WOW Samsung! Talk about a low blow just to make money. No shame for Samsung and it’s employees.
I have boycotted Samsung years ago and I urge you to do the same.
Read the email posted here from Apple Insider and read the Apple Insider article (Link below) to gain a new perspective on a global company called Samsung who will fight unfair just to take your money for their products.
Source: Apple Insider. Picture credits Apple Insider.
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Well, well, well, what do we have here? After fifteen months, I have finally returned with a new article on this site, skipping all of 2013 in the process.
If you’re wondering where I have been, I’ve been managing a business. After a great run in the classroom, in which my students saw astronomical growth in all areas, I shifted my focus to tutoring and currently run a tutoring, academic enrichment, and homeschool consulting business. In the future, I will be expanding into educational publications and hope to revolutionize learning as we know it in the process.
Of course, I was able to take time out of my schedule to celebrate the Mac’s 30th birthday. I made a tribute video, accessible at http://vimeo.com/85060449
I also figured this would be a great opportunity to get back into blogging about the Macintosh. Specifically, I am going to look at the “state of the Mac” (and, for that matter, computers in general) in 2014, thirty years after the Macintosh story began. I’ll be looking at different eras in the Mac’s history, specifically detailing where the peaks were.
Computer Lineup and Choice
It’s hard to tell what the best combination here was. The current product matrix is fairly easy to navigate. There are two laptop lines and three desktop models, all of which are geared toward different customers. Only a few minor variants exist within these five basic channels, such as a single MacBook Pro model without a retina display (it also retains legacy support for unadapted FireWire and optical discs) and Mac Mini models sold as servers. Each model comes in several trim lines, with processor speed and screen size among the variables, leading to an easy-yet-difficult matrix of products sold under the same name with entirely different feature sets.
Even simpler was the 1999 lineup, in which the biggest question for consumers had to do with the color of the machine they were purchasing. This was the no-gimmick 2×2 product grid Steve Jobs implemented when he returned to Apple, replacing a completely unorganized mess of Performas, Power Macs, Quadras, and Centrises.
Some can argue the early-and-mid 1991 lineup was the strongest, in which there were three tiers of desktop computers with two models each (Classic and LC at the low end, SE/30 and IIsi in the middle, IIci and IIfx at the top). Although the laptop selection was weak, it appears this 2×3 model for desktops may have given consumers the most choice; to this day, there are still a handful of people who want a new-age IIci or SE/30 to fill certain gaps the “Pro” models or higher-end “non-Pro” models can’t reach. Additionally, laptops were more of a niche product in 1991.
Although I do like where we’ve come here, I do feel there should be a lower-priced iMac and MacBook Air model to better appeal to schools and less wealthy consumers. There had indeed been an inexpensive iMac in the lineup from 2000-2003, but it ultimately was killed off when the CRT iMacs were discontinued. This was also present in the early 1990s, when the Classic could be ordered as a stripped-down model, selling at new lows for Mac pricing.
I’ve maintained my position in the past about the 1991 lineup being the best, and I truly believe Apple has regressed from this sensible matrix to fit all budget and computing needs. The current lineup should be 2×2 for desktops, with two entry-level desktop computers (low-end iMac and Mac Mini), two higher-end desktop computers (current iMac and Mac Pro). For laptops, there should be three distinct lines: a low-priced model (which may include a hard drive to save money), the current Air, and the current Pro.
It’s easy to extol the virtues of Mac OS X. The system is rock solid, doesn’t crash much, isn’t prone to viruses, and is fairly easy to use. Over thirteen years, it has continually improved and become more refined, going through ten major versions and gaining something innovative in most of them.
Finding fault in OS X is tough, but veterans of the platform will be quick to point out a few flaws. For one, the interface is starting to become tiresome. Everything in the system is gray, and frankly, the color is becoming a bit long in the tooth for many of us. In systems past, the title bars could at least be accented. Color choice for the system is also very limited, as is customization as a whole. There is no way to turn the menu bar text into the classic Chicago font, for example, nor can red be used in the interface. The label system works poorly, as it does not recolorize an icon to make it more distinct. While the Finder has become better at finding things, attempting to use single windows for most everything feels more like the old Windows Explorer rather than the Mac OS.
There’s also the question of graphical intensity. The original system fit comfortably into a 128K confine, leaving plenty of room for MacPaint or MacWrite. It also took up only a fraction of a 400K floppy diskette. Today’s system is huge and requires more power than a lab of 8MHz 68000 processors put together. Higher graphical demands account for some of this, and while the original system had a fair amount of eye candy for its day, it certainly wasn’t as bloated with bouncy icons, reflective docks, or transparent menu bars.
