Everything Apple announced at its event on September 9th

The live stream was choppy, but Apple nevertheless set sail a boatload of new offerings today at its 2014 keynote event.

Here’s everything the giant from Cupertino announced, in one handy list — from the new iPhones and the iWatch to the “Apple Pay” payments service.

The iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple launched two new smartphones today, an elegantly designed iPhone 6 with a larger 4.7-inch screen and a “phablet” phone with a 5.5-inch screen.

Tim Cook called the launch “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.” 

The “Apple Watch”

iWatch Press ImageApple unveiled its long-awaited smartwatch today, the Apple Watch, to a standing ovation from the press.

The device has a flat screen and a “digital crown” twisting control that lets you easily scroll through different functions. It runs apps, takes dictation, and interacts with your iPhone. Read the full story here.

Apple’s digital wallet service: “Apple Pay”

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Apple announced Apple Pay, which the company called “an entirely new payment process.”

Apple’s new payments service will challenge carrier-backed ISIS — soon to be renamed “Softcard” — and Google Wallet, both of which have failed to strike a chord with consumers. 

The new A8 processor

The new iPhone 6 has an A8 processor that promises to deliver high-end 3D graphics for games without draining your battery life. It combines graphics and a processor on a single chip.

iOS 8 is coming on September 17

Get ready to update your iPhone. Apple announced that iOS 8 will be available for download on September 17.

There are now 1.3M apps in the App Store

Apple announced that there are now 1.3 million apps in its App Store. This figure is up from stats released in June, when Apple revealed that there were 1.2 million iOS apps published to date. 

U2’s new album

Every iTunes customer in all 119 markets across the world will receive a free copy of legendary band U2’s latest album.

Apple kills the iPod Classic

Apple quietly removed the aging device from its online store after the keynote today. It’s the end of an era.

Stay tuned for more as we go hands-on with the newly announced iDevices.

Blowfish12@2014 Author: Sudharsun. P. R.


iPhone 6 on sale in Chine


China’s largest mobile carrier is now accepting orders for the iPhone 6 ahead of the model’s official launch, according to China Daily. The new phone will be available from China Mobile Beijing.  China Mobile is the largest mobile phone operator by subscribers, with 760 million of them. (That’s equivalent to more than double the population of the U.S.)

The site has already received over 33,000 orders for the new devices since Tuesday evening.

China Mobile appears to have also inadvertently confirmed rumors that Apple will release two versions of iPhone 6, in different sizes. The China Mobile Beijing site is giving users the choice between a 4.7- and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. However, the site has not released accompanying images or provided a release date.

In the past, China Mobile has offered online reservations for unannounced Apple devices —  it did a similar thing with the iPhone 5S last year. Apple’s media event is next Tuesday, when the company is expected to officially unveil iPhone 6.

Blowfish12@2014 blowfish12.tk Source: Yahoo

Wish to have Android apps On Windows or Mac

“Android is not just for Android devices any more. Thanks to the BlueStacks App Player, you can run your favorite Android apps on PCs running Windows XP, Vista or 7. You can run them on a PC or even a tablet running Windows 8. If you’ve got a Mac, BlueStacks will let you run Android apps on it as well. This nifty player won Best of CES last year — and it’s free.”

Have you got some favorite smartphone apps? Not convinced by Microsoft’s new Windows app selection? Itching to see some Android action on your MacBook Pro? Don’t worry, just install an Android emulator on your Windows or Mac machine and run all of the Android apps that you’ve grown to love.

A version is even available for Windows 8 Surface tablets. Load up to 750,000 Android apps, including games, SMS text messaging, and media apps.

The free product that lets you do this is BlueStacks App Player, and it claims more than 5 million downloads.

Here’s how to go about loading and running the BlueStacks emulator:

Installation and Use

Step 1: Browse to the BlueStacks Web page on a desktop computer or laptop and click on the download button for your operating system. Choose between XP, Vista and Windows 7; Windows 8; or Mac.

Follow the usual steps for installing software, opening the .exe file. Follow the prompts to allow installation and then accept the terms of the license agreement by clicking on the Welcome to BlueStacks’ Continue button.

Step 2: Verify that App Store Access and App Notification check boxes are enabled on the following screen and then click Install. Allow the BlueStacks application to load.

Step 3: Click on the My Apps tile and then on the App Search button.

Search for an app that you use regularly on your smartphone or tablet. For example, I searched for Falcon Pro, a robust, paid-for Twitter client I like. Allow the in-Bluestacks search to complete and then click on the Install button adjacent to the search result.

Tip: The app doesn’t install from this search. This search just tells you which store has the app you want.

Step 4: Choose an app store from the selection. I chose the Google native Play store, but there will be others listed, including Amazon.

Tip: Choose the store that you normally use on your device. It will be cheaper to migrate an app that you’ve already paid for.

Step 5: Add your account details if prompted. If you already have a Google account, add it here. Allow any sync to take place and then select Finish Setup. Click on any terms and conditions check boxes and then press Continue.

Step 6: Perform a second search for the app that you want to install. Allow the search to take place and then choose Accept and Download. Allow the app to install and then open the app. This search is from within the store that you may be familiar with, like Play.

Tip: Use the on-screen keyboard that pops up rather than the PC’s physical keyboard if you run into keyboard mapping issues when communicating with the app.

Blowfish12@2013 Blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.