer

    • I believe that Android does this as well, but their file is truncated to the last week or day or last few entries instead of all locations.


  3. You can turn it all off at the expense of usability


    • This data exists so that when you run an application that uses GPS it doesn't take 2 minutes (or more) to sync up with the satellites, and acts as a "fast-forward" to having an idea where you are.
    • You can remove these capabilities completely by turning off the "location services", but then of course you don't get any location based information.


  4. Sadly there's a give and take. We want to quickly 4Square, geotag our images, and see who's nearby, but to get this we have to have that information stored somewhere for our little mini-computer that we carry around in our pocket.

Personally I don't think that anyone has been hurt so badly by this that they desire money (though abusive spouses snooping on where you've been is something that is not a pretty thought), and that in the end I'm sure the only people who are going to come out ahead in this lawsuit are the lawyers, as usual.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:27 PM
April 13, 2011
5 of the Best Twitter Apps for Mac

MacAppStorm has the In-Depth Showdown of 5 of the Best Twitter Apps for Mac.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:16 PM
March 10, 2011
Xcode 4 Review

Xcode 4: the super mega awesome review:

diting: Xcode gets brains There have been many criticisms of Xcode, especially from those coming from other platforms. "The UI sucks", "the key bindings are different", "it doesn't give me a blow job upon a successful build". Most of them are silly complaints that boil down to either a) Xcode is different, or b) an inability to check if a preference exists. However, there are lots of valid criticisms about Xcode, especially with regards to code completion, refactoring and other similar features. All these ones boil down to a very simple fact: Xcode doesn't really know much about your code. Thankfully Xcode 4 is more than just a pretty face, it also has brains.

Also, screw you Apple for not allowing free account apple devs to download the new version and selling it for $5 in the app store, that's just lame :(

Apple/Mac , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:50 PM
March 09, 2011
iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad Walkthrough

The Apple-heads will already know that iOS 4.3 was released today (why 2 days early? who knows), and if you're interested in what's changed, you'll want to check out the iOS 4.3 walkthrough.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:51 PM
March 02, 2011
Blah Blah iPad 2

Yes, there's some sort of Apple thing today, if you want to look at the liveblogs like a nutcase you know where to go, if you don't but are interested you'll probably not be able to avoid the news and/or rabid fanboys at your place of work, if you don't care, well, I haven't put any links or extra details here for you to get annoyed at :)

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 09:04 AM
February 27, 2011
Video of OS/X Lion Features

Sorry non-mac people, but I found more details of what's new in Lion, in video form. Some nice stuff there, not hugely different, but some bold changes nontheless.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:57 PM
February 24, 2011
New MacBook Pros Released

Odd that something with a fair number of new things (outside of the CPU speed bump) was released fairly quietly. If you're a fanboy, hit the Apple MacBook Pro page for details on what's new. If not, continue to mutter about crazy people paying 4x what you can get the same hardware for from HP or Dell.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:34 AM
February 04, 2011
Greenpois0n Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 4.2.1

Cool to see that the latest Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 4.2.1 is out, and iPhoneInCanada has step-by-step instructions on how to use it. Note that this won't carrier unlock your phone, just jailbreak it so you can install non-apple sanctioned apps and utilities on it.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:49 AM
January 26, 2011
CMDComma.net - Mac Tips and Tricks

Well named site with lots of good things that Mac users might just not know yet.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:01 PM
January 06, 2011
OS X 10.6.6 and App Store Are Live (Bonus - Aperture for $80)

If you have any care about the Apple and Mac world you'll know that Mac OS X 10.6.6 with the new software app store has been released. I only had a few minutes this morning to play with it, and the only change I could see in the OS was the addition of the app store. The app store itself is very iOS and iTunes like, the only thing I don't know if I like is that when an app is downloaded it's automatically put in your dock, which may or may not be what you want. Course, you also know where the app is and can move it to where you want it from there.

9-5 Mac also noted a huge bonus that you can get apple's Aperture photo editing and management software for only $80. I'm a Lightroom fanboy, but that much of a discount makes me say "maybe it'd be worth it if only to keep from having to try to find ways to get around the 30 day trial limitation!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:22 AM
January 03, 2011
Install Mac OS X on a Cr-48 Chrome notebook

If you are lucky enough to be one of the people to get one, you'll be happy to know that you can Install Mac OS X on a Cr-48 Chrome notebook. Not sure what the performance is like though, I've seen OS/X on a netbook and I must say that with less than 2G of ram, the Mac OS is not a happy camper. Course, you're getting a Mac(ish) notebook for a very small cost (well, if you got it free from Google you get it... well, free!).

Apple/Mac , Google - Posted by Arcterex at 02:08 PM
December 23, 2010
Install Mac OS X on any Intel-based PC

Cool article on how to Install Mac OS X on any Intel-based PC using iBoot and Multi-Beast. Very cool if it works, though I just finished recovering my own computer from trying to upgrade the OS on it, so I don't think I really want to go mucking with it now that it's working :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 05:45 PM
December 17, 2010
CES 2011 and Apple

Interesting article on why Computertworld things thatApple will steal the shows at CES 2011.... even though they aren't going to be there.

All those Mac-using Windows journalists will be running for a CES hotspot to get their 'first looks' and passive aggressive criticisms filed. Meanwhile the Apple-holics will be gushing, hopefully over apps with a little more about them than this one, but you'd have to be blind, dumb or stupid not to be able to see the reality-creating Apple hype machine rolling into action.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:08 AM
December 02, 2010
Evernote Beta for Mac

Hot on the heels of the Evernote 4.0 for windows release, there's a great Evernote Beta for Mac. You have to check the 'update to beta versions' in the preferences to get it, but I have to say it's a nice upgrade.

Perks include a new easy to use management of shared folders, stacking notebooks for better organization, and other UI tweaks especially in the left hand panel. Note that this is a beta so if you're really worried about your data, read the warnings and take heed, and maybe wait for the official public release. I had no issues with the upgrade for my 614 notes however.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 AM
November 18, 2010
id Software's 'RAGE' Launches for iOS Devices

Other than the two different versions at different prices ($0.99 for the normal version and $1.99 for the HD version with high res graphics for iPhone 4 and iPad devices), I'm happy to hear that id Software's 'RAGE' is out for iOS, combining three things I love, iPhone gaming, awesome graphics, and First Person Shooters.

Apple/Mac , Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:19 AM
November 10, 2010
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.5

For anyone who was waiting for this, it's out. Fanboy as I am though, absolutely nothing in the list of changes excites me in the least. It's a minor-minor point release with bug fixes. Meh.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:26 PM
November 02, 2010
Sophos offers Free Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac

Sophos offers Free Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac. Some would say that this isn't needed, or to quote one blog, is "giving away free bicycles to fish", but hey, it's free, and if you are a mac user and do occasionally poke your head in corners of the net requiring you to run software you would rather not, but still "have" to, this is a nice little backup for you to warez run them with confidence.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 10:32 PM
October 25, 2010
Mac OS X Lion Notes

Leave it to the apple geeks to completely zapruder a screenshot. Case in point, some interesting analysis from the few shots we saw of OS/X "Lion" at the last apple event.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:12 AM
October 20, 2010
Apple to Live Stream Today's Media Event

Sounds like once again Apple will Offer a Live Video Stream of Today's Media Event. Sounds like it'll be Apple devices only (iOS and OS/X) to view it though :( There'll be live blogging of everything again I'm sure.

If you're an Apple person who refers to days like this as "Jobsmas" you know where to go to find out what's expected, where to find it, etc.

Update: Here's a list of sites to keep an eye on in case you don't know where to go :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:19 AM
October 19, 2010
Rumors for 10.7

TUAW has rumors of what's coming for Mac OS 10.7 at tomorrow's big Apple event.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:46 PM
October 13, 2010
Apple "Back to the Mac" Event Oct. 20

The people who have been waiting and waiting for Apple to get their faces out of this silly mobile stuff and update the OS, iLife, etc will be happy to hear that there is a "Back to the Mac" Event Oct. 20. The logo can't really be interpreted as anything other than an introduction of OS/X 10.7 "Lion" (but who really knows). Be interesting to see what happens next week.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:25 AM
September 29, 2010
Apple TV Review

Engadget's review of the new Apple TV.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:42 PM
September 28, 2010
iPad vs. PlayBook vs. Galaxy Tab vs. Slate

Thanks Aryk for the link to this Gizmodo Ultimate Tablet Showdown, comparing the specs of iPad vs. PlayBook vs. Galaxy Tab vs. Slate.

Two points:


  • The iPad appears to be last in all but the most important categories (IMHO), price, battery life, and applications. -- me
  • "it's the only thing that actually exists in real life :)" -- Aryk

The latter point will go away (in theory) in time, but the former is fairly normal for Apple... the iPod's list of features is going to come in pretty much last compared to any other mp3 player, yet it dominates, even without expandable memory, an FM tuner, OGG playback, etc. I don't think the iPad will "lose" because of this though. On that note, Apple, you guys still haven't contacted me to send me a review unit.... time to get on that mmmkay? :)

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 11:11 AM
September 17, 2010
iPhone/iPad Newton Emulator

The guys at Panic have been working on helping out on a project called Einstein, the Newton OS emulator for iPhone and iPad. Looking forward to the release :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:20 PM
September 08, 2010
iOS 4.1 Jailbreak Tool Coming Soon

Jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch users who are worried about upgrading their version of iOS, fear not! SOunds like an iOS 4.1 Jailbreak Tool is Coming Soon.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:13 PM
September 03, 2010
Ars Reviews iTunes 10

Ars Technica reviews iTunes 10.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
September 01, 2010
Apple Keynote Stream Info and Workarounds

Macrumors has a good list of Requirements and Workarounds for the live Apple event that's happening today at 10. As you (as an apple fanboy) probably already know, this is the first time in ages that Apple has provided a live stream of a keynote, potentially putting an end to a fair chunk of the "live blogging" done by such sites as Engadget, GDGT, Gizmodo, etc. This isn't (yet) a crushing blow for it though because a) you can't scroll back a video to see what you've missed (well, you can, but not as easily as scrolling up a webpage to catch the highlights) and b) currently it's only streaming to apple devices (safari on OS/X and iOS devices).

Short story is there's not a simple hack like changing your browser ID string because the stream is using a technology called "live http streaming", which is a "standard" in that it's a standard, but only implemented so far in OS/X and iOS devices. So the live bloggers have another keynote at least.

Update: The workaround of using VLC seems to work nicely, just 'open network location' and paste in the URL. Right now the test URL is

http://devimages.apple.com/iphone/samples/bipbop/gear1/prog_index.m3u8

You'll have to find the "real" URL for the keynote is though, probably on MacRumors or similar. I'll update here with the real URL when I find it.

Update: Here's a rebroadcast on ustream as well as a possible stream (doesn't work for me in VLC though). Best of luck to you guys though...

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:21 AM
July 27, 2010
Apple Announces New Mac Pros, iMacs, Trackpad and Cinema Display

It's been a long time coming, but maybe now the "Apple doesn't care about the desktop" criers can quiet down. On the menu today:


  • 27-Inch LED Cinema Display updated with the latest bells and whistles. $999 is pretty steep, but 2560x1440 would be nice, especially if you're a professional photographer or the like, or have a 27" iMac that you need a second screen for.
  • Mac Pro with options for up to 12 cores and SSD drives. Nice, but you (of course) pay a premium price. Hyperthreading in the new processors means you get 24 virtual cores presented to the OS. Wow.
  • Upgraded iMacs with new processors (up to 2.93Ghz i7) and new video options.
  • Magic Trackpad to let you have the iPhone/Touch multi-scrolling/swiping experience on your desktop computer. As an iPhone user I see the want for this (as lots of the time I want to just "swipe" on my desktop), but I'm not sure how well it'll sell. Pretty sure it'll show up as a standard feature or attached to the keyboard in the next version.

    Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:40 AM
July 02, 2010
Apple Responds Regarding iPhone 4 Reception Issues

You know things have gotten to a fever pitch when you have to have a Letter from Apple Regarding iPhone 4. Also, because he's awesome, John Gruber has translated it from PR speak.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:14 AM
June 30, 2010
iPhone 4 Knockoffs

Pretty amazing iPhone 4 knockoff. Wish the video had more of the "OS" that it is using. Probably a skinned WINCE 6.x like the others.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:40 PM
June 29, 2010
uTorrent vs Transmission on Mac

Lifehacker asks How Does the Newly Released uTorrent for Mac Compare to Transmission?

Nice comparision, and some tips for features you may not have seen in one client or the other yet.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 04:38 PM
June 28, 2010
10 Stellar iPad Apps That Will Blow You Away

Wired has a nice list of 10 Stellar iPad Apps That Will Blow You Away, shared out by my buddy @introdus who insists on taunting me with great looking apps for a device I don't have :)

This article is one of those "one ad-filled page per app" things, which begs for the new Safari "reader" feature which strips ads and combines these stupid multi-page articles into one clean page.

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 10:41 AM
June 23, 2010
Valve Releases 'Counter-Strike: Source' for Mac OS X

It's slow going, but as Valve Releases 'Counter-Strike: Source' for Mac OS X the offerings on Steam for Mac are starting to fill out.

Apple/Mac , Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:29 PM
June 18, 2010
New MobileMe Features

If you're out there and are subscribed to Apple's Mobile Me, you'll be happy to see that The New MobileMe Mail is Now Available to All Members, and there are some new features, including a nice new look. Oh, and you can now (finally) get the 'find my iphone' functionality in an iPhone or iPad app.

Personally there are two reasons I subscribe to it, outside forgetting to cancel after my 90 day trial period expired.


  1. Seamless address book and calendar syncing (though I understand that I can do this through google sync as well)
  2. Find my iPhone (which of course came out just after my first iPhone was stolen

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:56 AM
June 08, 2010
Safari 5 Extensions

Safari Extensions is a Tumblog for extensions for the newly released Safari 5 (which now supports extensions).

As a bonus, I found from this reddit story that the shortcut key to 'undo close tab' is cmd-z. Technically this makes sense (ctrl-z being undo) but the other two major browsers (chrome and firefox) use ctrl-shift-t to do this, so it would have been nice. Also it doesn't seem to undo multiple tab closes, which would be nice as well.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:43 PM
Macenstein's WWDC 2010 Wrap Up

Nice writeup on The Good The Bad, and the Meh at WWDC from Macenstein.

Apple pretty much announces the Mac platform is dead. Well, Apple didn't so much come out and announce this as they didn't come out and announce ANYTHING that didn't have to do with their handheld devices. Oh well. At this point Mac developers are used to being treated as second class citizens.

Pretty much my thoughts, though I have to say I'm impressed with the "reader" feature in Safari 5 (think a sexy built in version of the Readability bookmarklet). Too bad the browser doesn't hold up to Chrome and Firefox (IMHO).

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 08:13 AM
June 07, 2010
Safari 5 Available For Download

First there was a press release, then it was pulled, then there was speculation, but now if you run software update you'll get Apple's Safari 5. BTW Apple, you forgot to change the "title" attribute on the Safari 5 page, it still says "introducing safari 4". Wonder if they put it up faster than intended due to the leak / early release of the press release. Actually looking at it it looks like most/all the text, other than the 'Safari 5' header is for the old Safari 4 version. The web is too real time for them to handle!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:42 PM
iPhone 4 Hands-On Reviews and First Impressions From Mac Rumors

MacRumors has their iPhone 4 Hands-On Reviews and First Impressions. Nice to hear that some of the claims by Apple aren't just hyperbole.

  • As we said, it's shockingly thin.
  • The screen is truly outrageous -- you basically cannot see pixels on it. We're not being hyperbolic when we say it's easily the best looking mobile phone screen we've ever laid eyes on.
  • The build quality is really solid. The home button feels much snappier, and on the whole it just feel like a tightly-packed device, but it's not heavy.
  • The side buttons are really nice and clicky.
  • iOS 4 is very familiar -- there's not a lot added to fit and finish.
Apple/Mac , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 03:34 PM
The official WWDC 2010 Bingo Card

For those of you keeping track, here's The official WWDC 2010 Bingo card.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:37 AM
Ready for WWDC?

Seems that some people were there 12 Hours Before the Event. Wow. On the other hand, those of us not lucky enough to be there will have to rely on the live blogs. I'll update this post as I find them, but for now you probably want to get


More to come I'm sure. You still have over an hour of waiting though sadly :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:23 AM
June 04, 2010
WWDC 2010 Predictions

The Apple Blog has their WWDC 2010 Predictions. Pretty much all as expected, but you never know, something could shake it all up. I'm just wanting to see the new iPhone so I can upgrade my 3G, which is feeling a bit clunkier every day....

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:05 AM
June 02, 2010
Clips of Steve Jobs at D8

Thanks to PeeJay for the link to the Video Clips of Last Night's D8 Interview With Steve Jobs. If you're wanting more in depth discussion as well, check out this week's MacBreak Weekly podcast.

Update: Collected all on one page.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:56 AM
May 29, 2010
Apple / Microsoft Flamewar Cliches

TUAW has their list of 7 anti-Apple cliches that need to die, and (with shorter details) a few anti-Microsoft cliches that are good as dead as well.

