Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Apple Store

Went to Apple Store and got a replacement for iPhone 5.  The one that Apple sent to me the first time around was Wi-Fi glitchy (i.e., disconnected and super slow) and camera glitchy (i.e., purple halo/flare glitch).  The replacement fixed the Wi-Fi connectivity issue, but the camera glitch had not yet resolved.  Anyhow, while I was at the Apple Store for the iPhone 5 replacement, I took two snapshots of Apple Store with the replaced iPhone 5.  Afterward, I used Lightroom 4 to stylishly glitch up the snapshots.  Check out the results right after the break.

How Far Are You Willing To Go To Get Your Hand On That Shiny, Sexy iPhone 5?

Crazy long lines in front of Apple stores just for iPhone 5?  Tomorrow, it might be even crazier, to see more long line, for anywhere that got stock of iPhone 5 to sell?  I know, I should not be writing about people are so crazy of camping for a week or so outside of Apple store to get their hands on iPhone 5, because I was also crazy to pre-order iPhone 5 even though the shipment of this shiny, smart phone is being pushed back for 2 week long.  Nonetheless, at least I’m too lazy to go crazy to the point of worshiping the Apple God by camping outside Apple store.  Had never done so, and probably will never do so.  How come?  Siri isn’t even a real girlfriend yall!  Anyhow, I chuckled every time I read another article this week which mentioned the crazy things people would do to get their hands on iPhone 5.    Nonetheless, I must admit that there are some smart public stunts out there that have got the press talking about their stunts.  How about camping outside Apple store first to get an interview by the press of some sort so one can advertise one’s own business brand?  I think that’s smart for doing things on a shoestring advertising budget, but might generate huge, both online and offline, social buzz.  Anyhow, here are some of the articles — in relation to the crazy things that people do to get their hand on iPhone 5 — I would like to share with you right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Afterthought:  Perhaps, I’m more hardcore than those who camp outside of Apple store.  I’m willing to wait patiently for the iPhone 5 to arrive at my doorstep.  It takes a lot of strength to do that.  I don’t even know if this is a sarcastic, self serving, arrogant admission or not, but it does sound super cool.

Awesome Video Capture Of Thieves Who Broke Into Apple Store In Temecula

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Don’t know if the BMW was stolen or not!  If it was not, then the thieves were rather not too bright.  After all, they couldn’t drive their BMW away as the BMW was blocked in by the security gate that they wrecked.  Obviously, the cops would figure out who owned the BMW with the license plate right?  Of course, if they were smart, they would also remove their license plate too, but I doubted so as they plunged into the Apple store with their beautiful BMW for some certain outdated iPhones.

How come I assume they stole iPhones?  Cnet’s “Thief drives straight through Apple Store window” article reported that one of the thieves stole small items in Apple store, and I assumed the smallest items of them all gadgets in Apple store had to be iPhones (we clearly see one of the thieves left iPads alone on the tables as iPads were bulkier and bigger than iPhones in the video below).  They weren’t too bright, because Apple had yet to release iPhone 5 (the latest iPhone model as we speak) to be sold in Apple store on the day the they stole them iPhones.  This means, the thieves stole items from Apple store that might not be sold for the best value in term of getting the bang for the buck out of a brazen heist.

As reported, one of the alleged thieves is now apprehended by the police.  In the end, one of the thieves didn’t get the bang for the buck and yet the thief could be in jail for however long a judge would sentence the thief to be behind bars.  Check out the video right after the break which captured the thieves in action at Apple store.

According to the information of the video above, the thieves hit the Apple store at Temecula.  Sad and embarrassed, I don’t know where is on earth Temecula.  Nonetheless, it seems that the information of the video above also stated that one of the thieves is a man of Los Angeles, therefore I think the Apple store that the thieves had brazenly broke into is actually located in Temecula of California.  Hint, Los Angeles is in California too.  Nonetheless, I could be wrong, because I do know one thing, even cities, towns, or counties of whatever states in the United States can have the same name.  One example would be, Greenville of Alabama and Greenville of Arkansas, because Greenville is the city name for both cities of both states.


According To Gizmodo, iPhone Bug Allows You To Be Spied On Unintentionally

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Don’t ask me, but I’m not too clear on how one man’s iMessages has got onto another iPhone which clearly belonged to someone else, consequently allowing a stranger to basically see every single iMessage text which had been sent from this man.  This story is being reported by Gizmodo.  Gizmodo suggested there was a bug in relation to how Genius Bar technicians proceed in swapping SIM card somehow to fix an iPhone, but the end result was the tethering of the iMessage data of a SIM card onto the iPhone which it wasn’t belonged to.  Somewhat unclear of how the bug actually had happened, but this whole mess has allowed one iPhone owner to unintentionally see every iMessage text of another iPhone owner.  Gizmodo went as far as posting some pictures and iMessages of the man who got spied on unintentionally.


Would It Be Better For Apple Users Had Steve Jobs’ Wish Of Creating A Wireless Carrier Came True?

