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5 years ago

Apple introduces new MacBook Airs, other stuff

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Apple introduces new MacBook Airs, other stuff

To coincide with the release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has also released a new generation of MacBook Airs, Mac Minis, and LED displays (now dubbed Thunderbolt displays). The most interesting to us, of course, is the MacBook Air, particularly the 11-inch version which is a real -- if more expensive -- rival to the iPad.

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5 years ago

Mac OS X Lion is here!

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Mac OS X Lion is here!

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is here. OS X, the desktop counterpart to Apple's mobile iOS, has taken iPad innovation "Back to the Mac" with this release, including the iPad home screen-like LaunchPad for app management, automatic save and resume, etc.

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5 years ago

Chinese counterfeit phones are nothing new, counterfeit Apple Stores, now that’s something new!

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Chinese counterfeit phones are nothing new, counterfeit Apple Stores, now that’s something new!

We have all seen pictures of fake iPhones coming out of China but blogger BirdAbroad discovered something far more impressive on her travels. She walked into a fake Apple Store in the Chinese town of Kunming.

The products appear to be real Apple products so at least that is one bit of good news. Unfortunately though, Apple does not have stores in this part of China. The store could be an approved re-seller, if that is the case it has really over stepped the mark with its blatant Apple branding and attempt to copy a real Apple Store model.

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5 years ago

Tim Cook on Android activations: Apple's numbers are straight forward, transparent, quarterly

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Tim Cook on Android activations: Apple's numbers are straight forward, transparent, quarterly

During today's Q3 2011 conference call, Apple Chief Operating Office, Tim Cook was asked about Android activation numbers being higher than Apple iOS numbers. Cook's response, paraphrased:

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5 years ago

See slideshows of the band you're listening to with Coverjam Pro

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See slideshows of the band you're listening to with Coverjam Pro

Coverjam Pro by Electric Pocket is a new iPhone and iPad app that, while listening to music, displays photo slideshows of the band.

Listen to your music and Coverjam Pro will search Instagram and Flickr for photos tagged with the band's name to create a stunning full-screen slideshow of the artists as you listen!

  • Enhance your listening pleasure with photos of the artist
  • Share the photos you like with friends via Facebook, Twitter or Email
  • Get a fresh slide-set each time your track changes
  • Play music from your iPod, or select from within Coverjam
  • View photos in Safari, find out more about them and see other photos by that photographer
  • Ban photos you don't like so they're not shown again

Coverjam is available on the iPhone and iPad for $0.99. Screenshots and video after the break.

[iTunes link]

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5 years ago

Daily Tip: How to shorten links on the fly with Droplr

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Daily Tip: How to shorten links on the fly with Droplr

Trying to figure out how to shorten URLs quickly and easily? Doplr is Out of all the apps on my iPhone, I find Droplr to be one of my favorites. Not only do they have an iOS version, they have a Mac version as well. It's one of my favorite task management apps since it helps me share and organize files.

I find it incredibly useful for uploading images, long URLS, and videos. It also allows you to create shortened links quickly and easily. Long links are annoying and look bad in statuses and posts. If you find yourself needing shortened links quite often, Droplr will help you do just that.

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5 years ago

UK satellite TV provider Sky, finally launches Sky Go for iPhone and iPad

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UK satellite TV provider Sky, finally launches Sky Go for iPhone and iPad

After promising that it would be available on July 6, UK satellite TV provider Sky TV has finally released its new app to allow users to access content while on the go. The app called Sky Go will offer users access to all five sports channels as well as a select number of Movie and news channels.

The app is the successor to Sky’s previous app Sky Mobile TV. The new app seems to offer a larger amount of channels but you are now restricted to only using it with two devices; which have to be registered. None of Sky's entertainment channels such as Sky One are included which is very disappointing.

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5 years ago

Keep a diary with style with Wonderful Days for iPhone

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Keep a diary with style with Wonderful Days for iPhone

HandyPadSoft has released their diary, journal, and note-taking app, Wonderful Days - Diary with Style.

