Apple CEO Tim Cook made a powerful and passionate speech about equality and human rights at Auburn University's College of Human Sciences, where he was given a lifetime achievement award as an alumnus. In that speech he said that seeing a cross-burning as a child changed him forever and inspired him to fight for equality. He said, "This image was permanently imprinted in my brain, and it would change my life forever. For me, the cross-burning was a symbol of ignorance, of hatred, and a fear of anyone different than the majority. I could never understand it, and I knew then that America’s and Alabama’s history would always be scarred by the hatred that it represented." He also said that he found at Apple a company, "that deeply believed in advancing the humanity through its products and through the equality of all its employees." It's a moving speech, and an excellent example of how Mr. Cook uses his quiet and deliberate presentation to amazing effect. Check it out.
Sandro Cuccia shows you an easy way to determine how hard your Mac’s processor is working at any given time. If your Mac gets swamped, you have yet another way to determine if it’s time for a hardware upgrade.
Kill time while waiting with these great apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Instapaper, Angry Birds Go! and Monopoly Slots.
What happens when you mix one part U.S. crackdown on online poker and one part anonymous virtual currency? You get SealsWithClubs, an online poker site based in Europe that deals strictly in Bitcoin and allows U.S. players to play. Even better, they have a Mac client, and Bryan Chaffin has the low-down.
John Martellaro, Senior Editor for Analysis & Reviews at The Mac Observer, will be a guest on The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg, Saturday night, December 14 on GCN Radio. He'll talk about the silly idea that Apple and Microsoft should merge in a few years, why the iPad Air is a "whole new experience," the prospects for a 13-inch iPad Pro and a whole lot more.
Millions of Apple customers happily upgrade to a new version of iOS or OS X, and the new OS comes to dominate in just months. Meanwhile, many businesses strain to move into the future as they cling to the comfortable belly of Windows XP. How does this happen?
Now that Apple and China Mobile have reached an agreement, China Mobile, in an aggressive campaign, is dedicating almost all its ad apace to the iPhone and iPad. The reason may be competition from China Unicom and Telecom combined with a desire to make sure the agreement pays off.
Apple's iOS 7, released on September 18, 2013, has rocketed to over 70 percent adoption on iPhones in North America and is poised to outpace iOS 6 in its first six months. The iPad is not far behind.
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The phenomenally rapid adoption of a new iOS from Apple suggests both excellent communication to the customers and, in turn, trust that Apple does the right thing.
Random House Digital has just released an iOS app, "Stephen Hawking's Snapshots of the Universe." The app explains some of the most popular physics experiments and principles. For example, how planets stay in orbit, how black holes are not strictly black, the gravitational deflection of light, relativity, how gravity and acceleration relate via the equivalence principle, and the evolution of the universe. There are eight experiments that both adults and students can conduct to learn the basic laws of physics in a fun and interactive way. Optimized for iOS 7, and released December 12, it's priced at US$4.99 and compatible with iPad.
Cobra's driving bundle includes the Cobra iRadar, the iOS-linked radar (and more) detection device, the Cobra Tag to help you find your keys and the Cobra Universal Mini Mount to hold your iPhone in the car. The Cobra iRadar is something I checked out and mentioned back on Mac Geek Gab 374, and we still use it in the family car to this day. More than just protection from speed traps, the iRadar goes social. Using your iPhone as its wireless bridge, this alerts you to all sorts of things on the road and reports back (anonymously) to create a hive-mind base of knowledge to better inform all drivers, you included. Normally $129.99 at the Apple Store, we have it in our deals section for just $99.99 for the next 10 days.
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