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Rest in Peace: Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)

Posted in Technology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by prolifik1

There were rumors weeks ago that was accidentally leaked by mistake that Steve Jobs had passed away.  Without confirmation, the world continued to speculate on Mr. Job’s condition.

Today, it’s been confirmed by Apple representatives that he has indeed passed away.  Jobs has been in a constant battle with Pancreatic cancer since 2004.  Since then, he’s been in a constant battle with several health issues.  He resigned earlier this year, this past August as CEO of Apple and recommended that Tim Cook be his successor.

Apple is what it is today because of Steve Jobs.  Not only as a co-founder, he contributed to much of their current success with product developments such as their Mac OS, iPhone, and iPad.  The technology world would no longer be the same.  Would this affect how Apple would be perceived now that Jobs is gone?  Will it affect sales? Today officially marks a new age for Apple with Tim Cook at the helm.  Only time will tell on the future of Apple.

Simply a genius, a great entrepreneur, and true innovator.  You will be missed and I truly appreciate the contributions that you’ve made to not only the world of technology, but society itself.

Check out Gizmodo for more details.

Introducing the new Apple iPhone 4!

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by prolifik1

Well folks, the waiting has finally ended! This morning at the WWDC 2010 keynote, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the the 4th generation Apple iPhone! It has been highly speculated that it would soon arrive, after apparent leaks all over the world, including the infamous Gizmodo drama. (See: 4th Generation Apple iPhone Revealed)

Once again, the phone comes in either white or black. Great thing for those who want white, the phone is actually completely white now! Unlike the 3G and 3GS which only had a white plastic backing. That alone is a good start on a color change.

This phone is encased with a glass front and back. The internals consist of a band made out of stainless steel that goes around the whole phone which acts as an antenna system. It still uses the same GSM/UMTS radio used in previous iPhones, hence, the reason why this wasn’t called the 4G. AT&T doesn’t necessarily have that up and running as of yet.

They have finally incorporated a front facing camera. The rear camera that we’re use to on our previous iPhones now have a better lens, along with a LED flash. The iPhone now has a high resolution display which has doubled pixels now rated at 960 x 640. They dub it a “Retina Display.”

The new iPhone now operates on the A4 processor which is found in Apple’s iPad. The new iPhone also sports a smaller engine, despite the larger processor. With this in mind, Apple was able to incorporate a larger battery for longer talk time of 7 hours on 3G connection, 6 hours of 3G browsing, not to mention 10 hours of WiFi browsing (now supporting 802.11N), along with 10 hours of video. Most importantly, 40 hours of music!

The iPhone 4 will be sporting the newly renamed “iOS4” previously known as OS4, which was shown a few months back. (See: Apple iPhone OS 4)

The phone will be available on June 24th in either White or Black. The 16gb model will be retailing for $199 and $299 for the 32gb model.

The 3GS model will now drop to #99 dollars along with the complete discontinuation of the 3G version. Preorders begin next week all over the world which include the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Japan. Eighteen more countries will soon follow afterwards.

All in all, consider one sold! I’m due for an upgrade after having my 3G for 2 years now. At the same time, it’s not much of a major change performance wise. It’s mostly cosmetic along with the new OS, I’m pretty sure I can probably last another few years with my 3G. I would have to think about that one for a bit.

For those who really don’t care about AT&T and the new iPhone, it does bring good news for those who will consider getting an iPad. First and foremost, skip the first gen! The screen and camera specs announced for the new iPhone would most likely make its way for the second gen iPad, which could be probable for next year. A back camera, front face camera, along with a higher resolution screen would definitely make it worth waiting for. Why waste money on such a disappointment that the first gen is considered as?

source and photos: Engadget

For more on the story, checkout Engadget: iPhone 4 Announce

4th Gen Apple iPhone

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by prolifik1

Apparently, an Apple Software Engineer, Gray Powell had lost the new iPhone he was testing which was disguised as a iPhone 3GS at a local bar up in Redwood City, CA. Now it’s in the hands of the folks over at Gizmodo. It probably was intentional since Apple did not take any action or trip off the fact that they posted tons of photos of it on their website.

Looks good, has similarities with the iPad when it comes to the trim area. Good thing I held off on the 3GS, once this comes out, perfect timing for an upgrade.

Details

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s Changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

The hardware specs

The phone measures 4.50 by 2.31 by 0.37 inches. It weighs 140 grams. The 3GS weighs 137 grams on a postal scale (and 135 on Apple’s official measurements). So, in comparison, it’s 3 grams heavier. The battery is 5.25 WHr at 3.7V, compared to the 3GS battery, which is 4.51 WHr at 3.7V. On the back of the phone, it said it was XX GB, but since we were unable to get the phone to a running state, we couldn’t see exactly how large it was.

Video

For more on the actual article along with additional photos, click on the following link: Gizmodo – Apple’s Next iPhone

Update: 5-12-2010

Here is another next gen iPhone that happens to appear lost on the other side of the globe.

