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June 14, 2012

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Updates: Confirms iCloud Document Storage, Messages, Notes Apps, Reminders and Game Center

During Apple WWDC 2012, a new operating system Mac OS X Mountain Lion, the iterative successor to Lion, was officially released with price at $19.99. It is available for downloading in July. Improvements include separate apps for Messages, Reminders, and Notes as well as a new notifications system. iCloud users can also store documents to the cloud.

Chinese Custom
When compared to the previous Mac OS X, there are rich optimizations on the functions of Mountain Lion for Chinese users. The Sina Weibo sharing feature is quite similar to the existing Twitter which can be used as a social network platform for sharing. Users only need to login in Sina Weibo account once and then share contents to Sina Weibo through system apps or third-party apps including Safari browser, iPhoto, image preview, Mac App Store, etc. which own the SHARE button.

Built-in iCloud Document Storage Service
Mountain Lion allows you to log in Apple ID for iCloud account setting when turning on Mac at the first time. iCloud can let Mac and iOS achieve real-time synchronization of Contacts, Bookmarks, Calendar, etc.. Meanwhile, the new iWork suite such as Pages can show files in iCloud when turning on, and the files can also be organized with file folders.

New iMessage
iMessage function is added to Mountain Lion, which allows message sending and receiving with iOS 5 devices. This is also the first version of the OS to support Facebook sharing

The new Reminders function that is added to iOS 5 is applied to Mountain Lion as well. It helps users remind of some specific matters and iCloud synchronization is supportable as well.

Power Nap
Power Nap can achieve auto update and synchronization when users are off work, for example, falling asleep. In addition, it can save the data automatically in the state of charge. This technology is only applied to the second generation MacBook Air and the new MacBook Pro.

Notes Apps
Support photos, accessories, as well as rich text formats etc. Hyperlink can be added conveniently as well. All can be synced to iOS devices through iCloud.

Inform Center
The new added Inform Center in iOS 5 is also transplanted to Mountain Lion. Calendar, Email, news, notification, Facetime, Game Center, App Store, Twitter and third-party apps notice will appear on the right side of the screen based on your settings.

Game Center
The most popular Game Center has been transplanted to Mac which is used to recommend friends and games for users. Game Center can also let users realize cross-platform gaming, so Mac user, iPhone users can iPod Touch users can play online games simultaneously. In-game voice chatting function is also available.

AirPlay Mirroring
In Mountain Lion, Apple adds Air Play function to Mac. So when your Mac and Apple TV are within the same network, Air Play icon will exist at the right of the tool bar, by clicking on it Mac screen can output to HDTV.

For malicious software, Gatekeeper function is added to Mountain Lion, including download validation, safe Safari browsing, program blacklist and etc.

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June 13, 2012

Focus on Apple WWDC 2012: Apple iOS 6 with Siri Chinese Support and Built-in New Map

The new generation mobile operating system iOS 6 is finally released by Apple during Apple WWDC 2012. Brand new built-in 3D map and Siri Chinese voice input functions are integrated in this new operating system. The devices it is compatible with including iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3 (the new iPad) and iPod Touch 4.

Brand-new 3D Map App
The new Apple map application is based on vector drawing which is quite similar to the new map Google released last week. It supports rotation, zoom, satellite 3D live view and 3D modeling view. Within 3D imaging map, it supports gesture zoom and revolving, you can either have a bird’s-eye view of the city panorama from different angles, or have a 360-degree browsing on a single building. In addition, Siri is added to this new map. It provides real-time monitoring on traffic flow and it is with 1 million business information and information card display.

Support Siri Chines Input
Within iOS 6, it supports languages from 15 different countries and regions. For Asia, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese are added. Seen from the live demonstration, the new Siri has connected to China LBS database, supporting to search for related business information. Besides iPhone 4S, the new iPad is added to Siri list as well.
In addition, Siri also provides database of sports, shops, restaurants and movies. Another new feature is Eyes Free. It needs cooperation with car manufacturers. Siri button can be installed in the car interior, for example, on the steering wheel. Through this you do not have to look down at your phone and touch screen to fulfill Siri activation when driving a car. There has been a car manufacturer promising that this function will be installed to car within the following 12 months.

China Localization Custom
iOS 6 is similar to Mountain Lion that integrates Sina Weibo. It can share photos and other data to website with one key. This function is similar to the existing Twitter. As to search engine, Baidu, Youku and Tudou video sources have been added to.

Safari Function Upgrade
Safari is remarked by Apple as “The most popular and the best browser globally”. This time there are some function upgrades on Safari.
● Added iCloud tabs which support offline list reading.
● Supported image uploading via website end, image thumbnail will pop up after clicking on “View”, you can choose to upload what you want.
● Supported full screen website browsing under landscape mode.
● Intelligent software pop-up window: you can search for related applications based on the current web page, and apps will be presented at the top.

