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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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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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OS X Lion £20.99 in the UK from the App Store coming July

7 Jun

Apple have released details of the UK OS X Lion release and it seems to be at a very reasonable £20.99 inc VAT from the App Store as disclosed yesterday.  Nice price and convenient purchase delivery!  Nice One!

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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Will iOS 5 Pack New Voice Control System

7 Jun

Super charged voice control features from iOS have been muted for a little while now but there was no announcement yesterday with the outing of iOS5 and it’s main features.  However, it was mentioned that iOS would have a lot more new features and tweaks.  Could a superior voice control system be on its way?

Since Apple acquired Siri last year and rumours of detailed talks between voice recognition experts Nuance, along with Nuance software creeping in to OS X Lion all points to a big new feature on it’s way.

But why no annoucnement yesterday.  Well the answer there could be very simple and that is “iPhone 5”!  Apple is rumoured to be prepping the new device to be released later this year in the Autumn.  Do not be surprised if that is alongwide the new iPod announcements which come in the Fall, cioncidentally when iOS 5 should be released.  With Apple looking to play hard with Android, why would they out all the new features now when there will be lots to talk about over a new iPhone as well?

Excited?  Tell us about it!

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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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