Monday, October 31, 2011

Mona Simpson's moving eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs

Mona Simpson's moving eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs -

The New York Times has published Mona Simpson's eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs. Simpson delivered her eulogy during his memorial service on October 16 at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. In her remarks, she recalls her experience of his final days and hours, including his last words to his family.

Simpson's eulogy is both powerful and heartbreaking, and I won't cheapen it by clipping bits to include here. Go read the full piece at the New York Times. I'd argue that you'll learn just as much about what kind of person Steve Jobs was in his sister's moving eulogy as you will by reading Walter Isaacson's sprawling biography of him.

One recommendation: before you read Simpson's eulogy, grab a handkerchief. Unless you're carved out of wood, you're probably going to need it.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

9 Essential Resources for Mac Newbies

9 Essential Resources for Mac Newbies -

So, you finally let Windows out to rot and made the switch to the Mac. Feeling a little anxious about it? Well, first of all, relax. There are plenty of resources out there to help you get situation, not to mention an amazing community of enthusiasts who have no problem helping you find your way. To get you started, here's a list of 9 essential resources you should add to your arsenal right now. No matter your experience level with computers, these resources can surely help you find your way.

(Via Mac|Life all.)

Steve Martin makes a book from his tweets (and yours)

Steve Martin makes a book from his tweets (and yours) - The "Pink Panther" star, banjo player, and author decides to publish a book made up of his tweets and his followers' responses.

(Via CNET News.com.)

Friday, October 28, 2011

PBS to Air 'Steve Jobs - One Last Thing' Documentary on November 2nd

PBS to Air 'Steve Jobs - One Last Thing' Documentary on November 2nd -
Tributes to Steve Jobs have been plentiful in the weeks since his death and his authorized biography by Walter Isaacson has revealed a number of new details about his life, but a new documentary from PBS set to premiere on Wednesday, November 2nd appears to offer insights from some unique people associated with Jobs.

(Via MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors.)

Apple's lossless audio format goes open source

Apple's lossless audio format goes open source - Apple's lossless encoder and decoder has gone open source, 7 years after it was introduced to let users rip CD-quality music into files that could be archived.

(Via CNET News.com.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dick Cavett on Steve Jobs

Dick Cavett on Steve Jobs -

Dick Cavett:

“How does it feel to be Dick Cavett?”

That’s what he said.

What a dumb question, I thought. This guy can’t be very bright.

The “guy” was named Steve Jobs. Turned out he was reasonably bright.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Can the Cult of Bang & Olufsen Last?

Can the Cult of Bang & Olufsen Last? - For decades, the Danish electronics company has enraptured its followers with a far-out vision of the future. Can it survive in Apple's world?

(Via Wired Top Stories.)

10 days with iPhone 4S: a personal review

10 days with iPhone 4S: a personal review -

Under normal circumstances, I would not be considered a target customer for the iPhone 4S. I bought the iPhone 4 on launch day. I was not up for renewal until late November.

Because of work commitments (look for the upcoming "Taking Your iPhone 4S to the Max" co-written with fellow TUAW bloggers), I paid the early upgrade penalty and received my iPhone 4S on October 14.

I've now spent 10 focused days with the iPhone 4S, exploring onboard features for technical coverage (I probably know a little more about how to make selections and share media in the Photo app than any normal person ought). The rest of the time I've been doing what the iPhone is meant to do: place phone calls, run errands, take family pictures and so forth.

Here's some extremely subjective feedback on my personal 4S experience during this time ...

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

10 Alternative iOS Web Browsers

10 Alternative iOS Web Browsers -

When it comes to surfing the interwebs with an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, Safari gets things done, albeit with a lack of style and an absence of Flash. While this might be fine for some people, many of us -- demanding more from our mobile browsing experience -- download alternative alternative web browsers from the iTunes App Store in the hopes of finding one that fills the digital hole left in our hearts by Safari's shortcomings. Interested in taking one for a spin? We thought you'd be. To get you started, we've put together a collection of ten of the better mobile browsers available for your iOS device.

 

(Via Mac|Life all.)

Opinion: The iPod as an iconic cultural force

Opinion: The iPod as an iconic cultural force - Opinion: The iPod as an iconic cultural force Rarely does an electronic gadget become so ubiquitous that it defines an entire market category and transcends the mantle of nerd toy to become an iconic cultural force. Apple’s iPod, introduced 10 years ago Sunday, accomplished just that.

(Via Macworld.)