In turn, this has created a dependency on virtual memory, especially because applications have become every bit as memory-hungry. In the old days, virtual memory was frowned upon by some, and still is by those who wish to prolong the life of their mass storage devices. Sadly, there is no upfront way to disable virtual memory in OS X, and a Mac would need to be loaded with a huge amount of physical RAM just to perform basic tasks in the modern world.
The stability of OS X certainly makes up for many of its faults, but there are still features missing from OS X present in OS 9 and earlier versions. Options to disable and uninstall eye candy options need to exist, as do ways to customize the interface. Furthermore, allowing programs to once again be installed in the Apple menu would help to unclutter and simplify docks around the world.
One thing which absolutely cannot happen is a complete merge between iOS and OS X. Microsoft attempted this with Windows 8, an operating system liked by very few users. While it’s nice to see a notification center and similarly-named programs, the Launchpad zaps users of even more flexibility with their operating systems.
MacPaint and MacWrite were certainly revolutionary products when they were introduced in 1984. Apple also had plenty of smaller programs bundled with their computers known as desk accessories. Who could forget the maddening puzzle, the innovative scrapbook, or the easily accessible four function calculator?
HyperCard was the next bundled innovation. This little program introduced novices to programming and provided a framework for what would eventually become modern web design. Apple also began to produce software under the Claris label, from its integrated suite of programs (ClarisWorks) to its now-spun off database (FileMaker Pro, originally produced by a few other companies before Apple acquired it) to its oft-forgotten Microsoft challengers (Resolve, MacWrite Pro).
After rebranding ClarisWorks as AppleWorks (a name previously used for a popular Apple II productivity suite), Apple began offering it free with every computer. The advent of OS X coincided with the birth of TextEdit and a chess game as bundled applications. Desk accessories were ultimately reborn as included programs or, from Tiger onward, part of the dashboard. It’s a shame the more recent incarnations of the dashboard have placed a “rubber mat” on top of the screen, especially for those who need the calculator to work with a few numbers currently in another window.
Final Cut has long been a standard in the video world, so much that Apple actually responded to consumer outcry when the program was stripped of some features a few years ago. Throughout the 2000s, the iLife programs began to appear, beginning with iMovie and iTunes and gradually expanding to include iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, and Garage Band. Geared toward novice and home users, these programs finally accomplished Apple’s goal of bringing accessible multimedia programs to the masses.
Next out of the chute was iWork, which initially consisted only of Pages and Keynote (Numbers came along later). While Keynote was immediately lauded, Pages has long been more an entry-level word processor when compared to Microsoft Word, its primary competitor. The same has historically been true for Numbers. Sadly, these programs lost some power features in their most recent updates. Still, they are inexpensive when compared to the competition and do what most consumer users require.
Apple needs to start producing more powerful programs. The Final Cut outrage was proof of that, as was the promise Apple had to make about reintroducing lost iWork features. For now, the market is ripe for Microsoft Office, one of the most overpriced suites in history, and its open source and online competitors.
The general consensus among gamers has long been bad news for the Macintosh. In general, it has been viewed as a platform for which few games have been produced, and if games are made, they are often released after their Windows counterparts.
The same has also been true for users of mainstream applications, even though successful programs such as Microsoft Excel, Aldus PageMaker, and Adobe Photoshop got their start on the Mac. Although Windows versions are usually released first, the Mac has received ports of the most popular programs.
The best age of gaming on the Macintosh was that of the late 1980s. Apple had introduced Through the Looking Glass when the Mac came out, showing developers what the little machine was capable of. Many titles were in black and white, as color monitors didn’t really catch on in the home Macintosh market until the LC was introduced in late 1990. Huge hits such as SimCity, Shufflepuck Cafe, The Fool’s Errand, Prince of Persia, and Dark Castle led to countless hours of lost productivity in that generation of owners. A commonplace Plus, SE, or Classic was be a suitable alternative for a Nintendo or Sega, especially since many shareware and freeware games were available at no cost or a nominal fee. StuntCopter and Cairo Shoot Out immediately come to mind, with the former now available as an iPhone app, complete with original sounds and graphics!
As Windows gained a commanding lead in the 1990s, Macs received fewer games. Some hits did begin their life on the Mac, such as Myst, but one of the more compelling reasons for younger people to buy a Wintel box at the turn of the century was the lack of games for a Macintosh.
Today, there are plenty of programs available for the Mac, but many of them fall subject to Sturgeon’s Law. 90% of what is on the App Store is inferior to what had been available, especially in one category.
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Be thankful if you are using Apple’s products running iOS or Mac OS X as they are not affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL security threat.
