Jim and Dan talk about Jim's so-called "Apple-centric" stance, the upcoming iTunes Festival in London, the gold iPhone 5S, hacking Facebook, the Samsung watch, and Katy Perry. Also, Dan's eviscerates the new Jobs movie.
Apple is going all out this year with a star-studded line-up at its iTunes Festival—Katy Perry will close out the show, according to a story on AP.
Oh, hell with it. I’m sick of hearing knee-jerk Android bashing come from obviously smart people who should know better. The most recent episode of Amplified was absolutely painful to listen with Jim Dalrymple’s claim that Apple “is the only [company] that has lead” in the tech space. This is absolute nonsense, and he knows it. Jim “likes to use products that work” and Apple products work for him. Great. They work for me too. I wouldn’t have a MacBook on my desk, an iPad in my bag, and an iPhone in my pocket if this were not the case.
But forget the chronology, the historical and casting errors, what we have here is a TV movie (think Pirates of Silicon Valley) with a feature budget — hence the great cinematography — yet without a soul. At the end of the film Jobs is cleaner and more stooped, but inside there’s that same old Steve and we don’t really understand him any better.
There are a bunch of rumors and speculation making the rounds about Apple adding gold to the color options for the upcoming iPhone 5S. I've heard the same thing, but probably from different sources. I joked about it yesterday, saying we might soon have Threepio Gold to add to the existing Vader Black and Storm Trooper White lineup. But beyond rumors, speculation, and jokes - and even a gold iPhone 5S poll we ran - I find myself thinking about the idea a lot today.
The CIRP report is the most detailed we've seen on where Apple and Samsung get their customers
That’s the latest I’m hearing from multiple sources after several weeks of rumors and possible component leaks suggesting the same thing. At first, I couldn’t believe Apple would break from the tradition of offering the simple choice: black and white (or “slate” and “silver” if you prefer for the iPhone 5) for their flagship device. Gold simply seemed too gaudy, perhaps even tacky. But a few compelling arguments countered my disbelief. And now, upon checking, sure enough, there will be gold.
A man who hacked into Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page to expose a software bug is getting donations from hackers around the world after the company declined to pay him under a program that normally rewards people who report flaws.
In its first major hardware upgrade in three years, TiVo introduced its fifth-generation hardware DVR series on Tuesday. On sale now with the odd nickname of “Roamio,” the new boxes promise a faster user interface and built-in streaming to iOS devices. At first glance, this new generation of TiVo looks like a big step up for cable TV subscribers who want to ditch their generic cable DVR.
I can’t hold my tongue anymore. After months of silence due to a legal battle I was involved in, I have to let you all know about Cathay Pacific Airline’s horrible treatment of my instruments.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent for a method of generating and manipulating a three-dimensional object on a computing device, with the process controlled by special gestures made above a touchscreen's surface.
It was about a week ago when Bloomberg reported that Samsung was getting ready to launch its smart watch called Galaxy Gear. Since then we have been calling around and our sources have come back with enough details for us to give a reasonable assessment of what this watch could look like. Our sources tell us that the September 4, 2013 launch is pretty certain and there is a likelihood that the company will hold events in both Berlin and New York. Samsung might even have a pop-up store in Times Square where it could sell the watches. We reached out to Samsung’s spokesperson and are waiting to hear back from them.
Fans of the fledgling cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin got quite a shock in recent days as some clever thieves worked out yet another method to swipe virtual cash from unsuspecting users. The source of the theft was traced to a bug in Android, and now Google has acknowledged the flaw exists. Not only could this further tarnish the reputation of Bitcoin as a secure anonymous currency, but it could spell trouble for an enormous number of other Android apps.
Here we see the actor Noah Wyle playing the role of Steve Jobs at the start of the Macworld expo. Noah played the role of Steve in the movie Pirates Of Silicon Valley which was released that same year.
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the sad state of TV technology, why the TV situation is worse than music and even phones, why Apple has decided it can't solve this particular problem right now, why TiVo sucks (but is still better than all the other alternatives), and which box, of the ten connected to your TV, is the best one to use to watch Netflix.