The Future Is Now

July 7, 2009

If you ever wondered why Apple is banking on software to set the iPhone apart from other smartphones, take a look at the new iPhone app “Nearest Tube.”

When you launch this app, the screen shows a live video feed of whatever’s in front of you, as if you were looking through the viewfinder of a camera, for example.  Except, superimposed over that video are arrows showing where and how far away the nearest Tube stations are (it was developed for the London Underground). As you turn your iPhone, the program adjusts and shows you other Tube stations, always organized by distance and color-coded to match the Tube line.

Dope. Dope. Dope.

Nearest Tube is currently waiting approval from the App Store. Via Gizmodo.

Apple Celebrates Countdown To Billionth App Store Download With Giveaway

April 10, 2009

Between now and the time that the billionth purchase is made, anyone who buys an app from the App Store or enters without purchase is eligible for the sole grand prize:

apple-prize-bundle$10,000 (!) iTunes Gift Card
32 GB iPod touch
Time Capsule
MacBook Pro


Enter without purchase here.

Apple Updates iPod Shuffle – Now Smaller Than AA Battery

March 11, 2009

iPod Key

…and a key:

Certainly setting the shuffle apart from its competitors is the introduction of VoiceOver:

VoiceOver is the exciting new feature that makes iPod shuffle the first music player that talks to you. It entirely changes the way you browse and navigate your music. Say you’re listening to a song and want to know the title or the artist. With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you—without interrupting your music.

But the fun doesn’t stop with songs. For the first time ever on an iPod shuffle, you can have multiple playlists, because VoiceOver announces their names, too. So you can easily find the right mix without taking your eyes off your run, your ride, or whatever you’re doing.

Additionally, virtually all controls are now relegated to the earbuds’ in-cord remote:


That’s a neat trick, except for everyone that owns higher-quality third-party  earbuds (me).

The new 4GB (~1000 songs) iPod Shuffle sells for $79 and is available in black or gray. The second generation Shuffle (1GB/$49) is also still available.

More: Shuffle

(This really reminds me of the SNL episode where Steve Jobs appeared on Weekend Updated to introduce the iPod Mirco (and later Inviso – “an iPod so small it cannot be seen by the naked eye”). I looked forever for the video but alas, it’s not online.)

New-ish Franz Ferdinand

February 24, 2009

Franz Ferdinand‘s third LP, “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand,” came out over a month ago but it wasn’t until I kept hearing the below iPod touch commercial that I got hooked on the second single:

Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls


Apple Releases Safari 4 Beta

February 24, 2009

Safari Logo

Apple has released a new version of it’s Safari web browser and they’re claiming it is once again the fastest browser available.

Some of the new features in this version are a relocated tab toolbar, “smart” address and search fields, full page zoom, a “top sites” feature, and a native look for Windows users.

Additionally, “Safari is the first — and only — web browser to pass Acid 3. Acid 3 tests a browser’s ability to fully render pages using the web standards used to build dynamic, next-generation websites, including CSS, JavaScript, XML, and SVG.”

Read about all of Safari’s features or just what’s new.

Additional coverage at Apple Insider.

Download the Safari beta here.

Microsoft To Copy Apple… Again

February 13, 2009

windowsThe world’s largest software company has announced that they will start operating retail locations but failed to note what products would be on sale, when they would open, or how many they would open.

So, why exactly did you issue a press release again?

While the X Box commands decent shelf space in gaming stores, Zunes are often ignored by sales people in favor of the iPod.  Thus, these new Microsoft stores could provide a forum for the company to push items that resellers won’t push themselves.  Since the X Box and the Zune are the only (?) pieces of hardware Microsoft manufactures themselves, it will be interesting to see what partnerships they forge with hardware manufacturers (Dell, HP, etc.) to highlight Vista or Windows 7, which I’m sure they’ll want to have on display; it may create some interesting bed fellows.

That said, I’m not convinced that Microsoft can create even a remotely interesting retail experience, even by non-Apple standards.

Read the Reuters post or get great analysis at Apple Insider.

Breaking: Jobs To Take Leave of Absence

January 14, 2009

Photo: NY Times

The NY Times is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take a leave of absence because his health-related issues are “more complex” than originally believed.  COO Tim Cook will serve as the interim CEO.

Jobs, who is considered synonymous with Apple, has repeatedly been the target of speculation about his health and recently stated that he was suffering from a horomonal imbalance.  It will be interesting to see how Apple stocks open at the morning bell.

I recently posted about the search for the next head of Apple Inc.