Photo Flow Sharing Support
iCloud can automatically save up to 1000 photos, but it does not support photo sharing. In iOS 6, only by simple clicking on the share button, you can share any photo to you friends. And your friends will receive notice, the photos shared will appear in his photo collection as well, comment is supportable. Photo flow is no longer a simple memory function, but also with social concept. And if the latest Mountain Lion is employed by your Mac, you can also fast share these photos to iPhoto and other image processing software.

FaceTime with Operator Network Support
Finally, iOS 6 FaceTime supports operator network. Before this, FaceTime only supports video call under Wi-Fi, you must jailbreak to install third-party plugin to realize 3G network mobile video call.

Text Message to Make Phone Unanswered
It is quite common to see this function in smartphones from other platforms. This function is first added to iOS 6 this time. Within the calling interface, you can get to the Refuse option by dragging the unlock bar upward. In addition, there a reminder setting to remind you of the missed call after you arrive at or leave somewhere.

Do-not-disturb Mode
When this mode is on, the new message coming in will not light the screen or ring the bell. You can set a fixed time period, for example, from 12P.M. to 6 A.M., the do-not-disturb mode will turned on automatically at that time. If you are worried about missing phone call with this mode turned on, iOS 6 provides you with Repeated Calls. If two calls are made within 3 minutes, the telephone will ring then.

Information including movie tickets, coupons, boarding pass etc. are integrated in Passbook, in the form of dimensional barcode, which is convenient for scanning.

June 11, 2012

Top 5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2012

Father’s Day 2012 is getting approach to us and there will be sons and daughters thinking about what gift they can send to dad to express the deepest love. A dad is devoting 365 days a year around the clocks for their good up-bringing. It is the utmost duty of the children to celebrate this day with utmost zeal and fervor. Do you come up with some Father’s Day gift ideas? Well fortunately I’ve got more fantastic Father’s Day gift ideas than ever before. Don’t miss this opportunity to show your Father how important he is to you. You’ll make the old man very happy Father’s Day 2012.

1. Beer connoisseur
If your dad loves beer then he will love the beer gift basket. Your dad will enjoy exotic and rare beer selections from around the world. You can have a drink with this old man but remember that do not drink too much.

2. Sports Fanatic
Father’s Day this year is right during UEFA EURO 2012, so you can think of some ideas to let your dad enjoy this Event to the utmost. For instance, if he misses the chance to watch the live broadcast, you can record it and convert video to your devices available for later watching. You may not spend a lot in doing it, but it will be touching.

3. The Bookworm
If your father loves reading, you have to firstly check out which kind of books he is fond of and which authors he prefers to. Then you can go to bookshop to buy him what he likes. You can also send him an e-book reader which there have been many books downloaded.

4. Gadget Guy
How about a Kindle book reader, the new iPad 3 or a GPS phone? Try to think of what your father has always wanted to have – is it an iPhone? How about a cool 32” HDTV for Father’s Day 2012?
You can help your dad convert video to HDTV for ultimate enjoyment.

5. Chef Man
Is your dad a chef, or a foodie? Then he would love to have newest kitchen appliances as a gift. Some ideas include kitchen knife sets, blenders, juicers, grilling sets, toaster ovens and coffee makers.

Additional: Clothing Gifts: Pants, Shirts and Ties
Everyone will admit that ties are the most common and the most-gifted Father’s Day gift ever. I’m a little different – I don’t miss socks! Think of some cool pants and shirts, new tie designs, maybe office dresses? Anyway, it will be your dad’s type.

June 8, 2012

2012 Happy Father’s Day Free Wallpapers and Cards

When is 2012 Father’s Day? The day which is full of love, care, honor for fathers is right around the corner on June 17, 2012. When we are talking about dad, it is common that a feeling of protection will hit out mind for dads keep us away from being harmed. Every dad is the role model of every child, and every dad is the best friend of his child. Children honor and give gratitude to their fathers all over the world in more than eighty six countries where this day will be celebrated on June 17 this year. How do you celebrate this special day? You may write Father’s Day poems, make Father’s Day crafts, compose Father’s Day quotes, send Father’s Day message, etc. In this article, I have collected beautiful Father’s Day wallpaper and Father’s Day card templates for you. You may pick up what you like in the following.

2012 Happy Father’s Day Wallpapers Free Download

2012 Happy Father’s Day Card Templates Free Download

June 5, 2012

Top 10 Apple WWDC 2012 Forecasts: iPhone 5 New Hit Possible

It is reported that Apple WWDC 2012 will be held from June 11 to June 15. As usual, Apple has not explained what products will be released in advance. But there are already many rumors flooding on the internet about what products will be unveiled. Now let’s take a peep at top 10 Apple WWDC 2012 forecasts in the following.

1. Mac OS X Puma
Apple plans to spend most of the time on discussing about Mac OS X Puma. Why? Because it is the right operating system Apple employs to complete with Windows 8. And it is with the best safety performance undoubtedly. Therefore, it is a perfect choice inevitably.

