iPod creator Tony Fadell on life after Apple

May 28, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in Apple, iPod

Thermostats are mostly unloved. They’ven’t changed since the Seventies or Eighties. And why haven’t they been loved? Nobody has tried to strive for perfection. Generally the installers merely say this is exactly what you need. You don’t shop for the installers like you do for smartphones.

Before that, Fadell devised the prototype of the iPod. Spoke at the Hay Festival, Tony said “My start-up at the time (a company called General Music) was doing digital music, it was 2000, it wasn’t doing well because everything had crashed on the internet. And Apple said, ‘We have this thing called iTunes, we’re burning CDs, we’re playing with MP3 players, what would it look like if Apple made one? We want to task you with that job.’ So I did all the research and made a model, weighted with my grandfather’s fishing weights. With Steve (Jobs), you always had to make three (models), two that were really shite and one you were proud of.”

It was very interesting for him working with Steve Jobs. Literally, hours later, Tony said,  he pulled together the storage, the batteries, the schematics and the pricing, put it together in a package, made a Styrofoam model, weighted it with his grandfather’s fishing weights and then made two other models because with Steve you always had to make three – two that were really s***. About seven months later Apple shipped the first iPod.

During the whole time of the development we were so stressed and Apple was really hurting at the time.
There is an Apple DNA.

“We were working on the iPhone at the time, and when I had the iPhone in my hand I thought, wait a second, this is going to be the interface to the world. Thermostats are mostly unloved. Nobody has tried to strive for perfection. When I read books, I read physical books because screens are in front of me all of the time. We celebrated in microseconds. That happened time and again through 18 generations of the iPod.”

“A really wonderful book which will stand the test of time,” Fry says. Fadell gets a word in edgeways. Fry, it has often been noted, is very English: diffident, self-deprecating, endlessly embarrassable, with a horror of dancing. Fry does manage one short question. “Have you driven the Google car?”

Fadell has a short answer, “It’s driven me.”

Anthony Michael “Tony” Fadell (born March 22, 1969) is a Lebanese American inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He served as the Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., from March 2006 to November 2008 and is known as “one of the dads of the iPod” for his work on the first generations of Apple’s music player. In May 2010, he founded Nest Labs, which announced its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat. Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2Billion.

[via TheTelegraph]

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ShowerBooster: Bluetooth Wireless Waterproof Shower Speaker that Works with all iOS & Android

May 27, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in Accessories & Peripherals

I was getting tried of bringing my ihome speaker in the bathroom to listen to music. I love my new bluetooth wireless waterproof shower speaker. I adore how theres a shower handle so I hang the loudspeaker up top. The sound quality is astonishing, sounds excellent. I love the colours. The sizes is prefect its not too big not too little. I adore the way I can make calls while in the shower or by the pool.

Now you can use your iPhone, Droid Telephone, iPad, iPod, or tablet to listen to music while in the shower. The ShowerBooster will stream sound from any bluetooth enabled device. Plus, if connected to a bluetooth enabled phone, the ShowerBooster will allow you to make and receive phone calls while in the shower. The ShowerBooster will ring when a call is received to the telephone. When answered the music will fade out & speaking can begin. When the call ends the music will resume. For devices with Siri, Samsung-S, etc. the ShowerBooster can activate by pressing the CALL button to make calls, send messages, change playback, Test weather, etc. The ShowerBooster features a full control panel that enables you to pause/play, back/forward, and answer/reject phone calls.

There are a couple of small drawbacks:

  • The blue hook is made from soft plastic and becomes loose after a few years. Therefore, it slips down and does not grasp the shower head as good as before. I’m uncertain why the maker didn’t make it sturdy.
  • The master on/off switch is under a seal that is waterproof and is a PITA to access. I want the master was controlled by the red switch on the front on/off function instead of merely the sleep function.

The ShowerBooster brand is owned by TK Products, LLC. Each ShowerBooster merchandise includes a 6 month parts and Job Warranty that is serviced by TK Products, LLC. The ShowerBooster must be purchased through one or TK Products it is authorized dealers for Guarantee Claims.

