Apple Proves Immune

21 01 2009

Through some of the hardest economic times the company has faced since its founding, and the temporary withdrawal of Steve Jobs, Apple still manages to produce outstanding results, which exceed analyst expectations.

The company made a net profit of $1.61bn (£1.15bn) for the quarter to the end of
December, compared with $1.58bn during the same quarter last fiscal year.

With sales of the iPhone up 88% after selling more than 4mil iPhones and iPods, I think the company is close to being able to claim and copyright the term Economic Immunity(c)!





President Barrack Hussein Obama

20 01 2009

The 44th President of the United States of American, Barrack Hussein Obama, was sworn into office today.





Facebook Hits 150mil Active Users

7 01 2009

Facebook says it has hit the milestone of 150 million active users, just more than two months after reaching 120 million and about four months after reaching 100 million. The site hit 140 million in the middle of December.

The announcement was made on the Facebook company blog
by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Should Facebook sustain this rate
of growth, the 5-year-old site could hit 200 million users before
Zuckerberg reaches his 25th birthday this spring.

Nearly half of those 150 million members, Zuckerberg wrote, use
Facebook every day. Most of the site’s new members now come from
outside the United States. “This includes people in every
continent–even Antarctica,” the post read. “If Facebook were a
country, it would be the eighth most populated in the world, just ahead
of Japan, Russia, and Nigeria.”





Madoff Defies Judge’s Orders

7 01 2009

Bernard L. Madoff, the financier accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme,
violated his bail terms by sending his friends and family packages
containing 13 watches, 4 diamond brooches, a jade necklace, two sets of
cufflinks and other jewelry totaling at least $1 million, federal
prosecutors argued in a legal brief released Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Mr. Madoff had defied a judge’s orders not to
dispose of any assets by sending the packages of jewelry and valuables,
and they argued that his actions violated the conditions of his bail
and made him an increased flight risk. They asked that Mr. Madoff be
taken into custody.“The defendant has assets that cannot be effectively
restrained, and his ties to New York have been largely severed by the
loss of his New York business and his loss of status in the New York
community,” prosecutors said in the court filing.

Prosecutors, in
the brief filed Tuesday, said most of the items sent have been
recovered by the government. The brief said that two additional
packages with unknown contents had been sent to Mr. Madoff’s brother
and an identified couple in Florida.

The magistrate judge, Ronald L. Ellis of United States District Court
in Manhattan, is now expected to rule, possibly later today, on whether
Mr. Madoff should stay under house arrest at his Upper East Side
apartment, or be remanded to jail.





iWork ’09 Review

6 01 2009

I have been playing around and doing work in iWork ’09 all afternoon/evening, and thus far, Pages show nearly no change, but Numbers and Keynote have great potential.  I have bought the software, and will post more when I use the applications more, and integrate them into my workflow, replacing their ’08 counterparts





MacWorld

6 01 2009

–MacWorld Live Blog–

iLife ’09 was just released at MacWorld! iPhoto ’09 includes Faces, which uses face detection. It highlights the face and asks you to give them a name. Click on it, type in a name; it adds a snapshot. Then it uses face recognition to find the same person across multiple photos.  iPhoto ’09 also includes Places, to organize your photos by place, using geotagging and GPS, as well as your user input.  iMovie ’09 has a new precision editor, expanded timeline view for advanced users, advanced drag & drop: it gives you the option to replace, insert, use audio only. New dynamic themes with titles, transitions, even credits. You can now also use animated travel maps! They have also introduced automatic video stabilization to help take away the caffeine jitters.  Garageband ’09  has one major new feature that stands out: “Learn to Play.” Built in HD videos of instructor, and it shows you the instrument in front of you. The instructor talks just like Bob from the iPhone videos. It includes 9 basic lessons for guitar and piano for free. Download them when you need to use them.  New verions of iWeb and iDVD are available as well, however, they were not covered.

iWork ’09:

Keynote-

Magic Move: you set up your slides and Keynote does all the options for moving objects between your slides. In a more professional tool you’d call Magic Move “tweening” — you set a start and an endpoint and the program figures out the in-between.

Pages-

Full screen view: It excludes everything else so you can just see your work, like WriteRoom or many other Mac writing apps. Move your mouse up and you still have access to the menus.

