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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

HP Prepping Their Own iCloud Service?

14 Jun

It is being reported today that HP are in talks with major record labels regards their own Cloud based music service.  Their own service is said to be directly for HP OS devices.  Check out Steven Musil’s article on CNET which refers to a Billboard article sourcing the story.

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No iTunes In The Cloud for the UK Until 2012?

9 Jun

The Telegraph and MacRumors have highlighted a quote from a spokesperson for the Performing Right Society.  The spokesperson it quoted as saying that Apple are “a long way off from any deals being signed.”

The articles also refer to a music executive at a major UK record label quoting “no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012.”

This adds further to our post earlier this week regards a delay in the service outside of the US.

Lets us know your thoughts.

MB

 

New Apple Campus – The Mothership Has Landed

8 Jun

UPDATE: Mayor Gilbert Wong has been quoted as saying that the Apple plans for their new Campus will be suppoted.  “There is no chance we are saying no” to the Mothership, Wong said.

Steve Jobs presented plans to the Cupertino Council for a new Apple Campus.The campus will centre on a huge circular building with some ancilliary parking , R&D and Leisure buildings.  The site will also focus on increasing the green space with an increase in trees and decrease in developed floor space.

Take a look at the presentation below.  Looks pretty special and they have obviously taken time to consider the environmental issues facing such a large development including energy usage where they plan on using the national grid as a backup to an on site natural gas energy system.

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Apple Keynote WWDC – 6th June 2011

6 Jun

The video of todays Apple Keynote is now available for one and all (with internet access 😉 ) from the Apple website.

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iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match – US Only?

6 Jun

So if you are in the USA then be excited, if not, perhaps wise not to hold your breath at present.  Scanning the Apple website the Beta is available in the US only and if you access the details via say the UK website, you end up back with the US descriptions.  It will be interesting to see how long the rest of the world has to wait but lets see if we can pick up some news from other sources and confirm back to you.

MB

WWDC Apple Round Up

6 Jun

It has been hotly anticipated as it is each year so here is a round up and we will do our best to fill in the gaps later!

LION OS X is first up.

“We’re here to talk about 3 things today – Lion, iOS  5 and “some interesting cloud stuff”  Steve Jobs!

250 new features in Lion OS X of which 10 covered at WWDC.

Multi Touch gestures will be a big part of Lion OS X.  No scroll bars on Safari as it is all controlled by Multi Touch Gestures.  This really puts the application in to context of what has been muted through Macbook Pros etc for a while now.  It may take some getting used to but you can really start to see the tablet and desktop world coming together with all of this.

Full Screen Apps, refreshing from last set of announcements from Apple.  Swiping a full screen application for your desktop and swiping again to get is back, neat!

Mission Control – You can have multiple desktops, full-screen apps, and dashboard widgets.

Multiple desktop spaces are integrated into mission control. You can populate these spaces by dragging windows; they’re almost like little desktop folders sitting at the top of your screen.  To clean up a space, click on hit and hit delete and you’re back at your original desktop space.

The Mac App Store is now huge.  And it will be an important part of Lion OS X.

Launchpad, make a simple pinch motion and all your apps appear with apps from the App store appearing straight in to Launchpad.

Autosave is part and parcel of Lion with all your Docs saved in the background as you work.  Simple idea and very important/effective, but that is Apple.

Versions. While editing a document, you can take a snapshot of where it is manually,  they are all saved automatically, and you can browse them in a Time Machine-type interface and allowing you to cut and paste between Versions as required.

Airdrop.  A really simple and smart way of sharing files through Finder which will show you all the people in your network who you want to share files with.

Brand new Mail.  Works in full screen mode and integrates search suggestions.  Looks nice with full message view to the right and messages to the Left (think Mobile Me).  I can see search Suggestions being really useful.

LION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY VIA THE APP STORE AND WILL BE A 4GB DOWNLOAD. July release $30.

Time for iOS.

10 new features in iOS.

