Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Shrine of Apple has one simple goal, to document every Apple product ever made in high-quality photos and video. Not only that, but they are also getting shots of original packaging and accessories.
In the process, the site is essentially creating an online museum of sorts, with goals of showcasing every publicly released product since Apple’s humble beginnings in 1976…
Shrine of Apple explains:
Our mission is to showcase the entire spectrum of products that Apple have sold to the public since 1976 – every product Apple Inc has ever produced, in the highest quality and definition possible. Every desktop, every laptop, every notebook, monitor, iPod, iPad, iPhone, mouse, keyboard, modem, cable, port, adapter, docking station, memory expansion card….and that’s just their hardware. Operating systems, productivity suites and all the great software titles that Apple have published will make an appearance too!
The Shrine of Apple team seems to be taking the project pretty seriously. They’ve posted a breakdown of their process from acquiring products to the photography. Step 3 explains how they’ve produced these great shots:
“We are using a Canon EOS Rebel Xsi with an X lens, and all products are shot on a Manfrotto 220PSL Still Life Table. This awesome table allows us to place a light source underneath to get the full white lit background that helps us get our shots looking so great. All photos are imported on to a Mac and post processed (touch up, meta data, etc) using Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3, both totally awesome products whose capabilities we haven’t even scratched.”
While there isn’t nearly every Apple product featured on the site currently, creator of the site and Apple collector Jonathan Zufi plans on adding more products every week (snippet from the current collection below). You can stay updated when new products are added by following ShrineOfApple on Twitter.
What do you think of these gorgeous photos? Which Apple products not currently in the collection would you like to get a peek at?
Or perhaps you have mint-condition retro Mac lying around you want to lend to the cause?
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Apple just sent out an email to developers signifying that iTunes Match is now available to developers.
As you know, iTunes Match is the matching service that allows you to stream the tunes that you already own without uploading all of your music. The service works by “matching” the music contained on your local computer with what’s already available in the Cloud via iTunes.
For those more obscure songs that iTunes doesn’t already have, you can still upload your music for streaming. As usual, we have a video of iTunes Match in action, so be sure to check inside to see how it works!
Keep in mind that this is beta software, so obviously some things are bound to change and bugs will have to be worked out before the final release hits the public. I think it’s a good indication of what we can expect come launch day, though.
Overall, I was fairly impressed with what I saw. It’s a painless process that works pretty much as advertised.
I think that if Apple can educate customers properly, loads of people wouldn’t think twice at shelling out $24.99 for a year’s worth of matching service; it’s going to be a very convenient thing to have.
The whole point of iTunes Match is to make it so you can access your music from anywhere, without the lengthy upload process required by competing services like Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player.
Here is the verbiage from the email that Apple just sent out to developers:
iTunes Match stores your complete music library in iCloud, allowing you to enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer.
iTunes Match beta is currently available to developers in the United States. Beta subscribers will receive iTunes Match service during the beta period plus an additional 3 months for free with their 12 month paid subscription.To get started with iTunes Match, download the current version of iOS 5 beta and iTunes 10.5 beta 6.1 with iTunes Match. Once installed, choose Turn On iTunes Match from the Store menu, and click “Subscribe for $24.99.”Please note that you must maintain a local backup of your iTunes library as well as any music you add to iCloud. Apple will periodically reset your iCloud library during the beta and it is critical that you backup your music regularly. Some features and optimizations of iTunes Match will not be available during the beta.
Again, iTunes Match is only available for developers thus far. Personally, this is one of my most anticipated iOS 5 features.
[Via By: idownloadblog.com]
After being featured in a Forbes article last month, jailbreak prodigy and all around hacker Comex started to draw attention outside of the jailbreak scene. As a matter of fact, the folks at Apple started paying attention to the point that they offered him a job. Our loss, their gain.
Of course, questions started popping up in every jailbreaker’s mind. Will Comex give away his exploits to Apple? Will he keep working on jailbreaks and exploits? Will he keep JailbreakMe alive? Many questions that remained unanswered, until today…
Comex is not the kind of guy who likes to get media attention, which is probably why he never accepted to do an interview with us, or anyone else but Forbes for that matter. He, however, decided to answer many of the questions people have on Reddit.
