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    Published on 7th February 2010 by

    While not strictly Apple-related, the biggest tech news to come out of Australia this week was iiNet's win against the big bad movie studios. Three cheers for sanity!

    Everyone was looking forward to magazine content on the iPad, and Apple didn't deliver. TUAW complains.

    The Flash war rages on this week. Can HTML5 replace the need for Flash in all browsers? Gizmodo doesn't think so. Meanwhile, you can dream about what an HTML5 video future might look like with Sublime Video.

    Apple's still busy filing patents - this week, an intelligent iPad bezel and location based social networking/video calling stood out.

    Sebastiaan de With posts a rather excellent user interface roundup of the iPad.

    Published on 5th February 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4836" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/steve_0023-252x300.jpg" alt="steve_0023" width="252" height="300" />We'll try to forget yesterday's inexcusable misdemeanour of incorrectly naming an Apple product, and instead, move on with the news...

    Nehalem Mac Pros are all-powerful and all, but how about the fact they take <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/02/nehalem-mac-pros-take-20-performance-hit-when-playing-audio.ars">a 20% performance hit when playing back audio</a>? I'm sorry, come again? How something like that slips through the cracks is completely beyond me...

    Daring Fireball. <a href="http://daringfireballwithcomments.net/">With comments</a>.

    <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2010/02/04/amazon-has-acquired-touchco-a-multi-touch-company/">Amazon bought out some multi-touch company</a>, in the hopes that they'll be integrate existing technologies into the next-gen Kindle. Well, that's what I'd expect them to do - here's to being able to rip out the pages of your favourite book, one by one!

    Published on 4th February 2010 by

    Cheers to Ram City for sponsoring the MacTalk Podcast - check them out if you need RAM!


    Lauren Watson (prerecorded), Alex Reid (Al Aero), Christopher Kahler (arkenstone), Kieran McIlwain (Exocet) and Anthony Agius (decryption) invite you to drink some Red Balls whilst listening to this podcast.

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    Published on 4th February 2010 by

    <img class="alignright" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/steve-jobs-economist-cover.jpg" alt="steve-jobs-economist-cover" width="259" height="342" />Forget the iPad, I am honoured to present the upcoming <span style="text-decoration: none"><a href="http://dev.chromium.org/chromium-os/user-experience/form-factors/tablet" target="_blank">gPad</a>, with</span> all the super cool spy images to satisfy you excitement.

    As the gPad is such a huge announcement, there are reports that <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5438716/google-and-htc-working-on-a-chrome-os-tablet">HTC has teamed up with Google </a>to make this awesome new device.

    Oh no wait a minute, it now looks like that HTC has <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/01/19/htc.to.ditch.tablet.pc.plans.focus.on.phones/" target="_blank">apparently abandoned</a> the tablet for the moment. Now that was quick!

    That concludes our gPad coverage today. In other news:

    If your iPhone or iTouch is looking a bit ill, plug it into iTunes straight away as <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/02/iphone-os-3-1-3-available-now/" target="_blank">iPhone 3.1.3</a> is waiting patiently for you.

    For all you guys with the new 27" iMacs, Apple has released <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/02/01/apple-imac-27-inch-screen-fix/" target="_blank">yet another update</a> to try and resolve the screen issues that users are facing. Let us know if it does the trick.

    Google today released an update for the Nexus One <a href="http://www.9to5mac.com/google-multi-touch-nexus-one-apple-patent-456749567" target="_blank">enabling 'multi-touch'</a> on some of their apps such as GoogleMaps. I can already feel a lawsuit in the works.

    Published on 3rd February 2010 by

    This week we look at the Apple Design Award-winning task manager Things, and an official app to come from the movie reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.


    Things 1

    Things is a task-manager for the iPhone. There's a good chance that you already know this, since it's been one of the most celebrated and well-regarded iPhone apps of all time - an impressive feat, not only because there are over 140,000 apps on the App Store now, but also considering the number of high profile task managing and to-do apps for the iPhone. I've previously reviewed Put Things Off as a low-cost simple solution to task organisation woes, but Cultured Code's Things is at the other end of the spectrum. It's more expensive, with a more advanced (yet surprisingly simple) way to manage what needs to get done.

    Things' user interface is remarkably similar to the iPhone's Settings app. That's fantastic, because it means you already know how to use Things as soon as you open it. There's so little that you need to learn to be able to effectively use the app that even the newest iPhone users could manage creating, tagging and choosing the right folder for tasks. The simplicity of Things is in sharp contrast with quite a few other to-do apps (not just on the iPhone, but on other built-in smartphone task managers too). Want to create a new task? Tap on the bottom left corner and you can instantly create it. Then it's just a matter of adding some tags, a due date and/or a folder to put it in - all optional extras that aren't required to use the app at a basic level.

