Monday, 4 April 2016

Talking Tech for April 5 2016

Happy Birthday Apple: 40 Years And Still Going Strong


Bloomberg, CNBC, Associated Press, The Verge, and others reflect on the first 40 years of Apple which is now "at the top of its game” and pay tribute to the company’s humble beginnings in a garage to an industry leader with over 100,000 employees and a "string of culture-defining products.”

  • CNBC shows where the company is today by the numbers calling out one billion active Apple devices around the world, 11 million Apple developers, and that the company is responsible for 2 million jobs in the U.S. alone and over 4 million in China. 
  • Stories call out the company’s mission to change the world and that the "fundamental notion — that technology should enable culture — has remained a core piece of Apple’s mission.” 
  • Walt Mossberg shares his favorite product moments commenting, “The iPod is what made Apple begin to explode and become the Apple that now, on their 40th anniversary, we know of as this highly innovative, highly intriguing, hugely influential tech company.” 
  • While many use the moment as a time to look back, stories also look forward commenting, "Even after Jobs’ death, Apple isn’t sitting still.” Bloomberg focuses on “Tim Cook’s Apple” stating that "None of the genius that is attributed Steve Jobs would have ever been able to happened without the supply chain Tim Cook built." 

International coverage is widespread and positive, focusing on the key products and milestones that “changed the world.” Many feature historical product and employee picture galleries, and highlight that after 40 years "Apple remains a company that is both unique and admired” with products that continue to command "a cult-like following.” Looking at where the company is today Japan’s My Navi News states, "True innovation requires consideration for everything. Apple believes it, executes it, and is trying to open up a future for us by fulfilling its responsibilities as an enterprise.” China’s Qdaily calls Apple’s first 40-year “a unbelievable mystery in tech industry”  and IT home note, “Apple is continuing Job’s legacy under Tim’s lead.”  


Key Apple software and hardware that I used with Apple over the last 30 or so years have Included:

The following first two Apple computers I used were with the Echo Speech Synthesiser:


Apple II+

Two Apple IIE’s,


The next 5 Apple computers were used with Outspoken for the Mac:

Mac Se,

Mac LC 475 and 525,

Power Book,

Power Mac,


quite a long wait until using VoiceOver with OS X which became available with 10.4 Tiger:

 Mac mini.

After VoiceOver on Mac in 2005, the flood gates continued to open after 2009 with:

 iPod nano and iPod shuffles with speech taken from the Mac/Windows PC,


Then, VoiceOver in all its glory on:


iPod touch’s,


iMacs, Mac airs, and Macbook prose,

Apple TVS, and of course,

The Apple watch.


Apple Accessibility Line Now Available In Australia


There is now an Apple Accessibility line that you can call to get your questions answered on accessibility issues to do with Apple products 7 days a week 24 hours a day.


1300 365 083


Posted my 400th official podcast


Just to let all know that I have now posted my 400th podcast,and feeling quite please about the effort.


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