Monday, April 11, 2011

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Finally Agrees to Authorized Biography

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After long years of wonderfull inovations, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finnaly agreed to participate in something he has shunned for the length of his storied career. He's participating in a new - but authorized - book about his life, accomplishments, and legacy. The announcement came Sunday evening from publisher Simon & Schuster.
Modmyi reports "The authorized biography on Steve Jobs will be released early next year and deliver a previously unheard of level of access to and insight from the man who co-founded the tech empire that is Apple. And, as we understand it, the book will cleverly be titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs." To be sure, the entire tome won't be penned by Jobs. That responsibility will fall to Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author behind modern classic biographies of the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.
Rumors have swirled for months that Steve Jobs was close to authorizing an official book about his life and a writer to bring the story to life. But last night's announcement is the first official confirmation of the project to date. "This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world's greatest innovators," says Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster. "Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius."
According to the Associated Press, Isaacson has already been working on the biography for two years and has logged hundreds of hours of work, interviewing Steve Jobs, members of the Jobs family, colleagues at Apple and, yes, even competitors and longtime foes."
So will this biography be available on iBooks? will you be buying this biography? and in what purpose? ( education, respect, a historical event...) pls leave your comments below.

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Windows App Store: That’s just Microsoft being Microsoft

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Honestly, if the Windows App Store looked any different than the Mac App Store….that would be more shocking than this:


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Avian Securities sees iPhone 5 by Christmas 2011 or early 2012

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Research firm Avian Securities issued a note to clients today that will dash hopes of those that have been keeping their fingers crossed for the iPhone 5 this summer. According to the note based on checks with a key supplier , their analysts believe that the handset will go into production in September, which means it won’t land on store shelves before the end of this year, possibly even Q1 2012, reports Business Insider. Here’s what the note reads:

Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.


What do you guts think? Can Apple really be so confident in iPhone 4 to push back the iPhone 5 to early 2012. This would give anyone in the cutthroat cellphone business, especially the Android camp, ample time to run circles around the iPhone 4. Worse, such a highly unlikely scenario (in my personal opinion) means Apple would be missing on the all-important holiday shopping season because I doubt lots of people would buy last year’s phone – unless Apple slashes the price substantially. On the other hand, a Q1 2012 release makes sense if Apple wants the next iPhone to be a 4G LTE world phone.

This would give them an opportunity to use the updated Gobi chipset that combines more functions and consumes less power while giving carriers more time to deploy their LTE networks ahead of the iPhone 5′s release.





Pictured above: Third=party iPhone 4 metallic back sticker


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SCEA vs. Geohot: Sony wins a not-quite flawless victory

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Well, after all the talk of TROs, tweets, and YouTube user info, it seems that the SCEA vs. Geohot litigation has come to a rather uneventful conclusion. According to Sony's Playstation Blog, the case has been settled, and Hotz has agreed to a permanent injunction preventing him from distributing his PS3 jailbreak hack ever again. Of course, while this settlement has cowed the man who did the initial distribution deed, the jailbreak genie's out of the bottle, and no court order can ever put it back.

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Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed, Opening Door to AirPort Express Emulators

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Developer James Laird has reverse engineered the Airport Express private key and published an open source AirPort Express emulator called Shareport.

This program emulates an Airport Express for the purpose of streaming music from iTunes and compatible iPods. It implements a server for the Apple RAOP protocol.

Previously, the private key was unknown, which meant that only Apple's Airport Express or official 3rd party solutions could wirelessly stream music from iTunes or equivalent. Many existing solutions such as Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil have long been able to stream music to AirPort Express or other AirPlay devices, but not the other way around. A Hacker News commenter illumin8 spells it out:

Previously you could do this:

iTunes -- stream to --> Apple Airport Express

3rd party software -- stream to --> Apple Airport Express

Now you can do this:

iTunes -- stream to --> 3rd party software/hardware

Now, it seems unlikely that any hardware manufacturers will use the unauthorized information to create AirPlay-compatible hardware products, especially when there it is possible to be an officially licensed AirPlay partner. However, this does open the door to software solutions. iTunes music , for example, could be streamed to other Macs, non-Macs, customized consoles (Xbox 360), or mobile devices with the right software. The developer originally posted the key to the VideoLan developer mailing list in case there was interest in adding that feature to a future version of VLC.