Steve Jobs biography comes to Kindle early

Steve Jobs biography comes to Kindle early - Kindle users who preordered the Walter Isaacson biography noticed it turning up on their devices ahead of schedule. [Got my copy about 9PM PDT last night. -Clint]

(Via CNET News.com.)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Expanded California Apple Store to open Saturday

Expanded California Apple Store to open Saturday -

Apple is poised to expand its presence in California by re-opening the Victoria Gardens Store in Rancho Cucamonga this weekend. The Victoria Gardens store originally opened in October 2004 and was impressive for its time. It had 3,000 square feet of retail space and was packed full of G5 Towers, G5 iMacs, and eMacs when it first opened its doors seven years ago.

Now the store has a new location and has received an architectural facelift. The new and improved store has doubled its footprint and now boasts of 6,000 square feet of retail space. Its entrance has also doubled to 60-feet wide and is made of stone and glass instead of steel, a design change that reflects Apple's current retail store aesthetics.

The Victoria Gardens store will open this Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

Apple retail stores closed briefly on Wednesday for Steve Jobs memorial

How to Manage Your iTunes Library

How to Manage Your iTunes Library -

All my iTunes songs are duplicated!

If there’s one thing iTunes is good at, it’s making a royal mess of your music library. Huge libraries are often crippled by multiple copies of the same albums or songs. There are two ways to deal with the clones.

If you have a small library, consider using iTunes’ duplicate finder, which is at least efficient at finding them. For libraries over 20 gigs or so, Rinse will be much faster.

The first is less precise, but it’s also free. From iTunes, go to File > Display Duplicates or hold Option and click Display Exact Duplicates. From there, you can delete duplicates from the list by holding Command and clicking the dupes to select them, then pressing Option-Delete to kick them out of your library. Unfortunately, the songs and artists are often intermingled with each other, which makes the process gruelingly slow if you’re dealing with large libraries.

Thankfully, third-party applications can make this dupe-nuking easier. If you’re not afraid to spend $40 on an iTunes utility, Rinse is an awesome tool that won’t just remove dupes but will also find missing cover art, correct genres, and fix misspellings. To use it, simply run the app and click Add Album Art, Find Duplicates, Fix Your Songs, or Organize Genres.

(Via Mac|Life all.)

5 Tips for Using the New Camera Features in iOS 5

5 Tips for Using the New Camera Features in iOS 5 -

There's no doubt that the iPhone is the best camera that's always on you. And with iOS 5, Apple has included many new Camera features that would make even professional photographers a little more excited to use their mobile phones to capture the moment. Read on for a look at how you can get the most from the new Camera features in iOS 5.

(Via Mac|Life all.)

Jobs offered 'nine-digit price' to buy Dropbox

Jobs offered 'nine-digit price' to buy Dropbox - Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered a massive amount of cash to buy Dropbox, but was rejected, a new Forbes piece reveals. In December 2009, Jobs invited Dropbox founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi to his office at Apple's Cupertino headquarters. Houston recalls being intimidated. "I mean, Steve frigginĂ­ Jobs," he comments. "How do you even prepare for that?"

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Up close with iOS 5: Wireless syncing and updating

Up close with iOS 5: Wireless syncing and updating - Up close with iOS 5: Wireless syncing and updating One of the best parts of iOS 5 is that you no longer have to connect your device to your Mac or PC when you want to sync your information or download a subsequent software update. Here's how it works.

(Via Macworld.)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Box gives iOS users 50GB of free space to counter iCloud

Box gives iOS users 50GB of free space to counter iCloud - Box.net, the online content access, sharing and collaboration service is offering 50GB of free storage to owners of iPads, iPhones and iPod touches. The cloud-based storage is free "forever," it claims The offer itself is time limited, starting tonight at midnight and running for the next 50 days ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

The Last Time I Saw Steve Jobs

The Last Time I Saw Steve Jobs -

One of my favorite stories heard this week. So great.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

iOS 5 update bricked my iPod Touch

iOS 5 update bricked my iPod Touch - Upgrading my Touch to Apple's latest mobile OS bricked the device, forcing me to do a total restore, a complaint among many other users. What's the safest way to update your iDevice?

(Via CNET News.com.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

All the new apps and app updates from Apple in one place

All the new apps and app updates from Apple in one place -

Along with major OS updates for both OS X Lion  and iOS, Apple released a veritable boatload of software today in the form of new apps and updates to old favorites. Here’s a quick look at what’s new, what’s changed, and what we think about what’s new and changed.

