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Skype for iPad Released Today

The wait is over, as today Skype launched Skype for iPad now available for download in the iTunes App Store

Here is a little video Skype has put together

Skype for iPad is offers the best of both worlds for users who want a larger Skype experience, on-the-go. The large iPad screen is perfect for bringing Skype video calls to life, in either landscape or portrait view, and because it is on the iPad, Skype video calls can be made at the beach, in a car or even lying on a couch.

Not only does Skype for iPad feature an interface that takes advantage of the large screen, but there are a number of additional iPad-optimized features found in this new app, including:

    • Two-way video calling.* With Skype video calling available on iPhones, as well as in Skype for Android, Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows, Skype on HDTVs and more – you can connect to over 170 million Skype connected users worldwide**.
    • Instant messaging. You can even instant message during a video call on your iPad, with emoticons to personalize your message.
    • Simple to view contacts. Contacts are now displayed in a grid on Skype for iPad, showing large avatar photos – making it easy to find your contacts and conversations.
    • Easy navigation. Find your recent Skype conversations and history at the touch of a button making searching simple.
  • Simple SMS texting. An SMS text message can be sent by simply opening a contact and selecting SEND SMS or by opening the dial pad, typing in the number you wish to SMS and then typing your message.

The new Skype for iPad app also takes full advantage of the iPad 2’s dual cameras, allowing users to talk face-to-face with the iPad’s front camera or switch to the rear camera to show what they can see. Skype for iPad also allows users to call landlines and mobiles using Skype’s great low rates – all a user needs is a little Skype Credit. Skype for iPad works across both 3G and Wi-Fi networks and also allows users to make voice and video calls across platforms from their iPad to other Skype users on iPhones, Mac, and Windows.

So what is iCloud anyway?

Before I get started, Your probably wondering what the hell am I trying to describe in the picture above.

The picture above shows a picture being taken on an iPhone device. Immediately (if enabled) iCloud will upload it to your iCloud account. Then it will sync with your iCloud enabled device. Not only is this pictures, iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more.

This is really easy to enable!

The Program installed on the computer,

In this image it shows I have used no GB.

NOTE: iCloud gives you an amount of 5GB (you can buy more storage)

I don’t use outlook but you can sync Mail,Contacts,Calenders and Tasks.

If you don’t have outlook you can only sync photos and and bookmarks.

NOTE: Mac users can use the “mail” application

The apps you use every day are ready for iCloud.

When you update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 5, your favorite Apple apps become seamlessly integrated with iCloud. Just like that. So all your content and information is available and up to date, no matter which device you’re using.

iTunes in the Cloud

Download your music whenever and wherever you want it.

Learn more

Photo Stream

Automatically download new photos to all your devices.

Learn more

Documents in the Cloud

View and edit the same document on whichever device you’re using.

Learn more

Apps, Books, and Backup

Your content. Stored, backed up, and with you wherever you are.

Learn more

Contacts, Calendar, and Mail

iCloud keeps your info up to date, everywhere you need it.

 

 

 

 

Apple INC. Takes in more money than the government

According to the  U.S. Treasury Deptment, the U.S. Government had a cash balance Wednesday of $73.8 billion, it’s less than what Steve Jobs has lying around. Apple had a big $76.2 billion in cash on Wednsday. Unlike the U.S. government, Apple rolls in more money than it spends.

How to turn off Lion’s Dashboard ui

Some users dont like the new dashboard in Lion.

So I’m going to tell ya how to turn it off.

Navigate to System Preferences> Mission Control ,then uncheck ‘Show dashboard as space’

There ya go! Its that easy!!!!

Apple’s first thunderbolt display

Apples first thunderbolt display has been unveiled today. You can use the port to connect to pretty much any thunderbolt compatible device.

This means that more apple products are going to start coming with thunderbolt now as standard, like we saw with the latest refresh of the macbook air. It is being said to be the “ultimate docking device”. I havent experienced it first hand yet, but from what apple has said about thunderbolt, it sounds very promising and could easily challenge usb 3.0.

It is going to have an edge to edge design and look like either the imac or macbooks edge to edge screens. It also has a built in facetime camera and a 2.1 speaker system, among many other specs which you would typically expect from such a good quality apple product. it also has 3 usb 2.0 ports and firewire 400 ports but the most important feature is of course, the thunderbolt port.

Pokki – The Windows App Store

Hey!

Today I’m going to be talking about Pokki, “The Mac App Store For Windows”

Obviously it doesn’t have all those cool apps yet!

