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Five years of Apple: 2005 iBook to 2010 MacBook Air





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Five years ago, Apple was selling the iBook G4 which evolved from the original iMac. The iBook released mid 2005 got 1.33 or 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, 12.1 inch or 14.1 inch display, weighted 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg) (smaller version) or 5.9 lbs (2.7 kg) (larger version). Both models had 1024x768 screen resolution and were 1.35 inches (3.4 cm) thick.

Apple's latest laptop, the 11.6 inch MacBook Air, is equipped with  1.4 or 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, weighs just 2.3 lbs (1.04 kg) and is only 0.68 inches (1.7 cm) at its thickest.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Saturday, December 11th, 2010. 22:16

Apple develops new keyboard backlights



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This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released another pile of Apple's patent applications that reveal the company’s interest in further improving of its technology of keyboard backlights. It is said in the documents, that though current keyboards have a light feedback, for example, when the "Caps Lock" is enabled, more informative keyboards would be more beneficial for users.

"Most conventional keyboards lack the ability to convey complex information to a user (such as, for example, more information than just whether the CAPS lock key is on). And while some conventional keyboards may include backlit keys, conventional keyboards with backlighting do not offer the ability to dynamically control lighting schemes for each of the keys individually based on interaction from the user."


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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, December 3rd, 2010. 0:31

Apple patents convertible tablet



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On Tuesday Apple revealed the patent application, which depicts a laptop that slides into tablet. On the shots above you may see how the standard laptop with a traditional keyboard, body, display frame and display might be transformed into a tablet by sliding the display across the keyboard. The patent relates to scrolling operations but it does not depict real convertible laptop to tablet form factor. The idea of the patent was expressed by Apples CEO Steve Jobs while the presentation of the new MacBook when he wondered what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up. So this patent with a touchscreen and a keyboard, laptop and tablet configurations reveals implementation of this idea and possibility of integration between the two products.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. 16:46

Apple Updates Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iPad 4.2



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In addition to release of new iOS 4.2 Apple updated their software bundle iWork for iPad, which includes Pages, Keynote and Numbers. So, what is new in this version of iWork? The most significant changes include:

For all programs:

  • Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2;
  • Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking;
  • Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese;
  • Improved usability and reliability;
  • Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2;

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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010. 16:53

iPhone 3G Performance On iOS 4.2



After iOS 4 release in June, it was laggy and generally not a good experience for many iPhone 3G users. Nevertheless, the due to release iOS 4.2 is running pretty well on iPhone 3G. Here is a video of iPhone 3G running the iOS 4.2 GM version, which is usually identical to the final release. The video was shot by TIPB.com. There were not any significant lags, and the keyboard was responsive. But, as usual,  the real problems appeared after some usage time , when you bloat the system with all your email, calendar entries, and vast number of contacts.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, November 8th, 2010. 15:45

Apple Releases iOS 4.2 Golden Master to Developers



ios 4.2 for developersYesterday Apple released the Golden Master version of iOS 4.2 to developers for both iPad and iPhone and iPod touch devices. The GM build is typically the final shipping build that will eventually reach customers. That means that the company is really close to public release of the new operating system.


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New rumors on RFID-enabled iPhone suggest an improved integration with Mac



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Today Cult Of Mac in reference to anonymous sources reported that Apple is currently working on another communication technology, which will be used in future Macs and iPhones. Rumor has it that the functionality will be implemented in the iPhone 5, which will allegedly appear in June 2011.

According to the source, an RFID chip can be used in iPhone. When the device will reach the proximity of a Mac, the users will be allowed to load applications, data and settings from the phone to the computer. In case the distance between the devices will become too long the connection disappears and the data will be inaccessible.

