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How Do I Get the Apple iOS 6 Update?

Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod users can now rejoice…because the wait for iOS 6 is over. The update is now live and available for download.


With the new Maps app available with iOS 6, certain cities—like San Francisco—are showcased in dazzling 3D.

To get the update all you need to do is hook up your iDevice to your computer and launch iTunes. Apple will take it from there.

If you prefer to go wireless, you can download directly through your device, by opening your iDevice’s Settings, then selecting “General” and clicking on “Software Update.” Download times will vary and depend on a few things, like your connection speed and your current iOS. For example, if your iDevice OS is a few versions old, it could take significantly longer than if you’ve updated the OS regularly.

iOS 6 Features
The update (600 MB in size) is a goldmine, packed with more than 200 new features. Like Apple’s new Maps app, which replaces Google Maps as the iDevice choice for navigation assistance. In addition to offering voice-based navigation that tells you where to make each turn, “Maps” even contains a dazzling feature (“Flyover”) that uses a 3D display to showcase certain cities.


The Passbook app in iOS 6. No more fumbling for boarding passes or movie tickets.

For fans of social media, Facebook is integrated into the OS, while users familiar with Google Wallet will enjoy Passbook—which operates like a virtual wallet, storing digital items like movie tickets and airline tickets in your iDevice.

And if you’re an iPad user who’s felt jealous of your iPhone-carrying friends because they’ve gotten to know Siri, you can relax because there’s now plenty of Siri to go around. The iOS 6 update enables users of the third-generation iPad (as well as the new iPod Touch) to issue voice commands to Siri, who always responds with good advice spoken pleasantly. Plus, thanks to this update, she does even more now, including finding information about movies, restaurants and sporting news, and posting your direct comments to your Twitter or Facebook page.


Hottest new sportscaster of the year? Soon Siri will be delivering more sports news than ESPN.

It’s clear that iOS 6 represents a significant leap forward for the iOS—which is not surprising since the iOS will come standard on the iPhone 5. For programmers who are already exploiting the features of the last iOS, iOS 6 gives app developers a chance to really showcase their skills.

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Wilco Re-Animates Popeye

We’re fans of the rock group Wilco group. Possibly one of the best live bands on tour today, Wilco are constantly rocking our iPod. But there’s another reason we’re fans – why? Well they’re fans of Popeye! Just take a look at the awesome video below that Wilco just released:

Here it is – the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years. 

Roger Wilco
“Dawned on Me” is from the Grammy-nominated 2011 album, The Whole Love. For the music video, Wilco worked directly with King Features (the folks who own the Popeye franchise) to make the vintage black-and-white Popeye cartoon, directed by Darren Romanelli.

Wilco are an awesome live band and they obviously had a lot of fun and input making a music video like this. The video is hosted on wilcospinach.com and it’s worth checking out – even the webpage has been redesigned to look like a classic Popeye cartoon.


Click the image above for a Wilco desktop wallpaper.

The Origin of Popeye
Popeye, the spinach-eating sailor, made his first appearance in comics on January 17, 1929. He was one of several characters that appeared in the old King Features daily comic strip, Thimble Theatre. Popeye became so popular, the strip was renamed in his honor.

Popeye’s creator, E.C. Segar got the inspiration for Popeye when he and his assistant would  take afternoon fishing trips to the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. At the pier they met a local fisherman named Olaf “Cap” Olsen, a squinty-eyed retired Norwegian sailor who operated a tiny fleet of fishing boats from the pier. The character of Popeye was born shortly after.


Olaf Olsen, a retired fisherman that took to visiting Santa Monica Pier is said to be the inspiration for Popeye. 

Neither Olsen or Seager would have probably never guessed the creation would become such as huge star – in fact, Popeye has become a huge animation franchise. Popeye has found his way into everything from toys, games, chicken restaurants and, of course, spinach. And he even has a connection with the king of video games, Popeye’s Nintendo Arcade Game was a huge hit a well. You can play Nintendo’s Popeye online.

Popeye has even done time on the big screen, with Robin Williams as crotchety seaman opposite of Shelly Duvall’s delicate Olive Oyl.