Apple/Mac , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 06:52 PM
May 28, 2010
iTunes Gift Cards Can Buy Apps In Canada

I didn't realize until today when Aryk pointed me to this article: iTunes Gift Cards now Canadapatible for purchasing apps in Great White North that the fact you couldn't purchase apps with iTunes credits was just restricted to Canada (or at least non-US)... I figured it was a limitation of the whole system. Turns out not, and that's good news, cause I still have $8 sitting from a gift card from years ago just itching to be used on the latest and greatest apps!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:04 AM
May 26, 2010
Mac Half Life 2 '1984' Teaser

Check out the story or the great Mac Half Life 2 '1984' teaser video on youtube. Looking forward to this too, and as the rest of the games on Steam start rolling out their Mac versions.

Apple/Mac , Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:07 AM
May 19, 2010
Apple Keynote Bloopers

Peejay threw me over this great Apple Keynote Bloopers video with the comment "Lotta people died for that video".

All said, that's not bad for 10 years of doing live demos in keynotes, and The Steve is pretty good at shaking it off or making a joke about it. Some good stuff in there though.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 08:39 AM
May 18, 2010
Daring Fireball Asks: Should Adobe Ship a Jailbreak iPhone Version of Flash Player?

Gruber links over to the question of Should Adobe Ship a Jailbreak iPhone Version of Flash Player? and my answer would be "yes", with the reasoning behind that being that it will either prove Apple very right or very wrong, as there are really only two scenarios:


  • It will crash and burn horribly, as the Android flash demo which crashed repeatedly, or the battery life of the flash-enabled tablet. Apple will be all "ha, we told you we were right" and people will go "oh, maybe flash isn't something we need on our portable devices"
  • Adobe will pull a rabbit out of a hat and you get some magical framework that doesn't drain your battery or burn your leg when it runs, and your wife/gf/bf/husband can now play their clicky games. Apple would then say "that's all good, but we already have HTML5 that does all that already, what about mouseovers huh!?" and people will continue to bitch about Apple while continuing to buy the product and/or jailbreak (or on a long shot, move towards Android/etc and force Apple to innovate more/better.

Just sayin'.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:30 AM
50 Free Mac Games

MacAppStorm has the list of The Ultimate List of 50 Free Mac Games, proving that the Mac can compete on the gaming front. Uhm... yea.... Still, there are a few gems in there, and hey, the price is right right?

Apple/Mac , Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:28 AM
May 17, 2010
How-To Replace Your iMac's Hard Drive

If you're wondering if you should buy the low end iMac and replace the drive, or are a bit nervous about doing it yourself and figure the extra money for the larger drive is worth it, this How-To on Replacing Your iMac's Hard Drive might help you make a decision.

Apple/Mac , Computer , Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 11:05 AM
May 04, 2010
MarsEdit 3 Released

If you're into blogging and Macs, you probably know about MarsEdit, and if you're into MarsEdit, you'll probably want to know that MarsEdit 3 has been released. Hit up the press release with the details.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 03:13 PM
April 30, 2010
Steam for Mac beta set for May 12

The beta of Steam for Mac has been set for May 12. Love the imagery they've gotten in the gallery :)

Apple/Mac , Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:04 PM
April 29, 2010
Steve Jobs' Thoughts on Flash

Fairly unprecedented almost unprecedented for Steve Jobs to so publicly speak, and his Thoughts on Flash are well worth the read.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:12 AM
April 27, 2010
Panic Releases Transmit 4

Panic software has just released Transmit 4.0, an upgrade to the staple of FTP/File transfer apps for the Mac. It supposes ftp, sftp, amazon s3, webdav and more, plus all sorts of speed increases and sexy UI tweaks. Be sure you read through the (very nice and ajaxy) webpage, but don't miss the "one more thing" at the bottom which might just push me over the edge to buy this right now.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:59 AM
April 26, 2010
Wi-Fi Sync of iPhone with iTunes App Coming?

A redditer has posted a video of his app which Wirelessly syncs your iPhone with iTunes. This would be awesome to have, and according to the author it doesn't violate any of the rules, uses only legit APIs. Guess we'll see if a) it appears in OS 4.0 or b) it's rejected for duplicating functionality. Hopefully it appears somewhere, cause I'd really like to have this functionality :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:11 AM
April 21, 2010
Estimate: Top 1000 iPad apps making $372k a day

Next time you or someone around you asks "why the heck would you develop for a company like Apple that does all these evil things to it's developers", you probably want to check out this estimate that the Top 1000 iPad apps make $372k a day. That's 372,000 potential reasons a day that a developer would accept whatever rules and restrictions Apple puts on them to break into that top 1000. I'm going to guess that the top 2000 apps are making decent money as well.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:56 AM
April 19, 2010
Twitter Promotion for A Free Copy of WebSaver (Mac Screensave Software)

If you're ok with whoring yourself out for free stuff, you can do so and get a free copy of WebSave from sandwichlab.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:00 PM
April 13, 2010
MacBook Pro's Upgraded

The fanboys will be happy to know that the MacBook Pros were finally given the i5/i7 upgrades that have been rumored for the last six months. AppleInsider has the release story and the look inside with the details. Short story is upgraded processors, graphics, batteries, display size, hard drive (if you feel like shelling out $1300+ for the 512G SSD option) and a new trackpad that has the same inertial scrolling as you're used to on your iPhone.

In case anyone is feeling generous, my uber-dream machine (with SSD HD) is $4193 CND, and my "I'd be perfectly happy with that upgrade" machine is a (mere) $2460 CND (or $2880 with 8G of RAM, which probably would be better assuming I didn't just go aftermarket for the RAM).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:17 AM
March 26, 2010
Steam on Mac - Beta Application

The Steam on Mac - Beta Application is now open. Note you will need to do this from your mac so you can send along the 'about this mac' information.

Apple/Mac , Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 AM
March 25, 2010
The Definitive Netbook Hackintosh Guide

Moving up in computer size, we go from smartphones to netbooks, with a link to The definitive Netbook Hackintosh guide, which lists what parts of what netbooks will work if you want to turn a netbook into a hackintosh running Mac software.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:34 AM
March 23, 2010
Opera Mini submitted to the App Store

Seems that Opera Mini has been submitted to the App Store. Now to see if/when it shows up on the other side. Google voice is in a perpetual state of not-rejected-not-accepted, while other app updates have been coming through in 24-48 hours. Guess we'll see if Opera Mini violates the "no duplication of iphone app functionality" clause. Assuming we need another browser on the iPhone that is. Not that Mobile Safari is the be-all and end-all, but do we need 2 (or 4, or 100) mobile browsers for the iPhone?

That said, looking at the video on the page, the UI is pretty nice, and if you don't mind sending all your data through the Opera caching servers, the speed does look dramatically better. Ok, I'm sold, gimme Opera Mini!!

You can keep up with how long it's been with the Countup page.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:15 AM
March 22, 2010
Using CoverScout To Fix Up Your Tunes

No, not shameless promotion, but if you picked up the latest MacHeist you got CoverScout, and you might be a bit of a dummy (like me) and need a good tutorial on how to Tidy Up Your Album Artwork. Like that by default it only looks in your ~/Music directory instead of where your music might actually be stored (like say, having it on a NAS drive, like me). I thought it was working way too fast...

Good stuff on the AppStorm website for putting up the tutorial. Now to wait for 33,000+ songs to get indexed.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:08 PM
March 03, 2010
Valve Heading To Mac

MacNN has some details of a couple of teasers indicating that Valve confirms intends to produce games for mac. Namely, an image with Gordon Freeman with a Mac logo on his chest is a pretty good indication :)

Apple/Mac , Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:24 PM
March 02, 2010
Squeeze For Mac Is Free Today

Thanks to my Coworker Randy for pointing out that through MacHeist that Squeeze for mac is free today. Hit the MacHeist page to generate a key. You'll of course have to sign up for MacHeist and give them your name and email....

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:52 PM
February 25, 2010
Apple Sells 10 B-B-B-Billionth Song

Apparently yesterday Apple sold it's 10 billionth iTunes download.

As speculated earlier today, Apple did in fact manage to sell their 10 billionth iTunes download. This represents a huge milestone for both Apple and the music industry. Apple has revolutionized the music industry with the iPod and iTunes.

Yea, I'm thinking maybe this digital music thing might take off after all...

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:10 AM
February 09, 2010
Apple Releases Aperture 3

So looking through the What's new in Aperture 3 page, it looks like some people's dreams will come true, with "Faces" and "Places" from iPhoto appearing, brushes for retouching (echoing the local adjustment brushes from Lightroom), presets (they didn't have those before?), and what looks like a gorgeous full scren browser for browsing and viewing. Rounding out the major features is new slideshows with advanced affects, ability to combine video and audio with your photos, etc (sounds like they mixed in some Final Cut/iMovie in there as well).

All I can say is I kinda wish I a) wasn't already invested in Lightroom (come on Adobe, bring us Lightroom 3!!!) and that my main and most powerful computer wasn't a windows machine.

Apple/Mac , Photography , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 08:05 AM
February 01, 2010
iTunes 9.0.3 Released

TUAW notes that iTunes 9.0.3 was released, and hopefully based on the release notes, it'll fix the current bug I have where podcasts aren't properly synced to the iPhone if you manage them by hand.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 02:24 PM
January 27, 2010
Apple Announces the iPad

Apple has produced (finally) the Apple iPad. Short story, a big iPhone with no camera, a wifi + optional 3G, a book store and a new suite of office suite apps, compatible with current iPhone apps.

In a way I'm a bit disappointed that all the "it can't just be a big iPhone" talk wasn't true, and that the system looks and acts like a bit iPhone instead of a small computer with an iPhone-like UI. IE: no video conferencing, no multi-tasking, and most of the other limitations of the iPhone OS.

That said, they basically killed a big chunk of the Amazon kindle market with the "iBooks". If I can transfer my PDF eBooks to it and view in full color, with zooming and panning and page flipping? Awesome. The non-active screen on the kindle will keep some of the more "high end" readers who appreciate the lack of eyestrain, but I'd be willing to bet that most of the good parts of the kindle (with the Apple Book store and it's power) plus all the awesomeness of the iPhone and it's apps will make a compelling argument.

Other stats:


  • Low end price (16G storage, wifi only) $499 (great low price)
  • High end (64G + 3G) $829 (expected it to be that high to begin with)
  • Available in 60 days (both US and internationally)
  • International 3G by June
  • 3G service from AT&T in the US, in two tiers (250mb and unlimited)

The product page has more, plus a video. Personally I'm vaguely excited, it looks beautiful and comes with a great Reality Distortion Field, and some of the potential (my own collected eBooks, videos, etc) I can completely see. But replacing my laptop and all it can do with this isn't going to save much weight or space in the backpack I take to work all day. I still want one though :)

Hands on from Gizmodo.

Apple/Mac , iPad - Posted by Arcterex at 11:38 AM
January 25, 2010
Mac Tips eBook

Dude over at reddit is putting together a Mac tips ebook and submitted a draft for comments. Some nice tips in there for new switchers and old.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:09 PM
January 18, 2010
16 useful Mac cheat Sheets @smashingtips

Nice list of 16 useful Mac cheat Sheets @smashingtips.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:40 PM
Official: Apple holding January 27th Event

Thanks to Peejay for pointing me to the Engadget story where it's finally official.... IApple holding January 27th event to show off its 'latest creation'. So now the blogosphere will explode with more speculation, instead of exploding if Apple didn't have an announcement.

Of course the "Latest Creation" part indicates that this is probably not an iPhone OS 4.0 announcement or a new iTunes (though both of those I'd appreciate as well).

Best comment for the Engadget story IMHO is by DirtyVegas:


1) Expensive or not, it will look super cool and sell like hotcakes
2) We can stop with dumb tablet rumors and look forward to 2nd gen tablet rumors.

Update: The nuts over at TUAW have already started Zaprudering the Invite.

Apple/Mac , Rumors - Posted by Arcterex at 09:32 AM
January 07, 2010
The Apple Blog's Thoughts on Microsoft's Slate

Microsoft's Slate: Exactly Unlike Apple's Upcoming Tablet :


And I guarantee you will not see a single control element (button, tab, scrollbar and the like) migrate, intact and unchanged, from desktop OS X to tablet OS. Apple knows not to make that mistake. Microsoft does not; it's loading Windows 7 -- unmodified UI et al -- onto its tablet. But this time there's not even a stylus to help you. You gotta use your pinkies. The result -- an awkward, practically unusable UI.

Ballmer very handily (pun intended) demonstrated this by fumbling about with the thing. His fingers weren't particularly good at hitting the UI controls on the 7-inch screen that, due to its very form factor, rendered Windows controls as little more than diminutive dots.

Yes it's a slanted source, of course they have better hops for the (rumored) Apple tablet. However, they do key onto a few details about some of the different design philosophies of the two companies. For example. compare the start menu based, stylus using windows mobile to a completely new iPhone OS (at least different from standard desktop computing for the most part).

A bit sad in a way, especially considering the awesome looking (rumored) Courier tablet that we heard about a while back as the (rumored) tablet from MS.

Again, lets not forget about the (rumored) table being (rumored) to be announced at the (rumored) media event on the (rumored) date of Jan 26 or 27. :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:22 PM
January 04, 2010
Rumored Tablet's Rumored Media Event Gets Rumored Date Change

I'm sorry, but this is getting ridiculous at this point.... so the rumored Apple tablet/reader/slate has a rumored media event who is now rumored to have it's rumored date changed to Wednesday, Jan. 27. Take that for what it's worth. Seriously, I'm excited about new Apple products as much as the next guy, but the amount of photoshopped tablets, rumored specs, fake video, and naval gazing from the Apple fanboys ever since the iPhone has got to be a record of some sort. For something that there is zero released information about it's got events, date changes, specs, and changing uses and form factors.

This is why Apple stock always takes a dive after a product release, people work themselves into such a lather about what could be happening and what they hope will happen that even if Apple upgrades an entire product line and introduces new products with new capabilities they still are disappointed after. If there is a tablet released there's no way it'll live up to the expectations and everyone will a) buy one and b) moan and whine about how it doesn't have a front facing camera, display full PDFs in color, or link directly into their mind (like the combined information about the increased shipments of chips from [random company in random country] and new plugs being developed by [other random company] obviously pointed to in the leaked PDF on a Taiwanese media board before it was taken down for no reason but we know it was by Apple lawyers of course).

And we of course will still continue to hang on every word :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:27 PM
December 31, 2009
Daring Fireball on The Tablet

Gruber gives us some end-of-the-year tidbits about the (still mythical and rumored) Apple Tablet.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:15 PM
December 23, 2009
Apple Special Media Event Scheduled for January 26th?

The interwebs are abuz with the Apple Special Media Event Scheduled for January 26th. Tablet time? Complete rumor? iPhone version 4?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:52 PM
December 07, 2009
App Company Ousted from iTunes App Store

So after allegations of fake reviews and various other slimey-feeling activities, app maker Molinker as expelled from the AppStore.

There's nothing wrong here I don't think, the app maker was doing slimey things, they were called on it, Apple was notified, and they were removed. Good on Apple for responding appropriately (IMHO).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:05 AM
November 26, 2009
OS Xbox Pro Makes Me Feel Funny In The Hardware Places

I didn't know what to expect when I started the video called OS Xbox Pro is the hottest hackintosh ever, but after I have to admit that it made me feel kinda funny in my you know, hardware and apple places.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:41 PM
November 24, 2009
1Password 3.0 Released

The Mac based password form saver/filling known as 1Password has released 1Password 3.0. If you own it already it should be a free upgrade (depending on when you purchased it of course). They are also have put their 1Password Pro iPhone app (link goes to iTunes store) on for the low low price of free.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 02:38 PM
November 20, 2009
Jobs' Reply to Apple Developer

I'm of two minds about this story about Steve Jobs' Personal, Terse Reply to an Apple Developer. On one hand, big companies that create an eco-system around themselves of small developers creating great software, and then slapping them down for legal stuff, pisses me right off. Remember the debacle a few years ago with Mike Rowe vs. Microsoft? See it here if you don't.

On the other hand, Jobs' reply (which is both awesome and horrible IMHO), is true, and looking at the product page, it looks like his suggestion has already been done, and other than a no doubt feverish night rebuilding software and resource strings, no harm no foul. Still a crappy thing to do to a small company though.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:47 AM
Workaround Restores Mac OS X 10.6.2 Compatibility With Intel Atom Processors

You have to love the hacking/modding community. Seems they have a Workaround to Restores Mac OS X 10.6.2 Compatibility With Intel Atom Processors to get the functionality back that was removed in the last update.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:39 AM
November 12, 2009
Another Set of Mac Apps Cheap: The Mac Sale

Similar to MacHeist, The Mac Sale is giving you a bunch of mac apps for one low low price.

