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Apple Launches Store In New Countries

THIS is a press release from Apple earlier today.

SAO PAULO, Brazil—December 13, 2011—Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Brazil (www.itunes.com/brazil) with an incredible selection of Brazilian and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. Launching with a catalog of over 20 million songs, the iTunes Store in Brazil features local artists including Ivete Sangalo, Marisa Monte and the digital debut of Roberto Carlos’ catalog, available to purchase and download along with a wide range of international artists including the Beatles, Rihanna, Coldplay and thousands more. With most songs priced at 99 cents and most albums at $9.99, the iTunes Store in Brazil is the best way for iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online.

The iTunes Store in Brazil offers over a thousand movies to rent or purchase, with many in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures. The iTunes Store in Brazil now joins the revolutionary App Store™, which offers more than 500,000 apps to consumers in 123 countries, reaching hundreds of millions of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch® users around the world. Customers have downloaded more than 18 billion apps to date.

Apple is also bringing the iTunes Store to 15 additional Latin American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

The iTunes Store in Brazil and Latin America offer music from major labels EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music, and thousands of independent labels. All music on iTunes® comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.

iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from iTunes can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match℠, a new service that upgrades your music to iTunes Plus when matched to the over 20 million songs in the iTunes Store catalog. iTunes in the Cloud is available today for free in Brazil and Latin America and iTunes Match is available today for a $24.99 annual fee in Brazil.

Congratulations to Apple. I hope that this store and this launch is beneficial to both Apple, and more importantly its users, in the newly launched countries.

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Apple Opens Grand Central Station

New York City just got a stunning new tourist attraction. Apple’s largest-ever retail venue opened on Friday at the historic Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Swarms of fans camped out for hours to be among the first to enter.

At 10am this morning, the 23,000 square foot Grand Central Terminal store finally opened doors for business and big crowds filled the concourse of the Terminal ahead of grand opening. Apple is handing out 4,000 black T-shirts with “Apple Store, Grand Central” graphic resembling a train arrival board, similar to that used as a blockade prior to the opening.

New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority will rake in over $1 million per year as a result of the Apple’s lease on the terminal’s balcony space, although some have pointed out that Apple may have signed on for a sweeter deal than other Grand Central tenants. Writes CBS New York, the MTA “collects ‘percentage rent’ from every retailer except Apple. That is because the retailer cut a deal with the MTA for a straight lease, totaling about $1 million a year.” New York’s Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions is currently investigating the 10-year agreement between Apple and the MTA, according to Pix 11.

The store is Apple’s fifth location in Manhattan.

Take a look at the slideshow (below) to see photos from the new Grand Central Apple Store.

 

Apple’s Black Friday Deal

APPLE is having an online BLack Friday Sale. Apple has made this public through email notifications, and it is on the home page of their website, as well as their Apple Store app. They have not released any details. Simply, it says just to check back in on the 25th or the day after Thanksgiving. Below is a screen capture of what their email looked like.

Apple Revamps Online Store

APPLE’s online store was down for “maintenance” for several hours a few days ago. During the down time Apple made a few changes in its online store’s appearance.

One immediately visible change is in the iPad model selection page, where Apple previously listed all 18 iPad 2 models available in the U.S. store. The company has replaced that system with a new, more dynamic process in which users first select a color, followed by a separate step in which they select a storage capacity. Users selecting a 3G model then proceed to a third step where they select whether they want an AT&T model or Verizon model. You can see the whole processed that I described below:

In another change, Apple has replaced its previous “within 24 hours” shipping estimate status with a new “in stock” indicator on a store-wide basis. The two terms appear to be synonymous, with models offering longer shipping estimates continuing to list their availability in terms of business days until shipping.

I really enjoy the new look and changes. They help make buying products online much easier to do.

New MacBook Air Released

TODAY Apple releaseda new MacBook Air.  With this new version of the MacBook Air, you get several things. These include new Intel cores, longer lasting battery, different ports on your laptop and much more.

First, the new MacBook Air is much faster. They have included the latest and most up-to-date Intel core processors that are out there. Apple is claiming that these new processors will increase the speed of the MacBook Air by up to 2.5 times.  The MacBook Air also features the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, this includes an on-chip engine for video encoding and decoding. That means you experience video playback and FaceTime calls that are smoother, more responsive, and more true to life.

