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Refreshed Twitter app for the iPad with new interface

Are you an active user of twitter, and use an iPad to tweet your friends? Then it’s good news for you all. Twitter released a new update to their popular Twitter application that makes it a Universal app with native support for the iPad’s large display. While native support has been a long requested feature for the official Twitter app, the company has also implemented a number of new interface features that seem quite natural on the iPad’s large screen.

 

The App’s features include use of movable Panes that allow you to actively manipulate content around the screen. Panes can be swiped left/right to move to cover or expose other panes and works surprisingly well.

The Twitter app also incorporates multi-touch gesture support to provide useful but more hidden functionality. Pinch-zoom can be used on a tweet to get more details about the user. Meanwhile, two-finger drag down on a tweet instantly shows the previous replies.

If you’re a regular Twitter user then this is a must do app for you, but even if your not a regular user of Twitter its worth giving it a try.

Via: macrumors.com

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Apple’s media event: Strongest line of iPod refreshes ever

The Apple’s annual media event which took place yesterday was a whole lot of fun and i am sure it did not disappoint anybody. We predicted earlier as to what would be the new product launches in the media event, and we almost got everything right except for a new version of the iPod Shuffle.

Steve said this year had the strongest line of iPod refreshes ever, this is a music event and so we have to give prime importance to music, he added.

Apple yesterday introduced a number of new products most of which we predicted earlier:

All New iPod Models: Shuffle, Nano and Touch 

 

The all new iPod shuffle is a combo of second and third generation, looks like the second-generation, but a little smaller. It has buttons and playlists, as well as voiceover. There’s the clip of course, and the hold switch on the top Comes in five colors, sells at $49 for 2GB.

The new iPod nano is 46% smaller, 42% lighter, it also has 24 hour battery life. It can do all the typical stuff: playlists, albums, nike plus, radio. It would sell for $149 for 8GB, $179 for the 16GB version

 The all new iPod touch is the #1 portable game player in the world, Steve said. New iPod touch is thinner and has a retina display in it like the iPhone also a Front-facing camera and FaceTime. Three models: 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299, and a 64GB for $399.

Apple also launched the new iTunes 10 yesterday in the music event; the logo of the iTunes has been changed. New iTunes would have Ping, Ping is for “social music discovery” You can follow and be followed. iTunes 10 is available from yesterday. 

Steve Jobs also launched a second-generation Apple Tv, and said it would be Tiny. It’s a fourth the size; you can hold it in the palm of your hand. It’s also black and comes with the new Apple remote. Steve also spoke about 99 cents TV show rentals and demoed it. Price is $99 for new Apple TV. New Apple TV is available later this month, about 4 weeks from, he added.

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Live update: Apple 2010 media event

Steve jobs once again reviews the stuff talked about today, and says Coldplay is going to play now, everyone is cheering really loudly. Then he says Oh wait, maybe just Chris Martin.

Chris Martin performs, the audience cheer like crazy. Steve is back, thanking everybody for coming. He then gets a standing ovation with applause from the audience.

Steve once again thanks everyone and asks them to stay tuned on the site for pics and observations.

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Live update: Apple 2010 media event iPod nano, touch, iTunes and iTv

Steve now starts talking about iPod nano, it’s 46% smaller, 42% lighter he says. He also says the new nano has 24 hour battery life.

 Steve is describing what cool stuff you can do on the new nano. All the typical stuff: playlists, albums, nike plus, radio (which was introed a few revisions ago). He then demos a nano, and says it would sell for $149 for 8GB, $179 for the 16GB version.Steve then starts talking about the iPod touch, It’s the “most popular iPod” he says.  It’s the #1 portable game player in the world and it’s contract-free, unlike the iPhone (audience laughs). New iPod touch is thinner and has a retina display in it like the iPhone also a Front-facing camera and FaceTime. Three models: 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299, and a 64GB for $399. Steve says this is the strongest lineup of iPods.

Next Steve says today we’re really excited to launch iTunes 10, also says that the logo of the iTunes would be changed. New iTunes would have Ping, Ping is for “social music discovery” You can follow and be followed. iTunes 10 is available today he added.  

 

Steve then spoke about the second-gen Apple Tv, and said it would be Tiny. It’s a fourth the size; you can hold it in the palm of your hand. It’s also black and comes with the new Apple remote. Steve also spoke about 99 cents TV show rentals and demos it. Price is $99 for new Apple TV. New Apple TV is available later this month, about 4 weeks from now he added.

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Live update: Apple 2010 media event (New iPod shuffle)

The event is in progress Steve Jobs is still addressing the audience. Steve spoke about TV show rentals, about Game Center, HDR photos showing a few examples of them.

 

Steve says iOS 4.2 is for iPad btw, then he demo’s Airplay, demoing folders on iPad with iOS 4.2. It will be available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch he added.

This is a music event, where we unveil cool music products, now moving onto iPods, Apple has sold 275 million iPods he said.

One of the secrets to iPod success is that even though it has very high market share, we’ve never rested on our laurels (says Steve). Every year, we try to make them even better. This year we’ve gone wild. All new iPods, All new designs for every single model.

