Thursday, 8 November 2012

Pixar baptizes the main building of the campus by the name of Steve Jobs

The Steve Jobs Building . This is how Pixar have decided to call in the largest building on campus have to honor Steve Jobs , Apple co-founder and one of the leaders of that Pixar is the company that is now. There is a simple tribute: the design of the building was also under evaluation and reviews of Steve, who said that the resort had to be centered around a large atrium to facilitate collaboration among staff.
Jobs was one of those who financed Pixar in its early days before the premiere of the movie Toy Storybecame the losses into profits. Also was its CEO temporarily in 2004 and even with a salary of one dollar a week was able to amass four billion dollars thanks to the actions of Disney and Pixar purchase by the legendary studio in 2006.

Five questions and answers on Fusion Technology Drive

If we ignore the design of the new iMac, the technology introduced in the last painting more interesting keynote Fusion Drive is an evolution of what we mean by hybrid disk write speed and meets high capacity storage with a low cost.
But technology always arouses much interest as well, but unfortunately Apple explanations are rather brief. Luckily the company has published a small paper with questions and answers related to the technology. Here the most interesting points of the document.

Fusion Drive in the software is the key

  • Do I need to configure Fusion Drive? When you order an iMac or Mac mini with Fusion Drive, and comes preconfigured.
  • Can I add external hard drives USB , FireWire or Thunderbolt to Fusion Drive? Unable to add external drives to Fusion Drive.
  • I can add? Hard disk partition with Fusion Drive? Using Disk Utility can add a hard disk partition in Fusion Drive. After adding the partition, the "+" in Disk Utility that allows you to add additional partitions will turn gray. You can not partition the flash storage.
  • If I create a disk partition hard, you will be part of Fusion Drive? additional partitioning is not part of Fusion Drive. The new partition is a separate volume physically located on the hard drive.
  • Can add a Windows partition? can create an additional partition on the hard disk with Fusion Drive. You can either create a partition Mac OS X or a Windows partition.

Very interesting points and allow us to get a clearer idea of ​​the technology and how it really works, here are some interesting conclusions considering the said premises.
  • The technology is based on hardware, if not in software, and in the absence of official confirmation seems that there are many impediments to two disks can act in such manner.
  • The "magic" puts OS X 10.8.2 and a new management system capable of using this specific discs.
  • The latest version of OS X includes a special version of Disk Utility and is the only one able to read the configuration of Fusion Drive. In the same way the device can not be used in Target mode with any team that makes use of a later version 10.8.2 and can not be started (albeit to repair) for an earlier version of the system .
  • The disk SSD is "closed", that means that the system does not allow us to make any changes to it nor have any control over it.
  • Although there is no limitation when you partition to install Windows or OS X other facilities, these facilities operate only in the HDD and therefore will not be able to use the extra speed offered by this technology.
Very interesting all points and we discover, or affirm, that Fusion Drive is based solely on software so only Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.2 is able to make use of these advantages.

Monday, 5 November 2012

DMCA rules it's okay to jailbreak your iPhone, but not your iPad

The DMCA Have Concluded That Jailbreaking Smartphones Is Legal, But Jailbreaking Tablets And Unlocking Smartphones Is Not.

The Digital Millennium Copyright was introduced to essentially make it illegal for people to bypass digital rights management schemes. After passing the DMCA in 1998 however, Congress gave the Librarian of Congress the power to grant certain exemptions, which will be in force for three years. 

Jailbreaking, as well as unlocking smartphones has been on the list of these exemptions since 2010, but this year both exemptions expire and as such the DMCA revisited the topic. 
DMCA final decision:
The new batch of exemptions illustrate the fundamentally arbitrary nature of the DMCA’s exemption process. For the next three years, you’ll be allowed to jailbreak smartphones but not tablet computers. You’ll be able to unlock phones purchased before January 2013 but not phones purchased after that.
The DMCA has decided that Jailbreaking smartphones will remain legal, but as for tablets, this is a different story. The Librarian “found significant merit to the opposition’s concerns that this aspect of the proposed class was broad and ill-defined, as a wide range of devices might be considered ‘tablets,’ notwithstanding the significant distinctions among them in terms of the way they operate, their intended purposes, and the nature of the applications they can accommodate. For example, an e-book reading device might be considered a ‘tablet,’ as might a handheld video game device or a laptop computer .” So, essentially the DMCA could not make Jailbreaking tablets legal because the definition of a tablet was too broad.
As for unlocking, you indeed read right. The DMCA has reverted on its previous stance of permitting users to unlock their phones to take them to a new carrier (examples of this include using software like UltraSn0w to unlock an iPhone and then taking it to another carrier). This exemption will mean phones purchases after January 2013 can only be legally unlocked with the carrier’s permission. A phone that you are currently in possession of, or a phone you purchase between now and next January, can be still legally unlocked.
The reason why the DMCA reverted on its stance of unlocking is because of two key factors. The first has to do with a 2010 ruling that states when you purchase software, you don’t actually own it. Rather, you merely license it according to the terms of the End User Licence Agreement. The second is because there are more unlocked phones on the market than there ever has been, and most wireless carriers have liberal policies for unlocking their handsets.