Speaking of MacHeist, I see that they didn't make their 500,000 users to unlock the last app, Mariner Write. Sad, but honestly the set of apps in their NanoBundle weren't all that impressive (IMHO).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:05 PM
Fix for Netbook Hackintoshes in the Works

Run a netbook hackintosh? Upgrade to the latest OS 10.6.2? Did you get it right in the jibbly bits from Apple and their removal of Atom processor support? If so, you'll be happy to know that a Fix for Netbook Hackintoshes is in the Works, and a Temporary Fix is Already Available.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:04 AM
November 09, 2009
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.2

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.2, fixing the guest account bug as well as as a bunch of other issues and fixes. Wonder if the "four finger swipe gesture" issue is the oddness I've found with expose.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:32 PM
November 05, 2009
MacHeist nanoBundle Announced

The MacHeist nanoBundle is in the process of a live announcement. The following apps are part of this years MacHeist:

Sadly I must say that other than the cool live announcement, the software is fairly "meh" to me, as I either have no use for the software or already use something equal or better.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 04:30 PM
October 27, 2009
VMware Fusion 3.0 Ships

A very special day as VMware ships Fusion 3.0, many performance and integration improvements, the most interesting are some Windows 7 updates that allow Aero effects. Looking forward to trying this one out.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 09:01 AM
October 22, 2009
Windows 7 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

A good look at how to run Windows 7 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard at no additional cost for those folks wanting to flirt back with a reverse switch :)

Apple/Mac , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 01:02 PM
October 21, 2009
iDon't Droid Commercial Response

Remember that Droid teaser that came out the other day with the bunch of "iDon't" things that the iPhone doesn't do? If not, here it is. Anyway, someone has a very cool response video worth watching: iDon't Care.

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 04:34 PM
October 20, 2009
New Apple Goodies

The Apple Store is back, and the following things are up and on the main Apple site:


  • New iMac with bumped specs and all sorts of goodies like SD, 16:10 screen ratio, new faster video, and more.
  • Mini with bumped specs and comes in a server version.
  • New buttonless (again with the button-hate Steve!) and multi-touch Magic Mouse, which is actually fairly attractive after using a trackpad for so long.
  • The white MacBook has gained a unibody, 7 hour battery, and bumps all around. And it's still $999 US, which makes it a very attractive machine. Still pricey compared to the $300 machines you can get at Best Buy, but if you look at the specs and quality compared to them....

So that's the Mac news for the day.... be interesting to see the reaction. I really am interested in that Magic Mouse, as I hated the mighty mouse for the 10s I used it, and will be wandering to the Apple store in a day or two to check it out.

Interesting timing too, two days before the Windows 7 release.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:25 AM
Apple Store is Down Song (Sorry Julie Andrews)

Great song lyrics: Apple Store is down, apologies to Julie Andrews over at TUAW. Store is actually still down, so who knows what treats we'll get when it comes back up. Rumors are rampant though, from new Mighty Mouse to new iMacs, Mac Minis and a magical multi-touch trackpad.

Or maybe it's just maintenance.

Update: 9-5 Mac reports new everythings, but I don't see them yet... Store is still down. 9-5 Mac is down currently, here's the page from my RSS:


Apple updates iMacs, Minis, MacBooks, Keyboards, Mice, Airports, kitchen sink
by Seth Weintraub
After a harrowing Apple Store outage today, Apple today updated a great deal of its consumer line of products.

As anticipated by many, the iMac line got updated with a new low cost 21.5 inch HD model. Utilizing a new 1920x1080 16:9 aspect ratio screen, the new iMac replaces the previous 20 inch models.

Mac Minis got a mild refresh updating processor speeds mildly while getting a new 1TB version.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
October 15, 2009
Apple's Phil Schiller: 'Win 7 upgrade hassle - why not just buy a Mac?'

9 to 5 Mac posted this story: Apple's Phil Schiller: 'Win 7 upgrade hassle - why not just buy a Mac?' and I couldn't help but comment. First of all, I'm coming to realize that I'm an Apple Fanboy (the first step is admitting it) but I think I'm also a realist. First of all, a couple of points that I'm sure people have already made about the article:


  • The steps listed for a Windows upgrade are pretty much exactly the same for a Mac upgrade. The only caveat is that you can only upgrade from certain versions of Windows to certain versions of Windows 7, whereas there is only one OS/X version so you don't have to deal with "can I upgrade from Home Premium to Business or from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Home Premium". However, either OS if you're doing a fresh upgrade (re-installing the OS on a freshly formatted hard drive) you still have to back up, format, reinstall, and restore your personal data.
  • The people who upgrade their computers from XP/Vista to Windows 7 aren't "average". The average person will get Windows 7 when they get a new PC. These are probably the more common case than Apple users who upgrade from Tiger/Leopard by buying a new Mac.
  • "... those friendly staff at the Apple Store will swap all your personal files across for you.". Technically this is probably true, however when you have to schedule time a week in advance to have someone look at a broken iPhone headphone jack, I can only imagine the waiting period for someone who is bringing in a full PC setup and a Mac setup to move files across. I know I wouldn't have the patience :)

That all said, my first point about only one version of Mac vs 5 or 7 versions of Vista/Win7 is the reason that people (I believe) are more likely to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard vs Vista to Windows 7. If there was only one Windows version, I think the numbers would be much different.

Apple/Mac , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 11:30 AM
October 13, 2009
The Google Quick Search Box

The Google Quick Search box, which as an aside I didn't realize had an update in August (it doesn't have an auto update or check for update capacity), got a nice tutorial with lots of good tips and tricks.

If you don't know, the GQSB is a free quicksilver / launchy / launchbar type application launcher and magic do-everything app for the Mac. The article is a nice intro to GQSB and a good introduction to what these type of launchers can do for those who think that there's no point in these where the win7/vista start menu or spotlight in the mac can find your applications quickly.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:07 PM
October 12, 2009
Major Snow Leopard Bug Gaining Notice

I haven't seen much confirmation of this, but I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't point to a story where <screaming alarm voice>a Major bug in Snow Leopard deletes all user data</screaming alarm voice>. It appears to be centered around the guest account, and logging into it, then back into your account deletes all your data (if it's true, Steve Jobs deserves a spanking, cause that's bad), but might also have to do with the way you upgraded to Snow Leopard, upgrade vs fresh install or something. Read the article and watch for news about this, and maybe stop using the guest account until this is all worked out. And maybe switch back to a PC for a bit too....

Apple/Mac , Security - Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 AM
VMware Fusion 3 to Debut by End of October

The Apple Blog has some details of VMware Fusion 3, expected at the end of this month.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:48 AM
September 22, 2009
iTunes 9.0.1 Is Out

iTunes 9.0.1 looks like the random crashing and becoming unresponsive bugs are fixed (yay).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:07 PM
September 17, 2009
Finer Things in Mac

Finer Things in Mac is a cool (though sometimes overly fanboy-ish) collection of some of the little things in the OS/X system that makes it a joy to work in (most of the time).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:53 PM
September 15, 2009
iTunes 9 Smart Playlists Get AND/OR Matching

The Apple Blog notes that in iTunes 9 Smart Playlists Are Now Smarter , in particular, you can now mix and match the ALL and ANY match operators, so you can say that I want all 4+ rated songs from any of these x,y,z artists. Previously you could only apply either the AND or the ANY operator to smart playlist rules, and you had to hack things (ie: create a separate playlist of your ANY artists and then another one that uses the source as that playlist, and then apply the ALL rule). Or something like that. Look at the screenshot and you'll be happy if you've made a lot of iTunes smart playlists :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:10 PM
September 14, 2009
iPhone OS 3.1 Update Causing Crashes On iPhone 3G's

Sounds like the iPhone OS 3.1 Update is Causing Crashes On iPhone 3G's so sayeth the Apple Blog. I've noticed mine has gotten a bit less stable, and my iTunes 9 has gotten really bad, as well as I've been hit by this bug, which seems restricted to only Canadian accounts.

Hopefully Apple will release a couple of updates to get things back to the stability of iPhone OS 3.0 and iTunes 8.x.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:11 AM
September 09, 2009
Post Apple Event Steve Jobs Interview

Some cool Q&A with Steve Jobs after the Apple event, where he clarifies some of the decisions made for products (ie: why no camera on the Touch).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:09 PM
Apple Announcement Recap

So it's all over and it was.... pretty good, but not spectacular. Ars has a nice wrapup. Basically nothing really new, like a tablet, but:


  • New iTunes 9 with enhanced cover-art, sharing, new genius stuff, and app organization, and updated store, available today
  • New iPhone OS 3.1, available today.
  • New 64G iPod Touch with faster processor
  • New iPod Nano with a 640x480 video camera, FM radio, and some apps
  • New 160G iPod Classic
  • Lots of price changes on Touch, Nano, etc.

Sadly, what we don't get is a camera on the iPod Touch, and no Jesus-Tablet :(

So not a huge amount to get excited about, but a nice update to the entire lineup. Explore around Apple.com to see more details and goodness. Also pretty much every tech blog will have a similar update.

Apple/Mac , iPhone , iPod - Posted by Arcterex at 11:21 AM
September 03, 2009
How to Build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, Start to Finish

Awesome article at LifeHacker on How to Build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, Start to Finish, including hardware, partitioning, etc etc. Might be time to upgrade for a bit less than Apple charges for their insane hardware :)

The only danger of course, is some random update somewhere down the road will render your nice $800 Hackintosh rig a brick. Course, at that point you can just install Windows 7 on it!

Apple/Mac , Computer - Posted by Arcterex at 04:24 PM
September 01, 2009
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Review and Comment

First of all, the Ars Technica review of Snow Leopard is exhaustive, going into about every detail you'd want. Here's my take too, if you care:

I'm a bit underwhelmed to be honest. I know that Apple hyped this as "no new features" and that there wasn't anything to really expect, but I still felt a bit empty after the install. However:
Pros:


  • Saved 10+G of space (from 73G or so free to 90-something)
  • Feels faster (could be just the effect of a new install though)
  • New expose features
  • My multi-touch trackpad now supports the four finger expose actions
  • Exchange support in mail (meh)
  • Quicktime X is pretty sexy
  • Some little tweaks, ie: an 'ignore' button on the 'mounted drives can't be found' dialog, and the oft-mentioned CD ejection improvements :)
  • Hey, it's only $35.... that's practically the cost of a trip to Starbucks these days! Definitely less than the price of entry to a Windows 7 install, or a brand new Mac OS X Leopard disk (which as an aside, you don't need to have to do the Snow Leopard install).

Cons

  • Some apps aren't updated for 64bit operation yet

    • I have a couple of extras in my control panel that require a control panel relaunch to access
    • Flip4mac doesn't work for playing WMV files through QuicktimeX (but I can play them through mail.app)

  • I still have to get used to the way that expose does it's things, I was starting to get used to how it arranged windows before, now I'm going to have to re-learn
  • The 4 finger gestures for expose and show desktop can be .... twitchy. Half the time doing the 'undo' move (ie: swipe down to show expose, swipe up to un-expose) when I take my fingers off it re-exposes. Either I'm operating the trackpad incorrectly, or it needs to detect the difference between taking your fingers off the trackpad and doing the movement again.
  • I can't say I see the huge and noticable performance changes other people say. Yes it feels faster, but I can't say that after a few days of using Snow Leopard I can still say it feels faster than before.

My consensus, hey, it's $29 and as long as you realize it's basically a service pack and roll up of tweaks, you'll be fine.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:29 AM
August 28, 2009
Happy Snow Leopard Day + Reviews

Yup, August 28th is here, which means that Snow Leopard is available to the general public today. Here is Snow Leopard reviews roundup over at TUAW, and I'm sure there will be many more today.

My favorite summary from that page is from Macworld's Jason Snell:

"Failing a massive makeover, then, we've got to take joy in the little gifts that Snow Leopard gives us. And there are a lot of them. I'd like to pick my favorite, but the fact is, they're all small enough that I can't really choose one. But if I could gather up the whole lot of them in my arms, I'd give them a hug."

That's the impression I get from what I've seen, nothing major, lots of little things. Sort of what I've seen in Windows 7 as well.

I'm heading down to the local London Drugs computer department in about an hour when they open to see if they have it in as "Jay" said they would when I was there yesterday, and this weekend will be a weekend-o-OS-upgrades for me.

Anyone upgraded yet? Thoughts?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:56 AM
August 25, 2009
Snow Leopard Compatibility

Not trying to make it Snow Leopard week here, but this is something I want to know for myself, thanks Darren for the Snow Leopard Compatibility List.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:28 PM
Some Snow Leopard Features Less Impressive

Well, looks like reddit is making fun of more reliable disk eject in Snow Leopard (pic, and context (bottom of the page)). While I don't think that disk eject improvements necessarily needs it's own icon, it is a feature that's nice to have, and makes the OS experience better. Ever had one of those times when you try to eject a CD or removable drive and it just says "can't eject" and you can't figure out why, and end up having to reboot? It happens on Mac, Windows, and Linux... this is just a little feature that will tell you what process is preventing the ejection. Simple, but a nice bit of polish (IMHO) that adds a bit more user friendliness to the OS. Pretty sure that Ubuntu has this as well come to think of it.

As another side note, looks like Windows 7 does this too, which is more good news.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:22 AM
August 24, 2009
Doubling Your MacBook HD Capacity

No, not by some sort of space doubling compression utility, just by creating a machine with dual Internal SATA Hard Drives!

Apple/Mac , Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 AM
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard This Friday

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is going to be available on Friday August 28th, and is available for pre-order now. If you're a mac-head and unfamiliar with Snow Leopard and what it'll bring, you can check out this page for more details. Short story is it's evolutionary, new/better tech, nicer quicktime, Exchange support out of the box, and lots of nice little tweaks.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:14 AM
August 21, 2009
Plex Media Center for OS X

Anyone heard of Plex Media Center for OS X before? Looks pretty sexy... the only thing that these are all missing are support for decoder cards (a la MythTV) or something to auto-torrent download to give the impression of recording TV. MythTV is kinda old and busted looking and in terms of some of the features (especially compared to the new sexiness that these media center apps have), but it will record TV which none of the other systems do (for the most part).

I want it all dammit! In the form factor of a mac mini. And a pony!

Apple/Mac , Random Linkage , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 08:13 AM
August 17, 2009
Mozy Had Issues Affecting Time Machine

I don't know if this was the fault, but my home-brew Time Capsule setup has been failing lately, and this weekend I probably put in 5+ hours of mucking around to try to get it working, and then it'd work, go for a few (1-20) Gb, and then fail. Looks like this might have been caused by the Mozy backup, which has been fixed. Fingers crossed that I can get this set up and working tonight with the updated Mozy software!

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 11:30 AM
August 12, 2009
Time-lapse Video Of Macworld Magazine Cover

Macenstein has a cool Time-lapse video of a Macworld cover creation. As a photography it's particularly interesting in their lighting setup and the amount of post processing that's involved to get the shiny gadgets to look so shiny. Also I didn't realize what was all involved in setting up and tweaking all the stuff on the cover, fonts, and text and layout and whatnot.

Apple/Mac , Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 10:43 AM
August 11, 2009
TomTom Calls Special Media Event For September 22nd

TomTom has called a Media Event for September 22nd for some journalists (apparently yours truly wasn't on the invite list). They aren't sure if this is for the iPhone app and holster (which had UK pricing of £113 leaked a few days ago or something else), but the message is about how "TomTom will reveal the future of navigation to you".

Also, this is from a .nl site via google translate, blogged by a rumors site, picked up from an iphone subsite of the "topnewsdigest" site, and then by me, so take it as worth the paper it's written on :)

Apple/Mac , Rumors - Posted by Arcterex at 10:52 PM
iTunes 9's Social Media Integration

MacRumors has some details of the recently rumored iTunes 9's Social Media Integration features. I'm not sure if I want more cruft in my iTunes though. Version 8's big new feature, Genius, seemed more about selling you new music than anything, but I do enjoy being able to create a playlist of similar music when I'm listening to something I'm really in the mood for with one click. I'm thinking that while it seems like a small thing, it'll start being a given for future media player systems.

I'm looking forward to see what apple pulls out. I'm wondering if version 9 will also tie into new hardware somehow.

Apple/Mac , Rumors - Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
Apple Has New Matte Display Option

Looks like Apple reinstated the matte display option on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, for the lovely charge of $50. WTF?

So let me get this straight.... first they change the perfectly fine matte display on the new model of the MBP to a sexy glossy screen that causes glare/reflection problems that people bitch about. Then they change the whole lineup of laptops to use the new glossy screen. People whine, and Apple Fanboys say how you just need to move your head a bit and stop whining The Steve Knows Best for us. Now they bring back the original for half a c-note. This rings back to the "black macbook" model option, where a black paint-job cost $250 (or something crazy like that).

We've never had a matte display, we've always had the glossy display.
[bad attempt at a 1984 reference].

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:21 AM
August 06, 2009
What's Known About The iTablet

The ever-vigilant Macenstein blog nicely lists out what we know so far about the oft-rumored Apple tablet system. Great conclusion with:

Excited? Us too. Seeing the specs laid out like this really cuts through all the rumors and really solidifies the iTablet in the mind... I can almost feel it in my hand! (By the way, it weighs between 8 ounces and 13 lbs).

