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    Friday, June 18, 2010

    The Adobe Photo Shop..





    As in, a Shelter, Made out of Adobe, and functions as a Photo Shop.. Get it? GET IT??!!

    Yeah, well, you should get that sense of humor of yours checked.. Sheesh..

    Anyways, covering less hilarious news (depends), What happened last week?

    Well, let's start by the new might-be Apple hype.. Many can already relate to this one, since it's old, left neglected, and not really addressed in the previous years.. Your iTunes library, in the clouds.. Yes, streaming your music library all over your devices can save you the hassle of manually syncing your iPod everytime you purchase (or illegally download) new music.. Or, breaking the size limitations of your affordable 8GB iPod, and allowing you to stream your complete library (30+ GB's, and i'm putting them on circulation 6 GB's at a time)..

    Well, I mentioned before in the WWDC Warm-Up that there should be any news, and since it was too much to ask for, there wasn't any news.. Now, there's room for enough speculation to rise, since theres a complete iPod-centric event coming our way this September, and a new patent was registered by Apple..
    A new patent application from Apple this week centers around HD Radio, a trademarked wireless radio format owned by iBiquity, which allows both AM and FM radio stations to simulcast digital and analog audio within the same channel. The application suggests that future handsets from Apple, such as the iPod or iPhone, could embrace HD Radio technology to allow users greater flexibility when listening to broadcast media. -AppleInsider
    So, so far, Apple acquired Lala.com, and now they're registering an HD radio broadcasting technology.. I wonder..


    Speaking of WWDC.. Despite my frustration over the iPhone-Only event we like to call WWDC'10, and the rising speculations over the DeathOfMac.. There might be a glimpse of hope to have another WWDC that is specialized only for OS X (and related hardware, of course)..


    “Dear Macintosh,
    I hate to tell you this, but my guess is you’ve probably been sensing it already. I don’t know any good way to say it so let me just be blunt: You’ve been dropped. Dumped. It’s over.
    The future of Apple is no longer centered around the Macintosh. You Mac guys just got kicked to the curb, relegated to the steaming dung heap of the past.
    I’m sorry, dear old Mac, but your ex-boyfriend Steve has moved on.”
    Responding to Sellers, Steve keeps it brutally short, writing,
    "Completely wrong. Just wait." -9to5Mac 
    And it makes sense, on a level.. Having a WWDC for iOS is now becoming a must, because the iOS is starting to branch off as a complete OS, with it's different inputs.. I wish Apple would publicly address this, because the OS X is starting to slow down compared to pre-SnowLeopard days..




    On another Apple related news (and this news really deserves to have a WWDC on it's own, to be honest), Apple re-invented their MacMini series with a new addition.. An HDMI addition, more or less.. Sure, HDMI porting has been around computers and laptops ever since HDMI was released.. But MacMini's are, well, MINI..


    Courtesy of iFixIt.com

    Now, picture this.. Having a personal computer, that small, connected to your HDTV (no HD upscaling needed), with a Bluetooth connected keyboard and mouse, and MacOSX on high def on your screen.. Would it be:

    - The smart TV entertainment system + awesome computer?
    - The smart TV entertainment system + AWESOME COMPUTER?
    Or (this is the tricky one)
    - The SMART TV ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM + AWESOME COMPUTER!

    But, one question.. Wouldn't this kill the last ounce of respect anyone ever had for the Apple TV? 

    Now, am actually put in-between my PS3 as my smartEntertainment machine, and this computer that fits so gorgeously next to it.. If there are no major PS3 releases this year, the MacMini MIGHT be the only reason why my PS3 will gather dust.. 


    Anyways.. As it seems to be the steady news development for Apple this quarter, the AppStore reached a new milestone.. Now, your iPad can enjoy 10,000+ native iPad apps.. Which reminds me, i almost forgot about posting my second part of iPad apps.. Will do so.. And might change an app or two, since the market is still growing, you're bound to come across something that changes your mind (even if you're as picky as i am, which you are not, because you can not, because you are not and can not, ok?)

    Like this app..
    Ok ok FINE.. That's not the mind-changer that i was talking about, but it is an argument changer loool..

    Anyways, seriously now..

    The iPad's Safari is a bit flawed.. Not because of the engineering, which is rock solid actually, but it's the way it works and understands portable web browsing.. First, it doesn't recognize multi-touch features, and it's new-window browsing is a bit dated.. I tried the PerfectWebBrowser, but it had some stability issues, and it had an annoying pixelated UI.. With Life (video above), it seems that the guys behind it really studied those two browsers, and gave us what seems to be the iPad's match made in heaven.. I'm still waiting for any confirmation if Apple approves this or not (want to bet?)..

    Which makes you think.. Would Google consider designing their own Chrome browser for the iPad? Like Opera did for the iPhone?


    Speaking of Google.. There are two pieces of news that gave me that "Hmmm" moment (followed by a a swipe, and send to email sharing)..

    Tavis Ormandy was the Google engineer who discovered the XP hole in the Help and Support Center of Windows, which normally allows people to download help documents from the internet if needed. The hole though (if you know what you're doing), actually lets you download more than just the help files—you could actually "execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the current user," according to the engineer, with PCs running Windows XP SP2 and SP3, and IE7 or IE8. -Gizmodo
    a. Google made another attempt to jab at Microsoft's Windows, making their thoughts on the OS more public and official..

    b. Am sure you're familiar with their video self-publishing and social media sharing platform, named YouTube? Well, if you are, and you happen to be a Video uploading addict, this might make your day.. If you're not, i guess the point behind my sarcastic question is proven, so come out of your cave..

