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The folks at PopChartLab have a cool infographic poster for sale. It's a complete timeline of all of Apple's products in one spot. The actual wall poster, titled “Insanely Great History of Apple”, will run you $80, but you can get a glimpse of it in the image above. Also, if you check out their website in the source link below you can see a digital rendition that allows you to zoom around on.
The poster even organizes Apple products into discernible categories, so you can see their monitors, desktops, laptops as well as the iPods, iPhones and iPads. Here's a brief description taken from their website,
Tablet sales aren't as explosive as perhaps one year ago, but overall shipments are still growing. This is what market research firm IDC said in its most recent report.
Q4 2013 saw 53.8 million units ship worldwide, up 11.5 percent from 47.6 million the same quarter last year. Apple is still number one, despite the fact that its iPad sales are decreasing.
As you can see in the above tablet, Apple had a share of 22.8%, followed by Samsung with 18.3% and on the third place is Asus with 6.5%, while Lenovo finds itself on the 4th with just 5.7%. It's worth taking into account that IDC says 'other' manufacturers account for a massive 41.8%, which speaks for itself about the plethora of Android makers out there.
All the top 3 OEMs have seen their market share go down. Apple dropped to 22.8 percent market share from 29.2% while Samsung slipped to 18.3 percent from 19.3%. It's worth pointing out that Samsung has actually shipped more tablets than in 2013.
Spotify, the music streaming service that was released back in October 2008 currently has more than 40 million users all over the world, with many of them being iPad owners.
The company has recently updated the app with a fresh new black look that you'll discover when downloading the app from the link at the bottom.
Alongside the new darker look, Spotify has revamped the ‘Your Music’ feature which gives you a “frictionless way” to save, organize and browse music.
This update brings Spotify’s iPad app into line with its other platforms, since they have received it earlier. The new iPad app also comes with refreshed typography and rounded iconography, as well.
The current version has been well received by iPad owners who have awarded it a rating of 4.5 out of 5. What about you - how do you find this version?
Apple has selected 'Pac-Man Friends' game from Japanese company BANDAI NAMCO as its free app of the week. So go ahead and follow the link at the end of this article to get it for free on your iPad or iPhone, because it was previously available for $4.
Just as you were guessing, PAC-MAN Friends is a modern twist of an arcade classic, allowing players to make use of simple tilt controls. Their mission is to maneuver PAC-MAN through progressively challenging mazes to rescue his friends from the Ghosts’ Castle. Here are some more details about it:
[Editors Note: Here's an interesting Off-Topic story for you guys today. Microsoft just released a new wearable fitness device called the Microsoft Band. The coolest thing about this device (and the reason we are sharing it here) is that it has full cross platform compatibility. That means whether you are on a Windows Phone, an iPhone or an Android phone, you can pair up with and use this intriguing fitness smartwatch.]
Microsoft has released their very first fitness band and it is quite the piece of tech. The band has a built-in GPS tracker to monitor your movements and a novel UV sensor so that you can keep track of your exposure to sunlight. Some other cool and useful features involve a skin temperature monitor and a heart rate sensor that use an optical sensor which are far more accurate than the audio sensors attached to many other bands.
Keep in mind the Microsoft Band is much more than just a fitness band. It incorporates a whole slew of features that you’d expect in a smartwatch and builds them right into the band. Features such as Twitter, Facebook, Calendar, Weather, and stock tracking are all integrated into this well built piece of tech.. Microsoft has taken the bold step of making the Band compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and 4.4, iPhones running iOS 7.1 and later, and of course Windows Phone 8.1 users. Users connecting it to a Windows 8.1 smartphone get the added bonus of Cortana integration. How do you like those apples (no pun intended)
The Microsoft Band retails for $199 and is currently only on offer in the US. To purchase the Microsoft Band please visit the Microsoft Store.
As originally written by Cereal Killer over on SurfaceForums.net: Now Available Microsoft Band...
Logitech is a well-known accessory maker which has established itself with keyboards and mice for desktop computers, and it has continue that tradition with products aimed for smartphones and tablets.
Now, the company has updated its Type+ and Ultrathin keyboard cases to be compatible with Apple's new iPad Air 2, but also announced a new standalone ultraportable wireless iPad keyboard dubbed Keys-To-Go.
The new Logitech Type+ for iPad Air 2 is a thin and light two-sided protective case, connecting to the iPad via Bluetooth and getting attached. The accessory is priced at $99.99 and is available in black, dark blue, bright red, bright green, electric blue or violet.
The new Logitech Ultrathin model is a case-keyboard combo made of high-grade aluminum material and boasting a battery life of up to two years. It features an adjustable magnetic slot to allow the iPad Air 2 to be angled. This model is slightly cheaper, being priced at $89.99, but only available in space grey and silver colors.
The recently announced Logitech Keys-To-Go are touted as ultraportable keyboard which are just 6.1mm thick, weighing 180 grams. The keys offer tactile feedback, being protected by a water-repellant FabricSkin covering. There's a rechargeable battery that's said to last up to three months on a single charge. It is compatible with all generations of iPad and iPad mini, and comes in black, red and teal, for $69.99.
Flipboard is a social-network aggregation, magazine-format mobile app which collects content from social media and other websites, presenting it in magazine format. Released back in 2010, the app is used daily by millions of iPad and iPhone users all over the world. And now it has seen an important update being rolled out.
The third version of Flipboard offers topic tags that create a highly personalized experience and there's also a new morning news magazine called The Daily Edition along with a fresh new phone design that quickly brings the stories that are important. Here's a rundown of the new features that it brings:
- Choose from over 30,000 topics to follow. Each topic is powered by the best stories across publishers, websites and the 10+ million magazines made on Flipboard.
- Explore topics through search or by tapping on topic tags at the bottom left of articles.
- Start your day with The Daily Edition, featuring articles selected by our team, ready at 7 a.m. every day.
- Follow people to stay up-to-date on everything they're collecting into their magazines.
- Enjoy an overall design refresh, including full-bleed magazine covers, new typography, and more prominent comment displays and attribution.
There's always going to be an ongoing debate on such sensitive subjects as sexual minorities, but what's important to understand is that all of us have the right to be different. And this seems to be Tim Cook's message in a letter that he published recently, revealing that he is "proud to be gay". Apple's CEO says that this has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.
What needs to be pointed out is that Tom Cook didn't hide his sexual orientation, but he has now decide to publicly acknowledge it. Apple CEO says that it was his desire for privacy that has held him back from "doing something more important." Here's how the entire content of his letter sounds like:
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