...how practical are...wearable displays? Do they even provide a decent viewing experience? And are they worth the money? We were able to secure two of the most popular displays marketed to iPod users, the myvu by MicroOptical and the ezVision Video iWear by ezGear, and I donned each of them for hours in the service of our loyal readers. Here's what I found.
Apple has announced that the iPhone will offer up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of internet use, seven hours of video playback, 24 hours of audio playback and 250 hours of standby time using its internal battery. These numbers represent a significant improvement over original estimates. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of the iPhone, including the 3.5-inch screen, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass for better scratch resistance and visual clarity.
From New York magazine
Apple’s competitors, by contrast, find the prospect of the iPhone terrifying. “The entire...Western world hopes that it’s a case of imperial overstretch,” says the CEO of one of the planet’s largest communications companies. “But everybody is quietly saying, er, what if people want to buy a $500 phone? What if, er, people have been waiting for a device that does all these things? What if this thing works as advertised? I mean, my God, what then?”
From the Register
The real humiliation came last week when I phoned Apple to figure out why it refused to respond to our request to attend the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
(Shawn's Comment: Maybe if you and the Register stopped acting like children and calling people names, Apple *might* take you seriously enough to allow you to attend WWDC)
RadTech has unveiled an aluminium and graphite laptop case for 17-inch MacBook Pro and PowerBook notebooks thats strong enough " to drive a truck over". The company claims you can fully access it (including ports and drives) while its safely cradled in MacTruck's high-density poly padding.
Apple fans, re-hypnotize yourselves with the photo above and get ready for the wave of anti-Apple stories, because I can feel it coming. I've been in this business long enough to know how it works.
I like games as much as the next guy - I had a PS2, I had an XBox, I have an Xbox 360, I play the occasional game on my Mac. But I would not describe myself as a “hard core game”.
But I am always looking for little time waster games. Those who have followed the show over the years know I love Snood and games like it.
The web site Mac Games & More seems to fill exactly that kind of niche and even includes other non-gaming apps.
The site claims to focus on and publicize the work of independent Mac developers - it shows in the selection of software the web site creator has chosen to feature (on a paid basis), review or include on the front page.
The front page is a nice landing page for the site but it feels incomplete when you start clicking through - none of the “inside” pages matches the look and feel of the first page and that gives the site a incomplete and unprofessional look.
Their reviews are uneven too. Some read like a traditional review but others sound like simple descriptions of the games.
One of the biggest questions surrounding the iPhone since its January preview was whether developers outside of Apple would be able to create software that would run on the phone.
And just 18 days before the iPhone’s June 29 release, Steve Jobs stood on stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference and told software makers that Apple had found an answer: a “sweet” way to support outside iPhone development.
Unfortunately, if you’re thinking that Apple really addressed third-party development in Steve Jobs’s keynote, you’d be wrong.
We weren't sure if we heard right during Monday's keynote, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPhone would be available Friday, June 29 at 6 pm. But it's true, an Apple spokeswoman said.
So this ain't one of them midnight openings. No matter what time zone you're in, the iPhone will go on sale at 6 pm.
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Our guests on Wednesday's show were:
From the Bargainist
iTunes is featuring a School's Out, Stock Up collection of family friendly Nickelodeon TV seasons starting at just $9.99. Download complete seasons of Nickelodeon favorites like Sponge Bob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Hi-Jinks, Drake & Josh, and more.
From the New York Times
If there is a billion-dollar gamble underlying Apple’s iPhone, it lies in what this smart cellphone does not have - a mechanical keyboard. As the clearest expression yet of the Apple chief executive’s spartan design aesthetic, the iPhone sports only one mechanical button, to return a user to the home screen.
It took security engineers perhaps less than two hours yesterday to introduce Apple's surprise entry in the field of Windows browsers to the big, cruel world of exploits and vulnerabilities, following its introduction yesterday morning at WWDC. As a result, much of the clout Safari had received as the secure browsing alternative to Internet Explorer and Firefox -- as long as it was on a Macintosh -- was burned off like fire to a flash fuse.
From Glen Wolsey
The Apple Design Awards are officially over for 2007. What is the ADA? Apple select and reward the developers they see raising the bar the very most in the Mac software world. Winning developers receive prizes 2008 WWDC passes, MacBook Pros and other great hardware. So who took home the glory at the 2007 ADAs?
Leopard got some serious stage time during Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, with Steve Jobs detailing 10 of the OS X 10.5 update’s 300 features and enhancements. But the features garnering the most attention were the ones not included in previous Leopard previews: A new Desktop (referring, in this case, to the overall look of the screen, menus, and the Dock) and a new Finder.
Actually, calling Leopard’s Desktop and Finder new is a bit of a stretch.
D5 conference we saw Bill & Jobs sharing the stage, many believed that they would team up against Google but it seems Apple is still going after Microsoft.
(Shawn's Comment: Uh...yeah...with Google's CEO on *Apple's* Board, the chances of Apple and MS "teaming up" against Google are about as high as the chances of this guy thinking for more than 5 seconds before he posts something...)
