Posts Tagged ‘Mac’

Death of a visionary

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Apple, Mac
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We all knew he had serious health problems. The absences, resignation as CEO and his increasingly gaunt appearance told their own story. But I don’t think any of us expected Steve Jobs to die now. Not at 56.

His legacy not only as a business leader and a technologist but also as a major influence on popular culture is without question.

I never met the man but his DNA is everywhere in my life.  I am writing this on the iMac I work on every day. I rarely go anywhere without my iPhone. Every member of our family has an iPod of some description and one is usually jacked into the car stereo. We have MacBooks and Mac Minis. We download movies every week on Apple TV. The iPad goes with us on every trip.

Millions of others will have a similar inventory of Apple products they never knew they needed but now can’t live without. We’re not all myopic Apple fanboys – we buy the products for the simple reason that they are well-made, innovative and intuitive to use. You just don’t sell more than 28 million iPads [at June 2011] if it isn’t any good.

Jobs and Apple did not invent the personal computer, the MP3 music player, the mobile phone or the table PC. Jobs’ genius – and there is no question that he drove Apple’s transformation over the last 10-15 years – was to redefine what those devices looked like and how they functioned. So radical and successful has this been that the very names – iPod, iPhone and iPad – have become synonymous with those market segments and rivals stumble over themselves to copy and catch up. To do that in one industry segment (Blackberry, Hoover, Sellotape, for example) is an achievement. To do it across three is astonishing.

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Apple updates iPods and Touch

Posted: September 9, 2009 in Mac
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Apple, Mac, iPod and iPhone News, Reviews, Help and Tips | Macworld

Check out Macworld for a comprehensive round-up of today’s Apple announcements – Nanos with video cameras, beefed up iPod Touches and new iPhone software plus better GB-per-dollar pricing. All very nice but think they missed a trick by not including a camera and/or video and microphone with the Touch – maybe that’s coming next. As for that much-touted iPad or tablet – word is that we may see something early 2010.

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Apple TV rewind

Posted: May 7, 2008 in Mac, media, movies, Technology
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OK, I take back what I said about Apple TV’s syncing problem with rented movies. While you can’t use the sync function to copy rented iTunes movies to your Apple TV, the solution (courtesy of the iTunes help section) turns out to be simple: just click on the Apple TV icon in your iTunes window, click on the Movies tab and the rented movie should show up with an option to “Move” it to your Apple TV and vice versa. Sorry, Mr. Jobs.

Radioshift – TiVo for radio

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Technology
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If you’re like me and you love listening to stuff from the BBC, you will no doubt have been ticked off by the fact that (for copyright reasons) podcasts of popular shows have the music stripped out. Jonathan Ross is funny enough to stand alone without the music but it’s not quite the same. One way round it is by using the wonderful app Radioshift from Rogue Amoeba. Basically this works like a TiVo for radio – you can find stuff from all over the world, listen to it live or subscribe to have it downloaded to your computer. Then just click the “send to iTunes” icon and hey, presto – a full three hours of Wossy with the great music. Make sure you buy the full license, though (a deal at $32) – the demo version inserts a hissing background noise after 10 minutes.