Seth Weintraub

@llsethj

Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5 Sites.

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Seth Weintraub is an award winning journalist and blogger who won back to back Neal Awards during his three plus years  covering Apple and Google at IDG’s Computerworld from 20072010.  Weintraub next covered all things Google for Fortune Magazine from 2010-2011 amassing a thick rolodex of Google contacts.

It turns out that his hobby 9to5Mac.com blog was always his favorite and in 2011 he went full time adding his Fortune Google followers to 9to5Google.com and adding the 9to5Toys.com gear and deals site.

For 15 years, Weintraub was a Global IT director and Web Developer for a number of companies with stints at multimedia and branding agencies in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Madrid and London before becoming a publisher/blogger. Seth is a licensed single engin private pilot, certified open water diver and spent over a year traveling to 60 cities in 23 countries. Whatever free time exists is now guaranteed to his wife and two sons.

More at About.me.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on IM

Seth Weintraub's Recommended Gear

November 23, 2014

handbrakeThe developers of Handbrake just announced the 0.10 update to their extremely popular and useful Open Source video transcoding product. Originally focused on ripping DVDs, the product now can be used for transcribing many different types of files/codecs to almost any other. Today’s headliner updates include H.265 and VP8 encoding.

  • The LibAV AAC encoder is now the default as FAAC has been removed.
    • This encoder is adequate for most, but until it improves a bit further, we have enabled support for the FDK-AAC encoder also.
      • This FDK option is a temporary measure until the LibAV encoder improves.
      • Note that FDK-AAC is much slower and will likely bottleneck the encode process, but will produce better quality audio.
  • H.265 encoder
    • Using x265 v1.4
    • This encoder is still early in it’s development, so is missing many H.265 features and optimisations.
  • Added VP8 Encoder (using libvpx)
    • Available in MKV files only.

Hit the download button in Handbrake or download here. Full change list below:

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November 20, 2014

iFixit gave Apple’s iPhone 6 a repairability score of 7, the highest ever for Apple’s flagship and most popular device in their September teardown.  That bodes well for folks who want to take their iPhone repairs into their own hands, though perhaps it’s best to give the Geniuses at Apple a chance to gift you an out of warranty repair before getting your hands dirty.

In any case, today iFixit announced an updated library of 21 repair guides for the iPhone 6 (and 14 for the 6 Plus). The new guides cover everything from replacing the battery to speakers to the glass panel and everything in between. The tutorials walk you through the process and also conveniently provide links to purchase any necessary tools you might not have (hit up their Amazon store for some hefty discounts).

As with any iPhone take-apart, be very careful and be prepared to forfeit your warranty if you screw up. expand full story

November 9, 2014

9to5toys 

There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire to go up my dashboard.

Today I’m looking at the Fuse Chicken Une Bobine (pictured above) and MONTAR by WinnerGearexpand full story

November 4, 2014

 

Amazon-cloud-drive-photos-unlimited

Amazon just upped the Cloud Photo storage ante with free unlimited Cloud storage for Photos for its Prime customers.  The Amazon Photo service, which has apps for iOS or Android and is native to Amazon’s Fire products including its recently announced Fire stick, will no longer be capped for Prime customers.

Introducing Prime Photos. Your cherished memories are safe in Amazon Cloud Drive and accessible anywhere you are. It’s like having a virtual album of every one of your photos that you can access at any time, no matter which device you use.

According to TechCrunch, a Mac app is in the works but for now the web uploader works as well.

