Bill Gates says iPad users are frustrated because they don’t have Office

Tue, May 7, 2013

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Oh Bill, you are a funny one.

Apple to release a number of low-cost iPhones – Rumor

Tue, May 7, 2013

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Electronista reports that Apple this Summer may not just release one low-cost iPhone model, but may in fact release a number of low-cost iPhone models. As has been reported previously, the devices will be geared for emerging markets where folks simply can’t afford the iPhone as is.

To save costs on its rumored low-cost devices, Apple will reportedly use cheaper plastic instead of metal to adorn the devices.

While the source provided no timetable for release, the rationale provided for Apple capitulating to the lower end of the market was said to be to buy time for the company while it works on the next revamp of the iPhone, which might presumably be called the “iPhone 6″ and would not be expected for more than a year. Apple is said to be particularly concerned with the Android platform’s success in the low end in countries with large prepaid customer bases, but has always steered budget-minded customers to its lower-cost-contract offerings such as the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. The company has seen demand for those older models increase substantially, particularly with the addition of some monthly-payment or “trade in” options in countries such as India.

via Electronista

Why do dinosaurs look so much scarier than creatures today?

Tue, May 7, 2013

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Great answer from Quora:

Three reasons.  They look scary because they’re unfamiliar; they look scary because they’re not accurate reconstructions; and they look scary because they were, in fact, scary.

The third part is pretty simple.  A multi-ton carnivore is a scary thing, and it would be scary if it was wearing big clown shoes and a red rubber beepy nose.  Although there were lots of small dinosaurs, there really were a lot of huge ones, and things that are that much bigger than us are dangerous.

The first point is also fairly clear, I think. Dinosaurs used different solutions to many problems than the animals we’re used to seeing, especially big animals, and we are jolted by those differences.

Finally, the reconstructions we see tend to be biased toward scariness. Dinosaur reconstructions tend to be done conservatively, meaning that muscle mass is minimized and the skin is stretched tightly over that mass.  Surface adornments and colors are not known, so they’re not added.

Check out the photos to boot over here. Interesting stuff.

iPad Mini 2 may be delayed until October due to Retina Display yield issues

Tue, Apr 30, 2013

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is at it again, this time with news regarding Apple’s upcoming iPad Mini. Only thing is, it may not be upcoming for a while.

It’s long been assumed that the iPad Mini will get the Retina Display treatment, but now comes word that poor yields during the manufacturing process will delay the iPad Mini 2 rollout until October of this year. Indeed, remember that during Apple’s earnings conference call that Apple CEO Tim Cook siad that Apple had a lot of exciting new products in the pipeline for Fall 2013 and into 2014.

AppleInsider notes:

Because of those rumored production issues, Kuo suggested that Apple might introduce a more affordable iPad mini in the interim to help boost sales and fend off low-priced tablet competitors. He sees a low-cost iPad mini being priced between $199 and $249.

In his eyes, Apple could take a number of approaches to reducing the cost of building an iPad mini. His proposed options include removing the rear camera, reducing internal storage to 8 gigabytes, simplifying production of the metal casing, or using a more advanced process to build the A5 processor.

As for the full-size 9.7-inch iPad, Kuo still expects that Apple will launch a fifth-generation model with a redesigned frame akin to the iPad mini this fall. But he doesn’t expect that sales of the full-size iPad will increase dramatically, because the device does not offer a different user experience from the iPad mini.

Apple looking to make big push into cars with iOS 7

Tue, Apr 30, 2013

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9to5Mac reports that Apple is aggressively looking to get its iOS products integrated into cars in a serious way.

Apple plans to move aggressively into the in-car integration space later this year, according to multiple people familiar with the initiative. Apple is working with car makers to deeply embed iOS’s Maps and Siri services into cars, according to these people. While companies sell accessories to place iPhone and other iOS devices on car dashboards for easy access to Apple Maps’ turn-by-turn navigation, Apple wants to break into the space with its own solutions…

According to people familiar with the plans, Apple is working with car makers on updated versions of car center consoles that could attach to iOS devices like the iPhone. Specifically, an iPhone could be plugged into a car and an optimized, redesigned version of Apple Maps will appear on the car’s built-in display instead of a proprietary GPS system found in many cars.

Apple to update its entire Macbook line at WWDC – Rumor

Tue, Apr 30, 2013

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WWDC this year will largely focus on software, though Apple my have a few hardware surprises up its sleeve. No, don’t expect an iPhone announcement, but there may be a slew of Macbook upgrades on the horizon.

The typically reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities  writes that Apple this June may revamp its entire Macbook line to include Intel’s latest and greatest Haswell processors.

Contrary to our previous projection, we now think Apple will continue to make the MacBook Pro alongside the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro because the 13” MacBook Pro remains the most popular product in the MacBook line. Also, there is still demand in emerging markets, where Internet penetration isn’t advanced, for optical disk drives.

via Mac Rumors

OS X 10.9 to add a number of new power-user features

Mon, Apr 29, 2013

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With all the attention on iOS 7 these days, you may have forgotten that Apple is still working on the next iteration of OS X. We haven’t heard much regarding the details of OS X 10.9, until now.

