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Microsoft reportedly blocked data center guru's move to Apple

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:24pm
Microsoft allegedly blocked its former data center manager from joining Apple after reportedly being hired by the company in April to oversee iCloud operations.


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Voices That Matter: iOS Dev Conference offers exclusive TUAW discount code

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:00pm

Attention East-coasters and anyone who develops iOS apps! You're probably already aware of the wonderful Voices That Matter: iOS Developers Conference that is held in Boston, Massachusetts. The upcoming conference is scheduled for November 12-13, 2011, and you can get an exclusive discount from TUAW.

Just enter TUAW444 as the priority code when you sign up for the conference, and you'll get $150 off of the normal $745 cost of the registration. The conference is going to be chock-full of some amazing speakers. Here's what conference manager Barbara Gavin has to say about this year's event:

Learn all about the new functionality and tools in iOS 5 at the Voices That Matter: iOS Developers Conference. Don't miss sessions like Designing a Creative Process for iOS Development from Jason Festa of Disney Mobile or Mike Ash's Defensive Programming in Cocoa. You can hang out with the folks you read and follow, like Erica Sadun, Aaron Hillegass, Erik Buck, Chris Adamson, and Daniel Jalkut. Join us in Boston, November 12-13, 2011 and learn how you can leverage Apple's commitment to the iOS platform.

Conference registration includes admission to all education and networking sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks, a conference guide, and access to speakers' slides. The price of the conference is normally $745, but Pearson Education (Erica's publisher) has been good enough to offer a $150 discount to TUAW readers. To take advantage of the discount, go to the conference registration page and use the code TUAW444.

You'll also be able to meet up with TUAW's Victor Agreda and Dave Caolo at the event in addition to my writing buddy (and conference Technical Chair) Erica "Aunt TUAW" Sadun. It's a great conference and this is a nice discount to take advantage of.

Voices That Matter: iOS Dev Conference offers exclusive TUAW discount code originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dear Aunt TUAW: What is the lifespan of a large-capacity hard drive?

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:00pm

Dear Aunt TUAW,

So here's the deal. There are 8-terabyte drives on the market now which, unless you are working for a production company or shooting buckets of RAW, you are never going to use. That's just extra space, which is great!

Except, what is the lifespan of those drives? Will they fail on the average user before they even get close to capacity? If so, what would you recommend for the average user as the best value?

In other words, if I do minor photo and video editing, keep a lot of photos, download a few movies and have a decent iTunes collection, will my need for storage hit 1TB or 2TB before they fail?

Your loving nephew,

Phillip

Dear Phillip,

Although Uncle Chris is snarking quietly about "640 K should be enough for anybody" jokes, Auntie is going to ignore him and try to do her best to answer seriously, because one's drive space never exceeds one's grasp.

As a rule, Auntie recommends replacing hard drives (especially those used for Time Machine backups) every eighteen months. There is absolutely no science or engineering behind her answer, only a lot of frustrating experience. Of course, you can say that any machine with moving parts is technically prone to failure at any moment...

Eighteen months is about long enough for each new generation of storage to appear on the market and to ensure that fresh storage will meet your ever-growing data needs: it's never just about RAW images. There are home movies, TV shows (hello rapacious EyeTV recordings), audiobooks and more.

The minor photo and video editing that you've described, plus a few movies and a decent iTunes collection can happily live on 1-2 TB for a while, and you'll know when you're about to burst at the data seams. Just make sure the age of your drives and backup system doesn't put your data at risk.

Hugs,

Auntie T.

Dear Aunt TUAW: What is the lifespan of a large-capacity hard drive? originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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All prospects for an internal HP webOS largely destroyed

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:31pm
HP announced yesterday that it would retain its PC business while deflecting questions about the future of webOS for at least another month, but insiders note that HP has already destroyed the viability of the project moving forward internally, leaving a sale of the group its best hope for survival.


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China Telecom may not carry iPhone until mid-2012

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:08pm
China Telecom may not see the iPhone on its network until mid-2012, with one analyst pegging the launch to take place in February or March at the earliest.


