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New Apple iPhone 5 Announced

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iPhone5Apple have finally announced the new iPhone 5 at a substantial press event in the US.  The new phone is slimmer and weighs less than its predecessors, with a large (4") screen effectively permitting the display of 5 rows of icons plus the dock (the previous models could only display 4 rows of icons.)  The iPhone 5 has the new, faster A6 chip, it supports 4G which is the new mobile data network and will apparently be able to provide substantially better battery life, even when using 4G to surf the web.  The headphone jack has been relocated to the bottom of the phone and the dock connector has been replaced with a smaller version (adaptors will be available to use your old cable and accessories!)

Users will reportedly now be able to use Siri to post to Facebook using their voice, but aside from that there does not seem to be any major technological advances in this phone and I personally think it will leave users a little disappointed.  Until I actually get to use one for myself, it's hard to say, but at first glance I think I'll be sticking with my 4S for now.  One interesting point however is that the prices for the new phones seem to have dropped dramatically.  It looks like the basic model may enter the market for as little as $199 (around £123 or €155) which will certainly hot up the competition on sales!  The phones are due to be on sale in the US and the UK from September 21st.

Apple Sends Out Invitations To September 12 Event

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Apple InviteApple have sent out invitations to an event, scheduled for next Wedensday September 12 in California, in which it is expected they will announce the long awaited iPhone 5.  The invitation featured a large number 12 indicating the date but had a shadowed number 5 hinting that this will, in fact, be the date on which the iPhone 5 will be announced.  It is widely expected that the iPhone 5 will start shipping within a couple of weeks of its announcement.

One feature that has been rumoured for the new iPhone 5 is a significantly larger screen, measuring 4" in diagonal, as compared with the existing 3.5" of the current iPhone 4S screen.  It is also suggested that the headphone jack has been relocated to the bottom of the phone and that the dock connector may be smaller and more compact than its predecessors.

One thing is for sure though - if the iPhone 5 is announced next week, iPhone fever will be in the air again with people queueing for extraordinary lengths of time to get their hands on Apple's latest incarnation of the top selling mobile device!

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Amazing Portable Scanner for your Mac, iPad & iPhone

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Now here is a really amazing product.  Someone really put some thought into this one.  I was recently looking for a scanner that might suit my requirement to scan all my existing photos (you know, the ones that we all have sitting in drawers and who knows where...) into my Mac.  What I was really looking for was something simple, not a flatbed where I have to scan each photo, crop it and save it etc.  I came across the Doxie Go portable scanner.


This scanner will connect to your Mac or PC via USB to transfer the scanned documents.  It can also connect via Wifi with an optional adaptor.  But that's not all!  You can even connect it directly to your iPad using Apple's camera connection kit or wirelessly to your iPhone or Android device.

The beauty of it is that it has its own battery.  It is completely stand-alone and it is a feed scanner which allows you to feed in any documents up to A4 size, such as standard A4 paper, photographs etc.  These are then scanned directly to the Doxie's internal memory and can be transferred to your iDevice as and when you are ready, via USB or any of the other means described above.  It takes about 2 hours to charge and the battery is good for about 100 scans.  Nice for on-the-go scanning!

What's more, it charges directly via USB, so you can connect it to your Mac to charge, or use a USB power adaptor to plug it into the mains for heavy duty scanning that will take a lot of time.  Doxie Go works with wireless SD cards from Eye-Fi™ and SanDisk™. With a wireless SD card, Doxie can transmit scans via Wi-Fi to your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or Android device –  no wires!

Have a look at more detailed information and photos on their website at

Apple Wins Case Against Samsung And Is Awarded More Than $1bn

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Apple Computer has one its legal battle with Samsung in a row over infringement of intellectual property and Samsung has been ordered to pay compensation of more than $1 billion.

The jury decided several of Samsung's devices had infringed Apple's software and design patents relating to the iPhones, and counter-claims by Samsung over use of its 3G technology were rejected.