9to5Mac writes that the update is internally codenamed “Cabernet” and will have a number of integrated power-user features:

The new operating system includes major enhancements to the Finder application such as tags and tabbed browsing modes. Those additions are notable as many pro-users have relied on third-party solutions and hacks to enable these features. Additionally, the new operating system will include a new Safari web browser with a redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed, and efficiency…

It’s worth noting that while initial reports indicated that the next version of OS X would include support for Siri, that may not be the case.

Last year, we reported that early builds of OS X 10.9 included Siri functionality. It is unclear if full Siri-support is still in the cards for OS X 10.9 or if the functionality will be glued to future hardware updates (for instance, iPhone 4 versus iPhone 4S). The shake-up at the top of Apple’s overall software group shifted around multiple iOS and OS X projects, so anything on the roadmap prior to this shakeup could have been altered, according to a person familiar with the situation.

As for when OS X 10.9 may hit the streets, 9to5Mac indicates a Summer release may be in the cards. But remember, there have also been reports that Apple has shifted engineering resources away from OS X towards iOS 7 to ensure that the latter is ready to go for WWDC later this Summer.

Google Now hits the iOS App Store

Mon, Apr 29, 2013

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The Verge reports:

After a promo video let the cat out of the bag last month, Google is making it official: with an update to the Google Search application, Google Now is available on iOS. Compatible with both the iPhone and iPad, the update brings almost all of Google’s information cards across from Android. The look and feel of the app is virtually identical on both platforms, a testament to Google’s newfound ability to make well-designed apps on iOS. The main differences between Android and iOS are few, mainly in that iOS can display fewer different kinds of cards. “The types of Google Now cards available are largely the same on both platforms,” says Baris Gultekin, Director of Product Management for Google Now.

The iTunes Store turns 10 years old

Mon, Apr 29, 2013

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The Verge has a nice retrospective worth checking out:

Ten years ago this month, a music sector ravaged by Napster and largely ignorant of digital distribution found a savior of sorts in what was then called the iTunes Music Store. With its 99-cent unbundled songs, the service quickly became the only significant source for acquiring music legally online.

With iTunes, Apple had drawn the blueprint for distributing music, movies, books, and apps over the web. By supplying and tying together a music player, online store, and song-mangement software, Apple drastically simplified the entire music experience, defying the odds to build a music-retailing dynasty even as file sharing skyrocketed. A decade ago, Apple started to answer what would become an all-important question: how do you get consumers to pay for content again?

Onion riffs on Tim Cook and Apple’s sinking stock

Fri, Apr 19, 2013

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The Onion is up to its old tricks again, this time with a headline titled, “Weeping Tim Cook spotted screaming for help at Steve Jobs’ Tombstone.”

The blurb reads:

PALO ALTO, CA—Eighteen months after the death of his mentor, Apple CEO Tim Cook was seen Wednesday pounding the tombstone of company founder Steve Jobs and begging for guidance in his leadership of what was once the largest corporation in the history of the world. “What the hell do I do?!” a hysterical Cook reportedly shrieked, clawing alternately at the grave marker and his own face. “You left no instructions, damn it. I need another game-changing breakthrough product that millions can’t live without. Just give me one idea. One idea, for the love of God! Why are you torturing me like this?” At press time, sources confirmed that Cook had composed himself and decided to develop an iPhone 6.

Funny headline, mediocre blurb.

Woz talks Apple’s plummeting share price

Fri, Apr 19, 2013

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Apple at the end of the trading day on Friday was trading at about $390 a share, representing a drastic fall in market cap value over the past few weeks. Addressing Apple’s stock price, which appears to be in free fall, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that folks are worrying over nothing.

[Apple's]stock price is a little low right now. Over time I’ve seen Apple go up or down 2x over a few months. It’s very disappointing because if you look at the amount of cash that Apples holds that cash translates to one to two hundred dollars per share of stock just in cash form. So the expectations are a little lower even than they expect.

“But where are the profits of the whole industry though? They are still with Apple and profits are all that really matter in the long run. Apple’s business model tends to be new products, even products that didn’t exist before and doing well out of them and not re-making the same thing, as eventually that just gets a little bit stale. So I would guess that Apple is very well prepared, and working on new things that are going to surprise and shock us all. And I honestly don’t know [what].”

As for Woz tipping us off to what Apple may be working on, don’t bet on it. Woz noted that he never asks key insiders he still knows at Apple to divulge what they’re working on.

via TechCrunch

Apple to release Pandora competitor this Summer

Mon, Apr 1, 2013

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Citing music industry insiders, The Verge relays that Apple’s rumored iRadio service will be launching this Summer.

Much has been written about Apple’s plan to launch a Pandora-esque service this year. Now multiple music industry insiders have told The Verge that significant progress has been made in the talks with two of the top labels: Universal and Warner. One of the sources said “iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore.” Apple is pushing hard for a summertime launch.

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