Will Apple follow Microsoft down the Rabbit Hole?

Will Apple follow Microsoft down the Rabbit Hole?

In the evolving world of the internet, we are presented with an obtuse flow of information, technology, software and online utilities to make our lives easier and as some companies would claim, lives more fulfilled than if we were without the World Wide Web and its many realms.

Keeping up with the online community, I have various feeds downloading almost continuous streaming notifications on latest tech-bytes, film and TV updates, DVD & music releases, almost anything I could deem relevant and sufficient to be entertained and on the forefront of whats going on in and around the film making and photographic industries, new trends and current gadgets.

The iPhone 5 was big news and then bigger news for not being big news.  The pomp and fanfare of Apples bi-annual announcements showcasing its technological advances fading away.  An attitude shift toward Apple caught my attention; the increased focus of the community towards its diminishing title as ‘world leader’ in advancements in technology and products.

I decided to run with a question “Did the fire go out with Steve Jobs?”, by no means a new question, that it had been bashed around so frequently by various website feeds only sparked my interest to dig a little deeper to understand what had the tide turned on ‘Apple’ or had the world simply grown accustomed to Apple’s achievements and now has an expectation in delivery. It’s easy to say, we, the world, are hungry for more, but when is more every going to be enough. Humans are evolving at the same pace as technology and with that hand in hand is our need for more more more.

Searching Google Reader returned a large amount of news, iPhone updates, blog entries and independent authors, giving a “True and Un-biased” review, also to be taken with a grain of salt considering the at times ‘variable’ content and each persons opinion is exactly that, their own opinion.

Top 5 results matching my criteria:

As I had anticipated after hearing the reviews and the light backlash, Best Tech and CNET gave the iPh-5 a ‘3 Star / Pass ‘ rating, with it’s larger screen size and it’s faster processing speed as its savior, while MAC Rumors, leaning toward the positive, as a MAC centric forum can be, 4 out of 5 stars, advising iPh-5 and a new CEO, mark a change in direction for Apple and hope for continued growth.

The new ‘Mini Connector’ announcement reigned high in the list of peoples minds, and particular attention aimed at Apple’s nonchalant toned statement ‘Don’t worry customers, YOU can purchase the new Mini Connector Adaptor along with your iPh-5 to enable you to connect the iPh-5 to your existing devices and equipment. If I were a sheep to ‘Best Tech’ and ‘CNET’, I would be following the advice ‘If your iPh-4s ain’t broke, don’t upgrade it’ / ‘Wait in vain for the iPh-6 in April’.

Not one to make decisions solely without first-hand experiences, I tuned in to the Apple announcement via YouTube and was curious to note my perception of the Presenters ease and candeur to the audience that iPh-5 customers will need to expend additional expense to enable the latest iPhone version to be compatible with a multitude of devices by no less than 100 million customers.

Forbes and Time however, used an approach offering questions and intelligent, almost factual reflections on the questions they themselves pose. ‘Who do Apple think they are?’, ‘Do Apple seriously expect their customer’s to buy an ‘adaptor’ just to make the iPh-5 work on existing devices?’ and what is often a frequent question in my mind, ‘Has Apple reached the ‘Microsoft’ peak and so begins the fall?’.

In searching for a discussion or view to my question, Forbes and Time made specific references to the idealogy that Steve held the brains by printing ascertain statements like ‘Steve Jobs took the spark with him?’ and Time’s religious;

“Eve bit the Apple, but Steve produced the seeds”

I am undecided on the iPh-5 and though it would appear the ‘Apple Bubble’ has begun to leak, I find I am looking for the same  inspiration, ideas and technological breakthroughs.

I am a ‘SmartPhone Enthusiast’, not a follower of a ‘tech companies’ dedicated flock

2 years sleeping in the iPhone bed, I will, as most of us do, jump to whichever device suits us best, regardless of the brand

(additional reference links outside of Google Reader RSS feed research)

Forbes – Without Steve Jobs, Apple Has All The Appeal Of Dell

TechInsightsiPhone 5 parts total $168

World Vision

I have been watching alot of these world vision digital stories as research for my own digital story, i have a heap of footage i shot on a recent doco shoot in Ethiopia and I would like to do a human rights piece on Ethiopian Woman and the hardships they face.

Video Source: World Vision



Flipped Lecture – Apps Audio Recording

Recording your own voice has to be one of those things that not many enjoy doing!

Well I fall into that category at least;

do i really sound like that?

