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Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, has passed on at the age of 56 after a long and public battle with pancreatic cancer.

Here are some tributes that have been pouring in from around the world.

Larry Page, CEO of Google: “He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.”

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder: “People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself.”

Paul Allan, co-founder of Microsoft: “We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn’t help but be encouraged by how he persevered.”

Steve Case, Founder of AOL: “I feel honored to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages.”

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder and CEO said on Facebook: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

We at eheheheh are truly saddened at the passing of such a great mind and his legacy will continue through his innovations

Heres a quote from an address Steve gave in 2005:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma -which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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Apple recently released their solution to syncing issues that most people with more than one Apple device have. It’s called iCloud and the aim is to integrate and sync all aspects of your digital life. Sounds pretty cool in principle and its yet another smart moves by the dudes at Apple.

There are a host of features that iCloud provides, like PhotoStream that syncs the last 1,000 photos taken for 30 days as well as pushing apps bought to any of your other devices (which I think is pretty cool, one does not need to buy the app 5 times). The same would apply to iBooks purchased within the App Store, and all personal data would also be backed up in the ‘cloud’ (a potential security risk, but a good thing to have just in case you lose your iPhone, iTouch AND iPad on the same day :0)

The biggest part of this whole thing would be the music aspect. Recently Amazon and Google have released cloud based music services (only available in the US 😦 ) and it was anticipated that Apple would follow suit. iTunes in the ‘cloud’ enables users to redownload previous iTunes purchases to other iOS devices as well as push new purchases to those devices at no additional cost. Another cool feature is iTunes Match, which for a nominal fee, any non-iTunes music in your personal library can be pushed to your other devices (one does not even need to upload it, if its in the iTunes Store). So in a nutshell, your entire music library can be online for you to download wherever you are. That is the power of iCloud.

What do you think of iCloud? Is it a step into the future or just another flashy Apple gimmick?

 

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Salsa Table

Posted: May 25, 2011 by jamo251 in Design, Nerd Stuff, Technology
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This very cool table by Belgian designer Bram Boo incorporates 4 iPads in a circular pattern that encourages a collaborative workspace. The design allows the users to share ideas and communicate more effectively. The table was designed for Vanerum, an educational consultancy. A really cool concept. 😀

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Apple has filed a lawsuit against Samsung for allegedly ‘copying’ Apples user interface and design features. Apple claims that Samsung is infringing on its patents and practicing unfair competition. An Apple representative has been quoted as saying “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas”

Samsung vs Apple...FIGHT!
This whole debacle is interesting as Samsung is both a competitor and a supplier to Apple. Samsung supplies parts of Apple’s A4 and A5 processors, which are used in a multitude of Apple products. Samsung has recently hit back at Apple, accusing them of infringing on 10 of Samsung’s patents. One of those features include the ability to use the Web whilst on a phone call (something the iPhone prides itself on…Hmmmm)

It will be very interesting to see how this will pan out. Who do you think is right in this case?

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Yes, ladies and gentlenerds, the iPad 2 is here! Three months after the iPad 1 arrived on our sunny shores, South Africans were eagerly waiting outside Apple resellers on the morning of Friday 29 May 2011. Twitter was abuzz with anticipation with many celebs tweeting about its imminent arrival.

Its been touted as being slimmer, lighter and faster than its predecessor and it seems people that bought the first iPad are not hesitating to buy the second one! Details about the specs, features are here

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Yes, ladies and gentlenerds, there is ANOTHER iPhone coming out. And rumours state that it will be between June and August. Pretty broad if you ask me, but I have a feeling for August 🙂

Apple is obviously being uber-secretive about the release date (Its coming in June/Its not coming in June) mostly to capitalize as much as possible on iPhone 4 sales.

DesignedbyItem's concept for the iPhone5

Possible new features could include USB 3.0 and Intel Thunderbolt support, which might also be on the new iPods. Apple also recently registered a patent for a 3D screen + camera which suggests they may be considering that awesomeness on the latest iPhone. The camera would allow users to render 3D images of pictures that they take! Its not confirmed though, so don’t get too excited.

The buzz on the release date is the main thing for now, but more juicy tech specs should be available really soon 🙂

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Apple is taking it easy with the upgrades as usual – everything is carefully planned to ensure smooth traffic of new and repeat customers. It’s weirdly inconsistent with the hype about every new release. Anyway, faster-thinner-lighter is a fair deal to offer new users without making the original iPad adopters feel duped.

Main advantages:

  • 9.7” capacitive IPS touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels; oleophobic coating
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity
  • Optional 3G connectivity (data only)
  • Optional GPS with A-GPS support
  • Apple A5 SoC – 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • iOS 4.3
  • 16/32/64GB of onboard storage
  • Weight of 601 grams (607 grams for the 3G version)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 10 hours battery life
  • Accelerometer, compass and three-axis gyro-sensor
  • Compatible with every iPhone app without any modifications
  • The cheapest version costs less than an unlocked iPhone
  • 0.7MP auto-focus camera, 720p video recording at 30fps
  • VGA secondary camera capable of Facetime calls
  • Impressively slim 8.8mm waistline
  • Four and five-finger gestures (locked by default, but easy to enable with a Mac and a R40 app)
  • 1080p TV-output with the Apple Digital AV Adapter (purchased separately for around R350-R400), 720p video streaming
  • Magnetic Smart cover (R400-R700)

Main disadvantages:

  • iTunes required for uploading content
  • No Flash support in the web browser
  • Poor still cameras – though, really, this thing isn’t meant for taking candids
  • No standard USB port
  • No kickstand – it cannot stand on a table without the help of a dock stand or a Smart cover
  • Non replaceable battery
  • No stereo loudspeakers
  • No GPS receiver for the Wi-Fi only version
  • No memory card slot
  • 3G model uses micro-SIM, instead of a regular size SIM
  • iPhone apps designed for HVGA resolution squander screen real estate or look pretty bad uspcaled

 

The Conclusion!

The iPad 2 is virtually competition-free for now. Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, save for the Moto’s XOOM, are still in the works. Motorola rushed the XOOM launch to counter the new iPad and ended up with no Flash and compatible apps. The XOOM is effectively an unsupported tablet for the time being. And to make matters worse, it’s prohibitively expensive.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are scheduled for June release. They both look capable of seriously challenging the iPad 2 and we hope Android 3.0 will have the desired level of support in time for their launch. They deserve it.

Android Honeycomb is quite a looker, has almost none of the restrictions of the iOS and is already reaping the benefits of a solid developer community. It has its flaws too – the Market has still to catch up, developers need to accommodate different resolutions and hardware differences.

Android Honeycomb is a dedicated tablet platform while iPads use an upscaled smartphone OS. Droid tablets will certainly get an edge from an OS designed from ground up to make better use of screen estate. But it’s Apple that seems to be a step ahead of the competition so far. Like it or not, Apple has done it again

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