NEWSFLASH: Lesa is leaving for the airport and her meet up with Sly
Of course, US Air has decided that plan wasn't good enough. :(
Aaron is now *hopefully* getting into LGA at 5:10 which, because or NYC rush hour, *might* get us back to the studio in time for the show.
If it doesn't, have patience. We'll be back eventually and we *will* do a show this evening, come Hell or high water. :)
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From Information Week
Apple now says that the ZFS file system will be available in the forthcoming Mac operating system, sort of.
Seeking to clarify a statement made on Monday by Brian Croll, senior director of Mac OS X Product Marketing, to two InformationWeek reporters that Apple's new "Leopard" operating system would not include the ZFS file system, an Apple spokesperson indicated that ZFS would be available as a limited option, but not as the default file system.
ZFS "is only available a read-only option from the command line," according to an Apple spokesperson.
From Silicon User
Adobe Photoshop was, for a time, the killer app for the Macintosh. During the mid-nineties, publishing and graphic design had supplanted consumers as the most important market to target, at least in the eyes of former Apple CEOs Gil Amelio and Michael Spindler. Consumer Macs languished as Apple poured resources into multi-processor Macs and ill-conceived operating system replacements for the Mac OS. Even after Apple emerged from its crisis of the mid '90s, Photoshop is still immensely popular and has even been adopted as a verb for retouching or modifying images much to the consternation of Adobe.
In a recent press release from EA Games, the company has decided to bring it's line up of hit titles to the Mac OS X platform.
Electronic Arts has a reputation for being the biggest third party publisher/developer in gaming for quite some time now. With franchises that are guaranteed million+ sellers, and some heavy hitting PC titles, EA has proven their dominance in the gaming industry.
Willing to spread the love to as many people as possible (and perhaps their wallets) EA has announced a deal with Apple to develop and port many of its best PC games to Apple's Mac OS X.
Let's begin with Electronic Arts. EA is most famous for its sports games and for disturbing allegations a few years back that it was running a gaming sweatshop of sorts, exploiting its employees and running them into the ground with whacked out work schedules and poor management practices.
Strangely enough, EA's labor practices weren't mentioned by Steve Jobs in his keynote this week.
(Shawn's Comment: WTF!? Why would they be? Did we hear about Intel's labor practices? id Software's? *Apple's*? No, of course not...)
When Steve Jobs showed off Leopard at this year's WWDC conference , the reaction was immediate: Apple 's share price fell by 3 per cent. The stock market had spoken, and its verdict was more "boo" than "woo".
Leopard 's top-secret new features turned out to be a few interface tweaks. The rumoured development environment for the iPhone turned out to be AJAX. And Steve Jobs failed to announce new Macs, a teleport or a giant robot army.
That's a shame, because Leopard includes some clever things.
Apple and AT&T have sent out a mass email with recommended preparation steps for the iPhone. The subject of the announcement reads “Get Ready. iPhone is coming June 29,” while the body lists suggestions for both PC and Mac users on how to get ready for the iPhone. These tips are broken down by sections, “Contacts,” “Calendar,” “Email,” “Photos,” “Music and Video,” and “iTunes Account.” Each section includes a brief description on how it works on the iPhone, and then an explanation of how customers can prepare. Keep reading to see the suggestions.
As Steve Jobs tantalized thousands of Apple software programmers here at the Worldwide Developers Conference with promises of something "sweet" for the iPhone, you could feel the anticipation of the crowd.
While nobody really expected it to happen, a software developer's kit for the sleek new device was at the top of everyone's wish list, and now suddenly the dream was in sight. Then, as oversize images splashed up on the stage's giant screen, Jobs turned to deliver his curveball: Instead of getting tools to create stand-alone applications for the iPhone, developers would only be able to write web apps for the iPhone using the device's Safari browser.
Suddenly, a sound that's rarely ever heard in a Jobs keynote welled up in the giant conference hall. Crickets.
Apple has announced the first iTunes Festival, which will take place in London, England on July 1 through July 31. The festival’s website describes it as “a radical new concept that brings together world-class bands, intimate live performances and the best in digital technology.” Tickets will be free, but will be given away by Apple in pairs, with only 150 sets available for each show. Well-known acts such as Mika, Travis, Groove Armada, and Amy Winehouse will perform at the festival, being held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
A link to Scott's stellar appearance is here. Don't let the introduction ("Not just AN Apple blogger, THE Apple blogger... no one more relied upon for information about this company") scare you off...
(Shawn's Comment: "no one more relied upon for information..." Excuse me? Who is? I've never even heard of this guy before. Maybe CNBC should do a bit of research before they write their copy)
From Business Week
So Apple releases a new Browser for Windows and Apple stock tanks? That makes sense...not. As I type, the press release is just more than an hour old and the market's reaction is to punish the stock. AAPL is down $4.53 as of 3:50 P.M EDT. I don't get it.