Tag Archives: Apple Event

Event, protecting data, Faceshift, Photoshop tip, ArtistInfo, Steve Jobs docco, Belgium’s first Apple Store

Apple may have acquired a Swiss marker-less facial motion capture.
Apple may have acquired a Swiss marker-less facial motion capture.

Large Apple logo goes up at Bill Graham Auditorium ahead of iPhone event — Apple is putting a legion of carpenters, electricians, security personnel and other contractors to work this US Labor Day weekend as it readies San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium for what is expected to be a massive iPhone event next week.

How to protect your data, part two — In part two, Apple World Today looks at hardware.

Apple may have acquired real-time motion capture firm Faceshift — A report on Friday claimed Apple has potentially purchased Faceshift, a Swiss firm working on real-time facial motion capture animation through proprietary markerless technology. Unlike traditional motion capture technology, which uses stick-on markers as reference points to track facial expressions, Faceshift’s solution relies on powerful facial recognition software and 3D sensors to drive animations.

How to remove objects in your photos with Photoshop’s content-aware tools — It doesn’t take expert Photoshop skills to make unwanted objects vanish from your photos.

ArtistInfo helps fill in iTunes’ missing pieces — If you’re totally into buying your music online, you may miss all the great info once found in CD booklets and album covers. ArtistInfo by Metazoan is an application for Mac OS 10.9 and later that works in conjunction with iTunes to serve up a smorgasbord of info on musicians, music groups, producers and composers.

Controversial Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine premieres online and at limited screenings — Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which has been heavily criticised by Apple executives, made its official debut on Friday, appearing in a limited theatrical run, as well as on a variety of online services. Here are Macworld’s ‘four takeaways‘.

Belgium’s first Apple Store to open in Brussels on Toison d’Or on September 19th — Apple has reportedly confirmed plans to open its first Belgian store in the capital city of Brussels on September 19th, erecting a special construction barricade around a building on Avenue Toison d’Or.

October 16th Apple Event, Apple fans, iTunes redesign, Sapphire, VPN protection

The new iTunes user interface mirrors Apple's initial iTunes 12 beta, which itself draws inspiration from a spartan aesthetic first introduced in iOS 7.
The new iTunes user interface mirrors Apple’s initial iTunes 12 beta, which itself draws inspiration from a spartan aesthetic first introduced in iOS 7.

Apple’s October 16 Invitation a hidden promise — Chris Maxcer thinks the Apple invitation to the 16th October event (our 17th) theme quote implies an admission of failure.
Apple has confirmed it will offer a live stream of the event, which will take place at 10am Pacific time on Thursday at the company’s own Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino. Apple’s live streams are available on the dedicated Apple TV channel for Live Events, as well as in Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later, or Safari on iOS 6 or later. The stream will appear here.

Nine ways Apple users differ from Microsoft fans — A chart published by Business Insider using Ranker’s crowd-source ranking data results in an infographic that looks at nine consumer opinion categories, including preferred brands, candies and movies.

Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 3 to developers — After releasing a second build of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM candidate earlier this week, Apple on Thursday issued a third seed to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this month.

Apple introduces redesigned iTunes Store to iTunes 12 beta testers — Ahead of an expected OS X Yosemite debut next week, Apple  rolled out a revamped iTunes Store on Friday for beta testers using iTunes 12 on the next-gen operating system, revealing a reworked user interface more in line with the flat aesthetic (pictured above) the company is moving toward.

GT Advanced hopes to cease operations this year; calls contract with Apple “oppressive and burdensome” — The saga involving GT Advanced Technologies’ bankruptcy filing continues to take strange turns. One day after signaling its intention to wind down operations and presumably sell whatever assets remain a report today from MacRumors relays that GTAT today filed court documents seeking to free itself from the executed contracts it signed with Apple, calling the terms of the deal “oppressive and burdensome.”
[Why doesn’t Apple just buy it and run it properly if it wants Sapphire?]

