iCloud Just Around The Corner?

5 Sep

 

 

 

 

9to5Mac (click link to read) is reporting that the staff training for iCloud and iOS 5 may just be around the corner following shots from an internal RetailMe application used by staff.  As 9to5 point out, this time may be different to previous evidence but staff training usually precedes a couple of weeks or so before a release.

We will post if we see or hear anything else.

MB

Steve Jobs Steps Down As CEO of Apple

26 Aug

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

, everybody sincerely hopes that you will still be visible and have an active role in the development of Apple, thank you and good luck. From everyone at MonkeyBill.

New Wii-Design!

17 Aug

Appears Nintendo want to squeeze every last penny from the Wii before next years release of the Nintendo Wii U but does this redesign also spell doubts about most of us getting the Wii U well before the end of next year?

Regardless this version is a slimmed down and actually not backward compatible version on that it will not work with previous Gamecube accessories etc as does the existing Wii design.  This version also sits horizontally.  It will be out for Christmas which coincides with the also exciting news that the new Zelda Skyward Sword game will be released on November 18th.

There will also be a number of new bundles of the new design version.

MB

New Xbox Live Features & Windows Phone Features

17 Aug

With Gamescom in full flow, Microsoft have dropped a few tidbits for Xbox Live and the new Windows Phone Mango Platform coming next month.

These include;

  • “Avatar Awardables: Like achievements—but wearable. Once unlocked, these items will automatically appear in your avatar closet and can be worn on your avatar’s sleeve as a badge of honor. “Chickens Can’t Fly,” a forthcoming Xbox LIVE release, will be among the first titles to feature them.
  • Game Add-ons: In the Xbox LIVE title “Beards & Beaks,” players can purchase extra mushrooms and other items from within the game using Microsoft Points. In the months ahead, keep your eyes out for more titles in Marketplace that let you buy in-game add-ons and downloadable content like extra weapons or levels.
  • Parental Controls: The next release of Windows Phone gives parents more control of what content their child can access on Windows Phone, including M-rated (Mature) games. The first M-rated Windows Phone title, “Splinter Cell: Conviction,” is scheduled to arrive in the Marketplace later this fall.
  • Fast Async: A new Xbox LIVE service coming this fall that improves gameplay for multiplayer, turn-by-turn (or asynchronous) Windows Phone games.”
Check out Windows Phone Blog for more…
MB

Is This The New iPhone 5?

10 Aug

Check out this video of what is being claimed to be a leaked webpage from Apple for the new iPhone 5.  Check out while you can as my guess is that Apple will get this off the web pretty quickly!

http://showyou.com/v/14769888?u=motorik

MB

Nintendo 3DS TV Launch

20 Jun

Nintendo has confirmed its 3DS TV service will go live in Japan tomorrow via a new app, “Itsu no Ma ni Terebi”,  from the Nintendo eShop.

The content will be provided by Fuji Television/Nippon Television and will be produced specifically for the 3DS service with shows available free, albeit, free with feature adverts.

The 3DS TV service has also been promised for Europe.  When the 3DS was first unveiled, Nintendo announced deals Sky & Aardman Animation.

MB

UK Official Launch Day for Playbook, but O2 Says “No”

17 Jun

So yesterday was the official launch day for the Blackberry Playbook.  Many BB users in the UK finally got to get hands on with the “worlds first professional grade tablet” – RIM.

But O2, one of the UKs largest network providers, has opted to ditch the tablet already siting issues with end customer experience.

“Unfortunately there are some issues with the end to end customer experience,” though O2 doesn’t rule out going back to the product at some point.  O2 have had close affiliation with Apple in the past (they were the preferred network when originally released in UK) and as such, perhaps other tablets they offer, currently offer more functionality.  Let us know your views and if you are a BB user who is disspointed and will look elsewhere.

MB

 

Microsoft Embracing Unofficial Hackers Of Kinect?

17 Jun

Microsoft this week released the beta version of its Kinect non-commercial software development kit (SDK).

Gamespot report that “The Kinect SDK includes drivers for using the camera with Windows-based PCs, as well as source code samples, including a simple game where users interact with shapes falling from the top of the screen. Using voice commands, players can change the size, speed, color, and shape of the falling objects.”

This is a major move fromMicrosoft, will they be allowing developers to build their own Apps for publish on Xbox Live?  They previously seemed to frown on the unoffocial but often cool and funny hacks of Kinect.  Maybe they are now seeing this as a major opportunity to further embed the Xbox in peoples living rooms.

MB

Dictionary Pop Ups In OS X Lion

17 Jun

Lion has a neat little feature discovered by @AppleFortyTwo.  If you need a word looking up, three finger tap on your multitouch pad and hey presto, a neat dictionary pop up appears.  See picture.

9To5 Mac are also reporting that the integration of Dictionary in Lion is much more prevalent including iBooks integration and an official SDK allowing developers to integrate Dictionary with ease.  They also report seeing much more integration in iOS 5 for Apple mobile device suite.

MB

Sony Launch Cloud Based Music Service For Android

15 Jun

Sony have released an App for Android Phones beating the iCloud and Spotify in the US to provide their Qriocity Music Unlimited service to Android phone users.

There are two levels to subscribe to giving you access to a library of over seven million songs from all four major US labels.

Firstly for $3.99 per month, the Basic package provides ad-free  music streaming, a scan and match service for your existing music library (including iTunes) so you can then playback your music on other “Music Unlimited” devices.

For $9.99 per month, the Premium plan includes all features of the Basic package along with the ability to create playlists, universal song playback rights (listen to any song you want any time), and access additional radio channels.

Impressed?  Let us know.  Slight hitch for everyone else…no idea when this will be available outside the US.

MB