Pro = BIG

ipad proIt’s been rumored for many months, but the iPad Pro finally sprang into reality yesterday at Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ press event in San Francisco, CA. Apple took over the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to introduce new products for this Fall, and holiday season.

There was no surprise that Apple showed two new iPhone models – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. They also finally showed a new updated Apple TV with a much-improved remote and Siri integration. They showed off updates to the Apple Watch and Watch OS 2. I think the showstopper was the new iPad Pro. (more…)

Digitizing VHS Home Movies – Part II

eye250_1While using a VHS/DVD dubbing machine is the easy way to get analog video into a digital format, it doesn’t allow you to customize the finished product. These allow you to dump the video to a DVD disc, which yields very good results and it is a great way to quickly archive fragile magnetic ‘analog’ media to a more robust DVD media. Don’t think that this DVD will last forever, it won’t. But once you get it converted to a digital format, making multiple copies is simple and each copy is as good as the first.

(more…)

Digitizing VHS Home Movies

vhs capture

If you are like me, you might be at that age when you start looking back in your life. You may also have in your possession, or maybe in your parent’s attic/basement, a dozen or more videotapes from the 80’s and 90’s filled with holidays, birthday parties, and other family events. These could be VHS, SVHS, VHS-C, or one of the 8mm variants (regular 8 or Hi-8). All of these are ‘analog’ formats using a magnetic tape. These tapes only last for a certain amount of time, so it’s probably time to digitize them. I’m here to help. (more…)

It’s Alien to Me

alpha hero

Anyone who has even briefly perused this blog might get the idea that I love the Mac mini. This is Apple’s smallest and least expensive Macintosh computer. They even updated the mini last year, which didn’t amount to much except to show that Apple doesn’t believe in RAM upgrades after purchase. Since the mini was introduced, PC makers have produced several Windows-based minis. None have really been anything great, but that has definitely changed and Apple should start to worry.

(more…)

5K iMac for Under 2K

5K iMacToday, May 19, 2015, Apple introduced a new lower-priced iMac 27-inch with 5K screen. Apple also lowered the price of the high-end model. This gives Apple two 5K based iMacs for customers to choose from.

Just yesterday, there was only one model 5K iMac to choose. It is now the high-end model with a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor running at 3.5GHz. Inside there is 8GB of RAM (maximum of 32GB), a 1TB Fusion drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Of course you can go online to the Apple Store and custom configure the model to your tastes, and budget. Yesterday, this model was $2499; today it is now $2299. (more…)

First Look: MacBook with Retina display

mbrThe all-new MacBook started shipping the day the Apple Watch went on sale, April 10, 2015. The only problem was that there were only a few to be found. Only now have I finally been able to spend some time using one, and it was the gold one.

First of all, the new MacBook does look small. Seeing one closed on a desk next to an 11-inch Air, from a distance of about 10 feet, it doesn’t look that much thinner. When you actually pick it up you can see that it is amazingly thin. Then you open it up. The screen looks huge. (more…)

We Lucky Few

aw

There are a few lucky people out there. They were awake at 12:01am PDT and were able to get online to the Apple Store. They were also lucky enough to place an order for the few combinations of Apple Watches that went on sale at that time. Those lucky few also received their precious devices this last Friday. I, unfortunately, was not one of them.

With that said, I didn’t even try to get one of the new Apple Watches. I am an Apple fan (I do have my own Apple blog you know). I do own a required iPhone model. I just don’t have a need to spend $400-700, or more, for a watch that will be useless in about six years.

(more…)

Watching the Watch Watchers

apple watchThe drum beating is becoming louder. It’s beating out ‘Apple Watch…Apple Watch’. The soon to be released Apple Watch device is about to hit store shelves sometime near the end of April. Whether you want one or not, you are about to see and hear about the Apple Watch. And I mean everywhere.

The one thing that Apple does, pretty much better than everyone else, is product marketing. Apple was started back in the later part of the 70’s where it rose to great heights to fall to great depths only to rise to become the most valuable company in history. It has done this with great products, but they back it with great marketing.

According to Apple’s last fiscal quarterly report, they sold just over 800,000 iPhones a day. Now they are about to launch a new-to-them product category – a smartwatch. There have been many other smart watches on the market for a while now. Pebble is a very popular model that works with all types of phones. Android has their Wear line. Of course, they work with only certain Android devices. Samsung and Motorola have this part of the market well covered. (more…)