Apple’s response to the location data controversy
Today Apple responded to the online hubbub over the location data found in the iPhone’s backup files in iTunes.
The response is delivered in a Question and Answer style. Apple dispelled all the misinformation floating on the internet and assured those wondering that there is no nefarious reason for the data that is present in the ‘consolidated.db’ file. It’s to help the location service in the iPhone function faster and the size of the data is the results of a bug that will be corrected in a forthcoming software update.
You can read the response in Apple’s Q & A posted on their site.
How to save images from Facebook, IMDB or any site that tries to stop you
Many sites on the internet have the silly habit of disabling browsers’ contextual menu and drag ability in order to forbid users from saving pictures to their computer; Facebook and IMDB are two sites that come to mind.
Now, copyright infringement is a crime. I hate copyright infringers. But I also hate those who treat me as one without me doing anything. Saving pictures to my own computer is a fair use. If I save a picture and don’t spread it around, I’m not violating any copyright laws.
So, if you are like me, and want to save some pictures for your own private use, there is an easy and simple way to do this.
In Safari, make sure that you have the ‘Develop’ menu enabled (Preferences->Advanced: check the ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’).
Our experience buying an iPad 2 from Best buy in Ottawa
Today, a friend and I stood in line for few hours at Best Buy in Ottawa to get an iPad 2. We had checked the Apple Store in Rideau Center and at 2 PM, there was a crowd of around 300 people. The line looped around and then exited the door. It’s a nippy day in Ottawa with temperature around -3° celsius and a strong breeze making it feel like -10°. We weren’t willing to wait in that cold for long.
So we drove to Best Buy and found a short line of about 12 people. We stood in line and when the nice young lady came out and we asked, she told us that they’ll give us vouchers at 4 pm which will guarantee an iPad. By the way, the limit was one iPad 2 per customer.
So we stood in line for an hour and a half in the cold. The line was outside the store!
At around 3:55 pm, a UPS truck rolled to the Best Buy and the guy shouted at us “I have a hundred of them”. Of course nobody really believed him, but it turned out to be true.
At 4pm even, the nice young woman came out again and started asking each person what they wanted and handed each of us a voucher with the specifications that we asked for. By that time the line had swelled to about 50 people.
We were too cold and hungry, so we left to get something to eat and get warm somewhere. We came back around 5:45 and the line of people outside was around 70 or so, so we stood at the end of the line again and had to wait till about 6:30 to get in. Damn Cold again!
Anyway, after we were let in, we headed to the special area handling the iPads and soon we each got our iPads.
Overall, an interesting experience as it’s the first time that I stood in line to purchase a piece of electronics.
It’s definitely a nice piece of hardware worth the sort wait in line.
Since I updated to iOS 4.3 on my iPhone last night, I’ve been unable to log in to MobileMe on any of my macs, or iPhone or the website.
So after resetting my password on my own two times and failing to log in, I went to Apple’s and requested a call back after stating my problem. It was truly surprising that my phone rang less than 2 seconds after I clicked the ‘call me’ button on the web page.
I was immediately connected to a knowledgeable and courteous fellow that helped me resolve the issue in about 5 minutes.
Way to go Apple! That’s how tech support should be. Count me as one very satisfied customer.
Today Apple announced the new MacBook Pros (13″, 15″ and 17″) with the new Thunderbolt connectors.
I didn’t expect thunderbolt (aka lightpeek) to be released so early. It’s a great step up for a new generation of connectors. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of peripherals with it, especially hard drives.
USB has always sucked for hard drives (except the 3.0 version) and firewire was never as widely supported. Now that Intel is on board with this new connector, I’m sure it will push it in all its new chipsets and the connector will be soon available on most new PCs.
But it will take a step like the one Apple took with USB back in 1998 and removed all the other connectors to push the availability of peripherals using it. So, hopefully after a year on the market, Apple will release the next generation of its systems with firewire and USB removed, forcing the adoption of the new connector.
BTW, the new MacBook Pros finally adopt Intel’s year-old i5 and i7 processors. About time!