From time to time it is good to step back and assess how you look at the world. In this instance, here at T-GAAP, we needed to reassess why Apple did not launch a new Mac Pro tower at NAB. We recently discussed information swirling around the launch of the forthcoming new Mac Pro Tower, possibly at NAB, but nothing materialized.
- NAB in Full Swing Making a Mac Pro Launch Imminent?
- RUMOR: Apple to announce new Pro Tower/Server in early April 2013
So what happened?
The iPhone, iPod, iPad and iTunes, all seamlessly working in harmony with iCloud. But one main player has been left out in the cold -- the Mac. It's left users wondering whether iCloud is as useful as advertised for the heavy lifting file and folder world.
OS 10.8, Mountain Lion, promised to change the paradigm and bring the Mac into the fold of iCloud management. But outside the realm of entertainment, iCloud's power for the Mac is fuzzy math at best. Without the Mac and iOS devices having some form of built-in Finder or directory app, the methods of syncing files seamlessly between the Mac and mobile without third party solutions is dubious at best.
Safari is Apple’s default web browser for both the iOS and OS X. The Mac version of Safari is a great browser with an almost complete feature set. It continues to be my main browser, even while keeping a watchful eye on other competitors like Chrome and Firefox. While Safari on the iOS is still a good browser, its simplistic nature gets in the way at times.
Apple designed Safari for the iOS to be simple and easy to use, but sometimes a simple browser can get in the way. When one wants to save a file, view the full webpage by default or switch between tabs easily, mobile Safari becomes hard to use instead of easy. If Apple can solve these problems, it will greatly improve the browsing on the iOS. Until then, there are alternatives which can help.
If you've been following the AppGratis drama, you may believe that poor Simon Dawalt, CEO of AppGratis, was not only blindsided by Apple, but that Apple isn't justified in what they've done. AppGratis, is yet another victim of Apple's ruthless behavior that makes no sense. I don't revel in the idea of being the contrarian, but Apple isn't the ruthless monster it's often made to be, nor does it treat its developers like garbage.
As Mac users we are a unique lot. We don’t conform and we certainly don’t want to look alike. That’s why laptop covers have grown in popularity over the years — they help set us apart. Until now, I’ve found these covers to be cute but not something I would feel comfortable bringing into a meeting with a client. Class and elegance are a must with my business tools. I’d also describe myself as a 20th century guy who enjoys 21st century luxuries. I like to read books made from paper. I like the feel of a real newspaper in my hands while I down a cup of Joe. Despite my day job (online marketing), I’m a throw back to days gone by. Therefore if I were to get a cover, it would have to somehow reflect these things about me. Well my wish has come true, with the new BookBook by twelvesouth.
All hands are on deck at the annual NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention in Las Vegas this week, with many in the video market waiting to see if Apple has a new Mac Pro to showcase. Is there hope that Apple is about to launch a new Mac Pro this week? There may be.
The MacProsPlease Facebook group mentioned this past Thursday that there may be something stirring in the Cupertino waters.
Can the Surface eventually be tweaked and nuanced into becoming as successful as the xBox in the world of tablets? According to Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Klein, that's the plan. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco earlier this year Klein stated "We aim to evolve this generation of Windows to make sure we have the right set of experiences at the right price points for all customers." Klein was arching his comments to include Surface and the entire direction of the Windows platform, both hardware and software.
Episode 96, I’m sorry, Tim’s Cooked: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about Facebook's new Home app for Android, Tim Cook apologizing again, Apple developers complaining about iCloud, WWDC13 and iOS 7, Apple making gains with US smartphone market share, Google forking Webkit to form Blink, and AppleTV: to 4K or not to 4K. All this and much, much more in Episode 96: I’m Sorry, Tim’s Cooked.
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Recently my family was able to take two vacations along the rugged and picturesque Oregon coast, at a very nice location. The latest adventure taking place during Spring Break. I was aware the rental condo we were staying at had a 46-inch HDTV, so on both trips I brought along my AppleTV. I checked out WaterField Designs Apple TV case for review to see how it would fare on the journeys.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you think, “Wait a second, that was MY idea”? Well after watching the YouTube video of Facebook’s Home, I had that exact thought. Back in October I had started an article called “Rethinking the iPhone” but didn't finish and publish it until late last month. If you read my article and then watch the YouTube video you'll think what I did, “that was MY idea.” However, as I was watching the Home presentation, by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, I realized something new — Facebook’s Home is much more of a threat to Google's Android OS than it is to Apple’s iOS.