Here is a selection:
Question: After your internship with Apple and after iOS 5 is officially released, will you continue to support the jailbreak community by providing exploits?Comex: No.Edit: But I’ll want to jailbreak my phone, so I hope someone finds them :pQ: Why an intern position though? It seems like you could carry a regular position at apple.
How has the core jailbreak dev teams responded to you going to work forapple?Comex: I don’t know if I’d want to do that- I’ve never had a job before and I don’t know what it’s like- and I intend to go back to college soon.
Mostly with congratulations.Have you made any money from the jb scene?Comex: I’ve made a good amount of money through donations, which is mostly being used to help pay for college. JailbreakMe 2.0 was like $40,000; 3.0 was $15,000 (not quite sure why it decreased).The jailbreak community took a huge hit when you left. Do you think the active players can outsmart you now that you’re playing for the other team, or are you Apple’s final solution to their jailbreak problem?Comex: There are a lot of smart people working for Apple already; maybe I can help, but I doubt I can stop people from finding exploits.Can you give any insight on how apple views the Jailbreak communities mods?Comex: I have no idea.As a huge open book for them to
stealtake ideas from.Comex: I certainly don’t mind. Jailbreak community puts an idea in front of people with a crappy implemenation; Apple polishes it to the point where it can be an OS feature. I don’t know whether Apple actually pays attention to jailbreak apps, but see App Store, copy and paste, multitasking, etc…Do you have any regrets?Comex: I should have worked on these jailbreaks more consistently, and released them more quickly; I’ve had several exploits fixed on me that could have been used in a jailbreak if I was quicker at packaging.What, besides money, made you flip to the other side?Comex: It’s not about money. A large part of my motivation to jailbreak was always the challenge; the internship will be a new sort of challenge.Will the current jailbreaks and/or the site disappear?
Comex: No, I’ll hand them over to MuscleNerd or chpwn or whoever will take care of them.
There are a few more questions answered on Reddit, but don’t expect Comex to talk about his new position at Apple. It’s obviously classified information.
We’ll miss Comex, but we wish him the best.
[Via By: idownloadblog.com]
Monday, August 29, 2011
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When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO last week, the world sat up and took notice. Many have since paid tribute to the vision and business acumen of Jobs, but one fan has gone a step further.
Apple fan and keen runner Joseph Tame took to the road to show his appreciation, and mapped out his run using the power of GPS and RunKeeper. What did the map show? A giant Apple logo covering Tokyo, Japan...
“Having an iPhone really has changed my life here in Tokyo. It means I can go anywhere without getting lost, I have all my data with me at all times, I’m potentially in touch with thousands of friends and family members around the world at all times, and I have access to any information I might need to do what I need to do. Whilst I’m sure this would make a big difference back home in the UK, here in Japan it’s like a lifeline (even more so now it can warn me when an earthquake is about to hit).Oh, it also means I can broadcast marathons, and paint pretty pictures on the roads with GPS.It’s for this that I’d like to personally show my appreciation to Steve for his vision and leadership, which has made a direct positive impact upon my life. His work has also served to revolutionise the mobile phone industry, something that was desperately needed here more than anywhere. I’d like to wish Steve all the best, and hope that his health improves fast now he’s able to focus more on getting well again.”
You can’t argue with the results!
RunKeeper is an iPhone and Android app which uses your phone’s GPS chip to map out your exercise routine, giving stats and maps as a result.
iOS 5 will be unveiled alongside iCloud and the next iPhone to the public this Fall, and non-developers are clamoring to get their hands on Apple’s next major version of iOS. Apple has added a long list of new features to iOS 5 that greatly enhance the experience on both the iPhone and iPad. But there’s always room for more innovation.
We’ve come across a nice concept video that showcases a boatload of possible features for iOS 5. Check it out…
Features in the video include:
- Persistent notifications in the status bar
- Third party widget management through Notification Center
- Collapsable notifications in Notification Center
- Unobtrusive incoming call notifications
- App icons changing on the springboard based on different notifications
- Better app and widget management
- Widgets in Spotlight search window
- Fast app switching with Mac OS X-style gestures
- New touch gestures for managing open applications
- iPhone and Mac joined through WiFI connection
We’ve seen iOS 5 concept videos before, but this one definitely packs the most features in a single vid. Hopefully Apple will continue to add features similar to these in future updates.
