Try FaceTime with an Apple representative

28 06 2010

As they comment in Softpedia, Apple has contacted early iPhone 4 purchasers and invites customers to test out FaceTime for free. The new video chat function is typical to the company’s new-generation smartphone, and currently supports calls over Wi-Fi networks between two identical devices (namely, iPhone 4). FaceTime does not use cellular minutes.

tryfacetime.jpg

The invitation in question (above) encourages customers to give Apple a call and talk to a representative who will then take them through the settings configuration and Wi-Fi connectivity. “Give us a call”, Apple entices iPhone 4 owners. “An Apple representative will show you the basics and a few advanced tips. Before you call, make sure you have a Wi-Fi connection. Call 1-888-FACETIME from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CDT”, Apple’s message ends. Customers finally engage in a FaceTime conversation, with the Apple rep explaining the particularities of this new feature.

FaceTime is an open standard announced by Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month. Introduced alongside iPhone 4 (thanks to the addition of a front-facing camera), the feature currently requires a working Wi-Fi network and another iPhone 4. It may be possible to use FaceTime over cellular networks and between different vendors’ devices in the near future.

“People have been dreaming about video calling for decades”, Apple proudly states on its web site. “iPhone 4 makes it a reality. With the tap of a button, you can wave hello to your kids, share a smile from across the globe, or watch your best friend laugh at your stories — iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. No other phone makes staying in touch this much fun.”

According to the Cupertino, California-based Mac maker, there is no need to set up a special account or screen name to use FaceTime, as the service works “right out of the box”. The company provides examples of how to use the function, saying“Let’s say you want to start a video call with your best friend. Just find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or maybe you’re already on a voice call with her and you want to switch to video. Just tap the FaceTime button on the Phone screen. Either way, an invitation pops up on her iPhone 4 screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, the video call begins. It’s all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape modes”. Visit Apple here to learn more about FaceTim

Advertisements




Apple’s iProducts are not private any more!

28 06 2010

jobsprivacy.jpg

The U.S. Congress has requested an explanation for the changes Apple has made in its privacy policy regarding the geolocation information as IPAD and iPhone products. Now users have to accept that Apple uses its location information if they want to enjoy all the benefits of their devices. 

In a letter sent on 24 June to two congressmen Steve Jobs echoed the concerns of some media about their new privacy policy, including the admission that Apple may collect and share geographic data users . If users disagree with this policy and do not accept this update of the document can not use some features of the products. Although the information is collected anonymously, the fact is that you can use to identify users based on their behavior patterns. 

That is why Steve Jobs asking him to answer a few questions related to the frequency of data collection, the amount of users which collect such data storage procedures used and who are the ‘partners and licensees ‘with which Apple may share this information. The document, signed by two congressmen, calls Steve Jobs a response by July 12.stevelaughing.jpg

Photo: Steve Jobs laughing at you with his brand-new iPhone 4





Long wait for an iPhone 4…

28 06 2010

Yes, as the say in Gizmodo it’s very difficult to get an iPhone 4 because you have to wait for a long time…

colaat&t.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As you know, it was released the iPhone in the U.S. in April. One of the Gizmodo team (www.gizmodo.com) began to queue 20 minutes before they opened. Summary and video of the queue of more than five hours after the loooong break.

Watch a video of the queue here:

http://bg-video.cp.motionbox.com/motionboxons/flash/VideoPlayer.swf?type=sd&video_uid=a498d3b81c17ecc52c&security_token=prod3.359b2a79f36fd072

Their friend in USA began to wait at 6:40 am at the Apple Store in Soho, New York. The store opened at 7:00. The queue moved so damn slow. Well, to be precise, there were two queues: one for those who had booked (as their colleague, named Adam) and one for those who do not.

iphone4inhand.jpg

Adam had reserved, and apparently reached its goal at 12:00. 
He says the temperature was 35 degrees, and Apple employees were handing out SmartWater (I guess some flavored water or a sports drink) and ice cream. And he was in the line of those who had booked, which was significantly faster (or less slow) than the other! 
When he reached the door of the store, asked the guy next door from what time was there. He said that from 3:00 in the morning. That is 9 hours for the queue of those who booked, so, to keep the pace, someone who put in that line when the store opened at 7:00 … come at 4 o’clock. 
Now is when one wonders what the hell the type of the queue and its congeners have been in line for 9 days. Being able to get it in 9 hours, does not seem to make much sense, unless you want not only to have it, if not also be the first to have it. Or something escapes me or goes against logic.”





