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This is What a 7.85-Inch iPad May Look and Feel Like





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The recent rumors claim that Apple may launch a smaller 7.85" iPad sometime in 2012 to compete against the new 7" Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon. Though Apple has never tried to compete spec for spec against their competitors. For example, the iPhone has kept the same basic form factor across 5 different generations.

The supply chain has actually been very specific about the screen size of this rumored iPad. According to Chinese manufacturers, Apple is buying up 7.85" screens for this upcoming mini iPad. So, we asked our friends at CiccareseDesign to put together these mockups of what a 7.85" iPad would look like in comparison to the existing 9.7" iPad.

The 7.85" iPad is actually a lot smaller than the existing iPad. Icons are smaller than the 9.7" iPad, of course, but still bigger than the icons found on the iPhone. The on screen keyboard also seems quite usable at this size.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Sunday, December 25th, 2011. 22:56

Apple Planning to Add Bluetooth Support for AirPlay



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According to Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple held a MFI Conference for iPod / iPhone / iPad for accessory manufacturers in Shenzen, China this past week.  During the conference Apple reported that the company was going to introduce a new chip for MFI program ("MFI" means Apple's Made iPod / iPhone / iPad certification program) in order to encourage manufactures to produce more iOS-compatible accessories. The rumored chip will provide access to devices running iOS via AirPlay, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The current program for iOS devices is limited to physical dock accessories.

TouchArcade has confirmed these rumors by its recent article telling us about iOS gaming accessories. TouchArcade explains that the reason why all the current gaming accessories rely on Bluetooth keyboard emulation is due to the restrictions Apple has placed over bluetooth connections and with the new chip such restrictions seems to be loosed opening the way to analog control sticks for iOS devices.

Moreover, Apple has recently revealed that the company would be adding support for AirPlay over Bluetooth. It is unclear what advantages this will offer.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, December 12th, 2011. 12:13

1,000 workers strike at Apple keyboard supplier over long hours



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1,000 workers at a factory in southern China that provides IBM and Apple with components, including keyboards, went on strike this week complaining of overtime requirements. The employees blocked the local highway during the strike to attract public attention to nightly overtime demands, common workplace injuries, layoffs of older workers, lack of benefits and verbal abuse by managers. The strike was halted after the company officials agreed to reduce overtime at the plant.

In a statement regarding the issue, the rights group called on Apple to "take responsibility, as there are more than 300 workers working on the Apple keyboard assembly line."


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, November 25th, 2011. 12:20

Nuance Releases Voice Recognition App Dragon Express On Mac App Store



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Nuance has dropped a new Dragon dictation app called Dragon Express in Mac App Store. This is a cheaper (introductory price $49), scaled-back version of Nuance’s Dragon Dictate program. The new version can be accessed from the Lion’s menubar and will not require a network connection. You can open the Dragon Express window with a mouse click or keyboard shortcut and instantly begin dictate into the window via USB headset microphone or internal Mac microphone. The transcribed text will immediately appear in the dictate window and from there you can copy, email the text, start a web search with it or share it with your social networking contacts.


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Written by maxim

Friday, November 11th, 2011. 0:24

Apple Pushed Implementation Of Sandboxing Requirement In Mac App Store To March



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Among the user-interface changes in OS X 10.7 (Lion), Apple also included a number of changes in the security model that may affect customers of Mac App Store in the near future. One of them is a sandboxing system which can prevent third-party apps from causing damage.


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Thursday, November 3rd, 2011. 12:31

iPhone 4S First Impressions Focus on Speed Improvements



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Yesterday during the expected media event Apple announced the new iPhone 4S, an upgrade to the existing iPhone 4 with improved A5 processor, new 8 MP camera with better optics, faster download speed on 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, and more. Media members who attended Apple's iPhone 4S event had the opportunity to spend some time with the new hardware following the presentation, and immediately started posting their first impressions about the iPhone 4S.

Engadget highlights the improved internal specifications of the new iPhone 4S, noting that it is faster than the previous model, with faster navigating between pages and opening the camera application. Engadget was also able to test the new voice assistant, Siri:

The most impressive part was the demo of Siri, the new assistant that lets you do just about anything you can do on your phone — but with your voice. We tried to psych it out with a bunch of random requests... Siri never faltered, never missed a beat… There’s nothing better to say than that. We even sent ourselves a few text messages, which Siri transcribed to a T. Of course, the lady on the other end still sounds eerily robotic, but we’re hoping for smoother responses from the alien within in a future update.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop covers the differences in antenna design:

The current model has three bands — one on each side on the bottom, and one on the top. The iPhone 4S has four bands — two on the top and two on the bottom. The bands are where Apple houses the antennas for the device. The Wi-Fi, wireless and Bluetooth technologies use these areas. It’s not clear at this point if Apple moved any antennas or what they added the extra band.