Note: article written with tongue planted firmly in cheek methinks! :)

Apple/Mac , Rumors - Posted by Arcterex at 03:23 PM
Phil Schiller Responds To App Store and Ninjawords Controversy

If you haven't heard about the NinjaWords kafuffle, here's the readers digest notes. It's a dictionary app that Apple rejected from the iPhone app store because it contained dirty words (the 7 dirty words apparently are in the standard english dictionary). Daring Fireball got a letter from Phil Schiller and has put up his response. An excerpt that seems to be part of the root of the rejection:


The issue that the App Store reviewers did find with the Ninjawords application is that it provided access to other more vulgar terms than those found in traditional and common dictionaries, words that many reasonable people might find upsetting or objectionable.
[...]
It is certainly arguable whether Wiktionary's English dictionary content should be rated 17+. I personally disagree with that. But what I -- and, judging from reaction around the web yesterday, many others -- found outrageous was the idea that Apple insisted that Ninjawords both filter its dictionary and still carry the 17+ rating.

That is not the case, and that is good.


So I guess people who want to get the definition of a marblecake or a rusty trombone can't handle the results? Hint: you don't want to know what either of those things means, trust me.

Apple/Mac , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 AM
August 02, 2009
Free App Alert

Aryk pointed me to FreeAppAlert, which gives you Free iPhone apps that were paid iPhone apps yesterday.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 AM
July 31, 2009
iPhone 3.0.1 Firmware Released

Apple has posted a fix for the SMS vulnerability for the iPhone, so sayeth Pixelated Geek. Go forth and update before your phone is part of a botnet!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:10 PM
July 29, 2009
iPhone Developer Pain From Apple

Not all from Apple is wine and roses. Check out this dialog between the developers of a Google Voice app and Apple in There's No App for That. What I've discovered with Apple is when things work, they were very well and life is good and you feel like you're dancing on candy rainbows. But if things go badly, they go very, frustratingly, hair-ripping-out, mindblowingly badly, and, as you can see from the exchange in the link, this holds true for the App store process. For every "write a fart app and make $7k a day" there's something like this...

Apple/Mac , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 08:51 AM
July 28, 2009
Apple's Rounded Rectangles

Interesting look at Rounded Rectangles and the UI costs and benefits.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:10 AM
July 27, 2009
Latest Mac Tablet Rumor

If you've been paying attention to the tech world (or at least the Apple rumor world) for the last couple of years, ever since the iPhone rumors of a "big" iPhone in the form of a Mac Tablet have been flying. Now, I've seen a lot of argument against the tablet / NetBook as an a) viable platform and b) good market for Apple to get into, but the Apple Blog makes some good points for an Apple Tablet in Late 2009. My favorite is "September comes before Christmas" :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:12 AM
July 23, 2009
Checking out the Navigon iPhone GPS App Free

So as you may have noticed if you're an iPhone fanboy, a comany called Navigon released a fairly good looking GPS app ahead of TomTom. Wish you could check it out, even if only to see how the interface feels? You can, kinda. Use these instructions to get yourself a free iTunes account in Australia, then search in the app store for 'navigon', and you'll see (and download) they released a free 'lite' version of their app (itms link to .au store).

Of course, unless you're in Australia you won't be able to use it, and I have no idea if it'll even run or just bitch that you're on the wrong side of the world. However, in theory it'll give you a demo and you'll be able to get a feel for things to see if you want to drop the $69 (or $99 after Aug 15). Also as this is a lite version there isn't any GPS or "active route" support available anyway :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:36 AM
July 22, 2009
Navigon iPhone GPS App

So I have no idea what's up with the TomTom iPhone app that was so touted at the last couple of Apple iPhone events. Sadly, either the app was a complete tech demo (read that as you will) or they are somehow strategically doing nothing to let people know that it's coming (or not). In the meatime, MacRumors has a look at the Navigon GPS unit. Bonus here is it's a single up-front cost (though at $69 till August 15, $99 after it's a bit pricey), and I believe that the map updates are said to be free.

Some folks in the forums seem to think it's not the best deal, or are waiting to see what TomTom is doing. They also point out "gmaps", which is far less ($20) and has state/country (including Canada, yay!) specific releases. Sadly some of the reviews for gmap aren't all that great.

Personally I too am waiting for the TomTom, just to see what the options are. I really want the charging mount, as one reason I don't like using the iPhone maps in the car too much is I worry about battery life. Also if the mount can be setup to pipe into my stereo, hey, double-plus-good bonus? However, if the mount is super expensive, or the app has a large cost associated (ie: monthly fees, map update costs that are high, or a huge upfront cost), I may find something else. Personally I think that TomTom is killing themselves a bit by not giving out any new information... Course, they may also be trying to figure out how to make money on the app without completely cannibalizing their hardware business.

Anyone out there doing the turn-by-turn iPhone GPS thing? Suggestions? Good finds?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:55 AM
July 20, 2009
Free Astronomy iPhone Apps Today

Today only, the iPhone astronomy app SkyVoyager (and it's companion app, SKyGazer) is free today only. Haven't seen them yet, but given they are normally $14, might be an idea to grab them...

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:53 PM
July 15, 2009
New iTunes Update Screws Palm Pre Users

Speaking of Apple, here's a great example of them being bastards. Seems the new iTunes 8.2.1 release cripples the Palm Pre. On one hand this is Apple's software and they can do with it what they want, and one could argue that keeping other devices from faking it out and using it is in their business interests... if you like iTunes and want a smartphone, the only choice is really the iPhone/iPod and not a Palm Pre.

On the other hand, geez, are they going to get into an arms race with the 13 people who bought the Pre to battle to stop them from using the iTunes store and listening to the music they are buying from the iTunes store on non-Apple devices?

That said, anyone not see this coming? :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:55 PM
Apple's Design Gems

Yea yea, a bit fanboy-ish, but this article on the Apple Blog about Hidden Gems in Apple Design has some good info not only on why Apple Fanboys are apple fanboys (and why it seems that when people start using a Mac they fall in love), but also some nifty things to look for next time you see an Apple ad. For product designers, some things to take note of here too :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:51 PM
July 14, 2009
What to Expect in Snow Leopard

Mac App Storm has a few notes about what to look forward to in the next version of OS/X. Nice upgrade I think, but about on par with (and I know this blasphemy) Windows 7.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:18 AM
What to Expect in Snow Leopard

Mac App Storm has a few notes about what to look forward to in the next version of OS/X. Nice upgrade I think, but about on par with (and I know this blasphemy) Windows 7.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:18 AM
June 22, 2009
Why The Apple Store Works

Bit of a puff piece on the Apple Blog about the Apple Retail Store Success. It brings up some excellent points, as someone who has been in an Apple Store and a Future Shop in the last 2 weeks or so, let me say that talking to the salespeople in the Future Shop/London Drugs/Best Buys of the world could be used as torture for enemy combatants.

"Tell us your invasion plans." "Never!" "Tell us now or we'll make you talk to a Best Buy salesman about wireless routers." "Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!"

That said it's not all wine and roses in the Apple Store as they suggest, their main failing point (IMHO) is the people, not the knowledge or anything like that, but availability. I was in wondering why my laptop DVD drive was simply spitting out disks (duh, turned out it was busted) and had to beg and pull the "I drove in from way out in the Valley to Vancouver and I hardly ever make it out here!" and push out a couple of single, tiny tears to get slotted in to see someone at the "genius bar" when someone's scheduled 15 minute time was late. Also having to go through an orange shirted "concierge" person who (in this case) seemed completely elitist and condescending... "we'll have to see sir, our geniuses are very busy".

That said they did get me in, and did seem to take personal interest in making sure I did get helped, and the concierge did make sure I got things all set up when I was heading out the door.

Anyway, it's an interesting look at how Apple has made the retail experience a bit more appealing to the consumer.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:35 PM
Find My iPhone Service Found an iPhone

Pretty great story about getting a stolen iPhone back from a thief, using the Find My iPhone service. The full story is here, and even if it is a publicity stunt by Apple (in this day and age of "social networking" and "new media" it wouldn't surprise me), it's still a great story. Best line of all is:

"We laughed triumphantly, adrenaline racing, feeling like the Jack Bauer trio. (Disregard the fact that we'd just left a Lego convention."

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:17 PM
June 19, 2009
Steve Jobs News (maybe)

According to Bloomberg, it sounds like Steve Jobs is said to Be Considering Liver Transplant. This is screaming across the twitterscape now.

Guess we'll see if this is a) true and b) has any official word from the Apple compound.

Update: Or maybe he had a transplant two months ago.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:23 PM
June 17, 2009
Evernote 3.0 for iPhone 3.0

Evernote for iPhone 3.0 is Here, and it's sexy. Lots of UI improvements, integrated maps, seems way less crashy and even a bit faster (though the taking a snapshot still seems to take forever). Big update though, a nice complement to the new iPhone OS 3.0 update :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 PM
Apple Not Happy with Palm iTunes Syncing

It's not all wine and roses in the Apple World sadly. Seems that Apple is now warning about unsupported players' iTunes integration. This of course is referring to Palm emulating an iPod with their Pre. So far just an article on the support site, but I have no doubt that a minor iTunes update will come out soon to "address" these issues.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:20 AM
40 Top iPhone OS 3.0 Features

Well, still no OS update this morning, sounds like it'll be out sometime around 10-12 (or 5pm-7pm depending on who you listen to). In the mean time, you can How To Use The Best 40 Features of iPhone 3.0, so you at least know where to go for the new bits, instead of trying to find them all. IE: I didn't know shake to shuffle was a new feature.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:16 AM
June 15, 2009
iPhone OS on Mac Pro?

OK, this is probably fake, but it's a good fake, and hey, who wouldn't want iPhone/iPod OS running on Mac Pro with touch screen monitor. Seriously cool (though I'm pretty sure that typing with the keyboard would be faster :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:37 AM
June 14, 2009
New Apple Notebooks Use Slower SATA Interface

Just to show that not everything in apple is ponies and rainbows, MacRumors is reporting that the new 13" and 15" MacBook Pros Have a Slower SATA Interface, using SATA 1.5 instead of SATA 3, which is what the previous "new" laptops had.

Whether this will affect "real world" usage or not has yet to be seen, but it would affect battery life (making it longer), by making the computer, slower.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 05:12 PM
June 11, 2009
iPhone OS 3.0 Release Screenshots

Since it's now been released to developers, screenshots of iPhone 3.0 OS GM are around, showing all the new Apple-y goodness.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:24 PM
June 09, 2009
Google Quick Search for Mac

The google mac team have released Google Quick Search Box. Looks like they are edging into the QuickSilver (not not in development anymore) and TaskBar (non-free).

This is interesting because while being an app launcher and app "do stuff with"-er (though doesn't seem quick as cool as launchbar or quicksilver in terms of chaining stuff together), is it is obviously a google search engine, and you can integrate search from your google or twitter accounts.

A bit of testing sees it as having very much potential. Intuitive if you're used to using QS or LB at all, feels a bit laggy compared to QS/LB, but having things like results popping right in (ie: put in "weather " and the first result is the current weather. Way cool.

Also according to the reddit article the development is done by the QuickSilver creator, Nicholas Jitkoff.

I'm sold so far....

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:54 PM
June 08, 2009
WWDC 2009 Wrap Up

Sorry I was away all day folks, had a day of driving around... I did catch some of Apple's WWDC. Here's the wrap-up (for the 3 of you who haven't heard so far) and the highlights:


  • New MacBook Pro 13" model (cool if you want something more portable).
  • Snow Leopard will have better multi-core support, re-written 64bit finder, exchange support, lots of funky APIs, etc. So what? Oh, and the upgrade price will be $29. That's a bit of a big deal, when you're paying $399 for Vista Ultimate, and even when Apple folks are used to paying the Apple Tax of $129 for the OS/X upgrades. Course, $29 is the upgrade price too, I think the "full boxed" version is still $129 though. Coming September sometime.
  • New Quicktime with less UI. Snow Leopard only I think.
  • Something about a new iPhone.

    • Same form factor as the old one (which is now $99).
    • 16/32Gb vs 8/16Gb from previous versions (expected)
    • Faster processor (cool)
    • Video shooting/editing/sharing from iPhone (cool, not my thing)
    • 3mp camera with autofocus and macro (cool, probably still crappy compared to my 14mp DSLR though :) )
    • Voice control, iPhone now recognizes your contacts for calling and iPod artists and songs (potentially very cool)
    • Compass (needed for turn-by-turn driving I guess, other than that, meh)
    • Tons of software improvements in iPhone OS 3.0, but these were already known and demonstrated in March.

  • iPhone OS 3.0 and the new iPhone 3Gs available starting June 17th.

So that's about the wrapup from the high level view, I think I got the major points. Honestly I'm not hugely impressed, as usual. Lots of new stuff, but nothing mindblowing. I guess every year can't be like the release of the original iPhone. I think most of my disappointment is that probably 90% of the new coolness of the iPhone 3Gs is in the software, which is available to all iPhones, and was shown off months ago.

As a counter point of course, Paul Thorrott (Windows guy, but someone who I respect a lot) has a reality check for the fanboys out there. Some of his points are very valid as usual, some seem a bit snarky and like a killjoy :) Still, a counter point that's needed.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:49 PM
June 03, 2009
New Apple Rumors

Well, WWDC is less than a week away, and the Apple rumor mill is in high gear. The Flickr set with the WWDC 2009 Banners ('One Year Later, Light-Years Ahead') is up, and the iPhone rumor roundup has been compiled.

So what do you think? Boring "meh" updates (we all know that iPhone OS 3.0 is going to be out RSN and that at least is going to be cool, based on the demo given early this year and the developer seed information that's been coming out), or will we be wowed? Is there going to be a new iPhone (all signs point to yes) and if so, will it be awesome, or just an evolutionary move up (bumped storage, processor, slightly different case) or will there be something "OMFG WTF WOW" to see. Will there be the oft-rumored tablet and changes / updates to the Macbook and Mac pro lines? Maybe just some more speed bumps. Biggest question though, will The Steve be onstage again?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 06:58 PM
May 17, 2009
Adium Releases New Version, Twitter, IRC Included

Adium, the multi-IM client for the Mac, has released 1.4 beta and stable 1.3.4 releases. This is a major update beta wise anyway. The 1.3.4 stable has more polish, but the 1.4 beta release includes Twitter and IRC as protocols, along with a "ridiculously long" list of improvements :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:01 PM
May 15, 2009
Twitterfon 1.5 Changes

Just a note of warning, users of the Twitterfon twitter iPhone client, changes are coming. The author posted a blog post about the upcoming Ad support for TwitterFon 1.5. The change (which just showed up as an update for me this morning) has quick add/remove, rich tweet view, and user lookup among the other changes. Looking at the Twitterfon page it also looks like there's now a "Pro" version of the app.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I use Twitterfon because it's clean, free, and uncluttered with ads. On the other hand, the app author deserves a bit of a payday to reward him for the great work! Guess the simple answer would be to suck it up and get the pro version for (most likely, as it's not yet actually out it seems) less than the cost of your starbucks double no-whip skim latte :)

However, if you're a cheap bastard like me, maybe hold off on the upgrade to Twitterfon 1.5 until someone else sees how intrusive the ads are.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:26 AM
May 11, 2009
Good iPhone Wallpaper Site

Darren pointed me to Poolga, a free iPhone wallpaper site. Looks good, with some decent quality wallpapers too.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:16 AM
Intel Optimized Firefox for Mac

Dreaming Of Beetles has downloads of intel optimized builds of Firefox for mac. Version 3.5b5pre at the moment. I hear it actually even feels faster then the official betas. We'll see how it goes.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:13 AM
May 06, 2009
QuickLook Plugins

The Apple Blog has Four Useful Quicklook Plugins.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:32 PM
May 05, 2009
Losing Your iPhone

The Unofficial Apple Weblog has Six things I learned from losing my iPhone 3G. Speaking as someone who had an iPhone 3G stolen, I can attest to all of these, except the replacement cost... for me it was $930 CND for a new unit (luckily half covered by insurance). Still a blatant ripoff though :(

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:02 AM
May 02, 2009
iPhone Wolf-3D Lite (Free)

Amidst the Apple Blog's Weekly App Store Picks I noticed that there is now a lite (and free) version of Wolf-3D iPhone game (if you're too cheap to spend the $4.99 on the main game that is).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:00 AM
May 01, 2009
iPhone On-Screen Keyboard FTW?

Some testing by CNET and their Xtreme typing challenge had typing in some extreme conditions pitting an iPhone against an EEEEEEEEPC.

