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The Original Apple iPhone… from 1983

Apr 13, 2012 - 6 Comments
Original iPhone

Apple was busy dreaming about the future of communications 29 years ago, long before the days of the iPhone, touch screens, cell phones, and even cordless phones.

51% of US Households Own Apple Products

Mar 28, 2012 - 4 Comments
How many Apple products American households own

50% of households in the USA own at least one Apple product, and 10% of those without intend to buy an Apple product sometime in the next year. This finding and others were discovered by a recent CNBC poll, which revealed some other fascinating statistics on the ubiquity of Apple gear in the United States. … Read More

How to Install & Run Ubuntu Linux in VirtualBox

Mar 27, 2012 - 28 Comments
Create a Linux VM and choose installer ISO

If you want to experiment with Linux without dual booting and potentially impacting your main operating system, the best way to do so is with virtualization. Virtualization allows you to run Linux directly atop your primary OS, whether it’s Mac OS X or Windows, in a separate virtual machine, with practically no potential for error. … Read More

Run Windows & Microsoft Office on the iPad for Free with OnLive Desktop

Mar 22, 2012 - 17 Comments
Windows on iPad with OnLive Desktop

Want to run Windows 7 right on an iPad? OnLive Desktop does exactly that, letting you access a cloud-based Windows 7 PC directly from iOS. Complete with the full Microsoft Office 2010 suite, you can use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint with full touch controls, and believe it or not it’s actually really fast and fluid. … Read More

Turn the iPhone Camera Into a Macro Lens for Free Using a Water Drop

Mar 12, 2012 - 18 Comments
Dollar zoom with water on iPhone lens

Want a free instant macro lens for your iPhone camera? Carefully apply a tiny drop of water to the lens, flip the iPhone over, and voila, you can suddenly take extreme close ups of just about anything. I know that sounds a little weird, but it works, and the results are fairly impressive.

Run Android 4 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) on a Mac or PC with VirtualBox

Feb 23, 2012 - 78 Comments
Android 4 ICS VirtualBox

If you want to play around with Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) but don’t have an Android phone or tablet, you can download the official Android SDK, or better yet, grab a preconfigured virtual machine that will run ICS in VirtualBox. Other than providing an interesting look at the primary competitor to iOS, virtual … Read More

Watch Nightline’s “Inside Apple’s Chinese Foxconn Factories” [Video]

Feb 22, 2012 - 6 Comments
Apple products built in a Foxconn Factory

If you found the recent New York Times pieces on the making of Apple products to be interesting and “Mr Daisey and the Apple Factory” to be enlightening, you’ll probably enjoy this ABC Nightline report on Foxconn. ABC’s Nightline was given exclusive access to a Foxconn factory in China that assembles Apple products, providing a … Read More

Apple Sold 156 Million iOS Devices in 2011, More Than All Macs Sold in 28 Years

Feb 17, 2012 - 5 Comments
Cumulative Apple Sales: Mac vs iPhone vs iPad vs iPod touch vs Apple II

Growth of iOS, the mobile operating system that powers iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and Apple TV, is exploding. To put iOS’s success into some context, Asymco crafted the above chart to demonstrate the growth curve relative to years of Apple products on the market. The most staggering observation? Apple sold 156 million iOS devices last … Read More

A Brief Look at How Developers Test for iOS Application Compatibility

Feb 12, 2012 - 4 Comments
Lots of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Androids

Have you ever wondered how an iOS developer tests for application compatibility with the myriad of devices and versions of iOS out there? This picture from developer David Smith gives us an idea, as you can see it takes a lot of hardware. Four iPads, four iPod Touchs, four iPhones, each with a different version … Read More

Make an Active Console Log the Background Wallpaper of iPad or iPhone

Feb 11, 2012 - 7 Comments
WallpaperLog for iOS

A new free app will soon be available on the Cydia store that puts an active Console log as the background wallpaper of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, giving you an overview of all low level events going on with iOS on the device. WallpaperLog will be a free download on Cydia. Of course, … Read More

Why Aren’t Apple Products Made in America?

Jan 21, 2012 - 49 Comments
Apple factory

As recently as 2002, most of Apple’s products were manufactured in the USA. What happened? Why is nearly everything, from Macs to iPhones, made in China now? The New York Times provides an in depth report on Apple’s move overseas, and it’s not as simple as you might think. It isn’t just that workers are … Read More

Ever Wonder Where Your Apple Hardware Comes From? Listen to “Mr Daisey and the Apple Factory”

Jan 10, 2012 - 4 Comments
Foxconn Factory

Update 3/16/2012: This American Life has now retracted the entire episode because they discovered that Mike Daisey made up significant parts of the story. Yes, Mr Daisey fabricated much of his tale about Foxconn Factories. Shameful. “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China” sits in fine print on the back of virtually any piece … Read More

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