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Daily iPad App: SoundCloud

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:00pm

Popular social music network SoundCloud released its iPad app on Thursday and we took the app for a quick spin. For those that have never used SoundCloud, it's an online service that lets you upload and share audio clips with other SoundCloud members. The clips can be short sound bites, music tracks or even audio books you create yourself. It has a strong social component that lets you promote your tracks or discover new tracks. It launched in 2007 and has rivaled MySpace as a place for musicians to distribute their music and interact with fans.

The iPad app does a nice job of combining the social aspect of SoundCloud with the music discovery and playback features. The app uses a multi-pane interface with a left-side tool bar that has four selectable items. There's a profile section that lets you see your account information, a track section that lists new music in your stream, a comments section that lists the feedback you've received on your tracks and a search section that lets you find new music and new people to follow.

This multi-pane interface makes it easy to view multiple layers of information at one time. You can click on the profile icon which opens a pane containing your account information. You can then click on a link to "Your Likes" which displays the tracks you have favorited in a second pane. A click on one of your favorite tracks opens a third pane that lets you control music playback, share the track on twitter, and more. You can only display two panes at a time, but you can swipe between these panes to select the ones you want to view. This layout makes it easy to use the app in portrait as well as landscape view.

The SoundCloud app does a nice job with the social features of the service. You can comment on a track right from the app and share the track on Facebook, Twitter and tumblr. The app also does a good job interconnecting members and music. You can listen to a track and view that member's profile. You can see their followers and the music they like and so on. You can spend a lot of time travelling from one profile to another, adding new tracks and new follows along the way.

The one thing missing from the iPad app is the ability to view other people's comments on a track when it is playing. On the SoundCloud website, other people's comments will pop up when a track is played. You can read the comments, read responses and add your own. On the iPad, you can add a comment at any point in the track, but you can't see what other people have said on the fly. This isn't a deal breaker and I imagine it's a difficult feature to implement on a mobile device like a tablet.

(Good news! SoundCloud reached out to me and the ability to view comments as the track plays back is there. You just have to fullscreen the track to see them. I never used the fullscreen view because I love the multi-pane view so much. I was happily tapping away, finding new follows and looking at new tracks that i never checked out the fullscreen view. If you want to find the comments for a track, just start playing it back and click the fullscreen button. Voila! There they are, and they pop up just like the SoundCloud website,too.)

The app is very responsive and music streaming is quick, with minimal buffering over a WiFi connection (I did not test 3G). Music plays in the background, so you can launch SoundCloud, fire up some tracks and move on to another task. Track information also appears on the lock screen, but there are no playback controls that'll launch SoundCloud when you unlock your device. Besides listening to music, you can also record sounds using the iPad and its built-in microphone. When you're done recording, you can upload the clip to your account.

The iPad app is a nice addition to SoundCloud and is a must have for iPad owners that use the service. The SoundCloud app is available for free from the App Store. The service is also free, but does require a login and account.

Gallery: SoundCloud iPad app

Daily iPad App: SoundCloud originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More Halloween sales on the App Store

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 2:00pm

A holiday weekend is upon us, and that means there are sales all over the App Store. Both Sega and Gameloft have already offered up some deals, and here are several more for you to check out on your iPhone or iPad.

Whew, that's a lot of cheap games to pick up and play, and I'll bet there will be even more as the weekend goes on. Enjoy!

More Halloween sales on the App Store originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 4S battery concerns and tips for better performance

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 1:30pm

Since the iPhone 4S was released, several customers have reported sub-optimal battery performance. Not only in standby time (Apple's iPhone specs comparison chart notes that the 4S offers 200 hours of standby time, while previous models offered 300), but in daily use as well. The UK's Guardian newspaper reports that some users have been directly contacted by Apple engineers (!) who are trying to suss out the issue.