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Reading Steve Jobs‘ biography written by Walter Isaacson, one could see that Steve Jobs had wanted to create his own wireless carrier.  Steve Jobs had always obsessed with making sure that Apple would be the one that got the final say on user experience.  Steve Jobs had not wanted to have Apple’s partners dictated how the users would see Apple products, therefore he had decided to create his own retail stores (i.e., Apple stores).  The same thing could be said how Steve Jobs took the wall garden approach to Apple applications as these were and are being tightly integrated and guarded within Apple App Store.  So, it was painful for Steve Jobs to see that he had to put up with how things weren’t in his control when it came down to wireless network.  Perhaps for certain difficulties that proved to be too illusive to solve when it came to create a wireless carrier, therefore he had abandoned the approach and copulated with AT&T exclusively from the start.  Of course, now we know that Apple folks are at the point where they will work with just any carrier, and so the exclusivity which AT&T enjoyed earlier is no longer in place.  This explains how Verizon and the rest got to sell iPhone 4S.

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The question is this, is it wise to use Steve Jobs’ wall garden approach for everything, even with wireless carrier, so the business could provide better user experience and boost bottom line?  I think in some moving parts that responsible for the health of certain businesses, it’s not wise to use wall garden approach.  Why?  Perhaps, when a business is well known for not being talented with something might take the wrong approach and end up creating a disaster.  With that being said, I still think Steve Jobs is right about Apple should have its very own wireless carrier.  After all, what is important most to a business should be run by its own master to ensure the ultimate customer experience stays positive!

Just imagine several major wireless carriers could band together to form a coalition of sort to demand Apple to work with them in limited terms, would this be unreasonable to Apple?  Perhaps, because Apple might not be able to provide the ultimate customer/user experience when Apple could not dictate how their very own customers/users enjoy staying connected.  Some people might argue that Apple should be OK as long their products sell in millions.  Sure, Apple could make its competitors rage with envy when it comes down to selling products, but customers could eventually hate Apple for not providing better customer/user experience.  Perhaps this was why Steve Jobs knew and created Apple’s own retailer stores while his advisors were against the very idea in the first place.  Steve Jobs’s advisors and colleagues pointed out that Dell did not own retailer stores and yet had been doing fine; also, HP and others were doing fine without owning their own retailer stores for they worked with various retailer distributors such as Best Buy.  Steve Jobs was right as Apple stores boosted Apple sales.  As seeing the success of Apple stores, I have to wonder should Apple be even more successful if it had its own wireless carrier?

Wireless carriers are a major part of determining how customers/users feel about Apple products, this is why Steve Jobs might have been right about having Apple to run its own wireless carrier.  To explain why wireless carriers are a major moving part of Apple’s overall business strategy, one has to recognize that without reliable and fast wireless carriers, Apple products are just cumbersome and dull; perhaps with few self-contained software and games.  This might not be enough for today customers/users since today world emphasizes more on staying connected with the Internet (i.e., the world).  This explains why data can determine customers/users’ interests and joys and connections and social interactions and e-commerce and everything.  Therefore, Apple products end up just represent the hardware side, and we know when hardware have no software, nobody would care!  In today world, we also to have acknowledge that when hardware have no data, nobody would care!  This is why as one appreciates the wall garden approach of Steve Jobs, one has to recognize Apple needs to create its own wireless carrier.

As now, major wireless carriers complain users are using too much data that put strains on their networks.  Instead of finding real solutions to make customers/users stay happy, several major wireless networks have combatted heavy data by selling limited wireless plans; they think limiting how customers/users use data might deter users from using too much data.  Raising costs and limiting users the ability to use wireless networks freely, I fear one cannot say customers/users are having good experience with wireless carriers.  I don’t think the ultimate experience of using something is to be limited.  It is not so good experience when one can only watch half of a great film and not the rest.  It is not so good experience when one can only lick a cake but not eat it.  It is not so good experience when one can only smell the wine but not drink it.  So on and so on… Therefore it’s not so good experience when one cannot stream data on the go freely.  This is why it’s not a bad idea to see even if there is only one more wireless carrier enters the wireless market to boost competition, lower down the costs, and improve customer/user experience.  Should Apple be the one more wireless carrier to make Apple users happier?

It’s a hypocrite of me to support open movement and not so a fish tank approach to mobile apps and yet I wish Steve Jobs’ own wireless carrier should have happened.  Still, for Apple users’ greater good, I like the idea of Apple having its own wireless carrier (Hint: notice how I say for Apple users’ greater good only).  I think with Apple’s own wireless carrier, Apple can carry out its wall garden approach fully to improve customer/user experience.  Of course, I think wall garden approach only works when Apple truly wants to improve the customer/user experience and not just pushing for greater profits.  If what being read in Steve Jobs’ biography written by Walter Isaacson are mostly true, then one could see Steve Jobs were more interested in making excellent products than just making more money.  It also explained how the come back of Steve Jobs to Apple board had allowed Apple not only survived the almost bankruptcy but thrived and became one of the most valuable companies in the country.  So, my point is that Apple might continue to rise even more by putting Steve Jobs’ original intention to work as in creating Apple wireless carrier.

On the side note:  Even Google is slowly experimenting in building its own broadband.  Perhaps too Google will build its own wireless carrier.  Why?  I think Google knows that it cannot be too happy to allow today major broadband and wireless carriers have all the saying in how Google users should use Google data.  Just imagine what if Internet users experience data throttling by major broadband and wireless carriers, how Google be sure its users would be able to enjoy Google data fully?  Google is in the business of marketing and more, and when users could not reach an ad or two and a service or two, it might be costly for Google’s bottom line to not do something to prevent such things from happening.  Should Apple take note from Google on the matter of creating one’s own broadband/wireless carrier?  I think very yes so!