The Next MobileMe Mail. Now in Beta.

By on May 13, 2010 | 0 comments

I happened to log into my MobileMe account today and noticed a new banner showing an invite for the MobileMe Mail Beta program.  Apple late on Wednesday announced a new beta program for the mail component of its MobileMe internet service. The new beta offers new interface views, server-based mail rules, SSL-based security, and improved performance, according to the company. To sign up for the beta, MobileMe subscribers will need log into www.me.com/mail and click the “Request an invitation” link in the lower left corner. You will then receive an e-mail notification once they’ve been added to the beta. From what I had read, the mail rules feature will allow MobileMe users at last to filter mail into separate mailboxes in advance of downloading them to your devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Macs and PCs. Once I get my beta account setup I’ll be sure to review this service and provide some feedback to everyone. More Information: MobileMe...

Where Did The Old Apple Go?

By on May 11, 2010 | 1 comment

For years I have yearned to own an Apple computer, and ever since I made my first purchase it appears that Apple is no longer the Apple they once had been. I’ve made it no secret on how much I love my Mac, and I do think the build and quality of OS X is fantastic.  If this qualifies me as being a Apple Fanboy, then so be it. But lately, with the launch of the iPad, and announcement of the iPhone 4.0 OS, it seems like Apple is starting to leave behind the part of the business that started the company, “the Mac.”  On top of this, the company’s behavior seemed to have changed as it now is in two legal issues that I am aware of, the huge debate with Flash and fighting with Adobe, and its recent controversy on how applications must be written and approved in the new development agreement.  As ironic as it sounds, it no longer feels that Apple is the “cool / hip” Apple as they once had been, but more like Microsoft. I can understand to a point Apple’s stand on their new application clause.  To guarantee that all of the applications are written the same, and to ensure their performance of the apps run at their peak, I think having all future apps written in object C makes sense. In regards to the Flash debate, this needs to end.  Think about 4-5 years ago, you could not even get the rich content on your mobile phone that you can now.  There have been times where I’ve hit a site on my iPhone that has Flash content that I cannot play, and it was annoying but not the end of the world. Most people don’t tend to notice, but Flash is a CPU and Memory hog.  The next time you play something Flash intense on your PC or Mac check out your CPU monitor.  On top of all of this, Flash ads / and applications had been written for keyboard and mouse interaction, thus requires a rewrite to take advantage of the touch interface.  With that being said, why not use HTML5 as the standard? Next month is Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and I’m hoping that some attention will be given back to the Mac and to OS X.  I understand if Apple has shifted focus on to the iPhone, iPad, and iPods however it seems like Apple is starting to forget their roots.  I hope that the company’s behavior is just a “phase”, and they will turn return to the Apple we all knew and...

iPad USB Charging Problems

By on Apr 4, 2010 | 0 comments

Apple iPad customers are reporting that their newly purchased devices aren’t charging over USB on both Windows and OS X based computers. The iPad specs page states the ability to charge with USB, but Apple has also provided a support document disclosing that “some USB 2.0 ports and accessories do not provide enough power to charge iPad.” Providing some further clarification to Macworld, Apple asserts that USB charging is supported but that it varies according to the state of the iPad and the power output of the USB hub: For the fastest charging, use the iPad’s included 10-Watt USB power adapter. This will fully charge the iPad in a few hours, even if you’re using the iPad at the same time. When connected to a high-power USB port—such as the ones on recent Macs and the iPhone Power Adapter—the iPad will charge, even during use, but more slowly. (We haven’t yet determined how much more slowly.) Some third-party powered USB hubs provide higher-power USB ports, but many don’t; similarly, the USB ports on most Windows PCs don’t provide this additional power. When connected to lower-power USB ports—those on older Macs, most Windows PCs, and most USB hubs (powered or unpowered)—the iPad’s battery is not charged while the iPad is awake, but is charged (again, slowly) when the iPad is asleep. What’s confusing here is that the message “Not charging” appears in the menu bar when the iPad is awake, which might lead you to assume that the offending USB port can never charge your iPad. But rest assured, Apple says: once you put the iPad to sleep, the battery will indeed charge. (If you could see the screen while the iPad was asleep, it might even display the charging icon. It’s the modern-day “Does the refrigerator light stay on when I close the door?” mystery.) Further analysis from Apple’s statements indicate that the iPad can only be charged off of USB connections that provide near 1 amp of current. The majority of USB ports on most older Macs and PCs only provide 500 mA and thus can’t be used to charge the...

The Apple iPad

By on Jan 27, 2010 | 6 comments

Today Apple had finally answered a lot of questions about its newest creation, the “iPad”.  We know it has a 9.7-inch screen, weighs 1.5 pounds, has Wi-Fi with a 3G option, and Apple claims it has up to 10 hours of battery life. The iPad runs the iPhone OS and “almost all” iPhone apps and uses the ePub format for books. All of the applications built in on the iPad have been created from the ground up to take full advantage of the very large multi-touch screen.  The apps will work in any both portrait as well as in landscape orientations.  From the demo that Steve Jobs had shown, it appears the transition between applications as well as orientation is very fluid. The iPad’s mutli-touch screen will allow you to view entire web pages all at one time.  Just like the iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad has no need for an external pointing device because Steve Jobs said, your finger is the most natural pointing device.  You can scroll through a page just by flicking your finger up or down on the screen, or pinch to zoom in or out on a photo. Apple has stated that you are able to watch 10 hours of video on the iPad, that also can sit in standby mode for one month on a single charge.  I’m not sure how much to believe this completely, as most manufacturers tend to exaggerate the battery life on most devices, however I certainly hope this is true. There are mutliple configurations for the iPad.  Those configurations include hard drive (16GB, 32GB & 64GB) configurations as well as a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G model.  Apple has noted that users whom choose the 3G route can elect two 3G packages via AT&T.  The first is a 250MB data plan for $14.99 USD, or a unlimited data plan for $29.99 USD, with both not requiring a contract.  This should prove to be a big win for both Apple and AT&T. The pricing listed for these models seem to be fairly reasonable considering the technology in this product, and the attention to detail that Apple puts into every product they release, see table below. 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB $499 $599 $699 Wi-Fi $629 $729 $829 Wi-Fi +3G Specifications: Size and weight: Height:   9.56 inches (242.8 mm) Width:   7.47 inches (189.7 mm) Depth:   0.5 inch (13.4 mm) Weight:  1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; Weight: 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model Display 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) Processor 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed. Capacity 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash...

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