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    Published on 1st April 2010 by

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    This episode was recorded in New York city, outside of the 5th Avenue Apple Store (the big glass cube). Peter Wells (fulltimecasual) and Anthony Agius (decryption) are in New York to get iPads! Check out our previous blog posts for more info.

    Sorry for the lack of notes and the short show - we are on holiday after all! If you want to keep track of what we're up to, follow us (Pete & Anthony) ...
    Published on 1st April 2010 by

    Hard DrivesIn these media-rich days where we’re all storing our music, photos, movies, TV shows and more on our computer there just never seems to be enough hard drive space. Once, having a hard drive at all was an expensive luxury but now it’s a necessity and, often, today’s standard options just aren’t enough. Sooner or later, you reach a point where you don’t want to have to delete some stuff off your computer just to fit the latest album by your favourite band into iTunes.

    If this sounds like you, then perhaps its time you moved on up to a new, and larger, hard drive.

    Published on 30th March 2010 by


    This post is 4th in the MacTalk in New York series, where Pete and I blog about going to New York to obtain iPads on the 3rd of April. If you haven't been keeping up, check out the other posts in the series.

    Hello from New York City! Pete and I have been here since Friday night and haven't done much blogging, because well, I don't want to turn MacTalk into a travel blog, with tourists marvelling at the touristy things they did that day. Besides, that's what Twitter is for! (my Twitter account - Pete's Twitter account)

    As you probably already know, we're here for iPads and they go on sale at 9PM on the 3rd of April (Saturday). We don't know how early we need to line up or anything, but we'll be keeping an eye on the 5th Avenue Store and monitor any sort of line situation. As fanatic as we are, we don't really want to be out in a line if we don't have to, when there's a big ol' city to explore. A quick chat to the staff at the 5th Avenue and Upper West Side (which is a much nicer store than 5th Avenue, I reckon) store, they said that stock is pretty lean and that if you haven't reserved any iPads (Pete and I have reserved a fair bit), that you won't get one. Best Buy is also supposed to be selling them on launch day, but the two Best Buy stores I've visited had no idea what they were doing regarding the iPad.

    There were rumours of the iPad being delayed until the 12th (thanks to the 20 or so people who emailed me about that, hah), which would have put a dent in our plans. It seems people were confused and that if you haven't pre-ordered an iPad and don't get one on launch day, more stock won't be arriving until the 12th of April. We're still pretty confident that we'll bring home a decent haul of iPads on the 6th of April.

    Just another note, if you want me to bring you back and iPad - sorry, you're too late. If you want me to buy you iTunes credit - sorry, you're too late.

    Other than that, there's not a lot to talk about the iPad journey so far really - unless you want to hear me go on about how cool New York is… (P.S: it's awesome!) So I decided to write a post on the gear we've taken with us, or purchased here, to blog and keep up to date with everything. Please note criminals of New York and Washington DC, could you be so kind as to not mug me? ...
    Published on 30th March 2010 by

    This week we look at two apps that serve just one purpose, and serve it well. Filmtrailer is designed to quickly view trailers and bonus features, while On This Day shows significant and influential past events in a pleasing calendar interface.


    Filmtrailer 1

    It's always struck me as odd that Apple (despite having an often-neglected but quite large film trailer database) doesn't have any optimised solution for viewing movie trailers on the iPhone. YouTube is just about the only way to properly view trailers, but even that isn't really suited perfectly to watching them, especially considering the often huge pile of search results. Thankfully, the App Store saw an influx of trailer apps, some definitely better than others. Most try to stuff cinema search and showtimes in with their package, and often this compromises the interface beyond the point of return. In this review, I'd like to highlight just one - Filmtrailer - that I think is worth looking at.

    What Filmtrailer offers is a selection of recently released and upcoming movie trailers, plus a few 'behind the scenes'/'premiere report' bonus features - the kind of extras you'd usually find on disc two of a Blu-ray/DVD release. It also includes the ability to find currently screening movies in select theatres, but this applies only to cinemas in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, so I've ignored that feature in the review. Filmtrailer allows you to customise the menu bar so that this feature can be removed from the most used view shortcuts.

    Published on 30th March 2010 by

    Apple has released 10.6.3 for Snow Leopard. According to the list of enhancements this improves Quicktime, third party USB devices and it will turn your iSight camera into a frickin laser-beam so if someone steals your computer it will shoot them in the head. Simply press the little apple symbol and click Software Update. The update rolls in at 472mbs and is considered a necessary upgrade.

    Those of us who aren't currently traversing the concrete jungle known as New York to pick up some iPads (hope you guys are having fun...we miss you back here) will want to watch these new 'Guided Tours'. We can salivate over what the iPad can do and why we absolutely need one.

    One thing that will have to be updated in order to run the iPad successfully is iTunes. Appleinsider reports that Cupertino is prepping iTunes 9.1 for release over the next few days. The release should apparently change the word 'audiobooks' to the general 'books'. Think they're trying to tell us something? ...
    Published on 29th March 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-full wp-image-6018" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/HC-GM663_Jobs_BV_20081021174917.gif" alt="HC-GM663_Jobs_BV_20081021174917" width="124" height="210" />Aren't you glad you don't have a Blackberry right now? <a href="http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/03/the-air-forces-blackberry-crackdown/">The Air Force is blacking down on Crackberry</a> (or that may be cracking down on Blackberry security, I'm not quite sure) security, even going so far as to disable most Bluetooth functionality, disallowing messages with attached videos and/or pictures, and automatically updating software. Oh yeah - and you won't be able to load any additional software, either.