Apple told Re/code, “Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected.”
Poor Android they are affected. According to ZDNet Android Jellybean 4.1.1 had the vulnerability.
But as the Android faithful have realized, keeping their personal information safe is not important to them. Or they would of dumped their Android devices years ago. This is our personal opinion, otherwise I don’t know why people continue to use Android over superior products and ecosystems.
Your passwords may be affected if they are on a server that is open to the Heartbleed bug. If so, that server’s operator will email you to let you know (or better yet if you receive an email contact them first to make sure they did send out that email before logging on).
Bravo to Apple once again for keeping their customer’s data safe!
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Finally a Role Playing Game for the Macintosh platform that is worth to play.
Don’t get me wrong there have been great ports over the many years of DOS/Windows games from GOG.com to bring as many RPG games over to the Mac platform. Traditionally Windows PCs have been the dominant force in gaming for a long time with Macintosh PCs brining put the rear for many new games. Sad that the game development industry does not remember where computing gaming started for many back in what I call the “golden age of computing” (Late 1970s and 1980s).
But one man does remember! Richard “Lord British” Garriott is paving the way with his new RPG on Macs being equal to his Windows and Linux versions. Portalarium has upped the ante, in our minds.
What about World of Warcraft? I played WOW for 6 months as a favor to a family friend who was into it and the whole time I was grinding my
toon character up I kept thinking to myself, “I have done this before in Ultime Online.” Over and over and over. The world and races were new. Everything else was just warmed up leftovers what UO pioneered 16 years ago. Sorry Charlie, err WOW. One thing that WOW does great is to release the Windows and Macintosh version of the game at the same time, instead of the Macintosh version being released 1 – 2 years later. Bravo Bilzzard for this!
I still play Ultima Online on the official EA servers to this day. I thought there would never be another online RPG game that would capture my interest ever as the Ultima franchise is owned by EA. Enter Shroud of the Avatar! www.shroudoftheavatar.com Shroud of the Avatar will change everything.
Their revolutionary model of crafting is something I have not seen before. Granted I don’t get out and play many Windows or console games (Elder Scrolls, who? Never played any of them) so this may of been something out there already of this level, I don’t know. To me this is the most intricate level of crafting I have ever. You have to make each part of a sword individually before assembling them together. Cool! From refining the raw ore or lumber into some resource you can use is run but still tedious at times.
I welcome making a sword by really making a sword instead of the usual grinding through “checkbox make sword and enter in 20 count and put all of the ingredients in my backpack” like UO or even UOAssist does. Seeing how one table does not make all items is a welcome addition. No more standing at Brit bank churning out 1,000 chairs to get my Carpentry to GM level. That ends up making crafting boring. Back in 1998 that was innovative, now it is old hat. Now you have to make your wooden boards on one table and craft the chair on another table. Not only does this makes sense but is really fun.
I know by the time the final game ships Portalarium will of simplified this as many players won’t like this level of detail. I hope they don’t change it to much.
Currently SotA is in Pre-Release Alpha 2 so I am not expecting a polished game. The changes from Pre-Release Alpha 1 is encouraging that the final game will be great. I will have to see this October 2014.
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When a great article surfaces like this it is hard to try ignore the facts. I encourage you to click on the source link below and read the whole article.
My personal experience is I have cleaned no malware my any of my Macs since System 5 and have cleaned a lot of malware from my friends Windows systems. The last Mac virus I cleaned was Scores way back in the 1980s.
As we all know there are less Mac systems so they are not a large target. The real question is how much time/money do you spend cleaning Windows systems you own (or for your family and friends) that could be put to better use (gaming, cleaning house, earning more money from a side job).
I run Windows for 1 game – Utlima Online. I don’t run malware detection software as I don’t use Windows for day to day stuff – my Mac OS is for that.
The real question is how do you want to spend your time?
From ZDNET.com – Why Macs are safer:
The evidence is overwhelming: The opportunities to attack Mac users are plentiful, but nobody bothers. It’s still too easy to get at Windows users. This has been obvious for some time and well-understood in the security community.
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Last night I installed Mavericks 10.9 update on my Mac Book Pro and the process was so easy and painless. After backing up my laptop I downloaded the free update, installed Mavericks, rebooted, and bam instant success. Today I loaded the App Store and immediately found the new iLife apps ready to be downloaded.
Plus the new iWork apps are ready to be downloaded and update my iWork ’09 versions. The interesting thing is I have the iWork ’09 Disc version and have that loaded on my Mac Book Pro. App Store must of looked at my version and said, “Hey he qualifies for the free upgrade” and BAM! Here they are.
