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The end of ownership for DVDs – say goodbye to your DVD collection

I feel like this is one of those big moments that sputters into life – the end of ownership. At least, when it comes to DVDs.

This happened to music a few years back…I mean, who still thinks of owning music with CDs?

With Blu-ray sales slotted to decline in the next few years, the future is owning digital copies of movies not DVDs.

It will be interesting to see how this affects the ownership economy. So many people love their DVD collections, just as people loved their VHS collection and CD collections.

But, storing 20-30 digital movies can take up all your hard drive space, especially for high definition flicks. Whereas, keeping a few thousand songs on your computer didn’t hurt that much.

I bet there will be a race to super-size hard drives (especially on laptops) and build a business around movies in the cloud.

Like Apple is currently doing:

 

Apple adds 20th Century Fox movies to iTunes in the Cloud, all major studios now on board

Apple and Twentieth Century Fox have reportedly come to an agreement that will finally make the studio’s films available via iTunes in the Cloud. When Apple made movies a cornerstone of the cloud-based initiative (which lets customers redownload previous purchases) earlier this year, the company only had deals in place with four of the “big six” studios — Universal and Fox were the holdouts. It didn’t take long for Universal to sign on and add its films to iTunes in the Cloud, but apparently Apple needed more time to hammer out a viable solution with Fox.

Now we’re able to confirm that Twentieth Century Fox titles no longer carry a warning that they won’t be available from iTunes in the Cloud following purchase. You’re free to delete them from your PC/Mac or iOS device and redownload at will, and the same movies can also be streamed from an Apple TV.

 

Source: The Verge

 

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Apple’s WWDC 2012 Conference Preview – iOS 6, new Macs, iCloud update

This Monday, June 11, Apple will host one of its biggest events of the year, WWDC, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. First thing in the morning will be the famous Keynote presentation where Apple’s top brass takes the stage to preview the latest treasures in their chest.

Here are just a few of those expected to be announced:

  • iOS 6 – the banners advertising this at the conference are already being hung – a small update compared to iOS 5, but it does introduce Apple Maps (and kicks out Google Maps). A complete Facebook integration and bringing Siri to the iPad, among the rumors.
  • iCloud – photo-sharing to social media sites and video stream, where videos are synced in the cloud.
  • New Macs –  the consensus seems to indicate that the entire Mac lineup will be refreshed with Retina Displays. With that as the primary change there could also be a shrinking of the MacBook Pro size and multiple spec updates.

With Apple’s notorious secrecy there is the potential for multiple big surprises. Plus, this will be the first WWDC without Steve Jobs so it will be interesting to see how Tim Cook and crew pave the way.

For an in-depth look at all these new features9to5 Mac – WWDC 2012 Roundup

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Apple, Amazon, & Microsoft build data centers around dirty energy

The current explosion in cloud computing offered by major IT companies is driving significant new demand for dirty energy like coal and nuclear power, according to a new report from Greenpeace International.

The report, “How Clean is Your Cloud?” shows a growing split within the tech industry between companies that are taking steps to power their clouds with clean energy, like Google, Yahoo and Facebook, and companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft who lag behind by choosing to build their growing fleets of data centres to be powered by coal and nuclear energy.

“When people around the world share their music or photos on the cloud, they want to know that the cloud is powered by clean, safe energy,” said Gary Cook, Greenpeace International Senior Policy Analyst. “Yet highly innovative and profitable companies like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are building data centres powered by coal and acting like their customers won’t know or won’t care.”

The report research found that if the cloud were a country its electricity demand would currently rank 5th in the world, and is expected to triple by 2020.

“While many IT companies have made great strides in efficiency, that’s only half the picture – they need to make sure their energy comes from clean sources,” said Gary Cook, Greenpeace International Senior Policy Analyst.

Companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook are beginning to lead the sector down a clean energy pathway through innovations in energy efficiency, prioritising renewable energy access when siting their data centres, and demanding better energy options from utilities and government decision-makers.

 

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Apple updates iCloud to include Movies and TV Shows – with an extra bonus

Two years ago I bought a movie, The Dark Knight, and then promptly deleted it during an iPhone backup.

I haven’t seen the movie since then, which stinks even though it was probably my mistake. That is until today when I went into the “Purchased” section of iTunes and found it ready for download in iCloud.

It looks like Apple left a few Easter eggs in the latest update:

Apple didn’t show off everything they had on Wednesday. Since the focus was on the new iPad, many new Apple TV features remained under the hood, waiting for users to download the software update and put the new engine through its paces.

Tech of the Hub’s Gabe Gagliano unearthed a particularly nice new feature: in addition to storing movies purchased through iTunes in the cloud, Apple will also back up at least some digital copies of movies that come with purchases of a DVD or Blu-ray.

“It’s just like iTunes match for music! I doubt it goes as far as iTunes music match, grabbing any movie it finds, including ripped DVDs.”

Apple calls this the “iTunes Digital Copy,” program; it’s been around for a while, and according to Apple, “most of the movies you buy on DVD and Blu-ray now include bonus iTunes Digital Copy discs.”

more details – Epicenter

 

Cloud storage of my movies would be so nice. Maybe I can finally get rid of all these extra hard drives and storage devices…

Apple Genius Tip: Never restore your iPhone from a back-up

The other day I was at the Apple Store with my mom to help her get the iPhone 4S. She asked the clerk-geek if she should restore her phone from her backup and he said “no.”

We were shocked. Isn’t that the standard procedure. According to him, not anymore. With iCloud and iTunes syncing it is actually an inferior method.

His reasoning was that if you restore your phone then anything corrupt will be loaded back onto the phone. Instead, you should sync all of your apps and data with your Mac laptop and then restore your phone from that data. Or, in the new version with iCloud you can restore from that data (with no syncing needed).

Of course, this only works if you have a Mac laptop.

It took me a while to figure this out. Apple likes to make everything simple and effective and in this case that would be cutting out the annoying and time sucking process of backing up. If you follow that then you see that all the latest iOS developments were leading up to this.

Which is great because syncing and backing-up an iPhone was a miserable process. The only problem is that current users have long established habits we need to break. For example, I actually had to open my Mac Mail App and set-up the notes feature. This allows you to back-up your notes and over iCloud it’s automatic.

The same is true for the other apps I rarely use: Calendar, Address Book, iPhoto, iVideo, Bookmarks, and Apps.

All together this is a brilliant move by Apple. It makes their closed system extremely useful when in the past it was simply too time consuming to use. I’m in the process of setting all this up and I’m loving it!

What happened to the iPhone 5?

Between all the hype about iCloud, OSX Lion, and Apple’s WWDC 2011, something went missing. The next version of the iPhone, rumored to be called iPhone 5.

So what happened to the iPhone 5?

I’ve been crawling the internet everyday (see picture at right) for news and everything is mum.

Not my Mom, she is convinced it is coming out in September. I want to believe her but, at this point, there is nothing to back that up.

We might as well add her speculation to the rest, here is what I’ve found so far:

TUAW: “Sources inspecting the…iOS 5 firmware have discovered suggestions of two future iPad 3 models as well as a pair of iPhone 5 models.”

MacStories: “A new report from Digitimes, camera image sensor supplier OmniVision has won “significant orders” for Apple’s next-generation iPhone, set to debut later this year.”

That’s pretty much it, my mom’s speculation, TUAW’s, and MacStories. I’m not all that convinced…

Let’s switch into likely outcomes…September, December, next year. Here is BeatWeek’s break down:

  • August – iOS 5 needs beta testing and developer lead time…sounds reasonable.
  • September - the above scenario, except Apple uses its early September iPress Conference to launch the iPhone 5…most likely.
  • Just before the holidays – Something about the iPhone 5 and/or iOS 5 is running late, and we mean late…you’re getting colder
  • Doomsday 2012 - Apple decides to leave the iPhone 4 as the current model for more than a year and a half, unleashing the iPhone 5 in February of 2012 or so….evokes the phrase “epic fail.”

Ok, so we are back to September as the best option. Although, it feels like wishful thinking to me..what do you think?

Oh, and PS, does the following mean the iPhone 4S is dead?

BeatWeek:

“Here’s what really happened behind the iPhone 4S saga, as best we can piece together:

The iPhone 5 will be the next iPhone and it’ll have the same A5 processor as the iPad 2…

Some developers complained that they wouldn’t be able to properly test the limits of their upcoming iPhone apps if they were limited to doing their testing on an A4 instead of an A5. So Apple sent out some jury-rigged iPhone 4 units with A5 processors wedged into them for testing purposes. Word leaked out about it, and some folks misinterpreted this ..being the next commercial iPhone release. And because the last time Apple released an iPhone model twice in a row with a different processor inside they called the second one iPhone 3GS, these folks decided that this “new” iPhone 4 must therefore be called the iPhone 4S..”