May 21, 2013 - 3:07 PM - by iDan
Microsoft just announced their new sucessor to the Xbox 360, and it is not called the Xbox 720. It's called the Xbox One and it absolutely blew us away! From the fantastic specs to the rich and amazing feature-set, this new Xbox One is poised to take the home entertainment world by storm. The Xbox One will hit retail shelves later on this year and just might transform the way we think about games, movies, music, Skype video calling and more.
We are so excited we just had to start a new forum for this white hot device! We wanted to share it with you guys to give you an opportunity to join in on the discussions just begninning. Please check it out at the Xbox One Forums!
According to a solid batch of rumors, Apple is most likely setting up things to start the production of the next generation iPad. Yet we will not see it out on the market sooner than this autumn, as the assembly process is believed to kick start in July.
Analysts have been making predictions about the hardware and software components of the tablet, but also about its design. One of the most prominent Apple analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, supports the popular theory according to which the fifth generation iPad will sport a thinner and narrower frame. As a result, the next Apple tablet might also turn out to be lighter. Actually, the latest report coming from DigiTimes claims that the iPad 5 will end up being up to 25-33% lighter than previous models. This coincides precisely with the predictions of the analyst mentioned above, who previously stated:
“The display of the new iPad, which will hit market shelves as early as September, will still be a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, the same as the one used in the 4th-generation model, except that the new display is built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, thinner than the 0.25mm one for the 4th-generation device, the sources said, adding the new table will has a narrow bezel.”
If we listen to the rumors, we can obviously see that the design of the new iPad is quite similar to the iPad mini. This has been seen as well, in leaked photographs that supposedly showcase a fifth generation iPad sporting a narrow bezel and a cover glass.
Rumors of Apple designing a smart watch users could just wear around their wrists have been popping up now and then, but recently they have intensified. This indicates that theory is slowly becoming reality. This week we have stumbled upon another piece of information that seems to hint that the iWatch will soon become a tangible object.
Reports coming from Taiwan Economic Times via sources familiar with the matters at hand claim Apple is ready to start the experimental stage for its iWatch project. Even more, the tech giant has unleashed the production process. Testing will begin with the building of 1.5-inch OLED displays.
According to the newspaper, RITEK’s RITdisplay has already started to produce and test displays that resemble the ones seen in iPod nanos. Ritek is a company that produces flash memory, LED products, AMOLED and OLED screens mainly. The sensors for the smart watch are going to be produced by one of Ritek’s partners – RitFat.
The second report claims that, one of Apple’s leading manufacture partners, Foxconn, has already received specific orders to start building the iWatch and is now gathering the supplies it needs to kick start.
Previous rumors have stated that Apple technology chief Bob Mansfield is especially promoting the iWatch. A team of 100 or more engineers has been set up to work on the device and they designed the screen taking inspiration from OLED screens.
If the rumors are correct, the iWatch might be one of the amazing products Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will release in autumn? We surely hope so.
May 20, 2013 - 2:44 PM - by Maura
Forbes reports today on a new interview with Bill Gates on the 60 Minutes news show, during which he talks about his friendship with Steve Jobs. In the excerpt at the top of this post, he talks about how he spent a lot of time with Jobs during his final days, saying that even towards the end, Jobs was not “melancholy” but was instead talking about what Apple had yet to achieve, and even about the new boat that he was building, despite knowing that he most likely would not live to enjoy the boat. Gates also talks about how Apple beat Microsoft in coming up with a viable tablet first, even though Microsoft had been thinking about launching a tablet prior to the launch of the iPad. Gates also said how he wished that he had had Jobs’ sense of design, “everything had to fit a certain aesthetic.” It really is a very nice interview to watch, so be sure to check out the clip at the top of this post if you missed the original interview.
Thanks to Super Moderator AdmiralAdama for the heads-up on this story.
Source: Apple Loop: The $610,000 Cup of Coffee, Cook's Tax Talk, Bill Gates On 'Growing Up' With Steve Jobs - Forbes
May 20, 2013 - 1:13 PM - by Maura
Yahoo’s Small Business Advisor writes today that Philips has just launched an intelligent LED light bulb called the Hue 1.1, and has partnered with Apple in order to distribute the light bulb to early adopters by selling it in Apple stores. So what exactly are the main features of a “smart” light bulb? According to Philips, Hue has a geofencing feature meaning that it can be programmed (via an iOS app) by the user to change colour, or turn off or on when you enter or leave your home or office. In fact, Philips says that owners of Hue light bulbs, “don’t ever worry if [they’ve] switched [their] lights off or not. Just walk out the front door and they’ll switch themselves off.”
Yahoo explains that the smart bulb also has an alarm feature, whereby it can be set to wake the owner up naturally by slowly becoming brighter at your chosen wake-up time. As you might expect, Hue has many other timer features, such as turning itself off, or flashing, or changing its colour at set times. Hue bulbs can even be configured to change colour for certain set events, such as letting you know when it’s raining (this one would be on all the time in the UK!), blinking to show when your sports team that you follow is starting to play, and you can even change the colour randomly via text message. Although this all sounds like fun, Hue bulbs have some practical uses too, such as flooding a room with bright light automatically if someone is moving around inside the house in the early hours of the morning, for example. This could be used to startle a burglar and alert the householder of their presence, or stop an elderly person from falling over and hurting themselves in the dark.
As you might expect from all that, the bulbs are pretty pricey, with a starter set costing $200, and each Hue bulb costing $60. This price is expected to halve by 2020, however, and by 70% in the next 10 years.
