January 27, 2012

Bill Gates Recounts His Last Conversation With Steve Jobs [Video]

While the pair were huge rivals at the helms of two competing companies, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were still somewhat fond of each other. In a recent interview with ABC News and Yahoo!, Gates recounts his last visit to Jobs’s house during his final months, the conversation they shared, and how Jobs’s passing has affected him.

Gates reveled their relaxed conversation included a lot of reminiscing, and talking about their families:

He and I always enjoyed talking. He would throw some things out, you know, some stimulating things. We’d talk about the other companies that have come along. We talked about our families and how lucky we’d both been in terms of the women we married. It was great relaxed conversation.

Gates also revealed that Jobs’s passing reminded him that we only have “limited time,” and that we “gotta pick the important stuff”:

Well, it’s very strange to have somebody who’s so vibrant and made such a huge difference and been … kind of a constant presence, to have him die. It makes you feel like, ‘Wow, we’re getting old.’ I hope I still have quite a bit of time for the focus I have now, which is the philanthropic work. And there’s drugs we’re investing in now that won’t be out for 15 years — malaria eradication, I need a couple of decades here to fulfill that opportunity. But, you know, it reminds you that you gotta pick important stuff, because you only have a limited time.

If you haven’t already watched the video above, Gates starts talking about Jobs at around 03:35.

[via 9to5Mac]

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Siri + Magic + Hot Wild Girls + Doritos = This Year’s Funniest Super Bowl Commercial [Humor / Video]

As part of its annual promotion to get more Americans to cram nacho cheese flavored asbestos triangles down their gob during Half-Time, Doritos throws a Crash The Super Bowl contest where they invite fans to make their own commercials. Win the contest and your winning ad gets aired during the Super Bowl.

I don’t usually pay attention to stuff like this, but this entry for the contest is just wonderful. It portrays Siri (or a Siri-like) as a magical genie in a smartphone capable of automatically beaming bags full of Doritos, a festive sombrero or even three hot, bikini-clad girls into a bro’s apartment at just a long press of the home button, no questions asked.

The only problem? In Dorito’s land, Siri’s speech-to-text transcription abilities have a couple of small auditory processing kinks to work out. The result? A guy’s request for hot wild girls leads to him being torn apart by… well, you’ve got to see it for yourself. Brilliant.

[via iDownload Blog]

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Run Windows Apps On Your Mac With Wine [Video How-To]

Run Windows Apps On Your Mac With Wine [Video How-To]

Even though OS X supports more and more applications every day, there’s still some software out there that can only run on Windows. That’s where Wine comes in. Wine is a free application that allows you to run many Windows applications on Mac OS X. While it’s not flawless, and it doesn’t support all applications, it’s pretty neat, and can be helpful if there’s a certain piece of Windows software out there that you really need to run on your Mac. Heck, it even runs Minesweeper. In this video I’ll show you how to get Wine up and running, as well as how-to convert Windows applications into OS X apps.

You can download wine here.

Here are some apps that work with Wine.

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How To Install Siri On The iPad 2 [Video]

How To Install Siri On The iPad 2 [Video]

Thanks to the newly-released Absinthe untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, you can finally get Siri up and running on Apple’s latest tablet. The process isn’t an easy one, as you will need to set up your own SiriProxy server and edit your iPad’s filesystem.

If you have the time and stamina to get Siri up and running on the iPad 2, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the voice assistant goodness that’s available on the iPhone 4S. You’ll also be able to install other jailbreak tweaks to enhance Siri’s functionality.

Jeff of iDownloadBlog walks through getting Siri up and running on a jailbroken iPad 2:

Check out iDB’s full post for more detailed steps. You’ll need to install the Spire jailbreak tweak and have a SiriProxy server running on either your Mac or a separate machine. You’ll need to be on the same network as your proxy server for Siri to work, and there’s a chance that you could brick your iPad if you don’t follow Jeff’s steps exactly. Make sure that you have a recent iCloud or iTunes backup ready in case you need to restore your iPad 2.

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iPhone Users Get “Samsunged” For Not Choosing Galaxy S II & Free Turn-By-Turn Navigation [Video]

Did you choose to purchase an iPhone over the Android-powered Galaxy S II? Well, congratulations. Like many of us here at Cult of Mac, you’ve been “Samsunged!” In its latest ad for the Galaxy S II, Samsung shows off its free turn-by-turn navigation software while taking another swipe at iPhone users who wait in line for a device “that looks like last year’s phone.”

It’s the same approach the Korean electronics giant took with an ad back in November, which also mocked iPhone users for waiting in line for a new device. But I wonder what Samsung’s smartphones would be like now without the iPhone. They are simply refashioned replicas, after all.

And I wonder whether Samsung is a little jealous that customers don’t wait in line for its own devices.

What do you think of Samsung’s approach in its latest Galaxy S II ads?

[via 9to5Mac]

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Software Concept Makes E-Books Behave More Like Real Books [Video Demo]

Page turning concept for ebooks by<br /> KAIST Institute of Information Technology

Here’s a cool concept video for page-turning techniques in ebooks, which rather puts the current offerings to shame.

It shows an e-book behaving much more like a paper book, thanks to new ways of recognizing finger taps and swipes.

With this system, you can quickly flip back the edges of pages to look at something you’ve already read; or flip forwards to see how far it is to the end of this chapter. Things you’d do while reading on paper.

Here’s the video:

This concept was put together by the KAIST Institute of Information Technology in South Korea. There’s a little bit more about their current research projects on this web page.

Like the look of it? Would you like to see something like this in Apple’s iBooks app?

(Thanks to Steve Troughton-Smith for this one.)

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Designer/Developer Bundle Giveaway – Win $450 Worth Of Cult Of Mac Video Tutorials!

Designer/Developer Bundle Giveaway – Win $  450 Worth Of Cult Of Mac Video Tutorials!

New Year’s Resolutions come and go and I’m betting a few of you have promised yourself this year is the year you’re going to learn to build that website or start figuring out how to freshen up that web 1.0 site design you already have. Well, we want to make sure you make good on that 2012 resolution by giving away 3 of our most popular video tutorials valued at over $ 450!

One lucky winner will receive one of each of the following online video courses:

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Video: Weekend Tech Review: iBooks Event Week 3 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

By Daniel Eran Dilger

Published: 03:21 AM EST (12:21 AM PST)
Here’s a video recap of the top tech stories involving Apple for the third week of 2012, including a look at Apple’s iBooks Event, product news, the week’s business stories, and upcoming events.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @appleinsider and @DanielEran.

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Apple posts video of education event

Apple has posted a video of the education event it held earlier today. The video is available for streaming on Apple’s site, or you can download a higher quality version from iTunes.

This is Apple’s first public event since October’s introduction of the iPhone 4S. In this video you’ll see the debut of iBooks 2.0, iBooks Author, the iTunes U app, and Apple’s partnership with textbook publishers to offer electronic textbooks directly to students for just US$ 14.99.



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Apple Posts Full Video Of Today’s Incredible Education Event In NYC

Apple Posts Full Video Of Today’s Incredible Education Event In NYC

If you missed this morning’s Education Event at the Guggenheim in New York City and our live blog coverage wasn’t good enough for you, Apple has posted up the full footage of the event over on their site. You can stream it here or download through iTunes here.

It was a fantastic event, but man, do I wish Steve could have been there.

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is news editor here at Cult of Mac, and has also written about a lot of things for a lot of different places, including Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, AMC, Geek and the Consumerist. He lives in Cambridge with his charming inamorata and a tiny budgerigar punningly christened after Nabokov’s most famous pervert. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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