    Here at MacTalk we're a huge fan of those awesome Macbook decals you see floating around, so here's another one to add to your Etsy wishlist: <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43539135">a Canon Mode Dial</a>, centered around the Apple logo. It might have looked better if the Apple logo was an actual mode on the dial, but the photographers among us will appreciate this one nevertheless.

    AsciiLife is an iPhone app that uses your device's inbuilt camera to <a href="http://www.creativeapplications.net/iphone/asciilife-iphone/">replicate your current surroundings in Ascii</a> - but best of all, it does this in real time! It comes preloaded with a couple different modes, so give it a go, and make sure to mention @mactalk if you choose to tweet about any cool shots you've taken!

    <a href="http://www.hardmac.com/news/2010/03/25/a-2-5-hard-disk-of-750-gb-using-only-two-platters"> ...
    Published on 28th March 2010 by

    Just as we all thought the Apple-Google relationship had officially ended with an interesting report by John Gruber contributing to the speculation that Jobs & Schmidt hate each other's guts (General's War - Daring Fireball), one tipster snapped up photos of the two billionaire executives enjoying a coffee together in Palo Alto. When asked to comment for the technology blog, Steve just smiled and said "No thanks" (Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt Spotted Together Again - Gizmodo).

    One of the topics of discussion between the two may have been Apple's rumoured upcoming plans to try and destroy Google's market share in the mobile advertising industry. Word on the street is that the platform will be built upon the recent Quattro Wireless purchase, will be named iAd, and "has been described as "revolutionary" and "our next big thing" by Apple chief Steve Jobs". According to unidentified sources, the plan is set to be unveiled on April 7th to Madison Avenue advertising executives (Apple Poised To Unveil 'iAd' - MediaPost).

    There are only five days left until the iPad gets released in the United States, so Apple's been very busy preparing the iPad App Store for launch. Over the past few days, a few leaks have sprung from within the virtual shelves of Apple's app superstore, giving us a sneak peak into the first apps to be released with the device. First, there were screenshots posted of the home page and top fifty charts (iPad App Store Screenshots - App Annie). Then, reports of a possible 'explicit' category for iPad software surfaced (Explicit Apps category being wheeled out for iPad launch? - 9to5Mac) and now screenshots are emerging of Bento, Brushes, Omnigraffle and Yahoo! on the iPad (Exclusive: Screenshots from the iPad App Store - MacStories).

    Published on 25th March 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-full wp-image-5988" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/HC-GK232_Jobs_20070627110844.gif" alt="HC-GK232_Jobs_20070627110844" width="136" height="226" />Remember how Apple removed all stocks of protective films for iPhone/iPod Touch from it's retail stores a while back? How it was supposedly to prevent liability issues down the track? Well, Patently Apple have another theory up their sleeves - and true to form, <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/03/apple-patent-may-shed-light-on-recent-protective-film-ban.html">apparently it's got to do with yet another patent</a>.

    What's cooler than being ice cold? <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/192198/hack_control_your_car_with_an_ipod_touch_and_make_ james_bond_jealous.html">A car controlled by an iPod Touch</a>, that's what. Ingenius hacker Dave Phipps had modified his 1969 Pontiac to include such things as voice control, automatic windows and doors, and it's very own Wi-Fi network. Eat your heart out, Q.

    From the guys that brought you the previous touchscreen shoot-out, Moto Labs are at it again. This time around they've gone with a more scientific approach - <a href="http://labs.moto.com/robot_touchscreen_analysis/">using robots instead of humans to do the drawing</a>, as well as carefully selecting their drawing app to minimise any algorithm compensation.

    Speaking about screens, if you've read any reviews of the Nexus One at all you'll probably have noticed how the reviewers commend on how brilliant the screen is. <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2010/03/secrets-of-the-nexus-ones-screen-science-color-and-hacks.ars/">Ars take an in-depth look at the Nexus One's touchscreen</a>, and exactly why it's as good as it is - unsurprisingly, there's some pretty heavy maths involved.

    Published on 25th March 2010 by

    4281314313_e6795c4cf1_oOne of my most favourite iPhone apps, Instapaper, is coming to the iPad. It's developer (and emerging Gruber-san like figure), Marco Arment, has shown off an iPad version and given commentary as to why things are the way they are in his iPad app.

    "CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Leaders from the Army's technology command visited Apple, Inc. here to discuss the use of Apple products in Army business and battlefield operations." - The Army and Apple aren't exactly a combo you'd think of, but I guess even soldiers recognise cool products. I wonder what they have planned…

    Adobe Creative Suite 5 is coming soon - in 19 days, we will see more of what Adobe has in store for this behemoth of a software package. Right now Adobe has a teaser site up with a little bit of info as to what's going down in CS5

    A beta of MSN Messenger for Mac was released and it has audio and video chat in it. HOLY CRAP FINALLY! Don't get too excited though - the feature doesn't work properly yet. Microsoft need to put it back in the oven for a little while yet. ...

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