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Apple’s new patent might earn them money from every smartphone out there. [Video]

Nilay Patel from Thisismynext walked through with us what is the new Apple patent all about. And how with this patent, Apple might be able to earn money from any smartphone ever made.

Yes, Apple patented the technology of a “web browser” type of app, which is touch screen. If you are able to scroll using 1 finger, but still able to pinch and zoom using 2 finger on a embed frame like google map. Then this technology is patented by Apple. To be honest, I cannot rememeber which smartphone I have seen for the past 2 years which can’t do that.

Thus Apple might be making money with this patent on virtually any smartphone out in the market. Check out the video below to see how using a mobile browser might by using apple’s patented technology.

 


Apple updated Time Capsules to 3TB

The long awaited refresh for Time Capsules and Airport Extreme is finally here. But it was a disappointing one. Apple only added 1TB more on the new Time Capsule, nothing else has been change. Airport Extreme have no changes at all, not even price. This is one of my most disappointed refresh ever.

Time Capsule and Airport Extreme have been around for quite some time. I thought if Apple have nothing to update on the 2 accessories, they should have reduce the price as network technology from Airport Extreme is not the newest anymore. So I assume producing it will be much cheaper over time too.

Nevertheless, if you are interested in purchasing a new Time Capsule, you now can buy the 3TB Time Capsule at USD$499.


Apple launched Final Cut Pro X today!

From Apple’s Press Release:

Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X

CUPERTINO, California—June 21, 2011—Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.

“Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”

“I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro,” said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor. “Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.”

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Content Auto-Analysis scans your media on import and tags your content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X then uses that information to dynamically organize your clips into Smart Collections, so you can easily find the clips you want by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. You can also tag parts of clips with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to your media.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Final Cut Pro X is a 64-bit app that takes full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software so you never have to wait for the next edit, even if you’re working with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for blazing fast background rendering and superb real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output.

Final Cut Pro X also includes powerful tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 each.

Pricing & Availability
Final Cut Pro X is available today for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutpro.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Thoughts?

I’m excited. I was never a fan of the old Final Cut Pro UI, maybe because I started with iMovie, so I kind of got used to it. Now Final Cut Pro X looks very similar to iMovie, the UI, the way it works. To have a preview of what Final Cut Pro X looks like, Check out my previous blog post.


Apple back to School is not giving out iPod Touch but $100 iTunes Gift Card

Apple’s Back to School Promo

Apple support students by having Back to School Promotion yearly, giving special discounts to all Mac Hardwares like iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. Of course not just discount, but Apple used to give out free iPod Touches, but this year they are not giving out any. But don’t feel disappointed, Apple are giving out $100 iTunes Gift Cards to all students. Yes, you might feel you are short-changed as we used to get $200+ iPod Touches for free, but now only getting $100 iTunes Gift Cards.

Why iTunes Gift Cards?

I think that Apple’s decision to give out iTunes Gift Cards is good, although many people will argue otherwise. But from my point of view, which student don’t have iPod or iPhone already? Those that yet to have, might not be interested to have one. That aside, to help students with their school, iPod Touch might not be that useful. But do you know that iTunes Gift Card can be use not only to buy music from iTunes, but Apps from App Store, yes Mac App Store too. So students can buy useful Apps from Mac App Store for note taking, mind mapping or software like iWorks for documentations. Other than App Store and iTunes, students can buy iBooks from iBookStore which is pretty useful.

How about $150?

So overall, I feel that iTunes Gift Cards as a giveaway for Back to School Promotion, I feel is a very very good idea. But I hope Apple can increase the amount from $100 to $150! Yes, $50 might not seems alot, but to a student, he/she can buy the whole iWorks suite of softwares, or other cool apps. We are not sure if students in Singapore are getting iTunes Gift Cards too, as nothing has been announced. We will post a update once we got any news.

 


Samsung Ads bite on iPad’s not supporting Flash [Video]


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally out, and Samsung has just come out with their new Ads – It’s time to tab! It shows the power of its tablet. Pretty cool ads, especially when it shows us what are the benefits in using a tablet device. But of course, one of the main aim was to bite on iPad’s Flash support.

In the ads, 2 of the actors are in a meeting room, but the one holding an iPad with SmartCover was not able to view the flash slide/website, but Samsung Galaxy Tab user can.

