Skype launches HD video calls for Mac OS X Lion

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Aug 082011
 

Today Skype announced the 5.3 update for Mac OS X which brings HD video calls to Lion among a handful of other UI enhancements and bug fixes. The official Skype blog explains:

With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, you’ll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You’ll need to use the Mac’s built-in webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from our Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in crystal clear HD quality. To receive clear HD video calls on your Mac, we recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps.

While previous versions of Skype, even 2.8, seem to run rather well on Lion, official support should iron out any bugs you’ve been noticing since upgrading. The new update is not only available for Lion users, however, Skype’s blog post notes it is also compatible back to Leopard.

You can grab Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X here. We’ll let you know if we find anything else interesting in this latest update.

Apple iCloud pricing per year: $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB, $100 for 50GB

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Aug 012011
 

As a part of today’s iCloud.com launch for developers, Apple has revealed the price points for extra iCloud storage for end users. As you can see in the screenshot above, iCloud will come with 5GB of free storage – as previously noted by Apple – but users will be able to upgrade their account to up to an extra 50GB. iCloud.com storage can be purchased through iOS 5′s settings application by end users. The best part about iCloud storage is that your Photo Stream images – which stay in the cloud for 30 days – don’t count against your tally.

Could the iPhone 5 launch in October, not September ?

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Aug 012011
 

iPhone 5 mockup

John Packowski writes for The Wall Street Journal’s blog AllThingsD that, alas, iPhone 5 will be launching in October, not in September as the rumor mill has been buzzing over the past few weeks. This information apparently comes from an unnamed source close to Apple. The blog has been right about many things Apple in the past so it’s worth mentioning here:

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Face Recognition Capabilities May Be Coming To iOS 5

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Jul 272011
 

It looks like Apple is planning to include face recognition capabilities in iOS 5.

9 to 5 Mac has discovered several face recognition APIs in iOS 5 beta 4 that was seeded to developers late last week.

9 to 5 Mac reports: Continue reading »

Apple Become World’s Top Smartphone Vendor

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Jul 212011
 

It is a well known fact that Nokia was caught off guard when the iPhone first launched. The Finland based company’s complacence has been the reason of its decline, which showed in its recently announced financial results. The company posted losses of nearly $700 million and almost every sector witnessed a decline. With these results, Apple achieved an important landmark of being the world’s top smartphone vendor.

Last quarter Nokia’s smartphone shipments went down by 34% to 16.7 million smartphone units compared to Apple’s 20.3 million iPhones. What contributed to Nokia’s slowdown was its messed up smartphone strategy with no single operating system to rely on. What worked in Apple’s favor was the Verizon iPhone, new carrier partnerships in various countries , the white iPhone and also delaying the next generation iPhone launch. The last point comes from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber who says:

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Apple Mac OS X Lion Now Available in the App Store

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Jul 202011
 

For ‘developers’ willing to shell out $99 for an annual membership in Apple’s group of Mac OS app creators, Lion is old news already. But the rest of you can finally download Apple’s latest operating system — Mac OS 10.7 — by hitting up the App Store on your Snow Leopard (10.6.8)-equipped Mac, assuming it’s powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. From our experience with the pre-release version, the 4GB download could take over an hour, even on a high-speed connection, but once you have the installer in hand the upgrade process itself should be complete in about 20 minutes. As Apple previously announced, those with slower connections can also download Lion at an Apple retail store, and the company’s also now revealed that it will be offering it on a USB thumb drive as well, which will be available through its online store later this August for $69 (yes, that’s a $40 premium). We’ll be posting a full review of Lion later this week. Continue reading »

Google+ For iPhone is Now Available

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Jul 192011
 

Apple has finally approved Google’s Google+ iPhone app and is now available in the App Store.

Google launched Google+ – its latest social networking project few weeks back to compete with Facebook. It has received a quite a few positive reviews and is already more than 10 million users strong and growing.

Google+ allows users to put their family and friends into Circles and lets them selectively share with specific groups within their personal network, rather than sharing with all their social connections at once. Continue reading »

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.4 to Fix JailbreakMe Exploit

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Jul 152011
 

 

Apple has just pushed a new version of iOS, 4.3.4, and it looks to have “fixed” the PDF exploit that has been so notoriously exploited of late. In a summary of what’s changed, Apple indicates that a fix has been applied that will prevent “arbitrary code execution” when viewing a “maliciously crafted PDF” — business speak for “we broke your jailbreak, son.” At this point we’re not seeing any other updates or improvements but, really, now that you can view those malicious PDFs without fear on your iPhone or iPad 2

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Apple Acquires domain name iPhone4.com

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Jul 132011
 

Over a year since the launch of the its latest iPhone offering, Apple has finally acquired domain name iPhone4.com, just days after purchasing WhiteiPhone.com for an undisclosed amount. Both domain names direct to the iPhone 4 product page which interestingly, according to a Retrevo study, one in three people mistake an iPhone 4 for a 4G capable phone.

According to a report over at Fusible, The Whois record for iPhone4.com changed two days ago from “Whois Privacy Services” to “Apple Inc”: Continue reading »

AssistiveTouch Feature In iOS 5 Beta 3

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Jul 122011
 

Apple has also enabled the new AssistiveTouch features in iOS 5 beta 3, in addition to performance improvements, additional location controls, voice roaming toggle, other changes and improvements that we covered earlier.

AssistiveTouch allows you to use your iOS device if you have difficulty touching the screen or if you require an adaptive accessory.

Once you have enabled the AssitiveTouch feature via the Settings app (Settings -> Accessibility -> AssitiveTouch), you can access various functions such as multi-touch gestures, volume buttons etc. via a control panel that can be activated by tapping an overlay button. You can also create custom gestures. Continue reading »