I fumbled those words, can i do it again…

Just one more time

all that effort for a soundbite of epically mediocre quality, I dont even know how long it would have taken had i recorded the missing paragraph

So without further adieu here is me talking apps in all its mp3 glory!

sources from unlikely places

The Google Alerts system is under perhaps the least unknown and under valued ‘add on’ available to google / gmail account holders.

Whether this is due to a lack of advertising or if Google itself considers it a minor enhanced feature of their growing array of applications for their audience, however, if it were not due to the alert system, I would not have learned of numerous independent film festivals around the globe.

The Twain Hart Film Festival in California is an example of a film festival which I had not considered or heard of which was in my inbox via my ‘Independent Film Festival’ alert, which subsequently awarded Ollie with their ‘2011 Best Narrative Short Award’.  Not only has Google Alerts provided greater ability to keep track of subjects, features,  news or even yourself (if your inclined to receive alerts on your own name), but the alert system has enabled the film makers and community in general access to a more broader community to reach out to and connect with.

Take this Lollipop

Have a lollipop?

why not i say to myself as i click the screen.

I guess i forgot all about that old thing my Mums used to say to me about accepting candy from strangers… or in this case strange websites within a few clicks i give permission for the app to access my facebook profile.

That’s when things start to get major creepy…

In an abandoned, decrepit building sits a junkie looking man staring at a computer screen.

Whats on that screen? Me… ME?!?

this Man is looking through my profile. pictures. messages. everything.

Finally he looks at a map with directions on it… directions to me!

It ends… was that some kind of uber creepy PSA? well yes i think it was

Take this Lollipop is an online storytelling version of the classic Urban Myth, and serves to warn us to be weary of the internet, with one click of an enticing looking button that looks completely harmless and you may unknowingly allow your information to be accessed by anyone… in this case a psychotic stalker.

Its engrossing as it engages you and shocks. Most internet safety spots are cheesy and filled with details regarding cyber crime and identity theft. this is free of dialogue and this adds to the shock factor, it also Stalk Much?doesn’t undermine the viewers intelligence and spell itself out either   makes you think for yourself what the purpose of it is.

Something all users of Facebook and the Net in general should probably see… innovative, incredibly well produced and contains a very important message that can be determined individually by each viewer.

Here’s hoping that lollipop doesn’t show up!

Source –  www.takethislollipop.com


Redefining the ‘horror genre‘?

I prefer to think it adds a rose tint to some classic horror films and makes a strong statement about the genres recent direction…

The hype surrounding “Cabin in the Woods” has been going on a long time… since those “Whedonites” picked up on the films announcement.

Its delayed release thanks to the bankruptcy volt of MGM, talk of 3D conversion, Its eventual release and now the critical over analysis have filled forum and blog posts galore.

So does it really redefine a genre?
whether it does or does not makes no difference to me. Usually a film i have engaged with in a “Fan Boy” way through production and post leaves a bitter taste of hype after the eventual viewing.

Not the Cabin!

It was one of my most memorable cinema experiences of the year and gets an “Instant Classic” stamp of approval.

It is not often Whedon fans are blessed with the presence of Mr Joss in the raw, participating in direct discussions with the audience regarding one of his latest creations. This question and answer time unfortunately raises more questions than it can answer. Neither depth or specific detail are given. listening to the cast / production team its clear that the film is expected to stand up on its own and voice its own conclusion…

I admit, that I myself am a Whedon fan and had been anticipating this movies release.
Although I may have seen it a few times now, I am still able to find enough new tid bits, references, plot holes and nuances in the piece to stimulate my psyche and pique my interest.

Thanks to Lionsgate for saving the film from MGM and letting it see the light of day.

CABIN IN THE WOODS ***** (Instant Classic)

Cabin in the Woods SXSW 2012 Q&A



This little juggernaut Fynn Ellison just won Best Actor in a Short Film at the Las Vegas International Actors Film Festival for his debut acting role in my film Ollie.

Many kids auditioned to play the part of 7 year old Obsessive Compulsive and Tourette’s sufferer Ollie Cooke, but i couldn’t find “The One”.

With shoot days allocated and crew recruited but no Ollie it looked as if I would have to call off the shoot, Until a DVD R arrived in my letterbox with Fynn’s reading on it…

I knew I had struck kid actor gold!

This guy will do amazing things.

We also recieved the award for Best Acting Ensemble in a Short Film in Vegas.

Getting award news in the morning always puts a spring in my step.