Apple to adjust their App Store prices according to various countries

According to its routine, Apple has announced in an email to developers (seen above) that it will be adjusting App Store prices in various of countries to address changes in foreign exchange rates.

Prices on the App Store will be increased automatically in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa over the following 24 hour period , according to the email.

Apple has also announced that prices listed with the Israeli New Shekels and some listings using the New Zealand Dollar will see App Store prices drop due to recent changes in the foreign exchange rate.

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New iPhone 6 “Air” Renderings by Nowhereelse.fr and Martin Hajek

Based upon the leaked schematic (allegedly ) discovered by Macotakara ( and published by MacFan Magazine) of the forthcoming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants of the iPhone 6, Nowherelse.fr teamed up with the great concept designer Martin Hajek to create 3D “iPhone Air” renderings of  what may be Jony Ive’s next iPhone design, using these blueprints as a guide.iPhone-6-iPhone-Air

The renderings show an ultra-thin iPhone 6 “Air” shaving off at least 0.5mm off the current iPhone 5S, which stands at 7.6mm.

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Though the thinness is probably not entirely realistic, but we can probably expect to see Apple shave a little off the depth of the phone as the larger form factor permits a thinner battery.

The concept also features curved edges and rounded buttons, similar to early iPhone models. The design also features a single rocker-style volume button seen on early iPhones, rather than the two separate buttons seen on later ones. Other notable design elements are — an edge-to-edge display, matte metal sides and a sapphire glass backing.

Hajek has also rendered an interesting gold iPhone featuring a white casing with golden edges.gold

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The validity of the source drawings are unknown, so these renderings may or may not be representative of the next generation phone Apple is creating. Other iPhone 6 renderings based on earlier rumors imagine the smartphone with an iPod nano-inspired design or a bezel-less, tapered form factor.

Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation iPhone sometime this Fall ( around September ) and may incorporate a larger display possibly made of sapphire, an improved processor and a few camera upgrades.

Hajek has also rendered an interesting gold iPhone featuring a white casing with golden edges.



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[RUMOUR] New Thinner, Lighter Fanless “Retina” Macbook Air to arrive in September

There’s a rumour around that Apple is about to release a new 12 inch model of its super thin notebook line — the Macbook Air.

Last week, a forum post from a previously accurate source on Weiphone.com claimed that the MacBook Air would be updated soon, with new MacBook Pros to be released in September. Most notably, the report claimed that both will be accompanied by the release of a new slim 12-inch MacBook. This model will feature a Retina Display ( an Ultra-High resolution of 2304 x 1440) and do away with the mechanical trackpad. The notebook will need more battery to handle the increased power consumption due to the  Retina Display and hence will feature a bigger battery space for which will be created by omitting the fan from the notebook’s assembly. Taking out the fan assembly would also make the system silent and help Apple set a new benchmark for thin-ness.Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 11.22.16 PM

While adding a 12-incher may seem superfluous, there’s reason to think that this rumour may have some merit. The current 13-inch MacBook Air is a bit too large for its size because of the relatively large bezels surrounding its display. As already evidenced by the 11-inch MacBook Air, Apple does have room to reduce the overall width of the system without compromising the size of the keyboard. A thin-bezel 12-inch model would be nearly as small as the 11-inch MacBook Air, but still be able to provide a more usable and larger display and trackpad!

The post also remarks on the fact that Apple is launching a larger iPad with a near 12-inch screen, however a report earlier this month claimed that the project has since been put on hold due to development hurdles with the present
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Microsoft Office is now free for iPhone and Android

Unlike the tablet version, the Office apps for Mobile have gone free for iPhone and Android. This means there’s no longer a need for an Office365 subscription to edit and create documents via the Office Mobile apps.

“Office Mobile is now free for home use,” Microsoft’s update notes confirm.

This means that you can create, view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the go using your Android and/or iOS smartphones without paying any fee. Microsoft says it made this change to align Office Mobile for Android and iOS with its Windows Phone counterpart, which has always been free to use.

It seems as if the software giant is also looking to better compete with Apple and Google, which both offer free productivity suites on their respective platforms in the form of iWork and QuickOffice.

But if you want to step up your productivity and use Microsoft’s titles on your iPad’s larger screen, you’ll still need an Office 365 subscription.

The Office for iPad apps were released on Thursday, after much rumours and speculations. The Apps are already in the Top 4 in the App Store.

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Microsoft announces new Office apps for iPad! (UPDATE: Live now!)

Microsoft has finally announced Office for iPads releasing today at 11am PT/ 2pm ET/ 11:30pm IST on the App Store. The apps have been rumoured to be in development for the past couple of years. Microsoft had also recently released an ad campaign about the fact that the iPad doesn’t have any Office apps, which has been one of its very few and major marketing points for its Surface tablets.