Facebook has announced that it has an upcoming event planned for September 22. If you don’t remember, a while ago there was a way to try out the Facebook for iPad app with a little hacking.
Facebook hasn’t said much about what its upcoming event will be about, but all bets are on the official iPad app release.
Having a Facebook app for the iPad has been a long time request of users. Hopefully Facebook will be able to deliver at its upcoming event.
We’ve also seen what the app is going to look like, and it’s pretty close to the final product. Facebook is just waiting for the right time to release it. If you are looking to get the app now, you can do so via a jailbreak tweak over >>>HERE<<<.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
We always assumed the top dogs at Apple received a decent wage, but MacRumors has dug up some information on just what kind of bonus new CEO Tim Cook will receive.
In an 8-K form filed with the SEC, Apple has outlined a share deal that will make your eyes water. Cook will receive 1,000,000 shares which, when vested, would net the new CEO around $380,000,000 if they were cashed in today. Part of the deal is that he can’t cash his investments for another ten years…
“In connection with Mr. Cook’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.”
On top of that we have Cook’s normal anual salary and bonuses which, according to MacRumors, netted the former COO a cool $58 million in 2010.
That is not a Small Amount? What do u think?
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The guys behind Instrumenti, Shipsi and Reynsi, cooked up a unique way to create album art: let the songs do the talking. They poured paint into speakers and let the music splash onto the canvas to come up with some Jacksonian Pollockian-type art.
[Via: Gizmodo & Vimeo via The Next Web]
It was only a matter of time. 19-year-old Nicholas Allegra, better known as infamous iOS hacker Comex, has announced that he has accepted a job with Apple in Cupertino.
Comex has been responsible for many famous jailbreaks, most notably his web based tool called JailbreakMe. He is a well respected member of the jailbreak community, and we wish him the best with his future endeavors at Apple.
Comex announced the news on his Twitter account moments ago, and he seems to be receiving mostly positive responses from his followers. Other famous jailbreak developers, like MuscleNerd, have congratulated him on his new job.
Apple has been known to hire talent from the jailbreak community, with the Cupertino company most recently hiring developer Peter Hajas — as we uncovered first — for his work on a system of notifications for iOS called MobileNotifier. Peter is assumedly now working on improving iOS notifications in Cupertino.
It’s a bittersweet thing for the jailbreak community to lose Comex. In one way, we’re happy that he’s been given such a wonderful opportunity to showcase his talents and further his career. On the other, we’re sad to see such an invaluable jailbreak hacker go.
We don’t know what Comex will be specifically working on at Apple, but we can only assume that he will be assigned to fixing security holes in iOS. It’s funny to think that he will help patch the vulnerabilities he exploited. Everything comes around, I guess.
We congratulate you on your success, Comex. Best of luck at Apple!
[Via By: iphonedownloadblog.com ]
What will people always need? Printers, of course.
Will the news that Steve Jobs is no longer the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has made it his first initiative to delay the iPhone 5 and focus all of Apple’s resources on innovation in printer technology.
Well, not really. But check out The Onion’s hilarious report…
“SAN FRANCISCO—Following the resignation of Apple founder Steve Jobs, incoming CEO Tim Cook called a meeting of shareholders and members of the press Thursday morning to announce that he envisioned printers as the company’s future. “Laser, ink-jet, double-sided, color, black-and-white—the future of technology is in printers. I am absolutely convinced of that,” Cook explained to a packed auditorium as a montage of printers and people using printers played on a screen behind him. “What is the one thing people will always need? It’s obvious: printers. Printers with fax machines attached, printers that collate and staple, perhaps a printer that makes photocopies. Anything’s possible. It’s called innovation.” Cook concluded his remarks by assuring investors the release of upcoming Apple products such as the iPhone 5 would be postponed for at least four years so the company could throw all its time and resources into the creation of high-quality printers for the home and office.”
[Via By: iphonedownloadblog.com]
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