Today, Erick Schonfeld reports his experience at Tech Crunch. Despite moderate use during an 8-hour work day -- about two-and-a-half hours of Internet and email and roughly 30 minutes of calls -- his iPhone's battery had died. If the iPhone saw hands-on activity for about three hours, according to Erick's anecdotal observation, it spent about 5 hours sitting idle.

As Erick notes, the phone was "...constantly bleeping with notifications and emails. And that may very well be the problem." Often a "resting" iPhone is in fact doing something, and it's possible that very frequent notification alerts can contribute to battery drain. Per the Guardian story, problematic contacts may also be to blame (see Chris Breen story below).

While we wait and see if anything official will come from Apple on this apparently widespread problem, here are a few general tips you can use for preserving battery life on an iOS device. You won't suddenly run 12-hour days after trying these things out, but every bit helps, right?

  1. Lower screen brightness. A blazing screen equals a blazing battery. Move that slider a bit to the left.
  2. Reduce alerts you don't need. Yes, push notifications are wonderful as are their corresponding beeps. Just look at how many you've got enabled and whittle it down to the essential.
  3. Enable quick screen locking. You can typically let the display go to sleep when you aren't actively using your iPhone.
  4. Enable Airplane mode when offline. It kills Wi-Fi and data dead. Plus it's polite to whomever you happen to be talking with.
  5. Reduce email checking. Do you really need to see a new message every five minutes?
  6. Make sure you're not synchronizing massive mail folders you don't actually need on the go, like Sent, Drafts or Junk.
  7. Try de-synchronizing your Exchange, iCloud or Google contacts and seeing if that improves matters -- you may have a corrupt contact record in there.

Admittedly these tips are common sense stuff and probably won't address more specific issues others are reporting. For example, the folks at iDownloadBlog suggest that the Time Zone setting could be a problem and describe a way to test your own device (note that they tested the iPhone 4 and 3GS, not just the 4S), while Christopher Breen discovered that an errant contact was causing a battery-draining crash loop while trying to sync to iCloud.

If you've found any helpful tricks, please share in the comments.

iPhone 4S battery concerns and tips for better performance originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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10 cool things you can do with Wolfram Alpha and Siri

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 1:00pm

Steve Sande and I have been collaborating on "Talking to Siri," an ebook that just recently hit the Kindle store. It's a how-to that will help you get the most done with your Siri intelligent assistant. We're sharing some of our favorite tips with TUAW readers.

Today, we're looking at Siri's Wolfram Alpha integration. You can force Siri to use Wolfram by prefixing your request with "Wolfram." For example, you might say, "Wolfram, what is the square root of 2?" or "Wolfram, graph x-squared plus three."

But there's a lot more that you can do with Wolfram than just math. Here are ten of our favorite Wolfram searches. These highlight the flexibility of this amazing information resource.

  1. Roll a Random Number. Say "Wolfram, random integer." Wolfram returns a random value between 0 and 1000. "Wolfram, random number" provides a 0 to 1 floating point value.
  2. Look up nature facts. Say, "Wolfram, what is the scientific name of a mountain lion?" It's Puma concolor. Rabbits are Leporidae, and Peacocks, Galliformes.
  3. Check upcoming holidays. Say, "How many days until Thanksgiving?" This returns both the number of days as well as a helpful calendar so you can chart out the time until then.
  4. Create a secure password. Say "Wolfram, password." Wolfram generates a difficult-to-crack 8-character password. Scroll down for alternates. If you need a longer password, you can append these together.
  5. Convert text to Morse code. Say, "What is Morse code for horsefeathers?" You'll see the entire sequence laid out for your tapping pleasure.
  6. Check your diet. Say, "How many calories in a small apple?" Wolfram will tell you that there are 75.
  7. Ask out about time zones. Say, "Wolfram, what is the local time in Jakarta?"
  8. Query about your chances. Say, "Wolfram, what is the probability of a full house?" For a random five-card hand, it's apparently 1 in 694.
  9. Have fun with pop culture. Say, "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?" or "Wolfram, who shot the sheriff?"
  10. Visualize colors. Okay, I've saved the best for last. If you work with colors, this can save you a lot of time. Say, "Wolfram pound sign E 9 7 4 5 1" (for Burnt Sienna / Tangerine) or "Wolfram pound sign 2 9 A B 8 7" (for Jungle Green). This will also convert the colors to RGB values and look up closely-matching brand colors from Benjamin Moore. Make sure to scroll down to catch all the helpful information.