I looked and had to initiate the free Garageband download and install from the App Store.
Putting it mildly, I saved $90 by upgrading to Mavericks with iLife and iWork version upgrades. And if you factor in the price of the prior Mac OS X upgrades ($20 – $129), I saved a lot more.
Thank you Apple for the gifts!
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Yes, Microsoft Office Mobile for Office 365 is a large failure on iOS. I was eager to test it and compare it to iWorks but I could not sign on with the free trial account Microsoft created for me.
I am not the only one. Many reviews on the one and only App Store say the same thing, they cannot get in to use the software. The funny thing is in the description of the Office Mobile for Office 365 app is it says it works with trial accounts.
Here is my review.
iWork for iOS: A+. It works in the cloud and locally on your iPhone or iPad. You can easily create anything with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
Office Mobile for Office 365: F-
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We have scoured the earth and found the best cases for your iPhone or iPad. We have our favorites and there are a two that really disappointed us.
Bleecker Molded iPHone 5 case in Leather for iPhone 5 / 5s - This one we really like and is out current “go to case” for our Gold Phone 5s. This one has a wrap around design and a soft inner layer of material that keeps the dust out. I like that you can put the smaller 30-pin to Lightning adapter while this case is still on. All of the controls and ports are easy to get to. The sharp looking black leather really wears great and gives the case a unique look after a while, while not being too worn.
Michael Kors Embossed Python Leather Hard Case for iPhone 5 / 5s- This case is covers the 1 year old Black iPhone 5 and makes it look great. The leather is nice with the python design with the gold metal plaque makes this case really stand out. The case wears good and the python design does not wear off over time. This is our other “to go case” while the iPhone 5 is adventuring out and about. The inner part has a layer of material that keeps the dust out. All of the controls and ports are easy to get to.
Coach iPad Signature Case for 10″ iPad – We love the black and blue design while protecting the full 10″ iPad. It wears good and all of the controls and ports are easy to get to.
Michael Kors Python Wristlet for 3GS, 4, 4s – This leather Python case protects the iPhone while adding room for 3 credit cards and a wrap around with snap enclosure. The Michael Kors metal plaque makes the look sharp while adding style. The case on the outside wears great while the inner leather wears more. The inner wears more due to the opening and closing plus if you want to take a picture you need to take the iPhone out of the case. The wrist strap is a great add on as you will need it when you take the iPhone out to snap a picture. Plus the wrist strap means you can keep this as your wallet/purse while out on the town. We included this case as it is a classic and looks good for any of the iPhone 4s fans out there.
iPhone 5 in Signature case by Coach. Why was this one on the bad list? Two reasons – the plastic case scratches pretty easy and ends up looking dull quick. Plus dust gets in between the iPhone and the case which can cause scratches. The vibrant colors are great so not all is bad. If you don’t mind the scratches and the dust this case could really fit your style.
Louis Vuitton Colorful case – Stay away from any of the LV cases if they don’t come from the official web site. This one in particular is a cheap Chinese knockoff. I liked this style as it covers the back and is not a slipcase. The price was reasonable. The fake leather peels after 6 months and the fake gold chips off in 3 months. Overall it is junk.
There you have it what we feel is a great case for you to add to your iPhone or iPad. There are more styles, designs, and colors. We found what we liked and use every day. All choices are good. Please share with us what you like.
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Do you remember the buzz when Windows PCs finally caught up to the Macintosh platform in raw speed and power? Windows XP 64-bit shipped on April 24, 2005 for anyone with a 64-bit Intel CPU. Power Macintosh was running 64-bit on June 24, 2003 with the G5 CPU chip (OS was already optimized).
It is 2013 and Apple is at the forefront of the computing industry again with the world’s first 64-bit smartphone!
Lets go back to 2003. Legions of Microsoft lemmings took directions from the Microsoft Generals who commanded them to hate upon anyone up supported Apple’s technology lead. Fanboys and Fangirls lined up to hate against those who were embracing the superiority of the Apple integrated hardware and software in the new 64-bit world while they were stuck jealous at 32-bit.
Speed up to 2013. There they are at it again with their propaganda proclaiming that “who needs 64-bit smartphones” or “64-bit smartphones are all marketing hype”. The same old Microsoft technology and their fanboys and fangirls are hating against the superiority of Apple’s advanced technology again. Microsoft lemmings are now segregated into Microsoft and Google camps (who are warring with each other too). Sorry Charlie, Microsoft and Google lost again.
Any respectable IT professional knows that 64-bit computing is the forefront of computing right now. If any IT professional is carrying a Microsoft Windows Phone or a Google Android phone they are now last in the technology game. I am in IT and I carry the most advanced smartphone because I like being on the forefront of technology with the most advanced technology out there = iPhone 5s. I embrace the new technology before anyone else does as I thrive on using the latest and greatest!