  • Model: TK-501
  • Power output: 2 x 3 Watts speaker = 6 Watts
  • Dimensions: 8in x 6in x 1.8in
  • Weight: 0.6 lbs
  • Power Source: Built-in Rechargeable batteries
  • Includes: User Manual, USB cable & Charger(US)

WARNING: This Speaker is designed for use in wet locations and can withstand high pressure water jet, DO NOT IMMERSE IN WATER

FEATURES:

  • Waterproof – Rated IPX6 – Can withstand powerful water jets
  • Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR support A2DP, HSP, HFP, and AVRCP
  • Auto Pairing Feature: Pairs your device with the ShowerBooster speaker automatically when it is in range of the speaker.
  • Compatible with any Bluetooth media player, iphone, iPod, iPad, Android Devices, Samsung S-Voice, Google Music, streaming apps, etc
  • Battery Life: up to 25 hours. 3-5 hour recharge (If the unit has not been used for more than 10 days, please charge it before using). Rechargeable power bank inside (cable included), you can power your music device when on the go

PRICE: $40.95 up to $49

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Pioneer’s CarPlay integration for aftermarket iPhone car stereos

May 26, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in iPhone

Pioneer is among the first electronics companies to offer CarPlay enhanced radios for your car. Just install the radio, plug in your iPhone with a lightning cable and you’re good to go.

Pioneer has demoed Apple CarPlay integration with its NEX dash systems as we draw closer to the final iteration of the experience. It’s simple to get started: you just plug in an iPhone and the software opens automatically and takes over the car’s display with CarPlay Pioneer will be loading Apple’s in-car suite to both new and current hardware already available on the market.

Once the iPhone is connected to the dash system, CarPlay makes it possible to access contacts, multimedia and other data stored on the smartphone through the car display – it’s worth noting that CarPlay only works with the iPhone 5 or higher, running at least iOS 7.1. The AVH-8000NEX, which was demonstrated with CarPlay, has a capacitive touch screen, making the experience seamless once the iPhone was plugged in. As well as the 8000NEX above, the following Pioneer aftermarket solutions will also be updated for CarPlay:

  •     AVIC-7000NEX
  •     AVIC-6000NEX
  •     AVIC-5000NEX
  •     AVH-4000NEX

Sounds good?
Pioneer has verified that they will have a variety of CarPlay-favorable aftermarket dashboard systems accessible this summer as a result of an upcoming firmware upgrade. The five receivers expected to get that upgrade are AVIC5000NEX, the AVIC 8000NEX, AVIC7000NEX, AVIC6000NEX and AVH 4000NEX. The upgrade will enable Siri commands, handsfree call management, media playback, GPS directions, and all another great stuff CarPlay is constructed for.

Pioneer was already pretty open about working on CarPlay-compatible aftermarket dash systems, and it’s great to see they followed through. Apple’s CarPlay update is coming Summer 2014.

[via iMore]

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Transcend 128GB Storage Expansion Card for MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro

May 25, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in Accessories & Peripherals, MacBook

Transcend introduced JetDrive Lite plug and play storage expansion cards for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display. JetDrive Lite expansion cards are a quick and easy way to gain the additional space you need without adding any bulk to your MacBook® computer.

Simply insert JetDrive Lite into the card reader slot on the side of your MacBook and instantly boost your storage capacity. These products are released in 64GB and 128GB capacity variant. With up to 128GB available, you can store up to 62,000 photos, 32,000 songs or 1920 min. of Full HD video.

JetDrive Lite cards are built with the highest quality MLC flash and can realize read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 60MB/s. Perfect for Time Machine® copies, iTunes® libraries, or anything in-between.

With a flush profile that’s tailor-made for each MacBook version, Transcend’s JetDrive Lite expansion cards are made to seamlessly integrate with your MacBook.

JetDrive Lite flash expansion cards are produced using advanced COB (chip-on-board) technology, making them invulnerable to water, dust, and shock. So regardless of the type of experiences you decide to embark on with your MacBook, you’ll be able to count on JetDrive Lite expansion cards to keep your info safe.

The JetDrive Lite series is made specifically with Retina screen computers for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Available in four sizes that are different, each is individually sized to suit the various slot dimensions of each model.

Specifications:

Flash Type MLC
Max Performance Read 95MB/s, Write 60MB/s
Operating Voltage 2.7V~3.6V
Operating Temperature -25°C (-13°F) to 85°C (185°F)
Durability 10,000 insertion/removal cycles
Warranty Limited Lifetime

Price: $80 – $120 for 128GB variant (ref:Amazon.com)

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Wireless iPhone charger with Lightning connector

May 25, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in iPhone

As iPhone owners clamor for a method to cut the final wire, AppleInsider went hands on with Fonesalesman’s new iQi wireless charging adapter to test if the promising charging technology is prepared for the spotlight.

