Turn your Magic Trackpad into a number pad with Magic Numpad

While the Magic Trackpad is amazingly functional and well designed, however sometimes you simply need that number pad for the serious number crunching. This is where the Numpad enters the picture, thanks to the good folks at Mobee, now you don’t have to compromise. For $29.90 you get the Magic Numpad.

3 different layouts are available and delivered in the pack to let you customize the way you want to use your Numpad :

– Have a full Numeric Calculator Keyboard at your fingertips or,
– Have a full-function Numeric Calculator Keyboard plus a tactile area on the Magic Trackpad or,
– Have a full-function Numeric Calculator Keyboard with configurable “shortcut” buttons for use with programs of your choice.

With the overlays and a free download of Mobee’s free Snow Leopard or Lion compatible software, your Magic Trackpad will be transformed into a fully functioning Magic Numpad.

The Magic Numpad is up for pre-order now on Mobee’s website. Availability is set for October.

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GeekTool available on the Mac App Store

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For those among the readers who enjoy tweaking their system, here is some good news, GeekTool has finally entered the App Store, the download remains as always free.

If you are unfamiliar with GeekTool you are missing out on a lot of fun on your desktop. GeekTool is a system preferences module that lets you display information like specialized calendars on your desktop via plugins.

While the App does require some previous knowledge of unix and shell commands, the most common codes can be found on the Internet through a quick search on google.

Tim Cook gets 1,000,000 AAPL shares if he remains CEO of Apple until 2021

Wow this is pretty interesting, MacRumors have read the 8-K form which Apple has filed with the SEC to announce this week’s changes to Apple’s executive board, however they have found something just as interesting. Apple has awarded 1,000,000 stock shares to new CEO Tim Cook.

In connection with Mr. Cook’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.

With the current stock price at $383 that brings the total to somewhat more than $383M, we can only hope they will be worth as much in 2021.

Apple updates executive biographies.

Apple’s page of executive biographies has already been updated to match the new reality, with Tim Cook in the top left corner as CEO. Cook’s bio now states that he assumed the top job in August of 2011.

Cook’s presumptive successor as COO is SVP of Operations Jeff William. Like Cook, Williams got his MBA from Duke University; during the worldwide launch of the iPhone in 2007 he “played a significant role,” and since then he has been the worldwide ops lead for iPhone and iPod products.

iOS 5 beta 6 gets a Sn0wbreeze for Windows jailbreak

Windows users can jailbreak their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 beta 6. An updated version ofSn0wbreeze for Windows nowsupports the latest version of iOS 5and can jailbreak your iPhone without compromising the baseband.

The tethered jailbreak supports the iPhone 3GS (with new bootrom), iPhone 4 (GSM/CDMA), iPod touch (3G/4) and the first generation iPad. If you’re a developer running iOS 5 beta 6 and want to keep you jailbreak intact, you can download Sn0wbreeze 2.8b6 here and follow the instructions from Redmond Pie here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers equip all players with an iPad as a playbook

Being a HUGE Buccaneers fan I always love when Apple gadgets mingle with the world of Football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to equip all of the players on the team with iPads, and both players and management seem to love the idea.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay players are having a much easier time lugging their Play books around since having converted the phone directory-sized printed book to a digital version on the iPad.

The team started its love affair with iPads when coach Raheem Morris apparently used one to watch video of team prospects with GM Mark Dominik and player personnel director Dennis Hickey. Now, the players simply flick through plays to watch those that are important to them.

Morris said that it took about two minutes for Buccaneer co-chairman Bryan Glazer to approve the purchase of 90 iPad 2s. Many of the players listen to their own personal soundtracks while watching past game footage and studying plays that are downloaded to the devices automatically. Should a player lose one of the iPads on the road — while visiting the New England Patriots, for example — the team can wipe all of the plays from the device remotely, with the help of the find my iPhone App.

The Bucs are the first NFL team to embrace the iPad, but certainly won’t be the last.

Breaking: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

While we knew that Apple would not always be run by Steve Jobs we are still shocked that this day came so soon,  Apple CEO Steve Jobs has submitted his resignation, a rumor at first this has now confirmed by an official press release.

STEVE JOBS LETTER OF RESIGNATION. 

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM APPLE

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of AppleTim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the BoardCUPERTINO, California-August 24, 2011-Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

We we be monitoring the situation over the next few days to see how this will influence Apple, however we can already report that shares have dropped more than 5% in value over the past few hours.

LogMeIn Ignition Back to School Sale

LogMeIn’s iOS app — LogMeIn Ignition — is a sweet way to connect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to a Mac or PC running the LogMeIn desktop client. As part of a Back To School promotion, LogMeIn has put Ignition on sale at 50 percent off. With the normal price of $29.99 being cut in half, you’re saving a whopping $15 on your purchase.

At that price, LogMeIn Ignition is perfectly priced for students who may need to have mobile access to a Mac or PC back in the dorm room or lab. With Ignition’s recently added ability to transfer files to, from, or between computers, it’s the next best thing to sitting behind the keyboard of your computer.

iOS 5 includes early earthquake warning notifications for Japanese iPhone users


Following the devestating earthquake in Japan earlier this year, Apple has added a new early earthquake warning notification option to iOS 5. iOS 5 users in Japan can turn on early earthquake notifications at the very bottom of the iOS 5 Notification Center settings pane. As you can see above, all the user has to do is flick a switch to start receiving these notifications. According to Time, who profiled Japan’s earthquake warning system earlier this year, the system gives warnings from seconds to one or two minutes before the earthquake hits. Time also explains the history of the system:

Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. A nationwide online system launched in 2007, it detects tremors, calculates an earthquake’s epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country, one of the most earthquake-prone nations on the planet.

For those who cannot read the text above, it also warns that the feature may reduce your battery life because it is always connected to Japan’s earthquake warning system. This new notification options truly showcases Apple’s commitment to safety for those in Japan.

iPhone 5 components leaked, is release imminent?

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Wow, the iPhone 5 rumors are really getting interesting, the net is buzzing with images of an alleged prototype, and thanks to TVC Mail we now have more photographs of iPhone components, including the rear-facing camera, an audio flex cable, and another of its battery.

The components were first discovered by MacRumors. They are undoubtedly different to the parts currently used in the iPhone 4. They’re only subtle differences, so you’ll have to look closely, but here’s the rear-facing camera lens and the battery compared with their iPhone 4 counterparts:

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Both batteries are the same shape and size, but the biggest difference is that connector. Notice on the iPhone 5 battery it sits horizontally, whereas on the iPhone 4 battery it’s vertical? There are also some differences in the text. If you look closely, the iPhone 5 battery reads ’5.3Whr’, whereas the iPhone 4 battery reads ’5.25Whr’. The new part also has a part number of 616-0580, as compared to the iPhone 4′s 616-0513 and 616-0521 part numbers

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Both camera lenses are very similar — boasting embedded LED flashes which may rule out speculation that the iPhone 5 will have a separate flash. Though it could still feature a dual-LED flash. Just like the battery, the connector on the iPhone 5 lens is different to that on the iPhone 4 lens. Unfortunately there’s still no indication of this camera’s capability, but recent rumors have suggested the iPhone 5 will boast an 8-megapixel camera, an upgrade from the iPhone 4′s 5-megapixel lens.

That seems to be all for now, but hopefully we can post more in the near future as the release moves closer and closer.