2. Apple iPhone 5
It is still hard to say what the release day of Apple iPhone 5 is. Statements from some experts indicate that Apple is bound to demonstrate the new generation iPhone during WWDC 2012, while other experts saying that Apple will not debut the new generation iPhone until autumn. Anyway, we have got hint that Apple will talk about the new iPhone device on WWDC 2012 at least.

3. iOS 6
It is likely that Apple will make a discussion on iOS 6. The anticipation for iOS 6 may surpass the new generation iPhone according to survey. The new iOS 6 may be safer, with improved interface and other improved functions. To sum up, comparing to the previous iOS 5 there will be a big leap on iOS 6.

4. Siri Improved
Apple’s Siri platform is still a beta version. So sometimes it runs slowly and it is difficult to provide users with the correct answers. We expect that Apple WWDC 2012 is the best opportunity for Apple to release totally new or improved Siri platform. Once Siri jumps from the beta version to the official version, it is for certain that it will bring users with more benefits.

5. New MacBook
Apple MacBook product line is going to become the high-end computer product in the market currently. However, Apple has not considered releasing a new MacBook until now. Is it possible that Apple will demonstrate new MacBook on WWDC 2012? Based on the possibility that Apple will reveal Mac OS X Puma, Apple WWDC 2012 will be the best chance to release MacBook.

6. Focus on Apple TV
According to the rumors that Apple is preparing to unveil Apple TV in the following months. However, the exact problem is that Apple has never confirmed the fact that they are developing Apple TV. So the release of Apple TV is more like a mystery. Although Apple is not likely to show Apple TV on WWDC 2012, there is indication that Apple TV is within the plan.

7. The New and Improved iOS Apps
One of the advantages of WWDC 2012 lies in that Apple has chance to demonstrate new apps and other software functions. This year Apple will impress developers and fans by showing the new and improved iOS apps.

8. iCloud Improvements
Apple iCloud platform is remarked as the best ever. Within it users are able to achieve data synchronization among multiple devices. Apple admits that lots of work when iCloud first debuted last year is still underway now.

9. iTunes Improvements
There are not dramatic improvements on iTunes in the past few years. Instead, Apple keeps the current status of iTunes and keeps making coins from it. However, it is quite necessary for Apple to provide some required upgrades and prove iTunes is the core of all its entertainment products.

10. Promote Apple
Finally, we can expect apple will take advantage of WWDC 2012 to promote the success of it. Without doubt, Apple CEO Tim Cook will introduce strong sales, application download and many other numbers.

June 4, 2012

Top 10 iPad Apps You Must Have to Gain more Fun

What will you do with your iPad? You may save YouTube video to iPad for visual enjoyment, take photos and shoot videos in daily life, talk with your friends and relatives, etc. Apple has provided you with many iPad apps to guarantee you with more fun by using iPad. When you are searching for iPad apps in App Store lots of results will pop up to you. But it is a never-ceasing procedure to look for the newest and the coolest iPad apps. Here I have collected some awesome iPad apps for you to achieve extensive fun with iPad.

Take a look at the following top 10 iPad apps, most of which are free and others will only cost you a little.

The Guardian Eyewitness (Free)
This app makes the best use of iPad Retina Display. With it you can watch photos shot all over the world every day. The stunning image will be a great way for you to get something new as well as kill time.

HowStuff Works (Free)
This app allows you to know how things work. Thousands of articles and videos will be presented to demonstrate how thing work in the world. You may find something new, strange, surprising, stunning and etc.

Planetary (Free)
This app is designed for music enjoyment. Songs are moons that revolve around planets (albums) that orbit around stars (artist). You can get ultimate music enjoyment with this music player.

Intellicast HD (Free)
This app is going to tell you the weather forecast. All the various weather maps will be shown so you will exactly know where the bad weather is when you are using this app. (Free)
This app helps you to see what your Twitter friends are reading. It scrapes their tweets and presents a scrolling news magazine consisting of everything they have tweeted and shared. The timeline at the top of the screen is a scrolling view of all the people you follow in Twitter. Simply tap on one to see what is interesting that particular person at the moment.

Cleartune ($3.99)
This app helps musicians keep instruments in tune. It is an awesome tuner that will tune “acoustic or electric guitar, bass, bowed strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, tympani, tablas and any other instrument that can sustain a tone”.

My Brushes ($1.99)
This app contains a lot of brushes that can be used to draw on the iPad. The brushes are faithfully rendered to mimic the real counterparts, and stunning artwork can be created.

Bongiovi DPS (Free)
This app is iPad’s built-in app, but you can upgrade it to a better interface. It also comes with several free equalization settings that have been designed to maximize the audio output of certain headphones and speakers. The sound is tailored for each to provide the best sound possible. There are quite a few optimizations available for many speakers and headphones available for in-app purchase.

Tapose ($2.99)
This app is for note taking. It takes advantage of text, handwriting and image capture for getting ideas onto the screen. With multiple panes, it allows you to refer to outside sources while taking notes.

Team Stream HD (Free)
This app allows you to follow all of your local sports teams in one place, with current news presented as an attractive news magazine.

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