Chip Specs:

APL0398 339S9084 <- Apple A4
K4X2G643GE <- 256 MB Samsung DRAM (two dies)

The same as the A4 processor in the iPad

Video:

Source via Gizmodo

Apple iPad/iPhone Owners: Turn iPhone into a wireless iPad Camera!

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by prolifik1

Saw this over via Gizmodo

I thought it was pure genius! I love these types of apps! I don’t have an iPad to test it out on, but for those who own an iPad and an iPhone, feel free to try it out!

All you need to do is download the Camera A and Camera B apps onto your iPad and iPhone respectively—note that Camera A will set you back a buck while Camera B is free. Once you’ve got the apps on your devices, make sure bluetooth is switched on, and open the apps. Ta da! You’ll see everything your iPhone’s lens sees on your iPad.

To take a picture you’ll tap the camera icon at the bottom of your iPad’s screen. A pop up prompt will ask you if you really want to save the photo and that’s it, you’re done. Oh, and if you want photos to save to both your iPhone and your iPad each time, then you can flip the little toggle switch in the lower right of the screen:

First Look: iPhone OS 4 Multi-tasking

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by prolifik1

Here’s a video following the keynote that shows a sneak peak on how multi-tasking works in the new OS 4.

Apple iPhone OS 4

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by prolifik1

Today, Apple held its keynote presentation this morning unveiling the new OS 4 for the Apple iPhone.  My thoughts, I’m not impressed at all.  I have a jailbroken 3G and I’ve had these features for almost 2 years of owning my iPhone. Only thing my lacks is the speed of a 3GS. It’s funny how Apple finally implements features that other independent/home brew developers have already done via jailbreak.

Not having the new Apple multi-task feature for older models like the 3G is a slap in the face. I’ve already had this feature and it handles just fine. I wouldn’t consider it much of a slap in the face for 2G users since they obviously need to upgrade already.

I guess it’s safe to say, those who aren’t too tech savvy on performing the available hacks that can be done on the iPhone can pretty much appreciate the new OS 4.

Here is a  run down of what the best features were as brought to you by Gizmodo.

Multitasking: It’s here, finally. It’s handled with a simple task switcher: double click your home button, and you get a list of running apps. Select, switch, done. Multitasking is limited to audio streaming, VoIP and GPS apps, as well as a few other allowances: they can finish specific, important tasks in the background, for example. As far as non-music/nav/VoIP apps, those can be suspended in the background, but not left running. (See below.) Full details here.

Fast app switching: With iPhone 4’s multitasking, most apps aren’t actually running in the background—just certain functions of the app, like an audio stream or a GPS lock. But! All apps can now be frozen, in full, so that when you reopen them, they’re restored to exactly the state they were in when they were closed.

Local notifications: Notifications can be sent between apps on the phone, not just from remote servers. In other words, if something important happens in an app you’ve opened and moved away from, a notification will pop up in whatever app you’re using at the time, effectively saying “switch back to me!” It’s a fairly clever way to keep track of multiple apps without the need for a start bar or dock-type interface. From Apple’s dev guidelines:

The advantage of local notifications is that they are independent of your application. Once a notification is scheduled, the system manages the delivery of it. Your application does not even have to be running when the notification is delivered.

Apple’s official line:

iPhone OS 4‘s new multitasking offers users a new way to quickly move between apps, and provides developers seven new multitasking services to easily add multitasking features to their apps. These services include background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user is running other apps. iPhone OS 4 provides multitasking to third party apps while preserving battery life and foreground app performance, which has until now proved elusive on mobile devices.

And some more technical details, again from Apple’s developer guidelines:

An application can request a finite amount of time to complete some important task. An application can declare itself as supporting specific services that require regular background execution time. An application can use local notifications to generate user alerts at designated times, whether or not the application is running.

App folders: Now you can sort your apps into folders! That’s homescreen clutter solved, just like that. Apple’s description:

Folders help users better organize and quickly access their apps. Simply drag one app icon onto another, and a new folder is automatically created. The folder is automatically given a name based on the App Store category of that app, such as “Games,” which the user can easily rename. Using folders, users can now organize and access over 2,000 apps on their iPhone.

2160, to be exact.

A new Mail app: Unified inboxes, multiple Exchange accounts, fast inbox switching, threaded messages: These new features are actually a huge deal, since the iPhone’s mail client has barely changed since 2007, and Apple doesn’t allow alternative mail apps. Apple’s pitch:

iPhone OS 4 delivers the best mail experience on a mobile phone with its new Unified Inbox, allowing users to see messages from all their email accounts displayed together in a single inbox. With just a few taps, users can quickly switch between inboxes to see messages from any single account.

iBooks: Oh hey, that iBooks ebook reader app and accompanying ebook store we first met on the iPad has ambled on down to the iPhone. Nice, since you can now take your books with you wherever you go, as oppose to wherever you go with your iPad.Custom backgrounds: Jailbreakers have them. Hell, the iPad has them. Now you can choose a persistent background for your iPhone—and not just for the lockscreen.