MuscleNerd tweeted the bad news earlier and it was obvious he was disappointed by the DMCA’s rulings. There is absolutely no logical reason why Jailbreaking an iPhone should be legal, but Jailbreaking an iPad should not be. One must understand though that just because unlocking smartphones and Jailbreaking tablets did not become an exemption, it does not necessarily mean it is illegal. It just means that it is not protected.

The iOS 6.1 version will allow Siri buy movie tickets, only in the U.S.

The new version of iOS 6.1 introduced an innovation that affects Sir, the voice assistant Apple. As developers have noted that you have access to the beta, now Siri is able to buy movie tickets through Fandango .
When you ask Siri will appear on a movie information and an option through which you can access on Fandango and so buying tickets. If the application does not have Fandango Siri will allow us to download from the App Store.
All of the new service time will be exclusively in the United States . Maybe, hopefully, do not delay to get alternative options and compatible with Siri in other countries. Anyway it is not a vital feature.
The truth is that Siri voice assistant and online shopping services combined with Passbook can be more interesting than the short term. Anyway patience, that before these developments are other major issues resolved.

Hides any application without Jailbreak iOS

A few weeks ago our colleague Peter showed us one of the best tricks I've seen for iOS, an application that can hide the icon of "Kiosk" our iOS devices (I personally find this feature nonsense) to have more space for other applications or simply because they do not give any use that feature of the system.
Now comes an even better idea than that, is the ability to hide any system applications (those included standard with iOS) singly from Passbook. To do this follow these steps:
  • Add this card to Passbook ( Click here from your iPhone using Safari )
  • Once added pressed the button information at the bottom of the card.
  • Browse through the list until you find the application you want to hide (they are listed all of the system)
  • Click on the link that accompanies the name of each application .
  • Install the application and once you show an error message click the option "OK".
  • Now you hold the icon for that application and eliminate it as if it were any other application.
The instructions can be somewhat confusing, but in the video that accompanies this post you can see all the steps explained simply. Also remember that each time you restart your computer again applications and more importantly, this is simply a bug in the system so that once Apple corrects it will stop working.

Apple sold three million iPads in three days

News how are you and the truth is not as flashy as before in the Apple world. Yes, it is true that figures remain brutal but being accustomed to them so we would not be surprised were sold in this way .
But back to the main thing. Apple has sold three million iPads (iPad iPad Mini and fourth generation) in three days. A figure that doubles the data from the previous release, the new iPad (3rd generation). It is curious as Apple does not break down the figures as it does on other occasions. Now provides altogether.
This could be because one of the two models has not had the expected sales by the iPad? Apostáis fourth generation? I do. The new fourth generation iPad despite its processor and lightning connector is not as attractive for whom already have iPad, even as the iPad 2. In addition, the iPad and its 7.9-inch mini itself that attract attention.
It is therefore logical that the iPad mini is dazzling to all users who try it. We will see in future keynotes or news releases if taken for separate sales. But especially as the iPad mini to affect iPad sales .

iPhone 5 dock by Belkin

The new connector Lightning and technical characteristics is not yet causing little accessories ... rectified, there is no accessory beyond cable adapters that Apple sells. And one of the most at fault throw some users is a dock for the iPhone 5 . Belkin knows it and seize the moment.
Belkin has introduced a base for the iPhone 5 with which we can charge and sync our device. But beware, there is a small detail that we know, we have to use the power of Apple Lightning. So, this is a medium that itself includes an auxiliary audio connection.
The base has a price of $ 29. And the design is not ugly. At least until we see a solution that already include accessories such connection. While looking for a base to keep and place your new iPhone can know where to start.

They have also launched a cable to charge the iPhone 5 through the cigarette lighter . Its price is also $ 29 but if you have a car charger with free USB brings you more like buying a second cable has Lightning for 19 euros.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Apple Introduces New 7.9-Inch iPad Mini Starting at $329

As rumored, Apple announced the new iPad mini at today's media event. The device features a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels, measures just 7.2 millimeters thin and weighs 0.68 pounds. 

Internally, the iPad Mini has a dual-core A5 processor, a Facetime HD camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and 4G LTE cellular connectivity in some models. Despite its smaller size, the iPad mini still offers up to 10 hours of battery life.
“iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless―all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.”
With the same resolution as the iPad 2, all existing iPad apps that work on the older iPad 2 will work on the iPad mini without any need for developers to make modifications to their existing apps. 

The iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model, with the 32 GB Wi-Fi model priced at $429 and the 64 GB Wi-Fi model coming in at $529. The models with cellular capability cost an additional $130. 

