This Week @ MacsWest
Teaching, Helping, Learning and Having Fun!
• Monday, March 3
2:00 PM – iMovie Advanced-Session #1, taught by Ed Zacko until 4:00 PM, Room C
• Tuesday, March 4
8:00 AM - How To Buy a Mac, presented by Bill Turvin, Room C (This is a “walk-in” session, no sign-up required, and you do not need to be a member of Computers West (PC or Mac).
12:00 PM – iMovie Advanced-Session #2, taught by Ed Zacko, until 2:00 PM, Room C
4:00 PM – CW 30th Anniversary Mardi Gras Party, until all hours of the night, Summit A
• Wednesday, March 5
• Thursday, March 6
• Friday, March 7
11:30 AM – MW Board Meeting, Room C
12:30 PM – Coffee and Cookies for Clubmembers
1:00 PM — General Meeting: followed by Ruth Davis presenting Mac Tips, until 2:00pm, Palo Verde Room
2:15 PM – Education Committee Meeting, Room C
• Saturday, March 8
Apple to Launch 'iOS in the Car' with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Next Week
Ever since "Car Display" showed up in General -> Restrictions in some of the early iOS 7 beta versions we've known that iOS in the Car would be coming along shortly.Financial Times has now confirmed that Apple, in collaboration with Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, will be announcing its in-car operating system at next week's Geneva Motor Show.
iOS in the Car will allow auto manufacturers to integrate iOS devices with their vehicles' native control systems, thereby allowing an operator to access iOS functions through his/her vehicle's interface. Initially, the focus will be on functions such as Siri, telephony, navigation, music control and messaging. This is just the infancy of what is bound to be a massive evolutionary step for both smart devices and the automobile industry, that could culminate in vehicles being monitored or even controlled by a central computer. Suddenly Minority Report doesn't seem like the far distant future. Back to here and now, just about every auto manufacturer and a lot of the big technology companies, including Google, Microsoft, Apple and IBM are entering a period of intense competition for a market share in tomorrow's smart cars. Earlier this year, in his keynote address at International CES, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler described automobile connectivity as a "real mega trend" and said, "if mobility used to be about connecting places and people, it is now about connecting the driver with the car, the car’s surroundings, the traffic infrastructure, and all of the other connected elements of their life." He also said that connected automobiles will "become the largest social mobile devices we own." iOS in the Car is taking the first step in that direction.
Although next week's announcement only involves Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, many other manufacturers are expected to incorporate it in their vehicles in 2014, according to Financial Times. At last year's WWDC keynote, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddie Cue, listed several manufacturers that had expressed interest in iOS in the Car, including Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Acura, Toyota and Hyundai among others.
Disney Teams With Apple Inc. to Launch Cloud-Based Digital Movie Service
Today The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) announced that it has teamed with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) to introduce Disney Movies Anywhere, a digital movie service that is cloud-based and will be made available through an app to be used with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, as well as on the web. As a result, Disney Movies Anywhere will use iTunes as its "the premier digital movie provider."
"Disney Movies Anywhere offers an exceptional consumer experience built around some of the most beloved and popular entertainment brands in the world," noted the president of The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Bergman, in the company press release. "This unique technology underscores Disney's commitment to meeting our consumers where they are with the content they want, and we're thrilled to debut with iTunes..."
The new Disney Movies Anywhere app will allow users access to the 400 active digital movie titles made available by Disney, Pixar, and Marvel. The press release highlights how the partnership between Disney and Apple will allow for individuals to sync their iTunes account to the Disney app, which will allow their existing Disney collection to be viewed. Disney will also allow customers to access the movies they received a digital copy of when they purchased a hard copy of the DVD or Blu-ray.
Disney noted the new technology will give consumers access across different devices -- including the popular products mentioned above, as well as Apple TV and web browsers -- allowing them to stream and purchase movies simultaneously across one account.
"The beauty of this technology is that it enables us to work with iTunes and future provider partners to ensure movie lovers have streamlined access to all of their favorite Disney titles no matter which device they are on," Jamie Voris, The Walt Disney Studios Chief Technology Officer, is quoted as saying.
Ad of the Day:
The 15 Apple Events That Helped Change The World
Apple Computer, Inc. was born on Jan. 3, 1977 when the company became incorporated. Thirty years ago, on Jan. 24, 1984, Apple released the world’s first Macintosh. On Jan. 9, 2007, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs proclaimed “Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” and he was correct. The iPad was announced on Jan. 27, 2010.
January has been an important month in the history of Apple. As we celebrate this month of anniversaries, we look back at 15 events that shaped the company during the past 37 years.
The Apple II is introduced at the first West Coast Computer Faire. It includes a MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor running at 1Mhz, 4KB of RAM, and an audio cassette interface.
Dec. 12, 1980
Apple goes public at $22 per share. When it does, it generates more capital than any IPO since Ford Motor Company in 1956. Within moments, the world has 300 new millionaires.