Source: Philips Partners with Apple on Smart LED Bulb - Yahoo! Small Business Advisor
May 17, 2013 - 3:08 PM - by Maura
If you’re an avid iOS gamer, then AppleInsider has some great news for you today, reporting that two of Gameloft’s very popular games are available to download for free for a short time (no idea for how long). The games in question are Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, and N.O.V.A. 3, and both usually retail for around $6. There’s no denying that Gameloft’s games are often a little similar (cough) to other games such as Grand Theft Auto, but this doesn’t make them any less fun to play. Gangstar Rio sees the player controlling a customizable gangster in Rio, across more than 60 missions, wielding lots of weapons, and even flying with the aid of jetpacks! N.O.V.A.3 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance is the latest edition to this incredibly popular FPS series of games from Gameloft, where the player takes on the role of an armoured shooter on a mission to save the earth. You can even indulge in 12-player multiplayer battles using live chat. So if all that sounds enticing to you, then click on the links below, but be warned, both games are very large to download, with N.O.V.A.3 weighing in at 1.69GB, and Gangstar Rio taking up 878MB.
Click here to download N.O.V.A. 3 - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/n.o....474764934?mt=8
Click here to download Gangstar Rio - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gang...453051448?mt=8
Source: Gameloft's Gangstar Rio, N.O.V.A. 3 go free on iOS for a limited time
May 17, 2013 - 1:59 PM - by Maura
The US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command spokesperson has told James Rogers of The Street, via AppleInsider, that using iPads instead of bulky flight manuals will save the US Air Force $750,000 on fuel alone, and will save a further $5 million per year in printing costs. In total this would come to a saving of $5.7 million annually, adding up to a saving of over $50 million in the next 10 years according to Major Brian Moritz, manager of AMC’s electronic flight back program.
AppleInsider says that Rogers also got to see the iPad in action in the US Air Force up close and personal when he was embedded with the force recently, so he knows what he’s talking about. Rogers said that using iPads instead of paper manuals would reduce the weight carried by a C-5 aircraft by around 490 pounds.
"We're saving about 90 pounds of paper per aircraft and limiting the need for each crew member to carry a 30 to 40 pound paper file," Moritz told Rogers. "It adds up to quite a lot of weight in paper."
Source: US Air Force expects to save $50M with use of 18K Apple iPads
It’s official, folks. Rovio has just unleashed an update for one of its smash hit game versions – Angry Birds Season. This particular update will bring a new interesting feat to the game play we have been accustomed so far – Magic Portals. And there’s more - the Finnish company chose the funny and very popular iPad magician Simon Pierro to promote this new update.
These portals basically offer the opportunity to teleport birds between different places within the game. So you can see why Pierro was an excellent choice to showcase a couple of features in the game. With his hilarious magic tricks, of course.
The newest Angry Birds update has been dubbed “Abra-Ca-Bacon” and our magician takes viewers on this quick game tour that’s cluttered with hocus pocus and techno tricks like pulling actual objects (a small stick) from the iPad’s screen.
Pierro’s magic tricks have gained a lot of notoriety after Mashable posted his “IOS 5” video, which left users dazzled. The website also interviewed Simon in the hopes that the magician will reveal some of his tricks. He didn’t. But he did offer some interesting pieces of information to answer those who think camera tricks are involved in his act.
"No camera tricks. I think they would destroy the nature and credibility of magic. What you see in the video looks exactly the same as if you were standing in my living room yourself. That's why I perform my magic live on stages all over the world."
May 17, 2013 - 1:18 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider writes today about new details that have appeared on DigiTimes regarding the next iPad mini. According to DigiTimes’ sources, Apple has lined up LG Display and Sharp to make displays for the tablet, with AU Optronics also possibly still involved. Talking about AUO in particular, AppleInsider says that due to “issues” experience by AUO in regards to making iPad mini display panels, AUO may be out of the picture as far as Apple is concerned. In fact, DigiTimes went as far as to say that according to its sources, AUO is “not expected” to continue in its role as one of the main suppliers of iPad mini display panels for Apple, although Apple has yet to make a final decision on AUO’s involvement.
DigiTimes also says that the second-gen iPad mini will launch either late in the third quarter, or sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. As AppleInsider notes, this ties in with previous rumours, and is also supported by previous comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has gone on record as saying that there won’t be any new products until the fall.
Source: Rumor: LG, Sharp & AUO gearing up to build displays for Apple's next iPad mini
Thinking of sending a package to somebody, but you’re a bit concerned for its safety? If you own an iPad, all those worries should be behind you soon. Shipping giant UPS has just launched a shipment tracking app especially tailored for the Apple tablet. An iPhone version of the app is already available on the market.
In order to take full advantage of what the app has to offer, users should sign up to the My Choice program. However, this is not a requirement. Those wanting to track the progress of their delivery can still perform several operations within the app without being logged in. They can track the progress of their package and freight shipments, set up a tracking list of maximum 5 tracking numbers or see where exactly in the world is the package located at the time of the checking.
Signing in with the UPS My Choice program will bring about another batch of features like being able to sync the recent tracks pulled off Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Management from UPS or set the priority of the shipments. Overall, the app offers some advanced mapping features. This allows users to see what’s happening with their packaging anytime, anywhere, with the help of advanced map.
Vice president of Customer technology marketing for UPS explained why the company decided to design a native iPad app:
“The UPS iPad App release aligns with our customers' increasing use of tablets for shopping and completing day-to-day tasks on-line. The enhanced mapping features of the app provide an engaging visual display of shipments in transit, and details of a shipment’s progress are updated regularly while en route.”
For those interested, the app has become available for download in the Apple App store.
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