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Thursday, March 31, 2011

15 Facts about Steve Jobs

Apple fans are the fans of Steve- this is true! This man has really contributed to the company. We all know that Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976. 

Steve also co-founded and was the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, which created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille. Pixar merged with The Walt Disney Company in 2006 and Steve now serves on Disney's board of directors.

Below are his best quotes ever that you may find helpful in your life:

"It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing."
-- At age 29, in Playboy, February 1985

"I've always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do."
-- BusinessWeek Online, Oct. 12, 2004

"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."
-- Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998

"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
-- BusinessWeek, May 25 1998

"(Miele) really thought the process through. They did such a great job designing these washers and dryers. I got more thrill out of them than I have out of any piece of high tech in years."

-- Wired magazine, February 1996

"The products suck! There's no sex in them anymore!"
-- On Gil Amelio's lackluster reign, in BusinessWeek, July 1997

"The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament."
-- Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company, by Owen W. Linzmayer

"If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it's worth -- and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago."
-- Fortune, Feb. 19, 1996

"You know, I've got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can't say any more than that it's the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me."
-- Fortune, Sept. 18, 1995

I tried to provide something that you may not be aware of about Steve! Click on the picture to find out more about the man who wanted and really did change the world!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

iPhone5 Delayed?!

Recent reports claim that the new generation of iPhone will not be available in summer, as mentioned in one of our older posts.  Due to the fact that the components required for iPhone5 functioning are not yet ordered by Apple. This affects the launch date: the delay is expected.

The reports also indicate that long-awaited iPhone5 will not be included in Apple’s fiscal report, as fiscal year ends in September.

According to Japanese Mac blog, the company is still uncertain about the materials to be utilized in a new product. The sources also identify that iPhone5 was rumored to be China-based. It was also said in March, that iPhone5 glass material would definitely be changed with metal.

Some reports also indicate the estimation of Apple in case of using metal cover for only limited iPhone5 devices, adding that this decision is to prevent further incidents of the boldest breakage problem of the Apple smart devices. This feature will be the POD of iPhone5, and the main distinguishing element from iPhone4.

The expectations from experts about possible upgrades and modifications indicate the huge work ti be done by Apple. The upgrades include of making a CDMA and GSM version of the product and the use of an NFC chip. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Alarms Go Crazy Due To DST

Alarm clock on the iPhone went out of order for many of iPhone users due to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. The woes have been reported after the clocks went forwards over the weekend, mostly in the UK.

According to BBC reports, some, though not all, some iPhone alarms have were unsuccessful in going off, while others went off the wrong time. Users have shared their worries about early alarms, or alarms that failed to go off at all. However, others reported no problem with the alarm altogether.

It is said that the fault had an effect on only non-recurring alarms that were set within the iPhone’s calendar application, not on those set within the iPhone’s alarm clock app.

Apple has made no remarks on this event yet, but it seems strange that in subject to the alarm problems in the US due to DST and the concerns with alarms over the New Year last year, when alarms went back surprisingly, the issue is still timely…

However, some users have reported no problems with the iPhone alarm or clock when the UK moved from GMT to BST (British Summer Time) over the weekend. What’s your case? Did DST affect your alarms as well?
Monday, March 28, 2011

Join Finders Keepers - iTunes Gift Card for the Winner

Finders Keepers is a social interactive game about collecting. It simulates treasure hunting in the real world where other iOS devices are the treasure.

Each iOS device unlocks a random Finders Keepers item. Items can be...any thing really. They range from Uncooked Fettuccine Noodles to Zebra Eating Grass to Dirty Green Welding Mask to Chocolate Chip Cookies to Distortion Effects Pedal to...well you get the idea. With each iOS device potentially containing an uncollected Finders Keepers item, you may never look at another iOS device the same way again.

Finders Keepers is a social game for everyone and it's FREE!

Feature Highlight
* Over 2,000 unique items, and growing, to collect
* Over 40 different categories of items to discover
* Broadcasting Feature that lets you collect items from other Broadcasting players at local Wi-Fi hotspots
* Sound Notifications that alert you when new items are located or players retrieve your item (For Broadcasting Mode Only) 
* Gain XP points for Giving/Receiving items
* Gain XP for simply hunting at Wi-Fi hotspots
* Level Up to increase your item's XP value
* Share your discoveries with others through integrated Social Networking Services 
* Full HD Retina Display Support
* Game Center Support with Leaderboards and Achievements
* Custom Item Creation

Become the first player to reach level 10 in Finders Keepers and the $50 iTunes Gift Card is yours!!!