Their completely unscientific test came to the same result as I have... while the iPhone isn't tactile, the smarts in the software (auto-correct, guessing what the next letter will be and increasing the hit box for it, etc) makes it far easy to just stab along quickly, and for the most part will figure it all out properly. Course, if you're hacking out an email on the train, the jostling around you're going to get isn't the same as what this guy is experiencing :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:01 PM
April 30, 2009
10 Productivity Apps for the Mac

10 Mac applications that promise to improve your productivity. Cool.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:01 PM
April 20, 2009
Tweetie for OSX

Tweetie for Mac OS X was released last night, and the twitter app has gained a lot of buzz. It's sexy, sleek, and while some of the UI elements are a bit odd (for me) it's definitely a good contender for twittering from your mac desktop. Makes me think I should check out the tweetie for iPhone (I use TwitterFon right now).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:42 PM
April 17, 2009
More on Laptop Hunter Ads

Business Week goes over the Microsoft "Laptop Hunter" ads and asks What You Don't Get for $699. Blah blah point of view blah blah fanboys blah blah of course :) I don't buy the "you are paying more for security" argument... AVG is free and most of the software I use is free anyway. That said, looking forward to Windows 7, things like burning ISOs on the desktop is a very nice feature (that I've had in Linux for the last 10 years or so... :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:17 AM
April 13, 2009
Nifty iPhone Tips

25 (Most Wanted) Tips For iPhone 3G has some nice stuff, even that I hadn't heard before.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:03 PM
April 08, 2009
Easy iPhone Dev Tutorial

The Apple Blog has a nice Dev Session on how to create a orientation aware clock. Very nice and easy to follow for those of us completely new to iPhone development.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:10 PM
April 07, 2009
New iPhone Video Capabilities Revealed

Seems the latest beta of the iPhone OS 3.0 has some video recording capabilities revealed, but you have to alter the config to say that the hardware has a video camera. Macenstein asks Will Apple pretend iPhone video recording requires the new iPhone? as there are many jailbroken phones that use video recording just fine. *sighI* another case of Apple deciding what we can do with the hardware that the user (theoretically) owns?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:04 PM
Apple Store Changes

iTunes drops all DRM, adds variable pricing according to many blogs around. A few posts I've noted say it's not that easy (ie: impossible) to find songs at the "low" price point of $0.69. The lack of DRM is nice though.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:01 PM
March 30, 2009
Skype For iPhone Details [Update]

The Apple Blog has some details on Skype for iPhone, including screenshots. Basically it looks a lot like the normal iPhone phone app, which is good. I'm interested to see how it works like in real life. I've had the Fring app which allows VOIP connection on the iPhone via Skype, but I honestly haven't ever actually called anyone on it :)

Update: It's here. Well, in the US app store anyway. Hope it comes to Canada soon.

Update2: Seems it might not. This CBC story has this:


Chaim Haas, a public relations representative acting on behalf of Skype, said the application is available in every country in which the iPhone is on sale and in which Apple has an iTunes Store — with the exception of Canada.

Bah.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:36 PM
March 25, 2009
Video Monkey - Free Replacement for Visual Hub? [Mac]

Just heard about Video Monkey via MacBreak Weekly as a theoretical replacement for the now-defunct VisualHub video converter software. Definitely going to check this out tonight!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:30 PM
March 23, 2009
Some iPhone Wallpapers

Via Appstorm.net comes a nice set of 50 iPhone Wallpapers for Design Lovers. Some better than others, worth a look anyway.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:02 PM
March 19, 2009
iPhone OS 3.0 First Look

The Apple Blog has a First Look at the iPhone OS 3.0 Beta. Lots of screenshots and impressions there.

Update: More screenshots here. Lots of great detail about how things work, excellent read @ iLounge.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:02 PM
March 18, 2009
March 17, 2009
iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event Details (Updated)

Again with the Apple stuff, will it never stop?! You can keep an eye on the iPhone OS 3.0 event today by checking out either Engadget or the @macrumors twitter stream. If you're a twitterer you probably you that doing a search for #iPhone will probably garner you some good stuff as well :)

Update:
Highlights from the event are below (hit the read more):


  • In-app purchases (ie: buy another 10 levels, or extend your subscription to a magazine app).. for paid apps only. Hopefully not abused by developers
  • Peer 2 Peer connectivity - seamlessly connect with local devices running the same app. Sounds pretty awesome for gaming.
  • More hardware access for accessories. Blood pressure readers that work with the iPhone, or an FM transmitter that automagically talks to the iPhone (or iPod of course) to tune to the right station, or speaker that can control the EQ on the iPhone.
  • Maps can be embedded right into apps.
  • Turn by Turn Applications - wooo! Course, I think that not having this was a rule from apple and not a restriction in the hardware, but whatever :) Have to bring your own maps though (WTF?). Guess this is a statement on sending someone into a lake because google maps haven't been updated. Huge download size I'm guessing :( Oh well, still, good to finally have.
  • Push notifications so that applications can get updates without "running". Completely re-architected to deal with performance and battery life issues. Now "good to go" though.
  • In-app voice and video APIs. Yay, no more shelling everything to youtube!
  • Copy, cut and paste. Finally. Geez... was starting to get mad that they could do scalling, streaming video but not a simple text operation that's been around for 30 years now.... The UI is nice, but not a 2 year development effort I'd hope. Shake to undo (very iPhone-y), copying HTML, images, works in all apps, etc. Nifty, welcome to 1984!
  • Landscape keyboard support in all core apps. IE: Mail.
  • More big stuff.... MMS (multimedia SMS) will let you send photos/contact vcards/audio/location over SMS.
  • More little stuff... calendar has ICS subscriptions now, stocks have a landscape mode and support for news details at the bottom.
  • Global search!!!! Well, "key applications" search anyway, so mail, calendar, etc. All nicely integrated in something familiar to Mac people called "spotlight" :)
  • Sync your notes, auto-fill, youtube accounts, stereo bluetooth headphone support (finally again!).
  • Developer beta available today (cool), full release available in the summer (meh, want it now), it's a free update for the iPhone (yay) and $9.95 for the iPod Touch (boo (but standard apple fare if you remember the 2.0 upgrade)). No MMS or stereo bluetooth for 1st gen iPhone users (boo (not affecting me though)).

So that's the end of the bulk of the announcements. My thoughts? This brings a close to 99% of the complaints that people have about the iPhone. Copy and paste, background notification, global search, MMS, turn by turn GPS, all fixed. There are still a couple of holes, such as flash and tethering.

I'm fairly excited to be honest, I'm looking forward to what people can do with this in their apps, and I'm happy there aren't any silly "new feature XXX only will work on our new iPhone 3.0 hardware" restrictions. At least not yet :) I'm also glad they haven't radically changed the iPhone, but have added to it significantly. I'm especially interested in the spotlight app, and seeing how it works in practice and how well. It sounded like it was an 'always open' app in the leftmost screen, which makes it more useful than a search app you have to open up each time.

Still, we'll see :) Going to download the SDK tonight and start programming something to make my millions with!!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:28 AM
March 16, 2009
iPhone 3.0 Wishlist

Tomorrow Apple will give a sneak peak at the 3.0 version of the iPhone firmware. No clue so far as to if this will be on a new hardware platform (ie: version 3 of the iPhone handset) or just an upgrade to the current version. Hopefully some of each (ie: I don't want to buy a new $500 phone to get access to whatever new features there are).

A lot (lot) of "3.0 firmware wishlists" have appeared, mostly fueled simply by wishes, practically none with any actual inside information on them (some might argue that there are leaks who do go to people like Kevin Rose with details, but again, who knows. Anyway, one of the good lists I found was from Frasier Speirs, who has his own iPhone OS 3.0 Wishlist.

My list is pretty simple:


  • Cut & Paste
  • Background tasks/notification/whatever... anything to let me have an IM/Twitter running at the same time as I'm surfing or whatever
  • Some sexyness in the UI, nothing too chromey, but with some sort of update to make things look a bit more modern. Maybe a skinnable system?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:06 PM
March 13, 2009
The New iPod Shuffle UnBoxing

iPod Shuffle Unboxing and Hands On from the Apple Blog.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:42 AM
March 12, 2009
Boing Boing on the new Shuffle

Boing Boing Gadgets reviews the iPod Shuffle (Third Generation).


[...] The new iPod Shuffle is Apple's worst product in years. Its headphone module-interface fails because it's really about physical appearances: it does nothing to improve the experience of listening to music, and is in fact irritating until you've learned how to use it.

They do go on to say that even though the new shuffle is the worst out of Apple in years, it's still pretty good.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
March 11, 2009
A video detailing a complete and absolutely cool Star Trek: The Next Generation makeover for Apple's cellphone.

DIY: Star Trek iPhone Is the Definitive iPhone (If You Are Picard or Jason Chen)

Apple/Mac - Posted by aryk at 12:15 PM
Apple News - New Shuffle and Upcoming iTunes 8.1

Two bits of mac news for the price of one!


  • iTunes 8.1 "Coming Soon". Claims to have a speed boost for large libraries (yay) and to have expanded the Genius feature for movies and TV shows (meh).
  • If you haven't seen the new iPod Shuffle you haven't read your RSS feeds yet this morning. Smaller form factor (didn't realize that was possible), 4G of storage, and the new "VoiceOver" functionality which will speak you the name of the current Artist/Song as well as the playlist (of which you can have several now). At $79 that's not bad. I like that they're putting more functionality into the shuffle still.

I also note they waited until after this week's MacBreak Weekly to announce these things. I'll bet Leo is pissed about that :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:06 AM
March 06, 2009
Secrets of the Apple Store

Confessions of an Apple Store Employee has some insight into how things work inside the Apple stores from a former employee.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
February 24, 2009
Apple Releases Safari 4 Beta

Saw the news this morning that Apple has released Safari 4 beta for the masses. It's free of course, for mac and PC, and has a few interesting new changes:


  • Faster Javascript interpreter (everyone's doing it, Google Chrome, Firefox 3.1 and (I think) IE8 all have amped up JS engines)
  • Tabs on top (meh, copying Google Chrome one could argue... I don't see the big deal personally)
  • Sexy history browsing (coverflow full page previews, sexy as only Apple can do)
  • Sexy "Top Sites" (again, very similar to the Google Chrome home page or Opera speed dial feature, but sexy again, as Apple does best)
  • Native look on windows (probably a good thing)
  • Developer tools (if they are of the caliber of Firebug and friends, then that's great news)
  • See what else is new.

I'm not sure if this is something that will draw any non-Apple fan boys away from Firefox, as it's still missing a bunch of things that I have really gotten used to, both UI and things like extensions (and ad block), but it's great to see Apple bring Safari up to the level of the rest of the "next gen" browsers.

I'm going to give it a go on my Mac for a while, just to see how it is, and see if I can tell just what part of Firefox I'm so attached to. The one thing it really needs is a Firefox-like import of saved data... losing my history, saved passwords, form data, etc would really suck for a convert :(

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:24 AM
February 10, 2009
Thoughts on the iPhone App Store

Interesting article on the design and pricing in the Apple iPhone App Store. Check out Cold Hard Truth of the App Store.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:21 PM
January 27, 2009
For Crazy Cat Man Arcterex

IPhoto: iPhoto's Facial Recognition Feature Works on Cats

Apple/Mac - Posted by aryk at 08:44 PM
TwitterFon For the iPhone

Just discovered TwitterFon twitter app for the iPhone thanks to @chasejarvis.... lots of features, free, no ads, more functional (IMHO) than my previous one (twitteriffic). Going to give this one a good go and see if it works as well as it looks. Oh, and did I mention it's free?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:18 AM
January 26, 2009
Mac Virus Paranoia?

Nice article on the apple blog - More Mac Viruses, Similar Sources: Time to Worry?


Really, as it stands, the only people at risk are those trying to pirate software, so it’s not really a case of “Is the OS less secure?”, so much as it is one of “Are Mac users security savvy?”.

Personally I look at it this way... if you download the iwork trial from apple.com and install it, it'll ask you for your password before it installs itself. If you go to your friendly neighborhood torrent site, download ilife09.torrent, and click the installer it (I presume) asks for your password before it installs a trojan and then installs iLife.

Is this some new form of super-evil mac virus? An age where apple-heads can't surf in peace? An age where you shouldn't suggest an iMac to your grandma because it'll come to life, kick her in the behind, and impregnate her granddaughter?

I'm thinking not. I could put up a shell script that has in it a request for password followed by deleting your system while it plays a clown song and put it up for download and most likely it'd still get downloaded and accused of being an evil mac virus. The sort of viruses we're talking about here are simple trojans (IMHO) and requires no more than the normal (well, perhaps normal by windows and I-surf-pirate-sites standards) amount of care and attention in surfing and downloading.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:11 PM
January 19, 2009
Time Machine Backups Through Samba

Thanks to a FUBAR on my part and losing my carefully crafted addressbook on my MBP, I did some looking into finding a way to do time machine backups without spending $600 on Time Capsule and utilizing my already existing NAS device. Turns out that Time Machine with SMB and NFS Shares is very possible with a bit of diddling with settings. This guy got it working with remotely mounted AFP, SMB and NFS shares on a random NAS device.

Also looks like there's an addon for DroboShare via the DroboApps SDK called BackMyFruitUp to add Time Capsule like capabilities, which looks to have potential too.

Now I know what my project tonight will be!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:37 AM
January 06, 2009
MacWorld Keynote

Macworld San Francisco 2009 Keynote Live Coverage is up at Macrumors..... just got in so haven't had a chance to see much. iLife '09 seems to be out though!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:27 AM
January 01, 2009
iPhone Inline Charging Case

I don't plan on pimping every new iphone or apple accessory here, but this looks interesting... Ars has a review for the Incase Power Slider battery backup for iPhone 3G. It's like a thick case for your iphone, but it has extra battery charge. Hit the article for pics and review. Might be worth the $$..... I already have a thick case on my phone, assuming this doesn't make it too much larger, or unreasonably heavy that is.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:46 PM
December 12, 2008
New Page Breaking Apple Ad

Found this via Reddit... looks like Apple's new online ad does that page destruction thing that wii did a bit ago. Kinda cool. Annoying as hell I'm sure to encounter in the wild though...

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:16 AM
November 20, 2008
iPhone 2.2 Firmware Released

Wow, not only has Apple released iPhone 2.2 firmware, but it's available to me right away! Anyone tried it yet? Any fail? Awh, who am I kidding, I'm downloading it and installing it right now!

According to the release notes no cut and paste, but the expected bug fixes, performance fixes, over the air podcast updating, street view (and some other) map improvements, as well as toggling for spelling. So pretty much what people were expecting.

I'll let you know if it explodes my phone :)

Update: No issues, heck, even a fast download speed. Since I just updated all my podcasts I'll have to wait to use it in practice, but in theory the 'get more episodes' just pops you into the itunes store and allows you to download episodes from the listing there (I never use the itunes store on the iphone so no idea if that was there before). It also does the right thing when it syncs to iTunes as well, loading any new podcasts you weren't subscribed to in. Looks very slick.

The street view is sexy, and probably the new "must show" app for iphone/touch owners. You need an address in a city with street view of course, and if you have it click on the orange icon on the left of the label (try searching for "1 microsoft way seattle" as an example). The transition to street view is done with the usual care and attention so the user knows what's going on (ie: is swoops in). Pinch and drag are all there and work as expected, the only niggle I have (and not sure what could be done about it) is that I almost want to pinch or double tap to move down the street, but I need to tap on the street "arrows" just like in the actual google maps street view. I'm not sure how you'd distinguish between a "move forward" doubletap or pinch and a "zoom in" double tap or pinch. Still, a very minor thing.

Safari does indeed now have the google search as a primary element in the nav bar. Not sure if this is a needed thing or not, but I guess it saves a tap...

Haven't looked at the rest of the stuff, but it feels a bit faster overall, though that might be the reality distortion field :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:54 PM
November 19, 2008
Aluminum MacBook X-Ray Makes Perfect Desktop Background

Apple: Aluminum MacBook X-Ray Makes Perfect Desktop Background

Apple/Mac - Posted by aryk at 11:17 AM
November 14, 2008
Google iPhone App Voice Search

This will be a cool thing for the iPhone / Touch (second gen only) users.... Voice Search Coming to the iPhone via the google mobile app. There's a nice little video demonstrating it in true Google fashion. Basically speak your google search into the microphone and it gives it to you.... how much simpler could it be?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:29 AM
November 11, 2008
iPhone/Touch Firmware 2.2 Close?

MacRumors asks the very leading question of iPhone 2.2 Firmware 10 Days Away? If so, very cool, as there are a bunch of new stuff (no copy and paste yet!!?!?!?!?) that's rumored to be in it, coolest for me being updating of podcasts over the air (well, over 3G for <10mb and wifi for >10mb) which will mean I don't have to worry about running out of stuff to listen to if I'm away from my main syncing computer. Street view is nifty, the Japanese emoji icons get a "well whatever" and the rumored new look for safari with the google bar on the title bar (anyone have screenshots of this?) sounds interesting.

Course, apple being apple, we'll see what happens in 10 days :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:41 PM
November 06, 2008
Over-Air Podcast Downloading in Upcoming iPhone Update

Rumors are that apple will Activate Podcast Downloads in 2.2 Firmware at MacRumors. This and street view would make the 2.2 a very nice upgrade... Course, cut and paste and background notifications would make it even better!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
October 27, 2008
Google Earth iPhone Edition

Woo! Finally Google Earth Comes to the iPhone!


Amidst the launch of Google’s own Android mobile operating system, the company is bringing its Google Earth software to the iPhone App Store. As reported by our sister site News.com, the iPhone version replciates much of the desktop application’s core experience, downloading imagery from Google’s servers as the perspective shifts and dotting the map with landmarks, photos, and other information.

