An astute friend of mine once satirically defined our age of seemingly instant obsolescence: just buy and thro-o-o-ow it away. At first blush, it's funny because it can't be true — you don't buy something and then just throw it away. But after Apple's iPad press event Tuesday I'm not so sure.
Well, Apple went and did it. It was long rumored, and now here it is: a smaller iPad. Alongside the Mini, Apple also slipped out a fourth generation iPad that's twice as fast as the iPad 3. Here are the deets on both.
In the Chuck Jones cartoon classic, "Hare Tonic," Elmer Fudd is convinced by a certain long-eared leporid that he has contracted a case of the dreaded rabbititis, complete with swirling red-and-yellow spots before his eyes. I'm getting the sense Samsung is suffering from a similar sickness I'm calling Apple-itis. Lately, every marketing move Samsung makes includes some overt or covert reference to products from — or customers of — the Cupertino giant. While perhaps initially clever, Samsung's growing obsession with Apple is becoming wearying. Worse, it's ruining my post-season baseball enjoyment.
What happens when you die? No matter what anyone may assert, we don't really know what exists beyond this corporal mortal coil. Some angelic (or overheated sulfuric) afterlife, a ghostly post-existence haunting our former haunts, reincarnation as some animal or famous person, probably the big sleep of nothingness. We do know a bit more about what of our physical possessions we can pass on once we, uh, pass on, such as our record or CD collection. But once you pass away, your iTunes digital music tracks cannot be passed on to another iTunes account holder. I and many folks think there's something fundamentally wrong about this, including Bruce Willis, that has induced in me and likely many others a wave of iTunes buyer's remorse.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs and the tributes and remembrances of the tech icon's life have been surfacing all week. But Apple made the biggest statement today by devoting its homepage to a video retrospective of Jobs' life.
As the new iPhone5 has just hit the streets, the New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly has boldly linked the 40 percent jump in the reported thefts of Apple products as the reason crime did not decline in New York this year.
In the days and weeks following the passing of Steve Jobs nearly a year ago, there was much speculation about how Apple would fare without its visionary-in-chief. Sure, Tim Cook was a wizard at managing Apple's supply chain and complex web of partnerships, and Jony Ive is a masterful designer. But like any game of Jenga, remove one key piece and the whole structure collapses, regardless of its previous integrity. Yes, the iPhone 5 is a wonderful phone, and Apple will sell a gazillion of them. But it's not a peerless phone. And given Apple's recent iOS 6 issues, one has to wonder just how much Jobs's magical eye for detail and anticipating what we want before we knew we wanted it is missed. The clue that Steve Jobs's presence at Apple's helm is missed isn't what's amiss with iPhone and iOS 6, but what's missing.
Self-winding watches have been around for decades, but now Apple wants to take some of that thinking and use your body movements to keep your tech charged up.
While we've reviewed Apple's latest hardware offering, we're still in the process of getting to know iOS 6. Spoiler: it's got some pretty frustrating changes, most notably Apple swapping out iOS staple Google Maps for its own proprietary Maps app. It's an inferior offering and today Apple is apologizing for it.
A couple of weeks ago we reported on how the iPhone 5's new Lightning connector was going to be a pain for people with older docking systems. Now it looks like it's not just the dock, but even the regular sync cable has been designed to make life difficult for aftermarket suppliers.