How To Enter:
* Download the Finders Keepers App (it's free)
* Start Leveling Up: You gain XP for giving/receiving items and hunting at local Wi-Fi hotspots
* Post a Photo on the Finders Keepers Facebook Page when you reach Level 10

You can download the game right here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Starbucks Card Mobile - 3 Million People Payments via Phone App!

Grasping a cup of your beloved Starbucks coffee has become much easier this year. Starbucks decided to accept mobile payments via Starbucks Card Mobile > app for iPhone and Blackberry – in 6,800 stores the company operates. Coffee giant declared couple of days ago that more than 3 million people have already paid using Starbucks Card Mobile! Despite this, it serves loyalty system and customer identification as well.

The milestone was presented by Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO, during the annual meeting of shareholders, held at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle. “Starbucks now offers the nation’s largest mobile payment network,” said Brady Brewer, vice president of Starbucks.

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Starbucks Card Mobile is a “touch to pay” system, allowing customers to hold up the barcode of the app to the scanner at the register while paying for coffee, using the electronic tender. The program was tested at several stores in September 2009, and extensive piloting demonstrated Starbucks Card Mobile to be the fastest way for paying.

The last financial decade appeared to be the most beneficial and best performing in 40-year history of Starbucks, according to Howard Schultz. Mobile Cards accounted 22% of the whole transactions.

Starbucks brand is number one on Facebook with 29 million fans, and is also a top brand on Twitter and Foursquare. Do you think this success is due to Starbucks marketing strategy or has smartphone growing industry contributed to company success?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

“Gay Cure” Removed From App Store

Apple welcomed a wave of criticism from gay rights campaigners since the company approved "gay cure" app that advocates against homosexuality. After more than 146,000 people signed a petition against a “gay cure” app, Apple has removed it from the App Store.

The aim of the app developed by US-based ExodusInternational, is to guide homosexuals on how transfer themselves from homosexuality to heterosexuality. 

Apple has given "4+" rating to the app, which was available through company's online app store iTunes for free. The rating shows that the company does not believe that the app contains anything offensive… The App mission was formed the following way: “provide support for individuals who want to recover from homosexuality.”

While U. S. pressure group Change. Org said, "Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a sin that will make your heart sick and a counterfeit.", Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out declared that “Apple made a wise and responsible decision to dump an offensive app that demonized gay and lesbian people.” 

In a similar situation last year, Apple removed an anti-gay app after 7,000 people signed a petition calling for its removal. The software mentioned encouraging users to take a stand against gay marriages. 

Do you agree with Apple’s decision? Was the app actually offensive enough to be shut down? Have your say. Reader comments are always welcome. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Amazon vs. Apple - great rivalry emerged

The relationship between the companies has previously been amiable. Apple was actually the first company to license Amazon’s divisive 1-click purchasing technology. But that was back in 2000, and in recent months the two companies have increasingly been crossing courses, and swords.

Last month, Apple’s level of in-app iOS subscriptions caused a dispute when it became clear that one of Apple’s rules meant Amazon would no longer be able to link e-book buyers from inside the Kindle iOS app to the Kindle web store. But Amazon hasn't updated the app since then, and the link to the Kindle web store was kept, suggesting a confrontation among companies, or at least some tongue-tied discussions.

Unconnectedly, as Amazon prepared its “Appstore” — not “App Store” – for launching, for Google Android devices, the Seattle based company has been making reverberating about expanding to other mobile platforms, augmenting to speculation that Amazon may be mulling an iOS app store, possibly resulting in even more competitive awkwardness.

As waited, the law case has been in question, where Apple accuses Amazon for violating its App Store trademark rights. Apple alleges that Amazon began luring developers to its mobile software program in the beginning of 2011 by referring to an upcoming App Store of its own. According to reputable sources, Apple’s court filing says that the company contacted Amazon three times regarding the latter company’s use of “App Store,” and that Amazon never “provided a substantive response.”

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Bloomberg that Apple’s fear is that by using the “App Store” name, Amazon’s offering will “confuse and mislead customers.”