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Apple Patents: iPad with Landscape Docking, Smart Bezel Feature



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Patently Apple does what they do and this morning they uncovered some patents that provide a peak into the future of the iPad. The first is a second 30-pin dock connector port on the left side of the iPad for landscape/horizontal docking.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, September 27th, 2010. 15:09

iOS 4 “cloned” to HTC device



It looks like iOS 4.0 has successfully been cloned to another device, an HTC one in this case, and everything from iOS seems to be there. As iSpazio points out, the porting of iOS to another company’s device seems like a long-shot, so this is most likely the best, most realistic iOS clone ever. As you’ll see in the video, everything works including folders, quick-app switching, spotlight, and all the keyboards.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, September 13th, 2010. 12:56

Nuu Mini Key's Physical Keyboard for Your iPhone 4



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Despite the fact that today you can find a large number of touchscreen keyboards, most of them preserve their commitment to solid tactile surfaces. But what do you feel when you see a new Mini Key case sporting a QWERTY keyboard for your iPhone 4?


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Written by bbagira

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010. 2:15

Mercedes-Benz S600 tricked out Apple style



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Regular Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus today showed off a special package for the S600 that gives it an Apple-focused mobile office. The S600 iBusiness package gives the two rear seats an iPad each as well as a 64GB iPod touch. Both of the iPads can not only be used for work but can control the car's audio, navigation and phone systems.
A Mac mini is shared by both with a central 15.2-inch LCD and two breakout USB ports in the rear to attach peripherals. Brabus provides one mouse but two Apple Wireless Keyboards to let either passenger control the Mac, and the entire rear seat electronics can reach the Internet on the road.

And it's all built into a car that goes from 0 to 62 in 4.0 seconds, with a top speed of 211 miles per hour, runs on a 750HP. There's leather everywhere, wood trim, color-changing interior lighting, LED running lights outside, the sport steering wheel.

Brabus doesn't give a price, but the car itself (without any options) starts around $150k.

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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, August 27th, 2010. 13:10

Blogger Unofficially Beats World Texting Record With iPhone 4



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After reading yesterday about Melissa Thompson, a 27-year-old British woman who used a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and its Swype keyboard to set a world record of 25.94 seconds, Brian decided to test his skill.

The official phrase you need to type is: "the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human". Brian typed this phrase and started and stopped the timer himself in 21.8s. Both his and Thompson's time have yet to be confirmed by Guinness World Records.




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Apple Discloses Methods for Transitioning Between Mouse-Based and Touch Interfaces



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Apple could be planning to introduce touchscreens to the iMac by way of a hybrid interface, a recently discovered patent application suggests. The company notes that despite the usefulness of a touch slide off-screen interface, a mouse- and keyboard-based one is still better in some circumstances. To switch between the two, Apple proposes a design in which a computer's display would be upright for the mouse interface, but slanted down and back for touch.

To make the transition possible an iMac would need a flexible display stand, and a sensor to determine when to change. For the latter Apple proposes several options, such as an accelerometer, a rotation sensor in the stand, and/or a special touch sensor at the place people would want to grip the display. Past a certain input limit, a computer would automatically switch between interfaces.

Notably, elements of Mac OS X such as the Menu Bar, the Dock and the mouse cursor could be made to slide off-screen during the handover. Apple has not specified what the touch interface would be, but it could be iOS.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010. 14:43

The Comparison Of Existing iPad Alternatives



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After iPad's appearance in late April many Apple's competitors decided to release their own tablets. Almost four months had passed since that moment and now we decided to study the market of iPad's rivals and write down every one that worth attention.

But before we start the list it is important to note that we chose the tablet devices that satisfied next criteria:

  1. No physical keyboard;
  2. Availability for purchase;
  3. The screen must be at least 5''.

Let's go!

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Apple investigates problems with iOS4 on iPhone 3G



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According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple started to investigate the compatibility problems of iOS4 and iPhone 3G. The company's spokesman explained that such a decision was made because of numerous user reports, which reveal that after installing iOS4 on iPhone 3G the latter started to work more slowly, became overheated and its battery life had significantly decreased.

Some people are annoyed and disappointed because of the situation:

“This phone has gone from being a dream to constantly annoying me. Not a way to make friends. I would upgrade to an iPhone4, but I’m feeling pretty angry that Apple has forced my hand by making my 3G unusable”.

iOS4 version for iPhone 3G does not support multitasking and Bluetooth keyboards, which was disabled because of RAM requirements, according to Apple.




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