Second, it will feature the ThunderBolt port.This port gives you access to a world of high-speed peripherals capable of transferring data up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Or use the Thunderbolt port to connect the new Apple Thunderbolt Display and transform your ultracompact MacBook Air into a complete desktop workstation. This will make data transferring so much faster.

Third, ALL Flash Storage. Some of the devices like iPhone and iPad have already demonstrated the advantages of flash storage: reliability, speed, and efficiency. So they decided to use flash storage in the MacBook Air. With flash, your computer starts up very fast and accesses data quickly. Flash also gives MacBook Air the astonishing ability to remain in standby mode for up to 30 days. This means that you can open your MacBook Air and it will jump to life.

Next, there will be a backlit keyboard. As incredibly compact as MacBook Air is, it still manages to fit a full-size keyboard that makes typing as natural as it is comfortable. And now the keyboard is backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light. A built-in ambient light sensor detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the display and keyboard brightness automatically. From a seat in a sunny café to a seat on a cross-country red-eye, so you’ll always have the perfect lighting for any environment.

After that, they included a Multi-Touch trackpad. The Multi-Touch gestures in OS X Lion make everything you do on MacBook Air more intuitive, direct, and fun. And the spacious Multi-Touch trackpad is perfectly designed for them, whether it’s a three-finger swipe to activate Mission Control or a four-finger pinch to see all your apps in Launchpad. Gesture responses in Lion are smooth and realistic. So when you’re scrolling up and down a web page or swiping from one full-screen app to another, it’s almost like you’re touching what you’re seeing.

The sixth thing that they have added is minor for some people, it is the high resolution display and stereo speakers.   The 11-inch MacBook Air features a resolution equal to that of your typical 13-inch notebook, while the 13-inch MacBook Air wows with a resolution equivalent to a typical 15-inch notebook. This is something that I feel most people will not notice.

The last thing that I am going to cover in this article is the long lasting battery. Because of using the  space-saving flash storage there is room left for a bigger battery. With this battery you get up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge on the 11-inch model and up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model. Put MacBook Air to sleep, and it enters standby mode to conserve battery life for up to 30 days. When you come back to your MacBook Air and open it up, it is on in a blink of an eye.

Some of the other things that Apple has talked about has either not changed or they are so small changes.

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Apple Giving Refunds to Final Cut Pro Upon Request

HELLO everyone, I do not know what to say as an intro to this but oh well. An article from MacRumors.
While Apple may be working to quickly add new and restored features to Final Cut Pro X, EOSHD reports (viaThe Next Web) that Apple has begun issuing refunds to at least some customers complaining through the company’s customer service channels.

Here is an example of one such email a disappointed pro received from Apple:

“Moving forward, I understand that you are not satisfied with the app “Final Cut Pro”. I can certainly appreciate you would like a refund, and I would be more than happy to help you out with this today. In five to seven business days, a credit of £179.99 should be posted to the credit card that appears on the receipt for that purchase.

Please note that this is a one time exception because the iTunes Terms and Conditions state that all sales are final.”

thread in Apple’s discussion forums reveals a number of other users who have successfully received refunds for their Final Cut Pro X purchases, although some customers have had to make several requests as part of their conversations with Apple support staff before being granted refunds.


Apple does not have a blanket return and refund policy for App Store applications, although the company has reportedly been required by law to offer one in Taiwan. Apple does offer refunds on a case-by-case basis, however, with customers having reported success gaining refunds for accidental purchases and other extenuating circumstances.

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Final Cut Pro Now In Mac App Store

JUST as promised, Apple’s long-awaited Final Cut Pro X is now available on the Mac App Store for just $299.99, meaning editors can immediately grab hold of this suite to crack on with some real-time 4K video editing goodness. Of course, this is assuming that you have a 64-bit Mac rig with beastly specs in the first place. I would check with Apple to make sure that you’re all set to go. Accompanying this major software release are Motion 5 and Compressor 4 kits, both of which will cost you an extra $49.99 each, so make that roughly around $400 for the full monty. Press release after the break, but we guess you folks are already busy trimming clips on that magical Magnetic Timeline, so good luck in next year’s Oscars.

UPDATE: Apple has now confirmed that there won’t be a boxed version, upgrade pricing, or “Express” version available. Individual users can purchase a single license to use on multiple machines that they own, while business users will need to purchase one license per machine. Volume education pricing is available for purchase by institutions only.

All About iCloud

HOPEFULLY everyone is surviving Monday alright. This post is about a week over due, so I apologize for that.

