Apple Unveils New Items at WWDC: Earlier this week Apple unveiled some new devices and upcoming software updates at its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference. And these cool new items include a new series of MacBook Pros that will feature Apple’s super, super, crystal clear Retina Displays, a new and improved Map App – this one being made and updated by Apple itself (instead of Google) and a preview of iOs6 *1 which will be released this fall and which include a bunch of new features including Facebook integration an update of Siri, Apple’s digital personal assistant, and the introduction of Siri to iPad (3rd generation only) users.
Here’s a link to a CNET article titled WWDC 2012 rumor scorecard: The hits and the misses which discusses in more depth the items that were rumored to be introduced at this years’ WWDC versus the items that were really unveiled:
Time Inc. Magazines Now Available Through Apple’s Newsstand: Time Inc., which publishes a number of very popular magazines, has changed its previous stance which had it adamantly refusing to offer its magazines for sale through Apple’s ecosystem; thus making it impossible for readers to purchase subscriptions to any Time Inc. published magazines through Apple’s Newsstand App. But now Time Inc. has reached an agreement with Apple and will shortly allow readers to subscribe to all of Time Inc.’s digital magazines, including the very popular Sports Illustrated, Time and People, through Apple’s Newsstand App. So shortly you’ll be able to buy subscriptions to all of Times Inc.’s magazines and read them on your iPad or iPhone.
Here’s a link to a New York Time’s article titled Time Inc. to Sell Its Magazines on Apple’s Newsstand that you can check out for more information on the subject:
And while I was working on this blog posting today I came across two other neat articles I thought you might find interesting! Both articles are from the New York Times; the first is titled Going Online to Check In, Not Check Out and it discusses the two predominant types of Internet users – those who go online to fill their time with games, social networking and surfing the web etc. and those who go online simply to check things – like their email, or to find out when a movie is being shown or what dishes a local restaurant serves etc. The article offers a fascinating glimpse of how technology is both changing how we live and is a reflection of our values. And the second article is titled Microsoft Expected to Introduce Tablet and relays the news that Microsoft is expected to announce on Monday that it will be jumping into the tablet game by manufacturing its own tablet. This new Microsoft tablet will be the first piece of hardware ever created by the software giant Microsoft itself so this is a big deal. It will be interesting to see how well this new tablet competes with Apple’s iPad which currently makes up more than 90% of the tablets currently being sold*2.
Here’s the link to the article titled Going Online to Check In, Not Check Out:
And the link to the Microsoft Expected to Introduce Tablet article:
Have a great weekend!
*1) iOs simply refers to the mobile operating system – software that makes Apple’s mobile devices run.
*2 Here’s a link to a CNET article which discusses the very hot tablet market and relays the stats about the iPad currently making up more than 90% of tablet sales.