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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.

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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.

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New Apple Time Capsules & Airport Extremes On The Way

15 Jun

9To5 Mac are reporting that the latest Airport Utility update references next generation Time Capsule (4th Gen) and Airport Extreme (5th Gen).  This is on the back of reports that the hardware stock levels have been heavily depleted at retail stores which is also usually a sign of new incoming replacements.

Without many referencing the stock level numbers the references to next gen hardware alone would not necessarily be a massive thing.  Apple always anticipate future hardware releases, this is something very characteristically Apple after all, and therefore, always something that they will be planning to do at some point, perhaps not always so imminently!

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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.

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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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iTunes 10.3 Now Available

7 Jun

We have just picked up the newest version of iTunes through Software Update on a Mac.  Here is the Apple description;

What’s new in iTunes 10.3

Introducing iTunes in the Cloud beta. The music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want.

• Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.

• Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes Store, where you can discover and buy your favorite books on your computer and automatically download them to iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This version also allows you to use Automatic Downloads with apps and books or download previously purchased apps and books from your computer or iOS device.

Enjoy!

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