Prime is Amazon’s all-in-one premium service which allows free streaming music, 500,000 free eBooks, free Netflix-like TV service, free 2 day shipping on goods and services bought at Amazon. It is $99/year but grabbing a 30-day free trial 1 month before the holiday shopping season starts isn’t a bad idea. Folks who don’t want to fork out the $99 can get a 5 GB of free storage on Amazon Cloud Drive which is the equivalent to up to 2,000 photos. expand full story

November 1, 2014

According to a new report by MacOtakara, the iPad Pro will represent a change over previous rumored specs. A list of publications including the Wall St. Journal and Bloomberg had pegged the display of the iPad Pro at 12.9-inches but today’s report says it is a smaller 12.2 inches (remarkably close to the rumored upcoming Retina MacBook Air).

ipad-pro-renderingThe Japanese website compares the iPad Pro to Microsoft’s Surface implying that the preferred method of use will be landscape instead of portrait which has been the default iPad orientation since its 2010 inception. Indeed, the iPad Pro is said to have stereo speakers on the top/bottom or left right depending on orientation. The iSight camera, Lightning connector, and Touch ID home button position will not change however.

As for the “all important” thickness, it is said to be somewhere between the current iPad Air 2/iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which would put it near 7mm.

Interestingly, this chassis is compared to the upcoming Quanta built MacBook Air which could in fact share the same exact retina display.

The iPad Pro is due early 2015 after an original December  delay was reported by the WSJ and KGI. expand full story

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October 31, 2014

As pointed out by Tonymacx86, Apple has released the Open Source code of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, otherwise known as Darwin 10.10.0. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel.

The update occurred last night and is available to anyone who wants to root around Apple’s open source code.

Darwin is an open sourceUnix-like computer operating system released by Apple Inc. in 2000. It is composed of code developed by Apple, as well as code derived from NeXTSTEP, BSD, and other free software projects.

Darwin forms the core set of components upon which OS X and iOS are based. It is mostly POSIX compatible, but has never, by itself, been certified as being compatible with any version of POSIX. (OS X, since Leopard, has been certified as compatible with the Single UNIX Specification version 3 (SUSv3).

Apple is just about exactly on schedule from last year’s Mavericks release a year and a week agoexpand full story

October 29, 2014

Google invited us to check out their new line of Nexus products running Lollipop earlier today.   The Motorola Nexus 6 is about the size of the iPhone 6 Plus with a slightly bigger screen and thicker/heavier profile. On the other hand, the HTC Nexus 9 is smaller than the iPad Air with a 9-inch display and stereo speakers. Both run Android 5.0 Lollipop which has a new Material Design. The new products will go up against Apple’s iOS devices for global electronics consumers’ holiday shopping money.

However, one set of devices won’t be competing for Apple users’ shopping dollars. An Android Wear project manager told me that there were no current plans to make Android Wear compatible with iOS but that they were continuing to evaluate other platforms because they wanted to get Wear devices into as many hands as they could. When I pressed and said something to the effect of “if ever there was a time to sell these to Apple users, it was the holiday season before the Apple Watch is released”, the product manager said something akin to  “Our Christmas lineup of announcements is set and over”.

On one hand, it doesn’t seem like it would be that hard. After all, Google eventually got Google Glass to work on iOS devices.

Microsoft, on the other hand, just announced its new Fitness Band which will work with Android, iOS and of course Windows Phones.

Macworld today suggested that you take a $99 Pebble for a spin to see if it could act as a smartphone gateway drug until users get their Apple Watch fix next year.  expand full story

October 27, 2014

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October 25, 2014

There’s been some confusion about the new Apple SIM that is included in many of the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3s. On Friday it was revealed that AT&T would lock the Apple SIM effectively making the Apple SIM an AT&T SIM and rendering the whole excercise pointless.  T-Mobile and Sprint, on the other hand, will let you trade back and forth between their networks at will and we found out this morning that makes buying roaming data less expensive when travelling.

But there is a lot of confusion to the “why’s and how’s” of the Apple that T-Mobile’s CEO breaks down below. Note that Legere just pulled off a coup becoming the only US wireless carrier to allow Apple’s iPhone to use Wifi calling and clearly Apple and T-Mobile like what each other are doing.

