Archives for September 19th, 2012

This week's show "iPhone 5 Reviews and iOS 6 Release!"

Who Benefits from iOS 6's Crappy Maps?

The classic criticism that thoughtless Apple haters use against the company is that it makes products that are pretty but dumb. Usually those criticisms are by people who don't understand the value of a comprehensible user experience, frustrated by the reality that many people will eagerly trade the open-ended technologies of competitors for the simple and satisfying experience that Apple provides.

But this time, they're right: Apple's made a new product that actually is pretty but dumb. Worse, they've used their platform dominance to privilege their own app over a competitor's offering, even though it's a worse experience for users. This is the new Maps in iOS 6.

iPhone 5 Reviews and iOS 6 Release!

This week on Your Mac Life: "iPhone 5 Reviews and iOS 6 Release!"

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Lightning: the iPhone's new connector

The iPhone 5 offers many improvements over its predecessor, including a larger screen, better performance, LTE, and an improved camera. But for those upgrading from an older iPhone, there’s another change that might prove to be more significant, at least when it comes to compatibility: a new dock connector.

Apple has done away with its proprietary—and nine-year-old—30-pin connector in favor of a new, smaller alternative. Why did Apple make the change? And what does it mean for you—and for your existing accessories? Here’s a look at this new connector, dubbed Lightning.

Apple’s Secrets Aren’t So Secret Anymore, and That’s O.K.

The fact that yesterday’s bash wasn’t full of startling twists presumably helps explain why it prompted lots of stories declaring the event, and even the iPhone 5 itself, to be a disappointment.

Product rollouts aren’t action movies. Surprises are nice, but they aren’t the ultimate goal — at least if the idea is to sell lots and lots of gadgets and make lots and lots of money.

Surprise has no inherent relation to quality or popularity.

Apple’s Magic Is In The Turn, Not The Prestige

Apple took something ordinary, a phone, did some extraordinary things to it, and then made it re-appear in grandiose fashion. It’s a great trick. It’s so good, in fact, that I think it’s fair to call it true magic.

The problem, if you want to call it that, is that Apple has now been doing this trick since 2007. Granted, they have other solid tricks too (they are far from the one-trick pony claims that several of their competitors face). But the iPhone is the best trick in their bag. And in the last few years, some people have gotten sick of seeing it.

But it’s important to remember that just because you’ve seen a show before, it doesn’t make actually make it any less magical. It’s a perception issue.

iPhone 5: The Most Beautiful iPhone Yet… and More

As a leader in personal computing, Apple product launch events often bear the burden of too much hype. Then as they launch new products that set new sales records, customer satisfaction levels, and needed health into the consumer electronics industry, people always seem to ask “have they done enough?” My stock answer is yes, and I am sticking with it.

The headroom to grow in the smart phone market is enormous. Smart phones are maturing as a market but we are far from market saturation. The global customer base is still ripe for the picking and Apple has raised the bar when it comes to the iPhone 5.

Archives for September 12th, 2012

This week's show "Happy iPhone 5 Day!"

Happy iPhone 5 Day!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Happy iPhone 5 Day!"

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Sly's Website of the Week - September 12th, 2012

It's been a little while since we've posted a Website of the Week, we may just start calling it "Website of the Month" or "Website of Whenever the Heck Sly Feels Like It". ;-)

But today, we at least have a Website of the Week - "Sh!t Apple Fanatics Say" or my personal preference "Gestures!".

(Yes the title includes a bad word. Proceed at your own delicate sensibilities risk.) :-)

Interview with Orangutan Outreach's Richard Zimmerman

A New York based not-for-profit called "Orangutan Outreach" has begun a program called called "Apps for Apes" in twelve zoos across North America. They are letting the orangutans play with (but not use on their own) donated iPads.

Like other highly intelligent creatures, orangutans can get bored or depressed without mental stimulation. The iPads, or more specifically, the apps on them, help keep them entertained. Apparently, apps created for children are popular and the apes are said to be fond of nature documentaries by David Attenborough. Insert your own joke here.

I spoke to Orangutan Outreach's Executive Director, Richard Zimmerman about the program, the orangutans and how you can get involved and help these wonderful animals.

Click here for the interview with Richard Zimmerman.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Amazon to Apple: the Game starts Now

The key moment in Jeff Bezos's keynote announcing Amazon's new Paperwhite Kindle and Kindle Fire models came before he introduced any of the new hardware.

"People don't want gadgets any more," Bezos declared, explaining why the Kindle Fire had succeeded where other gadgety Android tablets had failed. "They want services that improve over time. They want services that improve every day, every week, and every month." This statement of purpose signals a new phase in Amazon's evolution as a company, and its singular, emerging take on the developing consumer marketplace, and how it's positioning itself towards its broad field of competitors.

How the New Kindle Fires impact the tablet Landscape

Amazon on Thursday unveiled not one, not two, not three, but four new tablets all called the Kindle Fire.

There’s the Kindle Fire, which is a slightly upgraded version of the previous tablet also named the Kindle Fire. Then there’s the Kindle Fire HD 7”, which ups the screen resolution, improves the audio, and boosts the Wi-Fi performance; the Kindle Fire HD 8.9”, which is obviously just about two inches larger diagonally; and then the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE Wireless, which is also 8.9 inches, but includes access to all ten bands of 4G service in the U.S. That last model requires a $50 per year data plan, which gets you 250MB per month of data and 20GB of cloud storage.

Whew. That’s a lot of Kindles.

Archives for September 5th, 2012

This week's show "What will be announced at Apple's Sept. 12 press event?"