Check ou the video:


Real Racing 2 to support Dual-Screen Gaming with AirPlay!

Stream games from iPad/iPhone to your AppleTV via Wifi on iOS 5

Great news to all gamers! Firemint, the creator of Real Racing 2 will be supporting AirPlay over Wifi with iOS 5. Meaning you will be able to play your game on your iPad, but view the screen on your HDTV, not your iPad/iPhone! What makes it even better is that Real Racing will not just mirror the output from iPad to HDTV, but make full use of the dual screen that you have.  It will be similar to the picture on top, having the racing on your HDTV, but supporting information like maps, laps and timing on your iPad/iPhone screen.

Apple marching into the gaming industry, Strong.

Pretty cool right? I mean it is awesome! It kinda of reminds me of Nintendo’s DS, which have 2 screen showing supporting information. But imagine this on your HDTV and iPad. Actually now, you are already able to play this dual screen game, but you will need to hook up your iPad with HDMI cable to your TV to do it. But when iOS 5 comes, you can stream it via wifi to your Apple TV.

Firemint’s Real Racing 2 HD with AirPlay is a game-changer

Relish Real Racing 2 HD’s superb visuals as they’re streamed effortlessly to your big screen TV. Grip your iPad 2 and steer with unerring precision and the freedom of wireless play. Stay closer than ever to the track with real-time racing telemetry, displayed directly on your iPad’s screen.

Honestly. I think consoles like Sony PS3, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 will now have a new challenger in the market. I can’t believe that our multi-functional iPad, which I use to check emails and surf web on the go, can be my console when I reach home!

[via cultofmac]

 


Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures

Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures

We don’t really blog about Microsoft, but our friends at Money.co.uk blogged about Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures, honestly it is very interesting! It remembers me of some stuff that I really hate about Microsoft… Yes, the paperclip, although I kind of like Comics san. Haha!

10. Windows CE 1996 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A buggy operating system

Why so awful?

The name alone is enough to make you WinCE. This lightweight operating system was supposed to be a pocket-computing epiphany in 1996, allowing PCs to become truly personal. Rather than just a slim version of Windows, it’s an operating system and kernel in its own right, making it ideal for mobile devices.

At least, it is on paper; in reality, forums are filled with developers and users expressing (in strong language) exactly what they think of it.

Any saving graces?

In its defence, it has survived for fifteen years and has recently been released with dual-core CPU support and advanced touch input.

 

9. Zune 2006 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

An MP3 player nobody has heard of

Why so awful?

Apple’s iPod dominates this arena and the Zune accounts for just 3% of the standalone MP3 player market. It doesn’t look quite as pretty, its battery life is below average, there’s no Mac support, it’s completely awful from a technical point of view and compatibility can be problematic. However, while it’s marginally less impressive than the iPod it arguably deserves more of the marketplace than the 3% it currently enjoys. This is unlikely to change, however.

Any saving graces?

Unlike the iPod, it doesn’t scratch in long grass and comes with an FM tuner.

 

8. Internet Explorer 1995 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A dying web browser

Why so awful?

Feature-packed and simple to use, Internet Explorer was the most popular browser in the world by 2001 with a 95% usage share. Upon realising this, however, Microsoft made the mistake of resting on its laurels, and the world’s hackers and script kiddies set to work targeting its ubiquitous software, making it dangerously vulnerable by 2004.

By the time Microsoft got around to releasing IE7, competitors like Opera and Mozilla’s Firefox had already started to gain an advantage and left the mortally wounded browser with less than a 50% usage share.

Any saving graces?

The later versions are actually rather good, but not good enough to reverse its heavy fall from grace.

 

7. Kin Born and died in 2010

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A half-baked phone

Why so awful?

Microsoft withdrew this failure after just 48 days on sale. It was almost a good idea – a mobile aggregator with constant connections to social networks like Facebook and Twitter – but some estimates suggest it sold as few as 500 units in its first week.

It was late onto the market having been converted from Sidekick to CE, and there were some clear holes in functionality; it didn’t support reTweeting on Twitter, there were no instant messaging packages available, its GPS was only for geotagging photos, and there was no way to transmit contact details between devices.