The Apple-Amazon squabble comes at a time when Apple’s iOS platform is going nose to nose with Google’s Android mobile operating system in both the smartphone and tablet markets. Apple benefits from the advantage of size with its App Store, offering 350,000 apps at last count, which has helped the company, sell more than 100 million iPhones in the last three-and-a-half years. Android, on the other hand, is now the best-selling operating system for smartphones, according to assorted market research reports.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

iPhone Myths

For still many unfortunates, who have never owned an iPhone, it seems like a strange unexplained device. While sliding their fingers across the screen to the disappointment of spectators, iPhone still remains a s supernatural device, much complex than an ordinary cell phone.Remember that the purpose of a myth is to help people feel less lost in the world and help explain things that they are unable to enlighten otherwise.

iPhones are vulnerable to scratches:

A number of iPhone forums and blogs state that one of the most widespread myths about iPhones is that they are easily scraped. And nobody likes an over profusion of scratches and dings on their smartphone. However, talk to just about any iPhone user, and you’ll find that the iPhone is no more likely to scratch than any other cell phone available. With normal circumstances, it’s predictable that the iPhone will display a few defects. However, so does every other cell phone. With a protective screen coating and proper care, it’s likely you’ll not be overwhelmed by the “scratch-ability” of the iPhone.

 Jailbreaking is illegal:

Jailbreaking is a process by which cell phone users can hack into the operating system files of their iPhone. After jailbreaking, users can activate the phone with a service provider besides AT&T or Verizon, and access apps from sources, other than iTunes. The process will void any warranty on your iPhone. However, for a long while it was rumored that jailbreaking an iPhone was illegal, but in summer of 2010, the U.S. government confirmed that people are well within their legal rights to jailbreak an iPhone if they are compelled to do so. But forget about any warranty service at the Apple store.

Holding the iPhone in a certain way causes losing service:

This “outrage” was hailed as “Antenna-gate” during the release of the iPhone 4. It seems that some users were having issues with the iPhone dropping calls while placing their hands around the phone to talk and, thus, covering the device’s external antennas. Sure, some of the early iPhone 4 customers may have experienced trouble, but by in large, it seems that users are having no more antenna issues.

You can not print from the iPhone:

Have you ever taken a photo, or checked an e-mail on your iPhone and just wanted to hit the “print” button. But, printing wasn’t an option? This “myth” was true, until recently. Besides e-mailing yourself documents and printing them at a later time, from a different device, material was stuck in electronic copy on your phone. However, in late 2010 Apple released AirPrint with its iOS 4.2 update. Via AirPrint, iPhone users can set their phones to print directly to a printer. Unfortunately, AirPrint only works with a limited number of HP brand compatible printers for the time being…But we’re getting somewhere! 

iPhones require a lot of money in app purchases to be useful:

Completely wrong!  As we’ve shown you the results of the different researches time and time again, there are thousands and thousands of fantastic FREE apps for downloading in the iTunes store. Whether you’re searching for children’s apps, cooking apps, gaming apps or simply random apps, there is a great selection of free and also for low cost apps. There’s so many great free apps, that the iTunes store offers an ongoing listing of the current best free apps!

Monday, March 21, 2011

If You Don’t Have an iPhone, Well… You Don’t Have an iPhone

It seems to be completely plain, but this is the message that Apple hurls with its three new ads for the iPhone. This is for demonstrating you what you’re missing if you haven’t joined the crowd of Apple smartphone addicts yet.

The ads emphasize on the App store, iTunes and iBookstore- the boldest Points Of Difference, that distinguishes iPhone from its competitors. The ads are short, smart and informative, so you do not get bored.

One thing to note is that a pixilated app icon Delta ( that is non-optimized for a retina display) is being used to clear out the phone features.. quite non-Apple, isn’t it?

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Seriously Good Screen Protector!

We have already mentioned that the boldest problem of iPhones is the screen scratches. Front Glass/ Touchscreen Blemish can hinder you while watching videos or viewing images or simply, you get tired looking at it. Among the array of screen protector providers, Expert Shield comes with a seriously good product. iPhone 4 screen protector, at one glance the tiny transparent cloth secures your iPhone with any kind on scratches, I said ANY kind!