Notifications.  The part of iOS that needed upgrading the most has been.  Notifications Centre which you can access by swiping down from wherever you are on the screen.  The lock screen gives a lot more info; you can swipe across the screen on a notification to go directly to the app it came from. Swiping a text takes you to the next text. A ticker scrolls across the top, and you can tap X to clear all your notifications. This is good, very good, at last!

Newsstand. Newsstand is a place to download all your newspapers and magazines, with background downloads of susbcriptions.

Twitter now built in to iOS. Now built into the iPhone, particularly apps like Camera. You can also tweet articles from Safari, Youtube, Maps, etc.

Safari Reader brings an Instapaper type service to iOS. Reading list is synched across multiple devices and allows you to save stories to read later.  Safari also now has tabbed browsing which is neat.

Reminders. Evernote watch out!  A list making feature with locations driven notifications built in.  You have options to notify “when I arrive” and “when I leave”.

Revamped Camera.  Access from your lock screen, basic editing tools and gesture to lock the focus.  Shutter button can now be your volume up button, again a nice little convenience change.

Mail.  Rich text formatting–bold, italics, underline etc.  You can now also flag and un-flag messages, drag addresses, entire message searches which really makes iOS mail sit well alongside desktop mail clients.

The iPad version of iOS 5 also has a split thumb keyboard.

And finally, Over The Air software updates for your iOS devices.  This really is a big step up and will open the world to people who do not like PCs or Desktop Macs (some of the elderly spring to mind like my Mum!).  System will use Delta Updates – only changing parts of the Apps necessary rather than the complete App.

iMessage!  A new messaging service for iOS users. For all iOS5 customers on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. You can send text, photos, videos, contacts and group messages. The system will push to all of your iOS5 devices along with delivery receipts, and it is all securely encrypted.  You can pick up conversations from one device to another.  It works on Network, 3G and Wi-Fi.

AirPlay Mirroring.  iPad to TV.

Wi-Fi iTunes Syncing. Your device will find iTunes and then syncs.

Also other stuff incoming with iOS5 such as new Music App for iPad and new notification tones.  It all arrives in the Fall.

And here it is iCloud!

Everything will now be pushed to the cloud and synced across all of your devices.  If something’s on your iPhone or iPad, it’s pushed to the cloud automatically, and then pushed to all devices. Totally integrated with apps. No user instigation required.

MobileMe has been re-architectured to become iCloud.  It will also be free. No Ads!

Syncing will work with iBooks too syncing bookmarks.

There will also be daily back ups of all of your important content so open up a device and everything just shows, content, bookmarks, contacts, app data, device data etc etc, really impressive.

Documents in the iCloud keeps all of your documents synced and up to date across devices.

iCloud will also have storage APIs so Apps can use it too.

It will all work on Macs and PCs too!

Photo Stream will push all of your photo library  to the iCloud and sync to all of your devices, including AppleTV!  On a PC the photos are pushed to your Photos folder.  It works with iPhoto too if this is where you manage your photos.  One point we are not sure about is that iCloud only stores 30 days worth of data and your last 1000 pictures.  If you want to keep them permanently, you evidently just move them to an album.

iTunes in the Cloud is also now part of the iCloud service.  Now your entire purchase history is on all your devices. You can re-download any of them by pushing the iCloud button. It will be free to re-download. You can ask it to sync everything in the future.  Songs are 256kbps AAC, and download to up to 10 devices.
This is downloading not streaming.  Not really what we expected in honesty.  Basically the App Store characteristics for iTunes.

You get 5GB of free storage.  Photo Stream, Music and Books do not count towards this.

There will be a developers 4.3 Beta released today.

Ah, iTunes Match! This is how the stuff you did not buy from iTunes is handled.  Scans your library  and then…hey presto, stream that stuff!  $25 a year!  Anything not matched you can upload. iTunes matched songs are upgraded to 256kbps.  The price is regardless of your library size, 5,000 or 25,000.

And thats it, let us know what you think.

It will be interesting to see how existing paid up MobileMe users are treated.

We are now scanning the Apple website for further info!

MB