Any saving graces?

It still sells in the US, albeit as a ‘feature phone’ rather than a smartphone and at a much reduced price.

 

6. Windows ME 2000 – 2003

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

Another failed operating system

Why so awful?

Possibly the most unpopular operating system ever released, ‘Millennium Edition’ served as an ineffective stop-gap between Windows 98 and Windows XP. PC World referred to ME as the ‘mistake edition’, given that it crashed more often than not, offered no real improvement on Windows 98 and would constantly ‘help’ by restoring deleted malware.

It lasted thirteen months before being usurped by the NT-based XP.

Any saving graces?

None that we can think of.

 

5. Comic Sans MS 1995 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

An irritating font

Why so awful?

This much-maligned font was created for use with Microsoft Bob, another critically unpopular output from Microsoft HQ. Times New Roman looked too severe in the cartoonish speech bubbles of Bob’s drawn world.

It was completed too late for inclusion in the software, but debuted in Microsoft 3D Movie Maker before being released as part of every Windows OS since. Criticised – along with Papyrus – for relentlessly inappropriate use, the “Ban Comic Sans” movement is several thousand strong in the USA.

Any saving graces?

While it’s a monument of technological unpopularity, it hasn’t lost Microsoft any money (though it hasn’t made them any either).

 

4. MSN Smart Watch 2004 – 2010

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A gaudy watch with email support

Why so awful?

This tacky-looking creation was supposed to connect to the MSN network wherever the wearer needed to read his or her e-mails.

The screen was basic, less than an inch wide and made of the same liquid crystal as mobile phones circa 2000. What further dissuaded potential buyers as the prohibitively high data fees at the time of its release making it too expensive for most people to run.

It soldiered on for some time with the last subscriptions being taken out in November 2010, but the service will be discontinued next January.

Any saving graces?

Email on the go was fairly advanced back in 2004.

 

3. ActiMates 1997 – 2000

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A terrifying children’s toy

Why so awful?

Sold as educational toys, Actimates were capable of giving positive affirmation for correct answers to questions. The idea sounded good, but their failure stemmed from the inherent creepiness.

With the dolls modelled on popular children’s TV characters (the Tellytubbies, Barney and the anthropomorphic gang from Hey Arthur) and would suddenly come to life if they heard their own programme or theme tune in the background. The eeriness lead to poor sales and Actimates were pulled altogether in 2000.

Any saving graces?

Intentions were good.

 

2. Microsoft Bob Born and died in 1995

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A bona fide disaster

Why so awful?

Microsoft Bob was released in 1995 and was met with almost universal scorn. Even Microsoft themselves, who aren’t very vocal about their failures, admitted Bob was a disaster.

Ostensibly a user-friendly version of Microsoft’s Windows, it featured a household whose various accoutrements represented the programmes likely to be needed by a nineties computer user – for instance, if you clicked on the grandfather clock it would tell you the time, and if you selected the stack of envelopes you could send an e-mail. In reality it was a completely unworkable mess.

Any saving graces?

Not only were there no positives with Microsoft Bob, but it also saw the origins of the worst Microsoft flop of all time. Speaking of which…

 

1. That Damned Paperclip 1997 – 2007

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A public hate figure

Why so awful?

What can be said about the Microsoft Office Paperclip that hasn’t already been written before? The ‘assistant’, nicknamed Clippy, was designed to offer help on a wide variety of tasks but instead was intrusive and never seemed to get the hint that nobody wanted his help with writing a letter.

Microsoft were essentially press ganged into removing him due to a wave of criticism and bile, and it remains the most hated feature we’re yet to see on any operating system or program.

Any saving graces?

They did kill him eventually, albeit 10 years too late.

Read more: http://www.money.co.uk/misc/microsofts-biggest-flops-and-failures.htm#ixzz1Ombo8Wkq


Steve Jobs is expanding Apple to house 12k in a Mothership shape campus [Video]

Steve Jobs is expanding Apple’s existing Campus to house his ever growing team. Current Apple Campus can only house 2-3 thousand employee, but it really not enough. Thus Apple will be building a new campus to house their employees. The shape of the campus really look like a spaceship from the top!