10 cool things you can do with Wolfram Alpha and Siri originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple brings iPhone 4S to 22 new countries in fastest rollout ever

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:56pm
Apple has launched iPhone 4S in 22 additional countries, as it announced it would by the end of October, making the launch the company's fastest international rollout of an iPhone with the 4S model now available in 29 nations.


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Apple engineers working with iPhone 4S users to fix battery woes

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:38pm
Responding to complaints of battery life issues with the iPhone 4S, engineers from Apple are said to have contacted customers directly in an effort to solve any issues.


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International unlocked iPhone 4S sales begin today

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:30pm

It's a happy day all over the world today, with a second wave of international iPhone 4S sales starting up. Even better, all of the phones that are going on sale today are unlocked, unlike American compatriots. Who says America is the land of the free?

So where can you pick one up? The new countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Just visit your favorite carrier and you're free to sign up and begin using your new iPhone 4S.

The pricing on the unlocked iPhones is a bit steep. In Spain, for example, the 16 GB model goes for a cool €600 -- about $850. The 32 and 64 GB models are €700 and €800 respectively. This is a bit more than the unlocked pricing for Canada, which is running between CD$650 and CS$850 depending on which model you purchase. Things are even more expensive in Italy, as you can see in the screenshot at the top of this post.

Still, it's good to see that the iPhone 4S is in distribution in all of these countries and that the supply of the friendly phones (hey, I love Siri...) is in excellent shape. It should be interesting to see if Apple releases sales figures for the iPhone 4S next week after this massive distribution push over the weekend.

International unlocked iPhone 4S sales begin today originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thought experiment: hacking Siri to control your TV

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:00pm

Yesterday, our lead editor Mike Rose sidelined me to ask, "Could we tell Siri to control Apple TV?" Just as a thought experiment.

After a bit of investigation, I had an answer for him, which was "Yes, you could, but no, you probably don't want to." That's because the degree of hacking necessary to make this happen, versus the actual real-world performance, really isn't worth the effort. It might make a cool demo, but not an effective remote control.

The best and most obvious approach would have been to have Siri use URL schemes to trigger a local application on the iPhone, which would then coordinate with a Mac client or directly with Apple TV over Bonjour. Unfortunately, Siri does not allow you to open web pages -- yet. She's quite apologetic about this, but my hope for a URL-based solution was a no-go.

Moving on, I investigated an AppleScript/email-based approach. Cory Bohon wrote up a series of tutorials a while back on TUAW demonstrating how to use mail rules to trigger scripts. You create rules (Preferences > Rules) that match message subjects and contents, and use the "Run AppleScript" choice to choose a script to trigger based on your rules.

This was a much more promising avenue, but Mike and I agreed that the complexity of sending emails via Siri felt more complicated in practice than using SMS texting. I started investigating ways of triggering email rules by SMS. Fortunately, a simple solution quickly popped up: Google Voice.

GV offers the option of forwarding text messages and provides the bonus feature of tagging subject lines with the incoming phone number. This makes it especially easy to authenticate and match incoming requests to Mail rules.

In order to create the control scripts, I would use AirFlick rather than iTunes. I shall spare you the messy details, but I would extend the app to support external pause and play requests.

Finally, you have to set up a contact on your iPhone using the Google Voice address. No big deal. Just make sure you use a name that Siri can easily recognize.

The operational path then works like this: "Siri, text AirFlick 'pause'." You wait for Siri to compose the SMS message. You then send it. The iPhone texts Google Voice. Google Voice forwards the message to your inbox. The mail rule triggers and runs the AppleScript, which causes AirFlick to send a pause command.

