Apple Archive

Ask Siri for the Answer

by Joey L
Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant on the iPhone 4S, applies voice recogition to the next level.   With a strong emphasis of artificial intelligence driven into the system, Siri is able to analyze and decipher the meaning behind what questioners are asking.   Siri is such remarkable software because it makes some of the complex technologies seen in sci-fi movies into a reality for consumers to use.  When you ask Siri a question, it will send your question to the cloud where a powerful AI algorithm can analyze and interpret your request.  Once it figures what you want, it will send the answer back to your phone.  Although Siri has been shown to be able to run on older i-devices by industrious hackers, Apple has only packaged this software in the 4S.  This may be to cut down the load on their servers. read more...

Apple ditches Java programs

by Boshi W
This article I read on talks about apples bold move on rejecting any java apps from there iOS app store. Apple announced that java related apps will no longer be approved of use in the app store. Furthermore, apps that are in demo stage, with exhibiting bugs, betas, trials, pornography, or excessive violence will continue to be rejected from the app store. Clearly, the approval process for the app store continues to be strict. The reason for rejecting java apps is because of its unstable performance on the iphone, ipad devices. However, Mac OSX will continue to support the use of java technology. read more...

Everpix let’s you see and organize your pics from anywhere

by Asbed P
Everpix is a small utility that allows you to connect to all your pictures, all at the same time.  This means that it syncs all your pictures from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram, Gmail, and any photos from your computer all on its own cloud based website.  The app was created by Pierre-Olivier Latour and Kevin Quennesson, who are both former Apple employees who worked at Apple for over two years.  This is also a reasonable answer as to why Mac users will be getting this app first.  To get started you install a small utility that will begin to sync all the pictures you have on your computer. By clicking on the Icon in the menu bar, it sends you to their website that will allow you to decide which services you want to connect to, as well as specify which folders you want to sync up online when the app starts.  By default the pictures uploaded by the app will remain private unless you decide to share them will someone or decide to make it public in its entirety. Although all this sounds great, the syncing with Gmail pictures isn’t too great.  It asks you for your username and password instead of using OAuth to connect and sync images. read more...

“Dirty” Data Producers

by Monica G

It is common knowledge, that every major technology corporation has data warehouses or data backup sites. But have many of us thought about the energy usage of these locations. Well Greenpeace has, they even published a report titled, “How Dirty is your Data?” in which it listed the top nine technology companies and their power usage. Apparently, Apple along with HP, do not use very “clean” power for their data warehouses. The scores are based on the percentage of “clean and dirty” power used by the companies. “Clean” referring to the type of power such as solar or wind, while “dirty” means coal or nuclear. The statistics come from the information publicly available from the organizations, even though a request is made by Greenpeace for more information, to help make the evaluations more accurate. As stated before Apple scored very low, 6.7% while HP received 9.9%. The Apple score primarily came from their location in North Carolina, where only 5% of the energy usage was deemed “clean.” While, HP’s electricity usage primarily comes from coal and nuclear energy, which explains why they received such a low rate. The article also notes that even though Facebook didn’t make it to the bottom of the list, it is well on its way. The ever growing social network relies heavily on coal for its cloud. read more...

HTML 5, The Future of Mobile Web

by Calvin M
So why doesn’t Apple allow Flash web applications on their iDevices? People say that it’s all about business. If iDevice users can’t use Flash applications, then they are forced to download all their apps from Apple’s App Store. Steve Jobs gave consumers six main reasons why him and his developers decided not to all Adobe to be a third party developer. Steve Jobs believes that having developers use HTML 5 rather than Flash, will allow more developers to use a various amount of tools, and since Apple is a member of the standards committee that controls HTML 5, this is a perfect way of popularizing the format. Also, since Apple’s mobile iDevices use touch technology, it will be difficult for users to navigate Flash web pages that rely on regular web users to roll over the menus with the cursors. Steve Jobs believes that HTML 5 will be the best format for mobile devices because it’s a standard that was created in the mobile device era. read more...

Kindle Fire and iPad 2? – the incomparable

by Ricardo G
The article describes the characteristics of the new competitor in the tablets’ world, the Amazon Kindle fire, against the market leader by a huge market share, the Apple iPad 2. First of all, regarding price, the Kindle Fire will be priced at $199, compared to the $500 of the lowest-priced iPad 2. When it comes to screen size, the iPad is superior by 2.7 inches. Now, regarding features, the Kindle Fire, compared to the iPad 2, doesn’t have a camera, microphone, or capability to connect to a 3G network (it only has Wi-Fi capability). The Kindle fire offers 8 hours of battery life and 8GB of storage versus 10 hours for the iPad and 16GB for the iPad bottom end; however, Kindle Fires offers free cloud storage. In regards to Apps, the Kindle will have access to thousands of apps in Amazon’s app store for Android, whereas the iPad has access to the well-known Apple store with access to 425,000 apps. read more...