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Apple Event October 16th, iPhone 6 Plus, FitBit, Apple TV, Reflect, Wayfare


Apple's invite to the 16th October event
Apple’s invite to the 16th October event

Apple to hold iPad event October 16 — Apple has just announced a media event to be held at its Cupertino headquarters October 16 (New Zealand’s 17th). The company didn’t give much detail as to what journalists and guests can expect, just writing “it’s been too long.” Expectations are for An iPad Air 2, possibly a Retina iMac, the official launch of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, and more information about Apple Pay… but who knows? (Image from The Mac Observer.)

Bicyclist pits iPhone 6 Plus OIS against the iPhone 5s in handheld video test — Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is set apart from earlier iPhone models and even the iPhone 6 with the inclusion of Optical Image Stabilisation. How much of a difference does the stabilisation make when shooting video, especially when you are in less than steady conditions like riding a bike?

Fitbit says no to Apple’s HealthKit for now — Users of Apple’s Health app in iOS 8 will have to get by without Fitbit integration for now. Responding to questions on its forums, Fitbit says it has no plans to tie the data from its app and fitness band to Apple’s HealthKit framework.

Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay for HomeKit connected accessories — The centre of a connected smart home could soon be the Apple TV, as Apple’s latest beta software officially brings HomeKit support to its NZ$159 streaming set-top box.

9 alternative ways to carry your iPhone 6 Plus other than your pocket — The iPhone 6 Plus is a bit larger than Apple customers have been accustomed to. Belt holsters grow enormous. Protective cases have micohectares of plastic. As a result, iPhone 6 Plus owners are looking at novel ways to carry Apple’s phablet.

Add all sorts of extras to photos, with filters
Add all sorts of extras to photos, with filters

Reflect+ can refresh your photos in amazing ways — Reflect+ (NZ$2.59) is a simply amazing little app that takes a photo and realistically adds other elements – water or a beach to a barren landscape, realistic haze and fog or 50 other effects including lens flares, birds, star fields, the moon and planets …
And then it filters the image to provide different lighting and tonal washes.

Explore the world with Wayfare for iPhone — Wayfare (free) hooks you up with a user across the globe, and the two of you spend a week sharing photos, comments and culture via fun, simple “missions.”

8 predictions for Apple Event, Twitter buy, Metawatch, WhereTo, correct Siri, 7 reference apps

21 hours to go ... 5am Wednesday morning  NZ time the Apple Event starts.
21 hours to go … 5am Wednesday morning NZ time is when the Apple Event starts.

8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event — Unless you live in an isolation tank, it’s no secret that Apple is hosting a big media event on September 9 in Cupertino [NB which is September 10th for us in New Zealand ] where we will likely see an impressive list of announcements from the likes of Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Craig Federighi. Apple isn’t saying what they have in store, but Jeff Garnet came up with some ideas and turned to the TMO staff to see what they’re expecting, too.
[All I would guarantee is iPhone 6.]

Twitter turns itself into a store with new buy button — Twitter is a real-time newspaper, a second screen for your TV, and now a virtual mall. The network is partnering with several major musicians, retailers, and nonprofits to let you buy stuff straight from your timeline.

First look: Metawatch’s iPhone-connected Meta M1 smartwatch — With Apple expected to announce its entrance into the wearable devices market on Tuesday, established smartwatch maker Metawatch is looking to differentiate itself from the rest of the herd with the new Meta M1.

WhereTo gets new features — Where To? (currently on sale) has updated graphics, and it’s iOS 7-8 friendly. The app starts with a graphical wheel, where you select the type of destination you are looking for: shopping, medical, food, leisure, etc. Within those broad categories are hundreds of sub-categories, like Greek food or electronic stores.

How to correct Siri’s pronunciation — Christopher Breen at Macworld explains how you do it. Who would have thought?

7 dictionary and reference apps that are not just for students — Some iOS apps to help you study more easily — apps that can help you find vital information for your assignments.

