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    Published on 20th January 2011 by



    Today is the last day to grab a pair of the a-JAYS Four headphones, designed for the iPhone. All orders must be in before 5PM *today* (Thursday, 20th Jan). For details on how to order, see this blog post.

    Don't forget that all the profits, plus an extra $10 from Smart IT Australia, will be going ...
    Published on 20th January 2011 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/custom_1234815757724_83264892.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-12143" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/custom_1234815757724_83264892-211x300.jpg" alt="" width="211" height="300" /></a>Some very lovely graphs exist over at Macworld that visually show <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/157242/2011/01/first_quarter_earnings_2011.html" target="_blank">exactly how well Apple did at their quarterly financials call</a>. They made an error on a graph, but what's the difference between a million and a billion between friends?

    John Gruber douses the super-high resolution display rumour. Wait, he doesn't just douse it, a better analogy would be that <a href="http://daringfireball.net/2011/01/cold_water_ipad_retina_display" target="_blank">he burns that sucker to the ground</a>.

    Rumour has it that the next generation iPad will have a new brain that goes by the name of the A5 which includes <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/01/16/apple_expected_to_pack_ultrafast_dual_core_sgx543_ graphics_into_ipad_2_iphone_5.html" target="_blank">a super-fast graphics processor</a>. They say it's comparable to PSP graphics, but, er, doesn't the iPhone 4 already go far and beyond that anyway currently?

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    Published on 19th January 2011 by

    We have had over half a year to get use to the amazingly sharp retina display and the improved optics that the iPhone 4 have to offer, donít you think it is time to grunge it up a bit. The Hipstamatic revolution was great. We were finally able to take photos with some character, but it did not shoot video. FInally 8mm Vintage Camera has come to the ...
    Published on 19th January 2011 by


    Many people use Photoshop every day, but many of them use it wrongly. That's OK; it's not obvious what the "right" way to do something is, and there's often more than one way to tackle a problem. Selections are a prime example: you'll need to know many different techniques to select everything out there. And of course, selections are key to working non-destructively, letting you change colour, adjust lighting, or rearrange a shot. So, if your favourite tool is the Magic Wand or the Magnetic Lasso, let me change your mind.

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    Published on 19th January 2011 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/cook-jobs-schiller.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-12111" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/cook-jobs-schiller-300x187.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="187" /></a>I guess those Americans just can't make up their minds. First AT&amp;T, and now Verizon. <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/13/survey-claims-26-of-atandt-iphone-customers-planning-to-switch-to-verizon/" target="_blank">One day 26% of AT&amp;T customers</a> want to switch to Verizon, and <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/survey-att-customers-ready-to-jump-ship-for-verizon-iphone.ars" target="_blank">on other day there's just 16%</a>. Make up your minds!

    Not too sure about why Apple would go and <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/16/ipad-2-lcd-for-sale-already-ipad-2-to-include-vibrating-motor/" target="_blank">add a vibrating motor to the next-generation iPad</a>, but a good friend of mine said that it could possibly be used for feedback in games. Like, when you get shot and stuff.

    AppleInsider have a excellent piece on why so much fuss is being made over a high-resolution screen for the next iPad, <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/01/17/why_high_resolution_screens_matter_for_apples_ipad _2.html" target="_blank">and just why it matters so much</a>.

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    Published on 18th January 2011 by

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    Let's cut right to the chase. Entering events into the default Calendar app is pretty laborious. Calvetica lets you enter calendar events, fast.†It takes ten actions to enter a standard calendar entry (Title, time, alert) in the Calendar app. In Calvetica it takes three. ...
    Published on 18th January 2011 by

    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/apple-tv.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-12104" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/apple-tv-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/01/17/press-release-apples-job-to-go-on-leave/" target="_blank">Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence</a> so he can focus on his health. We know he's battled pancreatic cancer in the past, but Tim Cook, current COO will be taking over day-to-day operations while Steve is gone. Get well soon, Steve!

    Perhaps I'm a little out of a loop, but can someone tell me why people are still building Web App Stores? It wasn't that long ago that we saw the rise of the OpenAppMkt, <a href="http://www.razorianfly.com/2011/01/12/zeewee-the-free-web-application-store-for-iphone-and-ipad-press-release/" target="_blank">but now there's Zeewe</a>.

    What would happen if <a href="http://t-gaap.com/2011/1/17/safari-and-itunes-to-merge" target="_blank">Safari and iTunes were to merge into the one application</a>?

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    Published on 17th January 2011 by


    Whereis, who are owned by Sensis, who are owned by Telstra - have had navigation apps out on other platforms for a while. Whereis is also one of the best consumer navigation map providers in Australia, licensing their data & maps to many other GPS navigation apps like TomTom. When Whereis pinged me on Twitter to say that they have an iPhone app out, I naturally went directly to the app store and slurped down the app. ...
    Published on 17th January 2011 by


    If you're in the market for a new Mac, you'd be a pathetic loser with more money than brains, if you don't take a look at the selection of refurbished Macs up on the Apple online store.

    Refurbished Macs are just as good as a brand new Mac. They come with all the same software and documentation, all of them have that new Mac smell, a full 12 month as-new warranty and the option for AppleCare. Sometimes, if you're really really lucky, you get extra RAM or a faster CPU than you paid for. The only difference is that the Mac comes in a plain white box.

    People ask me where these ...
    Published on 17th January 2011 by

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    2010 was a great year for Apple. We witnessed the birth of the consumer tablet, a hugely refined iPhone, and a bold re-imagining of one of Apple's oft-forgotten products, the MacBook Air. We also saw fantastic revisions of Apple TV and Mac Mini, plus great updates to the iPod, iMac and, it seemed, every other major product Apple has to offer.

    So how can Apple trump this in 2011? It may not be a year quite so filled with revelatory new products and massive feature leaps, but many of our favourite toys will see exciting upgrades which will have me, for one, waiting in line on day zero.

    Let's look at some of the changes we believe we'll be seeing before the year is out. Much of this is pure speculation, of course, but I've tried to include only items which have a reasonable chance of seeing the light of day. ...

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