Archived entries for Apple

Apple announces the iPad


Computing will never be the same again. Steve Jobs just announced the iPad, a personal computer/pmp/mobile device all combined.

The tech pundits as usual are quick to write it off saying “don’t need one”, “doesn’t have a camera”, “no multitasking”, “no flash”, etc. However, I strongly feel that it is here to stay, and that it will probably change the way we compute on a day to day basis.

The iPad would be great for consuming media – your RSS feeds, tweets, etc. Moreover, it is by far the best device for browsing the web, for email, watching photos & videos, playing games and of course – for reading books.

It is also very competitively priced, and those considering buying a first/second computer for their homes will increasingly choose the iPad over netbooks and PC alternatives. Microsoft – Watch out!

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Stunning Keynote Presentations

Before you continue reading, I’d like to ask you a question:
Have you ever watched a Steve Jobs Keynote?

If the answer is YES: skip the following video and continue reading.
If the answer in NO: do yourself a favour – watch this sample video now!

Apple Keynote presentations are simply stunning!

I’ve always been inspired by them: as they are simple, yet very effective in conveying the message. They could very well be the best corporate presentations you would possibly see, ever.

Apple Keynotes seem so simple, that you could easily be fooled into thinking that they are a cakewalk to design and present. In reality, a lot of hardwork goes into each of these. Apple designers and management work closely for months together, refining and polishing until each presentation is close to perfect. Read this article by the guardian.co.uk: behind the magic curtain

That brings us to the question: Can we create presentations of similar standards, and if yes: how?

In my next article, I aim to answer this exact question. I will take you through various stages of creating the presentation: the workflow, sourcing and integrating quality content, export options, etc. Click here to continue reading…

Me and my Macbook – I

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Since i got an Apple Macbook(Unibody) last october, i’ve been using it like crazy. On hindsight, I regret not purchasing one earlier.

Before I got hooked to Mac OSX, I was using Windows XP on a Sony Vaio. While Windows is a decent OS, it absolutely lacks refinement and polish. It was good for system admins and IT guys, but it was way awkward for a design enthusiast like me. Added to this, my new Vaio machine came preinstalled with so much bloatware, that I had to spend so much time just to get rid of all the crap. This was in 2007.

By 2008, the VAIO just died, and it was so expensive to repair, that I opted to buy a new laptop instead. I was on the lookout for better alternatives, and that was how i chanced upon Apple’s Macbook. A friend of mine was using a macbook, and i soon learned more about it. The OS had very strong UNIX underpinnings and the UI was stunning. I instantly liked it. There was however a catch: The lower end macbooks costed around $1100 and had a plastic shell, and the aluminum (read PRO) machines were way too expensive. I wanted the best of both worlds, i.e, an aluminum mac and one that costed $1100. I decided to wait.

Continue reading…

My design guru: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple. He’s fanatical about good design, and it shows in each and every product that Apple delivers. This image says it all!

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Snow Leopard – The next Leopard

I love Macs because they are fast, reliable and easy to use. My Macbook runs on Mac OSX Leopard.

Apple is planning on releasing the next version of the Mac OSX operating system: Snow Leopard. Looking forward to more productivity.

MacOSX_SnowLeopardDisk

Update “Got the Snow Leopard OSX disk while on a trip to Singapore. Works great. Loving it!”

MacOSX_SnowLeopard

Mobileme

Quoted from Apple.com:

“MobileMe is a service that pushes new email, contacts, and calendar events over the air to all your devices. So your iPhone, Mac, and PC stay in perfect sync. No docking required.”

Mobileme is a fantastic service. I’ve personally used it and find it to be a simple solution that works really well. There have been glitches when the service was initially launched, but all that seems to have been sorted out.

iPhone users and those that are constantly on the move, find it difficult and cumbersome to keep their data in sync across various machines. Mobileme solves this problem, but at a rather hefty price of $99.

Problem
You use an iMac at home, a PC at work and carry an iPhone and Macbook while on the move. You constantly check your email on the iPhone, bookmark websites on your macbook and add new data to the contacts and calendar while at work on the PC. You’ll need these to constantly be in sync, in order to be productive. For this, you’ll need to manually connect and sync each of these devices. You could otherwise use third party services like DropBox, etc to do bits and pieces of this mundane task. but thats not a proper solution.

Solution
Mobileme solves this problem by pushing any changes on one machine to the rest of the linked machines, instantly.This is useful and saves a lot of time.

The service also offers iDisk, a virtual storage space that allowed users to store and access files via a browser(me.com) and the iPhone(via an iPhone app, iDisk). Users can also host their websites using iDisk and iWeb. (Mobileme doesn’t however support databases at the time of writing).

A new feature “Find my Phone” has been recently announced for Mobileme users. With this, users can track their lost iPhone, remotely send messages or wipe their data. Awesome!

Smoking Apples

About Smoking Apples, by Smoking Apples

“Smoking Apples is a website and blog dedicated to all things Apple and with a special something for our Indian readers. From Macs and iPods to the iPhone and Apple TV, we strive to be your one-stop solution for any and everything related to Apple Inc. and its products”.

Smoking Apples is one of my favorite apple blogs. I visit it daily for the latest updates and reviews of everything related to Apple.

The website itself is simple and clean, and has excellent content thanks to its passionate editors: Milind, Aayush, Preshit, Brandon, etc. Check out their website, download their Magazine and subscribe to their RSS feed and Podcast. You’ll love ‘em all!



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