Installing this now, wonder if it'll be better than the Earthscape app that is already there and is not bad...

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:19 AM
October 14, 2008
iPhone Powered Laptop

A concept computer that came out this morning was the OLO iPhone-powered Laptop. Basically the iphone plugs in to where the trackpad would be and acts as the CPU and touchpad. Interesting idea... not sure how realistic this is, but it's definitely an interesting concept.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:18 PM
October 09, 2008
Apple Notebook Event Oct. 14th

Looks like all the rumors were true... next Wednesday there is a MacBook Event. From the Apple Blog:


Members of the media have just received word that the rumored October 14 MacBook event is rumor no more. Invitations sent by Apple’s PR department confirm that next Tuesday will see a special event hosted by the company at its Cupertino campus.

Wonder which (if any) of the various rumors will come true.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:28 AM
October 01, 2008
September 10, 2008
Free HD TV Shows From iTunes

Sorry about the slew of apple stuff, but this is more for me to check when I get home. Seems there are some Free iTunes HD TV shows up on iTunes. Seems (according to the comments) they aren't available in Canada. *sigh* Sucks to live in the north it seems. Hopefully this link willl help my 'merkin friends though.

However, these two links claim to get itunes downloads from anywhere, though it's legality and tested-ness is unknown.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
iPod Touch 2.1 Firmware Changes Compiled

The folks over in the MacRumors forums are compiling a List Of 2.1 Features that may be interesting above and beyond the ones noted in the official changelog (which in typical Apple fashion is about 5 lines long). Some nice stuff in there, little fixes like apps going back to where they belong when they are updated. Looking forward to the iPhone version on Friday.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:26 AM
September 09, 2008
Apple Event Coverage

Since MacRumors doesn't have their live event coverage site up, however the Gizmodo Liveblog is up and going for today's 10AM PST iPod-o-gasm is.

Update: So if you haven't seen already, here's the rundown:


  • iTunes 8, with new cover view and the genius playlist creator (available now).
  • The new rumored iPod nano "thinnie" version (as opposed to the 3rd gen "fatties"). Also includes microphone accelerometer for video playing when it's on it's side and coverflow like the iphone/touch, shake to shuffle, and a new headphone with play/pause/next/prev/volume controls on it (like the iPhone/touch but better).
  • New iPod touch form factor (the iphone look) and hardware volume controls and the new headphones.
  • iPod Touch/iPhone 2.1 software with the Genius mode and "bugfixes" to increase battery life and other suck. No word on cut and paste though. This is available now for the Touch.

Overall about a 7/10 IMHO, not bad, but nothing completely unexpected after the Kevin Rose leaks.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:37 AM
September 08, 2008
Mac Rumor Roundup

Macrumors has the Let's Rock: Rumor Roundup and Expectations for tomorrows apple event. Personally the one thing i'm really hoping for is the new version of iTunes with proper tagging support. I'll be miffed if the new iPods are released as rumored as I just replaced one of the 3rd gen Nanos that was stolen! Ah well, I'm fine and happy with the 3rd gen and the 4th gen (should it be released) better do something pretty amazing for me to want to upgrade.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:15 PM
September 02, 2008
Tagging Songs in iTunes

Lately I've been re-doing my music collection thanks to a new fileserver and a new computer. Since the new computer is a Mac, the logical choice for music is iTunes. It's not perfect of course, but it does the job, and is the logical choice if you have any iPod type devices. However one of the places where it completely falls down is in realm of tagging, as smart playlists can only get you so far, and sometimes I want to say that something belongs to my "highschoolmemories" collection as well as "hotdancetracks" and dragging those into playlists just doesn't cut it. Enter the power of applescript and quicksilver (sorry guys, this is a Mac only link). Check out how to set up tagging tracks in iTunes with Quicksilver via MacOSXHints.com.

Another method that will work for everyone is from this lifehacker article using the power of "grouping".

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:26 AM
August 25, 2008
iPhone Dice Rolling App

Kinda a cool little app if you're a D&D guy or gal, Mach Dice: Roll for iPhone supports up to 100 d100 die, and is funky 3d and makes good use of the accelerometer.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:44 PM
August 20, 2008
iPhone Factory Pics on New iPhone

This is pretty cool.... iPhone factory workers send message of peace to our lands via the iPhone’s camera is from a guy who found a bunch of pictures on his new iPhone.... not the "accidental" type pictures I've heard of before, but more of a proper photoshoot!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:40 PM
August 06, 2008
More on Mac vs PC Pricing

To balance out the last mac-vs-pc-pricing post I made a few days ago, Paul Thurrott has his own perspective on the issue of Mac laptops cost twice as much as PC laptops.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:17 PM
August 04, 2008
PC Vs. Mac Misconceptions

Tom's Hardware has a good article on The Apple Mac Cost Misconception. As a recent mac user, this hits my heart because I've heard a lot of these misconceptions for years from my peers (and myself of course). Good to see it all laid out.

From the section on "I can build a mac pro for half the price":


The above is essentially a baseline Mac Pro replicated using the cheapest minimum required components to build. The difference? A negligible $5.67. Those who claim that they can build "the same" PC for half the price are at this point baseless.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:16 PM
July 28, 2008
Google Calendar Syncs with iCal

Darren pointed to me the google page on Google Calendar CalDAV support, which is the ability to sync Google Calendar with iCal. Very interesting, I'm going to have to check out how to best use this, as some of my stuff is in iCal and I really like the idea and portability of Google Calendars, but I don't actually use it.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:37 PM
July 11, 2008
iPhone 3G Review From Engaget

Engaget has it's own iPhone 3G review.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:33 PM
July 10, 2008
iTunes 7.7, App Store Open For Business

Stage 1 in the new iPhone mania is complete, Apple Released iTunes 7.7 which allows access to the app store. W00t! Well, in theory "W00t!" as I'm still doing the install, and I've seen some people saying that even with the new iTunes they don't see the App Store. Wonder if there'll be different rules for us Canadians too :( Will let you know when my install is done and I can test.

Update: iTunes 7.7 installed on my macbook with the latest Leopard, no app store in sight. Either it's being rolled out in waves, or the Canadian iTunes store is behind the times again. Note that the new iphone 2.0 firmware has been found by macrumors posters already.


Update2: Ah, you have to go into the iTunes preferences and enable the 'applications' source before the store will show up. Only shows a black screen for me though.

Update3: Ah, there it is.... 2 minutes in and already I have about 10 downloads of apps going!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:08 AM
July 09, 2008
First iPhone 3G Reviews

Wall-to-wall iPhone coverage here at UFies.org points to the First iPhone 3G reviews via the WSJ, USA Today and NY Times. Summary:

Overall, the new phone "mostly keeps its promises."

Not bad I guess.....

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:49 PM
July 08, 2008
More iPhone 3G News and Bad Press For Rogers

Story from Darren about the Spat with Rogers leaves Canadian Apple stores without iPhones looks a bit like rumormongering to me, but as Darren noted, it doesn't matter, it's still bad press for Rogers and I really hope that all the bad press and (presumed) public pressure will help to make them reconsider their data plans. Really, they have a huge opportunity to offer reasonable data rates for Canadians, which they should take (says I the consumer). Of course, the minimal competition up here means they have no need to, hence the $115/month plan that gets you 2G of transfer :(

In other iPhone 3G news, engaget has some 3G iPhone in the wild pictures. Not a huge amound there sadly.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:45 AM
June 07, 2008
History of the Jobs Keynote

Just to get everyone riled up for the Apple keynote on Monday, here's a link to the “Just One More Thing…” Timeline which includes videos from back to the late 90's of all the "just one more thing" moments (and other historical stuff :)

*come on iphone 2.0 available-in-canada-and-non-sucky-data-plans!*

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:13 AM
May 20, 2008
iPhone 2.0 FUD

The Macalope looks at the iPhone 2.0 FUD-o-rama.


Rob Enderle, in regards to anything Apple, is not an "analyst", Eric. He is a quote machine. And, thus, the horny one will not be linking to or bothering to dissect the source of Zeman's piece.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:21 PM
May 19, 2008
iPhone and Data Plan in Canada?

Another rumor has it that there'll be a 3G iPhone in Canada next month with reasonable data costs over at the Apple blog. The $7 unlimited data plan they predict sounds very good, especially compared to the $97 for 25mb that they currently have. This combined with an upgraded / tweaked iPhone, maybe a 32mb version, and I'm there. I love my iPod Touch, but would love to combine it with my phone for one less bit to carry around :)

Course, all this depends on a new iPhone, a 3G version, and Rogers not to completely shaft us Canadians with data plan pricing.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:46 PM
April 29, 2008
iPhone In Canada?

The Unofficial Apple Weblog spreads this juicy bit for me and all my Canuck friends:It's official: iPhones in Canada via Rogers. Of course, I'll believe it when I see it "for real". Of course, 25mb for $97/month will kill it for me and many others I'm sure. Canada's lack of decent data plans is going to hinder iPhones up here until someone gets us out of this data backwater (Darren's words).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:42 AM
April 15, 2008
How About Some Skype / VOIP for that iPhone / iPod Touch?

Very exciting is a feature from Lifehacker on how to Turn Your iPod Touch into an iPhone and allow you to make VoIP phone calls from your iPod touch or iPhone using a freeware application called SIP-VoIP.

Very exciting stuff!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:48 PM
April 14, 2008
Remote Desktop for Mac Beta 3 Available

After a few weeks with a "Beta has expired" message, and no new beta to download, looks like MS has gotten their act together and released Beta 3 of the RDP Mac Client.

Now the question is, is this a new beta with actual changes, or just the same software with the expiry date removed? Being that the only information about the beta is here there's no actual information about any changes. Oh, and the 'feedback' link to read the forums about it doesn't work. *sigh*

If you're looking for an alternative (if you hadn't found one already), the de-facto seems to be CoRD, which I've played with a bit.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:07 AM
March 03, 2008
Ruby on Rails in Leopard

An article I've been waiting for, on Developing Rails Applications on Mac OS X Leopard. Most important is that it has "official" update commands... myself being a total rails newbie I was glad to see this:


Out of the box, you get Ruby version 1.8.6 and Rails version 1.2.6, the latest stable releases at the time Leopard shipped. Ruby releases are few and far between (it's still at 1.8.6), but Rails has frequent new releases. In fact, the application we'll build requires Rails 2.0.2. The good news is it's easy to upgrade Rails and RubyGems. Make sure your system is up to date now by running these commands:

Instead of just hoping that running random commands would make it work. Coming from a Linux world of package managers where doing something "outside" the package world potentially pollutes the filesystem with outside code.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:24 PM
Apple SDK News

The Unofficial Apple Weblog asks some questions to Cory about What do you expect from the upcoming iPhone SDK, which is scheduled to launch Thursday March 3rd. Not all questions answered, and some guesses in there, but still, bit of news.

Glad my iPod Touch is on it's way back home to me!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:43 AM
February 14, 2008
Things Learned at an Apple Store

Interesting writeup called Things I Learned At The Apple Store (here's part 2).

* For God sakes, people were lining up -- waiting time, 22 minutes -- to get a seat in the Apple "lounge" at the back of the store. What was special there? Nothing. A chance to sit, read some magazines, drink coffee and sample some computer stuff.

Interesting read and follow up... especially to see how vile the reaction is to saying nice things about an apple store.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
February 05, 2008
On Mac Vs Windows

Humanized has a good article on one particular aspect of usability in the Mac Vs. Windows dispute.... Luxury Computing talks about some of the challenges in doing some simple things in both Mac and Windows.


After going through the same three dialog boxes, the wizard appears yet again; this time it’s found a “HID-compliant device”, and I have to go through the same song and dance, after which I get yet another wizard for a “HID-compliant device”.

As a recent new-again Mac user I can completely relate... some things in OS/X are just night and day in terms of usability compared to windows, and at the same times there are some completely brain-dead and broken things (or breaking, as in my hot corners randomly stopping working and I have to relaunch finder to get them back again).

Another "what tool for what toolbox?" debate, though some usability issues are more like using a hammer that randomly smacks you in the thumb by itself (Ok, so I'm not all that good at analogies :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:53 AM
February 04, 2008
Apple //c Unboxing

I'm not sure if I would have paid $2500 for a 20 year old computer.... but the unboxing pics and story about it certainly is interesting.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:35 AM
January 29, 2008
iPhone Car Integration

Unofficial apple weblog has a Complete guide to iPhone car integration now online.

Rogers, please move your butts and get me an iPhone up in Canada!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:12 PM
January 28, 2008
Viewing Flash On Your iPhone with iTransmogrify

iTransmogrify! allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to view flash video on their devices. Bookmark a javascript bookmarklet and it'll magically transmogrify the flash into a format playable on the non-flash apple devices (damn you Steve Jobs!).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:26 AM
January 27, 2008
iPod Touch 1.1.3 Jailbreak Info

How simple is this... there is a 1.1.3 "JailBreak" in Installer. Basically ensure you have the right version of a couple of packages, and a couple of settings (autolock set to never!) and time to wait (about 20-40 minutes from the forums)... then click the '1.1.3 jailbreak (dev team)' icon. Doesn't get any easier than that does it?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:05 AM
January 15, 2008
For Your MacWorld Live Bloggin Needs

Darren sent me a link to just what I was looking for for my popcorn watching for MacWorld..... a page with all the MacWorld live blogs on it! Watch Macrumors, engaget, mac observer and gizmodo updates all at the same time!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
January 09, 2008
NetNewswire (RSS Reader for The Mac) Now Free

RSS Reader for Mac - NetNewsWire now no longer is a for pay version and a Lite version, but a completely free version. Version 3.1 is available for download here.

I've been a Google Reader fan since the new version came out a couple of years back... I'm definately going to give NNW a shot again as I did used to use it back in the old days when I had a PowerBook. Via 50 Leaves.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:27 PM
The MacBook UltraPortable Rumors

Macenstein has asked the question I've been pondering the last few days, remind me again why we want an ultra portable? The biggest rumor that I've seen of what's incoming at macworld in a week is that Apple will be releasing an ultra portable, touch based system that is whafer thin. From the Macenstein article:


For some reason I am just missing the allure of a wafer thin MacBook, and I would like someone out there to set me straight. What am I missing here?

Anyone remember Origami, the Microsoft UMPC? They had a great advertising campaign which seemed to peter out as soon as it was released. Has anyone heard anything about UMPC in the "real" media since then?

Anyway, the same goes, IMHO, for an apple device. Yes, the apple touchscreen from the iPhone and iPod Touch is fantastic and could be an improvement over the pen based interface, and the on-screen keyboard and predictive typing that those devices have could be useful on such a device. Isn't this a solution looking for a problem? Macenstein goes through what the current Apple offerings have, where the holes are and aren't, cost thoughts, etc.

I have to agree, it's a supremely cool idea, but I can't see it being hugely useful outside a couple of minor areas.


  • Uber-mac-fanboys / early adopters
  • Super super specialized areas (ie: salesperson at a mac store for checking inventory or something like that)
  • Some other super-specialized segment?

We'll see in a week I guess. I personally am prepared to be totally disappointed by this years MacWorld.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:05 AM
January 04, 2008
Office 2008 for Mac Review At Ars

First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 over at Ars.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 AM
December 31, 2007
iPhone 1.1.3 Details and Video

Macenstein and Gear live have details on the iPhone firmware 1.1.3. This of course will also break any jailbroken apps.... *sigh* :(

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:55 PM
November 22, 2007
Mac Buyers Guide

Mac Buyer's Guide: Know When to Buy Your Mac, iPod or iPhone, with info based on trends, how recently things were updated, etc.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:42 AM
November 13, 2007
Build Your Own Mac Clone

Don't want to pay a boatload for an iMac or Powerbook? Lifehacker show how to Build a Hackintosh Mac for Under $800.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:35 PM
November 12, 2007
iPhone/Touch 1.1.2 Jailbreak Released (jailbroke?)

If you're a lucky one with an iPhone or iPod Touch and want to upgrade to the 1.1.2 firmware but don't want to lose your custom apps and setup, conceited software has released a windows/linux solution as TUAW. I've as yet untested by myself on my Touch, so read the comments and research before you put your baby at risk. Apparently the big draw to the 1.1.2 release is a speed boost, but that looks like about it (unless you use non-english characters a lot).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 06:03 PM
October 29, 2007
Ars Technica Leopard Review

As they generally do, Ars Technica has produce a fantastic Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard review.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:19 PM
October 28, 2007
Computer-less Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod Touch

Very cool... no more needing a mac or PC to install custom apps on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Check out this Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch which lets you do it all by visiting a webpage on your iPhone or Touch's Safari web browser.

It'll be very interesting to see what happens with the next firmware update...

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:45 PM
October 24, 2007
iPhone Coming to Canada In January

Darren pointed me to an article proclaiming that a Molson beer contest confirms Apple iPhone coming to Canada in January. $800 though, that's a bit steep (assuming that's the the retail price). Are they going to be selling for $200 less in April though?

Still, good to know things are heading north. Big questions now are a) will the carrier be Rogers and b) will they come out with an unlimited data plan...

