More Apple "Disappointment" and Hands On with iOS 5 and iPhone 4S

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: More Apple "Disappointment" and Hands On with iOS 5 and iPhone 4S

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10 Good Minutes on Steve Jobs

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The Shadowy World of iPhone Cases

Smartphone case makers rely on rumors and leaks to get their products on the market first

In the weeks leading up to Apple’s Oct. 4 announcement about the new iPhone 4S, Tim Hickman lived and breathed rumors about the device. His company, Hard Candy Cases, makes protective covers for mobile phones, and he was determined to get a jump on production.

After three separate manufacturing partners in China sent him detailed 3D models of an iPhone with a widened, pill-shaped “home” button and a slightly tapered back, Hickman decided to roll the dice. He paid $50,000 to make steel moldings to mass-produce cases for the new design and, on the morning of Apple’s announcement, began taking orders on his website. The gamble backfired: Apple’s new iPhone 4S included no major changes to the exterior design.

The home button remained circular. Hickman suddenly owned $50,000 worth of paperweights.

iPhone 4S Teardown

iFixit: "Siri, may we disassemble you for all to see?"

iPhone 4S (Siri): "42"

iFixit: "I didn't ask for the meaning of life, Siri..."

iPhone 4S (Siri): "42 is the number of seconds you have left until I initiate the self-destruct sequence..."

iFixit: "Message received."

Apparently Siri is not too happy with our request, but when has a machine stood in the way of iFixit's exceptional team of tinkerers? Join us as we delve deep into the recesses of the new iPhone 4S.

Archives for October 12th, 2011

This week's show "Post-Jobs, iPhone 4S and "Best of…""

Post-Jobs, iPhone 4S and "Best of…"

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Post-Jobs, iPhone 4S and "Best of…"

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Review: iPhone 4S

Jim: I love you, Siri

Siri: Impossible

Jim: No really, I love you

Siri: I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, Jim

Jim: No way, I only love you Siri

Siri: You are the wind beneath my wings

Jim: That’s nice. I’m glad you know I love you

Siri: All you need is love. And your iPhone...

iPhone 4S Review: It's a Sure Thing

The iPhone 4S follows Apple’s recent trajectory of iPhone releases: It’s an object of some appeal to people who last upgraded their phones a year ago, and over the next year a great many of them will find it worthwhile to upgrade to the iPhone 4S. But to all those people who’ve been hanging on to their iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, the wait is over: It’s time to upgrade without any hesitation whatsoever.

Why the iPhone 3GS is Apple's Secret Weapon

The iPhone 3GS will still have iOS 5 once it ships on Wednesday. It will still have iMessage, and access to iCloud. It will have Twitter integration, reminders, and notifications. It will have AirPlay, and—perhaps most importantly—it will have access to the 500,000-plus apps and games available from the Apple App Store.

There are a lot of reasons that someone in the market for a free smartphone will eagerly embrace the iPhone 3GS.

Why We witnessed History at the iPhone 4S Launch

While some people were disappointed that Apple did not introduce the iPhone 5, most pretty much missed the significance of the event and the fact that they were witnessing history.

...with the introduction of SIRI, integrated into iOS and a core part of the new iPhone OS, he and the Apple team have given to the world what we will look back on and realize is the next major user input technology-Voice and Speech. As reader Hari Seldon points out, the real breakthrough we will come to realize is in Siri’s “applied artificial intelligence.” It is its speech comprehension that will be its greatest advancement.

In Memoriam - Steve Jobs

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Wednesday was an awful day for the Macintosh Community - Thursday was not much better. As I wondered what to do and how to do it, I came up with this idea - have friends and colleagues "Tell Me a Steve Jobs Story". Thanks very much to all who participated and, for those of you who couldn't do it, my apologies for not being able to fit you in.

Here are the voices you'll hear:

Arik Hesseldahl

Dan Moren

Jason Hiner

Adam Engst

Tonya Engst

Ted Landau

Chris Pirillo

Chuck LaTournous

John Moltz

Tim Bajarin

Mike Rose

Rob Griffiths

Sly's Website of the Week - October 5th, 2011

This is just downright fun!

Draw Your Own Stickman!