Jan. 22, 1984
Steve Jobs and Apple introduce the “1984” commercial during Super Bowl XVIII which pits the Washington Redskins against the eventual winner, the Los Angeles Raiders.
The ad is still considered one of the best ever created.
Jan. 24, 1984
Two days after “1984” airs, Jobs introduces the world to the very first Macintosh. It becomes the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface.
Before the end of 1985, Jobs leaves Apple. For nearly a decade, the company is in decline.
July 9, 1997
Apple CEO Gil Amelio is ousted and Jobs returns as interim CEO. Eventually, interim would be dropped from his title.
Aug. 15, 1998
Cupertino unveils a new all-in-one computer called the iMac that was created by Jony Ive. The executive, of course, who later help create the iPhone, iPad and next-generation Macs.
May 19, 2001
Apple opens the company’s first two retail stores in Virginia and California. By the end of 2012, that number had risen to almost 400 stores worldwide.
Oct. 23, 2001
The iPod is announced which reboots the entire music industry.
Apr. 28, 2003
The iTunes Music Store launches. Users are now able to download songs and albums legally on their computers and place them on mobile devices.
Later, books, TV shows, movies, and of course, apps were added to the iTunes store.
Jan. 9, 2007
Apple Computer, Inc. becomes Apple, Inc. since the company was no longer focused solely on computers. They also used the event to announce the iPhone.
June 29, 2007
The first iPhone goes on sale. Since then, sales for Apple’s smartphone have increased each year.
July 10, 2008
The App Store opens, offering third-party developers a way to sell their products for use on the iPhone/iPod touch, and eventually, the iPad.
Apr. 3, 2010
The first-generation iPad is launched in the U.S. Apple would sell 500,000 units before the end of the first week.
Oct. 5, 2011
At 56, Jobs dies. In August, he had resigned as Apple CEO and was replaced by Tim Cook.
Dec. 19, 2013
Apple finally releases the second-generation Mac Pro. The cylindrical device takes up about one eighth the volume of previous models. Its arrival shows that Apple hasn’t forgotten its roots as an innovator.
Apple Names Duolingo Top Free App of 2013
While Candy Crush may have come out on top in the race to the most downloads from Apple’s App Store in 2013, a language app called Duolingo has been voted as the iPhone App of the Year by Apple’s own staff.
Designed and launched by computer science teacher Luis von Ahn and his student Severin Hacker of Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo is an app that works to teach its users any one of six languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, and French.
Von Ahn is best known for developing the popular CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA software, tools that are used across the internet in order to increase website security and deter so-called “spam bots.”
Offering language lessons very similar to those found in the popular Rosetta Stone software for PC, Duolingo has one very attractive feature that helped it to achieve more than 10 million downloads in 2013: it’s absolutely free.
The app works with the iPhone’s media capabilities to create and deliver its lessons, relying on sound bites, video clips, and pictures to help foreign words stick in the minds of its students. By following its regimented programs and employing its interactive features while on the go, Duolingo promises to further language education now and into the future, especially in light of the fact that its creators have promised that this new distinction will not result in a change of its free availability.
Despite remaining free, Duolingo’s makers have said that they hope to increase the app’s offering up to 50 languages during the first half of 2014.
Apple Set to Release Hybrid iPad Pro in 2014 Shaking up Notebook Market
Apple Inc. is set to unveil a 12-inch hybrid iPad Pro in the fall of 2014, a move that could basically change the notebook PC landscape, reports AppleInsider.
According to Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang, the new iPad model will feature a larger 12-inch display powered by a next-generation “A8″ processor built by Apple. Unlike the previous models, the hybrid iPad Pro is rumoured to shake up the traditional-established notebook market by serving as both a tablet and a notebook, making the model more appealing to enterprise and business customers.
Analysts claim that the hybrid iPad Pro will be a step ahead of the regular iPad Air and will definitely be a lot bigger than the iPad Mini. While the tech trend was shifting towards smaller and more portable tablets, this new and larger hybrid model can be expected to bridge the gap between notebooks and tablets.
Wang calls the 64-bit infrastructure incorporated in Apple’s “A7″ chip a “game changer”, that sets the stage for a new hybrid iPad which would eventually show the company’s renewed focus on the enterprise market. The 64-bit A7 processor currently powers the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPhone 5s with Retina display.
Microsoft has been trying to takeover Apple with its hybrid Surface Tablets running on Windows 8, but thus far it has been largely falling. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in a recent iPad event stated that the user experience on the iPad was “incredible”, and that the Surface Tablets were “confusing and inconvenient”, turning tablets into PCs and vice-versa.
Wang further added that the hybrid model would expand the market of chipmaker ARM, which currently makes the sample designs for Apple’s A-series processors. ARM chip is estimated to represent only 4 percent of Apple’s 128GB iPad. This could create a greater price competition between ARM and Intel, the dominant player in the traditional computer chips, as ARM’s gains would come at a cost to its rival chipmaker.
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