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Amazon Released New Products

AMAZON has released some brand NEW products. The products are:

  • New Kindle
  • Kindle Touch (and 3G)
  • Kindle Fire

Individual articles on each will follow.

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HP Names New President and CEO

HP HAS replaced their old CEO/President and put in a new one. Here is a story from Engadget.

Well, after less than a year on the job as HP’s top dog Léo Apotheker is out. The former eBay CEO and one time candidate for California governor Meg Whitman is in. The move was hardly unexpected, but it very quickly evolved quickly. It was initially expected that Whitman would only be stepping in as an interim solution — just another person passing through the revolving door at the entrance to the CEO’s office. But, Whitman, a current board member, is in for the long haul. She’s stepping in at a crucial and somewhat difficult time for the company that has seen its stock price plummet 47 percent, its $1.2 billion mobile OS flounder and is considering spinning off its PC business. She is no stranger to controversy (simply refer to her short tenure with Goldman Sachs) and was an integral part in growing eBay from a startup with just a couple of dozen staff members to one of the most popular destinations on the internet — so, at least she’s accustomed to having a few curve balls thrown her way.

In a statement, Whitman said, “I am honored and excited to lead HP. I believe HP matters – it matters to Silicon Valley, California, the country and the world.” The company also announced today that Ray Lane is moving from a non-executive chairman role to executive chairman of the board of directors, and that the board intends to appoint a lead independent director “promptly.” HP’s press release and some information from the company’s investor call announcing the decision are right after the break.

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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.

Facebook’s Chrome Extension

YESTERDAY, Google quietly rolled out their +1 Button Chrome extension a couple days ago. It’s more powerful than it may seem because you can now easily +1 any page you’re browsing on the web regardless of if the owner of that content placed a button on their site. Facebook decided to do the same thing.

Shortly after our post went up, we were pointed to this extension in the Chrome Web Store. Sure enough, it’s a Facebook Like Button extension, that according to Google’s “verified author” service is indeed built by Facebook itself. What’s surprising is hardly anyone knows about this extension, it has just 500 users!

Here’s what Facebook has to say on the matter:

You do not need to be logged in to Facebook to install this plugin, but to like, share or recommend a page you will need to log in to a current Facebook account, or create a new one. While the plugin is installed, it will display the total number of likes for the page you are viewing. To provide a personalized experience, Facebook will see some technical information such as the URL of the page you are on, your IP address and the date and time you visited the site. All information collected before you log into Facebook is anonymous or aggregated and will not identify you.

So, tell us what do you think. Will you go install it?

Steve Jobs’ Letter of Resignation

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Steve Jobs Resigns From Apple

YESTERDAY Steve Jobs made it official that he will be no-longer with Apple Incorporated. Steve has resigned from Apple as the CEO. Jobs has named Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, to take his place and to become the new Chief Executive Officer. Steve Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately. Steve Jobs will be on the board of directors along with seven others.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

However, with this change in roles, there is currently no C.O.O., who might it be?

Mr. Steve Jobs will always be remembered. I believe that no one will be as good as Steve was.

Apple even made this official on their  Executive Profiles page.

You can view his letter of resignation here.

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.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

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Apple Court Papers (Samsung v. Apple)

RECENTLY there has been lots of disputes between Apple and Samsung about copyright and patents. Apple released the court papers that they filed today.

 

About Google Plus

GOOGLE has released something new. I find that it is going to be very interesting. It is currently in “field-test mode”, so not everyone can get started.

Please read this article that Google published.

Starting today, you might begin noticing that things look a little different across Google products. We’re working on a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience, and over the next few months, you’ll continue to see more updates to our look and feel. Even our classic homepage is getting a bit of a makeover:


New Google homepage with a smaller logo and links moved to the top and bottom edges of the browser for a cleaner look

The way people use and experience the web is evolving, and our goal is to give you a more seamless and consistent online experience—one that works no matter which Google product you’re using or what device you’re using it on. The new Google experience that we’ve begun working toward is founded on three key design principles: focus, elasticity and effortlessness.

  • Focus: Whether you’re searching, emailing or looking for a map, the only thing you should be concerned about is getting what you want. Our job is to provide the tools and features that will get you there quickly and easily. With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we’re bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until they’re actually needed, can help you better focus on only what you need at the moment.
  • Elasticity: In the early days, there was pretty much just one way to use Google: on a desktop computer with an average-sized monitor. Over a decade later, all it takes is a look around one’s home or office at the various mobile devices, tablets, high-resolution monitors and TVs to see a plethora of ways to access the web. The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from one device to another and have a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.
  • Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean, but behind the seemingly simple design, use new technologies like HTML5, WebGL and the latest, fastest browsers to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you.

Constant revision and improvement is part of our overarching philosophy. For example, last year we introduced an updated look and feel to our search results, and if you compare the original Google homepage to today’s version, you’ll see that a makeover every so often can certainly be refreshing:

 

Original Google homepage in 1997

Starting today and over the course of the next few months, look for a series of design improvements across all our products, including Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail.

Posted by Chris Wiggins, Creative Director, Digital

 

END OF ARTICLE

I hope that all of you enjoyed this. We will have to wait and see how this ends up.

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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.

New Time Capsule Has Increased Storage

APPLE has recently released the new TimeCapsule. Here is more information with an article from Engadget.

It’s been a good long while since Apple unveiled a new Time Capsule, almost two years since the 2TB model rolled out. At the time that was a volume of storage that you couldn’t possibly fill up — even if you ripped your entire Peter Gabriel collection in lossless. Now, nearly 24 months later, you’re out of room for the latest Greatest Hits compilations, never mind Scratch My Back and the subsequent buddy album. Now Apple has your back, releasing an updated Time Capsule offering up to 3TB of storage for all your former Genesis frontman listening needs.

 

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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Google Maps Live Transit

GOOGLE has just announced that you will be able to tell when your bus is going to be late. This new service is going to be built right into Google Maps. Before, you could only view transit stations nearby. So starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop can tell you when your ride is actually going to arrive with new live transit updates. We partnered with transit agencies to integrate live transit data in four U.S. cities and two European cities: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin.
When you click on a transit station or plan a transit route with Google Maps and there are delays or alerts related to your trip, you’ll now see “live departure times” (indicated with a special icon) and service alerts.

 

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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