Reality Distortion Field Theory
Apple News:Kirk to Enterprise!
Speaking on opportunity for future growth going into 2016, Cook rattled off a few key product lines like iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch before landing on enterprise, a often overlooked line item on Apple's quarterly filing. Enterprise markets accounted for about $25 billion in revenue for fiscal 2015 and Cook expects the sector to be a "major growth vector" moving forward.
In my mind I hope that this means less chaotic change in the Mac & iOS SDKs and less knee jerk feature reactions to Android.
Labels: android vs ios
Apple News:We seriously could not crack the screen of Motorola's shatterproof Turbo 2 | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Ruth Reader
We seriously could not crack the screen of Motorola's shatterproof Turbo 2 | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Ruth Reader This morning, Verizon and Motorola revealed their next-generation Droid phones: the shatterproof Turbo 2 and the less interesting Droid Maxx 2.
Could be a smartphone's most compelling feature.
Labels: ios vs android
Apple News:Here are all the HomeKit devices you can buy | iMore
Here are all the HomeKit devices you can buy | iMore Apple's HomeKit technology lets you control any compatible connected lights, plugs, thermostats, sensors, and more inside your home. With HomeKit, you get compatibility, security, and the ability to use the company's Siri virtual personal assistant to activate it, all with a few words from your voice.
This is an interesting category that could change everything. I hope HomeKit runs on the Mac.
Apple News:Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet reviewed: Suprisingly, it doesn’t suck | Ars Technica
Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet reviewed: Suprisingly, it doesn’t suck | Ars Technica But Amazon's new Fire tablet is, remarkably, even cheaper than the competition, and sacrifices little despite its low price. At £50 ($50) it's one of the cheapest tablets you can buy from a big-brand manufacturer, and it's perfectly capable and pleasant to use. Oh sure, it's not exactly what you'd call a looker, the low resolution display is merely adequate, and you won't be able to run all of your favourite Android apps without a little work thanks to Fire OS, Amazon's forked version of Android that lacks the Play Store.
As long as I can watch BOSCH on it, I'll be happy. Even better: deliver it to me with one of the Amazon warehouse robots.
Apple News:Windows Phone has a new app problem | The Verge
Windows Phone has a new app problem | The Verge While the app gap has always been a problem, Windows Phone is now five years old and it's still facing new challenges. Over the past year developers haven't flocked to Microsoft's platform to improve its app situation
I'm not sure there is much journalism here. As a 20 year Mac developer, I find Microsoft's WinObjC
project to be a very exciting development.
Can you imagine corporate developers rewriting their custom, in-house applications every year to deal with the latest fashion trend on iOS? Oh, I remember, you never worked in corporate development. The answer is: once. They'd do it once. And then by the 3rd upgrade crisis they're going to look for a more stable platform. Tada! Microsoft to the rescue. Neither Apple nor Android nor Microsoft is all things to all people. Although Apple may have the press in their pocket. Good for them!
I like my $80 Windows 8 phone (unlocked, no contract) just as much as my iPod 5G. And get this: the Microsoft browser actually works with the website that I use 8 hours a day.
Apple News:Here's everything announced at Twitter's Flight developer conference | VentureBeat | Dev | by Ken Yeung
Here's everything announced at Twitter's Flight developer conference | VentureBeat | Dev | by Ken Yeung SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has just wrapped up its keynote event at its second annual Flight developer conference. There was quite a lot of ground covered, starting with a quick note from new chief executive Jack Dorsey, who reached out to developers as he set the tone for Twitter’s new direction
I think the error was limiting the API usage. This is a product that only has value with high usage.
Apple News:Watch Steve Jobs’ right-hand woman talk early days of Apple | Cult of Mac
Watch Steve Jobs’ right-hand woman talk early days of Apple | Cult of Mac Kate Winslet has been earning rave reviews for her performance as Joanna Hoffman in the new Steve Jobs movie. Hoffman was one of the original members of the Macintosh (employee #5 to be exact), and was notorious at Apple as one of the few employees who boss Steve Jobs around.
Bossing the boss.
Labels: 1970s, steve jobs movie
Apple News:Turning a crappy old Windows PC into a full-fledged Chromebook with CloudReady | Ars Technica
Turning a crappy old Windows PC into a full-fledged Chromebook with CloudReady | Ars Technica Which is why I was intrigued when a pitch for Neverware’s CloudReady showed up in my inbox. CloudReady is a fork, of sorts, of Chromium OS, the open source code that Chrome OS is based on, and it promises to turn old PC hardware into nearly fully functional Chromebooks, complete with the features of Chrome OS’ management console.
Would love to hear from anyone that creates a Parallels disk image version of this which works with older Parallels.
Labels: chromium os
Apple News:10 Things You Might Not Know About Apple’s New Magic Accessories For Macs | Redmond Pie
10 Things You Might Not Know About Apple’s New Magic Accessories For Macs | Redmond Pie Apart from newly updated iMacs, Apple today announced new accessories for Macs as well. The new Magic Mouse 2 is now joined by the Magic Keyboard and even the Magic Trackpad 2 has been released, bringing altogether more magic to your Mac. Who doesn’t like magic?
I guess the strategy is to force everyone to upgrade. Let's get that marketing team working in the IBM mainframe division. For kicks of course.