iTunes with streaming in June 2010

27 06 2010

It’s only a rumour, but some people say that in June i’ts finally coming…

This is what Gizmodo thinks about it:

It still seems strange, on the face of it. iTunes is the ginormousest force in digital music, beaming out billions of bits a day. Apple paid $80 million (maybe) for Lala, a streaming site you’ve never heard of. Why?

First, let’s look at what Lala is. (Or was.) It’s three things, really: A CD trading site (its original emphasis), a streaming site, where you can “upload” your own music and stream it anywhere (your collection is matched with what Lala’s got, and anything they don’t have is actually uploaded); and a streaming site that’ll let you stream a song once for free, or pay 10 cents to stream it an unlimited number of times. In other words, It’s a music service that’s all about streaming and the cloud, both for the music you already own, and for finding and playing new music.

ituneslala.jpg

That obviously looks a lot different from iTunes—you pay for things, you download them, you have a library of stuff. It’s kind of a dated, restrictive model, really. Only being able to listen to the small slice of music that’s banked on my hard drive, it feels cramped and very 2004. Zune feels like a generation ahead with Zune Pass, which essentially expands my library ad infinitum, with full access to most of the service’s 6 million songs (plus I get to keep 10 a month, so the pass just about pays for itself). iTunes needs to refresh itself.

Okay, so Lala obviously fits into that need. But what’s Apple going to do with it specifically? Bring Lala under iTunes? Kill Lala and assimilate its features into iTunes? Keep Lala running? Well, there’s actually some pretty good case studies when it comes to Apple buying up smaller companies, historically, especially when it comes to iPod and iTunes.

iTunes actually began life as an acquisition. In 2000, Apple was looking to buy MP3 software and wound up purchasing a little program called SoundJam MP, along with its lead developer, Jeff Robbin—it was re-engineered into what you now know as iTunes, and Robbin is now the VP for consumer applications at Apple. Cover Flow, which is now slathered on top of basically every app Apple makes, was originally an independent program developed by Steel Skies. Apple bought Cover Flow, though not the company. The iPod itself was mostly developed by a company called PortalPlayer—again, Apple bought the rights to the hardware and software, but not the company (which was later picked up by Nvidia).

Finally, and most recently, Apple bought PA Semi, an entire chip company, likely so Apple can design its own chips for iPhones and iPods (we haven’t seen the fruits of this venture yet, though we likely will soon). So, there’s a couple different models here: Buy the tech, buy the brains behind it; buy the tech; buy the company, the tech and the brains. In each instance, though, the thing purchased became wholly an Apple thing, fully assimilated, as if its past life had never existed.

Looking at Lala, it’s likely true, as the NYT says, that Apple is “buying Lala’s engineers, including its energetic co-founder Bill Nguyen, and their experience with cloud-based music services,” as Apple did with iTunes so many years ago. But that’s not all Apple was after, not if they paid $80 million (or whatever) to outbid at least two other competitors, as some reports say. It seems clear, looking at the history of Apple’s iTunes acquisitions, Lala and its features are going to be integrated into iTunes in a very fundamental way.

After all, one of the central conceits of Lala—streaming your own music library anywhere—is something Apple’s been looking at for a while, and it doesn’t alter the fundamental iTunes model, the one that’s so deeply tied to your own music collection. It just expands it. Lala, actually, was even in the midst of getting its streaming iPhone app approved.

And that’s most likely what Lala is going to look like inside of the iTunes beast: You’ll be able to stream your own library anywhere. The other half of Lala, the true streaming service, with its 10-cent songs, as a part of a new iTunes too, would radically alter the entire iTunes model by introducing one organized around streaming—while still preserving that core tenet of paying for and owning songs. The kind of value hierarchy that Apple is devoted to still works—songs you have more ownership of, that stay on your hard drive, cost more (like when DRM-free songs used to cost more) while ones that stay in the cloud are cheaper—even as it completely changes the way we’d buy music from iTunes, and if history’s any guide, maybe digital music as a whole. (Oh, and iTunes’ new web interface practically begs to be a streaming site.) It’d be a big step, even for a company that killed their most popular iPod, the mini, to introduce a brand new one, the nano.

