Category Archives: Apple

Intel NUC DC3217IYE and OS X 10.9

As many of you know by now, contrary to my recent article ‘Heading Over to the Dark Side‘ about moving away from Apples iPhone operating system and experiencing Android in any great anger, I am still a big fan of Apple’s products, including their very expensive Mac Pro starting at an eye-watering at $A3,999.00 and heading on up to their heart stopping $A5,299.00 for their 6-core system.

As much as I would like one of those, even their base Mac Mini at a little more reasonable $A749.00 is a little too expensive for me at the moment.

If you are familiar with this blog you will have read my tutorial ‘A Mac Pro at Quarter of the Price‘ where I go through selecting the correct hardware (similar to what Apple uses in their systems) to build yourself a powerful Mac Pro for a quarter of the price of buying a genuine Mac from them.

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Tech Videos from Around the Web…

Today I want to post three videos that I have found from around the web.  I think they give a great understanding of how technology has progressed over the last 25 years.

The Mac in 1985

We start with a video that was produced by The Computer Chronicles where they demonstrate the latest in the Mac Hardware and Software and where it is heading.  The quality isn’t great, but it is 1985 after all….



A look at Japan’s underground bicycle parking system

Secondly we take a look at something that I think that should be adopted by all major cities.  Now I know Japan (although I have never been, but hope to visit in the near future) is a nation that loves to travel around the city by Bicycle and have far more of the things than other cities (combined, probably).

This system is absolutely fantastic…  I will shut up and let Danny Choo of Culture Japan show you how it works.


Photoshop Live – Street Retouch Prank

Finally we have the Photoshop Live – Street Retouch Prank.  This thing made me cry with laughing.  I would love to see this done here in my home town.  Just watch it you will be amazed at how quick they are able to edit photos and the peoples reactions.

WWDC-2013 Keynote (iOS-7, OSX-Mavericks, Mac Pro…) Roundup!

If you guys haven’t already realized, the Worldwide Developers Conference of 2013 (WWDC-2013) is underway in the United States, and if you were among the unlucky few (thousand) not to get a ticket in the 72 seconds it took for the conference to sell out, you can now watch the entire Keynote Address right on the Apple Website.

I would have loved to have put an embedded version of the video for you guys to watch but it is yet to be made available, but you can get to it by clicking on the logo below.  Just be sure to head back here to find out what Apple announced…

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All Things Digital: Tim Cook Gives Us An Impression of Where Apple is Heading…

Quick post today just to point you in the direction of an interesting Interview Video over at All Things Digital website with Tim Cook.  He gives us an impression of where Apple is heading and where he wants to take Apple.

I am not able to embed the video here for you unfortunately.  I suspect this will become available on YouTube at some point, so for the time being you will need to use the link below to view the video.

All Things Digital Tim Cook Interview

iTunes 11: The wait is almost over! or is it?

Apple delayed the release of  iTunes 11 from its original scheduled release date of 31st October, promising it would arrive sometime in late November.  Stating that “…the new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we want to take a little extra time to get it right…”  I think Apple were not wanting to risk a similar situation the company had over the release of the Maps app, and having to write another apology letter for releasing a piece of software that was not quite finished.

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Update: Developments in JFK iPad Mini Heist – Arrests Made

Following on from my previous article U.S. Citizens May Have to Wait a Little Longer for their iPad Mini… U.S. Federal agents have arrested a man they believe is connected to the theft.

Renel Rene Richardson has been arrested in connection with the heist, where it was believed that 3,600 iPad Mini’s were stolen from JFK Airport last week worth a reported $1.5 million, which is now thought to be worth more in the region of $1.9 million due to the more valuable 64-Gigabyte version with cellular being included in the ones stolen.

Richardson was arrested by the FBI after he allegedly made suspicious inquiries to co-workers about the shipment, as well as where he might gain access to a forklift truck.

The building from which the iPads were stolen, was the site of the infamous Lufthansa heist, in which $5 million in cash and $875,000 worth of jewelry were stolen.  This particular heist was featured in the 1990 film “GoodFellas”, starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Richardson is reported to of been working at the Cargo Air Services building, and had two further people helping him.  It is alleged that he acted as the lookout, whilst the two accomplices loaded the two pallets of iPad Mini’s on to a truck.