Since Apple’s iPhone 5s is a desktop-class PC in it’s own right, Apple takes the lead that will last for about 1 year. Microsoft will work with their newly purchased Nokia Windows Phone division to integrate a 64-bit Windows Phone OS with a 64-bit hardware architecture in 2014 (or longer depending how much hate slander is thrown to the Apple faithful). Too little too late Microsoft, once again.
So keep your bullying Microsoft Windows Phone and Google Android lemmings. You will follow the superiority of Apple once again in the distant future.
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Ok. The new iPhones are out there in mass. We ordered the Gold iPhone 5s exactly at 2:03am on September 20, 2013. We received the Gold iPhone 5s on October 2, 2013. Knowing there was great demand we were not surprised at the amount of time it took Apple to get plenty of stock out the door. We feel Apple put too much inventory into the physical stores and left hardly anything for the online orders. I dont have an Apple Store in my area. Just Best Buy and their iPhone waiting list is pretty crappy.
iPhone 5s Review
We all know (from prior years) Apples iPhone is available in 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399). New colors this year are Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. (Prices listed are for a 2-year contract). Prices vary if you decide to pay outright for the iPhone 5s - span style=font-size: 12px;16GB ($649), 32GB ($749), and 64GB ($849).
The best thing about the iPhone 5s is the futuristic technology known as the 64-bit A7 CPU chip with the corresponding M7 motion coprocessor. The M7 to the A7 is like back in the early stages of the personal computing where the most powerful CPUs had a math coprocessor. Offloading the tasks the coprocessor can do so the CPU can process other tasks. This mixed with the 64-bit iOS makes the iPhone 5s the most powerful smartphone on the planet. Since the M7 can work without the A7 being awake this is big news.
64-bit mobile computing is now here and it will be here to stay. You heard that 64-bit is only to achieve 4GB or more memory? That is partly right. That is One benefit but the speed gains is phenomenal. That is why the iPhone 5s is kicking every other Android quad-core CPU on the market.
The bar for all smartphones are raised once again.
This mixed with the fabulous camera. iPhone 5s sensor is 15% larger than the iPhone 5. Still at 8 megapixels so you can get 14×11 prints or larger. The larger pixels at 1.5 microns and an aperture of f/2.2. This all means great looking pictures. The 3x zoom is ok and I dont rely on zoom that much myself.
Other camera features include a 10 shots a second burst mode, True tone flash with amber and blue flashes, advanced image stabilization, slow-motion video, and live video zoom.
True tone flash excites me as getting great colors with any digital camera can be tough. There is an amber and a blue led flash. The iPhone 5s will determine what quantity of each flash color you need to get the best color results. Apple says it best on their web site, It makes more sense to teach iPhone how to take a great picture rather to teach people to be expert photographers. Why does this matter? Personally I dont have the time to take classes and learn how to get the best color balance and the right ISO setting fore each picture. What is true now is that all cell phone users see them selves as photographers.
Slo-mo is really cool as you can slow down a video of your dog running to truly see how they run and to watch them do crazy stuff. Of course filming biking, skateboarding, and running brings cool effects too with slo-mo.
The image signal processor in the A7 cpu chip really shines and mirrors features on high end digital SLR cameras. The bar for all smartphones are raised once again.
Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
This is one of the coolest things to ever hit smartphones. Yes I know Motorola tried to do this on an Android phone but implemented it crappy. Android fans boycotted this phone and bought other phones. Apple did it right and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is a joy to use. When I have to use the iPhone 5, I miss the Touch ID and it’s simplicity. We see the tip of the iceberg, Apple will implement this more and more in the future. Right now it can be used to unlock the iPhone 5s and purchases from iTunes. The bar for all smartphones are raised once again.
The addition of having Apple best apps for free now is a bonus. I dont know any other phone that offers a real word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, movie editing, and music creation software for free. Most are a link to a web page that gives you limits. Or they are not full apps (widgets) that so a few things. Apple brings the real deal. The benefits of iCloud are included making all of your Macs or iOS devices able to edit your documents anywhere.
The iPhone 5s gives you everything the iPhone 5 has (see full specs of the iPhone 5 here) plus more. If you have a iPhone 4s (or a Windows or Android phone), get the iPhone 5s to replace it immediately. If you are happy with your iPhone 5 wait until the iPhone 6 is our next year in fall. I am extremely happy with the iPhone 5s and I see how the iPhone 5s is the Gold standard in smartphones.
This is the best iPhone yet!
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