Category Archives: Apple

‘Celebrating Steve’ Special Event – 19 October, 2011

A little late and completely missed this last month, but a great look at the ceremony held at Apple headquarters shortly after Steve’s death.

0:00 Tim Cook
11:15 The Crazy Ones
14:45 Bill Campbell
23:27 Norah Jones
34:27 Al Gore
48:10 Jony Ive
57:16 Coldplay – Yellow
1:02:28 Coldplay – Viva la vida
1:07:38 Coldplay? – Fix you
1:13:26 Coldplay – Every teardrop is a waterfall
1:18:00 Tim Cook

I especially liked Al Gore’s tribute as well as Jony Ive’s speech.

Al Gore on Steve Jobs: He’s The Kind of Guy That Comes Along Once Every 250 Years (Video)

“As an Apple board member, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore spent a lot of time with company co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month. During an interview at AsiaD today, Gore reflected on Jobs’s legacy and Apple’s future without him.”

Take a look at the video and the great blog post at AllThingsD.

Walter Isaacson – Steve Jobs Biography Is Hard To Put Down


I picked up Steve Jobs’ biography today and was not really sure what to make of it at first glance. Written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson (who also wrote biography’s on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein), this book covers pretty much everything in Steve’s live. Walter Isaacson is also the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

I did have a few questions running through my head before I decided to pick this one up though. How can someone summarise the life of a man who was very closed off and secretive and who kept his cards very close to his chest? How do you write a biography about a man who never told anyone anything about his private life?

Well…the answers as I quickly found are given very quickly in the first few pages of the book. The prologue to the book actually goes into pretty great detail about how the book came to be and how Steve insisted Walter write a biography about him time and time again, unbeknownst to Walter of the health issues that plagued the last few years of Steve’s life.

The first few lines on the inside of the book jacket read:

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years – as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues – this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.

I’ve been quite interested in biographies of interesting people for a while and pick up new ones and read them when I can, but so far this one as really got me hooked and one of those that’s difficult to put down. I’m not a huge Apple fanboy by any means. I don’t have all the latest Apple products and I won’t kill myself to get in line when they come out, but if you’re interested in the technology industry and want an inside peek into what life was like for one of the great pioneers of the business you really should check this one out.

Apple TV 2nd Generation Unboxing

Sorry for the poor video quality, next time I’ll remember to shoot video in 720p!

I get a lot of use with the XBOX 360 streaming content to my TV in my lounge room but there are a few things I can’t do with the 360 such as stream YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, etc to the TV. This is where the Apple TV comes in for me. I picked it up this morning and thought I’d capture the unboxing on camera in case there are others out there thinking of getting an Apple TV but not sure if its right for you.

I quite like it, its nice and small and completely silent which was something I was looking for. The 2nd gen Apple TV outputs 1080p which is nice, has built-in 802.11n WiFi (as well as Ethernet)  and can stream internet content such as YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr which was what I was looking for primarily. I already own an iPad and my girlfriend has an iPhone 4 already so taking advantage of the airplay functionality is great too. When iOS 5 releases next week there should be an update to the Apple TV also which will allow clone display of iPad and iPhone direct to the Apple TV.

It does the job nicely and is dead silent which is great.

Steve Jobs Has Died – Goodbye To A Visionary Master

Steve Jobs, 56, died peacefully this morning at his home in California surrounded by family and friends. Although the man has died, the Jobs legacy will live on in his products for years to come.

I am most definitely not an ‘Apple Fanboy’ by any account but I appreciate the work he has done for the industry and also the world. The technology landscape would look quite different today if it weren’t for Steve’s vision and passion for computers and technology. Some are now asking how Apple will fare in the coming years without a leader such as Steve. I personally think they’ll be fine.

Steve named Tim Cook as new CEO in late August of this year as part of a well documented succession plan at Apple and Tim is a highly capable individual who I’m sure will do a great job as CEO. Tim Cook was chief of operations at Apple before being named CEO and has been with apple for 14 years now so he already has a good knowledge of the company, and in fact he took over as interim CEO while Steve was away ill in 2010. However, What will happen when Apple’s current product pipeline dries up? Where will the new ideas for products come from? So many ideas came from Steve so will be interesting to see where the new ideas come from and what they might be. Steve left Apple in the best shape it’s ever been in and for a company that hinges itself on ideas and innovation to loose its innovative leader, Apple should be able to weather this storm better than most.

Rest in peace Steve Jobs, you were truly a guiding light. You set out to change the world when you started Apple, and…I think you succeeded.