Dynamic outlines- type your outline, different levels, different font sizes; reorganize your thoughts; and your page view reflects any changes.

Support for MathType & EndNote: formulas that scientists and engineers want to use. EndNote is for scientists, engineers, people publishing papers. EndNote support is pretty huge in academia; nice to see integration in Pages, since it’s a big Microsoft Word feature. New templates as well: certificates, envelopes and letters, etc.

Numbers-

A new “categorize by this column” choice and it automatically creates a table based on that category. Most advanced feature requested was more powerful formulas.

Over 250 functions; new function view, type in and search for the function you want.

Passing your mouse over a variable in a function gives you a tool-tip and it’s all color coded.

You can link charts into Pages as well; change it in Numbers and it reflects the view in your Pages document.

Lots of new templates in Numbers as well.

Mac Box Set- You can get Leopard, iWork ’09, and iLife ’09 for $169 (that’s a GREAT deal). It’ll ship in late January with iLife ’09.

iWork.com (Not very exciting, I predict it will be discontinued)

17″ MacBook Pro- For the last 8 months running, if you look at the list of laptops sold in US, MacBook has been #1 on the list. So here’s the 17″: 0.98 inches thin. World’s thinnest 17-inch notebook. It’s 6.6 pounds, which also makes it the lightest 17-inch notebook. 1920×1200 LED backlit. 140-degree height/120-degree width viewing angle. 700:1 contrast ratio; 60% greater color gamut than previous notebook display. It’s got a glossy display, so they’ve also got a $50 anti-glare option. Same display properties as last 17″. Ports: FireWire 800. 3 USB ports, ExpressCard 34 slot. Battery life indicator, Ethernet, mini DisplayPort. About what you’d expect. New glass trackpad as on the previous unibody MacBooks. 2.93 GHz, up to 8GB of memory at 1066 MHz DDR3 ram. Built-in both the GeForce 9400M and the GeForce 9600MT. 320GB hard drive standard. Up to 256GB SSD drive option. Plus the usual backlit keyboard, iSight, magnetic latch, etc. Works with the new DisplayPort Cinema Display. The new MacBook Pro (17″) will not have a removable battery, but it’s much greener and environmentally friendly. The 17″ MacBook Pro is free of many toxins. Highly recyclable aluminum and glass. The battery lifespan is supposedly extended to 5 years, meaning fewer batteries in landfills. There’s a shot of the bottom of the 17″, with no access panel, possibly also restricting access to the insides of the machine for RAM and hard drive upgrades. Apple claims discrete graphics gets you 7 hours of battery life; integrated gets you up to 8 hours. Three hours longer than previous 17″ MacBook Pro; 60% increase. Will be interesting to see how the real-life tests bear that out. MBP is PVC- and BFR-free and takeback and recycling programs. One base configuration at $2,799, but you can build-to-order.

iTunes-

6 billion songs sold. Over 10 million songs available, largest library. Over 75 million accounts with credit cards. And, of course, they are the #1 channel for music. First, the price: we’ve had one pricing model for all songs. Starting in April they’re giving them more flexibility: three tiers at $0.99, $0.69, and $1.29. More songs are going to be offered at $0.69 than $1.29 says Phil. The second thing: iTunes Plus which, as you know, is DRM-free. Encoded at 256kbps AAC encoding. One-click upgrades. Starting today 8 million songs will be offered DRM-free. By end of quarter, entire catalog will be DRM-free. In case you missed it: All songs will be DRM-free in iTunes.The third new thing has to do with iPhone. Now the iTunes Music Store is no longer iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store; you can now download and buy on 3G network as well. Same price and same selection on the iPhone as on iTunes. Same quality too. You can preview and purchase and you can buy anytime, anywhere on 3G. This starts today as well.

Thanks-you, that’s it!





iWork ’09?

6 01 2009

With just over an hour to go before Apple kicks off Macworld Expo 2009 with an inaugural keynote presentation from its marketing chief, references to a new version of the company’s iWork productivity have appeared at Apple.com.

The Mac maker’s software download page lists “iWork ’09” as the fourth most popular download. However the associated link, which can be seen on the left-hand side of the page, still takes visitors to the iWork ’08 trial download page.








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