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The boys forego any semblance of structure and talk about the anything they can find on their Evernote. Enjoy !

Financial results for 2Q 2011: busted the analysts expectations once again.

PS- Should have noted that iPad2 sales were not up to scratch but when you have "the mother of all backlogs" to fill, putting some of that $66bn cash mountain to use helps.

News:

Preview app in Lion will act as Word, Excel, PowerPoint viewer: So now it becomes the jack of some more trades :-) .

Gruber- iOS location storing is a bug, getting fixed in future iOS update : Fix this fast Cupertino as this could get messy quickly. Do believe this is an oversight though, not a Big Bro situ in any way.

Rumor- iPhone 5 Gets Tapered Design, Larger Screen, Gesture-Sensitive Home Button? : And it will drive you to work in the morning too :-)  . Rumours, ya gotta love 'em

Yum iMac Coffee Table an Innovative Form of Computer Recycling : This is a really cool example of practical recycling ...... for five grand a pop.

Other Order of Business:

Games, EA Sales Drop: Did everybody go for these instead of Easter eggs ?

Simplenote & nvALT : Have used 'em to write up these shownotes on Mac & iPad. This is a perfect combo up there with Riggs & Murtagh or Laurel & Hardy :-)

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That’s all the Craic from this week’s Mac !

Direct download: 99_MacCraic_99_-_Macs_Well_Smart.mp3
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The boys get up to the usual tomfoolery as the review the news while Justin speaks about catching the early worm ( or something like that :-) ). So sit back and indulge for your listening pleasure.

News:

Growth of iOS : A new survey from MobileMix with charts galore showing the ongoing march of the iOS platform especially with the introduction of the iPhone4 to the Verizon network. Even though Android still has majority of the market individual companies that licence Android only hold about 3% of the market on average while iOS owned by Apple only has 31% of impressions.
Would be curious to see how many Verizon iPhones have been activated and could this stymie the Droid's growth in future.

Future of Mac Design : The hiring of Kevin Kenney who is a composites engineer by Apple who has been advising them on the use of carbon composite materials in prototype devices. The guy also has expertise in the supply chain area but don't think that your are gonna see an iBike in the next Tour de France

Begun the 3D Wars have: Pretty cool demo that uses the front facing camera on an iPad2 ( also could work on iPhone/iPod Touch) and with some software wizardry tracks your face and generates in this case a 3d UI. Pretty cool vid to check out at end of article.

David

Moov: An Israeli start up that have created a case for iPhone4 that you put it into in order to wirelessly send video to your HDTV.

Justin

Lifestyle Changes: The Just gets up earlier in the morning to catch the early worm. Would you take on this lifestyle & what would you do with all those worms ? You could write a book too :-)

Other order of business:

Escape from the Flash: Yes, folks finally we can stop being the guys throwing stones in the glasshouse and state that our site is now HTML5 ready for audio and video with new Wordpress plugin. That worked after Justin changed some of the site's plumbing to make it play nice, if a person is using Chrome, Safari or other HTML5 compliant browser. Otherwise it defaults to Flash if you visit with an older browser, but the question then would be... WHAT'S UP WIT DAT ?

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That’s all the Craic from this week’s Mac !

Direct download: 98_MacCraic_98_-_Giving_Head.mp3
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Show notes to follow.

Direct download: 97_MacCraic_97_-_Shootin_the_Shit.mp3
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This week, the boys after a little absence from the podcast waves decide to return with a vengeance to discuss all things Apple and also whether or not a certain sync service which I believe should allow you to go pants-less could take off in a big way could take off (pardon the pun) due to two services in particular being built on top of it. Also, one D Shortle talks about his new Pad.

So sit back all you fans & enjoy the craic.

News:

Nokia patent case : Basically, Nokia have been caught with their pants around their ankles here as the International Trade Commission side with Apple over the alleged breach of five Nokia patents. After this ruling they decided to make a complaint about six more. C’mon Espoo, where is the love ?
(Espoo is the location of Nokia’s HQ for those not au fait :-) )

Sidestep Automatically Secures Your Mac’s Connection on Unsecure Networks : Wow, this app is most useful for all those who insist on doing their online banking on public Wi-Fi networks. Creates a secure tunnel to a proxy server of your choosing, It’s free and OSX only.

iWeb for iPad : Suppose they may as well join the party since Garageband & iMovie are already there. All aside though this is a pretty cool patent of iOS version of app that allows you to easily create websites & blogs. Wonder if this will be introduced at WWDC along with news of free hosting at the new North Carolina data centre ? Does give another arrow for the bow of iPad now becoming an even more powerful content creation device.

GarageBand update : This was to make sure that it plays nice with projects created on the iPad version of this truly amazing app.

Discussion n’ Impression:

Dave takes the plunge for the (i)Pad : What can I say folks, I really love this iPad2 & discussed with Justin how I purchased the last one in Wexford Town to what apps I’m running (mainly games) on this new device. Love it’s thin n’ light profile, the amazing speed (try running “Infinity Blade” on it ) & battery life. This is replacing my MacBook Pro as my portable computer of choice. Also kicked a Póg Mo Thóin in here regarding the RTE News Now iPad app UI (home section- it’s like a sliding puzzle! ) compared to how the Sky News app UI has been designed (way slicker) .

PS- The iPad version of RTE News Now is nowhere to be found in App Store (what’s going on here now? ..hmmm)

Interesting Apps Found:

Real Racing 2 HD: Not alone is this app a showcase for showing the graphical muscle of your new iPad 2, it also is due for an update from it’s developer Firemint (creator of the awesome Flight Control) that will allow you to output the game’s graphics to your shiny 1080P TV via the iPad2 HDMI connection. However, it will allow you to show race telemetry independently on your iPad which you also use to steer your car onscreen, this is big as up to now mirroring your iPad display to TV was only known about. Being able to independently display other items on you iPad2 display such as controls could lead eventually to home consoles being replaced by your iPad2 or iPhone5 (presuming it gets A5 chip).

Pixelate 2.0: This is an iOS app that allows your iOS device with a camera to change the colour of let’s say the wall in your bedroom virtually to see how it will look. It can produce the same kind of magic on clothing but no flesh colours now.

The next two apps take advantage by building on top of my favourite pants-less syncing service Drop Your Jocks Dropbox

Dropvox: An iOS app that allows you to record voice memos or maybe interviews if you like and store them in your Dropbox account, it’s a really simple but effective app for the function it is carrying out.

Frenzy: This is an OSX only app that resides in your menubar and effectively allows you to create your own private social network that you are in control of not Facebook. This is an innovative use of the Dropbox service & their API’s.

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That’s all the Craic from this week’s Mac !

Direct download: 96_MacCraic_96_-__Drop_Your_Jocks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12pm UTC