Steve Jobs is just magical

Pretty cool, what is even cool is Steve Jobs trying to explain to the Cupertino City Council Members on his plans and how it will benefit to the residents there. I have to admit, he is good, the whole council sounds like they are all fan boys! The way he sell his building is as good as how he sells us his iPad!

Very interesting video, check it out!

Key facts about the new Apple campus from Techcrunch:

  • Design will include a courtyard in the middle and curved glass all the way around.
  • Jobs is planning on transforming an area that’s 20% landscaping to 80% landscaping by putting most of the building’s parking underground.
  • There are 3,700 trees in the area at the moment, Jobs has hired an arborist from Stanford to take the area up to 6,000 trees.
  • The plan is to build a four-story high building and four-story parking structure.
  • The campus will incude an energy center, and natural gas will be the primary source of power, using the grid as backup.
  • There will be an auditorium, fitness center and some R & D buildings.
  • Jobs plans a 40% increase in Apple employees going from 9,500 today to 13, 000 in 2015.
  • He wants to increase the campus’ space 20% from 2.6 million to 3.1 million square feet.
  • Landscaping will increase 60% from 3,700 to 6,000.
  • Surface parking will decrease 90% from 9,800 to 1,200 .
  • The building footprint will decrease 30% from 1.4 million to 1 million.
  • Cafeterias will fit 3,000 people at a sitting.
  • The whole building will be designed with the utmost concern for employee safety.
  • Apple currently has 20 buses running on bio-diesel fuel for its employees and Jobs thinks that system will work well with the new campus.
  • The plan for the new design will submitted asap, and Jobs hopes to break ground next year and move in 2015.

iCloud – Free, Calendar, Documents, Photo Stream and iTunes for iOS and Macs

iCloud is free

iCloud is free. This is the greatest news I have heard so far in WWDC 2011. Why? Because it is free for both iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even your Macs. Now we have a fully integrated cloud system running through all our iOS Devices and Macs.

Calendar on iCloud

Calendar will be sync to iCloud, so all your calendar data on your Macs, iPad or iPhone will be sync to the same data, and can be access via any devices.

Now data on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch will be backup daily to iCloud, so you won’t need to backup them via any PC/Macs. Data like purchased music, apps, books, camera rolls(photo & video), device settings and app data will be backup to icloud. So if we get a new iPhone, we can just key in our iTunes account ID and password, everything will be sync back to the new iPhone.

Documents on iOS devices and Macs will be able to be stored on iCloud. Not only documents can be stored on iCloud, it will be pushed to all iOS devices on the same account. It works like dropbox.

Photo Stream for all iOS and Macs!

Photo Stream is one of my favorite addition. Now everytime when I take a photo on my iPhone or iPad, it will be automatically uploaded to iCloud, which you can view on any iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Macs!

The cool thing is we not only can view, we also can save it down to the devices, like Macs. So we don’t need sync-ing virtually! Which save alot of effort! Pretty sweet. I love it! iCloud will store all photos for 30 days, and for the last 1000 photos. Of course, the copy in your devices will not be deleted.

Music can be downloaded via iTunes on up to 10 devices. So you can purchase 1 song, and redownload it up to 10 devices over the wifi. So you won’t have to sync up to copy the songs over. Pretty neat, although we in Singapore don’t really get to buy music over iTunes.

iTunes Match for iCloud

iTunes Match is a service that will “backup” your iTunes music into iCloud for all the music in your iTunes library. Of course you will think that it will take weeks to upload. No iTunes Match uses a very unique service and software that will scan your library and match all the music Apple already have in their store. They will only upload those songs that are not in their library, so it will only take minutes to upload your whole library! Pretty cool! But it is a paid service at $24.99 per year for iTunes Match.

 

 


iMessage – New messaging for iOS

New Messaging system – iMessage

iMessage is a new messaging system that Apple will be adding to iOS 5. Now message will now go through as data, so you can send not only text, photos, video, contacts and even group messages. iMessage will not only be on iPhone, it will also be on iPad and iPod Touch.

This is pretty cool, because we never had any messaging system on iPad or iPod Touch. Now we can actually use iPad as a messaging system, but we ain’t not sure is it tied to email address or iTunes account.

All iOS devices will sync up

But what we know is that all devices like iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch can be sync up with the same message if you tie them to the same account.


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