Tags: Apple, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Lion, Mac, OS X, Steve Jobs, World Wide Developers Conference, WWDC
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Today was the annual WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) where Steve Jobs gave the Keynote to debut new products from Apple. Below are a few bullet points you’ll want to know about today’s event!
Steve Jobs gave the Keynote – This might not seem like a big deal to some. He’s the CEO of Apple, right? If you’re not an Apple fanboy or fangirl, then you should know that Steve Jobs had taken a medical leave of absence from Apple a few months ago. He has done this before while he battled pancreatic cancer. This time, we don’t know what the cause of his absence is, but he looked his typical skinny self during today’s Keynote. (See photo above) Congratulations to Steve for pulling through, and I hope he gets 100% healthy if he’s not already!
10 new features for Mac OS X Lion - Available exclusively on the Mac App Store for only $29.99 sometime in July.
- Multitouch Gestures – Self explanatory.
- Mission Control - Mission Control brings together full-screen apps, Dashboard, Exposé, and Spaces in one new feature that gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything on your system. With a single swipe on the trackpad, your desktop zooms out to Mission Control. Think of it as the hub of your system: View everything and go anywhere with just a click.
- Full Screen Applications – FaceTime can now track facial features.
- Mac App Store – Built in to Lion. In App purchasing.
- Launchpad – A simple pinch gesture, and you can have all of your apps available instantly.
- Resume – When you close an application in Lion, it takes you right back to where you were. System-wide function.
- Versions - Versions is a new feature that charts the history of your documents, taking snapshots in time, and displaying them side by side with the latest versions in an easily browsable timeline. You can review the past iterations of your compositions, restore a previous version, or copy and paste from old versions to new ones.
- Auto Save – Lion saves every document automatically so that you never lose work.
- AirDrop – The replacement of the thumb drive. Go into AirDrop and you’ll see all the other users who are running AirDrop. To share a file, just drop a file onto the user in question. They then receive a notification and, hey presto, file exchanged. There’s nothing to discover, auto setup.
- New Mail – Looks like it has a new icon. Tons of new search features, and built in conversation lines.
Introducing iOS 5 – Available to developers today, everyone else “this Fall.”
- Notification Center – Brand new notifications interface. See picture below!
- Newsstand – A lot like iBooks, but used with subscription based magazines and newspapers.
- Twitter – Built in to iOS 5. You can tweet articles from Safari, videos from YouTube, locations from Maps.
- Safari – Safari Reader, looks like Instapaper. Faster. Has tabbed browsing. Reading List – Save stories from Safari to read for later. Syncs across multiple devices.
- Reminders – Built in list making app. Allows for storage of multiple lists, with dates to remind you. Can assign location. Reminds you when you cross a “geo-fence.”
- Camera – Now a camera button on the lock screen. You can click the button and go right in to the camera. You can now press volume up and down to take pictures. Photos can now be edited directly on the device. You can crop, rotate, reduce red-eye, and you can do a one click enhance.
- Mail - Rich-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses (from To: to Cc: or Bcc:), flagging so you can mark them as unread, and now you can search the entire contents of messages. Built in dictionary.
- PC Free – You can now buy and set up any iOS device out of the box. No need to connect cables to existing PCs. Software updates will now be over the air. You can now create and delete calendars from iOS.
- Game Center – Download games right from Game Center. Find friends of friends.
- iMessages – New messaging service between iOS regardless of device. Lets you send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and even do group messaging. Can also get delivery receipts, read receipts, and real-time typing notification.
- Wifi Sync to iTunes! – You can set your iOS device to find your iTunes and sync. You can also sync your iTunes library over WiFi! You can now completely cut the cord!
- Documents in the Cloud – Create a project on Pages, Numbers or Keynote, it will upload to iCloud and then sync across devices.
- Photo Stream – Take a picture, uploads to iCloud, downloads to “Photo Stream” album across iDevices and iPhoto.
- iTunes in the Cloud – Download media from iTunes on one device, go to iTunes on other iOS devices and sync same media for no additional charge.
- Sync new devices via WiFi (or cable)
- Buy songs you’re missing on iTunes
- iTunes Match service – Finds the songs you’ve ripped from CDs and replaces them with iTunes high quality version. $24.99 p/year.
- New iPad music app
- Smart Playlist sync from iTunes
- Option to speak text selection
- iTunes Tone Store
- Built-in dictionary
- Emoji emoticons
- Personal dictionary
- Alternate routes in Maps
- Improved FaceTime video quality
Last Minute Predictions for Today’s “Back To The Mac” Event October 20, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Apple, iPhone, technology, ThrasherTechnoTrash.
Tags: Apple, John Thrasher, Mac, Steve Jobs
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I’m usually so anxious for the Apple events that it seems like they take forever to get here, but this one kind of snuck up on me like a lion. Get it?
