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  • Apple October 22 media event – new iPads, keyboard cover expected


    Posted on October 21st, 2013 No comments

    Apple is going to release some new products in the media event scheduled to be held on October 22, 2013.

    Not much is known about what Apple releases on the day but, according to the rumors there is high chance that the following new products will be announced.

    apple announcement

    The most expected product is the new version of iPad. The design of iPad5 is expected to follow that of iPad Mini. The new iPad is expected to be thinner, lighter, 64-bit processor, and a fingerprint scanner like the one on the 5s.

    The invitation graphics talks about ‘cover‘ and there is rumor that the new iPad cover might also feature a keyboard. Keyboard is essential for productive works. A cover with keyboard makes perfect sense after Apple announced to offer iWorks suite for free to the new device users.

    iPad Mini is also expected to be updated with Retina Display. There is high chance that Mini be colorful like the 5c. After the release of the new version, old Minis are expected to remain in market with a cheaper price tags.

    apple ipad

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  • What to expect on Apple Sept 10 media event?


    Posted on September 10th, 2013 1 comment

    It is a well known fact that Apple keeps its plans secret and there are a lot of people trying to break into the closed garden. Based on all the rumors, we have collected everything we know about Apple’s announcement today.

    apple press event 2013

    Gold Rush – iPhone 5S

    • Fingerprint scanner - The latest update of iPhone, iPhone 5S, is expected to feature fingerprint scanner on the ‘Home’ button. Based on a number of different sources, the scanner is a feature almost ‘confirmed’.

    iphone finger print scanner

    A photo of rumored iPhone fingerprint scanner.

    • Dual-LED Flash – MacRumors website leaked a photo of so-called iPhone with a dual-LED Flash. Such a flash would capture a better picture.
    • Better camera  – The camera resolution in the new phone is expected to be in the range of 12-13 megapixel.
    • A7 Chip – The new chip in the iPhone is rumored to be more than 30 percent faster than A6.
    • Screen size – Although there is a high chance that the screen size to remain 4", some rumors point that Apple has been testing various screen sizes.
    • Gold iPhone – So far, black and white are the only two color options. Rumors state that Apple might release a Gold colored iPhone with the other colors.

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  • MS Office arrives in iOS devices – too late, too little


    Posted on June 14th, 2013 No comments

    Microsoft took a long time to port the productivity suite, Microsoft Office to iOS devices. Microsoft ignored when the people most craved for the software and now when they have found alternatives (and get used to them), not many are excited by the Microsoft announcement.

    While watching the promo video (attached at the end of this post), the editing of a MS Excel file in landscape mode looks so terrible. The keyboard covers up everything and you can’t see what you are editing.

    iphone - office 365

    The Office for iOS is only available for Office 365 subscribers and is only designed for small screen of iPhone. Although iPad users can also download it, the software doesn’t utilize the benefits of the bigger screen.

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  • Post Jobs Mission Statement of Apple


    Posted on June 13th, 2013 No comments

    After almost two years of the death of Steve Jobs (on Oct. 5, 2011) Apple has released a new mission statement. The mission statement shown at the opening of Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) underlines the philosophy of their products.

    apple mission statement

    The transcript of the video reads:

    “If everyone is busy making everything, how can anyone perfect anything? We start to confuse convenience with joy, abundance with choice. Designing something requires focus. The first thing we ask is: What do we want people to feel? Delight. Surprise. Love. Connection. Then we begin to craft around our intention. It takes time… There are a thousand no’s for every yes. We simplify. We perfect. We start over. Until everything we touch enhances each life it touches. Only then do we sign our work: Designed by Apple in California.”

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  • Unlock Excel Worksheet


    Posted on June 12th, 2013 No comments

    If you have a protected Microsoft Excel worksheet that you can open but can not change the content you can use the following simple code to unlock it.

    protected sheet

    Note - This DOESN’T work on files that can’t be opened without password.

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  • 7 banner at WWDC venue – is it iOS7?


    Posted on June 7th, 2013 No comments

    Although it is not official, iOS 7 is almost confirmed to be the main attraction of Apple’s WWDC conference in Moscone Center in San Francisco. In the banner set up in the venue, a huge ‘7’ is the only thing that can be seen – indicating the simplicity being the theme of the new version of the mobile operating system by Apple.

    iOS 7 WWDC

    WWDC starts next week.


  • Rumor – Nexus 7 V2 releasing in July to be priced in $149


    Posted on April 3rd, 2013 No comments

    In a latest rumor, Google might be releaseing the new version of Nexus 7 tablet in July 2013. In the new tablet a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor might be used instead of NVIDIA’s Tegra in current generation Nexus 7.

    nexus7

    To compete with iPad and other 7-inch tablet, the entry level Google’s tablet will be aggressively priced as low as $149. There are skeptic on the low price as the current price at $199 is still competitive and the device is selling like a hot cake.

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  • Facebook press event to held on April 4, is it FB smartphone ?


    Posted on March 29th, 2013 No comments

    Facebook has invited reporters in a press event on April 4 to be held in its Menlo Park, California office.

    facebook - press event invitation card april 4

    With a message "Come See Our New Home on Android" in its invitation card, speculation of Facebook developing it’s own smartphone based on Android operating system.

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  • Clean HTML from MS Word


    Posted on March 16th, 2013 No comments

    By default, Microsoft Word can save any word document in HTML format. But, the word processor is notorious in inserting extra information in the files saved by the ‘Save As’ command.

    The HTML file it creates is bloated and is full of unnecessary codes. For example, a two lines text in Word resulted into more than 1,000 lines of HTML code.

    word_document -to html

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  • Learning Animation – Free Animation tools to start


    Posted on March 15th, 2013 1 comment

    I am going to start learning animation and I have collected some free tools to start animating.  Let’s start by the free tools that I use in starting animation.

    Free Animation Tools

    Plastic Animation Paper

    Plastic Animation Paper (PAP) is a free software package for 2D animation. This is easy to use and useful for basic animation. Download PAP here.

    An example of an animation shown in the tutorial of the software is shown below:

     

    pap_animation example_storkcol

    Pencil

    Another free animation tool is Pencil. The open source 2D animation/drawing software is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The software uses traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoons) using both bitmap and vector graphics.

    Download Pencil here.

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