The Expert Shield is a precision cut, perfectly aligned screen protector that applies the screen without bubbles and protects your phone from scratches that would otherwise scrape your screen.  Once fitted, the screen on your device will be protected to the highest level of any screen protector, keeping it scratch free from keys, screws and other sharp objects. There's even a video to show it protects from belt sanders! The very same used to sand down wood and other materials for finishing purposes - but don't try THAT at home, just watch the video...

Feature Highlight:

Lasts longer than any other screen protector - Guaranteed!
Shields your iPhone 4 screen from scratches
Pre-cut to the exact dimensions of your screen
No Air Bubbles
No messy glue, no nasty residue
Straightforward installation
Works perfectly with the iPhone 4 capacitive touch screen
Includes finest lint-free cleaning cloth
Completely washable and reusable
Includes front & back protectors

You can buy the Expert Shield iPhone 4 screen protector or for other devices here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

iMovie basic review

iMovie – a new app introduced with iPad2, now available for iPhone 4! iMovie is a video editing application designed by Apple. iMovie is also the name of the video editing software included in iLife, which is bundled with every Mac. iMovie needs the extra RAM and Apple A4 processing power to operate.

iMovie is similar in nature with most of Apple products, as it’s very easy to use and contains fairly intuitive menu. The app can be used both in portrait or landscape mode, and completes your commends with a simple (one or double) tap. 

Editing mode, aligned right in the top centre of the screen shows your “masterpieces” with a timeline and sliding options. you can add videos, photos and music to your movie. The photos are listed in chronological order, while the videos are presented in reverse order. A bit strange, isn’t it?!

With IMovie you can drag clips around, spruce the edges of clips, add captions, swiftly switch between themes, and make slight edits to transitions. You can remove a clip or photo by just dragging it from the timeline. Another strange thins with the iMovie concerns the title changing options- because of unidentified reasons you are not able to change the title length. they automatically equal to the length of the clip you have the title attached to. 

Even though there are a few little things missing from iMovie, it is still the most convenient app for video editing. As it is the first version of iMovie, let’s be less strict and critical, even because it costs only $4.99 in an Apple store.

Very easy to use
5 themes: Modern, Bright, Travel, Playful and News
Medium (360p), large (540p), or HD (720p) export

Leaking Features
Titles last the entire duration of clip, with no option to set the length.
Cannot add more than one audio track
Cannot split clips

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Apple Delays iPad 2 Launch in Japan

"We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, including our employees and their families, who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy."- Natalie Kerris, Apple spokeswoman announced.Apple has belated the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan due to the last week's earthquake and tsunami that have ruined important parts of the country. 

The iPad 2 had been planned to enter Japan as part of a broad international trip in many other countries on March 25th. The front page of Apple Japan's Web site expresses the company's deepest commiseration for the victims of the earthquake. The delay comes as Apple continues to accept donations via iTunes to support aid efforts by the American Red Cross in Japan.

Apple has yet to announce a rescheduled Japanese launch date for the device. Analysts estimate that sales range of the Apple second generation tablet would fluctuate from half to as much as 1 million. However, there are some positive news as well form iPad2- its increased performance and new features like dual cameras and iMovie software we all look forward to use.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Steve Jobs Accused of Killing Music by Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi, a musical legend, accused Steve Jobs of being “personally responsible for killing the music business”. His harsh and peaceable announcement was published in his interview in Britain's Sunday Times. Jon Bon Jovi frankly sets out his consternation at 21st century’s disappearance from music distribution on physical media and towards omnipresent download portals.


Bon Jovi's nostalgia excels through in his detailed account of the "magical" experience of picking up records and enjoying their sweet touch and relaxing analog tones. It’s unknown, how he misses out the fact that CD’s were the first to devastate his record collection, not the downloads.

Still, Bon Jovi thinks Apple's iTunes success is to blame for the thrashing of our collective blamelessness and eagerness for music. This is the subject of discussion... Do Not Hesitate To Have Your Say!

Monday, March 14, 2011

iPhone5 More Details

The rumors about the next generation iPhone- with the iOS 4.3 are spread all over the world. We have already mentioned some of them, including the launch date and the appearance issues. We will try to somehow sum up all the information and figure out the distinguishing features of iPhone5!

iPhone5 will have a bigger screen, scratching all the way to the side edges of the device. Screen will have a similar construction to the same part on the iPhone 4, but as you can see, the panel reaches almost all the way out to the edges of the device. There’s more screen area on the top and bottom as well. The phone has a much thinner bezel as well.

