Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
The Macintosh operating system comes with it's own screen capture tool called Grab. It's flaws will be very visible if used for any length of time. One of those flaws is the fact is it only saves images in a TIFF file format. Since TIFFs are big and rarely used, every screen grab requires at least a two step process. One step is to capture your screen and the second is to convert the file in another format like JPEG. There is a better way.
LittleSnapper by Realmac software is a must for any screen grabbing user with many advanced features. It makes Apple's Grab look like a high school project. Lets take look at some of the key features of Little Snapper now:
Anyone who has a smart phone or is thinking about a new smart phone knows about Apple's iPhone. It is the biggest name in the smart phone market. When a new customer decides to buy a smartphone, they first decision to make is if they are going to get an iPhone, or look for another brand.
The biggest threat to Apple is losing their name recognition. They could lose it if another company were to dominate the mobile space (like Microsoft dominated the desktop starting with Windows 95). Lets take a look at the major competitors and see if they are capable of dominating of mobile operating system.
Despite our earlier report of Final Cut Studio and the MacBook Pro arriving in April (notwithstanding Sandybridge taking a slight “detour” to market), there is no indication that FCP has been thrown off its pace, and it is rapidly approaching its launch — with one of its largest updates ever.
The MacBook Pro may very well join the launch, shipping in late April/early May. We continue to hear the new MacBook Pro will arrive with higher resolutions screens, increased battery life, a thin chassis that follows the format of the MacBook Air — and no optical drive. One 15" legacy MacBook Pro model will remain, gaining internal updates only, for those believing they require an onboard optical drive.
Ultimate Electronics plan for rapid expansion hit a major speed bump this past week. The chain is in bankruptcy and all 46 stores are in liquidation mode, yet their going out of business sales are reportedly slow.
Surprisingly, in a consumer electronics market where Apple is a must have, Ultimate Electronics did not sell any Apple products. No iPods, iPads, iPhones, Macs or Apple software — nothing directly manufactured by Apple. Ultimate Electronics only carried a few non-Apple branded cases and minor accessories. Oh and one more thing...
Now that Microsoft has successfully inked a deal with Nokia, MeeGo and Symbian are all but dead, leaving Nokia with a new master from Redmond, Washington. Both Nokia and Microsoft needed this deal regardless of the costs, as it delivers Nokia a partner in the OS world and Microsoft a level of credibility in the smart phone market place.
Microsoft's never been good at competing against opponents of equal weight. Rather, Microsoft's typical game is to bully their way into a market over time by outspending the competition. But this business model is expensive as seen in their entertainment division, and it failed with their Windows CE, Plays for Sure and HD-DVD initiatives. When Microsoft is standing toe-to-toe with other giants, we don't suggest placing your bets on Mr. Softie.
Remembering passwords can be a daunting task these days with hundreds of websites now requiring them. One option is to use the same password or to use simple passwords that are easy to remember. This leaves your web presence and even credit cards vulnerable to theft. A better answer is to use an application like 1Password by Agile Web Solutions. 1Password uses a single master password to store all your passwords in a 128-Bit AES encrypted file.
The key features or advantages of using 1Password are:
HP's OS Bowl 2011 is quite a work of creative fantasy. I must admit, I really didn't see Kramer, errrrr, Jon Rubinstein having the imagination to put together such a work of fiction, but there it is (based on Jon's bracket, I certainly hope he doesn't put good money down on any March Madness basketball tournament, because the way he think's he'll be in big trouble).
Now every good piece of fictional writing has some truth sprinkled in, and this is the case when Jon outlined the battle between Windows Phone 7 and RIM's Blackberry.
When the Apple TV 2 debuted last fall, people were hoping for an Apple TV App Store to be among its features. This was not the case and one has to ask why? We know the Apple TV runs the same operating system as the iPhone and iPad, so creating an SDK and app store would be easy.
In its current stand alone state, the Apple TV has no way of controlling applications and this is a big problem for developers. The current remote is used to choose which media to view or listen to, but it is not sufficient to control applications. Apple will have to come up with a better controller, if they want developers to build Apple TV applications.
Motorola's Super Bowl Ad was clever but also very hypocritical. The concept played off of Apple's 1984 famous Super Bowl Ad. However in Motorola's version Apple is "Big Brother" with its dominating iPad and Motorola is the freedom seeking, independent thinking innovator through use of its forthcoming Motorola Xoom tablet. While clever on an emotional level, the attempt shows hypocrisy and fails for these three reasons: