Windows 8 – The Apple Approach

Posted on June 29, 2010
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News is buzzing around the interwebs about leaked documents regarding the development of Windows 8. According to the leaked documents, Windows 8 developers are stressing a simplistic user interface and faster boot up and shut down times. In a slide titled “How Apple Does It: A Virtuous Cycle,” it refers to the Apple approach saying the “Apple brand is known for high quality, uncomplicated, ‘it just works’ ”

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iPhone 4 Release

Posted on June 27, 2010
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I’d like to start off with apologizing for the poor quality of the pictures. I was almost too embarrassed to post them up here… almost. I am posting the ones that came out… ok…

I hit the streets of NYC at about midnight to see the hordes of zombies crowding around the Apple Stores. My first destination – the Apple Store on 59th Street and 5th Ave.

Apple Zombie

A skilled photographer, I am not… Plus, my camera’s ‘night’ setting didn’t seem to help with the lighting. Here’s where I met Fakih from Queens who had been waiting in line for about four hours. “I’ve been here since 8PM. I didn’t think the line would have been this long at 8”. When I asked him what he’s looking forward to in the new iPhone he said “definitely Facetime and the new Retina Display”. Fakih has been an Apple Zombie for over 5-years. Christopher, from Manhattan, was waiting in line since 10PM. When I asked him what he was looking forward to in the new iPhone, he said “I’m really excited about Facetime and the 720p camera!”

Apple Zombies

Here’s an Apple Zombie enjoying the company of his mate. I debated cropping out the stray pair of sneakers next to the guy picking his nose, but where’s the fun in that?

Apple Zombies

Across Central Park, on Broadway and 67th street, a small group of Apple Zombies have setup camp and are patiently waiting for the morning.

Here is where I met Mike Alan from the Bronx, an Apple Zombie for 3.5 years. He waited in line for the iPad a few months ago and was waiting in line for the new iPhone since 6:30PM. When I asked him if he would ever consider going back to using a Windows PC he said “Never in my life! Not even under duress!” He was looking forward to the new 720p camera and, like everyone else I spoke to, Facetime! He told me that no other computer supplier can compete with Apple’s customer service while he pointed out that the Apple Store was giving out free bottled water to people waiting in line.

While I was out and about, I met someone (who asked not to be identified) who had already preordered his new iPhone, but had been hanging out at the Apple Store since 5:30PM “just to socialize with the best people in the world to socialize with!” Well my friend, if that doesn’t qualify you to be an Apple Zombie, we’re going to have to work on that definition…

iPhone 4 Is Here!

Posted on June 24, 2010
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iPhone 4

The new iPhone has arrived! I visited a couple of Apple stores in NYC last night (around midnight) to check out the scene, snap a few pics and talk to some ZOMBIES! This weekend, I’ll have the pics up as well as a couple of short interviews with the coolest Apple Zombies I’ve ever met! Come back soon!

RIP 1st Generation iPhone

Posted on June 23, 2010
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In honor of the iPhone 4’s official release tomorrow, I’d like to lay to rest its Great Grandfather; the original iPhone. The iPhone will be remembered as a great pioneer. It will also be fondly remembered for all of joy it brought to many lives. Now, a quick reflection on its life…

1st Generation iPhone

The original technical specifications:

Screen size 3.5 inches

Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi

Input method Multi-touch

Operating system OS X

RAM 128

Storage 4GB or 8GB

GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)

Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0

Camera 2.0 megapixels

Battery

* Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing

* Up to 16 hours Audio playback

Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm

Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

1st Generation iPhone

The original CNET review:

THE GOOD: The Apple iPhone has a stunning display, a sleek design, and an innovative multitouch user interface. Its Safari browser makes for a superb Web surfing experience, and it offers easy-to-use apps. As an iPod, it shines.

THE BAD: The Apple iPhone has variable call quality and lacks some basic features found in many cell phones, including stereo Bluetooth support and 3G compatibility. Integrated memory is stingy for an iPod, and you have to sync the iPhone to manage music content.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Despite some important missing features, a slow data network, and call quality that doesn’t always deliver, the Apple iPhone sets a new benchmark for an integrated cell phone and MP3 player.

1st Generation iPhone

Rest in peace iPhone – Your legacy will live on indefinitely through your heirs.

Google Tunes

Posted on June 22, 2010
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It seems that Google is changing their tune when if comes to going head-to-head with Apple. According to an unnamed source at a “major record label”, Google is in preliminary talks about launching their own service to compete with the widely popular iTunes. However, Google’s approach is going to be a little bit different. Instead of having your music stored on the user’s computer or phone, the user’s music catalog will stay on ‘the cloud’ and the user would stream the music to their phone or computer.

Google’s approach is much more focused on mobile devices than it will be on personal computers – an area already dominated by Apple. At Google’s I/O Developers Conference, they showed an app that was capable of streaming a user’s music from their iTunes or Windows Media Player. However, other than that, there have been no serious signs of Google holding any serious licensing talks with any record label, so we’ll see if this rumor comes to fruition over the coming years.