Exactly one week ago Apple held its annual World Wide Developers Conference. As you all know they released 3 new things. One of which is going to be iCloud. iCloud is like a replacement for the program MobileMe. MobileMe was a service that you had to pay Apple for, it was just like iCloud is going to be except with not nearly as many features.

iCloud is going to allow you to synchronize all data between all of your Apple devices. Apple’s CEO said “[it] Stores content and wirelessly pushes it to all of your devices”. There are some great new features, I am going to share almost all of them with you.

The first feature that I am going to talk about today is iTunes In The Cloud. This allows you to be able to download any previously purchased song for free. As an example lets say that I have an iPod touch and an iPad. If I have a good song such as Friday by Rebecca Black on your iPod Touch, and you just can’t get enough of that song so you want it on your iPad you can press the “Retrieve from the cloud” button and it is now on my iPad for no charge! Before there was this feature, you would have to go to your computer and sync it manually.

The next features are almost exactly the same except it is for Apps from the App store. Another one is for books from the iBooks store. It is so similar I do not need to go into more detail.

The fourth feature is Backup to the Cloud. This allows you to simply back up your songs, photos, videos, applications, even your device settings, and other precious data in Apple’s cloud. To do this you simply need your AppleID, Password, and WiFi access. There will be a storage limit for how much data can be backed up, but the number is very big so it is not something to worry about.

The program will automatically sync your Calendar, contacts, shared calendar {new feature}, mail to all of your iOS devices with no advertisements.

The last one that I am going to type about today is Documents in the cloud. It will automatically update your KeyNote, Pages, and Numbers documents or presentations automatically with out you needing to push any buttons. It does it so fast!

As Mr. Jobs said at the presentation “It just works”.

You get all of these features for FREE!!! When will it be avallible you may ask? Apple has not set a specific date, all they have told us is “This Fall”

 

Thanks For Reading, have a nice rest of the week.

Top Ten Lion Features

At the World Wide Developers Conference last week, they released 3 new things. One of which being the brand new Macintosh Operating System OSX Lion. With this new operating system, there are over 200 new features but today I am only going to show you the top 10.

 

Number 1 : Multi Touch Gestures

Apps will be controlled by different multi-touch gestures; including three fingered swipe, scroll, pinching and zooming.

Number 2 : Full Screen Software
Full screen applications are really going to take advantage of every pixel on your screen in Lion.  Editing video will be so much nicer, being able to work on a better screen. So full screen applications are going to be nice!

Number 3 : Mission Control

I already now that I’m going to like mission control.  If you like exposé, and easy access to Dashboard, Desktop, and fullscreen apps.  You are going to love Mission Control too.  The photo bellow shows Mission Control.  It is a whole over view of everything open on you computer.  Windows, Applications. Full screen applications, etc. 

Number 4 : Mac App Store

This feature is not new, it has simply added a new detail to it. This is going to be the only place to purchase and download the Operating system Lion.

Number 5 : Launch Pad

Launch Pad is an over view of all of your applications. This feature will simply allow you to organize all of your applications on your operating system just like iOS. You have the ability to add them into folders as well.

Number 6 : Resume

Resume will be a good feature.  With Resume, your applications will reopen right where you last closed them.  When you have to do software updates and restart your Mac, everything will “Resume” right were you left off.

Number 7 : Auto Save

This feature will be extremely useful fore me. Auto Save simply automatically saves your data. So lets say that if you were working on typing a paper, for example. If you were to restart your computer with out saving it once, all of your data will be exactly like you left them.

Number 8 : Versions

This goes hand-in-hand with Auto Save. It will save individual versions of your document. So if you did something to the document you don’t like you can always revert back to any copy.  The interface looks very similar to Time Machine.

Number 9 : Air Drop

A Dropbox-type feature that allows you to get documents between computers. Incase you have multiple macintosh computers and you wish to work on something on different computers, now you can.

Number 10 :  Mail

This is also something that is not new, it has simply been revised and made better. With this version of Mail, you have a much better search interface and better results.

 

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Apple Has Banned DUI Checkpoint App

Apple has added an extension to the App Store Review Guidelines banning DUI checkpoint apps. Presumably, the changed guidelines are in response to letters from four Democratic U.S. senators sent to Apple earlier this year. The letters requested Apple remove apps that provide “a database of DUI [driving under the influence] checkpoints updated in real-time”. The Senators considered the checkpoint apps “a matter of public concern.”
Section 22.8 of the updated App Store Review Guidelines reads:

Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected.

