Apple has always had this thing for acqui-hiring established companies for their future products and patents, rather than starting things from scratch. They did it with Siri and countless others till the recent taking over of flash storage maker Anobit in Israel.
The air may be extra chilly around here this week (or unseasonably warm around your camp-Thanks Global Warming!) but the pix picks are sizzling so let’s crank up the heat!
Jony Ive – to the world he is Apple’s Senior Vice President, Design, reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He is the leading technology innovator of the world, a whiz who has for decades been the head of the world’s best design team and whom Steve Jobs called his “spiritual partner.” However, little is known of Jonathan Ive’s true story and his rise to Apple’s chief innovator. Leander Kahney’s newest book, entitled Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products, has changed this and demystified the creative genius.
Apple has created the awesome platform of AirPlay to get your iOS device displays into Apple TV‘s large screen. But the major drawback has always been the lack of AirReceiving enabled devices. There are some great apps, like AirServer or Reflector, that mirror iPhone and iPad screens to your Mac, and now there is a new app called X-Mirage that does the same job, but promises to take AirPlay to the next level.
Yes, the signs are everywhere. The perennial deluge from the Holiday season flood of consumer flotsam is on its way already and we all know that there’s no way to stop it. The best we can do is hunker down, tune in the tube and drink as much as we can in a gallant effort to drown out the white noise of the consumer culture wolves trying to blow our house down. So here’s this week’s pix picks to ease your seasonal transition and tickle that anti-holiday thirst.