Cool Ways To Use Your iPad

Posted on June 20, 2010
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A Sneak Peak At the iPhone 5

Posted on June 19, 2010
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It’s obviously fake… but you never know…

iPhone 4 and iPad at Verizon… Can it be???

Posted on June 17, 2010
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It’s alive! The rumor is back and stronger than ever! We all know that it has to happen eventually, but it seems it could be coming sooner than most of us thought. There are new reports that Pegatron, a Shanghai contract manufacturer, has just received the order from Apple to start manufacturing CDMA compatible iPhone 4s. The Wall Street Journal has reported earlier this year that Apple was working on both a CDMA compatible iPhone and iPad.

I definitely think it would be a very smart move for Apple to get on-board with Verizon. AT&T 3G network leaves a lot to be desired and they’re lagging in the 4G race. While it is understood that AT&T has an exclusive contract with Apple until 2012, that may no longer be true. AT&T did recently change their terms for their iPhone/iPad data plans which I don’t think they could have done without Apple’s blessings and maybe an early release… Besides that, AT&T has also just raised their early termination fee to a whopping $325! Perhaps bracing for impact??? We can only wait in see…

The word on the street is that these CDMA iPhones won’t ship out of China until late Q4… perhaps just in time for the holidays!

The New Mac Mini

Posted on June 15, 2010
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New Mac Mini

Here it is! The Mini that was expected at WWDC! It has a new sleek aluminum case as opposed to the old plastic one. Even though the new Mac Mini is 20% smaller, it now comes with an SD card slot, an HDMI output, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and a faster Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card.

PC vs. Mac: 5 reasons why Macs are better

Posted on June 14, 2010
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Now, before getting started on this list, I’d like to address a few issues that I’m pretty sure will come up. First, this is about Windows PCs vs. Macs (which are also PCs). Second, this article is titled “5 reasons why Macs are better”. It’s not called “5 reasons why some Macs are better than some PCs and 5 reasons why some PCs are better than Macs”. I understand that, depending on the specs and the user, some PCs can out-perform Macs. However, I’m talking about an average user and an average out-of-the-box system.

Reason No. 1: Boot Times

This is a huge factor in my opinion. How much time does it take from the moment you hit the power switch to the moment you can actually start using your computer? Well, according to research done by CNET, the average PC running Windows 7 boots up in 43 seconds. A comparable Mac running Snow Leopard boots up in 36 seconds.

Reason No. 2: Security

We’ve all heard that Macs don’t get viruses. Well, that’s not true. They do. However they don’t get nearly as many as Windows PCs do. AS the great Stan Lee would say: ‘nough said!

Reason No. 3: Apps

What?!? Apps?!? There’s a ton of software out there for Windows that can’t work on a Mac! While that is true, you have to remember that I’m talking about “out-of-the-box” systems here… A Windows machine will typically come with a nice bundle of software, but they’re all free trails that will cost you a pretty penny to keep going beyond their evaluation period. Macs come packed with productivity and creativity software that you can use for ever… and ever.

Reason No. 4: Design

When shopping for a new computer, the one thing you’ll notice when comparing Macs to PCs is that everybody makes PCs, but only Apple makes Macs. There are hundreds of ways to put a PC together and only a few ways to put a Mac together. Most users don’t know how to properly spec out a new machine and will just aim to get “the best one”. The average computer user doesn’t know what the difference is between an i5 and an i7 processor and even if they had an idea, they wouldn’t even know how to appreciate an i7.

Now, we’ve all been there; your friend calls you up because they need your help buying a new laptop computer… They give you the specs on what to order that they got from their other friend who “knows about computers” (is there really anybody left who hasn’t heard about computers… really?)… and just before you checkout, you get a notification… “Special Offer! Upgrade to 6GB of RAM for only $129!”… They look at the message and ask you “Is that better? The higher the RAM, the better, right?”… You try to explain to them that if they don’t even know how to order a computer online, there’s no need to be worried about maxing out their 4GBs… “But isn’t 6GB better?”… Then you just sigh, say yeah, click the “upgrade now” button and order their new computer that they’ll be bringing to you every 3-6 months because it keeps taking them to sites to download free anti-virus software…

With that said, Apple has already done all of the research for their customers. They put together computers with hardware that perfectly complements their software. This gives you the most optimized performance and experience for your specification level. Piecing together a PC with Dell.com or HP.com can be confusing and intimidating to the average user. Apple not only makes it easier to use their devices, but also to buy them.

Reason No. 5: The Culture

The camaraderie among Mac users is amazing. It’s just as strong as camaraderie among Linux users, only not as creepy. That passion is a big part of why I put this page together. You Mac users know why you’re Mac users and this article is not for you. It’s for everyone else. So the next time a Windows nerd or a Linux geek calls you an Apple Zombie, you can tell them – that’s right, go to http://www.apple-zombie.com/ and read Reason No. 4. Apple already did all of thinking for me so I don’t have to. I am an Apple Zombie baby and there’s no cure!

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