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The apps include individual Office apps — PowerPoint, Excel and Word, which will be free to download but to edit and create documents, an Office365 subscription is required. Users can still read and present documents with the Office for iPad apps.

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OneNote for Mac

Microsoft debuted its Office for iPhone apps last year which required an Office365 subscription also. More recently, it released its great note making app OneNote for Mac which has been the Editor’s Choice on the Mac App Store(MAS) for the past couple of weeks. Microsoft’s apps are also in the top 20 free Mac apps on the MAS.

 

UPDATE: Apps are now live! Here are the Download links:

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Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 Bn

Facebook has surprisingly decided to make another big acquisition this year which is Oculus VR, of the Oculus Rift VR gaming headset fame, for 2 Billion USD. The terms of the deal include $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock. Oculus VR gained momentum in the last couple of years all thanks to its ‘revolutionary ‘ Oculus Rift project which raised over $2 million in crowd funding at Kickstarter in 2012 and further venture funding of $91 million in 2013. Although the Oculus team was never committed to bringing a consumer version of its VR headset to the market, more than 75,000 developers had already ordered developer kits for the technology  and the early prototypes also look amazing. Mark Zuckerberg posteded this news yesterday on his Facebook account. He is excited to acquire Oculus VR and will help Oculus to build the Rift gaming headset,which the gaming community highly anticipates, and develop partnerships with various companies to support more games. But Oculus will not just stop at “Immersive Gaming”. Under Facebook’s leadership, the company will help you communicate with far away people just by wearing a set of goggles. For example, imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.

“Oculus’s mission is to enable you to experience the impossible.”

For Zuckerberg, it’s all about the future. If mobile is the current computing platform, vision and virtual reality could be platforms of the future. Zuckerberg described buying Oculus as “a longterm bet on the future of computing.” He sees Oculus’s current focus around games and entertainment as just the beginning.

“Oculus has the potential to be the most social platform ever,”

“Oculus has the potential to be the most social platform ever,” he said. “Imagine not just sharing moments with your friends online but entire experiences. Oculus VR will continue operating independently within Facebook and remain headquartered at Irvine. Oculus Rift With Facebook, Oculus now has a parent company with immense resources and a CEO dedicated to helping accelerate its visions for computing of the future. Source: Mark Zuckerberg, Oculus VR

HTC add Sense 6 features as apps on Play Store

Soon after unveiling its second generation flagship smartphone, the One M8, HTC has made another announcement. This one is regarding its famous Sense UI skin for its Android devices.

HTC has taken a novel approach to bypass the delay caused by carriers in providing it’s customers with new features.

Its have separated the core component features of its new “Sense 6” UI skin (which HTC keeps on referring as ‘Sixth Sense’) and released them on the Play Store .

This means that HTC can update its software, including BlinkFeed, SenseTV, Gallery etc. the way other app developers do, pushing them through Google’s Play Store and hence bypassing carriers. This also enables HTC to distribute its new Sense updates to older devices more easily, which the company plans to do by launching Sense 6 for its entire line of 2013 HTC One devices in April.

This shows that HTC is demonstrating that it wants to do as much as possible to keep its users on the latest and greatest with this unbundling of its system services.

 

Source(s): 9to5Google

 

HTC has officially announced the new One (M8)

HTC has officially unveiled the second generation of its flagship smartphone the new One (codenamed M8) in New York.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.06.12 PMThe phone features a brushed gun metal design. HTC has also shared the details about the phone’s hardware specs (below) and its new Android UI skin Sense 6 or Sixth Sense.

Another big announcement for Sense 6 is that HTC is opening up its Blinkfeed homescreen to developers with a new SDK, releasing today. Foursquare will be the first partner to support this feature and will publish, for example, lunch recommendations into the Blinkfeed homescreen, while Fitbit shall display activity milestones in the feed. HTC hopes for support from other developers to arrive soon.

HTC also spent much time talking about the hardware and software tweaks it made like the improved sound quality due to repositioning of the speaker chambers in the phone. HTC also mentioned some big improvements for the camera including a new camera switcher with new “Dual Capture”, “Selfie”, and “Customizable manual” shooting modes. The M8 also features a 300 millisecond focus time which is a staggering 50% faster than the previous generation.

The HTC One M8 will be available for sale in the US and Canadian markets from today whereas 6 other markets by the end of April including Australia, Taiwan, UK, Germany, France and China.

Here are the official specs of the phone:
-5-inch full HD, 440 PPI display

-Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPUs

-Duo camera

-Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera , BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
HTC ImageChip 2. 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
Secondary camera: capture depth information

-Front camera: 5MP, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image match

-Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers

-2GB RAM

-16 or 32GB models

-Micro SD slot

-Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)

-Motion Launch

-Extreme Power Saving Mode

-Sense 6

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-Gunmetal Gray Hairline Finish

-40% longer battery than M7

-Size: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

-Weight: 160g

-2600 mAh embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery