Today, Apple held their annual World Wide Developers Conference or WWDC for short. As usual, Apple gave us all “apple thirsty” consumers a look at what their new products are and what they’ve been working on in the software front in the last year.
It’s nothing short of exciting to see that they went all out with updating their new Macbook Airs with the new Intel Ivy Bridge chipset. This new Soc allows the Air to run at new and amazing speeds and also provides greater graphics. Apple also announced internal upgrades for their Mac Pro desktops. They get new Xenon processors which give it a bump gigahertz wise.
The most exciting of it all was the announcement of the newest, top-of-the-line Macbook Pro. This new model is the “next generation” of the Macbook family. While retaining the same unibody build, it’s been created a bit differently. The body now hosts vents along the sides at the bottom for better air intake and it also helps the vents be more silent. The biggest changes were how thin it is compared to current models (“25% thinner” according to the video for the new model on the apple website) and that this new iteration has a Retina display and has no optical disk drive. What you get is a faster, visually stunning powerhouse meant to deliver the ultimate computing experience.
I know some may think “it’s not ultimate unless the disk drive is present,” but Apple has everything you need from their online store so it’s really not even that big of a deal…….unless you own a bunch of essential programs already in disk format; that would be an issue. It won’t be an issue for the current Macbook Pro refresh. This version is basically the 2011 model with NVIDIA’S Kepler chip, faster processors and retains the optical disk drive. It won’t however, offer a Retina Display.
iOS6 was also announced. With it come a host of new features. Apple has made it official that Google Maps won’t be the default navigation app. Apple’s acquisition of various mapping companies was used to create their very own Maps app. This app will offer turn by turn navigation and in the future will offer global navigation as well. iOS6 will also add Photostreams, messages, documents and Apple’s suit of microsoft documents styled apps integrated into iCloud. iOS6 will also contain heavy Facebook integration.
Mountain Lion, as we all expected, was officially announced at the conference touting a $19.99 price tag come July. This will allow current Snow Leopard users on Macbook Pro, Air, iMac and Mac Pro to update without really hurting their pockets. Mountain Lion will feature major integration to the iCloud and will host 200 new features! Apple really knows how to get you with these numbers and new capabilities. You can see what these new features are on Apple’s website.
Of course there are a bunch of things I didn’t go over in this blurb. To get all of your Apple WWDC desserts, head on over to apple.com and watch the keynote (the hyperlink sends you directly to the keynote). Their you’ll find everything you need to know about what’s to come in the next few months from Apple. Oh and BTW, these new wonder machines from Apple are available online RIGHT NOW!! Go! and give Apple your money!
June 11, 2012
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They’re like your inhibitions come to life. A visual tool used to showcase just what lies beneath you. No, this isn’t some fancy way of describing some sort of sick pornographic desire you get a chance to see on the silver-screen; it’s Indie Films sicko!
Independent films have been around for as long as I can remember. Although you can’t trust wikipedia so much, I did use it to get an idea as to how far back independent films have been around. According to an article, “The roots of independent film can be traced back to the filmmakers in the 1900’s”. We’re talking about times where black and white moving images on a screen were all the rage.
With independent films, filmmakers have an opportunity to go a bit further with the story they’re trying to show us. They can skate on a line that so many Hollywood studios don’t even dare to look at. It gave many big name actors a doorway into Hollywood as it is doing for so many up-and-coming actors today. I believe the very first independent film I saw was a French action one. The title of the film was District B13. It took place in the ghettos of Paris and it involved an ex-thug and an undercover cop trying to stop an enormous tragedy from happening (don’t want to spoil it for you). This film came out in 2004 and it was really exciting to watch.
Back then, I had no idea what an independent film was, let alone how great they are. I believe I was only just entering high school then. Recently I saw 2 independent films which were absolutely wonderful. The first one is titled The Raid Redemption, directed by Gareth Evans who also wrote it. The film revolves around a S.W.A.T. unit who moves in on an Indonesian apartment building that houses the worst of the worst criminals. The main star of the film is driven to reach the antagonist of the film in his office and stop him once and for all from continuing his criminal activities. This film was such a hit that there are talks of an American version being scribed.
The second “indie film” I recently saw is titled Hick. This film was directed by Derick Martini and was written by Andre Portes. The film takes you on the journey of a young Nebraska teenage girl who decides she wants to leave her current life behind and sets out to start anew in Las Vegas. Many things go awry but she is hellbent on changing her life around. What makes these independent films so special, and not just the ones I mentioned but all of them, is that you get such a raw form of film. Without discrediting anyone in Hollywood, I just feel that these movies receive extra care and kindness. They are free to a greater extent than those made in Hollywood from the bureaucracy of the major distribution companies and so forth.
The journeys I’ve been taken on so far, and the ones I’ll be taken on are something else entirely in regards to indie films. My “indie” expansion is only going to become greater.
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