Apple Eclectic Blog Posts

  • Apple Eclectic’s Review of 2008: December
    on Nov 7, 2009 in Uncategorized
    As 2008 slid gracefully towards its denouement, confirmation that Apple had lodged itself firmly in the popular consciousness — as if confirmation was needed — came in the form of The Simpsons, who mercilessly did for ‘Mapple’. Apple’s shar...
  • Liveblogging the Keynote with Paul Thurrott
    on Jan 7, 2009 in News Roundup
    When it comes to ways to enjoy the Philnote, we Apple fans are really pretty spoiled. While I missed the fun over at MacRumors, I was having a great time following along via Twitter. I particularly enjoyed the play-by-play provided by Paul ‘bei...
  • What? You Mean There Really is an iPhone Nano?
    on Jan 6, 2009 in News
    Well, it could just be an elaborate marketing ploy for the LittleSnapper screen capture software and its companion website, but the above image — captured and Twittered about by Realmac Software’s Danny Greg — from the official Apple iPhone...
  • News Roundup for January the 5th
    on Jan 5, 2009 in News Roundup
    So as the Apple world descends on San Francisco for Macworld 2009, what treats are there in store for the faithful? Well, as is only to be expected, the rumours are flying thick and fast. The latest centre around the 17″ MacBook Pro, which will...
  • Steve Jobs Speaks
    on Jan 5, 2009 in News
    As you’ve probably read by now, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has released a letter concerning his health. It’s fairly short so I’ll quote the whole thing: Dear Apple Community, For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holi...
  • Apple Eclectic’s Review of 2008: December
    on Dec 31, 2008 in Review of the Year
    As 2008 slid gracefully towards its denouement, confirmation that Apple had lodged itself firmly in the popular consciousness — as if confirmation was needed — came in the form of The Simpsons, who mercilessly did for ‘Mapple’. Apple&...
  • Apple Eclectic’s Review of 2008: November
    on Dec 30, 2008 in Review of the Year
    When they come to write the definitive history of the 21st century, November 2008 will be remembered for one thing and one thing only — it was the month when Sesame Street came to iTunes. There was also some kind of election in the US, returning th...
  • Apple Eclectic’s Review of 2008: October
    on Dec 29, 2008 in Review of the Year
    For several weeks prior to the start of October, the mailing lists, blogs and forums of the Mac development community had echoed to cries of “F—ing NDA!” Just as the calls for Apple to relax the restrictive terms governing discussions o...
  • Apple Eclectic’s Review of 2008: September
    on Dec 28, 2008 in Review of the Year
    It doesn’t really matter what Apple did or released this month, since September 2008 will go down in infamy as the month of the bloody awful Microsoft adverts. First we had this mini masterpiece staring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld: Unfortuna...
  • Have Yourself a PureDarwin Xmas
    on Dec 27, 2008 in Developers News
    We’ve been following the efforts of the PureDarwin team for a while now, as they attempt to get Apple’s open source OS layer up and running, with the eventual aim of producing an easy-to-install live CD, equivalent to the popular Linux d...
  • Apple Eclectic’s Review of 2008: August
    on Dec 27, 2008 in Review of the Year
    August marked the 10th anniversary of the original iMac first shipping. Yes, we’ve mentioned the announcement of the iMac before, but we think this second milestone deserves commemorating, since the iconic, instantly-recognisable gum-drop compu...
  • News Roundup for January the 5th
    on Dec 6, 2008 in Uncategorized
    So as the Apple world descends on San Francisco for Macworld 2009, what treats are there in store for the faithful? Well, as is only to be expected, the rumours are flying thick and fast. The latest centre around the … Continue reading →...
  • Bob Says… Stop Whining About DRM
    on Nov 24, 2008 in Bob Says... Comment iTunes
    There are several groups of people with whom I instinctively feel sympathy. They include among their number the homeless and refugees. Absent from this list, however, are people who have nothing better to do with their pointless lives than whine abou...
  • News Roundup for November the 24th
    on Nov 24, 2008 in News Roundup
    Bored already with the vanilla iPhone OS 2.2? The (unofficial) iPhone Dev Team have released the 2.2 versions of the PwnageTool and QuickPwn jailbreaking apps. “1337,” as I believe the cool kids are saying these days. Now hereR
  • Shelf-Stacker Charges iPod with Onion
    on Nov 24, 2008 in Links
    Good grief. From everyone’s favourite bog-roll-in-waiting, The Sun: “Owen, 21, bores two holes in the veg before soaking it in an energy drink for two hours. “The shop shelf-stacker then inserts a USB cable, which produces en
  • Build Your Own Woz vs. Jobs Feud
    on Nov 24, 2008 in Links Rumours
    Slow news day? Then why not try to ignite imaginary conflict between two tech superstars. Now, while I’m willing to entertain the possibility that ElectricPig’s James Holland’s social skills are so much better than mine that
  • Apple Eclectic’s Quick Guide to Social Networking
    on Nov 23, 2008 in Ask Apple Eclectic
    We’ve been getting a few — by which I mean no — e-mails from readers who are confused by the plethora of social networking sites out there. Which, they wonder, is right for them. Here we aim to provide a quick, easy-to-ignore guide. The gen.
  • The Cube FPS Engine on iPhone and Mac
    on Nov 23, 2008 in Games iPhone
    We noted last week that the iPhone version of the Cube FPS engine had finally appeared in the App Store. Since then it’s received a minor upgrade — to version 1.2 — which has fixed some of the original release’s problems, brought
  • UK VAT and iTunes and the App Store
    on Nov 23, 2008 in News
    So as I’m banging this out — at about 11pm on Sunday night — it looks like the British Government is going to reduce VAT (the UK’s sales tax) from 17.5% to 15%. (Coincidentally, I do really love the way that these announcements are
  • iPhone OS 2.2: Podcast Episode Ordering
    on Nov 22, 2008 in iPhone
    Just a quick note in addition to my previous post to point out that podcast episodes under iPhone OS 2.2 are now ordered oldest to newest — rather than newest to oldest, as they used to be — meaning you can now catch up by setting it playing on t...
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