The whole latency from your spoken command to your Apple TV actually pausing? Probably under a minute.

As I said, this is a not an optimal approach, but if I wanted to invest a couple of hours I could get it up and working today.

So how close are we now to extending Siri control to our world and to third-party apps? Well, Siri can already pour you a beer and trigger any SMS-based Arduino set-up. But beyond using it for simple triggers, we're still pretty far away from fine-tuned control.

Apple really needs to release a developer API that will provide third-party rules and vocabulary for Siri to follow before we can truly jump into "build your own remote with Siri" scenarios. Of course, by the time that happens the company may simply release a Siri-savvy TV of its own.

Thought experiment: hacking Siri to control your TV originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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In Time - The Game app free today to celebrate film release

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:30am

Fans of Justin Timberlake are quivering in their Ugg boots today for the release of the sci-fi thriller In Time. While waiting for the movie to start, they can also download a companion app to the movie for free.

In Time - The Game depicts a "near-future world where time is a finite commodity that can be earned or taken away. Score points by sprinting, jumping and dodging waves of obstacles & assailants across often-hostile city streets on the way to your destination before your time runs out. Players can acquire valuable time by collecting 'time capsules,' or lose time if apprehended by the 'Minutemen.' Players can multiply their scores by giving time to those who most need it, but at the risk of the player's running out of time himself."

The app features actual scenes from the movie, 16 missions, 30 unlockable achievements and Game Center integration for competing with friends. Just remember, though; the app is free today only. Don't run out of time!

In Time - The Game app free today to celebrate film release originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 4S/iOS 5 preliminary jailbreak on the way, not yet ready for public consumption

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:00am

OK, jailbreak fans. It's not complete, and it's definitely not widely available, but the first jailbreak for the iPhone 4S is starting to make the rounds. It's actually a jailbreak for iOS 5, and works not only on the iPhone 4S but also the iPad 2.

iClarified reported that the iPhone Dev-Team is demoing a preliminary jailbreak. Notes from the team state that "huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left" for the iPhone 4S jailbreak, similar to the comments made about the iPad2 "Just like iPhone4S, lots of hurdles remain, no ETAs."

A video of the in-progress jailbreak working on the iPad 2 can be viewed below. Enjoy, and keep your browser pointed to TUAW for all of your up-to-the-minute jailbreak news.

iPhone 4S/iOS 5 preliminary jailbreak on the way, not yet ready for public consumption originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report suggests Apple slipping in handset rankings

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:00am

Last quarter was a transition quarter for Apple and its iPhone. Sales of the 18-month-old iPhone 4 fell slightly as the company prepared to introduce the iPhone 4S. This slowdown caused Apple to slip to fifth place in the global handset market and to the number two slot in the global smartphone market, according to Strategy Analytics.

Strategy Analytics's report examines global handset shipments and reveals that Apple now trails Nokia, Samsung, LG and ZTE. Chinese manufacturer ZTE shipped 18.5 million handsets last quarter and beat out Apple which shipped 17.1 million. Nokia held onto its first place position by shipping 106.6 million handsets, most of which are feature phones.

In the smartphone market, Samsung climbed past Apple with 27.8 million in quarterly smartphone shipments. In the June 2011 quarter, Apple had slid past Samsung to claim first position, but it's time at the top was short-lived due to several market factors.

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics says, "We believe Apple's growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung's popular Galaxy S2 model."

Apple may be down this last quarter, but next quarter should be significantly better. During its quarterly earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook assured analysts that the holiday quarter should see iPhone sales return to record-breaking levels. Early sales of the iPhone 4S have been brisk and these numbers are expected to climb now that Apple is rolling out the handset to additional countries.

[Via AppleInsider]

Report suggests Apple slipping in handset rankings originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google TV gaining Android Market, simpler interface with new update

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 9:57am
Google on Friday announced that it will issue a major update for its Google TV platform to some devices starting early next week, adding more applications from the Android Market as well as a simpler interface.