It is a polished with a lot of customization options, including themes, photo frames, font, and tags. You can effortlessly keep track of your wonderful moments everyday, and enjoy them in exciting ways.

  • Help you keep a diary. You can write multiple entries in one day.
  • Sync content seamlessly with Evernote across multiple devices.
  • Insert photos anywhere in the text.
  • Choose from over 20 lovely hand-crafted weather and mood icons.
  • Geo-tag your entries and browse them on the map.
  • Decorate your entries with a collection of beautiful themes with diverse styles.
  • Add various kinds of frames to your photos.
  • 12 fonts to choose from, including 4 custom fonts that are not in the OS.
  • Make your diary unique and stylish with different combinations of themes, frames, and fonts.
  • Three modes of viewing entries: List, Preview, and Photo.
  • Calendars for selecting dates and browsing entries.
  • Easily email your entries, export them as PDFs, or print them out with AirPrint.
  • Rate entries from zero to five stars.
  • Search entries by keywords
  • Passcode protection
  • Portrait and landscape support

I've played around with Wonderful Days for a bit and it really is fantastic. Every thing looks great and runs smoothly. I'm not much of diary keeper, but Wonderful Days makes me want to be.

Wonderful Days - Diary with Style is available on the iPhone for $2.99. Screenshots and video after the break.

[iTunes link]

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5 years ago

Steve Jobs: Apple’s board looking into possibilities for succession is "hogwash"

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Steve Jobs: Apple’s board looking into possibilities for succession is "hogwash"

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal from the unusually accurate Kane, a few members of Apple’s board have discussed possibilities for Steve Jobs future replacement. The members are believed to have spoken with executive recruiters as well as at least one head of a high profile tech company. The source of the information is “people familiar with the matter”. The Wall Street Journal even managed to get an email from Steve Jobs in response to its questions.

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5 years ago

GENWI releases iPad app publishing platform for content publishers

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GENWI releases iPad app publishing platform for content publishers

GENWI and iSites have recently released their iPad app creation services which cater specifically to the content and media publishing industry. If you need an on-the-fly solution for publishing content to an iPad application, this may be the solution for you. Advanced options also include the ability to customize your interface through HTML5 and CSS.

The big convenience for content publishers is that it allows you to make changes and add to your app in real time via their content management servers. Monthly fees will vary based on what native platforms you'd like and what feature set you need. Pricing points are as follows -

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5 years ago

Apple Q3 2011 results: 20.34 million iPhones, 9.25 million iPads, 7.54 million iPods, $7.31 billion in profit

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Apple Q3 2011 results: 20.34 million iPhones, 9.25 million iPads, 7.54 million iPods, $7.31 billion in profit

Apple has just announced their Q3 2011 results and the iOS platform continues to impress with 20.34 million iPhones sold (up 142% from last year), 9.25 million iPads (up 183%), 3.95 million Macs (up 14%) and 7.54 million iPods (down 20%). All that added up to $28.57 billion in revenue and record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion.

“We’re thrilled to deliver our best quarter ever, with revenue up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Right now, we’re very focused and excited about bringing iOS 5 and iCloud to our users this fall.”

“We are extremely pleased with our performance which drove quarterly cash flow from operations of $11.1 billion, an increase of 131 percent year-over-year,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, we expect revenue of about $25 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $5.50.”

Their quarterly conference call is coming up soon and we'll add highlights as we hear them, after the break.

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5 years ago

Due for iPhone and iPad updated [giveaway]

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Due for iPhone and iPad updated [giveaway]

Phocus' reminders app for iPhone and iPad, Due, has been updated with some tweeks and changes.

The beauty of Due lies in its simplicity. There's no account to create, no start or end date to set, no need to prioritize, tag nor categorize. What there is however are what that matters: a note for your reminder, and an alert that is set up in mere seconds.