Hand Drawn Animation
Popeye’s creator, E.C. Segar is regarded as one of the most influential cartoonist in the history of cartooning. An award was even named in his honor by the National Cartoonists Society in 1971. Charles SchulzBil KeaneAl CappBill Gallo and Mort Walker received the award before it was discontinued in 1999.


Popeye even had a popular cartoon series in the late 50′s.

Popeye is an animation superstar. He ranks with Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse in the cartoon hall of fame. Popeye comes from the hand-drawn age. Hand drawn animation is becoming a lost art, thankfully there are still young artist that want to learn how to make cartoons.

Today, Animation is a $950 billion plus industry, now Spongebob Squarepants and Pokemon rule the roost. New animators like Steven Hillenberg and Brad Bird are creating the future of cartoons but there’s still plenty of room on the playing field for new cartoonist and animators too – just like when Popeye’s creator E.C. Segar beat the odds against big studio animators like Walt Disney to introduce a cartoon sailor who ate spinach:

The classic 1956 Popeye cartoon “I Don’t Scare.”

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Apple’s All New Product Line for 2012

Steve Jobs had one final trick up his sleeve. Apple will completely overhaul part of its hardware product line in 2012, including the iPhone, iMac, iPad and MacBook Air. The news comes courtesy of suppliers in Asia that are part of Apple’s supply chain.


Could this be the next iPad? The iPad 3 will have retina-quality display and be “super-thin,” based on industry rumors. 

The trade DigiTimes reported the news today. According to a source, it seems only the products above will get the overhaul; the MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Pro and iPod were not mentioned. Also, the iPad will receive an upgrade during the early part of 2012. The iPhone 5, of course, is due out in the second half of next year. The sources said ”Apple will finalize order volumes for key parts and components” for the third-generation iPad in December — with two million units being prodcued by the end of this year. The upgraded iPad would be thinner and have an even longer battery life.

Recently Apple quietly updated its MacBook’s with faster processing power. Apple also recently showed suppliers two prototypes, code-named J1 and J2. The prototypes showcased higher resolutions, for the next-gen iPad or iPad 3, a display that could have double the resolution of the current model — a 2,046 x 1,536 screen. That would most likely be a third-quarter 2012 release.

Super Thin is In
Don’t put off that iPad 2 purchase just yet. While DigiTimes has good sources throughout Apple’s supply chain, the trade publication has been wrong in the past, including the recent iPhone 5 bait-and-switch that Apple pulled, opting instead for the iPhone 4S.

The display rumors and the rumor that even the MacBook Pro will adopt a more MacBook Air-type of styling (called “super-thin” by some industry analyst) seemss to play to those next-gen rumors.

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Apple After Steve Jobs

Apple must now begin the process of surviving as a company without Steve Jobs. It will be a daunting task, but one that should be made easier by the fact that Jobs himself left behind blueprints of sorts, for both the success of the company and for the executives that would follow him.


Steve Jobs with wife Laurene Powell, after his last public keynote. 

Among those plans are outlines for products that Jobs believed would be part of the company’s future – plans he personally worked on for more than a year.

Plans for the Future
Even though he was dying, Jobs worked tirelessly on Apple’s future. He worked hard to develop the plans for Apple’s futuristic headquarters in Cupertino, California, and get them approved, going so far as to defy doctors. Steve Jobs last public appearance was to pitch the spaceship-like designs to the Cupertino City Council last June.

In addition to the giant new Apple complex – which will sit on the old Hewlett Packard site (where Jobs worked part-time when he was 13 years old) – Jobs had also been supervising the development of iCloud, and contributing ideas to update the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and iPod. According to sources inside Apple, there are at least four years worth of new Apple products, thanks to Jobs.

Steve Jobs DNA to live on with Apple University
Another secret project that Jobs worked on was an executive training program called Apple University. The program, which Jobs considered vital to Apple’s future success, will teach Apple executives to think like Steve Jobs. Sources familiar with the program say Jobs personally recruited the dean of Yale’s Business School, Joel Podolny, to develop it, way back in 2008.

