Archive | February, 2011

What it’s like working at Microsoft

28. February 2011

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Windows development manager Richard G Russel has an extremely interesting post up detailing what its like being a coder at Microsoft on a day to day basis. I quite often see assumptions on the inter-tubes that writing software at Microsoft is a mind-numbingly boring, tedious, manual, excruciating, soul-crushing bureaucratic exercise. This couldn’t be further from [...]

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OS X Lion beta lets users play songs from with in the iTunes album artwork screensaver

28. February 2011

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As the subtle and not so subtle changes to OS X Lion keep rolling in, 9to5Mac relays a small but interesting change to the Apple screensaver. Apple users can currently adjust their settings so that their screensaver is comprised of album artwork pulled from iTunes. But with Lion, users will have the ability to hover [...]

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Southwest teams with Apple to offer fliers 20 free songs via iTunes

28. February 2011

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From their unique boarding structure to quirky pilots with a knack for cheezy jokes, flying Southwest Airlines is an interesting experience to say the least. Now, in their never-ending efforts to be as people friendly and innovative as one can possibly be for something as routine as air travel, Southwest is starting to sell media [...]

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iFixit tears down the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, Thunderbolt port and all

28. February 2011

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Per usual, iFixit was quick on the trigger in acquiring and tearing apart Apple’s brand-new and Thunderbolt equipped 15-inch MacBook Pro. Inside were few major changes, aside from the notebooks new Thunderbolt port which is the fourth largest chip on the logic board. In opening the device, do it yourselfers might be glad to know that [...]

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Sign #421 that people will write anything just to reference Apple

28. February 2011

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Wayne Rash clumsily writes that the timing of Apple’s upcoming March 2 iPad announcement was plotted with the intention of spoiling the new Motorola Xoom tablet. The announcement by Verizon Wireless that the Xoom will ship on Feb. 24 was followed almost immediately by an invitation by Apple to a press announcement in San Francisco [...]

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Preview 5.5 includes nifty new “Magnifier” tool

28. February 2011

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MacStories tips us off to a newly discovered feature Apple implemented in Preview 5.5. Dubbed “Magnifier”, the magnifier tool lets you closely examine portions of a document or photo without having to zoom in on the entire photo. Accessible from the Tools menu, the magnifier can even be resized with a two-finger pinch gesture and, [...]

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Tim Cook calls iPhone the “mother of all halos”; doesnt want Apple products to be “just for the rich”

28. February 2011

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Fresh off a visit with Apple executives Tim Cook, Peter Oppenheimer and Eddy Cue, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi wrote in a note to investors that he was impressed with Apple’s plans to grow iPhone and iPad marketshare. Sacconaghi noted that Apple execs were extremely confident and that the company remains focused on capitalizing on [...]

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Verizon CEO says iPhone 4 sales did not disappoint, hints at LTE devices from Apple

28. February 2011

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When the iPhone 4 on Verizon became available for pre-order a few weeks ago, the device, in just a few hours, became Verizon’s fastest selling product launch in company history. When the CDMA iPhone subsequently became available to the masses, analysts were perplexed by conspicuously short lines at Apple retail stores. Over the past few [...]

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Google tweaks search algorithm, content farms take a beating

28. February 2011

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Last week Google updated their search algorithm in an effort to push original content to the forefront at the expense of scraper sites and content farms which dynamically scan popular search terms and construct arguably vapid articles to take advantage of the search traffic.

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Forget subscriptions, Apple clarifies plans for iTunes/Cloud combo

28. February 2011

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With Apple’s massive Data Center in North Carolina set to become operational soon, some feel that all the pieces are in place for Apple to offer streaming content from the cloud and to perhaps even offer subscription based music services. But is that really what Apple has in mind? The Financial Times clarifies Apple’s position: [...]

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Front Row app conspicuously missing from developer preview of OS X Lion

28. February 2011

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Front Row, Apple’s underutilized media software center doesn’t really get much love or attention these days. The app doesn’t come standard in the dock and most folks are generally unaware of its existence. For those not in the know, Front Row provides an easy way for users to browse and watch, in full-screen mode mind [...]

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Is this a leaked image of the iPhone 5′s larger display?

27. February 2011

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An alleged photo of an iPhone 5 display has surfaced on a Chinese website specializing in the resale of Apple parts. In case you can’t tell from the photo above, the display is in fact larger than the current iPhone 4 display though its precise dimensions remain unknown. While one might have ordinarily dismissed the [...]

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