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Google+ App now available on the iPad and iPod

The Google + App is now available for iOS devices, bringing with it for an update for the iPad and iPod touch, on which it was previously unavailable. The updates include aggregated circle add notifications, huddle settings, and the usual “Performance and stability improvements”.

Unfortunately, this iPad support is not completely native as the app will just be a pixel-doubled iPhone application. This choice by Google is still better than no iPad support at all, though. You should be able to update the app now via the App Store.

 

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Apple Blocks Sales Of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in EU

As you techies out there may have heard, there is a war being fought RIGHT NOW.  Right beneath our feet.  It’s a dirty war, with men and women loyal to opposing causes flinging themselves against each other in this bloody battle.  Some, myself included, agree that Samsung is “infringing” on Apple’s designs.  Yes, I have been talking about the Samsung vs Apple patent suit.  Others see the case differently, arguing that there are only so many ways to design a tablet.  It seems the designers of the Motorola Xoom didn’t get the memo.  Neither did the designers of Asus’ Transformer. But I digress.

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The Future of Apple Software – WWDC 2011 Keynote

After all the rumors & excitement the day of Apple’s WWDC finally arrived. Only 5200 people managed to be there because the tickets were sold out in two hours!

Three things were unveiled: OS X Lion, iOS 5 & iCloud; Here is a recap of the event starting with OS X Lion’s Top 10 New Features:

 

Multi-Touch Gestures: OS X Lion will integrate more gestures than the current OS like Tap & Pinch to Zoom, Swipe to Navigate, Three finger swipe up for Mission Control, Pinch for Launchpad & more. Also in OS X Lion the scroll bar appear only when you scroll.

 

Full-Screen Apps: for the first time there will be built in, system wide support for full screen apps. You click on the icon located in the top right-hand corner & the app goes full screen hiding both the dock & the title bar, but you don’t have to minimize the window to switch between apps, you just three-finger swipe to the left/right

 

Mission Control: brings together Exposé, Dashboard, Space & Full-screen Apps. Three-finger swipe up to activates Mission Control. On top you find Dashboard, your Full-screen Apps & Spaces; below you find a screenshot of all your open window grouped by application. You can also Quick Look a window by hovering over it with you cursor & tapping the space bar.

 

Mac App Store: comes built into OS X Lion & it is really easy to buy an app; you just login, choose an app, click buy & your new app flies into launchpad. You can also download an app you bought on every authorized Mac no extra cost

 

Launchpad: you can see all your apps in a dynamic full-screen view. You can have multiple pages & easily swipe through them. You can also arrange you apps in folders & to delete you just hold down on the icon until it jiggles & then click the X in the corner just like iOS.

 

Auto Save & Versions: OS X Lion automatically saves your work during pauses & every 5 minutes. OS X Lion will only save the changes as not to take too much space. You can browse through the previous versions of your files to copy any thing you might have deleted & paste it in you current version. To access you just open the menu from the name of the file.

 

Mail: will now also feature a two-columns view, favorites for one-click access to you mailboxes & previews snippets of your emails. They will integrate more powerful Search features with suggestions. A new feature called Conversations will arrange threads in chronological order & will remove all forwarding text for a clean e-mail experience.

 

OS X Lion will be available in July only from the Mac App Store for $29.99(about €23.56 & £17.86). To be able to run lion your Mac must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor & be running the latest version of OS X Snow Leopard.

These are just 10 of the over 250 new features, for more detailed information & screenshots visit the OS X Lion page: http://www.apple.com/macosx/

Apple iPad 2: The Summary of a Legend-In-The-Making

There has been a lot of excitement going round about Apple’s special event: their announcement of a successor to the legend that was the original iPad, the iPad 2. To our great surprise Steve himself hosted the event even though he was on medical leave (I simply can’t imagine apple without Steve).

More iPad 2 specs leaked

Engadget’s sources have dished out some very interesting, and a little disappointing news.

The iPad 2 will be slimmer and lighter, but have the same display at the same resolution.  RAM has been increases to 512MB, half what Moto’s Xoom is offering right now, and a faster processor that doesn’t seem to be dual core.  Ultimately, it’s all about the user experience, but i would’ve expected some more grunt in this thing. We just gotta wait till the 2nd of March, these are merely rumours after all…

Apple iPad 2 coming March 2nd!

And all those rumours have indeed been true, Apple really is holding a media event on Tuesday, March 2nd.   Why do I think it’s about the iPad 2?  If you haven’t figured it out already, look back at the image above, an extract from the invitation.  We haven’t got one, but we’ll keep you informed!

iOS 4.3 Beta 2 has camera apps for the iPad. Surprised? We aren’t.

 

 

Here’s a little something MacRumours have noticed.  They’ve discovered THREE new camera apps: Facetime, Camera and Photo Booth.  Now, where does this take us?  Well, if the iPad has FaceTime, it has a front facing camera.  Period.  Need more evidence?  Take a look at the image above.

iPad camera apps discovered in iOS 4.3 beta, nobody surprised — Engadget.

Gizmodo’s got great ideas for the next iPad

Matt Buchanan over at Gizmodo’s gone and done something really great: he’s pieced together all those iPad rumours (the realstic ones, anyway) and drawn up this sketch of Apple’s next device, going from the display right through the the CPU and GPU.  We’ve got his piece here, quoted from Gizmodo here.  Head on past the break to read Matt’s piece.

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iPhone 5’s going to feature a radically new design, amongst other rumours

Engadget sources have made some rather spilled the beans on some brilliant new Apple info, and we feel that the way Engadget put it is best.  Here below is the full deal, with the source link in the bottom:

Just before the Verizon iPhone 4 launch, we’d heard from multiple sources — sources like the ones which gave us all that extremely accurate Apple TV info last time around — that the iPad 2 isn’t nearly as close to launch as some have speculated. Apparently, those case and hardware mockups we’ve seen are rather early versions, which means we’re still months out from a proper introduction. It seems likely that the device will land around April (perfectly timed with the 12-month product cycle Apple enjoys). And what about that device? From what we’ve been told, the thinner, sleeker tablet will sport a new screen technology that is akin to (though not the same as) the iPhone 4’s Retina Display and will be “super high resolution” (unlike reports to the contrary). The device will remain at 10 inches but will now feature both front and rear cameras (not a huge surprise), and… there’s an SD slot. That’s right — our sources say with near certainty that the device will have a dedicated SD slot built in (with no traditional USB slot). In fact, see that weird notch in the photo below? That’s where the SD part will be located. What’s most interesting, however, is what’s happening under the hood.

Here’s Honeycomb!

Hey guys, look at what Google decided to release at CES:  Honeycomb!  It’s a completely new UI that looks brilliant, but is still in its very early stages.

The tablets themselves look pretty good, with the Motorola Xoom shaping up to be real competition for the iPad.  What I think we have to show here is that Google and Apple are taking two very different routes at the moment.  The iPad is still like a big iPhone, which isn’t bad but certainly doesn’t allow an experience similar to what you’d get on a desktop or laptop.

Honeycomb on the other hand is completely different, with a central homepage and widgets that mimic the effect of open windows and an overall cleaner appearance.  Of course we aren’t at CES, as that’s just about on the other side of the world from where I’m sitting, but the tablet wars are shaping up to be of historic proportions.

Below we got a video preview of Honeycomb, followed by a slew of screens thanks to Engadget

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