Apple confirms September 9th Fall event

It looks like it’s official. September 9th is the day for Apple’s much-anticipated fall event. According to the Street Insider’s invitation, Apple has sent out their round of invites to a select few. And as Apple has always done in the past they’ve included a foreshadowing short message, tagline or teaser of some sort that often give some indication as to what will be happening at the event. This time, it’s a little more cryptic as all the invite states is, “Wish we could say more.”

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MacBook Pro gets processor boost and memory doubled

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Ahead of the Fall release of the latest Mac OS reincarnation, Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has refreshed the MacBook Pro with Retina display models by upping the processing speed and doubling up on the memory on both of the entry-level 13-inch and 15-inch models.

“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”

13-inch Model

The 13-inch model with Retina display will now start with 8GB of RAM upgradeable to 16GB along with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz, 128GB PCIe-based flash storage and Iris Intel Graphics for $1399 and with 256GB PCIe-based Flash storage $1599.

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Review: FritzFrame for iPhone 5 and 5s

1 FritzSay it quickly and it sounds like you’re saying “freeze frame”, but it’s actually Fritz Frame. It’s a cleverly designed video stabilizer, stand and case that allows you to position your iPhone 5 or 5S virtually any which way, even hang it, so you can do Facetime, watch videos and even take those must-have selfies, totally hands-free.

Frank Mansfeld, Fritz Frame CEO and director, and hisdesigners have exploited almost every viewing angle. Fritz Frame is hinged at the bottom, pivots at the centre and can rotate a full 360 degrees in any direction. Movement is smooth and precise on both the hinge and pivot, each with a six-step stop position.

Fritz Frame is amazingly sturdy, yet light, CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum. It has a fine finish and even where there are square corners you’ll find them smoothly finished. The attention to detail down to the locking pins and countersink screws, of course, is something you’d expect from German Engineering.  READ MORE at G4 TV CANADA

 

iPod touch prices down as Apple refreshes 16GB model

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While all the Apple talk seems to be focused on the rumoured big screened iPhone 6, there was good news out today for many iPod touch fans as Apple introduced slight changes to the iPod touch lineup. This is a good thing, as the iPod touch in essence gives you a number of features of the iPhone, like the ability to use apps, but without the phone.

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Apple rolls out new budget 21.5-inch iMac

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21.5-inch iMac (left) 27-inch iMac (right)

Much to everyone’s surprise, there were no new hardware announcements at WWDC 2014 earlier this month, despite the rumour mill being flooded with them. Now today, two weeks later, although this one was probably already in the works, Apple unveils a new entry-level budget 21.5 inch iMac.

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Apple WWDC Keynote highlight recap

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Another Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) keynote has come and gone. While most of the rumour mills were shut down (i.e. there were absolutely no new hardware announcements), there was certainly enough fuel coming out of the Mac OS and the Apple iOS updates to fill up the two-hour live stream and then some.

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Watch Apple WWDC 14 keynote streamed live

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This coming Monday, June 2nd, will mark the start of yet another Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). Like previous years it kicks off with an opening keynote and, as per usual, no prior information is revealed.  All we know is that it’s being billed as an Apple Special Event “with exciting announcements” and it will be streamed live starting at 10AM PDT (1PM EDT).

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Apple beefs up MacBook Air processors and battery life

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The MacBook Air still looks the same but under the hood they now have a little more zip, being updated with the latest power efficient fourth generation Intel Core processors.

All MacBook Air models now come standard with the fourth generation dual-core 1.4Ghz Intel Core i5 processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 2.7GHz and Intel Graphics HD 5000 video. They still feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as either 128GB or 256GB of flash storage. iLife and iWork are still included.

For even more power, the configure-to-order options can give you an even faster 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB of solid state flash storage.

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Apple CarPlay for the vehicle you already have

PioneerCar PlayWere you excited about Apple’s CarPlay that brings Siri’s voice control and other iPhone 5 functionality to your car, but saddened by the fact that it’s only available on new cars? If a brand new car is not in the cards in 2014, you might still be able to get Apple CarPlay in the vehicle you currently own as Pioneer Electronics will introduce a firmware update to their five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receiver systems later this year.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 kicks off June 2

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Apple’s has once again announced their highly anticipated annual  Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. This year it will run June 2-6 and will be held at San Francisco’s Moscone West. It’s an annual five-day pilgrimage for developers to help them learn about the future of iOS and OS X and give them the latest tools and technologies to create apps and more, which each year is oversubscribed in a heartbeat.

You can’t just buy tickets; you need to apply for them. Entries are drawn from a random selection, which starts now through Monday, April 7 at 10:00pm PDT, and you’ll know at the latest by 5:00pm PDT (8pm EDT) April 7th.

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