iPad mini is out now, but I’m a bit dissapointed. Why? it’s more expensinve than Nexus 7 but has lower screen resolution and lower processor power. I don’t know why Apple decided to do this, I think it’s just a marketing strategy or they just want to get higher profit margin. iPad mini has been rumored for months and all prediction are cleared now. With prices starting at $329 (WiFi only) or $459 (cellular), iPad mini is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than iPad 3 (I think it’s the only good point, I own iPad 3 and it’s just too heavy to hold while sitting on the sofa).
Many said that the new iPod nano copied the Nokia Lumia design, and I can see it’s almost identical to the Lumia 800. Ok let’s take no further steps about the similarity between them, and lets their lawyers battling in the court. Apple’s new iPod nano features a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display; convenient navigation buttons; and built-in Bluetooth for wireless listening. Mentioned as thinnest iPod ever at just 5 mm, the new iPod nano comes in seven new colors with fun color-matched wallpapers to satisfy any personalities available in the market.
No iPad mini at the latest Apple’s event on September 12, but new iPod touch. Configured with a 4-inch Retina display just like the iPhone 5, the new iPod touch comes in five vibrant colors to match any personalities available in urban lifestyle. Powered by Apple’s dual-core A5 chip, this popular portable media player run the latest iOS aka iOS 6 and also features Siri, the intelligent assistant. Regarding shape and look, the device comes in a light anodized aluminum design and measures 6 mm thin and weighes just 88 grams.
When the iPhone launched there was literally nothing else like it on the market. It started a trend in many areas that has spread to all corners of the mobile phone world. Specifically it has determined a standard for interfaces that has become ubiquitous. If you pick up any current generation handset that features a touch screen, chances are that it won’t take you long to figure out how to perform all the basic functions of that device. Standardisation has meant that we are able to take what we know from one phone and carry that knowledge across, meaning that we don’t have to start from scratch when we are getting to grips with a new handset.
Some ideas, such as the pinch zoom that has become common practice with internet browsers on all devices, are literally un-copyrightable. It is not within a judge’s power to decide who may have come up with the idea, nor can it be defended by any one party without sufficient evidence. It is a standard that has become such a staple of the type of device itself that it would be like trying to file a suit against anyone who puts a camera in their phone.
But when it comes to software design, and in particular the way in which a program performs certain functions, it is much easier to be able to defend such an idea and have the proper documentation to support the claim. This is what the legal battle boils down to. Apple claim that Samsung phones are too similar to their iPhone and amongst other things, and therefore that Samsung have used sections of copyrighted code that allows the device to search in a certain way or otherwise operate efficiently. One case in Germany has already led to the banning of the Samsung Galaxy SIII in the country, effectively making it illegal to sell the handset.
The HDD era will be over soon, and sooner or later the flash storage will be the default option for computing. And at this early stage, Apple has decided to configure their all new 15-inch MacBook Pro with all flash storage (up to 768GB) and says good bye to the obsolete HDD completely. Why Apple always knows what to do?
In addition to the faster storage solution, Apple also configured their all new MacBook Pro with Retina display, a high resolution display that’s first marketed for the iPhone 4. With Retina Display, the all new MacBook Pro offers 3 million pixels more than an HD television. And using IPS technology, the display also offers wider viewing angle at 178-degree.
It seems like whenever a new mobile phone is released for the first time, there are often kinks that must be worked out of the device. No matter how many tests the product undergoes before being released, there are going to be things wrong with it once the general public has access from retailers like Dial a phone. One phone that seems to be having some common issues among users is the latest version of the Apple iPhone: the 4S.
While Apple extolled the virtues of the iPhone 4S’s battery; that it would offer customers a long life with up to eight hours of talk time, the actual users have reported an entirely different story. It ended up that the latest version of the iPhone was much more energy hungry than its predecessor, the iPhone 4. With that being said, the improvements to the design of the new iPhone were not significant enough to provide the needed power. This doesn’t account for usage other than calling such as browsing the internet, watching videos or listening to music, which drains the battery even faster.
For smartphone users, one of the key things they buy immediately after purchasing a new mobile phone contract is to start thinking about insurance. There are plenty of deals around for the iPhone 4S, but it’s worth investigating the different providers and factors to work out the most cost-effective and appropriate deal for each individual. The key factors to think about are the cost, the coverage so how the phone is protected, how users go about making a claim if the phone is lost or damaged and the provider themselves.
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It was just a few short years ago that I remember sitting in the office of Sequoia Capital with my business partner, pitching Michael Moritz about our new crowd-sourced online greeting card business. By that time I’d had my fair share of visits to Sand Hill Road and had witnessed reactions from VCs ranging from unbridled enthusiasm to polite boredom. But I had not, to my knowledge, ever given a VC a headache until that day, when our pitch left Mr. Moritz rubbing his head in muted agony.
Full Circle! Right in time for the 2011 Holiday Season, perhaps Greeting Cards are finally having their day in the Silicon Valley spotlight. Apple’s recent announcement about its new Cards app for iOS5 has stimulated much discussion about an industry that has been rather resistant to digitization over the past ten years. According to the GCA (Greeting Card Association), today approximately 97% percent of all greeting cards purchased in the US are still purchased in stores – the old fashion way. Many incumbent players in the greeting card space must be feeling somewhat anxious due to Apple’s new found presence in their industry.
Today, in spite of the social nature of greeting cards, very few paper greeting card companies fully leverage the web, social networks, or mobile devices, so the industry is ripe for major change. Whether or not Apple ends up revolutionizing the greeting card industry, I believe its entrance into this market is a pivotal event that will quickly lead to tremendous growth, mainly because millions of consumers will finally be made aware that going to the store to buy their cards is not the only option, and quite often not the best option.