Synching photos just got so much easier with Photo Stream

With the new iCloud everything seems to have gotten so much easier, you can sync your documents and apps on the go, however furthermore Apple has just announced Photo Stream, which will sync the camera roll on your iPhone or iPad to the cloud, then keep your other devices updated, including your Macs, using iPhoto or even a PC where your photos and videos will show up in the pictures folder.

Your last 1,000 pictures will be stored in the cloud, but only for 30 days. Apple doesn’t intend to replace all your local storage, but instead, provide a robust syncing service.

So take a photo on your phone. In an instant it is on your iPad, in your iPhoto library and available for big screen display on your Apple TV connected set. Go on vacation, and your pictures will be home before you are. Apple is talking about WiFi, so no word on if the service works over 3G, but we will keep you posted!

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Lion Server to cost $50 and be downloadable from Mac App Store

Many users will not know what a Mac OS X server is, the reason for this is most likely that unless you are familiar with IT you most likely never considered this option, the reason being that in the past if you wanted to set up a Mac OS X-based server, you bought a separate DVD with an expensive license. Most will remember that when Snow Leopard Server was released it came with a $499 price tag.

Now, it appears that Lion Server is going to be a $49.99 set of apps that you’ll purchase through the Mac App Store. For those who are currently running the latest version of Mac OS X Server 10.6, updating will be as simple as visiting the Mac App Store once Lion ships in July, then clicking a few times to buy, download, and install the new server OS on your Mac.

Below are some of the features that the Lion Server includes:

  •  A Server App for setting up user accounts, creating groups, checking usage, and managing AirPort devices. There’s no word on whether that $50 buys you an unlimited license, but that seems likely as Apple hasn’t stated otherwise.
  •  A Profile Manager to set up and remotely manage Lion workstations and iOS devices.
  •  Wireless File Sharing for iPad
  •  Push notifications
  •  Wiki Server 3, iCal Server 3, Mail Server 3
  •  Xsan

MAC OS X LION to be released in July and cost $29

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Apple announced today that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will go on sale . Lion was originally announced in 2010 with the first developer’s preview coming out in February. It has more than 250 features including full-screen applications, multi-touch gestures, Mission Control (essentially Dashboard, Exposé, and Spaces rolled into one), Launchpad, the Mac App Store built in, resume, auto save, versioning and more.

Here are some interesting facts about LION:

  • Lion will be available only in the Mac App Store.
  • 4GB download,
  • no rebooting
  • can use it on all personally authorized Macs.

$29.99 in July with developer’s preview today.

Where to follow the WWDC LIVE!!!!!

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This is it – the big day we have all been waiting for, the keynote today will be jam packed with awesome new products and features.

Steve Jobs himself will take the stage to unveil all the goodies, even though we already know a lot more about the content of this year’s WWDC keynote than in years past, it will still be interesting to see how Steve will present the different products.

The WWDC 2011 event starts at 10am on June 6th San Fransisco time. These sites have been known to live blog in the past.

If you know any other just leave a comment!

Of course we will be presenting all the greatest news throughout the day!!!!

1. Gizmodo Live Link
2. MacRumors Live Live Link
3. Engadget Live Link
4. ArsTechnica Live Link
5. The Apple Blog Live Link
6. CNET Live Live Link

These are the Times around the globe:

07:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
02:00AM – Tokyo (June 7th)

iCloud, Lion, iOS5 to be introduced at WWDC keynote

Wow this is probably the most rumored news to come from Cupertino this year, It’s official – Steve Jobs will introduce iCloud, “Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering,” iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion during the WWDC keynote on June 6. Note that iCloud is named specifically and referred to as “cloud services,” suggesting that it’s more than music.

In the past few months the net has been swarming with rumors about iCloud as a music locker, streaming service and MobileMe successor. Also, developers and customers alike have been eager to see iOS 5, and we were recently led to believe that Mac OS X Lion is getting close to a releasable state.

It’s going to be an exciting keynote, we will let you know where to follow the festivities later.

For the full press release see below:

CUPERTINO, California-May 31, 2011-Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.

For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Apple’s WWDC Is Already Sold Out

Wow if you thought that Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference sold out fast last year, then wait until you hear that this years sold out in less than 12 hours after $1599 tickets went on sale.

This looks like a record. Last year, it took 8 days for WWDC to sell out.

Apple’s annual developers conference takes place June 6-10 in San Francisco. The conference will focus on iOS 5 and Mac OS Lion.

Even though Apple normally uses this even to introduce new iPhone hardware, they are hinting at a no iPhone event, meaning we will have to wait a little longer before getting our hands on the iPhone 5.

Video of the Apple keynote

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Even though everyone already knows what happened during the WWDC 2010 keynote yesterday,  you may still want to watch Jobs’s announcements with your own eyes, which is why Apple has published the keynote video in full on its Website, on video-sharing service YouTube, and via its event podcast feed through the iiTunes Store.

You can view Apple’s WWDC 2010 Keynote Address below, it’s also available for streaming from Apple’s Website in H.264, just in case you want to watch it on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t mind waiting a little longer, you can even download the keynote from Apple’s iTunes Store podcast feed.

Be prepared however as the keynote clocks in at just under two hours, so grab some popcorn and settle in to watch Jobs talk about the new iPhone 4, iMovie for iPhone, iBooks for iPhone, FarmVille, Guitar Hero, and Netflix for iPhone, and many other awesome features.

See what’s new in Safari 5…

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

While the update of Safari 5 didn’t quite make the cut for the WWDC Keynote, it is still worth mentioning, Safari 5 is still a solid update which focuses on speed, readable pages, better tabbed browsing,  future extension support.