“Apple needed a set of educational materials so that Apple employees could learn to think and make decisions as if they were Steve Jobs.” Tim Bajarin is an Apple analyst. So it really is no surprise that, when Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005, he was already thinking about his legacy.

It’s said that the inspiration for Apple University came out of Jobs’ admiration for Bill Hewlett and David Packard, and the way they built Hewlett and Packard into a tech giant. HP’s values or “the HP Way” were highly admired in the 80s and 90s.

Jobs wanted to establish something similar with Apple University. The program would help Apple executives and regular employees continue to innovate and drive Apple’s success. This included attention to detail, accountability, perfectionism, simplicity and of course, secrecy.  Jobs wanted to see if the creation of university-level courses would translate into the best business and operating strategies.


Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs and John Lasseter at Pixar.

One example of what Jobs hoped for is already running at Pixar. Jobs sold Pixar to Disney in 2006 for $7.5 billion. Pixar University is a professional development program that offers courses in fine arts and filmmaking as well as leadership and management training. The program also provides company history, culture and values.

Steve Jobs oversaw the most incredible corporate turnaround in Silicon Valley history. After returning to Apple in 1997, he was in charge of every major decision Apple made, from the launch of iPod to the iPad 2.

A Future without Jobs 
Jobs, the famed co-founder of Apple, died last week of pancreatic cancer. Pre-orders for the authorized Steve Jobs biography have shot through the roof since. Apple definitely wants to continue building on Jobs’ achievements. The iPhone alone is a multi-billion dollar business and app development for iDevices is a requirement for anyone in the tech field these days. It will be a challenge for Apple to maintain its success without Jobs’ leadership, but not impossible. No other CEO or company has analyzed its success so closely – or developed a plan to continue that success after their leader was gone.

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iPad, iCloud & App Cards

At the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event on Tuesday, Apple unveiled its next generation iPhone, the iPhone4S, but Apple was also talking about iPads, iCloud and apps, too.


Apple’s iPad pilot program for schools has put iPads in classrooms, in every state in the U.S. new schools are being equipped with iPads according to a recent article in the NYTimes. Photo via NYTimes. 

Apple has been pushing innovation not only in the technology space, but innovating schools and business. Apple’s latest phone features voice recognition and while it’s an incredible technological step, the company is full steam ahead on all fronts.

Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, got a laugh for saying airplane pilots use of iPads makes airplanes more efficient. But it’s true; the FAA approved the use of the device and apps like ForeFlight. Hospitals are testing iPads, too. In fact, 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies are supposedly “testing or deploying” the iPad in their workplaces. And the amount of schools and summer camps using iPads has dramatically increased.

In addition to the new iPhone 4S, the Apple event was a chance for Apple to toot its own horn and talk about these innovations and outreach. And Apple continues to surprise us with its unique train of thought.


Instead of iPhone 5, Apple introduced…Apple Cards???

Digital Goes Analog 
Apple has surpassed 250 million sales of iOS devices. That’s iPads, iPod touches and iPhones. Apps make these devices truly shine. The App Store features some 140,000 for the iPad alone, with more than 500,000 total apps. More than a billion of them are downloaded every month. Leave it to Apple to introduce one that helps you send a greeting or holiday card. The Apple Cards app lets you create paper printed cards – right from your iPhone or iPad.


Cards are sent with a special postal mark barcode – when they’re scanned at the destination, you get a text message the card has arrived.

If no one else was excited about the Apple Cards announcement, we’re sure the Postmaster General is since traditional postal mail use is significantly down. People still prefer to send cards the old fashioned way, however.

High Above the iCloud 
In the future we’ll all be storing docs in the Cloud. Think of anything you save – a document, picture or song. It all goes in the Cloud. Google Docs has done this for some time, so it’s no surprise to see Apple follow suit by promoting iCloud.

Apple’s iCloud allows the storage of any file type, and serves up all your media on all your iDevices – MacBook, iPhone and tablet. When you sign up, you get 5GB for your mail and docs, and pay an additional $20/$50/$100 more a year for added storage. Users get unlimited storage for photos and music. Using iCloud allows Apple to see all the music you own, and maybe even if you paid for it or not.