(Via TheAppleBlog.)

iOS 5, iCloud now available to all

iOS 5, iCloud now available to all -

Apple announced last week that iOS 5 and iCloud would be available Oct. 12, and as of around 10 a.m. PDT, both are indeed open to the general public. You can download iOS 5 for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by plugging it into your computer and checking for updates in iTunes. You can also sign up now for iCloud either via an iOS device with iOS 5 installed, or by updating your Mac to 10.7.2 using Software Update, and then accessing the iCloud section in System Preferences.

Apple TV users can also grab iOS 4.4 for Apple TV (2nd gen models) now, which allows you to use AirPlay Mirroring.

In addition to users who will be downloading iTunes 10.5, released yesterday, in order to be able to install iOS 5 on their devices, the amount of software flowing from Apple’s servers as users upgrade this morning will likely put a heavy strain on its backend infrastructure. Hopefully Apple’s new massive N.C. data center helps it keep up with demand, but don’t be surprised if you have trouble connecting or encounter download delays.

Both iOS 5 and iCloud represent major changes and additions to your Mac and iOS device experience, so we have extensive coverage of both planned for the rest of the day. Stay tuned as we explain various features and also take you through the process of setting many of them up.

(Via TheAppleBlog.)

Opinion: Dropping Safari for Chrome

Opinion: Dropping Safari for Chrome - Opinion: Dropping Safari for Chrome Lex Friedman was long a Safari devotee. But he's found Safari 5.1 insufferable, and ended up switching to Chrome full-time. It went better than expected.

(Via Macworld.)

Plantronics Voyager Pro HD headset answers calls on its own

Plantronics Voyager Pro HD headset answers calls on its own - Plantronics kicked off CTIA with the Voyager Pro HD, a Bluetooth headset that will answer incoming phone calls as soon as users insert it into their ears, so there is no need to press any buttons. It also works in reverse and will automatically disable itself and users will need to answer calls using their handsets. Also, any streaming audio will also be paused if the headset is removed from a wearer's ear ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

Monday, October 10, 2011

California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrant to Search Mobile Phones

California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrant to Search Mobile Phones - California Gov. Jerry Brown is vetoing legislation requiring police to obtain a court warrant to search the mobile phones of suspects at the time of any arrest -- exposing e-mail, call records, text messages, photos, banking activity, cloud-storage services, and even where the phone has traveled. Hundreds of thousands of people are arrested each year in California.

(Via Wired Top Stories.)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

9 Imaginary <cite>Twilight Zone</cite> Films That Could Make You Forget <cite>Real Steel</cite>

9 Imaginary Twilight Zone Films That Could Make You Forget Real Steel - Rod Serling's influential sci-fi series unspooled many mind-bending stories a half-century ago. These standout episodes would make excellent movies fit for 21st-century reboots.

(Via Wired Top Stories.)

Isaacson Shares a Touching Preview of the Steve Jobs Biography

Isaacson Shares a Touching Preview of the Steve Jobs Biography - Time Magazine has cancelled its previously scheduled print run this week in order to put together a retrospective issue on Steve Jobs. In it, Walter Isaacson -- Steve Jobs' biographer -- writes a preview of what's to come, via Fortune.

(Via MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs gave President Obama a pre-release iPad 2

Steve Jobs gave President Obama a pre-release iPad 2 -

Image via White House Flickr account

In an interview with ABC, US President Obama said that Steve Jobs personally gave him an iPad 2 a couple of weeks before it was unveiled. This timing would line up with the dinner Obama had with Silicon Valley luminaries like then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, along with Jobs (who was seated to the left of the president).

In the picture above, the White House has confirmed the president is carrying an iPad 2. Not a bad perk of the job, if you ask me.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

Apple updates iPod nano, touch models

Apple updates iPod nano, touch models - Apple updates iPod nano, touch models Apple on Tuesday announced updated versions of the iPod nano and iPod touch models.

(Via Macworld.)

Copy files from your Mac to your Kindle

Copy files from your Mac to your Kindle - Copy files from your Mac to your Kindle Jason Snell's back with more Kindle news: In this case, answering a reader's question about getting files from your Mac onto your Kindle.

(Via Macworld.)