Pre-orders for the iPad mini will start on Friday, October 26 with the Wi-Fi models shipping on November 2 and the cellular models starting to ship two weeks later.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The iPhone dominates the smartphone web traffic, a fact that is not surprising

The iPhone and iPad have long leading web traffic statistics from mobile devices. Since 2009 operating systems iOS and Android is split 75% of mobile web traffic , a fact that probably already has increased.Chitika published new results in which the iPhone has 43% of the web traffic carried by the smartphone in the U.S. and Canada .
As we see in the graph, the iPhone 5 is 3%, followed by the Samsung Galaxy SIII with 2%, other models of iPhone or Samsung take the 43% and 15% respectively and the remaining 37% end for other manufacturers. Of course, it should be noted the data are taken from the United States and Canada.Something that could change at various points if we do globally. And is that Samsung, for example, that Apple is stronger in some countries.
Anyway, the truth is that not surprising that Apple devices you maintain such high figures and the first position in most places, like the iPad in October last year generated the 97.3% of web traffic from tablet . . And not because other options are not connected to the internet but it seems the iOS user gives more use the web browser while a percentage of users of Android, RIM or Windows Phone now make more use of e-mail and instant messaging only.
As always are statistics that give us information but we must interpret them and give them a fair importance, nothing less . What I do is I have no interest in seeing how the situation will be in six months when Microsoft set up its products, especially for the moment seems Surface generated much interest . Although data are certainly know through our fellow Engadget Windows .

Samsung did not try to copy the design of the iPad

More or less is the phrase that Apple will have to publish because of the judgment that Judge Colin Birss ruled . A trial in the UK and this time does not end favorably for the Cupertino company. As it did in the one held in the United States and for which Samsung was convicted of some of the demands imposed. Having to pay an astronomical amount, 1.052 billion dollars in damages.
Now it seems that Apple will not have to make any financial payment but will have to clarify ads where consumers and users that Samsung did not try to copy the design of the iPad . Anyway, the most interesting is a detail of how it should be done. According to the judge's instructions, the text should use the Arial typeface and type size not less than 14 points.
Considering how the image looks and uses typefaces think it's curious decision by the judge. Since then we had given them the lace if the message had to post in Comic Sans . Do not you think?Thanks to all who have sent us information about the case.

The remote for the Xbox 360, the best option for your games on Mac

The Mac platform has never been known in the world of gamers, the lack of variety compared to the offer of the Windows world has always been there. The number of users running Mac increases every day and this causes have more choice in variety within the world of video games . The last we knew yesterday, which would play a section in his famous Mac store .
Now what many want is a gamepad compatible. In stores we can find some models from manufacturers like Logitech but there is a recommended option. Indeed, for me the best choice to play on Mac is to use the Xbox 360 controller.
To operate the remote the first thing to do is to download the necessary driver . A driver that you can download for free from Tattiebogle . When we assemble the image. Dmg and install. Now, when connecting a remote Xbox 360 can go to our Mac System Preferences pane and see, within the new preference installed, Xbox 360 Controllers, as given device.

Usually, there is nothing else to do. now every game we execute and allow their control with a gamepad can play comfortably and with one of the best gamepad the moment , for many and for me too, the better. One last note, this is for Xbox 360 controls wired USB . If we connect the wireless model will have to have the adapter, sold both separately and together with the version of the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows.

Comex, the creator of JailbreakMe, leaves his post at Apple

A little over a year since we know that Nicholas Allegra, known as Comex and head of the tool with which to implement the JailbreakMe Jailbreak iOS devices conveniently from a web page, he went to work for Apple taking it as a new challenge as mentioned in an interview to TechCrunch. Now the hacker has decided to leave his position at Apple to continue with studies that had left off in college.

Monday, 15 October 2012

First docks and cables with third Lightning for iPhone 5

Apple may have decided to break the tradition of offering a dock accessory for the iPhone 5 following the presentation of new connector Lightning but of course, it has only to encourage other companies to offer their own solutions ... and that despite to Cupertino people are not putting it easier for manufacturers who want to take the tiny connector.

Lightning connector cables have a chip authentication so that only licensed manufacturers can produce, and Apple is showing very cautious about granting these licenses, requiring personally inspect the factories to ensure certain quality standards.

Companies like TLD have avoided the problem by offering the Lightning Cable Connector to USB Apple official with his stylish Lightning Dock for the iPhone 5 comes in three versions: wood, anodized aluminum and black anodized aluminum, each more attractive than before. Its base is priced at $ 24.95(without cable) but also offer an alternative model with a Plexiglas backing for 29.95 if we trust to make the connector (on the other hand, pretty solid, all-metal ) support the weight of the phone by itself.

Instead iPhone5mod has attained the original authentication chips Apple and launched a very similar dock to which the company was far from the apple and a cable with Lightning and lights LED s that will delight lovers modding. We can buy them separately at a price of $ 19.90 each or together in a pack for $ 39.90.
The interesting thing is that although the guys iPhone5mod sure they use the original chip also reported that hackers have obtained chips that bypass the Apple authentication system so soon would not be surprising that a significant increase asistiésemos Lightning unauthorized accessories.