Maybe I’m crazy but I do not believe the newly labeled AppleTV 4 announced on September 9th is the big step into the living room Apple was hoping for and was prepared to introduce at June’s WWDC. I do believe that Apple was almost there and at the last-minute, changed their strategy, whether out of frustration with negotiations, or as a conscious determination to change tactics Apple pulled the hardware and instead offered the Apple TV 4, I am convinced that newer hardware is on the way and here’s why! Continue reading “Is the new Apple TV ready for prime time? not yet !” »
Apple has released its new OS for their mobile devices including iPhones , iPad and even iPods. Like its counterpart in the Mac platform El Capitan this OS concentrates on tightening up the systems under the hood, reducing bulk, eliminating extraneous code.
Also a new NEWS app.
It’s Lean and Mean. It also adds a few major features a refined look with new system font named San Francisco and better integration within the Eco system.
For a full well written detailed review of this latest OS and the features it now available Click Here
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Apple’s strategy of doubling down on privacy as an effective business model in response to Google and its Android OS seems to be bearing fruit for company. As arguably the most famous proponent of citizen privacy Erik Snowden commented directly to this question posed by TechCrunch journalist Constine
UPDATE 4 8/4/2015 This is what I am talking about with Radio starting to expand its channels Click Here
UPDATE 3 7/15/2015: Apple introduce updated iPod line. Well I feel vindicated, barely, although Apple did finally update its iPod line, they have not chosen to increased its screen size to better facilitate gaming nor have they increased its audio quality along the lines of Pono. Both moves I believed would have reinvigorated the line , the Apple Music brand and disrupted the gaming market. Oh Well 😎
Check out The Loops Jim dalyrmple’s post for details here
UPDATE 2 7/3/2015: Wait a minute maybe I was right at least about a new iPod , hopefully with HD ability Check out this post.
UPDATE: I was mostly wrong for now , I believe my thoughts for a new HD iPod were wrong if not I’m sure Appke would have introduced it with the new Music unveiling. However I believe my concept of a DJ curated service will be incorporated not only to music but news as well.
Streaming music services are beginning to upend the Music industry. Stung by services like Pandora , iTunes Radio, Rdio and others, music business executives see this a positive development and a possible path to reinvigorate the industry. I have my own thoughts on this but more on that later *
Apple, who many credit with saving the Music business during the Napster days has seen a slow decline in iTunes sales last year. Apple famous for not spending money buying technology they believe they can do better spent roughly three billion dollars or triple the dollars they have ever spent on an acquisition buying Beats Music service. Why ?
Apple seems to have fallen behind other subscription services ? Why is it taking so long for Apple to launch? Apple long known for following the beat of its own drummer is once again taking their sweet time until they feel they have it right. After many years as experts in music , Apple understands that the model of incorporating algorithms to choose music for listeners does not encourage listeners to purchase or in this new model, subscribe.
I believe Apple has come up with a model that harkens back to the heyday of the music business, I predict they will reintroduce the DJ.
While other Cable companies are placing road blocks for cord cutters Cablevision has taken the bull by the horns by offering old fashion competition.
Cablevision Systems Corp. Thursday took a step toward retaining cord cutters who do without cable TV service, by offering two new products that include broadband service, Wi-Fi access and a digital antenna to capture over-the-air broadcast TV signals. Read the TechCrunch Report Here
Over the years Cablevision a Long Island based cable company has led the cable industry with vision. Always ahead of its competitors and as well as other cable companies. Recently the company announced a deal with HBO NOW similar to the one signed with Apple, introduced a WIFI only mobile network FreeWheel for $9.99 per month, has spread WIFI over its entire coverage area with over one million hotspots available to its members and readers of its Newspaper Newsday. Always leading the pack by its Chairman James Dolan (Owner of the NY Knicks & Madison Square Gardens). Cablevision has always met its competition with innovation from its “DVR” Lawsuit case back in 2006 to this weeks announcement to provide cord cutters with fast internet only service as well as a free digital antenna for over the air digital stations.
Notice the Graphic featuring the shape of the current Apple TV , also do the words ” The epicenter for change “ refer to the living room as the “epicenter” of the home? Considering the recent Media deals, strong rumors and chatter on the net and the recent reduction in price of the current unit this could be it.
I am looking for a new box that includes Home Kit, TV Kit, New Grid type interface, Channel Packages, and Gaming capabilities along with remote gaming controls. I lot to ask for but I believe they have been working on all these features over the last few years and believe all the technology is in place.
Here is a link to a post I did back in 2012 outlining my thoughts on the direction Apple could be going, I think it still holds up Click Here
As funding for PBS continues to dry up at the whims of politicians there may be a silver lining in Apple’s TV new service
First a little history for our younger readers. Once upon a time the beginning of cable television offered up some great promise for premium content programming. Premium channels like The Alpha Repertory Television Service — or ARTS & The Entertainment Channel which merged to become A&E , Bravo, American Movie Classics (Now AMC) before these channels went commercial and turned into what they are now they were an attempt to capture the the dollars of the more ” sophisticated tastebuds”. They all premiered with wonderful content from operas to concerts and plays but one by one they disappeared into the mess we call cable tv. The reason for their failure can be traced to many different problems including the wild west like environment at the birth of the industry , poor planning, competition, confused public, or lack of interest.
With the introduction of streaming service there exists a chance to bring back channels like that who can then rely on viewer support to find success. I believe it also provides a unique opportunity for Public Broadcasting Stations to supplement their funding from a subscription service. Like the current app found on Apple TV viewers could pick their local stations and subscribe with a monthly fee of say $3.99 with proceeds split between local station and a national fund. Hopefully freeing them up from their fund raising drives.
Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation takes you on a tour of the most visually stunning and important products produced by the world’s most innovative company — Apple.
With a breathtaking collection of unique photography, Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation takes the reader on a tour of the most visually stunning and important products produced by the world’s most innovative company — Apple. Follow Apple’s journey through a photographic collection of their most important desktops, portables, peripherals, prototypes, iDevices (iPad, iPod and iPhone) and packaging.
Things you can do with the Apple Watch:
Track fitness and health using several baked-in, wrist-facing sensors
Get iPhone notifications. (iPhone is required for this watch)
Control your AppleTV and iTunes
Talk to other Apple Watches
Pick up your heart rate using LEDs and sensors
Pay for goods with your watch at numerous nationwide stores
Trigger actions or dictate messages via Siri
Change watch faces
Run a variety of functions, like maps for turn-by-turn navigation or a communicator tool that lets you connect directly with friends’ Apple watches
Display your favorite photos
Tweet from your wrist
See airline flight information
Unlock a hotel room door by waving the device (Starwood)
Run widget-like customizable bits of info showing things like calendar data and music info
Get notification vibrations using a so-called “taptic engine”