Anyway I’ve read the blogs and watched the news even more so over the last week since this invitation was sent out. Here are some things I think you can expect from today’s “Back to the Mac” event, which starts at 10am Pacific time:
- New MacBook Airs – I doubt that we’ll see the discontinuation of the 13″ model, but a new 11″ model is heavily rumored. Apparently these new MacBook Airs won’t have hard drives (don’t freak out!), but they WILL have SD card like slots for flash memory. This probably doesn’t make sense to most people, but what it does is add extra battery life, cut down the cost of the computer itself and gives you the chance to customize your hard drive to your liking. I would expect the long-awaited black bezel and an even sleeker, thinner design.
- New MacBooks – I don’t think we’ll see a design update, but upgraded specs is almost inevitable with the introduction of new MacBook Airs.
- iLife ’11 – Earlier this morning discussion topics on Apple’s official website for Garageband ’11, iPhoto ’11, and iMovie ’11 were noticed by popular Apple blogs, and then immediately taken down. This pretty much confirms we’ll be seeing this all today. Notably missing from that discussion board? iDVD. Apparently there were 2 other placeholder titles for the discussion board: “Reserved 10 20″ and “MBA (Needs official name).” MBA, presumably means MacBook Air, but no one is certain why it “needs official name.” People are assuming the “Reserved 10 20″ is for the “iLife ’11″ topic.
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion – This one is pretty much a given after seeing the invitation (above). We’re probably getting a sneak peak of Lion today (a la the invitation). Not much has been said about new features at this point. The only things rumored to be coming are iOS-like scrollbars (here’s a pic if you’re confused), likely FaceTime integration, and a new “Dropbox-killer” – a feature that would allow Mac users to easily share files across computers! I would be very happy about that last feature, that’s for sure.
- iPhone 4 Coming to Verizon – The rumors are stronger than ever, though I don’t see this happening today, especially if there are new products to talk about. An iPhone announcement like that would be surprising because of the product cycle (typically iPhone info is announced in May/June), and because it would definitely be all over the news outshadowing any other product announcement today.
I doubt that we are going to see anything beyond this. Steve is going to spend his time talking about the new MacBooks and a glimmer in to 10.7 and making developers drool. The Mac events are usually very focused and specific to Macs only.
Do you think we’ll see anything besides this?
Is This A Photo Of The Apple Tablet? January 26, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Geek Talk, iPhone, Movies/Film, Music, technology.
Tags: Apple, iPad, iSlate, Mac, Steve Jobs, tablet, technology
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These images were posted by MacRumors.com. They’re saying that the photos are gaining interest and that they were both taken at the same time, but with geolocation info saying one was in Germany while the other was in California. MacRumors is not posting these as actual pictures, but rather as a means of interest.
Either way this looks very convincing. It may not be the real thing, but it could definitely be a mock-up of some kind. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow!
Apple Avoids My Questions About Tablet and Birthday Present January 20, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Geek Talk, iPhone, Personally John, technology.
Tags: Apple, birthday, iMac, iPhone, Mac, Steve Jobs, tablet
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So did you know that if you go to Apple’s online store, you can chat with a representative? I thought it would be a great time to ask a few pressing questions that I just haven’t been able to get out of my head lately. Here are some screen shots:
First, I asked if the new tablet was coming out next week and if I could buy it:
No Apple representative would ever answer my question about an upcoming product, but I thought it would be fun to ask. Following that question, I thought, what if just maybe I could get an early birthday present from Apple, by just asking them. I knew better than this, and when the somewhat rude, automated response came up, I let Randall know how I felt.
Considering my birthday is the same day as the iMac, I thought they might be generous. I guess not. I’ll try again next year.
Geeks Freak: Snow Leopard Available Friday!! August 24, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Geek Talk, iPhone, technology.
Tags: Apple, Mac, Snow Leopard, technology
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Are you freaking out right now!? Apple announced that Snow Leopard, the moderate upgrade to 2007′s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will be available for Leopard users for a mere $29 on Friday! I’m still debating if I want to go to Pittsburgh or just pre-order it and have it arrive on my door step on Friday.
My Review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine! May 1, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Television.
Tags: Apple, Baraka, Gambit, Logan, Mac, Mortal Kombat, movie review, Nintendo, Origins, review, Sabretooth, Super Mario 64, Wolverine, X-Men
I just got out of the midnight premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the movie was a damn hit!
Some of you may know that I am a huge X-Men fan. I didn’t grow up reading the comics like a lot of people did, but after seeing the first movie I became obsessed with knowing as much about the X-Men/Marvel universe as I could. After getting my friend Johnny in to it, we both sort of became each others’ go-to guy when it came to watching the movies, talking about them, and discussing the mythology behind the X-Men series.
I have to say that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is an absolutely fantastic beginning to what I, and I am sure millions of other fans around the world, hope to be an ongoing franchise. Though the movie was a thrill ride from start to finish, it did have some things I thought could be improved (what movie doesn’t?). Let me break down the good, the bad, and the ugly.