The whole “tweetstorm” is below.   expand full story

October 22, 2014

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October 20, 2014

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October 19, 2014

It appears that most of the foundation is laid now in an update from a video taken by a drone two weeks ago.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called Apple’s Campus 2 the ‘Greenest in the World’. The controversial structure which will house 12,000 staff in 2.8M square feet on 176 acres and is estimated to be completed in 2016. Interestingly, even though Apple is covering the construction site with a high green wall, it is updating the 3D flyover of the location in Apple Maps somewhat frequently. The latest looks like it was taken earlier this summer.

An official updated aerial shot from Apple was also posted on the City of Cupertino’s website:

Campus-2-Oct-20-01

You can follow the progress in our Campus 2 story line here. We’re going to try to get a new video every few weeks so stay tuned.

 

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October 16, 2014

Seth Weintraub | 11:19 “Just getting started” Thanks the teams

Seth Weintraub | 11:19 Only Apple could do all of these products and the ecosystem that unites everything

Seth Weintraub | 11:17 Tim Back

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 $499 Mac Mini – nice price

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Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Mac Mini too faster Processors, Graphics, 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.15.55 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Prices9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.15.17 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Shipping today

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.14.28 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:14 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.13.46 PM 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.13.22 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:13 THUNDERBOLT 2

Seth Weintraub | 11:13 3.5-4GHz CPU AMD GPUS

Seth Weintraub | 11:11

Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Video – commercial Ran Riccio talking

Seth Weintraub | 11:09 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.07.36 PM 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.07.00 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:09 wow 30% less energy!

Seth Weintraub | 11:07 Retina 5K display

Seth Weintraub | 11:07 5120 2880 14.7 M Pixels

Seth Weintraub | 11:06 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.06.27 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 Retina Display coming to iMac

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.04.37 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:04 Growth!

Seth Weintraub | 11:04 Mac Time!

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 pre-oorder October 17th. Ships end of next week

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 Last years get dropped $100

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Seth Weintraub | 11:02 Minis get mini update

Seth Weintraub | 11:02 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.02.12 PM 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.02.05 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Same Prices:

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Summing up iPad 2

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Seth Weintraub | 11:00 Replay is free on the app store today

Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Volumetric lighting demoed

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 Uses Metal to put together videos at 20X faster than previous

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Replay video editor now being demoed

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 up to 3X provement over previous ipads in testing for Pixelmator

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 Adobe can’t be happy about this

Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Showing some apps Pixelmator!

Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Touch ID with Apple Pay

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Touch ID

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Faster wifi AC MIMO, Faster LTE with more bands

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Facetime camera 

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Dual Mics

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Slo-mo

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 Timelapse too

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 panoramas. Burst Mode

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.48.39 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 8mp 1080P iSight camera

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 iPad Camera is so good because it has the best viewfinder in the world.

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 M8 coprocessor, Barometer

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Seth Weintraub | 10:47 still 10 hours of battery.

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.46.09 PM 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.46.21 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:45 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.45.38 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:45 A8X

Seth Weintraub | 10:45 no air between screen. Anti reflective, also coated to 56% less reflective

Seth Weintraub | 10:44 half as thin as original

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 “World’s thinnest”

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 6.1MM thin! 

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 Schiller time!

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.42.46 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Thinner than a pencil.  Gold! Touch ID

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 ipad air 2 commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:41 #1 across all verticals 

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 no source given on 100% sat. btw. 

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 iPad Mini Retina 100% Customer satisfaction

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 “Toaster Refrigerators even got smoked”

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.39.11 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 Apple has sold more iPads in 1st 4 year 225 Million than any other product (including iPhone)

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 iPad is everywhere. Work, home, play

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 Explaining iPad simple on the outside, complex and powerful on the inside

Seth Weintraub | 10:37 iPad time! with Tim Cook

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 iWork Free 

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 8.1 Monday

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Yosemite Today. 

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.35.33 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:35 Eddy Cue doesn’t make it past security. Explains a lot.

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Apple Watch remote for Keynote

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Stephen Colbert cameo. Not hilarious but amusing

Seth Weintraub | 10:33 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.32.41 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:30 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.29.51 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 I think some of our sources are in this Keynote presentation! (J/K obv.)

