Mac developer Patrick Stein has been toying with his own Mac Pro setup and has managed to build his own Fusion Drive using command line tools. Stein configured an internal solid-state drive and a USB-attached traditional hard drive on his system and was able to combine them into a single logical volume as used for Fusion Drive.
So this might actually be Apple tech rather than what everyone assumed was part of the Ivy Bridge chipset?
Google Voice Search works perfectly on my iPhone 4 and it recognises words as you say them. Compared to Siri on a 4S, the speed of Google Voice Search is really quick with results almost instantly.
This will be on my home screen from today.
In a statement announcing the purchase, Disney said it planned to release a new Star Wars film, episode seven, in 2015.
Stop it, George. 50% of Star Wars films were dreadful. That’s not a good ratio.
Forstall = gone.
Browett = so gone.
Federighi = iOS and OS X.
Eddy Cue = Siri and Maps.
Ive = Industrial Design and Human Interfaces (this is pretty big deal – farewell stitching).
Mansfield = Technologies. He went from retired to running his own department again. I can’t help but think one of the reasons he retired was because Forstall and him didn’t get on?
AllThingsD run a story about a recent interview with Steve Ballmer:
I don’t think anybody has done a product that is the product that I see customers wanting,” Ballmer told CNBC during a recent interview. “You can go through the products from all those guys … and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point.
When your reality distortion field only works on yourself, that’s just delusion.
Forstall is out. I wonder how much of this is because of the Maps fiasco? The buck had to stop somewhere.
Additionally, Forstall was also a proponent of the Skeuomorphism in iOS that divided Apple with apps like Calendar on both iOS and OS X. I’d very much like to see a removal of what is a pretty jarring difference in the user interface.
Edit: All signs point to pushed.
Good riddance. He’s been nothing but a catastrophe to Apple Retail. I still can’t understand the choice of him as SVP for retail in the first place, he’s the guy that made Dixons worse.
Who would’ve thought the policy of focusing exclusively on metrics rather than on customer satisfaction would not be in Apple’s best interest?
Anyway, don’t let the door (or the thousands of Apple Retail employees) hit you on the way out.
Jim Dalrymple examines the shit-cliff The Verge appears to have driven off in the quest for page traffic:
Remember when The Verge reviewed the iPhone 4S in October 2011 and listed its lack of LTE support in the “Bad Stuff” column?
Fast forward 12 months to today and Google announces the Nexus 4 with no LTE. The Verge’s headline: Slow down: why Google’s new Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE.
Here’s a tl;dr for this article:
Lack of LTE is justified if you’re not Apple.
Jim Dalrymple links to a YouTube clip of a Surface user trying to save a Word document.
The video is by a guy called Brent Ozar who wrote a piece yesterday about why he’s returning his Surface. Some commenters have said that his Surface was running Office Preview, of which there was an update released to resolve a lot of the issues he expected.
That’s all well and good, but Office Preview should not have been shipped in the first place. This is a software package that is not ready for release. What if you’re not technically minded? If I bought a product that didn’t do what it’s supposed to, regardless of whether or not an update will fix it, then I’d want a refund to.
If it ships with it, it better bloody work.