Tag: Apple

Apple and the year ahead

by Dan Moren, Macworld.com   Dec 30, 2011 9:00 am Assuming apocalyptic doomsday predictions from South America don’t come to fruition, 2012 is poised to be a different kind of year for Apple. In 2011, the company rolled out significant updates to most of its products—including two major new operating system versions—and also introduced a new Web platform to glue all of its devices and platforms together. But the company also lost its most significant figure, Steve Jobs, and had a new man officially take the reins of the company. SIMILAR ARTICLES Review: MacBook Air (first-generation) 2011 in review: The year in Mac The 27th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards The 27th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards: Hardware What you need to know about Thunderbolt Remembering Steve Jobs, the man who saved Apple Given all of that, it would seem that 2012 might have to be a quiet year by comparison. But Apple’s not the kind of company to stand still. Read the full article →

What makes Siri special?

by David Daw, PCWorld   Oct 25, 2011 8:15 am If you ask Siri, the virtual personal assistant on the iPhone 4S, why it’s so great, it answers with disarming humility: “I am what I am.” COMPLETE COVERAGE iPhone 4S 16GB (AT&T) SIMILAR ARTICLES iPhone 4S review: It's a sure thing iPhone 4S: What you need to know Apple unveils iPhone 4S What Google's Rubin doesn't understand about Siri Five ways to improve Siri iOS 5 Review: Ambitious update rings in the changes But industry insiders say there’s a little more to it than that. Siri goes well beyond voice recognition, they say, by applying powerful artificial intelligence and statistical analysis to decipher the meaning behind questioners’ sometimes jumbled sentences. Add to that Siri’s dry wit and you have the kind of breakout hit that will propel new uses of similar technology on your phone, tablet, and even your PC, experts say. This is Siri’s Read the full article →

The birth of the iPod

The events that led to Apple's great unveiling on October 23, 2001 by Benj Edwards, Macworld.com   Oct 23, 2011 6:00 am The destiny of Apple changed drastically 10 years ago with the release of a deceptively simple digital music player. SIMILAR ARTICLES Remembering Steve Jobs, the man who saved Apple Steve Jobs: Making a dent in the universe Apple's greatest hits under Steve Jobs Review: MacBook Air (first-generation) iOS 5 Review: Ambitious update rings in the changes MacCentral Week in Review On October 23, 2001, Apple lifted the curtain on the very first iPod, which packed 5GB of music storage into a sleek white box no bigger than a deck of cards. Macworld's Jonathan Seff, Rick LePage, and Jason Snell at the iPod unveiling. Apple chose to unveil its portable digital music player in a low-key special event held on Apple’s campus in Cupertino. The press and Apple fans alike met the iPod with severe skepticism. Pundits openly Read the full article →

New Mac Trojan horse disables Apple’s automatic malware updates

by Lex Friedman, Macworld.com   Oct 19, 2011 2:49 pm SIMILAR ARTICLES Update brings enhanced malware protection for Snow Leopard Apple malware update protects against PDF Trojan horse First Look: Trojan Horse warning: What you need to know Intego: Malware masquerades as Flash installer Inside Snow Leopard's hidden malware protection New Mac malware variant surfaces, poses as PDF How to force your Mac to update its malware definitions F-Secure has reported on a new, scarier-than-usual Mac Trojan horse. The good news is that you can only get infected if you double-click on a rogue file masquerading as a Flash installer. The bad news is that if you do fall victim to the Trojan, it disables your Mac’s automatic malware definition updates. F-Secure has dubbed the new pest Trojan-Downloader:OSX/Flashback.C; Macworld reported on a previous version of the malware back in September. A Trojan horse works by fooling you into running Read the full article →

A look at Steve Jobs’s life and times

by Agam Shah, IDG News Service   Oct 5, 2011 6:04 pm Steve Jobs will be remembered as a computer visionary but also as a maverick—a sometimes cantankerous one—who pursued a doggedly independent path for Apple that could make it frustrating for partners to work with but allowed it to produce unique products.   Jobs, the Apple co-founder who resigned from the company in the mid-1980s and returned a decade later to make Apple one of the most successful technology companies in the world, died Wednesday after battling a series of health problems in recent years. Read Macworld’s remembrance of Steve Jobs “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple’s Board of Directors said Wednesday in a statement. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” Since returning to Apple 15 years ago, Jobs—working Read the full article →

Apple iPhone 4S/5 Rumors: What Was Right, Wrong And Just Plain Crazy

  MATT BURNS posted 7 hours ago 17 Comments Rumors and speculation run wild prior to any Apple event and most often the announced product does not live up to the hype. That’s essentially what happened today. The Apple rumor mill promised an iPhone 5 with killer specs, a huge screen and nothing less than a built-in teleportation device. We got the iPhone 4S instead. Here’s what the interwebs got right and wrong. The Correct Rumors Extensive voice controls It’s called Siri. Apple feels these voice controls are essentially the next paradigm in personal computer. Android users will cry foul, though, because their mobile OS of choice has long featured similar functions. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see Microsoft fans make a couple comments, as Mango has some pretty extensive voice control features, too. Dual-mode GSM/CDMA radio Apple solved what must have been a frustrating supply chain issue and used a dual-mode GSM/CDMA radio for the iPhone 4S. Read the full article →

Apple unveils iPhone 4S

by Lex Friedman, Macworld.com   Oct 4, 2011 11:48 am Apple’s new iPhone 4S doesn't look all that different on the surface from the iPhone 4 it replaces. But the latest iPhone unveiled by Apple at a press event Tuesday promises an improved processor, new wireless system, and more powerful camera, along with voice control capabilities. COMPLETE COVERAGE 16GB iPhone 4S 32GB iPhone 4S 64GB iPhone 4S SIMILAR ARTICLES Live Update: Apple talks iPhone Summary: iPhone 4S grabs the spotlight at Apple event Review: The iPad 2 Review: The Verizon iPhone 4 iPhone 3G S: What you need to know iPhone 3GS The iPhone 4S is available in black and white. The 16GB version is $199, a 32GB model is $299, and the 64GB edition is $399—each with a two-year contract. They’ll be available for pre-order on October 7, with the phone shipping a week later on October 14 on AT&T, Verizon, and newcomer Sprint, in Read the full article →