9to5mac.com recently reported that AT&T is laying down the tracks to charge for FaceTime video conferencing on it's 3G network. AT&T currently charges an additional $20 for wifi tethering, but also includes an additional 2GB of data with the package. It seems the telecommunications giant is set on bringing forth the same type of program for FaceTime capabilities over their network.
A question few seem to be raising, is why on earth is AT&T charging for Apple features? Tango is a decent video calling application that is not blocked or hindered by AT&T, but FaceTime will be? AT&T will cry that it is about Bandwidth, and that Tango has very little traffic, but the built-in FaceTime will see massive use.
Watching Microsoft implode one product at a time is like watching a train wreck take place in slow motion. The nightmare just never seems to end. Thankfully, only a few more cars are left to crash into place and it'll be over.
Earlier in the week, Steve Ballmer talked with Richard Karlgaard of Forbes. The discussion largely focused on Ballmer's promotion of Windows 8, but Karlgaard also brought up a scathing Vanity Fair article, which many are describing as Microsoft's lost decade. Ballmer spun and twisted his way around questions as best he could, but there is little doubt that the executives at Microsoft are riding a large wave of desperation.
If you are into hoops, or just vaguely interested in how iPad is being used in various corners across the globe, the NBA's Daron Williams, now of the Brooklyn Nets (sorry New Jersey), signed his $98 million contract on an iPad.
Evidently, based on this twitter photo on Daron's page, he signed the contract with his finger. This is a typical way in which to use the iPad of course, but this may mark the largest financial deal ever finalized via an iPad. Daron Williams tweeted, "Officially a Brooklyn Net! Signed my contract on an iPad Just thank God for this wonderful opportunity #HelloBrooklyn."
The function keys are rarely used by most programs on the Mac. So Apple added special commands for those keys instead. Users can control iTunes, display brightness, and launch Mission Control or LaunchPad. This has made those function keys much more useful.
For applications that use those function keys, there are several ways to get around these special functions. The Fn key can be used to switch between normal function keys and Apple’s function keys. With applications like Photoshop, using the fn key for function keys can create some weird shortcuts. How the fn is used can be controlled with the preference in the Keyboard System Preference panel. Yet, it would be nice to change the function key mode on they fly or be dependent on the current application. Now you can.
If you are an IT professional and yet love the Mac OS, it's tough not to have a "real" Mac server in the line-up. While the Mac Mini Server is a nice choice for home use, it lacks the redundancy needed for business applications that can't afford downtime or to lose data because of hard drive or power supply failures.
Recently I had a conversation with Brian Stucki, owner of Mac Mini Colo, located in Las Vegas, NV. What his company has done with the Mac Mini Server it is very impressive. While his solution doesn't solve the redundancy issue, he has a nice setup for those who need to colo for a Mac Mini Server. He said the Mac Mini's reliability was great and has yet to see a power supply fail on any of the 1,000 plus Mac Mini Servers he's dealt with over the years.
Apple updated both of it’s MacBook lineups during the WWDC, Apple’s developers conference this year. The big update this year is the addition of Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor group. The Ivy Bridge processor is an updated version of the Sandy Bridge processor, which was in the previous MacBooks.
Intel also updated the integrated graphics processor that comes with the main Ivy Bridge processor. The new graphics processor is called the HD4000, which has replaced the HD3000. How much of a performance improvement is there between HD3000 and HD4000?
Episode 83: Light Bright for iPad: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about Bob Mansfield leaving Apple, Microsoft's proposed $40 Windows 8 upgrade pricing and why that makes their hardware partners mad, HP thinking about joining the Android train, the new iOS Podcast app, Modbook (it's baaack), Amazon 3D Mapping, new iPad with new screen, and Light Bright by Hasbro.
All this and much, much more in Episode 83: Light Bright for iPad.
The 7-inch tablet space is officially crowded, but I use the word "tablet" with a grain of salt. Beyond Microsoft's Surface vapor-ware, no one is capable - or willing - to take on the iPad in that true tablet 10-inch size. More than ever, this fall is the perfect time for Apple to re-define this not-so-tablet 7-inch space for what it is - an entertainment product. Apple can take action and define this small-screen space as an iPod touch world, not a tablet market.
John Paczkowski of the AllThingsD stated that Bob Mansfield, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering is retiring, and that Apple has confirmed to Paczkowski this is indeed the case. T-GAAP has taken a hard look at Apple's Veeps, and there is little debate as to why Bob is leaving... He's just simply not handsome enough. We are guessing the next guy to go would be between Bruce Sewell or Peter Oppenheimer. But really, we are just three guys, thus we really don't know much about guy looks, we are just taking an educated guess here.