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.28.29 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Making fun of doubling down on secrecy

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.27.45 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:26

Seth Weintraub | 10:24 iCloud Drive 

Seth Weintraub | 10:23 (rerun of last event going right now)

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 if Apple Pay is Monday, that means 8.1 is between now and then.

Seth Weintraub | 10:20 Yosemite

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 bringing back camera roll., iCloud photo library…other improvements. Woo

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 iOS 8.1

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 IBM has embraced Swift. {Press Blurb}

Seth Weintraub | 10:17

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 here’s the klingon keyboard folks

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/klingon-keyboard/id918615313?mt=8&at=10l3Q2

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Klingon keyboard is in app store

Seth Weintraub | 10:15 Last year it was something like 85% iOs adoption but whatever – it didn’t require as much space

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 ANDROID SUCKS9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.13.46 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:13 Nearly half of users on iOS 8….not as good as last time :\

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Craig Fed. coming on stage

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 now Products. All designed to work together…

Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Watchkit rolling out next month for Developers to build Apple Watch Apps

Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Apple watch is on the cover of Vogue China

Seth Weintraub | 10:09 Apple Pay begins on Monday 

Seth Weintraub | 10:08 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.08.12 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:08 500 more banks signed up

Seth Weintraub | 10:08 Apple Pay is easy secure in private. It will be PROFOUND

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 LOL get it?

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.07.03 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Launching in China in a few hours

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Most 1st month record for most orders taken BY A LOT (and that doesn’t include China)

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 fastest selling in history

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 Apple Friend Walt Mossberg says it is the best Smartphone on the market

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 Tim Cook talking about iPhone launch – you guessed it best iPhones ever

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 Woooooooo!!!!!!

Seth Weintraub | 10:03 Apple sold a lot of iPhones judging by this commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:02 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.02.29 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:02 It begins with a commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 Apple watch is at least 2 minutes off yukyukyuk

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 OK, music stopped….here we go!!!

Seth Weintraub | 9:56

Seth Weintraub | 9:55

Seth Weintraub | 9:54 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 12.54.14 PM

Seth Weintraub | 9:53 Here’s the streaming URL for You Windows/other users (sorry!) http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/14pounqefvoiubefvpiub10/refs/14pijbnoihjb10_sl_ref.mov

Seth Weintraub | 9:52 Live Stream is up. Only one sang playing at a time this time (cancel the Truck!)

Seth Weintraub | 9:49

Seth Weintraub | 9:48

Seth Weintraub | 9:40 Glad to see the continuity

Seth Weintraub | 9:35

Seth Weintraub | 9:32 The live stream just went…live!

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/2014-oct-event/

Seth Weintraub | 9:26 Breakfast doesn’t suck

Seth Weintraub | 9:24 New iPad Color: Orange?

Seth Weintraub | 9:23 Guess European jornos are meeting in Berlin

Seth Weintraub | 9:20 BREAKING

wearing the white watch (maybe he could accessorize better – call in Angela for advice)

Seth Weintraub | 9:08

Seth Weintraub | 9:03

Seth Weintraub | 8:10 For those at work on Windows machines:

Seth Weintraub | 8:10

Seth Weintraub | 7:42

Seth Weintraub | 7:20 Tim Cook is awake and Tweeting. That’s a good sign.

Seth Weintraub | 7:20

Seth Weintraub | 7:05

Seth Weintraub | 7:00

Apple

Today’s Apple event is set to be the launchpad for the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 and at least one new retina iMac. We believe Apple has some other big surprises for us as well. For our full rundown on our expectations, see Jordan Kahn’s:

What to expect (and not to expect) at Apple’s iPad/Mac event tomorrow

We’ll be running down the event coverage and pre-coverage right here with this auto-updating live blog so stay dialled in while we’ll do separate posts for new products/services/announcements as they happen… expand full story

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