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Apple’s new iMac 5K Retina display sets the trend in image quality – hard to match

 iMac 5K Retina

For one it introduced some of the most leapfrogging technology in the digital world. And if a Mac outdoes itself, then it’s really upping the ante which other computer companies could only hope to rival.

The 5K LED-backlit Retina iMac

This Apple product boasts of 5K display and brighter display with its 5120 x 2880 resolution. The product offers displays at 218 pixels per inch which is a total of 14.7 million pixels for the whole screen.

According to Wallstreet OTC, the 5K display-iMac has 67 percent more pixels as compared to the 4K television screen, and is four times better than the pixels offered by the previous 27-inch iMac.

This translates to superb image quality and details.

Apple’s marketing executive Philip Schiller said during the keynote event that the 5K Mac is the world’s highest-resolution display.

Reports from Wallstreet OTC said that the display of Apple’s new iMac retains its five millimeters original thinness, while it consumes 30 percent less energy compared to its previous models. This is possible through the use of new timing controller chip which allows for the LED display to be more energy efficient.  Read More

Sales of 2 New iPhone 6 Devices Top 10 Million in First Weekend

Apple’s investors obsess over early iPhone sales like Hollywood producers tracking opening ticket sales for a blockbuster movie.

A big weekend is usually a healthy predictor of consumer demand for the holiday season — not just for Apple, but for the entire consumer electronics industry.

Those Apple watchers can rest easy because the company’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are no bust. Apple said on Monday that it had sold 10 million units of its new and bigger iPhones over the weekend, up from thenine million iPhones it sold last year in the first weekend of sales for the previous generation of iPhones.

The iPhone is still Apple’s biggest cash cow, accounting for about 70 percent of its profit. So early sales can help predict quarterly or even annual results for the company, based in Cupertino, Calif.  Read More

Microsoft better than Facebook, Twitter; Android cooler than Apple, according to TECH survey.

Microsoft Inc. has a reason to smile. A Reuters/Ipsos poll has just revealed that under half of 853 respondents age (18- 29) thought that Microsoft is much better now than it was 1 or 2 years ago. Microsoft garnered 50 Percent votes. Only 42% of the youth thought that Facebook is better than it was in the past. On the same criteria Twitter scored 47%.  Microsoft has recently focused on its marketing and product images. Its Windows interface in Surface tablets has found its share of admirers. Most of the users were happy with the consumer oriented push of Microsoft.

Most of the users also reaffirmed the view that if Microsoft will continue to move up with the same pace, then it will challenge the hegemony of Apple. Microsoft Still dominates the personal Computing Industry but has lagged behind in almost all the other technological races with its rivals. If we exclude Xbox and Kinect then it has failed in other tech competitions. Windows smartphones now have 3%of the world market share but it still lags behind Android (70%) and Apple (21%).  Read More

OS X Mountain Lion now available for US$20


The Reminders app is one of the new features on OS X that first appeared on the iOS platform.
(Credit: Jason Parker/CNET)


Apple has rolled out its latest operating system for Mac computers–Mountain Lion. The 4GB software update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for US$19.99 and will come preinstalled on new Mac systems.

Also known as OS X 10.8, it is an incremental update that, nevertheless, boasts 200 new features, many of which will be familiar to users of Apple’s iOS devices. They include Notifications, improved iCloud integration, Messages app and Game Center. You can read CNET’s full review of Mountain Lion here, which found it a “worthy upgrade for the lowered price of US$19.99”.

Some older computers are not supported by the new OS, though there’s apparently a workaround for Intel-based Mac Pros that involves upgrading the graphics cards and using an emulated firmware. Do note that this hack is not guaranteed to work perfectly and it cannot be used on Apple laptops, as the graphics cards on these machines cannot be changed.   Read More

Next iPhone to Slim Down

People familiar with the matter are telling the WSJ’s Juro Osawa that Apple’s next iPhone model could be thinner and lighter than Samsung’s OLED-screen smartphones. What other features will Apple offer to try to stay on top?

Apple Inc.’s AAPL +0.00% next iPhone, currently being manufactured by Asian component makers, will use a new technology that makes the smartphone’s screen thinner, people familiar with the matter said, as the U.S. technology giant strives to improve technological features amid intensifying competition from Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE +1.39% and other rivals.

Japanese liquid-crystal-display makersSharp Corp. 6753.TO -5.69% and Japan Display Inc.—a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers’ display units—as well as South Korea’s LG Display Co. LPL +1.13% are currently mass producing panels for the next iPhone using so-called in-cell technology, the people said.

The technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD, making it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer. The absence of the layer, usually about half-a-millimeter thick, not only makes the whole screen thinner, but improves the quality of displayed images, said   Read More

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro on the way?


Devin Coldewey

How a new 13-inch MacBook Pro might look next to its big brother.

One of the things we noted was not announced by Apple at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference was a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina screen. But chatter in the supply line suggests that such a device is almost certainly on its way.

DisplaySearch, which noted that the new MacBook Pro’s 15.4-inch Retina display was being manufactured months ago, says that the 13.3-inch version just wasn’t quite ready to go at launch. But it will come later in the year, and probably in greater quantity than the 15-inchers, the research firm says.

The resolution is expected to be 2,560-by-1,600, somewhat less than the 2,880-by-1,800 on the new models but still twice the pixels in both directions as today’s 13.3-inch MacBook Pros. But manufacturing limits caused Apple to only be able to launch one at mid-year.

Apple chose to launch an expensive item first — the MacBook Pro with Retina display starts at $2,199 — and then gradually drop the price and add lower-cost versions, much as it did with the MacBook Air and iPad. DisplaySearch says that the smaller Retina laptops are likely being manufactured and assembled now and could be available later in the summer.  Read More

TU Me: A New VoIP and Social Comms iPhone App from Telefonica

From You TU Me

VoIP has long been a thorn in the side of CSPs, losing them valuable calling billable minutes and clogging up the network with additional data. The massive success of Skype has seen several attempts to duplicate the model, with varying success, but this is the first dedicated app we’ve seen from a telco.

TU Me comes from Telefonica and is out now on iPhone via the App Store around the world. It will be packaged or promoted with the company’s various brands including Telefonica, Movistar, Vivo and O2, but can be used on any network.

Rather than just emulate Skype, it comes with a full history timeline, adds social sharing and will be updated regularly with new features to create a compelling offering. The app comes from the company’s TU division which was created just six months ago to create better social experiences for users.

 TU Me is designed to make it as easy for people to communicate with their friends and family. Users can exchange text messages, make calls, leave voice messages, share photos and location information. Interactions are stored in a timeline format, making it easy to view, scroll through and keep a history of conversations.  Read More

Crunching the Numbers on Mobile Payment Systems

The cashless society is coming: American consumers now carry more than 750 million credit cards, while paper currency production continues to decline. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving produced fewer $1 and $5 bills in 2010 than at any other time in the last 30 years.

Related: Will This Payment App Make You Ditch Your Wallet?

So why do so many small businesses still refuse to take plastic? After all, the old excuses–excessive transaction fees, hidden costs, cumbersome processing systems–no longer apply. Credit goes to the emergence of new mobile payment applications that enable virtually anyone with a smartphone or tablet to accept credit and debit cards anywhere, anytime. The best known among them, Square, generates more than $4 million in transactions each day.

But Square isn’t the only mobile payment processing solution available–it may not even be the best one for your particular startup. Let’s crunch the numbers.   Read More


Kaspersky: Apple security is like Microsoft’s in 2002

Apple customers are more at risk from malware now because of their misconception that their iDevices and Macs are secure and because of Apple’s poor attitude to security, according to experts.

David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab told The Reg that Apple had cultivated the image of the Mac as intrinsically safer than PCs and now that Macs were under attack from bot armies like the Flashback Trojan, the fruity firm would have to change its attitude.

 “I think it will take some time before we see a significant change in attitude from Apple,” he said. “It’s not simply about code, but about adopting a different security posture and updating and reviewing processes that reflect this.”

Because Mac users have long believed that their computers are safe from malware – and Apple fostered this belief in ads like the 2006 one that compared the healthy Mac to the sick PC – they are intrinsically more at risk compared to wary Microsoft users.

“Even when Apple added signature detection to Mac OS, in the form of it’s ‘XProtect’ module, it was done quietly, without any sort of fanfare,” says Emm.

“I think Mac customers are more at risk because of the historical mis-perception about Mac security.  But I would hope that Flashfake will be a wake-up to anyone using a Mac, that they need to secure themselves from online threats.”

Eugene Kaspersky, founder and CEO at the Lab, told Computer Business Review last week and confirmed to The Reg that Apple was about ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security.

Kaspersky Lab thinks that this is just the start of the attacks that the fruity firm can expect now that Macs have become so much more popular.  Read More

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