Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

QuickTime 7.1.5 Now Includes “Export Movie to Apple TV”

March 6th, 2007 No comments

Apple released an update to iTunes and QuickTime today to add some new features and fix a few bugs. One of the new things that showed up in QuickTime is the ability to export a movie to Apple TV. I need to play around with it a bit more, but it appears to use a higher bitrate (around 2Mbps for my short sample)
and it sets the file type and creator on the resulting export so that it imports into iTunes.

My first experiment isn’t definitive because I started with a H.264 file. I’ll try working with a DVD rip later and update the comments for this post with the specs on the completed file.

WWDC 2007 Leopard Innovations Track – Nothing New?

February 27th, 2007 No comments

I read the email announcement about the tracks at the upcoming Worldwide Developer’s Conference with some interest. Could this be a source of new info about OS X 10.5? There’s a whole track devoted to the next version of OS X, called Leopard Innovations. Unfortunately, it only mentions things we have heard of before like Core Animation, QuickLook, iChat Theater, 64-bitness, Synch services. Elsewhere, CoreData and CoreImage¬† get mentions too.

In the end, nothing to see hear, folks. Keep moving. Leopard announcements will be coming later.

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Trailrunner updated to work with Garmin and Nike +

February 26th, 2007 No comments

The good folks at TUAW posted that the very cool Trailrunner has been updated to directly import GPS track logs from Garmin Training Center and workout information from the Nike + Sport kit (which keeps distance.

There’s a tutorial available that explains how to use your Garmin Forerunner with Trailrunner. I don’t have a Foreunner, but I’d love to hear from someone that does.

Multitouch Again

February 18th, 2007 No comments

I wrote earlier about Jeff Han and multitouch. He’s formed a company called Perceptive Pixel to commercialize the technology and they have created this cool video to show it off. I was going to post this a couple weeks ago, but I sat on it while I got busy with school and then other people picked up the story. When updating my blog today I thought I would go ahead and finish this post just in case someone hasn’t seen it yet. Just watch the video. It’s totally wicked. Continue reading to get the embedded video. Read more…

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One Thing I Love, and One Thing I Hate About OS X

February 18th, 2007 1 comment

I wrote yesterday about how OS X makes all that UNIX fun easy to use. After a couple days of playing with Windows & Solaris Java Desktop, I was reminded of one thing that I really like about OS X, and one thing that I absolutely despise. Read more…

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Solaris, ZFS, and Why OS X Rocks My Socks

February 17th, 2007 No comments

I’ve been away for a few days, but I’ve actually been pretty busy. One of things I’ve been working on is installing Solaris 10 on a PC at home so I can setup a ZFS pool using four 250GB drives. It hasn’t been too bad, but a few hardware incompatabilities have reminded me why I like OS X. Read more…

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HDHomeRun hits it out of the park

February 7th, 2007 3 comments

HDHomeRunI’ve been following the HDHomeRun a bit since CES this year. The idea is very simple – the box takes digital TV signals from an OTA antenna (ATSC) or your cable service (QAM), including High Definition channels, and then uses 100baseT networking to stream those channels onto your local network. You can either watch those streams using VLC or capture them to a computer-based DVR system like SageTV, MythTV, or even Windows Media Center.

The obvious advantage is that in contrast to a PCI, PCIe, or USB tuner, the HDHomeRun isn’t tied to just one box. Multiple clients (up to two) can access the two tuners. Streaming to multiple clients (multicast) isn’t available right now, but this would be technically possible with a software update. Read more…

Pin the (Long) Tail on the Colts

February 7th, 2007 No comments

The Super Bowl highlights are up on the iTunes Store (which still has DRM) and this reminds me again that the producers of sports programming are missing a huge opportunity to cash in on the Long Tail Effect. Look, I could care less about Peyton Manning (the shameless shill!) and the Colts. I was rooting for the Chargers this year (my wife is from San Diego and we visit every summer). Still, I’m sure that there are dozens of Colts fans that will buy the highlight video from the iTunes Store to remember their team’s victory. Bears fans probably won’t be interested, except to watch the first 12 seconds a few times and dream about next year.

But I’d sure like to own highlight films of my hometown San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl victories under Joe Montana and Steve Young. Shoot, even a “Road to the Super Bowl” special featuring “The Catch” would be fun to own. Then I’d still like to get a video of UCSB winning this year’s College Cup (Go Gauchos!) and maybe some classic games too. Yeah, classic all-time sports matchups on the iTunes Store – are you feeling me now? Read more…

Apple & The Beatles reach a new agreement

February 5th, 2007 No comments

Today’s press release is that Apple, Inc. and Apple Corp (owned by The Beatles) have reached a new agreement on the use of the “Apple” name. Under this new agreement Apple, Inc. will own all of the trademarks associated with “Apple” and will license certain trademarks back to Apple Corp. for their uses. This may well mark an end to legal wranglings that have continued for almost 30 years since the challenge against th inclusion of a sound processor in the Apple ][ computer.

Obviously, this sheds some new light on the recent name change from Apple Computer, Inc. to just plain Apple, Inc.

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Garageband for 5th Graders

February 2nd, 2007 No comments

Last week I had a chance to help out a teacher that was using the Mac lab at their school to do some very cool things with 5th graders on a science project about the solar system. Their teacher had put together some resources about the solar system and I was there only to help show them how to put all that information into a podcast.

These kids, mostly 10 and 11, spent the period recording their narration of the info they had compiled on the solar system with the built-in microphone on the Intel Core Duo 17″ iMacs they were using. With Garageband, it was really easy for them to record and then go back and insert additional comments to introduce each “chapter” in their narration. Once they were done recording the “voice talent” for their narration, we had them drop in little “intro” and “outro” sound effects / loops as well. The kids had a lot of fun picking out loops to spice up their presentation.

Once the audio was set, the kids then dropped in pictures to illustrate what they were talking about in their podcast. In typical Apple fashion, all they had to do was drop the image from the folder in the Finder right on top of the tracks in Garageband. To place the image at a certain timecode in the podcast, you just click and drag. Once in place, the kids dragged the edges of the image placeholder to make it appear on screen for a shorter or longer time. They were able to listen to their podcast (thank goodness we had headphones for all 25 kids!) and then visually move the images to the appropriate spot in the podcast so that they appeared when they were talking about that topic. It was dead simple and incredibly fun to watch how easily these kids were able to manipulate the content to produce their very own podcast about the sun and the planets in our solar system, complete with pictures.

While simple, it was a really powerful illustration of how technology can enhance learning for young kids. The podcast was merely a way for the kids to interact with the content and really own the material that they were putting together. One of the frustrations with projects like these is that sometimes the technology becomes the focus of the lesson and managing the tools actually gets in the way of the content you are trying to teach. Here is where Apple shines, of course. The technology behind Garageband just faded into the background as this group of 10 and 11 year-olds was able to manipulate all the information they had put together in a way that will help them retain what they have learned.

It was a great experience and makes me really excited about the future of education and technology (my two favorite things!).

Note to teachers: This lesson could be adapted to older students by having them research a topic, write the script, and find pictures on their own. It can also be used to have students find examples of a principle, technique, or strategy where everyone will have unique material that all connects to a common theme. You could then host all of the podcasts or publish them to the iTunes Store for the other students to explore.