Have You Had Problems Downloading iTunes 10 Lately?

itunes10logo For the past month or so many friends of mine (including myself) have had all sorts of issues downloading iTunes 10 from Apple’s website. For me, it gets about 99% complete and then just stops and never completes. This is very annoying, especially if you’ve just purchased an iPad, iPhone etc and you need to connect it to your computer (with iTunes installed) to configure it and set it up. You can’t use the device until you do this.

These days Apple does not include a CD containing the iTunes setup like they used to. Although there are a lot of people online these days, not everybody is (maybe they are only planning on going online on their iPad/iPhone and don’t own a computer?) and for those people getting their hands on a copy of iTunes or if they don’t have a computer getting these devices set-up is pretty much impossible.

So, if you are in this boat and are having all kinds of problems getting the set-up package to download correctly what can you do? When I first got my iPad I had this exact same problem and would have loved a solution. I ended up trying the download on another computer (which was running Ubuntu 10.09) and that ended up working. I then made the package available to my windows 7 OS and installed it.

It is a very annoying problem that I am surprised others are also seeing (not just me!). If you have seen this problem and have a solution you’ve tried that worked for you please post it in the comments section below. I have friends who are still having this problem and no matter what they try they seem to keep having problems. Short of me giving them the copy I have there aren’t a whole lot of options!

Why Is There Still No Official Facebook App For iPad Yet?

facebook_stacked1 The Apple iPad has been available for 9 months now at least and there is still no official facebook app for the iPad. The iPod and iPhone have a facebook app which was actually written by facebook guys so its strange to find that after all this time there is still no facebook app on iPad. apple-ipadI joined Facebook way back when it was only open to university students. Back then the Facebook guys always used to look after their customers and their site reflected that. These days you hop on facebook and everything keeps changing. It get quite annoying. Not having an iPad app available when they have it on the iPod/iPhone is really not good enough. Even if they ported their iPod app to iPad (making full use of iPad resolution, I’m aware of iPad’s x2 feature for iPod apps) that would be better than nothing.

There are plenty of alternatives though, two I’ve tried are Facepad and Friendly (Friendly I actually still do use).

Facepad looks pretty and has a good set of features, but text rendering in the app is really sub-par, it appears all blurry and fuzzy. After a while it starts to hurt your eyes. It has a nice messages section that Friendly doesn’t have and the sliding UI is a nice feature, but as a whole I don’t think its as good as Friendly is. The app is free though so I give them that much for trying something and selling it for free.

Friendly on the other hand has some features that are lacking, but overall its a solid app. Its AU $1.19 price tag is still fairly small but for that dollar you get a much more rounded app than Facepad and at least you can read the text properly! When you click a web link in friendly rather than spitting you out of the app and loading up Safari, it just opens the link INSIDE the Friendly app. When you’re done looking at the link, you can just hit the ‘done’ button and it spins you back to the Friendly page you were looking at. Very nice. I use Friendly most of the time on the iPad.

If anyone is looking around for a nice facebook app for iPad stop searching for an official one from Facebook as I have no idea when that’s coming (or even if it is). Check out Friendly for iPad, you really can’t go wrong with it.

Steve Jobs Is Back At Work

Apple co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs is back at work after a five-and-a-half-month medical leave, during which he received a liver transplant.

Jobs, 54, is working from Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters "a few days a week" and working from home the remaining days, Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said on Monday.

The Apple chief was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He had surgery in 2004 and announced then that he was cured. Source: The Age (30/06/09) – Apple CEO Steve Jobs back at work

New Apple iPod Shuffle

This week Apple have launched a new iPod Shuffle device which is far superior than the previous Shuffle.


The new iPod Shuffle is no bigger than a AA battery, no heavier than a key (10 grams) and thinner than any other iPod to come before it.

New Features:

  • VoiceOver – There’s a new function called VoiceOver. When you hold the middle (menu) button on the headphones a voice will tell you which song is playing and the artist. You can also use this new feature to navigate playlists, something that no shuffle device has ever been able to do simply because they never have screens to navigate your music.
  • 4GB, 1,000 songs! – The new iPod Shuffle comes in a 4GB model which will allow you to store up to 1,000 songs. The storage capacity is much larger than the previous 1GB you used to get on the older Shuffle. The new Shuffle (which now allows playlists) can also sync with iTunes just like every other iPod. Useful for managing your songs easier than outside of iTunes.

Apple have started selling these in Australia for $199. Cheaper than the iPod Nano, but more expensive than previous shuffle models, mainly due to the much larger storage capacity.