Category Archives: Apple News

Happy Birthday Steve

54 Today.

And to celebrate Steve’s birthday, Apple have (not related) announced massive cash reserves for the company.

Two days before Apple’s (AAPL) annual meeting — the first in more than a decade that Steve Jobs won’t attend — Financial Alchemist’s Turley Muller offers beleaguered shareholders a statistic that should provide some comfort:

Apple’s cash holdings have grown at an annual rate of 50% (year-to-year) or more every quarter for the past two years.

Once again full article here from Apple2.0 Blog

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Happy Birthday Mac

Hat tip to Apple2.0 for reminder

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Lame

MacWorld 2009

OK, Mac junkie (not geek or evangelist, can’t afford to have that title), I’ll get that off my chest from the start. I love mac gear, I LOVE Apple gear, but then there are people who don’t and at any chance they can they put their collective boot in.

The latest is over at Newsweek, in a piece titles MacWorld, MacBoring, Is Apples Golden Era Over? by

I agree that MacWorld 2009 (the last one Apple will be attending at this stage) will go down as a huge snooze fest, apart from the new 17 Macbook Pro, which I must have, iWork 09 and iLife 09 which are just plain sexy, the removal of DRM from the largest collection of digital music in the world (how utterly tedious).

The reviewer states “This is a company that has run out of gas” is about as perceptive as when that complete idiot and famous Apple bagger Steve Baumer laughed at the iPhone.

He’s the guy that bought you the Zume, you know the MP3 player that didn’t even need to wait till the next millennium to stop working on New Years eve.

For a more balanced (and no not biased) review of the keynote speech at MacWorld 09 delivered by Phil Schiller not Steve Jobs, try reading the more intelligent Apple2.0 Blog over at CNN/Fortune. As market analyst Gene Munster puts it “If Phil Schiller had made a significant announcement, we would have seen that as a sign of a changing-of-the-guard, but that was not the case. In other words”, Steve Jobs is still in charge.

Which to you and me, means Steve Jobs + Jonathan Ives = Insanely great products.

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iPhone 2.2 Software Update

http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/

Apple pulled a swift one on us and has released version 2.2 of the iPhone software.

Some cool things (some things still missing – cut and paste), possibly the biggest is google street view. Yes I know it’s not available in New Zealand yet, and only people doing things wrong actually need to worry about it (I mean if that’s not your wife you are kissing, ain’t my problem buddie), but I can’t wait for it to get here. The google camera car has been spotted for quite a while cruising around New Zealand, and blow me down with a feather, one of the first cities in NZ to get street-viewed is going to be Dunedin, classic.

To see what a google car and all that equipment looks like, check this out, and how web 1.0 is the bucket on the top of the camera pole.

Anyway there’s a whole heap of other features in the 2.2 software update:

Enhancements to Maps
– Google Street View
– public transit and walking diretions
– display address of dropped pins
– share location via email
Enhancements to Mail
– resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
– improved formatting of wide HTML email
Improved stability and performance of Safari
Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular)
Decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
Improved sound quality of visual voicemail messages
Pressing the Home button from any Home screen takes you to the first Home screen
Preferences to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard settings

Of course Macrounmors are all over this, with links about upgrades etc.

YOU SHOULD DO THIS UPGRADE.

Besides, Google St View is fun if not for anything else, going back to holiday spots and getting a ‘live’ view. I ‘walked’ from our Hollywood hotel to the Hollywood Bowl where I saw The Who play, it all came flooding back, brilliant.

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Voice-recognition google search iPhone App

From Stuff.co.nz

Pushing ahead in the decades-long effort to make computers that understand human speech, Google researchers have added sophisticated voice-recognition technology to the company’s search software for the Apple iPhone.
Users of the free application can place the phone to their ear and ask virtually any question, such as: “Where’s the nearest Starbucks?” or “How tall is Mount Everest?” The sound is converted to a digital file and sent to Google’s servers, which try to determine the words spoken and pass them along to the Google search engine.
The search results, which may be displayed in seconds on a fast wireless network, will at times include local information, taking advantage of iPhone features that let it determine its location.
The ability to recognise just about any phrase from any person has long been the supreme goal of artificial-intelligence researchers looking for ways to make man-machine interactions more natural. Systems that can do this have recently started making their way into commercial products.

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And of course what would a good Apple story be without the Apple2.0 take on it.

For tech bloggers, this was bigger than Obama.

How else to explain the reaction Friday to John Markoff’s story in the New York Times about Google (GOOG) bringing voice activation to the iPhone, letting you search for everything from pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge to the length of a giant squid just by talking into your phone?

Markoff’s story was the No. 1 item all day on the Techmeme news aggregator, and by the time it was over more than three dozen tech writers had weighed in, from AppleInsider’s Katie Marsal to Eric Zeman’s Phone Scoop. Seth Weintraub posted a video. Several reporters spoke of it in the past tense, as if they had already had the program in hand.

So where is Google Voice Search?

(full story here)

and yet another video, let’s hope they are right. When I lived in Vancouver talking with a Kiwi accent (yes it is the Queen’s English!) to any automated voice recognition telephone service required me putting on my worst rural Tennessee meets Jewish New York accent to get any results.

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The years best gadget

Stuff Magazine’s readers have voted the iPhone 3G as it’s gadget of the year.

Story here, here, here, that is due to the stuff web awards site being down at the moment.

It beat out the following competitors: Sony’s PlayStation 3, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii Fit and the B&W Zeppelin iPod speakers.

Seems this has caused a stirr (from the great Kiwi knocking machine), in the reader feedback section of the stuff.co.nz (no relation) web site.

One of the silliest moans was

for $6k-odd that the iphone costs, i could have bought hundreds of other gadgets that individually do the iphones job and still had some spare change

So if you have a shopping trolley to push around with you all the time to carry a playstation, xbox, wii, the tv to run it on, a portable DVD player, an ipod touch, a phone, a laptop at least to have true web browsing experience and full email, and you didn’t mind the exercise of hauling all of that and the portable electric generator needed to power it all across the beach (as I took my iPhone to the beach the other day), then yes you could have saved money.

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iPhone 2.1 firmware upgrade

I love it, and so it seems does most people.

The reviews have been more or less favourable right across the board.

As per usual Macrumors.com has a pretty good run down of the features and some that weren’t heralded.

justinomg, at macrumors.com forum has a massive list of features that also weren’t featured on the official update list. It’s well worth the look.

This is interesting, warning do not try to unlock after one too many beers or wines – wipe all data feature.

iPhone Atlas has more good reviews, but the first cautionary tales from the dark side.

It’s the most unexpected but fun aspects of the iPhone has been discovering all of the hidden features of the iPhone.

The best tip I learnt was the swipe action to delete emails and txt messages I no longer wanted. So fast, so simple and so intuitive, that well it just made sense.

Anyway back to 2.1 firmware. Yes I have notices speed differences in the like of installing apps. But the biggest improvement has been the speed and responsiveness of txt messages. It’s like a whole new ball game now – what a difference.

Apple2.0 over at Fortune, has a great review and round up of the firmware upgrade.

The iPhoneblog points out that 3D buildings are now popping up on google maps for iPhone – very cool.

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