Pokki is in your windows task bar like shown

Currently in the bar we have in order

Nut = Store

Weather = pWeather

WSJ = Wall Street Journal

Tiger + Star = Tiger Tasks

Google G = Google Search

B = Bit.Ly Link Shortener

Pokki has been growing since the beta having 15 apps in the store

  • Color Picker
  • Ebay
  • Facebook
  • Gmail
  • Groupie
  • Headlines (RSS)
  • Living Social
  • pWeather
  • Gsearch
  • Shortly (Bit.Ly)
  • Tab Searcher “music?”
  • Tiger Tasks
  • Tweeki (Twitter)
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Zeta Uploader
Pokki is great if you need to do or use somthing quick without opening your browser!
Download Pokki Here

Stay Tuned for another post about what I have in my Pokki dock and what they do!

Is this the end of the compact disc?

As with Lion’s release on the mac, it was only avaliable to download via the mac app store. Though you can make a boot disk of lion, you cant get one from apple themselves. As more and more computer programs and software is being released by download only, is this soon going to become the norm with all discs?

I am a fan of music and do have a fair few cds, but in a couple of years these could soon be gone, slowly being replaced by music downloading programs like iTunes or Spotify. it seems like the CD is going to be resigned to the collector, or pushed aside like vinyl records.

I, for one, am not a fan of having all of my music digitally, a cd is like a backup incase it gets lost. However, Its great that apple have made Lion only available in this way because it shows how much of a chance they are willing to take to convince people to make a move over to apple.

So to answer my question, i think were seeing the end of the compact disk in some areas, but not all.

What do you think?

The Macbook Air 2011

Design:

  • Thin,light which makes is it perfect friend for travels/students and personal use. It true that it’s small but has a full Multi-Touch that allows you to feature full OS X lion, just like a normal computer. 
  • Yes to all backlit keyboard light fans it’s now a new feature, that makes you mac just look sexier than before plus the full features.
  • All these features and the battery life is just getting better, from 5-7 hours.
  • sad point is that the new FaceTime camera is not HD.
Features:
  • intel core i5 & i7 processores: Both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air now feature the latest generation of Intel processors, the Core i5 and i7. With speeds up to 1.8GHz and faster memory, the new MacBook Air gains up to 2.5x the processing performance over the previous generation.
  • Thunderbolt: as we all rumored with one port, you have the power to connect to HD apple display or transfer much faster data.
  • All-flash storage: just like iPad’s and iPhones.

“ability to remain in standby mode for up to 30 days. Which means your MacBook Air snaps to in an instant, whether you open it tomorrow, next week, or next month”-Apple website

  • Display,Speakers: high reslotion screen, great speakers.
  • Connectivity: MacBook Air features 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot (on the 13-inch model), a headphone portand the Thunderbolt port.

 

 

Performance:

I think this table will give you the over view how fast is the new macbook air.

OS X lion:

Who does not what OS X lion can do, if not then you can either go to the OS X lion post, or to apple.com.

Built-in app: 

here is some of the apps that you will get without extra coast and preinstalled:

  • iPhoto
  • iMovie
  • Garageband
  • Mac app store
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • iCal
  • Address Book
  • Time machine
  • FaceTime
Tech Specs:

Here is the basics for full details here is the link just click apple.com

 

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Disable Inertia Scrolling in Mac OS X Lion

Many users seem to be un-happy about reverse scrolling in Apple’s OS X release, Mac OS X Lion. It’s a new way of scrolling that I believe takes some getting used to.

If you’re not a fan of this feature, then you can disable it very easily. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click “Universal Access”
  3. Select the “Mouse” tab
  4. Click “Mouse Options…”
  5. Select your option from the drop-down menu next to “Scrolling”

Bam! Intertia scrolling is disabled!

How to disable OS X Safari Resume Feature

Resume is one of the main new features to OS X Lion, one taken directly from iOS:

Now apps you close will reopen right where you left off, so you never have to start from scratch again. And when you install software updates, you no longer need to save your work, close your apps, and spend valuable time setting everything up again. With Resume, you can restart your Mac and return to what you were doing — with all your apps in the places where you left them.

Now, this feature might be all well and good, but what if you want your Mac to behave like it did in Snow Leopard? Resume can be easily disabled, but the option is fairly hidden.

Head to System Preferences and select the General tab. At the bottom of that page is a checkbox labeled “Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps.” If you uncheck that, your apps will continue to behave as they did in Snow Leopard.

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