Yeah, this song is definitely old now. But I was still pretty impressed by this guy’s recreation of it in GarageBand for iPad. Personally, I’ve always downloaded GarageBand out of the fascination I had with it as a kid. Have I ever created anything worthwhile or even remotely listenable? Nope. What about you?
Samsung continues its aggressive marketing campaign against the iPhone with a new TV ad that depicts several Galaxy S4 features, including Easy Mode, Smart Switch, Smart Pause and a large 5-inch screen. In the one-minute spot, Samsung shows that an iPhone user can seamlessly make the switch to the Galaxy S4 by automatically transferring contacts, music, photos and text messages.
This latest ad is just another attempt by Samsung to prove that the Galaxy S4 is a cooler smartphone than iPhone. A seemingly annoying iPhone user who likes the simplicity of his Apple smartphone at the start of this ad is converted to a Galaxy S4 lover by a cool Samsung user in the end. Touché, Samsung, but the iPhone remains the top-selling smartphone in the United States for now.
Microsoft continues its aggressive marketing campaign against the iPad, releasing a new TV advertisement on Friday that mocks the Apple tablet for its absence of three Surface features: a real keyboard, kickstand and USB port. The 30-second spot also promotes the Surface’s new $349 price tag, over $599 for the iPad; however, the ad only shows the additional $119 cost for the Touch Cover in the fine print.
It is rather unsurprising that Microsoft is pushing to increase Surface sales, as the tablet cost the company $900 million in losses due to “inventory adjustments.” That’s a nice way of saying that the tablet is not selling, with only 1.8 million Surface RT units sold in the past two quarters. And when you’re forced to knock $150 off your flagship tablet, you know things aren’t going too well.
The expensive $1,599 price tag and ridiculously fast sell-out times of Worldwide Developers Conference tickets makes it nearly impossible for many people to attend the annual developer event. Fortunately, Apple is understanding and has made all of the conference material available through its official WWDC app.
Looking to make it even easier for us regular folks to access the content, Federico Viticci at MacStories notes that
Apple has uploaded (Update: Rene Ritchie of iMore clarifies that these videos were uploaded unofficially, and in violation of NDA policies) its WWDC 2013 session videos to a dedicated YouTube channel. Your opportunity to learn about everything from AirPrint and Cocoa Touch to OpenCL and Xcode is finally here, and all for free.
Microsoft has continued its aggressive marketing campaign against Apple, with a new TV advertisement that focuses on the iPad’s lack of true multitasking. In the commercial, two amateur scouts are standing next to each other at a baseball game, using a Windows 8 tablet and iPad respectively to communicate with their managers about a prospect player.
The 30-second spot uses America’s favorite pastime as an opportunity to highlight the ability for Windows 8 tablets to run more than one app at once, something that the iPad is unable to do. It’s the same marketing strategy against Apple products that other competitors, namely Samsung, have used in the past. Apple, too, once ran a series of successful Mac vs. PC ads a number of years back.
Microsoft has been largely unsuccessful at getting Windows 8 tablets to gain traction in the market — the Surface is nothing more than an also-ran — and continues to face pressure from both the iPad and a number of competitive Android tablet offerings. Taking the anti-Apple approach might have worked for Samsung in the past, but I’m not quite sure how effective it’ll be for Microsoft.
This ad has apparently come out of Samsung Iceland, although iFans cannot verify the authenticity of the YouTube channel. In the spot, an Icelandic man appears surprised that an apple — yes, the fruit — is not a smartphone. Thank goodness the Galaxy S4 exists. That would have been a huge problem on his hands.
Parties interested have had the opportunity of viewing the WWDC 2013 keynote via Apple’s website since last Monday, but not everyone–PC users at least–wants to go through the hassle of installing QuickTime. If you still haven’t watched the keynote and you fall in this category, your chance is finally here. The WWDC keynote, as you can see above, has been uploaded to Apple’s YouTube account for your non-QuickTime viewing pleasure. Check it out if you haven’t already!
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away nearly two years ago, is remembered as one of the most prolific businessmen and visionaries to ever live. He was greatly admired during his life, and greatly mourned following his death. Yet, in a never-before-seen interview from 1994, when he was still working at NeXT, Jobs didn’t think that anyone would remember the products or work he had done.
“This is a field where one does not write a principia that holds up for 200 years,” said Jobs. “This is not a field where one paints a painting that will be looked at for centuries or builds a church that will be admired and looked at in astonishment for centuries. No, this is a field where one does one’s work and, in 10 years, it’s obsolete and really will not be usable within 10 or 20 years.”
In hindsight, there is perhaps no single person in the entire tech industry that will ever be remembered as much as Steve Jobs. While some Apple products might be considered obsolete, the legacy that Jobs left behind is something that will serve as an inspiration to future generations for years to come. So, in a sense, Jobs painted the biggest and brightest painting of them all.
All Things Digital has posted the full video of Tim Cook at the D11 conference last night, where he was pressed by journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg on all things Apple. A number of topics were discussed, including innovation and competition, wearable technologies, social networks and other services, the future of iOS and OS X, and corporate taxes.
It seems that one major tech corporation bashing another is becoming the norm in TV advertisements that Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia and other companies have released in recent months. In this latest Microsoft ad, the Redmond-based giant uses Siri as a voice-over to promote Windows 8 tablets over the industry-leading iPad.
Microsoft mocks the iPad for its lack of Live Tiles and PowerPoint support. Moreover, the ad promotes the $449 price tag of the 64 GB Asus VivoTab tablet versus $699 for the 64 GB model iPad. Microsoft finishes the 30-second spot with the tagline, “less talking, more doing,” a subtle jab at the Siri voice assistant. (more…)