Another sensation is that observers noticed a tell-tale signs that point to an A5 processor inhabiting the new iPhone 5 while examining the iOS4.3. This is the same chip that gives the iPad 2 its spanking drive!
Here are the pictures we managed to find while surfing the web. They are the closet ones to the so hardly rumored iPhone5 !!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Uptightest Moment Ever!!!

One of our recent posts was dedicated to the rumor of iPhone4 with 64GB memory existence. The rumor is still timely, and even the video appeared nowadays, proving this awesome fact! 
The device is basically an iPhone 4, marked as having XXGB of memory on the back. It has 64 GB of memory, and some details are quite similar to the iPhone 4 prototype obtained by Gizmodo in April 2010.

The upcoming iPhone 5, which we have already discussed in our previous post, is rumored to have a bigger screen and a better camera. This leaked device, however, reveals very little detail about the next generation of the device, other than the notion that Apple is at least considering an iPhone with 64 GB of memory.

This moment seems closer than ever, as even pictures and video of an iPhone prototype with 64 GB of memory have been posted!

Watch The Video & Voice Up!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

iPhone 5 coming in July ?!

The world expects iPhone 5 for the end of June or beginning of July as it was for the earlier versions. Analysts expect its features to bear some similitude to the iPad 2.  Steve Jobs stated that white would be available “on day one” referring to the iPad 2. That may perhaps be true of the white iPhone 5 as well. Some hints of the iPhone 5's features have begun to emerge, such as The Taiwan-based Economic Daily News (written in Chinese) and the Japanese blog Makotakara. These two are a whine with the latest news all related to iPhone5 launch details.

According to different sources, the essence of the talk is that Apple will desert the glass back for an aluminum one, as well as trench the external antenna, which has been a source of problems for Apple in case of iPhone4 and forced the company to launch free 'bumper' guards to prevent signal loss when the iPhone 4 was grasped very tightly.

The Chinese source claims, that the iPhone 5 production is to commence on July 6. The report suggests Apple will drop the infamously challenging steel outer frame with antenna of the iPhone 4, and have an iPad-style internal antenna sending and receiving cellular and Wi-Fi signals through the Apple logo on the back. Also it’s also pointed out that iPhone 5 will feature the A5 processor chip found in the iPad 2 along with new iOS5 operating system.

If you have any news about the topic, please feel free to voice up!!!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

This is a lot more Beatles in our iPhones!

The rumor has been spread around the whole world, that the new generation of iPhone4 with the gigantic 64 GB memory is sold under the table... can you guess where? In China, of course.

MIC Gadget said the gadgets are available in a small quantity. The jumbo iPhone, which is most probably an engineering prototype, have a striking similarity to the lost iPhone prototype which made its way to Gizmodo. The website said it checked out the engineered prototype of the phone and that its owner said he acquired it "from a source who has a small quantity of these prototypes."

The report about the jumbo iPhone explains that if you go to Settings -> General -> About to check the storage capacity, it is indeed a 64GB model, running iOS 4.1. Additionally, it is not SIM-locked.

According to AppleInsider, it should be noted that the prototype, even if authentic, does not guarantee that Apple plans to release a 64GB iPhone 4. The only available iPhone4 is either sold in 16GB or 32GB configurations.

Though reports said the prototype was leaked from the Foxconn factory, there was no confirmation for this. It could also be a case of Apple deciding not to launch handsets based on this prototype but some units making their way to consumers in China.

AppleInsider also cited reports speculating that Apple may have decided against mass producing the jumbo phone due to cost constraints. May it be true or not, but we are all pleased to imagine even more Beatles staff in our iPhones….
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

10 Tilt-Shift iPhone Photos!

Tilt-shift has been around in analog photography for years, but a crop of iPhone apps that simulate the effect has led to some great iPhotography experiments. I am sure you are all familiar with classic tilt-shift photos that make cityscapes look like toy towns with “fake miniature” people and vehicles.

While surfing the net, I found some amazing photos that make use of the shallow depth of field to great effect and are iPhone made!

So, take a look and enjoy!

Delaware & Paulinskill by Robert Yaskovic

Fly fisherman Robert Yaskovic mixes black and white and color in this effective diptych.

Catzilla by Sherry Chen

The tilt-shift effect helps make "Catzilla" look even more otherworldly in Sherry Chen's fun photo.