Game Center: Apple’s going to roll out a centralized gaming service—a multiplayer network like PSN or Xbox Live—to help connect games to one another, by the end on the year. There are 3rd-party services that already do this, like OpenFeint. They will probably die. Full details here.

iAd advertising: It looks like Apple’s finally making use of Quattro, that mobile ad company it gobbled up a few months ago, by rolling out its own advertising platform, a turnkey ad plugin for app developers called iAd. The theory here is that instead of relying on links to external websites, which pull users out of apps whenever they tap on an ad, developers can use Apple’s new tools to keep people in the app while still showing them advertising—sort of like popover browser windows. You can watch videos, play games, and even buy apps from within these ads. This is in the iPhone OS 4 developer tools, but it’s not explicitly a part of OS 4, so you won’t see apps with iAds until later this year. Full details here.

5x digital zoom: Could this hint at a higher quality camera in the next hardware? 3.2 megapixels seems a bit low for 5x digital zoom.

Bluetooth keyboards: Another carryover from the iPad, Bluetooth keyboard support will finally come to iPhone 4.

• A bevy of other new developer features, including 1500 new APIs to play with: See here for more details.

Preorders for the Apple iPad…

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by prolifik1

Apple.com is now taking pre-orders for the iPad. I’ll hold off when this thing goes down in price. I’ll settle not being an early adopter of this thing. I also think it’s a bit over rated too. The iPad is set to release on April 3, 2010. Links for preorders and reservations can be found below.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE AND PICKUP

Damn homie, Apple sues HTC…

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by prolifik1

Looks like Apple is getting shook up with up with potential competition. They didn’t seem worried about going after companies that tried to copy in them in the past, in attempts to overthrow the reigning Apple iPhone. Now, they feel as if they should go after those that copy them now, even more so, infringe on their so called patents.  Apple is suing HTC “related to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.” This lawsuite is over 20 patents that HTC is accused of infringing.

Here are the following patents that Apple is suing over: via Gizmodo

The ‘331 Patent, entitled “Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States,” was duly and legally issued on April 22, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The ‘949 Patent, entitled “Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics,” was duly and legally issued on January 20, 2009 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘949 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit B.

The ‘849 Patent, entitled “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,” was duly and legally issued on February 2, 2010 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘849 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit C.

The ‘381 Patent, entitled “List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display,” was duly and legally issued on December 23, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘381 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit D.

The ‘726 Patent, entitled “System And Method For Managing Power Conditions Within A Digital Camera Device,” was duly and legally issued on July 6, 1999 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘726 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit E.

The ‘076 Patent, entitled “Automated Response To And Sensing Of User Activity In Portable Devices,” was duly and legally issued on December 15, 2009 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘076 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit F.

The ‘105 Patent, entitled “GMSK Signal Processors For Improved Communications Capacity And Quality,” was duly and legally issued on December 8, 1998 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘105 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit G.

The ‘453 Patent, entitled “Conserving Power By Reducing Voltage Supplied To An Instruction-Processing Portion Of A Processor,” was duly and legally issued on June 3, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘453 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit H.

The ‘599 Patent, entitled “Object-Oriented Graphic System,” was duly and legally issued on October 3, 1995 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘599 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit I.

The ‘354 Patent, entitled “Object-Oriented Event Notification System With Listener Registration Of Both Interests And Methods,” was duly and legally issued on July 23, 2002 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ‘354 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit J.

United States Patent No. 5,481,721 entitled “Method for Providing Automatic and Dynamic Translation of Object Oriented Programming Language-Based Message Passing Into Operation System Message Passing Using Proxy Objects,” issued on January 2, 1996…

United States Patent No. 5,519,867 entitled “Object-Oriented Multitasking System,” issued on May 21, 1996…

United States Patent No. 6,275,983 entitled “Object-Oriented Operating System,” issued on August 14, 2001…

United States Patent No. 5,566,337 entitled “Method and Apparatus for Distributing Events in an Operating System,” issued on October 15, 1996…

United States Patent No. 5,929,852 entitled “Encapsulated Network Entity Reference of a Network Component System,” issued on July 27, 1999…

United States Patent No. 5,946,647 entitled “System and Method for Performing an Action on a Structure in Computer-Generated Data” issued on August 31, 1999…

United States Patent No. 5,969,705 entitled “Message Protocol for Controlling a User Interface From an Inactive Application Program,” issued on October 19, 1999…

United States Patent No. 6,343,263 entitled “Real-Time Signal Processing System for Serially Transmitted Data,” issued on January 29, 2002…

United States Patent No. 5,915,131 entitled “Method and Apparatus for Handling I/O Requests Utilizing Separate Programming Interfaces to Access Separate I/O Service” issued on June 22, 1999…

United States Patent No. RE39,486, entitled “Extensible, Replaceable Network Component System,” reissued on February 6, 2007…

I’m interested to see how this turns out. Check out Gizmodo for following updates pending on this lawsuit.