Very significant Apple event, bigger iPad, health data, iWatch, Photoshop Mix, Galaxy, Godus, Nav Camera

Kimmel takes the p__s out of bigger iPad rumours
Kimmel takes the p__s out of bigger iPad rumours

Apple’s September event may be its most significant event in years — Yoni Heisler reckons there’s something different in the air about Apple’s upcoming media event, now officially confirmed for September 9. Before getting to what products might be announced, it’s worth noting that this year’s event will not be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or on Apple’s Cupertino campus.
Instead, throngs of select journalists and various media outlets will file into the Flint Center for the Performing Arts to witness, first hand, Apple’s next big thing …

Jimmy Kimmel takes on 12.9-inch iPad in latest skit — Jimmy Kimmel isn’t one to pass up an opportunity to poke fun at Apple while entertaining his audience. Last week’s show was no exception with Kimmel taking on the 12.9-inch iPad rumors in a skit [that’s a still, above] that’ll amuse all the rumour skeptics in our midst.

Apple tells developers not to sell consumer health data — Apple’s HealthKit API has the ability to hold extremely important personal health data like heart rate, exercise habits, and blood pressure, but the company is now clarifying its guidelines on what third party developers are allowed to do with that data, Guardian reports. [It’s not protected by privacy laws?]

Apple’s wearable ‘iWatch’ not expected to ship until early 2015 — Though Apple is expected to unveil its hotly anticipated ‘iWatch’ at a forthcoming September 9 event, the device won’t actually ship to consumers for some time, potentially missing the holiday season entirely and arriving in stores in early 2015, according to a new report. [These are still all rumours.]

New Galaxy Tab S voxpop ad continues Samsung’s assault on Apple — Samsung won’t let up with its advertising campaign that focuses on Apple and its competing mobile products. This latest advertisement published on YouTube pits the iPad against the Galaxy Tab S in a series of person on the street interviews with willing New Yorkers. [Like they’d leave the pro-Apple ones in.]

Godus — Godus is a god-simulator game by veteran developer Peter Molyneux and his studio 22cans, widely known for Black and White, Dungeon Keeper, and Populous. (Godus is considered the spiritual successor of the latter.) Molyneux’s games tend to be highly addictive, with great world-building strategy, long gameplay experiences, and sometimes-wonky controls.

Adobe’s Photoshop Mix for iPad gets extensibility, panoramic file support, more in update — Adobe last Friday issued the first update to its Creative Cloud-connected Photoshop Mix app for iPad, bringing hooks into Photoshop Express and Dropbox, as well as a few UI tweaks to the on-the-go image editing tool.

Nav Camera if you need precise location info for photos and video — Nav Camera (NZ$4.99) is an innovative app that uses navigation, augmented reality and display overlays to tell you where you are, your altitude, the direction you are facing and more. The information appears on your image in real time and it’s possible to save it all to your photo library.

Apple Event Sept 9, Bioshock for iOS, ageing Phones, Spaceborn, soccer app

Apple Event invite for 9th September
Apple Event invite for 9th September

Apple Issues Invites for September 9th Media Event — Apple has issued invitations to the press for a media event on September 9th. Titled simply “Wish we could say more,” the invitation features little that anyone will be able parse for hints of what’s coming. Below is the invite received by TMO. [Let the careful analysis of the image and words begin!]

Bioshock, one of the best shooters of all time, hits iOS — The lines are blurring between AAA console and mobile game development. It’s not happening in great volume just yet. Now there’s Bioshock for iOS. It’s NZ$18.99.

Why old iPhones become sluggish over time — Batteries do wear out over time. Apple rates iPhone batteries at 400 full charge cycles before they lose 20 percent of their original capacity. So if you fully discharge and recharge your phone every day, in a little over a year it will only be capable of providing 80 percent of its power, and in a couple years it will probably be down to 50 percent capacity.

Shoot your way through the beautiful void in Spaceborn — Spaceborn is a beautiful, yet challenging shooter set in space. You navigate a spaceship between obstacles, avoiding enemy fire while trying to get as far as possible in each run. There is a lot of trial and error in this shooter as the difficulty vary in each run. Your spaceship shoots at enemies automatically which helps you focus more on the avoiding enemies and obstacles part of the gameplay. Spaceborn is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 5.1 or later and costs NZ$1.29

Soccer coach app — FuteNotes app is intended to be used by local youth soccer coaches or parents assisting the coaches but could also be used by fans who like to track their favourite professional teams. It’s for iPad only at NZ$3.79  [I’m a coach – for me the NZ season ends tomorrow!]