  • Super fast - Set up a reminder with alert in seconds—up to 3x faster than Calendar app
  • Get to the timings you need in a tap
  • Reusable countdown, egg timers
  • Keep track of outstanding tasks with Smart Badges
  • Never miss any reminders with Auto Snooze Repeatedly notifies you of missed reminders until marked done or rescheduled
  • Reschedule and defer reminders quickly
  • Recurring reminders: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and more
  • Track past reminders and quickly create new ones based on expired reminders by recycling them within the Logbook
  • Time Zone Shifting - Receive timely reminders no matter where you are in the world
  • 12 great sounding alerts of varying lengths to choose from
  • Universal app, looks and works great on both iPhone and iPad
  • Keep reminders in sync across your iPhone and iPad with OTA Sync via Dropbox
  • Backup, email and restore databases right within Due
  • Undo support
  • Secondary Alert & Alarm mode
  • Reliable reminders that don't require any Internet connection

Here are some of the new changes:

  • Interval on date picker now dynamically changes to accommodate due times that cannot be accurately displayed by user’s preferred interval setting
  • Editing the value of a timer with an auto-generated label now updates the label to match the new countdown value (thanks @mutewinter)
  • Now hides any transient animation on quit to prevent jarring transition on next resume
  • Overdue and Today+Overdue badging now faster
  • When setting up a new repeating reminder, ‘Repeat from date’ follows the ‘Due date’ automatically

I love simplicity done right and Phocus has nailed it with this app. Due takes away the task of keeping track of tasks.

The good folks at Phocus have given us some promo to give away! For a chance to win, just let us know the type of tasks that you need reminding for.

Due is a universal app for iPhone and iPad and is available for $4.99.

[iTunes link]

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5 years ago

Google says Apple sues rather than innovates. Google's problem is Apple does both.

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Google says Apple sues rather than innovates. Google's problem is Apple does both.

Former Google CEO, current Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, had this to say about Apple patent infringement suits against Android manufacturers.

"We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations. I’m not too worried about this.”

Because a) he's not the one being sued and b) it's nonsense.

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5 years ago

Official Google+ for iPhone hits the App Store [Update]

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Official Google+ for iPhone hits the App Store [Update]

Google+ for iPhone, the official app of Google's new social network has just hit the App Store.

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.

Features:

  • Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
  • Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
  • Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

Google+ is only available for users 13 and older.

Overall the app is clean and crisp, fully in keeping with Google's new interest in design. The login experience, however, which throws you back to the terrible Google web page, burned my eyes. Hopefully they can fix that in an update. Soon.

It's very Facebook for iPhone-like, which is good or bad depending on your stance re: consistency vs. innovation, but it works well and moves smoothly for the most part (I wish that hadn't copied some of the more crashes...). The home screen isn't full yet, with Stream (which apparently isn't iOS 5 friendly), Huddle, Photos, Profile (Lion style circled avatar -- who thought that was a good idea?), and Circles.

No iPad support yet, and strangely it doesn't support iPod touch either.

If you've tried it out, let me know what you think. And if you want to get plussy with me, you can circle me up here: https://plus.google.com/117367428086027724173/posts

UPDATE: Google+ has already been updated to version 1.0.1. Is that a record? If you got it before, go re-get it. Again. Here's the explanation: [[Google+

[Free - iTunes link]

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5 years ago

TiPb TV 20: Bond boat bash [giveaway]

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TiPb TV 20: Bond boat bash [giveaway]

We put the original Aquapac and Overboard cases for iPhone 4 through the car wash and into the deep end, so what could we do with Aquapac for iPad 2 and the new Overboard Pro Sport for iPhone? Well, Rene and I had some Amazing Case-style ideas. However, putting the waterproof Acquapac for iPad and Overboard for iPhone through the dishwasher just didn't sound cool. You know what's cool? Putting them head to head in a Bond boat bash!

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