Apple refreshes iPad, iPad mini, iMac and Mac Mini lineup

It’s been barely a month since Apple’s iPhone 6 event in September and yet another has already come and gone. Now perhaps this last held one held yesterday might have been a little more anticlimactic than the iPhone 6 event but nonetheless there were some significant announcements about new iPad, iMac and Mac Mini models and of course the official announcement of Mac OS X Yosemite.

iPad Air 2

As expected, the iPad Air was refreshed and replaced with the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air was already pretty thin but this new model is even thinner now at just 6.1 mm thick and weighing in at less than a single pound. They’ve improved on the Retina display offering richer vibrant colors and a new anti-reflective coating that is designed to reduce glare by up to 56%. It’s also zippier, incorporating a second generation 64-bit and 40% faster A8X chip into its belly and adding 2 1/2 times the graphics performance of the previous iPad Air. It also includes the M8 motion coprocessor, which like the newer iPhones gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer.

Read more……At Canoe Tech Blog

iPhone 6 models to arrive in 36 more countries

iPhone 6Apple today announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month and are on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever.

Apple’s iPhone rollout continues on the following dates:

• Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco
• Thursday, October 23: Israel
• Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa
• Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait
• Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US Virgin Islands.

To read more about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and their differences, check out my CanoeTech Post

Drobo launches world’s highest capacity portable storage array

Drobo mini in hand

Storage arrays are something you’d probably expect to find in a server room but with technology being so portable these days, it would make sense for someone to come up with a storage solution for people on the go. So Connected Data the creator of the Drobo line of start smart storage solutions has unveiled the new Drobo Mini 8TB Bundle, the industry’s first portable protected storage solution.

The new bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays that come factory preloaded with four 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M9T drives which are only 9.5mm thick. The system is configured with Connected Data’s BeyondRAID technology that allows the restoration of data in the event that one or two drives fail simultaneously.      Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

VIKINGS SEASON 2 BEHIND THE SCENES (Bonus Feature)

VikingsScreen2If you are a big fan of VIKINGS, you might be happy to know that oOctober 14, 2014, season two of the hit HISTORY drama series will be released on DVD across Canada.  

Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production created and written by Michael Hirst (The TudorsElizabeth). The show focuses on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a young warrior and family man who desires to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim them as his own. Now he is an Earl, allied with King Horrik (Donal Logue). With more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unappeasable.

Season two brings crises of faith, of power, of relationships. The action packed and emotionally charged season has brothers rise up against one another; loyalties shift from friend to foe; and has unlikely alliances formed in the name of supremacy.

If you haven’t seen the show, here’s a behind the scenes clip:

Swann’s Xtreem announces 6-inch Mini Stealth Drone

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The Xtreem Mini Stealth RC Drone is the latest drone offering from Xtreem by Swann, the folks who brought you remote control cars and the bubble-blowing Bubble Blast helicopter we recently reviewed. The new little six-inch Mini Stealth Drone is designed for speed and superior manoeuverability, even though its rotors are just three inches in diameter and weighs less than one ounce.

The company says the Mini Stealth Drone uses the latest in 2.4GHz frequency transmission technology. This helps it maintain a strong signal both indoors and outdoors and allowing it to fly up to 100m for a unique 360-degree flying experience that makes other RC helicopters seem outdated.  Read more at CanoeTech Blog

Latest iPhone first weekend sales blast through 10 million

IMG_7033EDMONTON, AB, Sep 22, 2014/ Troy Media/ – After record-breaking pre-orders and massive line-ups world-wide, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models – which launched on September 19 – broke first weekend record sales by topping the 10 million mark. This milestone is one million more than the then record-breaking nine million iPhone 5S and 5C handsets sold on their first weekend release set under a year ago.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”  READ MORE at Troy Media

iPhone 6 lineups prove Apple’s magic continues

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Jesse Letain emerges with his iPhone 6

With pre-orders at record levels, early indication was that Apple’s new iPhone 6 models were going to be a hit. And it looks like it is as the lineups at Apple Stores around the world are proving once again that Apple still has a lot of magic left in it.

And such was the case at Edmonton’s Southgate Centre where the first people to line up arrived at the doors of the Apple Store almost 24 hours before.

Read more… At Canoe Tech Blog

Apple iPhone 6 first 24 hours pre-orders a record four million units

iPhone 6Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were made available for pre-order on September 12th and in the first 24 hours that number exceeded four million units – a record for Apple.

Demand has certainly exceeded supply. In fact Apple says that while a chunk off the pre-order supply will be delivered to customers starting Friday, many will see their new iPhones until October.  Apple did say that there will be some stock available at Apple Retail Stores beginning at 8:00AM local time.

If you want to go that route, you might want to get there early. Depending on where you are, there may be some people lined up already.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus differ beyond size

iPhone 6

While the much-anticipated iPhone 6 models officially announced today, it seems that this time around the rumour mills more or less got it right. At today’s Apple Event, Apple unveiled the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. So besides size, what are the differences between the two models?

Unlike last year’s release, where we saw the unveiling of the iPhone 5C in the iPhone 5S, it was blatantly obvious that the unapologetically plastic 5C was the poor cousin to the iPhone 5S. This time, it’s a little bit different. The two new models are more closely related than you might think, but there are a few key differences.

Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

Time to dump your old iPhone?

EDMONTON, AB, Sep 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ – The closer we move to the introduction of the iPhone 6, and its many expected variations, you are probably asking yourself if it is time to dump your current iPhone.

In fact, there are a growing number of iPhones on offer on the resale market. According to eBay Canada there was a significant jump in the number of listings offering the iPhone 5 leading up to last year’s announcement of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S models, compared to the same period a month prior.  Read full article at TROY MEDIA