We actually wanted to enjoy the iQi, and it’s gone as far as the underlying can take it — unfortunately, that is only not far enough.

The Qi standard is just overly finicky, and the added problems brought on by the lack of Made for iPhone certification mean that we can’t advocate the iQi. It should be considered by just the most enthusiastic wire cutters, until those problems are resolved.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/16/review-iqi-mobile-wireless-charging-adapter-for-apples-iphone

London-based Fonesalesman provided us with one iQi receiver and two charging pads, the company’s notepad-sized Koolpad and a smaller, travel-friendly option called the Koolpuck. The iQi itself is composed of a plastic-wrapped induction coil connected to a male Lightning plug with a small ribbon cable.

The iQi is impressively compact, smaller and thinner than a credit card. The entire assembly is impressively compact, about two-thirds the size of a standard credit card and half as thin. This diminutive stature allows the iQi to slip unobtrusively behind any soft iPhone case, leaving a barely-perceptible bulge.

The charging pads are fairly standard bits of kit, sporting micro USB ports for power and understated flat black aesthetics. The iQi will also work with any other Qi-compatible charging pad, like Nokia’s well-designed DT-900, so users aren’t constrained to Fonesalesman’s offerings.

When the receiver works, it works well — charging an iPhone 5s takes just a few minutes longer using the iQi than it does using a standard Apple charger.

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A Sweet irony: Steve Jobs chose to listen to vinyl records rather than use an iPod

May 25, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in Apple, iPod

“Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous,” Young said. Suggesting users could download songs overnight, Neil Young said: “Sleep well. Wake up in the morning. Play some real music and listen to the joy of 100 percent of the sound of music.”

The rocker, speaking at a technology conference, Speaking at the D: Dive Into Media conference in Southern California, said the Apple founder preferred the sound compared to the iPod’s digitally-compressed files.

Whatd did Jobs listen to?

Jobs particularly enjoyed the sounds of the sixties, according to his biographer.

Walter Isaacson explains in his biography of the Apple founder that Jobs once collected concert records by Bob Dylan – particularly from his electric period in 1965 and 1966.

His iPod also had songs from seven Beatles albums and six Rolling Stones albums, Isaacson wrote.
But it was ‘Dylan’s words [that] struck chords of creative thinking,’ Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, told the biographer.

The high end audio systems years past were not significantly inferior to what’s sold now. Even then they understood that regardless of what you had been playing it did not matter unless your loudspeakers could repeat what you were processing.
Consider the loudspeakers being sold. Your speakers are usually made of plastic and smaller. Receivers were guaged on complete harmonic distortion, or the basis of THD, and turntable cartidges could prices just as much as a whole mid-level system. Now it’s about layout that is streamlined.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2094590/Steve-Jobs-listened-vinyl-home-iPod.html

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Your iPad can seriously DJ better than a lot of circuit DJs with Djay

May 24, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in iPad

It probably doesn’t have tags for describing SoundCloud or the music detect BPM and essential. This app is among my favorite things on the planet though. I can spend hours with no end playing with it. It saved many house after parties.
The ridiculous part is that I download all the tracks on my phone because there’s no streaming ability. So, 80% of the memory of my iPhone is taken up as music storage. Flip side you assemble literacy and library of individual tracks vs. Streaming Podcasts.

Thanks to a new partnership with Spotify, the subscription music service, Djay now offers direct access to Spotify’s full music library of more than twenty million songs.

As a result, Djay will analyze a currently playing track and make recommendations based on BPM, key, musical style, and how well a song mixes with the current track. It truly helps to discover, explore, and find great new music that sounds amazing together.

Not only can Spotify Premium users DJ millions of songs, but they’ll also enjoy real-time, intelligent suggestions on what to play next, powered by The Echo Nest’s analysis of all the music on Spotify,” says Sten Garmark, VP of Product at Spotify. “Djay 2 will help DJs and regular music enthusiasts, regardless of their skill level, select the perfect songs for their set – or simply lean back and let djay 2 turn any Spotify playlist into a slick DJ set for parties or private listening.

Djay owners looking to use Spotify will need to sign up for a $10/month Spotify Premium account, though Djay users will be able to take advantage of a special 7-day free trial even if they have previously used a Spotify Premium trial.

To celebrate the new partnership, Algoriddim is offering Djay 2 for iPhone as a free download and Djay 2 for iPad for half-price, $4.99, for a limited time. [Direct Link: iPhone, iPad, Mac]

[via MacRumors]

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How to share music through WhatsApp

May 24, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in iPhone

The iOS version has a little more limits to a raging application as of date than the Android version, while WhatsApp is them. IOS users can send in photos and videos which are already on the Camera Roll. They could also take photographs or videos, and send them across for their friends. Sharing contacts and location is also a characteristic that’s available on iPhone or iPad.

Without Jailbreak and without using a PC or a cloud service, there is a really easy way to send music files in WhatsApp.

All you need to do is install iZip from http://www.izip.com/, then open it.

IZip is a popular software to handle 7ZIP, ZIP, ZIPX, RAR, TAR and other compressed files in your Mac. Best of all it is free so you can zip, unzip & unrar your files without constraints. It enables me to open files without needing to convert them or install additional software besides the application downloaded from on-line. Only suggestion I might make would be to have the ability in order to sort according to different standards, and to reorganize files and folders.

Next step, go to music library, select the song you want to share, zip it, then extract it, and select open in.

Select WhatsApp, select the contact/group you want to share it to, and done!

I still don’t get why this isn’t just integrated in the app, but this should do fine.

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Wearable gadget is going to trend toward invisibility

May 23, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in iPhone, iPod, SmartPhone

Wearable iPhone
image: http://www.wirelessefficiency.com

By the end of 2003, I rapidly traded the 30mb MP3 player (you had to download a new album every time you changed moods!) for a cheap, 100mb mp3 player from eBay/AliExpress which promptly broke, and then for a rather gangly and expensive unit from Best Buy whose manufacturer I can’t recall.

The MP3 player market as of this point was flooded with early, low-cost, incompatible devices made for the computer superliterate, not the typical music lover. Afterward, some years ago, the iPod was released by Apple. Technology had gotten merely good enough and just little enough to provide a lot more power than a few years before, and Apple used that technology to envision where you didn’t care about underlying technology or the filenames the MP3 player from scratch and create a music player.

iTunes made it easy to manage your songs, easy to obtain them legally. Apple didn’t invent MP3 players or music, but both changed with the iPod.

Right now, the same pattern is unfolding with wearable tech.

There’s hardly something cooler under discussion in tech circles.
The Samsung Watch was trendy in concept but flopped. And Google Glass freaks the crap out of everyone I’ve ever seen see a stranger wearing it. Wearable technology will become primarily a sensor and software game, and wearable gadget is going to trend toward invisibility.

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Kawano wanted to dispelling four myths regarding Apple design process

May 23, 2014 by Julian Addish | Comments Off | Filed in Apple

Ex- Apple senior designer and user experience evangelist Mark Kawano gives a peek behind the drape of the inner workings in Cupertino in an interview dispelling four myths regarding cofounder Steve Jobs’ standing and the company’s design studio.

Drawing on seven years of experience at Apple designing products like Aperture and iPhone, then later as a UX evangelist, Kawano shed light on how the company is able to churn out the innovative designs now synonymous with the Apple brand. In an interview with Fast Company, Kawano said he wanted to debunk myths surrounding Cupertino’s design process.

The first target: Apple’s design team. Kawano said there is a misconception that Apple is able to product high-quality, intricately detailed products because it has the best designers and design process.

“Everybody there is thinking about UX and design, not just the designers. And that’s what makes everything about the product so much better…much more than any individual designer or design team”. Kawano feels almost everyone at Apple “thinks like a designer,” each contributing to a common well-designed end product.

Second on Kawano’s hit list is the myth that Apple has an inordinately large number of specialized designers working on various projects. Kawano conceded that Apple may be expanding these groups as part of a corporate reshuffling post-Steve Jobs.

Finally, Kawano dished on Steve Jobs, saying the late Apple cofounder’s reputation of being passionate to the point of frightening is misunderstood. What Jobs wanted was the “best thing” and expected everyone working around him to want the same.

[via AppleInsider]

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