Labels: cart before the horse
Apple News:Microsoft launches Skype for Business app for iOS out of preview, Android app coming later this year | VentureBeat | Enterprise | by Emil Protalinski
Microsoft launches Skype for Business app for iOS out of preview, Android app coming later this year | VentureBeat | Enterprise | by Emil Protalinski Microsoft pointed out that the general availability of the iOS app means the following features are now available to Apple users:
- Faster access to meetings with the ability to join a meeting with just one touch.
- An enhanced meeting experience with full-screen video and simultaneous viewing.
- Additional authentication and security options for IT admins.
Skype is the original killer video app.
Apple News:Twitter names ex-Google exec Omid Kordestani executive chairman | VentureBeat | Social | by Reuters
Twitter names ex-Google exec Omid Kordestani executive chairman | VentureBeat | Social | by Reuters Twitter said it appointed former Google executive Kordestani as its executive chairman.
Twitter’s shares were up 1 percent to $29.36 in early trading after the company’s newly appointed chief executive, Jack Dorsey, tweeted the appointment.
He's a googletweeter.
Labels: GOOG, twitter
Apple News:New 21.5-Inch iMac With 4K Display Announced, All 27-Inch iMacs Now Feature 5K Display | Redmond Pie
New 21.5-Inch iMac With 4K Display Announced, All 27-Inch iMacs Now Feature 5K Display | Redmond Pie After a number of weeks of speculation it seems that Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display is a reality. It may not have the large screen presence of its 27-inch counterpart within the iMac range, but the smaller version of Apple’s desktop machine has just undergone a refresh, bringing with it a hugely impressive 4K display, as well as significantly improved specifications under-the-hood. There has been no dedicated media event for the announcement, just a silent refresh that should appeal to those who wanted a little more out of the machine.
I remember when 1920x1080 seemed like only a distant possibility.
Labels: 4K iMac
Apple News:Dell to buy storage rival EMC in a deal worth $67 billion | Ars Technica
Dell to buy storage rival EMC in a deal worth $67 billion | Ars Technica EMC shareholders will receive about $33.15 per share, a premium of about 28 percent over the closing price on October 7 before the rumors came out. This will be made up of a mix of stock and cash: $24.05 per share in cash, and the remainder in tracking stock. This tracking stock is tied to the value of EMC's 80 percent holding in VMware.
I think the key word is VMware.
Labels: EMC, VMware acquisition
Apple News:Cult of Mac | Tech and culture through an Apple lens
Cult of Mac | Tech and culture through an Apple lens Another week, another fantastic Cult of Mac Magazine ripe for your perusal! We’ve got a ton of stuff on the latest iPhone 6s controversy, unfortunately dubbed “Chipgate,” as well as a deep dive into OS X El Capitan with a tour and some great tips, a head-to-head comparison of Apple TV versus its next big rival, Roku 4, some fear and loathing over the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, and a sexy (?) power strip and some other fantastic product reviews.
Labels: apple vs. samsung
Apple News:Google enables app indexing with deep linking for Safari in iOS 9
Google enables app indexing with deep linking for Safari in iOS 9 With iOS 9 compatibility, app indexing surfaces mobile app content in Google Search results in Safari, a feature previously limited to Google Chrome and Google's flagship iOS app. Safari search results and deep links should start showing up for iOS 9 users by the end of October.
Not exactly a lucid explanation. More reading is in order.
Labels: google app linking
Apple News:Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Is Official: Specs, Price, Release Date | Redmond Pie
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Is Official: Specs, Price, Release Date | Redmond Pie Microsoft has used its extremely impressive media event to introduce the latest addition of its tablet/hybrid range, the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The newly introduced hardware has a fairly tough act to follow in the Surface Pro 3, a device that managed to bring in more than $3.5 billion in revenue during its time in existence, as well as influence a number of other hardware manufacturers to take some design inspiration from the beautiful device.
Overall, I like the Surface 3 except for the trackpad. Maybe I need to get Pen Computing. Nothing says the future like Windows for Pen Computing '94! It's all such a blur.
Labels: surface 4, windows 10
Apple News:Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica
Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica After a lengthy developer preview, the newest version of Google's flagship operating system is finally ready for the masses. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the twenty-third version of Google's "mobile" operating system, though it can accurately be described as "mobile" only if you're referring to how much it gets around. With all the areas in which Google now tinkers, Marshmallow is destined for smartphones, tablets, watches, televisions, and cars, among others.
They call me mallow yallow...
Labels: android marshmallow
Apple News:Cult of Mac iPhone buyback program; more cash than Gazelle
Cult of Mac iPhone buyback program; more cash than Gazelle I’m super-excited to announce that Cult of Mac is launching a gadget buyback program that promises to pay more for used and broken Apple devices than Gazelle, Walmart and even Apple itself.
Was it really worth $800?
Labels: iphone buyback
Apple News:IBM engineers carbon nanotube transistors to replace silicon in computing | VentureBeat | Business | by Dean Takahashi
IBM engineers carbon nanotube transistors to replace silicon in computing | VentureBeat | Business | by Dean Takahashi Carbon nanotubes are the leading candidate to replace silicon in semiconductor chips after the decades-long run of silicon electronics runs out. And IBM is hoping to usher along that transition with a new breakthrough being announced today.
Nothing says future like carbon nanotubes. I like them for Slurpees too.
Labels: moore's law