A look back: NY Times lists 317 Jobs patents

A look back: NY Times lists 317 Jobs patents - Steve Jobs leaves more than a legacy of inspiration and management at Apple; he was also a hands-on inventor, often working with others but inextricably a part of many products that came out of the company -- including smaller contributions like packaging design or accessories, not just his well-known role in shaping the computers and mobile devices for which the company is best known today ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

Apple CEO Tim Cook posts final tribute to Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Tim Cook posts final tribute to Steve Jobs - Apple CEO Tim Cook in the aftermath of the death of Steve Jobs issued a company-wide letter in eulogy. The executive had nothing but praise for Jobs, who brought him into the company roughly 13 years ago. A special memorial would take place in the near future and would take condolences from Apple staff ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

Steve Jobs' big lesson: 'Stay hungry. Stay foolish'

Steve Jobs' big lesson: 'Stay hungry. Stay foolish' - Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement speech at Stanford says a lot about his life and the "great change agent" known as death.

(Via CNET News.com.)

Tim Cook's memo to Apple employees about Jobs

Tim Cook's memo to Apple employees about Jobs - Apple posts the memo sent to employees following the news of co-founder Steve Jobs passing away today.

(Via CNET News.com.)

Twitter reacts with emotion to Steve Jobs' death

Twitter reacts with emotion to Steve Jobs' death - The second news outlets started reporting on the death of Steve Jobs today, Twitter erupted with strong expressions of shock and emotion. Here is just a sampling.

(Via CNET News.com.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Inside the Russian Short Wave Radio Enigma

Inside the Russian Short Wave Radio Enigma - No one knows why a shortwave radio station somewhere in Russia broadcasts mysterious beeps, buzzes, and hums. But thousands listen in.

(Via Wired Top Stories.)

Three Twitter security tips

Three Twitter security tips - Three Twitter security tips Protect your Twitter account from hackers with these three simple tips.

(Via Macworld.)

Jobs expected at Tuesday's iPhone event, Reuters suggests

Jobs expected at Tuesday's iPhone event, Reuters suggests - The consensus view is that Apple chairman Steve Jobs will make some sort of appearance at tomorrow's iPhone event, according to Reuters. The wire agency appears to be basing its judgment on discussions with analysts and investors, despite reports to the contrary. Reuters in fact suggests that a potential absence would "not be a major disappointment," even though Jobs is an Apple icon and has led almost all of the company's major keynotes ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

Steve Jobs gave pre-release iPad 2 to President Obama

Steve Jobs gave pre-release iPad 2 to President Obama - U.S. President Barack Obama revealed recently that one of the perks of his job includes having received an advance copy of Apple's iPad 2 directly from Steve Jobs himself.

(Via AppleInsider.)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Estimate: Amazon Kindle Fire sold at $10 loss to build share

Estimate: Amazon Kindle Fire sold at $10 loss to build share - Amazon's Kindle Fire is being sold at a loss to heat up competition with Barnes & Noble and Apple, IHS iSuppli estimated Friday. Based on a list of known and expected components, it believes the seven-inch mini tablet costs $209.63 in raw parts and manufacturing, or about $10 less than its $$199 asking price. A high-quality IPS-based LCD at $87 is a large part of that cost, while adding the dual-core TI OMAP processor and other mainboard components pushes it up by another $70.40 ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

Dell to take another shot at MacBook Air

Dell to take another shot at MacBook Air - Dell will give the ultra-sleek laptop category another try after canceling its first attempt to compete with Apple's MacBook Air. Will Dell persist this time?

(Via CNET News.com.)

Apple pulls iPod clickwheel games from iTunes Store

Apple pulls iPod clickwheel games from iTunes Store - Apple has silently dropped access to an "iPod Click Wheel Games" section on the iTunes Store, AppleInsider notes. Until this week, it was possible to get to the section via a drop-down menu for the App Store. Apple began selling games for clickwheel iPods in 2006, but they were quickly eclipsed two years later with the introduction of the App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

Griffin debuts MultiDock iDevice charging station

Griffin debuts MultiDock iDevice charging station - Accessory maker Griffin Technology has announced a rolling cart-style, scaleable power, syncing and storage solution for multiple iOS devices called the MultiDock. Based on a steel enclosure with a footprint smaller than a laptop, the unit delivers charging ability in each of its 10 charging bays and features a single USB port at the base to connect the entire stand to a computer for syncing. Each iOS device is simply connected via its usual 30-pin dock cable ...

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

World's highest Webcam could use a Sherpa

World's highest Webcam could use a Sherpa - Researchers installed the Webcam at more than 18,000 feet to keep an eye on Mount Everest. It's solar-powered and can withstand blasting winds and dangerous cold.

(Via CNET News.com.)