Richardson reportedly accompanied Port Authority detectives in the search for the truck used in the heist.  It is however, unknown if any of the stolen iPads have been recovered.

If any further details come to light, I will update here.


Apple OSX 10.9 – Rumored to be Called ‘Lynx’

Ever since OS X was released in 2001, Apple have used the names of big cats to give it a codename.  We have seen, Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and the current version Mountain Lion (10.8).  Which leaves only one version of Mac OS X to go (10.9).

Apple currently has two unused cat names trademarked, Lynx and Cougar.  However, Cougar is really another name for a Mountain Lion, so this only leaves Lynx as the likely candidate.  The website is stated as having information from an internal Apple source, who has said they have had sight of internal paperwork finalizing the name of the up-coming operating system.

If Apple sticks to its traditional timing of unveiling new operating systems, we can expect a public viewing at its Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in June 2013.  We may even see early preview versions appearing in the first quarter of 2013.

There is little known about what features are expected in version 10.9.  It is however rumored that they will integrate Siri and Maps to the new build, which will follow Apple’s continuing theme of bringing more iOS features to its Operating System.  It is believed that the Maps integration will simply be an API available to developers to integrate it to their applications.  (I only hope they make a better version this time around and not have a repeat of the iPhone and iPad debacle).

U.S. Citizens May Have to Wait a Little Longer for their iPad Mini…

…as two thieves steal Apple’s shipment of iPad Mini’s from JFK Airport Monday (November 12, 2012).  An estimated value of $1.5 million.  According to the New York Post.
They struck shortly before midnight and used one of the airport’s own forklift trucks to load two pallets of the tablet computers onto a truck, according to law-enforcement sources.  It is believed they might have gotten away with more, but they were forced to leave three further pallets after they were challenged by airport staff returning from a break.

The thieves are still at large, and investigators are suspecting an inside job.    It is believed that the two thieves arrived at Building 261 around 11pm in a white tractor trailer marked with the name CEVA on the side, according to sources.  They pulled up to the side of the airport building that faces onto the street that has less security than the airport side.

Investigators, believe that someone let them into the area and let them out after grabbing what they could.

It is estimated that they got away with approximately 3,600 of the new iPad Mini’s believed to be destined for U.S. Customers around the country.  Apple is scheduled to release the cellular versions of their new tablet on Friday, and it is believed it was these that were a shipment from China.

In 1978, a group stole $5 million in cash and $900,000 in Jewelry from the same building.  Adjusting for inflation, in today’s valuations it is estimated thieves have managed to get away with approximately $21 million in goods and cash.

Let’s hope Apple remembered to switch on ‘Find my iPad’ and the thieves are caught… I suspect it is going to be quite difficult to sell these on.


Apple iOS6 Maps Review **Big Thumbs Down**

I thought I would never say this, but I am seriously disappointed with the quality of the new mapping application recently released by Apple.

If you have read many of the articles I have posted on this here blog, you will know that I have been a fan of Apple for many years and really love the quality of their products.  I have only recently purchased a new MacBook Air laptop, and was not disappointed with its quality and abilities.  I still stand by what I have said for these many years, I will never go back to a Windows based machine.

However, Apple have recently released iOS6, their latest iteration of their ever popular operating system for iPhone and iPad.  As part of this release they decided they would no longer use Google as the mapping solution on the iPhone and release a version of their own.

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I’ve Been Adding to Apple Profits… MacBook Air 13″ Review

I have been buying myself yet another computer.  Yes! you guessed it… it is a Mac (wouldn’t have anything else).  My MacBook Pro laptop that I purchased from new in 2006, was beginning to show its age, but only in terms of software.  When Apple released the new OSX Mountain Lion they removed support for some of the older Macs.  Although this didn’t mean I couldn’t use my computer any longer, but it meant that I would not be able to upgrade to the latest operating system or any future releases.

The computer itself was in extremely good condition, considering the amount of use it had seen over the six years of its life.  I have to say when Apple built the original MacBook Pro back in 2006, they did it right.  The mouse, the keyboard, the palm rests showed hardly any signs of use.

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