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Three new iPad apps from Adobe: Eazel, Nav and Color Lava

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Adobe today launched Creative Suite 5.5. With it comes the new Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit that facilitates the creation of apps for smartphones and tablets that can talk to desktop Photoshop app. This opens interesting possibilities and Adobe announced three new iPad apps built using the new SDK that showcase several scenarios. Called Adobe Eazel, Adobe Nav and Adobe Color Lava, these programs will land on the App Store next month, priced between two to five bucks. Check out a video demonstration and brief app descriptions right below the fold.



Adobe Eazel is a finger-paint program that lets you sSend your artwork directly to Photoshop CS5 from any location, provided you have a network connection between your iPad and a computer.

As the name suggests, Adobe Nav lets you view Photoshop documents on your iPad as well as customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on iPad to easily access the tools you use most. You can browse, reorder, view and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on iPad, tap a document on iPad to make it the active document in Photoshop CS5 and more.

Adobe Color Lava is when you need to mix colors and create custom swatches on your tablet. Anything you create on an iPad is instantly available in Photoshop CS5. Adobe has detailed all three apps in cool videos, but we couldn’t embed them here so you’ll have to follow the links. Note that those apps don’t seem to be related to a new Photoshop Express app with layers Adobe recently demoed at Photoshop World. Included below is a promo clip that kinda sums up the idea of interacting with Photoshop CS5 via tablets.




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Wow! Online shopping with a Minority Report twist

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I was just blown away when I saw this new online shopping technology called 3LiveShop from Stockholm-based B-Reel and Hi3G Access. Instead of tirelessly skimming through endless static product lists, 3LiveShop lets you engage in a one-on-one video session with a sales rep. But instead of a dull Skype-like voice chat, the sales representative on the other end converses with the customer augmented-reality style via a multitouch screen.

This is where the fun part begins. The setup allows the sales rep to drag phone images and other useful information across the screen, seen by the shopper as cool Minority Report-like overlays on top of the video feed. It’s just too cool not to mention it here. Imagine this tech put to work at the online Apple store. Wonder how this works? Read on…




The setup on the sales rep side is fairly complex. In order to create an intimate augmented reality atmosphere, the technology involves high-resolution cameras, a multitouch touchscreen – even some mirrors.

Frontends for both the salesperson and the customer are connected to an existing e-commerce backend. Hardware components have been built by Teenage Engineering. The software component is based around Adobe Flash technology. B-Reel has only three units operational at the moment, but they plan on pitching the technology to a number of retailers.




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Adobe unveils Creative Suite 5.5 with subscription options

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True to its new mid-cycle release schedule, Adobe has upgraded the Creative Suite 5 suite to version 5.5. InDesign, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro and After Effects were all upgraded with new interactive features to help create rich HTML5 web apps, stereoscopic video and touch-based apps for smartphones and tablets. A new subscription-based model has debuted alongside the suite that lets you rent individual programs for a monthly or yearly fee.

Photoshop will set you back $35 a month, while the entire Design Premium CS 5.5 costs $95 on a monthly basis. The full CS 5.5 Mater Collection suite costs $129 a month. Additionally, open-source framework Flex 4.5 will land on the Mac in June.




Additionally, the company launched the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit that lets you create apps for smartphones and tablets and pledged to release three new Photoshop companion apps for iPad that utilize the new SDK. Macworld has a detailed overview of the new features. The new Creative Suite 5.5 will ship by the end of April via the Adobe Store in North America, Authorized Resellers and Adobe Direct Sales. The entire CS5.5 Master Collection costs $2,599. The Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium and Design Standard are priced at $1,899, $1,799, $1,699, $1,299, respectively.

Individual programs are also available, such as the $699 Photoshop, $999 Photoshop Extended, $249 Flash Builder 4.5 Standard, $699 Flash Builder 4.5 Premium, $399 Flash Catalyst, and $699 Flash Professional. As always, education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education is available.
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