September 22, 2012 6 Comments
I think I’ll stick to my BlackBerry…
January 13, 2012 2 Comments
The final movement of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony is a slow rumination on mortality, with quiet sections played by strings alone.
During the New York Philharmonic’s performance Tuesday night, it was interrupted by an iPhone.
The jarring ringtone—the device’s “Marimba” sound, which simulates the mallet instrument—intruded in the middle of the movement, emanating from the first row at Avery Fisher Hall.
When the phone wasn’t immediately hushed, audience members shook their heads. It continued to chime, and music director Alan Gilbert turned his head sharply to the left, signaling his displeasure.
Minutes passed. Each time the orchestra reached a quiet section, the phone could be heard above the hushed, reverent notes.
Finally, Mr. Gilbert could take no more: He stopped the orchestra.
A Philharmonic spokeswoman said Wednesday the music director has never before halted a performance because of a cellphone or any other type of disruption.
As the offending noise continued in a loop, Mr. Gilbert turned in its direction and pointedly asked that the phone be turned off. The audience let out a collective gasp.
The ringtone—believed to be an alarm—played on.
Read the rest here.
This happens in Church in the middle of the sermon, way too often…
December 1, 2011 1 Comment
Red hot smoking iPhone self-combusts on airliner:
An Apple iPhone 4 was glowing red hot and emitted a “significant amount” of dense smoke as it spontaneously combusted on board a flight in Australia in the second reported incident of its kind in the past month…
The incident involving a passenger’s iPhone 4 glowing red hot occurred on board Regional Express flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney last Friday after landing, the airline reported…
In a statement regarding the first incident, Regional Express said a flight attendant carried out “recovery actions” immediately and that the red glow was extinguished successfully, adding that the matter has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as well as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for investigation and directions. All passengers and crew on board were unharmed, the airline said….
Read more here.
Gosh, just look at the thing! Imagine it in your pocket at the time?! Nah, Apple is way overrated. BlackBerry (outages and all) would seem to be a safer option thank you.
October 6, 2011 2 Comments
The height of hypocrisy:
The Westboro Baptist Church took to an iPhone when they heard about Steve Jobs’ death Wednesday night, sending out a message saying the Apple founder would be going to hell and calling for a protest of his funeral.
“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory and taught sin,” wrote Margie Phelps, daughter of the church’s founder.
The controversial group often pickets outside of soldiers’ funerals to draw media attention to their cause, which includes anti-gay material. Phelps tweeted the messages from her account, with an automatic note appearing at the bottom of the Tweet saying “via Twitter for iPhone.”
“No peace for man who served self, not God,” she wrote with the hashtag, #hellgreetedhim. “Westboro must picket.”
Thursday morning, Phelps responded to widespread criticism of her using the iPhone to Tweet the messages, saying that the phone was created by God–not Jobs–for that purpose.
“Rebels mad cuz I used iPhone to tell you Steve Jobs is in hell.God created iPhone for that purpose! ” she wrote.
Arrangements for Jobs’ funeral haven’t been announced.
October 5, 2011 Leave a comment
Expecting a giant leap forward, fans of Apple Inc. have had to settle for one small step. Shares of the world’s most valuable technology company fell as much as 5% in Tuesday afternoon trading on the Nasdaq after chief executive Tim Cook unveiled an updated version of the 15 month-old iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. The stock had mostly recovered by market close and was down 0.56% for the day.
Not going for an iPhone 5 seems to be a big mistake on the part of Apple!
August 10, 2011 Leave a comment
The Cult of Mac has a Q&A with the Priest who convinced the Vatican they need an app for that:
The email interview was conducted in Italian, translation mine.
CoM: What apps do you use most?
Father Paolo Padrini: Generally, I use apps related to TV, newspapers and magazines. In addition, of course, to my app iBreviary, which I use for “professional” reasons.
CoM: What are you working on now?
FPP: I am currently working on several projects, a number of religious apps to enable the faithful to use their iPhones and iPads for prayer and to consult religious texts.
In particular, there are some apps I’m working on to serve the Church, especially parishes. These would help with catechism for kids and parish organization (liturgical calendars, support for sermons). There’s also more in the works for iBreviary, which I hope still has a lot of growth potential.
CoM: There have been a number of controversial religion-related apps in iTunes – like the The Manhattan Declaration. What place does religious content have in iTunes? Who should create it?
FPP: I believe that religious content is good…for the iTunes store.
Joking aside, I believe is that the Church is right to have a presence in these tools, both through official channels and those from believers who promote applications of a religious nature that are in good faith.
However, I am very cautious about the economic aspects, which threaten to create a scandal among the faithful and non-believers alike. (Proceeds from Padrini’s iBreviary app first funded parish refurbishments, now it’s offered gratis.)
CoM: What do you think of apps that say they help people confess via iPhone?
FPP: For me, the sacraments are a completely separate reality from the dynamics of technology. You cannot, for both theological and pastoral reasons, replace a personal encounter with one over a communication tool, especially if you’re talking about the sacraments…
However, using your iPad or iPhone to read, meditate and prepare for confession is a totally different thing. There’s no way that can be considered a bad thing.
The limit of the relationship between Church and technology is a face-to-face meeting. When you don’t meet in person, there there is no “space” for the “rite,” for the sacraments — and the sacraments are where the Church brings together man and God. This meeting cannot be replaced by a tool. It must be a real meeting, personal, physical.
CoM: How do you get the approval of the Catholic Church for an app?
FPP: The Church has no formal process for accepting applications. One must, of course follow the rules of the Church regarding the use of texts (prayers, documents, etc..), of course without changing the content and meaning… but in fact, no approval is given officially by the Church. At least this is the case in Italy.
July 29, 2011 Leave a comment
I still prefer using Blackberry:
Apple’s share of the mobile phone industry’s profits has swelled to around two thirds, as the company’s iPhone sales have remained profitable while achieving the top spot in sales.
Even before displacing Nokia as the world’s top smartphone maker in the most recent quarter, Apple has long consumed a disproportionate slice of the industry’s profits.
Apple first grabbed the largest slice of phone profits in mid 2008, just a year after the iPhone went on sale. That slice climbed to 50 percent of the industry’s profits by last year.
This quarter however, an overall decline in profits among top mobile makers kicked Apple’s share of total profits up past 66 percent, with Samsung pulling in the next largest slice of profits with just 15 percent, RIM collecting an 11 percent share, and HTC bringing in 7.4 percent.
Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG all managed to lose money selling phones in the quarter…
(Though a iPad is a really enticing prospect.)
February 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Contrary to much of what is being said, The Telegraph has:
Catholics cannot confess by iPhone, the Vatican has said, after the launch of a ‘confession app’ sanctioned by the US Catholic Church.
Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said technology was not a substitute for being present when admitting sins to a priest.
“One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone,” Father Lombardi said, adding that confession required the presence of the penitent and the priest.
“This cannot be substituted by any IT application,” Lombardi added.
Confession: A Roman Catholic app, thought to be the first to be approved by a church authority, walks Catholics through the sacrament and contains what is described as a “personalised examination of conscience for each user.”
The application is not designed to replace going to confession but to help Catholics through the act.
Some reports on its approval by the Catholic Church in the US suggested confession would now be possible via iPhone.
For a background to the above, click here.
UPDATE I: The Telegraph has today a news video under the heading: Vatican bans iPhone God app.