The Downfall is in the Details: the Apple iPhone 6 Presentation

Meticulous prep produced the infamous 9:41 timestamp on the now-iconic iPhone screen. Steve Jobs, the masterful presenter, timed every transition, every demo, and every slide with menacing precision. Why wouldn’t he? He’s the guy that mastered the magical reveal with Wringling appeal. Jobs obsessed over every detail: the layout of the motherboards, the material of the screws in the machine, and rhythmic timing of the slides. The showman knew his audience, and he knew how to create the greatest show on earth. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 6 is fine, and the Apple WATCH is expected. But, where is the bearded lady? The shock and awe? The presentation isn’t magical, so what’s the allure? Today’s presentation doesn’t exceed expectations, and it doesn’t exceed because it is satisfactory. For starters, at 10:08:17 AM PST, Cook makes the big reveal: Eight minutes and seventeen seconds into “wish we could say more” event. They…

Replace Original iPhone with Original iPhone

So, I am lame. I am writing about replacing an obsolete device with an obsolete device, but I did a pretty extensive search–no luck. Anyway, there seem to be plenty of 3G owners out there that did not recycle their originals. If you are like me and you don’t want to ‘spring for the goods’ until you are sure that a newer, shinier, cleaner iPhone is coming down the pike, substituting another Original may be a good short term solution. 1. Make sure to get a really good backup of your current iPhone by syncing with iTunes. 2. On the replacement phone follow these steps: Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings on your original iPhone. FYI-this takes a stupid amount of time. When the iPhone says 1 hour to erase it means 1 hour. Watching the progress bar move is akin to watching a seed…

How to: Watch an iPhone Movie Handsfree in the Air (for Free)

Okay, I have to start this post by giving credit to an unnamed origami-ist that sat several rows in front of me on a flight from San Diego several weeks ago. Whoever you are, nice work. In the eternal quest of being lazy innovative, we Americans are always spending more energy to do less work seeking ways to improve our exerted effort. But, seriously, holding an iPhone for a feature length presentation is just ridiculous (pinkies cramping, carpal tunnel, you get the picture). This little hack is an easy way to create an iPhone holder on the airplane with products available in the seat in front of you. First, reach in the pocket of the seat in front of you and pick your favorite publication to deface (SkyMall, US Airways, etc., try not to use the emergency information card that might be equivalent to saying the b word on the…

Rewind That: Picking an Alternative Ending for Apple TV

Happiness, for me, on January 9th was not anxiously awaiting Steve Jobs announcement; it was instead watching the Doctor’s announcement of the latest Floyd line, baby boy Floyd. However, once the kid popped, I was glad to dive into news of the new iPhone and appletv. In a post delivery daze, I fumbled through pages of phone porn for hours pondering all the while creative tactics to avoid Verizon’s early termination penalties. Big Score Cingular. I finally turned my attention to appletv (“ATV”) to see the great apple offering. Although a PC user, I’ve got love for Apple, and I really thought that ATV was going to whip the competition. 40 GB hard drive, HDMI out, composite out, the specs on this little appliance seemed appealing, but then there was the glaring omission: where was the TV tuner card? About a year and a half ago, I built an HTPC…

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