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Apple's 'Let's Talk iPhone' Keynote Live Blog!



2:39PM We're off to get hands-on, and we'll be broadcasting again soon. Thanks for joining the fun!

2:38PM Sorry folks, no iPhone 5... yet....

2:38PM Wow, that's it!



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Apple’s New Patent Describes 3D Display & Imaging System



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As Patently Apple reports, US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent granted to Apple, which covers 3D display and imaging technologies. This invention could lead to Kinect-like navigation by manipulating holographic images and performing gestures within a virtual 3D system.


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Written by maxim

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011. 0:29

Mobee’s Accessory Turns Magic Trackpad Into A Full-featured Numpad



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Magic Numpad is an original invention from Mobee and it represents an accessory that can transform your Magic Trackpad into a full-featured numpad by using a thin plastic film with a printed numpad. This numpad is very similar to the numeric keypad of the wired Apple Keyboard. Certainly, this accessory shipped with accompanying app for Mac OS X that determine where you pressed the trackpad and converts your input into key commands of Mac OS X.


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Written by maxim

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011. 20:00

LiquidKeyboard Can Improve Typing Experience On Tablets



As it is known typing on an iPad is not as comfortable as on traditional keyboards. However, in time frustrations goes away as users adapt to new way of typing. If you were to work with iPad’s onscreen keyboard like with traditional keyboard, you would definitely make accidental key presses. This considerable lowers the speed of typing, so users have to not rest their fingers on keys.


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Written by maxim

Thursday, August 25th, 2011. 17:00

Apple Releases iTunes 10.4.1 with Assorted Bug Fixes



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Yesterday Apple released iTunes 10.4.1 with bugs fixed, including media keys on third-party keyboards, artwork addition, movie purchasing, responsiveness, and VoiceOver.

iTunes 10.4.1 provides a number of improvements, including:

  • Fixes a problem where the media keys on some third-party keyboards work inconsistently with iTunes
  • Addresses issues with adding artwork to songs and videos
  • Resolves an issue which may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie
  • Fixes a problem where iTunes may take longer than expected to open after waking your Mac from sleep
  • Addresses issues with VoiceOver support



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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011. 14:59

Logitech announced K750 solar keyboard for Mac and speaker for iPad



Have you ever heard of the Logitech Solar Wireless Keyboard, which has been available for Windows users for some time already? This keyboard has some benefits as it is thin and since it is solar-based, it can work for 3 months in a row without light.

Recently Logitech informed that a Mac version of K750 will appear soon. There is also one more bonus. It will have 5 different colors including black. Mac-based version will cost $59.99 and it is $20 lower than $79.99 Windows-based version.

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Friday, August 19th, 2011. 14:11

Amazon Tablet Will Recognize Only Two Fingers At Once



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It was reported that a rumored Android-powered Amazon tablet will  be released by September. The main known fact is that Amazon tablet will incorporate a low-cost touch panel that is capable to recognize two fingers at the same time instead of ten fingers capability found in top-grade tablets like the iPad.


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Apple Keyboards Receive (Very) Minor Detail Changes



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Alongside release of Mac OS X Lion and new MacBook Airs, Apple introduced slightly changed keyboards. The main change is that Apple has replaced now the the Dashboard key (located on the F4) with a Launchpad key. The other one is that the icon of the Exposé button (located on the F3) key that is now used for Mission Control in Lion was a little bit changed. Such changes are now implemented only in wired keyboard, but we presume they will soon make their way to the Apple wireless keyboard and keyboards with purchased iMac’s and Mac Pros. Unfortunately, this time Apple has not implemented the rumored backlit keys as well as significant design changes.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, July 25th, 2011. 15:25

Backlit Keyboard to Return in New MacBook Air



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The new MacBook may come with a return of the backlit keyboard. The backlit keyboard was omitted from the October 2010 redesign of the laptops line, as rumored, due to design issues and battery life constrains. The new MacBook Airs will feature the design of 2010 MacBook Airs. A backlit keyboard may be helpful in low-light conditions, and it’s currently implemented in all versions of Apple’s MacBook Pro line. Appleinsider’s sources, who are familiar with the matter, claim that the new laptops will be launched any time this month.

With the release of new models later this month, Apple is set to reinstate a feature to its MacBook Airs that went missing when the company overhauled the ultra-thin notebooks into more cost-affordable products late last year, AppleInsider has learned.

According to people familiar with the matter, backlit keyboards will join the string of hardware enhancements planned for the new 11.6- and 13.3-inch notebooks, which are also expected to adopt high-speed Thunderbolt ports, an upgrade to Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture, and possibly high-speed 400MBps flash memory.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, July 14th, 2011. 11:53