Not a Train by !Phone

Captured at the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge railway, this photo looks like it could have been a snap of a toy train set.

Up or Down by Sascha Unger
Up or Down by Sascha Unger

This picture was taken at the "Kunsthaus Tacheles," a former department store in Berlin. Perspective and a narrow band of focus combine to create an arresting shot.

The Diver by Max Berkowitz

Max Berkowitz can congratulate himself on superb timing, grabbing this shot at the perfect moment. The tilt-shift adds a summery haze to the image.

Ready to Seat by Scott Williams

A little cross-processing and some tilt-shift wizardry turn an everyday, ordinary setting into an extraordinary image.

Stoneridge Mall by Stephen Hollingsworth

The Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, California is here transformed by tilt-shift.

Anticipation by Max Berkowitz

Max Berkowitz has focussed on the boy's face for a striking picture that captures a split second in time.

This is not all.. If you enjoyed viewing the iPhone made Tilt-Shiftphotos, you can find more here.
Monday, March 07, 2011

iPhone hack vending machine?!

One of our readers sent us the link of this amazing video, asking the name of the app that is used by the boy in the clip. Please, if you know the name of the app and how to get it, let us know. Do you think it is fake? Personally I do, but still doubt. 

So, watch the video and have your say!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Apple's New iPad 2 Unveiled

Apple CEO Steve Jobs took a break from his medical leave Wednesday to unveil a sequel to the company's best-selling iPad.  "We've been working on this product awhile, and I didn't want to miss today," said Jobs, who in January said he would take an indefinite leave from the company he co-founded and put Tim Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, in charge of day-to-day operations. Jobs showed off the iPad 2, which will be available March 11, during a packed event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Improvements in the second-generation device largely tracked with the rumors preceding its introduction. It is one-third thinner than its predecessor - slimmer than the iPhone 4 - and 15 percent lighter. A front camera allows for video chatting, and a rear camera can shoot high-definition (720p) video.

Similar to its ancestor, iPad 2 will come in Wi-Fi only and 3G versions, each available at 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. The models will be priced identically to their equivalents in the original device, starting at $499. But unlike the original, iPad 2 is available in two colors - black and white.

"We're going to be shipping white from Day 1," Jobs said to laughter and applause, alluding to the white iPhone 4 that was announced but never released because of unspecified technical problems.

In addition to the iPad, Apple showed off a handful of accessories and apps. Steve took advantage of his opportunity to whack rival Google, mocking that the iPad had 65,000 apps available for it, and Google's new Android Honeycomb OS only has about 100.

Instead, Apple actually announced a tiny partnership with Facebook: It's one of the sites you'll be able to automatically upload video to from the iPad's new iMovie app.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Beatles Fans are the Fans of Apple Too!

As long as the Beatles and Apple have co-existed, fans of both have wondered: when are these crazy kids finally going to get together?

Oddly enough, Apple and The Beatles are forever linked, with a relationship that dates back to the computer maker’s fledgling days. Apple Computer Inc. was first sued in 1981 for infringing on The Beatles’ Apple Corps trademark (and that of its record label, Apple Records), then again in 1989, and lastly in 2003. In February 2007, the two companies settled the dispute once and for all. 

Steve Jobs has made no secret of his love for The Beatles’ music and his displeasure at the band’s unwillingness to allow digital downloads; He has referenced them on more than one occasion at Keynotes and also was interviewed on a showing of a Paul McCartney concert. So we all know it was a merely matter of time before the two Apples inked an exclusive contract and started selling the extensive Beatles’ catalogue track by track.
When asked about his business model, Steve replied

“My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other's negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person; they are done by a team of people.”

And finally, seventeen albums were made available for legal downloading, a move saluted by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Apple's Steve Jobs!!!! The big announcement came at 7:00 a.m., November 16, 2010 on the iTunes front page that the legendary Beatles songs from 13 albums can be purchased individually for $1.29 or the entire box set for $149, which includes a never-previously-released documentary of the band's first American concert at the Washington Coliseum in 1964. This is the band's first ever American concert. 

This was a major victory for Jobs, who had been trying for years to get the Beatles on iTunes. However, the Beatles' company, Apple Corps, and Jobs' company have been engaged in a series of legal battles over the use of similar logos and the Apple name. Those turbulent years appear to be over, and November 16th announcement ushered in a new era of mutual benefit!