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    Published on 25th August 2011 by

    In a letter supplied to the Board, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple naming Tim Cook as his successor.

    To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

    I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
    Published on 15th August 2011 by
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    In an absolutely astounding move announced by its CEO Larry Page, Google has purchased Motorola's consumer handset division, Motorola Mobility.
    Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed
    Published on 28th April 2011 by

    A development application was lodged today with the Brisbane City Council for MacArthur Chambers, a 1930s English Renaissance styled building draped in history and located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. In the application made to council, the retail tenancy covering the ground floor, mezzanine and basement are set to be overhauled and restored to their former glory.

    A review of the architectural drawings supplied show immediately recognisable hallmarks of Apple's retail style. Areas for the Genius Bar, Kids Corner and iPod and iPhone accessories can be found alongside Apple's trademark sugarmaple tables and characteristic stools. A section drawing showing the store's Queen Street frontage includes a coyly reserved square area for "internally illuminated store signage" directly above the entryway which will feature twin reconstructed glazed doors.

    The renovation includes a mammoth $3.84m simply to demolish the existing renovations which were completed in the 1980s and again in 2001. The project seeks to "create a high quality retail outlet which showcases the architectural qualities of the original Assurance Chamber and adds contemporary elements of comparable quality."

    Recent Apple Stores such as Covent Gardens in the UK, and Paris Opera in France have shown Apple to embrace and enhance the existing heritage fabric of their sites rather than simply throwing a façade of aluminium and plaster in front of them.

    The MacArthur Chambers renovation includes several clues to the potential tenant, including
    a "uniform stone floor finish" and adjusting the space to house "the new feature stairs", floor to ceiling retail display shelfing, and most convincingly a trio of wall-mounted displays equidistant from one another and sitting behind a long "bar" complete with stools.

    The development application is yet to be assigned to a planning officer for assessment, and given the significant heritage listing attached to the site it may take some time. However, once approved the project is expected to take three months to complete.

    So here's to Apple's 11th Australian Store, in a setting which will prove to be certainly its most exquisite yet. For further reading you can check out the floor and section plans and for more specific information about the work being done to restore the interior, this document gets interesting from about page 16 onwards. The entire development application can be viewed online at the Brisbane City Council website.
    Published on 22nd October 2010 by

    It's been a while since our last Melbourne MacTalk meet! Join us for an afternoon in the park, chilling out and talking crap with some nerds.

    When: Sunday 7th November, 1PM onwards
    Where: Flagstaff Gardens (Google Map) - down the back of the park on the corner of Peel and William Streets near the BBQ & tennis courts. It'll ...
    Published on 2nd April 2010 by

    The Easter Bunny has come early for people on New South Wales' Central Coast. Apple's careers website now shows Newcastle as a "Future Location". So, when you're next piling coal onto a freighter or letting cargo ships run aground on your picturesque beaches you can get your iPod fixed or your iPhone blasted with a can of compressed air.

    Published on 1st April 2010 by

    Welcome to the most annoying day on the Internet.

    Just a reminder to the fair citizens of the Internet that it is April 1st today (and tomorrow thanks to international timezones), the so-called April Fools' Day. So if you read an article that sounds a little too outlandish or provocative on any of your favourite sites, it's probably just a load of bullshit.

    We at MacTalk have discussed ...

    Published on 25th February 2010 by

    comms_center_surveySo far we've received over 300 responses to our survey, and this data is absolutely invaluable for us as we go onwards, upwards and twirling, twirling, twirling towards tomorrow.  Help us out by giving your two-cents and contributing to the future direction of the MacTalk podcast.

    We've recorded over 100 episodes of the MacTalk podcast, spanning over 2 years. It has remained largely unchanged and with little feedback from listeners. We figured it's about time ...
    Published on 20th January 2010 by

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    It's a new year, a new decade and 24 hours after Apple unveils its "latest creation". Do you need more reasons to celebrate and perhaps consume the odd beverage? That's right, it's time for another Brisbane MacTalk Meet-up!

    Come join your forum buddies, put faces to names and enjoy a few beers and some good food. We don't bite, seriously!

    When: Friday 29th January, 6pm 'til late
    Where: Boardwalk Bar & Bistro Website
    Published on 25th December 2009 by


    All the staff, contributors, editors, reviewers and podcasters would like to wish all of the MacTalk community a happy, healthy and safe Christmas.  News may be a little lacking over the break as we all spend some time with (or away from) our families. We hope you enjoy the break and we look forward ...
    Published on 1st December 2009 by


    We got there!  Congratulations to all of our dedicated MoBros for getting out there and giving up their top-lip in the name of charity. You may remember that just a week ago, as a team we had raised $1,797 for mens health issues.  Would you believe that in the last seven days, we have skyrocketed to an astounding $3,574.77! Thank you to EVERYBODY who has donated, your efforts have been amazing. I'm genuinely and honestly grateful for how generous you have all been.

    As mentioned last week, Liquid Digital donated an aGent Full-HD Webcam as a prize for a MacTalk MoBro, chosen at random, who has raised $25 or more. I'm pleased to announce that our winner is James "Griffmiester" Griffiths!  Anthony will be in touch to arrange your prize.

    Our winner was chosen courtesy of the lovely Random.org's list randomiser, the output of which can be seen after the break (just so you don't think we're cheatering!). Thank you again to everybody who took part, Liquid Digital for their donation, and everybody who gave to the cause. See you all again next year, and good luck with Decembeard!


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