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:47 PM
October 19, 2007
The Mac OS/X Leopard Walkthrough

Stuff like this Mac OS X Leopard - Guided Tour show once again why Apple is the king of marketing. I watched the movie and even though I have never used any of the features they show, nor have ever wanted them, I so want a mac running Leopard right now. The goodness wasn't only in the demo, but also the slickness of the features. Timeline, ichat, stacks..... all soooo slick. Am I right or am I right about this?

Course, I want to be able to play more than 3 games, so sadly it'll doubtfully replace my windows gaming box. But a nice macbook pro? Hmm.....

TUAW also has some thoughts.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:40 PM
October 18, 2007
OS/X Leopard Gives Adrian More Wow Than Vista

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says he admits that Leopard has more “Wow!” than Vista … in theory anyway and goes on to enumerate some of the bits (a nice summary by the way). One thing really stuck out for me though.:

Google Map Addresses
View a detailed map of any address in Address Book. Just hold down the Control key while clicking any address and select “Map of” and Safari will show you its location in Google Maps.
[Note that this is one of those re-tweaked features - I believe that this is already in OS X Address Book but uses MapQuest instead of Google Maps. But yeah, it’s cool. Why can’t Outlook Express/Windows Mail have this?]

Isn't this basically the feature in MS Office where it would parse out addresses / phone numbers and make them yellow and clickable to add them to your address book or something? And wasn't this the feature that when it was announced (2002 or 2003 probably) had people up in arms about invasion of privacy, Microsoft stealing our data, etc etc? Sure it's slightly different, hooking into maps, but still... a bit of hypocrisy mayhap (not on Adrian's part as much as the net in general giving Apple/Google a big pass and coming down harder on MS for some things).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:56 AM
October 17, 2007
Apple to Provide iPhone SDK

Darren passed me on the best news I've heard all day.... the Apple Hot News that a third party SDK for the iPhone and iPod Touch will be available in February. Should be sooner, and it'll be interesting to see how they make it open to developers, without putting way too many hoops to jump through for developers. Putting some of the iPhone apps on the Touch would be great as well :)

Also while you're at it, availability in Canada and unlimited data plans would be great!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:08 AM
Apple Answers Leopard Questions

Apple Answers Leopard Questions and gives some interesting insight to what's going to be out in less than 10 days.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:59 AM
October 11, 2007
iPod Touch Jailbreak

Jailbreak Guide for the iPod Touch over at TouchDev.net. Looks like it's still a bit convoluted and sounds like you still need a Mac to do it though. Hopefully it'll just get easier (or heaven forbid), get blessed by apple to allow access into the device without jumping through hoops.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:52 AM
October 04, 2007
Canada to Get iPhone In Two Weeks?

Darren passed on the rumor that Holt Renfrew Insider Says iPhone Coming to Canada in Two Weeks. Interesting to see, fingers crossed after I had a chance to check one out recently.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:35 AM
September 28, 2007
Apple iPhone 1.1.1 Re-Review

Apple's latest ("it'll brick hacked iPhones") update has garnered a re-review from Gizmodo.


It's understandable for Apple to wage a war on unlocking the iPhone, since the company shares revenue from fees with AT&T. But the truth is, if cellphone service was awesome, like it is on iTunes, there wouldn't be a need to unlock the iPhone.

The last image on the page, the chart, is the most telling I think. Hopefully Apple will change their way/tune soon to win back some of the love.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:38 PM
September 27, 2007
New iPhone Firmware Impressions

Well, according to Gizmodo, the new iPhone firmware (1.1.1) won't brick your iPhone. Good thing to know, not that I have an iPhone of course... Lots of other good info in the article though, best to read the full thing through.

Apple, please bring them to Canada. Pretty please? With sugar on top?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:45 PM
September 16, 2007
Muppet Rant About iPhones

I totally agree with this Muppet's rant about iPhones (or rather, lack thereof) in Canada.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:20 AM
September 14, 2007
iPod Touch Unboxing Pics

Just cause I really want one of these puppies, heres some iPod Touch unpacking tour and first look pics and commentary from AppleInsider.


[...] but the Touch lacks a fourth conductor on the headphone jack, so there's no way to use the iPhone's mic, a second strike for the potential of VoIP after its lack of Bluetooth.

D'oh! I'm sure someone'll find a way to do VOIP on there soon enough though.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:33 PM
September 13, 2007
iPod Touch Manual Posted

Macrumors.com posted a link to the iPod Touch Manual which will be interesting to read through.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:34 PM
September 12, 2007
Open Source iPhone Unlock

Suddenly the decision (for me as a Canadian) to get an iPhone or an iPod Touch just got a bit murkier. The iPhone has no ETA in Canada yet, so before the rationale was it's not here, the iPod Touch is (or will be sometime, my local apple store is giving me the "1-2 weeks for the new nano and classic, no ETA given for the Touch" run-around), so the only real choice for now is the 16G iPod Touch right? Now there is a iPhone Free Software Unlock that GIzmodo has tested, which means in theory I can go down to Seattle, get myself an iPhone, and use it up here unlocked.

Grrr......

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:24 AM
August 31, 2007
iPhone Kinda in Canada

My ex-boss made his first iPhone call, and talks a bit about how the The iPhone came to Canada. Still not sure I'd pay $600 for this especially with rumors of a new iPod (please, please let it be touch with full screen video and a hard drive or at least 64G of solid state storage) and that Apple could turn it off with one sync of new firmware pushed down. Still, cool to know someone who had used an iPhone :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:42 PM
August 24, 2007
iPhone Unlocked

Welp, looks like it only took a month or so... Engaget says: iPhone unlocked: AT&T loses iPhone exclusivity. Glad it's finally happened..... now gotta get me some of that (assuming that this isn't nuked the next iPhone update).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:11 AM
July 14, 2007
iPhone File System Available

How I broke into the iPhone UNIX files and lived to tell about it, via The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Full shell access via software, no serial or special hackery required.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:02 PM
July 10, 2007
Ars In Depth iPhone Reviewr

Ars Technica has a great iPhone in depth review full of pictures, screenshots, tech info, etc.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:31 AM
iPhone Hackers Have the File System

Cool, Houston, we have filesystem access. Kinda, I think :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:29 AM
July 06, 2007
iPhone Full Shell Access

Well, that didn't take long? iPhone full shell access is here! Course, you need to do a bit of soldering to get the serial cable connected. Still, shouldn't be long now.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:30 PM
July 03, 2007
iPhone Initial Reviews

Well, I spent what little time on Saturday I had free reading iPhone reviews, watching the 'first unboxing' videos, usage videos, screenshot galleries, etc. Darren found a nice initial (but in-depth) review of the wee beastie (I want one!).

The end result from pretty much everything I've read is that it's gorgeous and amazingly user friendly (JK has a nice writeup on the little details that make Apple the leader in UI. It's not the major things, it's the little bits....) and gorgeous to look at and use. They keyboard gets some getting used to, and EDGE for data transfer sucks slightly more than other options. Definitely sounds like the pros outweighs the cons by a long shot though.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:37 AM
June 27, 2007
iPhone Review Roundups

Sorry for yet more iPhone news, but I'm going to be pretty busy the next couple of days, it'll be quiet around here :) Till then though, here's the Slashdot story, the Mossberg review after two weeks of use, and other reviews. Looks like basically the iPhone will be mostly a winner. Some details that people are pointing to seem perfectly legit (not being able to set itunes songs as ring tones for example) but knowing apple these sorts of deficiencies are either a) not really that big a deal, and people will quickly learn to live with out them or with the alternatives or b) quickly addressed with software updates.

There'll be lovers and haters though. How about a nice Windows Vs Linux flame war instead? :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:24 PM
June 26, 2007
iPhone Costs

Engaget did some research and found out just How does the iPhone stack up in total cost? Hint: bloody expensive :) The base $500-$600 sure doesn't help that's for sure, but the yearly price is way above even double or triple that! Course, the other providers compared aren't that much better.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:50 PM
80G iPhone Hysteria

Daring Fireball has some thoughts Regarding the 80 GB iPhone Capacity in the Activation and Sync Video.

(a) The demo screencast was recorded using a super-secret pre-production iPhone 2.0 with 80 GB hard drive; or (b) the original 4 and 8 GB iPhones are still so secret that the screencast was recorded using an 80 GB iPod hacked to resemble an iPhone in iTunes.

See this post on the unofficial apple weblog about the mysterious 80G space.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:30 AM
June 22, 2007
iPhone Guided Tour

The Unofficial Apple Weblog points out that Apple posted and iPhone welcome video. It's about 20 minutes and has a fairly complete tour of the iPhone functionality and features.

The graphics are nice, though I'm wondering if they are "real" at all or it's composited from the actor and CG.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:08 PM
June 20, 2007
No iPhone In Canada (Yet)

Well, guess there's no point in me lining up for an iPhone on the 29th, as Darren pointed out that there's no iPhone coming to Canada anytime soon. Not even in talks with Rogers yet. Bastards!

Until things do happen this directory of Leapoard screenshots will have to do.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:46 AM
June 13, 2007
The iPhone Keyboard For the 30something Generation

JohnK, my ex-boss has some good thoughts on The genius of the iPhone’s keyboard that I have to agree with. I have a blackberry for work and find it very fast to type with, but a pain to have a huge form factor just to get that, and I also hardly ever text anyone with a normal phone.

I'm not sure that the iPhone isn't for the theoretical 17 year old who texts hours every day... I have a feeling that your teenagers will learn to text by feel on the iPhone, tactile feedback or not, just as they learned to text 26+ characters on a 12 key phone handset, though.

Worth a read, thanks John!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:57 AM
June 11, 2007
Safari for Windows Quicky Review

So I finally managed to download Safari for windows (ironically it only worked for me in IE, not Firefox).

Pros:
Nice look.
Nifty appleness with the input field highlighting.
Nice working with RSS.
Sheets work and look nice for bookmarks, RSS, etc.
Built in bug reporting from the toolbar, including option to send in screenshot as well... nice and fast and will no doubt lower the barrier to entry for bug reports.
Plugins seem to work out of the gate.
Nice font smoothing, cleartype-ish, almost a little too cleartypeish for me though.
Gorgeous apple native widgets.
Dragging around tabs works nicely and is great visually (drag a tag off the window and it gives you a shaded thumbnail of the new browser window that'll appear.
In page find is great and spotlight like.

Cons:
My MS mouse back button doesn't work.
No adblock and other Firefox plugins I've grown used to.
No ctrl-backspace in text entry boxes and textareas.
No built in spellcheck in textareas (I'm very used to this in FF).

Other:
The way the address bar works I don't really like... in FF I can start typing in an address, then hit TAB to move to the autocomplete entries. In Safari TAB moves from the address bar to the search box, down arrow moves to the other autocomplete entries, which takes my hands off the home row. Maybe a familiarity thing, but kinda a con for me.

Sadly the lack of a working back button (might be just this particular computer... will test more when I get home tonight) and the lack of adblock are deal breakers for me :(

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:36 PM
Apple WWDC 2007 Wrap Up

Probably the last Apple post for a bit, unless new stuff comes out, but here's the details of Steve Jobs live from WWDC 2007 from Engaget.

To summarize:


  • New games (including new iD technology) to flesh out the mac gaming experience
  • New Leopard features:

    • stacks
    • core animation niftyness
    • new finder with cover flow to browse anything (including remote machines, mac or windows)
    • downloads automatically put in a stack in the doc to clean up the desktop
    • eyecandy
    • 'Back to my Mac' feature works remotely and through .MAC
    • quick-view type thing for previewing without loading an app
    • new saved searches and browsing of todays files, yesterdays files, etc

  • Leopard is all 64bit and fast like a... uhmm... leopard
  • Bootcamp now integrated
  • some iChat stuff
  • Time Machine (no new info that I can see)
  • Safari for windows public beta to be available today (not active yet)
  • iPhone 3rd party app security handled by doing it all in a browser with JS and AJAX

So nothing really huge except I guess for the safari for windows and the new finder. Sucks to have to wait for September or October for the new OS / X, but I guess the next big thing is the iPhone at the end of the month... it'll be interesting to see the reviews, critics, costs, and availability (especially in canada.... we'll see if I can get it through my current Rogers / AT&T carrier or if I have to sell my soul for two years to someone else. Not that I have $500 or $600 to blow on a phone of course (wedding present anyone? :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:42 AM
June 08, 2007
Another iPhone Hands On

iPhone hands on: The iPhone is Great! (For Everybody Else)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:25 AM
Apple's New OS Full of Animation?

Another Apple story? Bah! Well, Wired says we will Kiss Boring Interfaces Goodbye With Apple's New Animated OS. According to them:


When Steve Jobs takes the stage Monday at Apple's programmers conference, he's likely to give the world a glimpse of an upgraded Mac operating system that could herald the biggest changes to the machine's interface in 30 years.

Basically this will integrate animation into the core of the OS. The example they show are a CD burning app that smokes while it burns CDs. If you blow into the microphone the smoke blows across the desktop.

I'm all for eyecandy, but that sounds a bit pointless no? That's just an example 3rd party app though, we'll have to wait until Monday to see what Steve will bring in this regard (if anything).

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:02 AM
June 07, 2007
Insider's iPhone Hands-On

As WWDC on the 11th and the iPhone release on the 29th approach, more iPhone news, rumors and info are coming out. Gizmodo has An Insider's iPhone Hands-On & New Details. Most of the stuff there is either obvious or easily guessed (ie: already having aol/gmail/hotmail/etc set up already), assuming any of it is true, of course :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:36 PM
June 05, 2007
Quake 4 Running on a Mac Under Parallels 3.0

Thanks Darren for the link to some footage of Quake 4 running in Parallels 3.0, showing that the hardware acceleration seems to work just fine. Wonder if it goes fullscreen?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:39 AM
June 01, 2007
Steve Jobs at All Things Digital

Found the video footage of Steve Jobs talking about Mac, iPhone, etc from the posting the other day. Interesting read if you have 10 minutes to listen.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:29 AM
May 31, 2007
Parallels 3.0 Details

So it sounds like Parallels 3.0 will come close to doing what the new version of Mac OS/X is rumored to do as far as supporting running Windows apps natively (or at least, very close to it). It has snapshots (a la vmware), support for OpenGL and DirectX (wh00t! gaming!) and "SmartSelect", which lets you open any file from either windows or mac operating systems.

Interesting to see what this brings.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 PM
Leopard Rumors Abound

Interesting article on theories and rumors about what Leopard's most top, Top Secret is.


Let's imagine that Steve Jobs wasn't kidding when he said he didn't want to show Leopard's Top Secret stuff at last year's WWDC. He wasn't merely having fun at Microsoft's expense knowing full well how close Vista was coming to the look (but not feel) of OS X. He was quite serious at playing his cards not just close to his vest, but playing a bet-the-house, put-up or shut-up game of poker.

Read linked article for the full deal....

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:24 AM
May 30, 2007
Steve Jobs Presentation

Cool stuff from Steve Jobs from Engaget about the iPhone, Apple in general, and stuff that we'll find out more about at WWDC in a few days.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:19 PM
April 09, 2007
Sticky Windows For Mac OS/X

Very cool little hack for OS/X, Sticky Windows allows you to (go figure) stick your windows to the sides of the screen for easy access. Not 100% sure why this is easier / better than using the dock, but hey, it's a neat idea for sure.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 10:53 AM
March 26, 2007
Apple TV vs. Tivo

Since the new Apple TV is all the rage the last few days with people hacking them and all, Gizmodo has a Apples and Oranges Hands-On: Apple TV vs. TiVo Series3 HD. Obviously for people in the "Apple Lifestyle" one will work better than for people in the "Tivo Lifestyle". Same as xBox / Media Center extender will work for people who are Windows/xBox people. Anyway, it's an interesting comparison if for nothing less than comparing how the two companies have done their user interfaces (I do love the comparison of remotes and the obvious targetted audience for each :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:08 PM
March 20, 2007
WWDC To Focus on Leopard

According to some Apple WWDC details including the agenda, which will focus a large amount of attention to Leopard. Can't wait to see what's there! Now I need to wait another 3 months (at least) before looking at macbooks :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:49 AM
February 26, 2007
Safari Slowing Down Mac Systems

Macenstein has an interesting look at how it appears that Using Safari can slow your system down as much as 76% vs Firefox. Interesting analysis, wonder if there is a conspiracy theory, or this is something to do with the HTML / Javascript rendering system being deeply embedded in the operating system. It'd be interesting to see a similar study of IE vs Firefox on Windows, and sites with heaving javascript / flash vs static HTML.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:33 AM
February 09, 2007
MacBook Hardware Porn

What happens when you get 500 MacBook Pros delivered? You make a movie of course!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:04 AM
January 26, 2007
iPhone Coming to Canada

Another Gizmodo link has the news that iPhone Confirmed on Rogers Wireless, which luckily happens to be my provider. Of course, we'll see what happens when this sexy phone is actually out though :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:57 PM
January 22, 2007
Tog on the iPhone

Tog, of AskTog has his views on The iPhone User Experience: A First Look. Looks at the phone, sms, ipod and other areas with a realistic look at the amount of innovation and usability that is either there or not there.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:51 PM
January 09, 2007
Apple iPhone

Looks like the Apple keynote is now done, and The Apple iPhone is real. A combination full screen video iPod, phone and internet communicator device (has wifi, web browsing, etc). Full screen touch screen, system runs OS/X and has all the sexyness that Apple brings to not only hardware and software. Everything it runs is like the desktop app as far as contacts, safari, ichat (for sms messages), etc. Visual voicemail, imap, push imap, google maps, etc.