First, and most importantly, the story was fantastic! They really brought forth an aspect of Wolverine’s back story that not many fans know of: the relationship with Kayla. I typically get VERY bored with romance lines in movies, especially ones like X-Men where I pay to see visual effects, explosions and ass-kicking, not the luvy-duby kisses and back rubs. For most X-Men fans, this movie’s story and how it develops will be a sigh of relief compared to the last X-Men movie we saw: X-Men III: The Last Stand, which just had too much untrue story going on for the sake of visual effects.
Another great part of this movie is the multitude of mutants they managed to fit in considering this is a character centric spin-off movie. A lot of them get pushed in to the end of the movie, but they are definitely worth waiting for (Emma Frost, Cyclops in particular). I was happily surprised to see how much time Scott Summers received on screen. Though his character wasn’t particularly important to the plot, the fact that we see Scott as a high school student makes his supporting character very interesting, and something different that we’ve never seen on screen. It seemed as if maybe they were giving him some time to do his own Origins spin-off? Maybe we’ll be seeing X-Men Origins: Cyclops in the future?
One final great thing worth noting is the simple fact that Gambit made it to the movie. Finally, after nearly 10 years of X-Men movies and hype and talk, we finally are seeing Remy on the big screen! When the scene starts in New Orleans, I just started smiling. Gambit is such a huge part of the Marvel universe, and I always pictured in my head how the scene would start in New Orleans when he finally (if ever) made it, and it was a lot like what I saw tonight. Gambit has an awesome scene during the end of the film but don’t want to write about it for those who might be waiting to see it and are still sneaking! Go see it it’s awesome!
Overall, there weren’t many bad things going on with this movie. However there were a few decisions that I thought could have been thought over. First, the Blob. Yes, he incorporates a little comic relief, and visual appeal, but he was written as just another knower of information. Couldn’t they have a more interesting, showier mutant for Logan to fight to get the answers he needs? All Logan does throughout this movie is fight people for answers, and one of the mutants he has to fight is…the Blob? Lame.
Secondly, why Will.I.Am? He wasn’t necessarily bad, but considering they cut Nightcrawler out of the third X-Men movie with no explanation besides what the video games say, you think they would add him as the teleport. Yeah recycling mutants is probably not the best idea, but Will.I.Am wasn’t even a mutant from the comics was he? I don’t remember him at least.
I would have also liked to see a tiny bit less of Logan and Sabretooth charging at each other. Yes, we get it, they are brothers and have a history. It seemed like every other scene started with some witty dialogue, followed by them growling at each other, followed by them charging at each other and punching each other in the guts. Stabbing each other with long press on fingernails and some claws is only exciting once or twice.
Thinking more about the scenes, there were a lot of panning and driving clips. Lots of Logan in a car driving down a country side, or Logan on a motorcycle driving on a windy road symbolizing the life he had to live and is going to live. Lots of people just DRIVING. If you see the movie again, notice all the driving, and countryside, and mountains we see. Is it necessary!?
Finally, the graphics. I was really hoping this movie would bring it graphically, but it really really didn’t. In fact the graphics could be the worst part of the movie if you ask me. There were so many times where I said, “That looks really fake,” out loud. The first time it annoyed me was when Logan was in the bathroom of the old peoples’ house and was looking at his newly formed adamantium claws. They looked like a cartoon! Also, the scene a top the nuclear reactor at the end looked EXACTLY like a video game. In fact, it looked like a Mortal Kombat trailer. Baracka anyone? That scene had the potential to really pull people in but I went through the entire thing waiting for it to be over, and promptly rolled my eyes and looked around at the people beside me expecting a “I KNOW RIGHT?” I didn’t get one, but still. Also when the helicopter lands and the kids come running out to find you know who (I can’t bring myself to type it for those who haven’t seen it!), that entire scene looks like something from Super Mario 64. The grass looks like an oil painting! Then the kids start running to the helicopter and they don’t get smaller by perspective! That whole scene looks like it was shot using a camcorder and one of those Photobooth default backgrounds that come with every Mac. I was waiting for the words, “Please step out of the frame” to pop up so that it could be green screened or something. Very disappointing.
Um, is Weapon XI a real mutant too? Did these producers pull mutants out of their asses or what? I don’t ever remember hearing about Weapon XI, and considering how powerful and interesting he could have been, it would have been something more prominent in the comics. And, if you’re Weapon XI and combine all these different mutants powers and all you do is teleport, and blast lasers like Cyclops, I’d think you were pretty lame. I saw Storm, Angel, and some others in those holding cells. Tear their asses up! The head falling down the reacter was pretty fun though.
Like I said, this movie is awesome. It manages to give the audience tons of back story in to Wolverine’s life without making him look extremely boring. I’ve always hated Wolverine’s character in the X-Men series, but this movie has definitely changed that. Somehow Wolverine has become a lot more theatrical and interesting to me.
I can’t wait to see which Origins movie gets green lighted after this weekend’s numbers come in. I know that they had been working on Magneto in pre-production for a while, so odds are that will be next. Then Cyclops? Jean Grey? Storm? As long as we don’t see X-Men Origins: The Blob, I think I’ll be okay. If you are even remotely an X-Men fan, go see Wolverine, it’s worth it!