So whats new in Safari 5?

Safari Reader

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

The first major update you will notice when firing up Safari 5 is Safari Reader,which appears in the form of a button in the Smart Address Field. While it isn’t always present, it does appear while browsing certain web pages, such as blogs or other website which are very text filled. When you click the reader button, “you get a text-focused, center-aligned, print-friendly view of the main article/post text, with its own scroll bars and email/print buttons.”

Search-able Address Field

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

This new function will be of great importance to those of us who suffer from short term memory…. wait what I can writing about? No really though, if you cant remember the URL of the site you were visiting, but can remember a part of the title of the site, then just enter what you can remember, and Safari will match it up from your history or bookmarks.

New Tabs by Default

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

We have waited a long time, but finally it is here, the new Tabs functions, finally you can force Safari to make all new windows open up inside tabs, regardless of sizing or layout.

Layout and JavaScript Engines

First Look at What's New in Safari 5

Apple is strongly advertising the speed and performance boost that Safari has gained, more specifically the JavaScript engine which Apple claims now surpasses Chrome. Several sites have tested this to see if it is true or not, and Lifehacker found that “On a new 15″ MacBook Pro, a quick Dromaeo run showed Safari running JavaScript at a good clip faster than Chrome or most of its competitors—except perhaps Opera, at least in our own tests.”

Other Updates

A few other items of note in Safari 5:

  • Bing offered as search option: In case Google or Yahoo weren’t your thing.
  • Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Web videos and other heavy content can now use your graphics card for smoother performance.
  • Better Web Inspector: For those building sites and wondering how their site could run better.

Safari 5 is a free download for Windows and Mac systems. Both can grab it at Apple’s Safari page, but Mac users can also go the System Update route.

The requirements call for:

  • Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later,
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or later,
  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

So share your feelings if you downloaded Safari 5, did you notice any performance improvements?

The iPhone 4 Guide!

iPhone 4: The Definitive Guide

We must admit that with all the news and updates today this post is almost totally copied from Gizmodo.

Hardware technical features

The brains
It has an Apple A4 chip inside, just like the iPad. Inside the A4 there are a few interconnected chips: A Cortex-A8 main processor unit—the main brains—paired with a PowerVR SGX 535—which handles the high definition graphics of the new iPhone. These are directly connected with each other and two low-power 128MB DDR SDRAM chips. Since all these components are in the same chip, they can process things faster while consuming less battery than before.

iPhone 4: The Definitive Guide

The A4 also consumes less power because its sub-components can be switched on and off when they are not needed, shaving watts whenever it’s possible.

Battery life
The battery is 16% bigger than the current one. Coupled with the A4 processor and new display, it results in a longer battery life: Apple claims 40% more talk time. Here are their figures:

• Talk over 3G: 7 hours.
• Browsing over 3G: 6 hours.
• Browsing over Wi-Fi: 10 hours.
• Video: 10 hours.
• Music: 40 hours.
• Stand-by: 300 hours.

The display
The 3.5-inch screen has a resolution of 960 × 640 pixels. Apple calls is the Retina Display, and it has four times as many pixels as the current iPhone 3GS’ display. The screen has 326 pixel per inch resolution, a higher definition than your typical magazine, a quality that shows in the screenshot.

iPhone 4: The Definitive Guide

Apple claims that this IPS-based display—the same technology as used in the iPad—also has 800-to-1 contrast ratio which is four times better than the 3GS, with a higher viewing angle.

The apps will take automatic advantage of the increased relative resolution, which mean they will be a lot sharper for text, 3D graphics, and vectorial art. However, developers will need to include higher resolution bitmap images to make the app look perfect.

The main camera
The new iPhone has a bigger sensor for the main camera, with bigger lenses. This one is capable of capturing high definition video at 720p 30 frames per second. The sensor maintains the same 5 megapixel count, but it increases the size of the sensor, so it has a higher ISO. That means that you would be able to take better photos and video in low light conditions.

The camera also has a LED-based flash, which works both for photographs and video.

The video conferencing camera
In the front, there’s a video conference camera, with standard VGA resolution. This camera will be used with third-party applications, as well as Apple’s own video conference solution.

Gyroscope
The new iPhone 4 has a gyroscope built-in. This means that it can track movement with a very high precision, much higher than the built-in accelerometers in the previous iPhones. It’s 3-axis, so it’s capable of detecting pitch, roll, and yaw. Couple with the accelerometer, you have 6-axis motion sensing.

Other
• Like the iPad 3G, the new iPhone uses the new micro-SIM standard.
• It has an additional microphone on the top used for noise cancelation.

iPhone 4: The Definitive Guide

Design

Black glass and stainless steel rim. It fits with the rest of the Apple product line, from the hard edges to the Dieter-Ramish utilitarianism of the iMac and the iPad.

The size is smaller than the previous generation: 34% thinner than the iPhone 3GS. Although it is 3 grams heavier. According to Apple, it’s the thinnest smartphone ever. It has split buttons for volume, unlike the current iPhone 3GS, all made in stainless steel.

As for storage, it maxes out at 32GB, so those of you holding out for 64GB are out of luck.

The stainless steel rim
The stainless steel rim gives the structure to the iPhone, and acts as an antenna for the phone. In theory, this will greatly increase the reception.

Video calling
However, the biggest feature of the new iPhone 4 is probably video calling, thanks to its front camera. Apple calls it FaceTime, and it works iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi—at least for 2010. Apple claims that in the future it will be available over 3G.

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The iPhone 4 can use both cameras for video calling, so you can broadcast what is in front of you to another iPhone 4