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5 apps for the Zombie Apocalypse

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 9:00am

It's much harder to put together a 5 Apps post for the Zombie Apocalypse than you might think. Do we focus on serious topics like first aid, or do we try to inject a little humor like Plants vs. Zombies for "training skills"? In the end, we came to the conclusion that this was simply too complex a topic to limit to just five app titles. We give you five app topics instead -- and we've skipped the entertainment component.

In that spirit of deadly serious preparedness training, we give you "5 App Categories for the Zombie Apocalypse."

First Aid

The app store is brimming with first aid applications. We liked the free Know-it-All First Aid refresher app, which seems to have plenty of good reviews and cover the basics. Other well-reviewed apps included Pocket First Aid and CPR ($3.99), and Emergency First Aid & Treatment Guide ($0.99). Emergency health response is a vital component of survival during the apocalypse.

Maps

During the Zombie Apocalypse, you'll want access to a navigation application that uses cached maps. These apps tend to be quite large (typically over a gigabyte) but when the zombies are after you and the Internet is dead, cached information may be a lifesaver. We recommend Navigon (various prices based on region) and TomTom (ditto).

Survival manuals

The App Store is home to any number of survival manuals. You may wish to check out iSurvival ($1.99), iSurvive ($1.99), the Army Ranger handbook ($2.99), Wilderness Survival ($3.99), or Survive It ($1.99). TUAW recommends against Zombie Apocalypse-specific titles (e.g. Zombie Apocalypse Manual, $0.99) as they do not provide as balanced coverage as the general topic apps.

Flashlight apps

There are a bajillion free flashlight apps on the App Store, many of them that can enable your built-in LED like this one. Flashlights can help you find your way through the moonless night as you run across the gravel pits. Be careful though. They can draw more attention to you by the hordes of the undead, who can see just as well as the living (especially when their glazed, bleeding eyes chance upon warm prey).

You can use a free Safety Flasher to signal your compatriots once you know they haven't been infected.

TUAW recommends against picking up multitool versions of flashlight apps. You don't want to be measuring shelves or using a level at the same time you're fleeing for your life. Also skippo the virtual Zippos. They won't do you any good in a real-world zombie face-off.

Camouflage

Consider picking up the free Zombie Nombie Lite if you think you may need to enter situations where you must camouflage yourself amongst actual zombies. Hold the app in front of your face, shuffle and make a lot of moaning sounds. You'll blend in perfectly.

As a final note, let us point out that apps like the Zombie Survival Guide Scanner are meant for entertainment purposes only. Do not attempt to use these in real-life apocalypses.

5 apps for the Zombie Apocalypse originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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E-book series details the evolution of iMovie

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 8:00am

I am slowly reading through Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs and, like many of you, I'm fascinated by the complex series of events and people who created the Apple we know today. Another good read that covers a portion of Apple history is a e-book series called Timeline.

Written by John Buck, the two-volume set discusses the history and development of video editing from its early beginnings back in 1898 to the recent development of tools like Adobe Premiere, Pinnacle Studio and QuickTime. The book ends its coverage in the year 2000.

Apple fans will find the second volume particularly interesting, as it chronicles the events that led to the creation of Final Cut Pro, QuickTime and iMovie. It focuses on the engineers and programmers who created these historic software programs, and the machines that influenced the development of the growing field of digital nonlinear video editing.

You'll learn about programmers like Randy Ubilios, who created the early versions of Adobe Premiere and then Final Cut when it was developed by Macromedia, and Ralph Guggenheim, a Lucasfilm employee who created the video group that eventually became Pixar.

You can read some excerpts from Timeline at Buck's website. The book series was released in digital format only and is available from Amazon, iBookstore, Sony Reader store and Barnes and Noble.

[Via The Loop]

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Taiwan concerned Apple's slide-to-unlock patent could hurt market

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/28/2011 - 7:57am
Government officials in Taiwan have expressed concern that Apple's recent success in obtaining a patent for the slide-to-unlock gesture on touchscreen devices could hurt competing smartphone makers.


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