    It seems Youtube is preparing its users for the cloud based computing of the future by designing their own simple-yet-practical video editing service Online.. You can now add your videos, fix them, adjust and then publish without needing a MovieMaker, or an iMovie maker for that matter.. An attempt to please a broader cross section of users? or an attempted jab at Apple's Youtube hype of "easily enabling users to fix their videos for youtube on Mac OSX and iOS"?

    More or less, nothing is clear.. All i know, it's a service worth mentioning..


    Another thing that is worth mentioning, if you were planning to wait until the release of the iPhone 4 to make your purchase, or still hesitant about making that pre-order you're not so sure about, there are a couple of things that you should know:

    1. You can use other alternatives, not only money..
    2. Understand the TRUE meaning of Multitasking on the next iOS before you trash talk other fanboys..
    3. The iPhone 4 is sold unlocked (for now) in the UK Apple Stores, so think GBP's not USD's..
    4. The iPhone 4 is NOT as strong as it's being promoted, so you might want to wait for the first batch of users to use (and intentionally drop the machine).. There is an issue of how the machine's physics will be like when filled with all the under-hood goodies, but still, the image speaks loud enough.. (Hint: Cracked Glass)

    and saving the best for last..
    iPhone 4 pre-order sales yesterday were 10-times higher than the first day of pre-ordering for the iPhone 3G S last year. Consumers are clearly excited about iPhone 4, AT&T's more affordable data plans and our early upgrade pricing.
    Given this unprecedented demand and our current expectations for our iPhone 4 inventory levels when the device is availableJune 24, we're suspending pre-ordering today in order to fulfill the orders we've already received.
    The availability of additional inventory will determine if we can resume taking pre-orders.  
    In addition to unprecedented pre-order sales, yesterday there were more than 13 million visits to AT&T's website where customers can check to see if they are eligible to upgrade to a new phone; that number is about 3-times higher than the previous record for eligibility upgrade checks in one day.
    We are working hard to bring iPhone 4 to as many of our customers as soon as possible.iPhone 4 pre-order sales yesterday were 10-times higher than the first day of pre-ordering for the iPhone 3G S last year. Consumers are clearly excited about iPhone 4, AT&T's more affordable data plans and our early upgrade pricing.
    Given this unprecedented demand and our current expectations for our iPhone 4 inventory levels when the device is availableJune 24, we're suspending pre-ordering today in order to fulfill the orders we've already received.
    The availability of additional inventory will determine if we can resume taking pre-orders.  
    In addition to unprecedented pre-order sales, yesterday there were more than 13 million visits to AT&T's website where customers can check to see if they are eligible to upgrade to a new phone; that number is about 3-times higher than the previous record for eligibility upgrade checks in one day.
    We are working hard to bring iPhone 4 to as many of our customers as soon as possible. -PR Newswire
    5. Yep.. The pre-orders are closed (kind of ruins points 1,2,3 and 4.. hehehe).. Finishing a total 4+ million pieces of iPhone 4's in less than 20 hours from the pre-order start.. Servers were shut down by traffic, and companies are starting to apologize.. Like AT&T (above) and Apple..

    Steve, ol' buddy ol' pal, i know that you're probably jumping around your minimalistic iOffice with your fancy Le' Corbusier chairs.. Can you consider making the MobileMe service free? Add as much iAds as you want, i just want to be able to FREELY locate my iPhone, and some other stuff *wink wink*


    On more news about Apple (typical, right? Yeah will YOU'RE TYPICAL!!), Mobily, the once rumored Saudi Telecom company to bring the iPad to the Saudi Market (mentioned on the Gitex LinkShare), is now pushing the agenda for making the iPad news more public..

    courtesy of SaudiMac.com
    I still can't understand why do we like to make it into a big friggin' deal? It's either the government agrees with Steve's "REVOLUTIONARY" remark about the iPad, or we have a crazy lust for paperwork and press conferences of a machine that is close to having a 6 month anniversary?

    Not rhetoric questioning, i want to know.. NOW!


    On a none-related note (i really don't feel like ranting 3 times a day), but still technologically relevant, the war for your Livingroom couch dominion is on.. And it's becoming more 3D'ishly freaky..
    Engadget Chinesecaught sight of ITRI's similar composite display, which is able to add depth to individual sections of the screen whilst leaving the rest of it stuck in Flatland. -Engadget
    One thing for sure, and it's confirmed with Nintendo's latest 3D attempt, we're already heading to eyeglasses-free 3D entertainment.. We still didn't get the Glasses-Only 3D entertainment to be mainstreamed enough, and people are already looking for alternatives as we speak.. Weekly updates are growing useless? NEVA!!


    Denial? NEVA!!!


    If you liked this week's update, print a copy, and stamp your appreciation..

    If not, then just leave me alone.. Am emotional..


    So, What was the highlights of YOUR week?  <


    Yours,
    Lou..

    2 comments:

    1. Dang,you know in july 1st ill be elligible for a full discount upgrade,for 299$ for the 32 GB,and the news about UK now made me think,especially that i dont know when ill be coming back to saudi for good.
      good post man,pretty informative,u make me become lazy and relay on your blog instead of searching for news and leaks my self.

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    2. That's the whole point! YOU FOUND OUT MY EVIL SCHEME!!

      Anyways, so far, it's only unlocked in the UK, and the rumored no-commitment contract from AT&T is not public yet.. Either i missed it, or am not looking at the same page as everyone..

      Anyways, glad to help.. Spread the word though, i know 3 of my friends already pre-ordered US iPhones, and didn't know the news.. Serves them right for denying my twitter invitation loool..

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