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iPad 3 Pricing Rumors – Starts at US$499

This came in via the Mac Observer where they quoted off MacRumors’ post earlier this week, an iPad 3 pricing sheet posted to Sina Weibo.  All across we noted a price increase of about US$80.  The first column above states the model, the second column being the iPad 2 launch prices, the third column being the rumored iPad 3 prices and the fourth column, prices in Chinese RMB.

DOes the better display and faster chip justify the price hike, you tell me.

Source – The Mac Observer

February 28, 2012 Posted by | Apple, iPad2, iPad3 | , , | 1 Comment

Kindle Daily Special – All About Steve

Now for US1.99 only on Amazon, hurry before offer ends (4 hours left), link here.

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Amazon, Apple, Books, eBooks, Kindle | , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Source – mwittchow

February 17, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Mac, OS X, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

First Look at Cobook – Easily The Best Mac Address Book App

The name of the game is social network integration and Cobook seems to be the smartest address book app for Mac users. The app features –

  • Just type in an email, phone or other piece of info and Cobook will sort out where to put it.
  • Connect your social network accounts and Cobook will automatically look up pictures, companies, phone numbers
    and other contact details.
  • Integrates with other Mac apps seamlessly. Synchronizes with OSX Address Book and other devices via iCloud.

Cobook from Cobook on Vimeo.

LifeHacker did a review on the app couple days ago and according to them the pros and cons are –

“Cobook understands what you’re typing based on its format, whether you’re searching or adding new information to a contact. If you type in a phone number that doesn’t exist it’ll offer to create a new contact. If a contact is listed, it’ll offer to add whatever information you’ve put into the search field. Cobook just knows what you’re trying to do. This makes it super easy to find and update your contacts.

On top of that, Cobook pulls data from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to updated your Address Book without any effort on your part. This saves a ton of time because your updates will involve adding notes more so than it will involve adding phone numbers and addresses.

All in all, Cobook automatically updates your address book for you and makes it much easier to perform an manual updates you need to make yourself. Plus it’s free, and we love apps that both cost nothing and also happen to be pretty amazing.”

whilst the cons are –

“Because Cobook’s interface only lives in the menubar, this poses a few problems. First and foremost, if you want to view contact information while you’re typing in another window, you can’t really do that because clicking away from Cobook will hide the interface back in the menubar. Additionally, Cobook can really only live in one location and can’t be resized. While I like having it tucked away in the menubar, it can be problematic on occasion and it would be nice to be able to switch to a moveable window when needed.

Because Cobook syncs with your social media accounts, you’re letting it change you address book based on what other people input into their profiles. Most of the time this is great because you don’t have to update anything at all, but you also can end up with more information than you want or a different information than you need. This isn’t Cobook’s fault, but it’s something to be aware of when using an app that uses data you don’t control to change the data you do.”

I just installed the beta for myself and will add more of my thoughts to this quick review, what are yours? You can download the beta here at their website.

Source: LifeHacker

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Mac, OS X, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Two New iPhone 4S Commercials

Source – Apple

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Apple, iPhone, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4S, Siri, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Kindles Are Still Less Than an iPad Video

Ouch! way to go Kindle.

Source – Kindle

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Amazon, eReader, Fire, Kindle, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video on Chrome for Android – Well, Chrome with no Flash to be Exact

Source – GoogleChrome

February 8, 2012 Posted by | Android, Chrome, OS, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year – The Protester – Production Video

Last month, TIME magazine revealed their Person of the Year Award and it went to…the Protesters.  As Washington Post puts it,

“No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent,” the magazine writes. “In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world.”

Over the past year, “the protester” has voiced dissent against authoritarian leaders, first in Tunisia, and then in Egypt, Libya, Syria,Yemen and Bahrain. The protester in Spain and in Greece, which even had its own protest dog, struggled with a floundering economy. The protester voiced anger over possibly rigged elections, in countries as diverse as Russia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the U.S., the Occupy Wall Street protester began demonstrating first in New York, and then in Washington, Chicago, and cities as small as Trenton, N.J.

In this year’s report, Time pieced together what all these revolutions have in common, why they protest, and what the legacy of the year’s protests will be. The magazine profiles a citizen journalist who started the live stream for Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, and aprotester in Mexico who has had enough of the drug violence in that country.

The video of the making of the portrait pictures was released earlier this month, let’s thake a look at how these wonderful pictures were taken and explore what goes behind the minds of the photographers.

Source – TimeWashington Post

First posted on PASM Workshop, 29 January 2012

February 3, 2012 Posted by | News Related, Photography, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video on Awesome Calendar for iPhone/iPad

February 1, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 4, iOS 5, iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4, Productivity, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment