Hopefully you’ve noticed by now that there’s a new static page on my blog where you can can find out all about my latest creative venture – iPhone Cases! I’m delighted that I can now offer stylish protection for your iPhone 4 or 4S, and have a large selection of quirky, creative designs to choose from with more being added all the time. If you haven’t seen the page yet, please go and check it out now…
My life is ordinary. Every weekday morning I get up early, trying not to disturb my two sleeping children, get dressed and creep downstairs for breakfast. As I munch on my cereal, I’ll use nothing more than my right thumb to check my twitter feed for any breaking news that I might have missed overnight, see if I’ve finally received that email I’ve been waiting for, and look up the weather forecast so I know how difficult my cycle in to the studio is going to be.
Some people might think it’s too early, but when it comes to Christmas I reckon you can never be too prepared! Not only have I just added a new Apple T-shirts page to this blog (you saw it in the menu bar above, right?), but I’ve also created some new Apple-inspired slogan T-shirts that I think would make the perfect gift. Whether you really are buying your loved one an iPhone or an iPad this year or not, you could have fun with one of these tees. Oh, and they’re not just for Christmas either… if you check them out you’ll see there’s a birthday option too
So your mother-in-law wants a computer, and she wants your recommendation – what do you say? The obvious suggestion of course – get a Mac. We all know it’s the easiest computer to use, and offers everything she could possibly need right out the box, right? Plus your kids can have free FaceTime with Granny whenever they like, and you can remotely fix any problems using Desktop Sharing. Perfect. “So how much is one of these Macs going to cost?” she asks. Er…. Continue reading Getting Granny online: iPad, right? Wrong.
So far, I have to admit I’m really rather enjoying using Mac OS X ‘Lion’, and even the backwards scrolling has started to feel natural…. I did however stumble across what would appear to be a Finder bug today – when trying to copy files from an SDHC card, the copying appeared to take place (e.g. there was a progress bar and temporary new file icon), but once the process had completed, no file was actually copied. This phenomenon was repeatable using either drag and drop or copy and paste commands, and also when trying to copy from an external USB drive. Continue reading Lion: Finder copying bug?
Today Apple released updated Mac Mini and Macbook Air designs featuring thunderbolt ports, as well as a new 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display – the worlds’ first to feature the new I/O technology. Simultaneously, Mac OS X Lion was finally ‘uncaged’ and is now available for download via the Mac App Store, and will be available on USB thumb drives in a few weeks time. The software DVD is officially dead – long live the DVD, and all hail iCloud.
Lion looks set to roar onto our desktops any day now, and what better time could there possibly be for me to create some new “geek-wear” to coincide with this, the next major release of Mac OS X! So, if you’re impatiently refreshing the Mac App Store looking for signs of the next big cat finally being let loose, why not take a break and check out my latest T-shirt designs instead… Continue reading Get ready for Mac OS X Lion in style!
On the 21st June 2011, Apple released the latest, greatest incarnation of it’s Professional video software – Final Cut Pro X – promising a revolution in editing that was so exciting I even designed some T-shirts to mark the occasion! From the backlash on the interwebs though, it seemed that many professionals weren’t perhaps as enthusiastic as I was, in fact some of them were downright angry at what Apple had done with their beloved software. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think far too much chatter has been about what’s missing in FCPX, rather than all the great stuff packed into the software that makes it easier to get the job done, and get it done better. Continue reading Final Cut Pro X: New Dog, Old Tricks
There can be no doubt that the launch of Final Cut Pro X has rattled a few cages, and there seems to be a lot of negativity surrounding it. Yes, there are some missing features, and the completely new user interface may well throw a few people – at least until they realise that all the tools they’re used to using are still there – but the application has been built from the ground up to be faster, more powerful and with cutting edge features and a new way of working that looks set to revolutionise editing as we know it! Continue reading FCPX: Join the revolution
It would seem that somewhere along the line, Apple decided that the wheel needed re-invented. In this case, the wheel is of course non-linear editing, and why not – there’s nothing wrong with a revolution. As I fumble excitedly around the new user interface my initial impressions of Final Cut Pro X may well be mixed, but I can’t argue with the statement “Everything just changed in post”.
The current Mac Pro is a powerful work-horse of a computer, beautifully designed for quick and easy expandability. However good the design is though, it is almost 8 years old – the form-factor was originally introduced way back in 2003 as the PowerMac G5, and I for one hope that with all indicators pointing to a refresh in the not too distant future, that Apple are gearing up to launch the next generation of Pro Mac Desktops. Continue reading Who wants a new Mac Pro?
By now I hope you’ve noticed that my Cooking with Apples blog has a Facebook page, but if you’ve not, do please check it out and don’t forget to click the “like” button. I’m new to the whole fabled Book of Faces thing, with the only previous social networking I’ve done being on twitter, but it had been pointed out to me by a number of followers that my quirky, geeky, T-shirt designs would potentially reach a far greater audience with a Facebook presence, so I decided to give it a whirl. Continue reading Cooking the Facebooks
It won’t be available until the Autumn, but yesterday Apple previewed some exciting new features in the forthcoming iOS update that I for one can’t wait to get loaded onto my iPhone 4. There are apparently over 200 new features in iOS5 which will no doubt enhance productivity and efficiency, but for me there are a couple of changes that really will drastically improve the user experience on all iOS devices. Continue reading I is for Independence: cutting the cord
Without wanting to sound smug as it really isn’t my style, it turns out my previous speculation about Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service wasn’t too far off the mark. It had always struck me that iCloud was never going to be a cloud-based music streaming service, and what Steve Jobs announced at WWDC yesterday was much more – everything, everywhere, in sync. Continue reading iCloud: everything, everywhere, in sync
We’ve been using so called “cloud storage” for quite some time now – sharing photos on flickr, documents on our iDisks and all manner of files in our dropboxes. We’ve also been able to surf and work online using our iDevices for years, but now we’re starting to see devices such as Google’s Chromebook which let you do regular computing tasks online without the need for a regular computer. Sounds good, but are we ready to move the desktop online, and does Apple have something similar up its sleeve for iCloud and next-generation iOS devices? Continue reading iCloud: what happens when it rains?