Some law enforcement agencies publish where DUI checkpoints will be located ahead of time, and these notices have been exempted from the ban.
As we noted when the senators sent their letter, many of the apps in question also offer information on speed traps, red light and speed cameras, accidents, and other traffic conditions, several of which have also been considered controversial. However, the new guidelines currently only mention DUI checkpoints.


iOS 5 Pictures

I decided to include the iOS 5 pictures in a separate post. Below is a photo gallery of the combined photos.

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Current Apple Statistics

TODAY during W.W.D.C. 2011 Apple released a bunch of new numbers and statistics that I think that you will like.

  • 240 Million iOS Devices Have Been Sold
  • That Represents 44% of the Mobile Market
  • 25 Million iPads
  • 15 Billion Songs Have Been Downloaded From iTunes
  • 130 Million Books Have Been Purchased From iBooks
  • 425,000 Applications For iOS Devices Have Been Released
  • 90,000 of that 425,000 are iPad Applications
  • 14 Billion Applications Have Been Downloaded
  • Apple Had Given a Total of $2,500,000,000 to Developers (2.5 Billion)
  • 225 Million Apple Accounts Have Been Created
  • 200 New Features in iOS 5
  • There have been over 100,000,000,000 Push Notifications Have Been Sent (100 Billion)
  • Over 18 Million Songs in iTunes
I told you that you would enjoy them!

Apple Store Adds iPads

THE Apple retail stores are starting to incorporate iPads into their business much more than before. One example was the iPads being used at checkout. And now they are being added to displays. So now you can walk up to any product in the retail store and see an iPad sitting next to it nice and comfortably. The iPads now give you information and little videos about the product you are interested in.  Right after I am done typing this I am going to go check it out.Example

Happy Birthday Apple Store!

10 YEARS ago the first Apple retail store was opened. The first Apple retail store was in Tysons Corner, VA. To be honest nothing has really changed that much has changed about the stores. They both allowed for hands on display. They had a kids center back then.

Watch the video below for a sneak peak tour 6 days before the launch of the first retail store. I really like this video.

happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to apple store, happy birthday to you (and many more).

iPads Used as Checkout in Apple Store

An article from MacRumors at: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/18/weekend-retail-store-meetings-related-to-new-ipad-focused-staff-software/

THERE has been a considerable amount of back-and-forth regarding staff meetings and other activities reportedly scheduled for this weekend at Apple’s retail stores, with some speculation suggesting that Apple could be readying a product launch or other activities related to the company’s 10th anniversary of the opening of its first retail stores.
It is beginning to appear, however, that the events may be a revamp of on-floor sales procedures that could see the company equipping its sales staff with iPads for checkout and on-floor demonstration purposes. We had heard last month that the events were related to internal training rather than a special event or launch, but continued rumors have brought ongoing attention to the possibility of something more.
Yesterday, 9 to 5 Mac reported that it had received hints of the events being related to “Apple Store 2.0”, suggesting that the changes would be bringing significant changes to the functioning of the company’s retail stores.

Stocks of iPad 2s waiting for on-floor deployment at Apple retail store

AppleInsider now appears to be filling in the picture with a new report claiming that Apple retail stores have received shipments of dozens of iPads that appear to be destined for on-floor staff usage and are said to be set to be equipped with a new version of the company’s “RetailMe” software to support the rollout.
People familiar with Apple’s retail operations revealed that stores across the U.S. have been stocked with dozens of iPads that are being prepared for use by employees. Training and utilization of the hardware could begin as soon as this weekend.

In one location, nearly 40 iPads were supplied for a store with about 100 specialists. Based on those numbers, everyone working on any given day could be equipped with an iPad, perhaps in place of an iPod touch-based EasyPay terminal, which Apple stores switched to in 2009.
The new RetailMe software offering product information and training materials for sales staff is said to potentially be the subject of the “gigabytes” of training data previously claimed to be scheduled for download to Apple’s stores on Saturday, although that theory has yet to be confirmed.

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This means that you won’t be checking out with iPhones any more. It will be full sized iPads. Now I am not sure that the workers will like this. My reasoning is that they will not be as portable as the iPhones are. Certainly it will be something nice to see be incorporated into the stores. I was kind of wondering why they did not do this with the earlier versions.