Don't forget to stick around once you've drawn him/her. That's where all the fun is. :-)

Archives for October 5th, 2011

This week's show "iPhone 4S And Steve Jobs"

Apple Event, Disappointment and Hype

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Apple Event, Disappointment and Hype

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Steve Jobs, the Perfect CEO

It was supposed to be a temporary fix. Steve Jobs was Apple’s “iCEO,” and the iconic first letter didn’t stand for Internet. It stood for interim. In 1997, when Jobs returned to the company he cofounded, he insisted he was there only to do an overhaul. The floundering Apple was like a wrecked jalopy, he said, or an old girlfriend fallen on hard times. He’d make it shine again, then split. Apple’s board asked him to stay permanently, of course, but he demurred, explaining that he already had a company to run. “I felt I was pretty committed to Pixar and couldn’t do something else, didn’t want to,” he told me on the week of his return to Cupertino.

“And you will absolutely not be the CEO of Apple?” I asked.

“My name is not in the hat to be CEO,” he said.

It turns out there was no hat.

Keep Your Mac Safe from Web Security Flaws

This year there have been numerous reports suggesting that the fundamental security infrastructure of the Web is on shaky ground. In March we heard about a collection of stolen security certificates, and in August the release of more than 500 improperly issued certificates came to light.

Whenever you connect to a secure Internet site, your computer and the remote server need to exchange a strong encryption key in order to prevent eavesdropping by third parties. It’s a clever jig performed hundreds of billions of times a day among hundreds of millions of programs and servers—but the web of trust that makes it work is in peril like never before.

The good news is that changes are afoot to make connections safer than they’ve ever been. But until browser and operating system makers fix the teetering system, you can take some matters in your own hands to improve your own security.

Archives for September 28th, 2011

This week's show "Apple Event and Obsolete Tech"

Apple Event and Obsolete Tech

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Apple Event and Obsolete Tech

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Unlike: Why Facebook Integration is actually Antisocial

Facebook really changed things up last week. Oh sure, it's as disrespectful of my privacy as ever, but now it's enlisted the entire web to help. So I'm done with anything that requires a Facebook login.

Facebook made some big changes in terms of how things look and work, but its inexorable drive to drag us all into publicly sharing everything from everywhere with everyone all the time remained consistent. The most noticeable new features that reflect that are Timeline and Ticker. Ticker delivers real-time updates of your friends' actions, while Timeline archives everything you've ever done on Facebook. But the big change, the true assault to your privacy, is under the hood: Open Graph.

Facebook's New Timeline Layout: A Getting Started Guide

How to make the most of Facebook’s new feature

Facebook’s new profile layout, Timeline, promises to turn your Facebook account into an online scrapbook where you can highlight important moments in your life and resurface past Facebook activity.

Facebook and Spotify Drop the other Shoe

If you want to sign up for Spotify, you'll now have to use your Facebook account. Is this such a good idea?

Recently, Facebook announced a new music service that incorporates streaming music services with such partners as Spotify, Rhapsody, Mog, Rdio, iHeartRadio, and Slacker. The idea is that when Facebook members listen to music from one of these services, they can elect to share a constantly updating playlist of tracks they’re playing. Those “friends” who have access to the same music service can then also play this music simply by clicking on a link to the track.

I commented on what this might mean in "Facebook and the Future of Music". One vital piece of information missing at the time was that, in at least one case we now know of, Facebook membership is a requirement to belong to the service. That service is Spotify.

Video Monkey

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Convert, encode and tag videos with metadata at the same time

Pros: Can convert video and add metadata; offers Apple presets
Cons: Confusing, plain interface

Apple and Google's differences in the Cloud

The ability to have all your ‘stuff’ on every device you use, automatically and without you having to even think about it, is the kind of thing that gets arch-geeks like me staring wistfully into space with a gentle sigh. And that’s what Apple’s iCloud, which is now available to developers and is due to launch some time in the autumn alongside iOS 5, is designed to do.

You might think that this is something that only the technically inclined care about, but I disagree; I’ve started to believe that iCloud is going to be a huge, game-changing experience for anyone with an iPad or iPhone, and especially for the kind of person who currently doesn’t think they need it.

Disable Saved Application States

OS X Lion offers a checkbox to disable saved application states. However, many applications do not seem to care about that checkbox (e.g. Terminal). The easiest way to prevent applications from writing away saved states is exactly that: don't let them write to the saved application states folder.

Sly's Website of the Week - September 21st, 2011

Without a doubt one of the ugliest websites purporting to provide superior web, audio, video creative services I've ever seen.

Superior Web Solutions my arse. :-)

Don't give up with the "fancy" flash opening pages...skip 'em if you have to get to the main page. Horrific! LOL

~ Sly

p.s. I did get to use the word "purporting" though. That makes me smile. :-)

Archives for September 21st, 2011

This week's show "NetFlix and iPhone 5 on Oct 4th?"