How should one bring up children? Should one give them everything for which they ask? Or should one make them understand very early in life that some things are bad for them, whether it is physically or psychologically?
I wasn't sure whether to laugh, cry, admire or attempt to plait my eyebrows. You see, the interviewer offered her questions about Apple. The first was quite amusing: "Do you own an iPod, which is … Read more
Though a moot point now for consumers, in 2004 Sony came out with an ultrathin wedge-shaped laptop that was a progenitor of the MacBook Air, particularly Apple's 2010 incarnation.
At the Apple event this week in San Francisco, Steve Jobs said the new MacBook Air "is the future of notebooks." That's debatable of course but it's clear that PC makers like Sony and Hewlett-Packard already saw that kind of future a long time ago. The problem was that either their timing was off or they didn't execute the designs as well as Apple--or simply that the laptop was too expensive.
But Sony's offering may be one of the best examples of a laptop that pretty much matches Apple's design--except Sony did it six years ago. The nickel carbon body Vaio X505--no longer available--had some very impressive specs for its time. (See 2004 review.)
Like Apple's new Air, the Vaio X505 used an ultralow voltage Intel chip: a Pentium M "ULV" 1.1GHz processor. And similar to the Air, it was 0.38 inches at it thinnest point and 0.83 inches at its thickest (and keep in mind this was remarkably thin for a design that was probably conceived in 2002). The Sony X505 was smaller than the 11.6-inch Air, packing a 10.4-inch display,… Read more
The January release of a Verizon iPhone remains unconfirmed, but we may have still more grist for the ever-churning rumor mill. Call centers connected to the wireless carrier and Apple are hiring hundred of new positions over the next three months, according to job postings spotted by CNET.
The hiring companies, Salt Lake City-based Teleperformance and Kennesaw, Ga.-based Ryla, are hiring at facilities around the country, with Ryla advertising for 1,700 positions in Indiana, California, Virginia, and Colorado.
Though few of the job postings specify which company the new employees will be taking calls for, Teleperformance's Careerbuilder … Read more
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' well-known distaste for Adobe Flash on mobile devices is now extending to the Mac.
Many of us testing the new MacBook Air noted that surfing over to a site that requires a Flash plug-in to display video gets you the above screen, which is what happens when Flash hasn't been installed. Previously, Apple had done the installation for its customers--but no longer. Apple is now saying that Mac owners will have to do it themselves.
"We're happy to continue to support Flash on the Mac, and the best way for users to always … Read more
Apple CEO Steve Jobs proclaimed earlier this week that his company is leaving RIM in its dust, an now one industry analyst firm has stepped up to corroborate that.
GigaOm noted a Strategy Analytics' report today saying that Apple overtook RIM during the third quarter, shipping 15.4 million smartphones compared to RIM's 12.3 million.
Nokia, still the worldwide leader of smartphones, shipped 26.5 million devices. But it wasn't just Apple that improved: the entire smartphone market grew to 77 million units, 78 percent better than a year ago, the report states.
Dubbed Zappos Mobile, the free app provides the same service as the retailer's Web site. Users can sift through its selection of shoes and sneakers, choose their size, and buy the desired footwear from the app. The program also includes access to other Zappos products, including handbags, clothing, and accessories.
According to the company, purchases made through the application "are routed through Zappos.com's secure servers just as they are on the Web."
A company representative said that the Zappos iPad app had a "soft launch" … Read more
Can lightning strike twice for Apple in its quest for world software domination? Using the same system it pioneered on the iPhone, Apple is trying to bring its software-distribution system to users of its Mac OS.
Steve Jobs introduced the Mac App Store at a special Mac event on Wednesday, and he sounded very confident that his 600,000-strong Mac developer community would be interested in jumping on board. It will look and feel much like the iOS App Store, with paid and free sections, most popular lists, and apps highlighted by Apple. But will the same thing that works … Read more
Similar to the past MacBook Air design, Apple's new Air is under lock and key--or five-point Security Torx screws, to be exact. So, users will have to defer to Apple for upgrades, according to iFixit's teardown of the Air.
"The new MacBook Air is an exercise of proprietary engineering. While you can easily access everything once you remove the proprietary screws, you can't really replace any component with an off-the-shelf part," according to iFixit, which dissassembled the 11.6-inch model.
And iFixit offers some advice for prospective buyers: "Unfortunately, like all previous MacBook Airs, … Read more