Tagged: Apple

OS X El Capitan beta display brightness fix

If you installed Apple’s latest beta of OS X, El Capitan, you may have noticed the LCD appears to be a bit brighter with less contrast. I didn’t notice a problem until I launched Diablo III and found that it was almost unplayable due to the screen brightness.

El Capitan ambient light

After tinkering, I realized that El Capitan has added an option in the Display preferences that allows your Mac to automatically adjust the display based on ambient light. Turning this option off (unchecking) fixed my screen brightness issue.

Because this is an iMac, in an office where I control the lighting, this is probably optimal. However, I haven’t installed the beta on my MacBook Pro, so I’m not sure if the new feature offers benefits to mobile users.

Government investigates Apple. Again.

Now that the U.S. government has brought peace to the world, fed all the hungry, employed all the jobless, fixed our education system, and overhauled our miserable healthcare; I think it's great that they're focusing on more important things like investigating Apple over $10 p/m music subscriptions.

— James Dempsey

Apple must have a lot of ping-pong balls in the government’s “who do we investigate next” lottery barrel.

Guy quits job at Apple—rants about it. Whatever.

Apple Campus 2

There’s two sides to every story. Ben Farrell has posted a lengthy screed about what it’s like to work at Apple, and why he quit. IF his story is 100% true and not over-dramatized out of bitterness, it’s a sad story. However, I’m not sure this was the best way to leave a job, even if it is accurate. At least Mr. Farrell was classy about it, not calling-out anyone by name or title.

Welcome Apple World Today

Apple World Today

It didn’t take long for some TUAW alumni to start a new site after AOL shut down the long-running Mac-related news site. TUAW was one of those sites I had a love-hate relationship with as far as content, but I always respected the writers and their work.

Apple World Today has launched, with Steve Sande, Dave Caolo, and Kelly Hodgkins at the helm. I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys come up with on a daily basis; as I’ve grown tired of the sensationalistic headlines (and quite craptacular articles) found at some of the other Mac sites out there.

I also recently added SixColors (by Jason Snell, former editor at Macworld) and MacSparky to my “check regularly” bookmark folder in Safari.

Hopefully, some day, this won’t be such big news

Tim Cook

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, this morning published an essay on Bloomberg Business Week in which he announced he is gay. Shock. Well, not really. Most Apple fans already knew this, and most everyone else probably took a where there is smoke, there’s fire opinion on the subject.

I think it’s awesome that he came out publicly like this, I just wish we lived in a time when this wasn’t news at all.

Apple updates iCloud Drive pricing/storage options

iCloud Drive pricing
Apple has updated the storage options and pricing for their iCloud Drive service. It’s a lot more reasonable now, though still not competitive in the market on pricing alone. Fortunately, iCloud Drive will have the benefit of working seamlessly with all your Apple devices. No other vendor will be able to offer the accessibility that Apple will with iCloud, and that (in my mind) justifies a little more in cost.

Watch: Initial thoughts

Apple Watch

Watch is finally here! We can finally put the rumors and speculation behind us, and start reading article after article from the usual suspects about how great it is, what a huge failure it is, and how Samsung had the smart watch first. Good grief.

As I watched the keynote video, my initial thought was that it was ugly. But then they showed the various bands that will be available, and the smaller size watch that will also be available. I found at least three that fit my personal style. I think this will be key to the Watch’s success. My only concern with regard to the bands are with the ones that use magnetic closure. How strong are those magnets? Will they hold tight with vigorous exercise? Time will tell.

The next question I had about bands is “will I be able to buy different bands?” I suspect Apple won’t sell bands separately, but I’m betting 3rd party vendors will make bands that fit the Watch almost immediately. And I predict it will be a huge market.

Some initial questions immediately came up on Twitter and Facebook as the keynote went on. In reading follow-up articles yesterday, at least some of those questions were apparently answered by Apple reps in the demo hall. Here are just a few: (more…)

Apple Campus 2 construction video

Some great video of the current construction progress at the Apple Campus 2 site. Apple certainly isn’t wasting any time here. The size of this thing is just amazing. The “raised” circular area will be the courtyard in the middle of the building and will actually be the ground level. The area around it will eventually be sub-ground level floors and parking.