Didn’t secure a ticket to Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference? You can watch the much anticipated keynote live starting at 10 A.M. Pacific.
Apple has decided to once again allow the keynote to stream live. In the past they had posted it in the evening after the keynote was completed.
While they are streaming the event they are only supporting Apple devices to watch it. This probably isn’t that big of a deal, because anyone who wants to sit through a Apple keynote probably owns an Apple product. The requirements are Safari 4 or later on a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later. For mobile you have to have iOS 4.2 or later installed. For Apple TV you need a second or third generation device.
Their is a lot of possibility in todays keynote. We know iOS 7 is a sure thing but everything else is up in the air. iRadio? iWatch?
If things like employment keep you from watching the event live, don’t worry. We will be posting and tweeting information from the event.
You can watch the event from the Special Event page setup by Apple via this link.
Google has released their very popular Hangouts app for iOS. Google is literally taking over iOS devices with their large selection of productivity apps.
Hangouts replaces Google Talk (gTalk) to allow users to share text, pictures and live video. The service works between iOS, Android and Chrome (PC & Mac). This brings unified messaging across platforms to Google users. You will need a GMail / Google + account to use the service which are all free services.
Here is a video describing Hangouts and its features:
During todays earnings call Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, took the time to address a rumor. We had posted like many others last week that Apple was cutting back component orders by up to 50%. On the outside that would be an immediate red flag that the flagship iPhone and iPad were not selling at the levels Apple had expected.
Fast forward to today and Apple reported record sales for Q1 of 2013. While these numbers did not meet expectations of investors they were good.
Tim Cook stated the follow about the component orders:
“I know there have been lots of rumors about order cuts. I don’t want to comment on any particular rumor because I would spend my life doing that,” Cook said. “I would suggest that it’s good to question the accuracy of any rumor of bill plans.”
“Even if any particular data point were factual, it would be impossible to interpret what the data point meant for our overall business because the supply chain is very complex”
Tim Cook prides himself with supply chain management and will defend any decision made, rightly so. Has Apple cut orders 50%? Only Tim and his suppliers know and only they actually know what any cut really means. As for now Apple can take pride in once again setting sales records. The stock is currently taking a beating but tomorrow is another day and we all know you can’t always meet Wall Streets expectations.
Last night at CES Unveiled DEXIM was providing samples of their ClickStik Bluetooth remote shutter for iOS devices. At first I wasn’t that excited, until I got back to the hotel and took it for a test run.
Setup was straight forward, just a quick pairing of Bluetooth and then a download of their camera app. I was snapping pictures with the remote in minutes.
The included tripod, isn’t the best but it does get the job done and folds up nicely for travel. The range of the remote is about 30 feet, way more than you would need for most uses. We used the remote for a series of team pictures.
If you are looking for an inexpensive remote trigger setup, definitely give the ClickStik a try. Above is the promo video from DEXIM.
It is available from many retailers, including Amazon for $39.99