Test Your Apple Knowledge

Did you get Walter Isaacson’s new Steve Jobs biography yet? If not, order it now! But if you have it, you can use it to test your knowledge of all things . At the beginning, there’s a Character list, showing all who had a connection to Jobs, most through Apple. Count how many of the fifty-seven people you already know of. (I got thirty-one.)


How to get movies from DVDs to iOS devices using a Mac (in 15 screenshots)


I recently had a request for instructions on how to get movies from DVDs to iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). This seems like something iTunes should have built in, right? Well, greedy people somewhere have caused this to be left out, making most end-users pay for the same movie twice, once on DVD and again on the iTunes Store. So following are 15 screenshots made on a MacBook Pro running OS X Lion with instructions for copying movies off of DVDs, and optionally onto an iOS device. Warning: Copying movies from DVDs incorrectly is pirating! Do not distribute any movies you copy from your DVDs! More on pirating at the bottom of the post.

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Steve Jobs, 1955-2011


There is nothing mere words can say…

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

via apple.com/stevejobs

Apple Previews Final Cut Pro X!

Apple demonstrated a new version of its industry-standard video-editing software today. Final Cut Pro X will arrive in June and feature major improvements. The app will finally gain a native Mac interface. It will also be rewritten to be 64-bit and take advantage of OS X technologies. Lastly, it includes significant new features, including some borrowed from iMovie.

When the software arrives, it will be available for download from the Mac App Store, for $299. To my knowledge, no new Final Cut Express was announced, but with the drastically reduced price of the Pro version (which used to cost $999; Express was $199), perhaps the distinction is gone.

iOS 4.2 Perhaps to Be Released in Seven Days!

When syncing my iPad today, I noticed that the next automatic iOS software update check was 11/16/10, seven days from today.

iOS possibly coming 11/16/10

Given that iOS 4.2 is scheduled for this month, I think this seems a likely date. However, it is a Tuesday, and a Tuesday just doesn’t seem like a good day for a launch, maybe a Saturday would be better. (Slightly changed quote from Despicable Me intended.) I am guessing (and hoping) that it will be released then, but I certainly can give no guarantees. What with GameCenter, Multitasking, Wireless Printing, Folders, and more, this will be an exciting next week or two. I can’t wait to try it out.

Apple’s New iPod Nano

At Apple’s Wednesday music event, Steve Jobs introduced a new iPod lineup, iTunes 10, and a new Apple TV. The company’s new iPod nano is a radical departure from previous models. The long-standard Click Wheel has been removed in favor of a touch interface, and the device’s size has been reduced dramatically. Indeed, this new iPod seems like a hybrid of the touch and shuffle.

The nano’s interface is essentially a very-stripped-down version of iOS. Four home screens can each hold four icons: they can be rearranged, but new ones cannot be added. Instead of a home button, a tap-and-hold anywhere will return to the home screen; the entire interface can be rotated with two fingers. Unfortunately, some important functionality has been removed, including the ability to watch and record video. (The new iPod touch, with its dual cameras, fills that gap, however.) Also, the price is the same, at $149 for the 8GB model and $179 for the 16GB.

We have yet to discover if the new interface is as user-friendly as the previous one. It certainly has strengths, but seems incredibly tiny compared to an iPhone (or iPad). We’ll find out when the new iPods go on sale next week.

Happy Birthday Wozniak!

Steve Wozniak is 60 years awesome today! This is a time for celebration, for without the other Steve there would be no Apple.

For those of you unfamiliar of how Apple came to be,Wozniak and Jobs met in 1970. After selling a few of their prized possessions (including a car), the pair brought the company into being on April 1, 1976 in order to sell their first marketed creation, the Apple I computer kit. The kits were build from scratch by Wozniak. From Scratch. And you thought your pal with that sweet gaming rig had some cred because he put it together from components he bought at Frys.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Wozniak, and thank you for all the amazing tech products you’ve brought us over the years.