Jonathan Mann releases a song a day on his YouTube channel. You may remember him from the iOS Autocomplete Song, and today we get a new tune from him about yesterday's Apple Event. Titled "Chairman Honeycrisp," Jonathan calls out some of the highlights of the day's event. We get code names, an autocorrect fail, and a catchy chorus for humming the rest of the day. He does this every day, so if you don't like this one, you can always try again tomorrow or browse the archives.
Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just US$19.95, and a la carte data options begin at $10. Definitely worth checking out.
Apple posted the 30 second spot called "iMac with Retina 5K display - The Evolution of Retina" to YouTube Thursday. Like the other videos released today, this one was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event. The spot starts with the original iPhone 4with Retina display, and flips through subsequent generations of iPhones, iPads, and Macs to feature a Retina display, each showing a little bit more of the same high-resolution video than the one before it. It's a very clever illustration of just how much bigger Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display is than everything else around.
Apple has posted the video "Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display" to YouTube. Hosted by Dan Riccio, Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, this video focuses on the Retina 5K display in particular, explaining some of the technology that went into the device, including the new inventions Apple came up with to make it work. It also offers a use case for a professional videographer. The video was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event held earlier on Thursday.
Apple published the iPad Air 2 - Reveal video to YouTube Thursday. The video was debuted during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event earlier, and it plays on the original commercial for the iPad Air that showed the device being thinner than a pencil. In the new piece, which is only 32 seconds long, a laser slices off a good chunk of the pencil to make the point that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner.
HBO Go might just go it alone, according to CEO Richard Plepler, who made the remarks at Time Warner's investor day event on Wednesday. "In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," Pleper said.
There are rumblings that Netflix will be reporting some nice earnings, which is probably excellent motivation for HBO to go after the cordcutting crowd. This is very exciting news for me personally, because I've been calling HBO customer service about once a month for like a year now and BEGGING them to let me pay directly instead of having to give more money to the Cable Service Which Must Not Be Named. It doesn't take long, but it looks like I'm going to get my way on this.
Hopefully my crusade for the last two seasons of The Muppet Show on DVD will go my way too…
Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]
You may have seen the "PDF…" button lurking in the bottom of a print dialog, and you may have even used it from time to time to create a digital version of a document in a quest to reduce paper. If you haven't noticed it, there's a PDF button in the bottom left corner of the print dialog, so you can print something to PDF instead of having to use ink and paper. Sometimes you just need a PDF, so having this option built in is awesome. What's even more awesome is when you can save some time by creating a keyboard shortcut to do this for you automatically. David Sparks has covered this with the video below. It sounds odd, but trust me, this is the "microwave" of Mac tweaks. At first you'll wonder why you thought you needed it, and in a month you'll wonder how you lived without it. For bonus points, work a little dark magic with Hazel or other automation software and streamline a bunch of busy work so you can spend more time on important things, like your Netflix queue or learning to knit.
Simon & Schuster released Walter Isaacson's new book The Innovators on Tuesday. This book builds on the research begun for his killer biography Steve Jobs, but takes a much broader look at the many innovator who took part in the creation of "tech" as we know it today. He begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. Which, come on, is cool. The book also looks at folks such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. From the publisher: "This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative." You can buy it on iBooks for US$8.99. Amazon has the hard back for $21.81 and the Kindle version for $8.49.
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