Dana's comment is that he has a smartphone already and half the stuff that the iPhone does doesn't really matter (80/20 rule). I say we'll see. The first iPod that was introduced was poo-pooed as well as being useless and no one would ever use one. Personally I am confident in Apple's ability to create a market.

They also changed their name to Apple Inc, from Apple Computers Inc. Change of focus maybe? Something more ominous?

Apple/Mac , Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 11:09 AM
MacWorld Live Updates

As usual, MacRumors have MacWorld San Francisco 2007 Keynote Live Coverage.

Looking forward to new toys!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:50 AM
MacWorld Expo Predictions

Daring Fireball has some Macworld Expo 2007 Predictions. I agree with him for the most part, though the sub-compact notebook, not saying "tablet" or not, just doesn't make sense to me. Of course, I don't see a purpose for the Microsoft ultra-portable "origami" (or rather, "ori-where-did-that-go") or their tablets for the mass market beyond a couple of very specific applications either.

Maybe not "agree" with the predictions as much as "yea, I can see that" anyway. We'll see in an hour or so I guess!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:00 AM
November 21, 2006
What are the OS 10.5 Secrets?

Really good article by John Siracusa on the top secret features of the as-yet-unreleased OS 10.5. A really well thought out look at just what might be left that hasn't been leaked already, and why (and "if").

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:23 AM
November 01, 2006
Touchscreen iPod in Dec?

Here's a completely unsubstantiated, pulling stuff out of the air rumor for ya. CNBC says possible touch screen iPod in December. Fingers crossed it's ready for my vacation in January.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:26 AM
October 17, 2006
Jobs On Zune

Interesting response from Steve Jobs regarding the ear. Basically says that Apple clients get the girl.

Personally I'm not all that interested in the Zune. Just like the other 30 "iPod Killers" on the market right now with similar and in some cases higher specs / more features, they just don't make me frunny in the pants if you know what I mean. I'm sure that MS will continue their grassroots / astroturfing campaign to show how so many people just love the Zune and might even gain some foothold in the market. However, since they are still being compared to the iPod still, and since music/media players are still referred to as "iPod Killers", we know who is on top. When we're looking at the top 32 Zune killers some Christmas, then things will have changed.

What I am looking for for myself (and I doubt such a thing exists):


  • high storage capacity (I have 100G+ of music)
  • plays music of all formats (ogg/flac a bonus)
  • can transport files easily (acts as a usb drive)
  • simple interface
  • small and light to carry running or the gym
  • not cost so much I'll never take it out of the house for fear of dropping it
  • can transfer music to my work pc to continue listening to what I was listening to (ie: fair use... I think the "we apply DRM to everything" philosophy of the Zune knocks it out here)
  • cross platform preferred (ie: I can feed it on Linux via Banshee / Rhythmbox / Amarok / etc)
  • preferred to allow play video (watch my shows on the train in the morning)
  • widescreen would be nice
  • easy transfer of video (ie: feed it via rss/bt or even just copying some avi files onto it)
  • not totally sucky battery life
  • Nice to have: hook into satellite
  • Nice to have: cost $5 and available at the vending machine :)

Course, that's just me.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
October 12, 2006
Bigger is Better?

Not to be outdone by sponsored research from Microsoft coming to the conclusion that Microsoft is better/faster/more productive and uses less calories, Apple has recommended that 30" monitors increase worker productivity compared to 17" or 19" monitors. Todd Weiss writes about it here.

You don't think that it's a coincidence that Apple has some 30" displays? No, couldn't be.

As an aside I checked out an Apple 30" display in the local Apple store last weekend. Gads the thing was massive, I felt like I'd have to sit on the other side of the room to not have to move my head looking at it. Still a bit pricey for my pocketbook (unless of course you use Scoble Finances, which involves just putting big expensive things on your credit card... :)

Apple/Mac , Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 08:43 AM
September 28, 2006
Mac Fan on Vista

Hands on: A Mac fan takes on Vista... vista via bootcamp from a Mac. No surprise which one comes out on top of course, though the way that I read it it wasn't due to a glaring bias towards mac, the article seems relatively fair and balanced to me. Some of the critisism can also be boiled down to familiarity. If you're used to hitting a key combo to get your widgets up then not having that will seem like a bad thing. If you've never had key-combos, you won't miss it (as an example).
Course, if you're a Vista fan I'm sure you'll disagree with some of the assertations.... feel free to discuss here of course!

Apple/Mac , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 10:27 AM
October 14, 2005
Video iPod Review iLounge has a nice First look at the video iPod. Not all favorable (ie: they're not apple whores), just mostly favorable (<g>).
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:54 PM
October 12, 2005
Apple Keynote Live Updates (Again) The Mac Observer has Live Coverage of Keynote where iTunes 6 is supposed to be announced. Coverage starts at 10am PST (or 11? whatever..., keep an eye on the page). Looks like there's a live one here from apple. Nope that's old, and the live coverage on MO is nuked because they don't allow live updating. Bah.

Update - OK, sites with updates: MacRumors, stuffmag.co.uk and MacNews.de. Short story is new iTunes, new ipods, video ipods, new imac with built in isight, and new apps. Looking foward to Apple.com being updated.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:13 AM
September 06, 2005
Hidden Features in OS/X Tiger Boing Boing pointed out a nice little article on Tiger Secrets over at Macworld. This would be far more interesting to me if I had a Mac of course, however until I get one, I know that some of all ya'll have 'em might enjoy it.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:05 AM
August 12, 2005
Running OS/X on x86 Saw this comment in a slashdot story on OS X on Plain Old x86 Boxes. Anyone tried this? Worth going through the steps and nuking an old hard drive?
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:03 PM
June 06, 2005
Apple Keynote Live Updates I didn't realize that the rumors of Apple-on-Intel were anything more than pie in the sky rumors..... Dana was nice enough to point me to the WWDC 2005 Keynote Coverage which has live updates. Or rather, has live updates (as it's now 30 minutes passed when I originally started posting this, and things are starting to happen :)
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:09 AM
March 02, 2005
Mini-Mac in a Lexus Man, how sexy is this? Lexus, mini-mac, on screen display of os/x, usb2, wifi, bluetooth and firewire all bundled up together. Me wants!
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:51 AM
March 01, 2005
Switching to a Mac? A nice article on Ars Technical on Mac OS X for new Mini owners. Everything a winders folk needs to know about his or her new shiny mac. *sniff*, I miss my powerbook :( Via Inluminent.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:05 AM
February 17, 2005
Howto Install OS/X on a PC Installing OS X on a PC using pearpc.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:56 AM
February 15, 2005
OS/X Themes Wow, some very sexy Appearance Themes for OS/X. I particularily like this one. Got a Gnome version of this?
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:29 AM
February 08, 2005
Macs Sucking? Never! Gregg has answered the question of Why Does Windows still suck with his own in a way, talking about how mac users should Clean their own house first. Good thoughts dude. It's pretty easy to feel superior and to ignore your own faults when examining someone elses. For example, something I hear from Windows People a lot in OS Religious wars is something along the lines of "but macs don't have OneNote! Or Halo2! they suck without those!" or something along those lines. Sadly (IMHO) this is similar to faulting a ford because it doesn't have a chevy logo on the engine, or a dell because you like the compaq logo more.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:25 AM
January 17, 2005
Mini-Mac vs. DIY PC Hows a little monday morning disagreement for you? See, osviews put up an article saying that the mini-mac was cheaper than a DIY PC. While I agree that the Mini-Mac is a sweet chunk of hardware that I would seriously consider, their comparison is a bit tedious at best. Anyway, tech report called them on it. The comments on both stories are pretty interesting as well, some saying how the PC/Mac Sucks/Rocks, how the comparison is Fair/Unfair, etc etc.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:09 AM
January 11, 2005
Mac Keynote Updates MacNN has Live Keynote Coverage at Macworld Expo '05. Will update with a summary when things are done. Also wander into #macrumors on irc.tecknohost.com.

Update well, it was up....

Summary: iWork app suite, mac mini (think shuttle-X case form factor) and a 1oz flash based ipod. Here's the slashdot story.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:24 AM
July 14, 2004
Inside Tiger's Mail and Spotlight AppleInsider nside Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger": Mail 2.0. Here's an article on Spotlight, the new WinFS-type technology that's coming out as well.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:46 PM
June 28, 2004
Word Mac Issues BLOG Entries Betalogue has some good looks at Office Mac 2004 and some of the issues he's found in there, and in Word in general. Interesting read and good ranting.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:18 PM
Mac OS 10.4 "Tiger" Quicky Summary Update Looks like the apple os/x page has been updated, as has the main site.

Ok, just finished "watching" the Apple WWDC keynote on IRC with about 1100 other people, and the previously noted webpage at macrumors. The summary for features in OS 10.4 went something like this.

  • Live, full system searching via the search box (searches inside pdfs, metadata, etc etc). Sounds like WinFS, but is actually here. Sorry Redmond.
  • Full RSS integration into safari. Wasn't that something that Microsoft was looking at as well? Sorry Redmond.
  • A visual scripting language. Visual Basic + Apple script?
  • "Dashboard" - apps that sit on the desktop, a la karamba and gDesklets.
  • Modified System Prefs/Control Panel. Yawn.
  • IChat can now have 10 people in audio chat and 3 people in video chat.
  • New video/audio codec which allows realtime application of filters with the SDK available to devs. Like GStreamer?
I'm sure there were other things as well (maya pro available RSN for example), but you can hit the macrumors page for the full list. Some images of some of the various things are available from here as well. Check out the safari rss one as well as the sysprefs series for some of the searching stuff.

My thoughts are that there are some neat things (searching, RSS) but the rest is a bit of a yawn. However, Apple is known for putting out evolutionary updates, not revolutionary ones, and this will be the 5th new release in as many years of their OS since Windows XP was put out as well. If you're upgrading that often you really can't have every release being as huge a change as OS9 to OS/X was.

This is all shipping in Q1 of 2005, so until then this stuff is as "real" to me as the wonderful features in Longhorn that the evangelists have been yakking about for the last year. Until it's in my hand I won't believe it. Of course, I fully belive I'll have Tiger before I have longhorn.

Anyone else have any thoughts?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:07 PM
WWDC Banners and Upcoming Keynote Some images posted from this years apple WWDC show are over here. They say "introducing longhorn", "this should keep redmond busy" and "Redmond, we have a problem". These are the first images online (removed elsewhere) of the new OS 10.4 "Tiger" I've seen. Tiger will be introduced at this years WWDC, which while there is no live video feed, but apparently macrumors will have "almost live" info. The site seems to be down now though :)

Scoble, or at least some of his commenters, are annoyed.

Update: The site is back up in a low bandwith version, updates every three minutes and has pointers to IRC channels with live updates.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:07 AM
June 10, 2004
Apple's PDA That Almost Was I think that Dana has been talking about how much he'd love to see an Apple PDA. According to an OSNews article, Apple Developed, But Did Not Ship Apple PDA. Interesting stuff....
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:13 AM
May 04, 2004
Next Gen MacOS on June 28th Boone threw me this link with info about the Apple WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) which will start on June 28th and will include a preview of the next version of MacOS, "Tiger". No info on the page about this though.

It'll be neat to see what the folks at Apple have planned. They contrast sharply with the Microsoft folks these days, who are telling us again and again how wonderful Longhorn will be when it comes out .... uhmm.... eventually. History though has shown that this MacOS update will probably be an evolutionary jump like Panther was and not the revolutionary jump that the original Mac OS/X was. If the hype from Redmond is correct though, Microsofts Longhorn will be revolutionary (well, assuming it ever comes out :)

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
February 15, 2004
Improvements Needed in Panther MacZealots has Panther: Room for Improvement. Sounds good.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:34 PM
February 04, 2004
Building a G5 Cube Very cool, someone built a Power Mac G4 Cube. It's not english, but the pictures say it all. Wonder if he'll get sued for putting an apple logo on it? Via random($foo).
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:02 PM
January 26, 2004
History of the Mac Neat article on the history of the mac including images and anecdotes, very neat reading. Thanks NSLog();
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 01:07 PM
January 24, 2004
Four Wheeled Mac Tatra Mac G4 - fastest Mac on the four wheels? has a great set of pics of the setup of a g4 with OS/X set into a car. Wish I could have a couple of those!
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:40 PM
January 20, 2004
Apache on OS/X So if I were to be looking for a nice pretty GUI for configuring and running apache would iTools 7 for Mac OS X & Mac OS X Server be what I'm looking for?
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:23 PM
January 14, 2004
101 Ways to Save Apple 101 Ways to Save Apple , via random($foo).
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:01 AM
November 27, 2003
Mac Vs. PC Total Cost of Ownership Mac-Mike points to an article on Mac vs. PC: The Truth About TCO. In the end it is still not really about cost at all.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:19 PM
November 22, 2003
Mac Boot Key Combos Mac Boot Key Combos, for my own information as much as anything else. Note that holding down C to boot from the CDROM is not the same as holding down CMD-C. D'oh!
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:48 PM
October 17, 2003
Another view of the iTunes for Windows Release Downhill Battle thinks iTunes for Windows and Mac iSbogus. Basically it seems their point is that of the $0.99 that people are buying songs for, that gives them the warm fuzzy feeling that they are legit, legal, and everything is good, still has the majority of the payment going to the RIAA and not the artist.

This may be right, but the thing is I doubt that iTunes could exist without the "blessing" of the RIAA. Like the godfather, if the big buys that basically control what music we hear every day don't like it, it doesn't happen, and they have the $ to try to sue anyone out of existance (they have lots of $ of course, from years of exploiting artists). So is no iTunes store better than one that lets the artist continue to be screwed?

Personally I say that no, iTunes is good. Artists still may not get the compensation that they deserve, but with the infrastructure in place subversion can start. Maybe apple can start introducing independant artists, giving them the FULL cut of the profits (minus the Apple take of course), or adjust artists vs record company cuts. What would happen if [random artist] decided to cut loose from their RIAA handlers and move to being independant, and have the support of iTunes? Suddenly they'd be getting a lot more per song then they do being in the shackles of servitude to the RIAA. Could it work?

Well, in my opinion it might or might not, but there'd be no way to try without a large and established infrastructure such as the iTunes store, which now that it's available to Windows users, will no doubt start increasing.

It's an interesting page anyway, I've seen it before, but never really read through it. Make your own call.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:48 AM
August 19, 2003
Mac People It appears that mac people are crazy, and apparently a dual 1G G4 isn't good enough when the G5s are calling.

They are sexy, but mac-mike needs to a hold on himself! (Not in that way you perverts!) Wish I could justify buying a new mac.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:39 PM
August 15, 2003
Another iMac Desk The iGo doesn't look any better, but at least this one looks like an alien landing pod. Hmmm... maybe that's not such a good thing after all.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
iMac Desk The BBC has a feature on an iMac desk, designed for the iMac and with all the wiring built in. Looks pretty funky and futuristic, but where do I put down my manual or book? As there is room for nothing more than the computer, it's definately (for me anyway) a beautiful but useless thing. Hell, you don't even have a place to put down a drink! Via macslash.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:06 AM
July 18, 2003
PC Users Don't Switch Interesting article on the ORA network with a few reasons why PC Users won't switch to a mac. Interesting thoughts anyway, and a lot makes sense... though the folks over at macslash are going to have different opinions no doubt.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 09:45 AM
May 09, 2003
iYear - the story of a man and his first year with a mac iYear is a great read for anyone thinking of jumping from a windows or linux world into the world of apple. Via a post on fozbaca.org.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 07:28 AM
April 30, 2003
iPod Info With the release of the new iPods I'm hoping that a flood of "old" iPods will appear at reasonable prices (sorry, but $750 CND is not reasonable), and when this happens a lot of the questions I've had about the iPod can be answered at the iPod Lounge.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:09 PM
April 01, 2003
12" Powerbook Review The Register has a nice review of the 12" Powerbook. Good examination, and unlike other reviews, they actually used it solid for a month before giving their impressions. Anyone want to donate one to UFies? :)
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM
March 06, 2003
Apple Patents Everything In a link grabbed off the nautilus-list in a thread about how to implement spring-loaded folders without violating Apple's patent, Roberto R threw out a link to a Mac Observer article on Reading The Apple Patent Tea Leaves. Apparently apple has patented everything from any frontend for cron to the progress bar, in addition to the garbage can icon.

All I want is spring loaded folders dammit! And I don't want to pay for Apple hardware to get them!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:36 PM
September 22, 2002
Mac Wallpapers Mac Wallpapers, thanks for the pointer foz.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 08:06 AM
August 28, 2002
Mac OS/X vs Linux Interesting article via OSNews on the new OS/X vs Linux.
Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 AM