5 of Apple's claims were upheld in court, including the following:

  • Some of Samsung's handsets, including its Galaxy S 4G model, infringed Apple's design patents for the look of its iPhone including the system it uses to display text and icons
  • All the disputed Samsung devices had copied Apple's "bounce-back response", which makes lists jump back as if yanked by a rubber band
  • Several Samsung devices incorporated Apple's facility allowing users to zoom into text with a tap of a finger

None of Samsung's counter-claims were accepted.  Effectively, Apple won hands down.

One of the jurors in the case has spoken out, saying that it was very clear almost from the beginning that infringement had occurred and that Samsung really didn't do themselves any favours in court.

Read an interview with one of the jurors on CNET's website here.

Apple Is Now World’s Most Valuable Company

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Apple has overtaken rival Microsoft as the most valuable company in history based on the value of its shares.

Apple's stock began a steady climb late last week and hit a new high of $664 (£422) a share during Monday trade on the Nasdaq exchange. It eventually closed even higher, at $665.15 (£423.48). It is now worth well over $620bn (£394bn).

The increase began amid rumours that Apple is about to release new versions of its iPhone, iPad and Apple TV devices.

Its new market value eclipsed the previous record of $618.9bn (£394.1bn) set by Microsoft on December 30, 1999, at the height of the dot-com bubble.

Apple has actually been the world's most valuable company since the end of last year.

It is now worth some 53% more than second-placed Exxon Mobil.

Apart from the iPhone and mini iPad, analysts are speculating that Apple plans to make a TV set to complete its suite of consumer electronics products.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Downloads Exceed 3 Million

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Apple® today announced that downloads of OS X® Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in four days, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system and is available through the Mac® App Store™ as an upgrade to Lion or Snow Leopard users for only €15.99!

iPhone 5 Release Anticipated For September 12th

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According to reports from various news sources and blog sites, Apple may be looking at September 12th as the date to unveil the new and eagerly awaited iPhone 5.  It is suggested that they will actually start shipping the devices 9 days later on September 21st.  Many auction and resale sites are experiencing a significant increase in the trade-in and sale of 2nd hand iPhones in the run up to the release date.

There is also a lot of speculation that Apple may be looking at releasing an iPad Mini, perhaps in 7" size, on the same date or possibly a month or so later.   It is rumoured that the price could be between $249 and $299.  The iPad Mini may be as thin, or thinner, than the iPad 2 and benefit from increased endurance due to a 33% reduction in energy consumption.

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – First Impressions

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Well, I decided to update my MacBook Pro 13" from Lion to Mountain Lion a few days ago, to get a first-hand feel for the new features that are being touted.  My initial reaction is, well, mixed.

I haven't had time to look at everything in detail as yet, but there were a couple of features that I was really looking forward to.  One was the Messages app.  I have to say, from what I've seen of it so far, it's a bit of a let down.  The interface is not very easy to use and its integration with "Buddies" or "Contacts" just doesn't seem to be ideal.  It was suggesting that I send messages via iMessage to people that don't even use it.

I was also really looking forward to the location-based Reminders.  What a complete disappointment that was.  I was expecting to be able to drop a pin on the location and set a reminder for when I arrived/left that location.  Instead, you are limited to having to specify an address, which most often I would not know - and even if I did, it doesn't seem to find them well!  It's a feature that I don't think I can use.  Not yet at least.

I was further disappointed to discover that my MacBook Pro, not even that old, considering it's AppleCare Extension has not yet run out, is not supported for the use of Airplay Mirroring.  In short: I can't transmit my Mac screen to the TV using AppleTV.  That sucks, just because it's a pre-2010 model.

The notification centre at least seems to be a welcome addition, as well as the App Store update which now handles OS software updates within the app.

One thing that has really impressed me though is the Dictation feature.  I've just tried it using the Mail app, with a very normally spoken sentence that included words I didn't think it would pick up on, and it wrote it almost 100% correctly.  Now that's a feature I'm going to play with a bit more....