True, we won’t know precisely what Apple’s going to do with LaLa until they do it. But we’ve got some rough ideas.applelala.jpg





Steve Jobs’s emails

27 06 2010

Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, doesn’t often answer emails from his customers but when he does his replies are short and blunt. – That’s what telegraph.co.uk says.

Yes, It’s true, he replies. Maybe It’s his secretary, but… isn’t it COOL? Steve Jobs’s email addresses are: sjobs@apple.com, steve@mac.com and steve@me.com.

Try it, but a reply is very unlikely.heiljobs.jpgSome emails that he replied to:

1. “No.”
Asked whether the forthcoming iPad would support ‘tethering’ to an iPhone, which would allow customers to use the iPhone as a modem for their iPad.

2. “Not to worry.”
In response to a customer who wrote to express his disappointment that Apple has not updated its MacBook Pro and Mac Pro range of computers for a while.

3. “Change your app’s name. Not that big of a deal.”
Replying to John Devor, whose company, The Little App Factory, made a product called iPodRip. Apple’s lawyers asked him to stop using iPod in the name of his app because it’s an Apple trademark. He gotlittle sympathy when he emailed to tell Steve Jobs of the situation. iPodRip is now called iRip.

4. “This is what happens when your MacBook Pro sustains water damage.They are pro machines and they don’t like water. It sounds like you’re just looking for someone to get mad at other than yourself.”
Jobs offers a slightly more comprehensive response to a customer who wrote to complain that Apple wanted him to pay just to see whether it would be possible to repair his water-damaged laptop.

5. “No but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.”

Jobs can’t resist a dig at Google in reply to a customer who asked whether the iPad would support Google’s Picasa library format.




 

 





Apple sells 3 million iPads in 80 days

27 06 2010

iPadsales.jpg

Apple makes some cash with the iPad. The company has sold three million digital tablets in 80 days since it was released in the U.S. Next month, Apple will sell the iPad in nine other countries. Many analysts in technology industry are wondering if the fourth version of iPhone, will disturb the iPad’s sales.





iPhone 4 problems

27 06 2010

It happened with the original iPhone, then with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, also with the IPAD and now comes the turn of the iPhone 4. The truth is that every release of Apple’s products is inevitably accompanied by complaints from users whose units have some problems arising from the assembly line or of an overall design. The question in all these cases, as argued in any market study, is that only will come out negative cases … since they are the ones that move us to search (or force) solutions, and pose an outlet for frustration, something totally understandable considering how it must feel who has invested hundreds of dollars on a product that has been looking forward to for so long and, once in their hands, does not meet the expectations expected. 
iphone4images.jpg
Anyway, these seem to be the main weaknesses of the new iPhone 4. Some of them with a solution, other are simply more or less serious according to the person using the device and how to use it: 

The volume buttons, unlike
The rush is never good counselors and this is what seems to have happened in the iPhone assembly line in April, since it seems that some units have the volume adjustment buttons mounted upside down. 

Ie, labeling as “-” takes up the volume, while the button labeled “+” will reduce the sound.“Solution? Simply apply for replacement by another … or live with it. It all depends on what each one requires money paid for the iPhone 4. 

Yellow screens
Some displays seem to yellowish spots in certain areas of the screen. There seems to be nothing serious and, in fact, it is also something about the rush on the assembly line. One of the products used in the manufacture of the screen requires a certain amount of time for proper evaporation. With a bit of use for a few days, experts indicate that the problem be solved without more. 

No coverage
What appears to be the most serious of all problems is related to the fact that Apple has used in its design the casing as an antenna, so that depending on how you hold the phone can you run out of full coverage conversation. They have come to light some videos showing the problem, but it is also true that many users are not experiencing (most perhaps?). Watch this:


In any case, it is rumored that is an issue that can be solved by a software update operating system (IOS 4.0.1) and in fact could be published next week. 

For those who really are a severe problem of coverage Apple’s CEO (Steve Jobs) provides you with another solution: use a case or hold it “another way”.