Biggest change in the iPod lineup ever, steve says Starting with iPod shuffle, New iPod shuffle is a combo of second and third gen, looks like second-gen, but a little smaller it has buttons and playlists, as well as voiceover There’s the clip of course, and the hold switch on the top Comes in five colors, sells at $49 for 2GB.

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Live update: Apple 2010 media event

Finally its show time, the Apple’s annual media event has begun. All the people have taken there seats, the screen shows a big guitar. Steve Jobs is addressing the audience, he said his “partner in crime” is here, Steve Wozniak is in the front.

Steve spoke about the Apple retail, and said Apple is opening its second store in France.

Apple users in Paris are loving the new store, he said. He also spoke about the second store in china, opened in Shanghai, saying that it is a landmark in glass engineering.

Steve talks about iOS, and says that we have shipped 120 million iOS devices since its launch. Goes on talking about the App Store, says over 250,000 apps now.

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Prediction: Apple event to see new product launches

The Apple’s annual media event has been in the lime light for more than a month now; and we have heard and read of so many different rumors. Which one is true and which are not, nobody knows except for Steve jobs. Apple always makes a point to keep the launches of any device or anything regarding the media event a secret.

Well the Apple’s media event which is going to take place today is a big event for all the Apple enthusiasts who love and cherish just about anything concerned to Apple or its products.

Out of all the rumors that we have heard from the past few days, we have selected a few which we predict will be the key focus of this year’s event

A new iPod touch: An iPod touch with a Retina display, front and back facing cameras for Face Time support.

 A revamped iTV: An iTV if launched would cost $99, with stream content from the Web (including Netflix), ability to run iOS apps, feature a touch-sensitive controller.

The 6G iPod nano: rumors of a third-generation nano that would be launched

iTunes 10: the event is also rumored to see a new version of the iTunes.

Streaming/TV rentals: it’s also believed that Apple would stream TV shows for 99 Cents  

Of course, there are plenty more rumors, like an updated version of iLife, updates to Apple’s pro media apps, a seven-inch iPad etc. This year’s media event is full of rumors, and Apple enthusiasts have a lot of expectations from the event.

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Apple to ship iPads in 24 hours to online buyers

Its good news for online iPad shoppers, not long ago people shopping for an iPad online were forced to wait up to a week for their tablet orders to ship. But now orders ship within 24 hours as Apple has apparently solved the iPad supply problem.

According to Apple’s online store all six versions of Apple’s iPad ship in just 24 hours from the time of purchase — down from up to seven days in recent weeks.

Apple has sold more than 3.27 million iPads, since its launch in April. After months of delay in shipping the tablets, as much as three weeks at peak times, Apple’s official online store now displays a delivery schedule of just 24 hours.

 

Apple basically ran out of iPads the week it launched the tablet in the U.S. The company said it has sold 500,000 units during launch week, and had more than 200,000 pre-orders for the WiFi-iPad before the tablet even went on sale.

With such high demand for its iPad, Apple had to immediately delay the international launch of the tablet until the end of May, while the company prepared to introduce the WiFi+3G iPad by the end of April in the U.S. New pre-orders for the 3G iPad also had to be delayed by a week.

Via: pcworld.com

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Apple to live Stream today’s media event

Did you want to attend the Apple’s annual media event, but could not because of some reason?  Well, its good news for you then. Apple announced that they would be live streaming video of their September media event across the web. However, Apple announced that the stream will only be viewable on an OS X 10.6 Mac or an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). The reason for the limitation isn’t entirely arbitrary, as Apple is using a new streaming technology called HTTP Live Streaming which was introduced alongside Snow Leopard’s QuickTime X and iOS 3.0.

So far Apple is the only company who seems to have implemented this protocol. As a result, the video will only be easily viewable on the specified platforms. There seem to be some advantages to the system over existing streaming technologies. Notably, there should be no router/firewall issues as the stream is sent over standard HTTP protocols.

For non-supported readers who really want to watch the stream close to live, the stream will load in VLC for both Mac and windows, using this URL:

http://devimages.apple.com/iphone/samples/bipbop/gear1/prog_index.m3u8

Today’s press event is expected to focus on Apple’s music efforts. The invitation for the event features a guitar festooned with an Apple logo, and Apple has used similar fall press conferences to overhaul its iPod lineup in advance of the holiday shopping season.

Via: Macrumors.com

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Apple set to debut 99-cent iTunes TV Show Rentals from Fox and ABC

The Apple’s media event which is going to be held today, is been talked about for more than a month now. The event is expected to see a variety of new launches. We have heard about a new version of iPod touch and updates to iTunes, but television also is likely to be a part of the event.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Apple will launch its 99-cent TV show rentals through the iTunes Store today, with Fox and ABC set to serve as launch partners for delivering content.

As part of the Apple event Wednesday, News Corp.’s Fox and Walt Disney’s ABC networks are slated to be announced as offering 99-cent rentals of television shows through the iTunes store, according to people familiar with the matter.

Now, people who buy TV shows through iTunes to watch on computers, iPhones or other gadgets typically pay $1.99 or $2.99 for each episode. Cutting the cost could significantly increase sales of digital TV shows through iTunes. But is feared to damage the relationship between the media company’s and cable, satellite-TV companies.

Via: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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