    Things 2

    Despite having a similar interface, Things' quick and easy method of adding tasks and editing them is quite unlike anything else. Every function of the app is explained graphically through efficient use of icons and buttons (the Things app icon in itself is a delightful way to indicate what the app is all about). If users open the app with tasks overdue, they're displayed in the 'today' folder by default and the app put a badge on the app's icon once Things has been quit. In terms of sharing your created tasks (a useful feature for group collaberation work), Things offers a simple 'Send Email' feature that's quite self-explanatory. In the future, I hope Things will include more sharing options - such as the ability to share tasks on Twitter or Facebook.

    If you're really looking towards creating a brilliantly efficient way to effectively organise and manage your tasks, you can't go past Things. I was disappointed to learn that the app doesn't yet support push notifications to display tasks outside of the app once they're due, but I expect it will be added in a future update, and in my opinion, will make the app near-perfect. It's so easy to use that any lack of advanced functionality is almost immediately cancelled out. Combined with the use of Things for Mac (an expensive US $50 additional purchase from the Cultured Code website), Things becomes a solid task-managing application for your iPhone.

    Published on 3rd February 2010 by

    pull it off. tee hee heeLast time I wrote a news post the iPad didn't exist, now every man and his dog wants one. (NSFW, especially if you work at the Macquarie Bank)

    More on the A4 chip that resides in the iPad.

    Arthur C. Clarke invented the iPad.

    So maybe the iPad does have a webcam?

    Missing all those Apple tablet rumours? Here are some new tablet rumours!

    An old Rolling Stone interview with El Jobso.

    Logitech have put out a nice little app for controlling your Mac from your iPhone.

    The NYT tech section might as well rename itself the iPad Technology Section. ...
    Published on 2nd February 2010 by


    It's 2005 and my collection of converted music, movies, files and digital photos is starting to grow. Not to epic proportions but I start to get fed up with the growing number of internal and external hard drives starting to clutter my workspace. I start looking for a solution to cater for my needs - What are my requirements?

    • Data Redundancy

    • Scalable

    • Secure

    • Easy to use

    No problem!? The search begun and continued for months with little to show for it. There was nothing on the market at an affordable price that would tick off the most basic features in my list. Being the techie that I am, I resorted to building a server based on PC components and RAID add on cards. I tried many variations of host OS’s from USB based miniature operating systems to fully fledged Linux varieties. All flavours gave me mixed results but not everything I wanted and none ‘just worked’. In the end I bit the bullet and found a cheap XServe and added all the storage I wanted via an external rack based port multiplier disk array. Overall with hard drives I probably spent $3-4k in hardware alone. Yes it ticked all the boxes above for me and has worked flawlessly since but it just wasnt an elegant solution. It was power hungry and a wasteful resource for what it provided.

    Enter 2010. ...
    Published on 2nd February 2010 by

    Cheers to Ram City for sponsoring the MacTalk Podcast & Can Touch This - check them out if you need RAM!


    Talking about apps this episode is Rob (robc), Dan (zillatron), Shawn (the gaffer guy), Gavin (mrbrut), Anthony (decryption). These are the apps we talked about:

    $20 iTunes gift cards giveaways are back! Recommend us an app in this thread and each episode, we will pick one of those apps and PM you a $20 code for ...

    Published on 2nd February 2010 by

    There's a lot of reasons to hate Stephen Colbert. The man is one of America's funniest comedians, he's devilishly handsome and extraordinarily successful oh yeah....and he has a freakin iPad. Colbert showed it off at last nights Grammy's and it appears that it was a working copy. Way to go Apple for their little bit of product placement.

    Speaking of the iPad it appears that hospitals are interested in using it. The device is light-weight, easy to use and perfect for a doctor to carry as they can simply access a patients file with the tap of a button. It's not surprising. Rumours abound that when Steve was in hospital not dying of liver cancer he saw the inefficiency of the hospital system and said "I shall correct it...My Will be Done" he then cured himself by placing his hands over his liver and said "wax on...wax off" before heading down to the Karate competition and besting his old rival.

    Is Apple joining Twitter? Will we get Jonny's musings on design in 140 characters or Scott's links to LOLCats? Who knows...but it'll be a lot of fun finding out. ...
    Published on 1st February 2010 by

    <img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4648" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/steve-jobs-at-nobel-prize-300x251.jpg" alt="steve-jobs-at-nobel-prize" width="300" height="251" />Charadium is an app with an pretty weird name. Besides that, it's also described as "<a href="http://www.slidetoplay.com/story/charadium-review">a marriage of Pictionary and charades</a>", and judging from the screenshots, it looks pretty slick.

    <a href="http://www.crazyapplerumors.com/">Crazy Apple Rumors</a> is like MacRumors on crack, with an extra serving of hilarity thrown in for good measure.

    While you're waiting for the next generation iPhone to ship, why not create and nom down an <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/46955900@N02/sets/72157623172658867/">iSandwich 4G</a>? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P2gKYv2pGY">Watch the tutorial</a> to see if you can create your own masterpiece - who needs Jony Ives now, huh?!


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