Archives for August 29th, 2012

This week's show "NFC, iPad "Air" and a review of Parallels Desktop for Mac"

NFC, iPad "Air" and a review of Parallels Desktop for Mac

This week on Your Mac Life: "Apple vs Samsung, AT&T and Product Reviews!"

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Apple's True Intentions behind the Samsung Suit

When news broke that Apple would sue Samsung for $2.5 billion over patent and design issues, I was stunned—not because Apple was suing Samsung, but because the amount in damages it was suing for was so low.

Apple earns at least that much in profit per month, making it clear to me that this suit is not about damages. As I hear the various testimonies from Apple and Samsung, I believe Apple's real motive is becoming clearer.

Bait and switch: What’s behind AT&T’s stance on FaceTime

In blocking Apple’s FaceTime application from its cellular network for certain customers, AT&T is trying to drive customers to new plans and change the debate when it comes to network neutrality. If Ma Bell succeeds it looks like consumers and maybe app developers could lose.

AT&T’s decision to block Apple’s video-calling program on its cellular network for certain customers has raised the ire of consumers and public-interest groups, and it may even draw the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. And after the wireless carrier posted its rationale on Wednesday on its decision to limit video over FaceTime to customers who have signed up for its Mobile Shared Data plan, I see two reasons the carrier has picked this fight.

The Definitive Insider’s Guide to Apple vs. Samsung

There have been plenty of dramatic moments in the case of Apple versus Samsung, which some have dubbed the patent trial of the century.

But let’s be clear. There has also been a lot of downtime. As a result, there has been quite an opportunity for those in the court to familiarize themselves with both their surroundings and the main voices in the trial.

Archives for August 22nd, 2012

This week's show "Apple vs Samsung, AT&T and Product Reviews!"

Apple vs Samsung, AT&T and Product Reviews!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Apple vs Samsung, AT&T and Product Reviews!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com and available on your desktop, iPhone and iPad! You can watch the show live from anywhere at this URL:
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What really scares Apple’s Competitors

I was recently talking with some of Apple’s competitors and they gave me some interesting feedback on how they feel about Apple. When I asked them what they actually fear about Apple, their answer was interesting. I had expected them to say things like Apple has great industrial design. Or their $117 billion cash position gives them a huge advantage over all competitors. Or even that since Apple owns their hardware, software and services, they can make them work together seamlessly, which also gives them a huge advantage over competitors.

But the consensus from those I talked to about what really scares them about Apple is the fact that Apple sees the future and then creates products that people want even if people do not know they want them.

The 'sealed-box' Mac: Cutting-edge design or planned obsolescence?

Apple unveiled the new top-of-the-line 15-in. MacBook Pro, with its ground-breaking Retina display, a truly drool-worthy laptop if ever there was one. It's fast, powerful and stylish, setting the standard for what a full-featured yet highly portable laptop can be. But that gorgeous package comes with a cost.

iFixit, in its teardown analysis, gave the Retina MacBook Pro the lowest possible score, 1 out of 10, for its almost complete lack of upgradeability. There are no user-replaceable parts whatsoever, including the battery or even RAM, which, in a trend begun with the MacBook Air in 2008, is directly soldered to the logic board.

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Deprecating @BenjaminBrooks

Twitter has lost its way.

I outlined most all of what I mean in this post on Twitter’s API changes, but to summarize: Twitter has turned it’s back on the very users that not only made the service popular, but that came up with the very features that Twitter is now using to try and profit from. And that bugs me.

In my mind Twitter took the easy way out: venture capital and eventually paying that money back by slapping ads everywhere.

Twitter hands down New, Strict Rules for Third Party Developers

Twitter late Thursday handed down some strict new requirements for developers who leverage the microblogging service’s API. (An API is a tool programmers use to access functionality or data from someone else. Developers use Twitter’s API to get tweets, allow you to post tweets, and so on.)

The new rules Twitter developers must adhere to touch on three specific areas: every API call must authenticate itself; certain API calls will be more limited, while others will now be accessible more frequently; and—most significantly—third-party Twitter apps will be subject to significantly more stringent limits on what they can do and how they can grow.

Twitter’s move to clamp down on how third-party developers can use its APIs is nothing new; there’s plenty of precedent. But just because the changes aren’t surprising doesn’t necessarily mean that users shouldn’t be at all concerned.

Sly's Website of the Week - August 15th, 2012

Canadian singer, and former Canadian Idol contestant, Carly Rae Jepsen seems to be the "pop sensation du jour" of late and her single (dare I say hit) Call Me Maybe has been played to death and even performed/parodied to death by US Olympians and even Jimmy Fallon.

Well another parody of it making the rounds, has a bit of a different spin...kinda funny in that icky, creepy sorta way, and as such, destined to be chosen as Website of the Week.

Call Me Maybe (Chatroulette Version)

Archives for August 15th, 2012

This week's show "The Tech of the Olympics and App of the Week"

The Tech of the Olympics and App of the Week

This week on Your Mac Life: "The Tech of the Olympics and App of the Week"

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Backup!

It’s unfortunate that many people don’t think about backing up their data until it’s too late. I can’t imagine how devastating it would be to lose weeks, months, or years worth of family photos, important documents, project folders, and more.

With very little effort and cost you can set up an automated and trustworthy backup system. I can only assume most people don’t back up their data because they are either lazy, unsure where to start, don’t see a need, or all of the above.

Assuming Mat Honan’s horror story gives you the motivation for backing up, here are some tips on how to set up a rock-solid backup system.

Archives for August 8th, 2012

This week's show "Security vs Convenience"