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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

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

Sky Go Announced

13 Jun

Sky have annouced that their mobile subscription phone service will be replaced by Sky Go…

From next month, all Sky TV customers will have the opportunity to watch Sky channels and programmes on PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablets at no extra charge.

Available free to all Sky TV customers, Sky Go will provide flexible access to Sky content across multiple devices including the iPhone, iPad, PC and Mac. Launching on July 6 th , it brings together two existing services: Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service, and Sky Mobile TV, the UK’s largest mobile TV service, with these services rebranded as Sky Go . Offering even more value from the Sky subscription, this will allow customers to watch live linear channels in line with their subscription while on the move in the UK and Ireland.”

Sounds pretty good for Sky customers.  Our understanding is that the service will be available on iOS devices and Android as well as Mac and PC.  It will not however count towards your Xbox subscription.

Check out the full press release from Sky.

MB

BGR Declares iOS 5 the Operating System To Beat

10 Jun

 

 

 

 

 

BGR have been testing iOS 5 and giving daily updates of Living with the operating system.  And the feedback is good with BGR declaring iOS 5 the one to beat.  With features such as iMessage beating Blackberry’s BBM service, the notifications app working so well, the Reminders App and tweaks to Mail all cited as filling the gaps that iOS previously had.

Can’t wait for a consumer version, hopefully it will be even better.  Also check out 9to5Mac for various other features they are constantly discovering within iOS 5.

MB.

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

 

The Future Of Playstation

9 Jun

This weeks E3 was a glorious event celebrating what is now a very established, powerful and in our opinion joy giving industry.  But some have noted that Sony seemed to stand in the shadow of Microsoft and Nintendo.

For the Microsoft Xbox 360, it quickly became the year Kinect appears to be coming of age and in to it’s own with now support spilling in to mainstream gaming title such as Mass Effect 3 and a Star Wars branded game.  And they were not the only ones.  Indeed, the Fall due upgraded dashboard with voice recognition, Live TV and greater Kinect interactivity alone was a major message behind what Microsoft see as the future of gaming.

Nintendo came out with that controller!  The Wii U and it’s controller signals intent by Nintendo alongside being embraced by mainstream game titles alike to bring Nintendo in to the Living Room Hub game with features like video calls, touch screen drawing and a console which does not have to dominate the TV!

Sony indeed did bring out the new PS Vita which marked their next move forward in to portable gaming.  But that is a market that is becoming increasingly competitive with even Apple getting in on the act through the impressively growing array of gaming titles for iOS devices and indeed reports today that AppleTV and an iOS device such as an iPad may start to even compete directly with the Wii U concept.  Android and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play are further diversifying the portable gaming market and creating some huge choices for the consumer.  And the Nintendo 3DS!

Now a year in the games industry is not a great deal of time and next year it would not surprise any of us if Sony hit us all with a Playstation 4.  But where will the PS4 fit with Kinect taking control of the no controller needed environment and Wii U bringing the interactive gaming experience with a motion control and multi view gaming to a new level (check out the golf shot from the Wii U promo video).  Sony are capable of bringing something special that we can not think of but Xbox is catching up Sony for content on the Entertainment front outside of gaming (video playback, music hub, TV, social networking etc).  They may feel (as hinted by the Playstation 3D gaming TV set they announced – which is pretty neat) that the future of gaming console wars is to be fought over the 3D market but I am not convinced this is going to universally catch on with movies and TV nevermind gaming.  There is still resistance to having to wear a 3D pair of glasses to get the best experience.  Sony still has the edge on Blu-Ray but is this a move to protect their investment in the format?  Downloads and content streaming are increasingly where the market is moving.

And while Sony are looking at the PS4, Microsoft will surely already be looking ahead too.  Where this will all take us, we will have to wait and see, but it is hard to see where the PS will catch up and indeed overtake the Xbox.

Next years E3 will certainly be very interesting!

MB