But iCloud does allow you to share your media across your many devices, which could come in handy for work or home.

The Core of Apple 
Apple’s doing what it has always done; revolutionizing technology to make your life easier and more productive. Siri, the voice recognition software for your iPhone 4S, is billed as a personal assistant. The iCloud makes moving your media easier. Apple Cards let you send a mailed greeting card right from your phone. Apple is revolutionizing the way we live our lives. And owning an iPhone or iPad isn’t the only to get involved with the Apple revolution. Learning app development for iDevices is a great way to get started with the Apple iOS, too. You don’t have to work for Apple to change the world.

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Will Apple Kill the iPod?

Apple revolutionized personal music with the iPod. It’s been wildly successful for ten years. Models have include the classic iPod, as well as the 2G and 3G updates. In addition, Apple has enjoyed robust sales for the iPod Shuffle, the iPod Nano and the iPod Touch.

                             iPod                                                     iPhone

King of the Hill
Over the years, the iPod has consistently laid waste to a slew of competitions (including Sony’s Walkman, the Zune and iRiver). But now the iPod is facing a competitive challenge that even it can’t beat: the rest of Apple’s technology—especially the iPhone and iPad, which have effectively stolen iPod’s thunder after a decade of defining the marketplace.

Even though the iPod has traditionally claimed as much as 90 percent of the portable music player market, there’s no getting around the fact that recent sales are noticeably down, to the tune of a 20-percent decline in third-quarter iPod sales from the year before  - and only 8 percent of Apple’s fourth-quarter 2010 revenue came from its iPod line.


Big pimpin’. A gold-plated iPod Shuffle.

Apple is now more aggressively pushing the iPhone and iPad. Apple hopes to convert iPod users into iPhone owners. Using a smartphone to access their music, which will be stored on the iCloud. And the sales figures indicate that many if not most of those users are already moving from iPod to iPhone or iPad.

No News is Bad News?
Over the years, Apple has followed a set strategy of announcing and releasing new products. These announcements have typically followed a pattern wherein the latest iPad model is announced in spring, new iPhone models are unveiled in summer, and iPod updates are presented in the fall. Apple has issued its press invitations for Tuesday’s October 4th press event, and none of Apple’s materials referenced the iPod, or any new iPod models. The device has also been overlooked by Apple for a few years now.

The Galaxy of Competition
As if the iPod didn’t have enough to worry about with fears of its impending extinction, now it’s facing yet another industry challenge, this time from the Samsung Galaxy. WHich is available in two versions, starting October 16th. Both the Galaxy Player 4.0 ($229) and Galaxy Player 5.0 ($269) will connect online through their Wi-Fi connections, are equipped with back-mounted 3.2-megapixel cameras as well as (front-mounted) VGA cameras to enable video chat functions, and take advantage of Google’s Android Gingerbread mobile OS.

The models differ primarily in screen size, offering either a 4-inch or 5-inch screen, both of which are larger than the iPod Touch’s 3.5-inch screen. Each model has 8 GB of memory, as well as an SD-card slot that can accommodate up to 32 GB of storage.

Samsung’s Galaxy Player 5.0                                                          4.0

Samsung is gunning for Apple’s lion share of the portable music player market, with new models like the Galaxy Player 5.0, which has a 5-inch screen…perfect for personal gaming. 

Samsung is clearly adopting a bigger-is-better strategy in its competition with Apple, with s whose screen size trumps that offered by market-leader Apple. Samsung is attacking Apple on another front, too. On October 2nd, Samsung will introduce its Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet computer. The 8.9 tablet is named for its 8.9-inch screen and updates its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Utilizing Google’s Android Honeycomb OS, Samsung will offer the 8.9 tablet with 16 GB of storage ($469) or really tricked-out with 32 GB (for $469).


Samsung is also aiming to capture the tablet computer market through its Galaxy Tab, which features an 8.9-inch screen and Google’s Android Honeycomb OS.

All the Google platforms are a boom for developers learning google android app development. For developers, the right training enables aspiring programmers and designers to get ramped up to speed quickly, with programming instruction that’s both hands-on and cutting-edge.

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