Last night, June 2nd was the opening keynote of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Convention (WWDC) 2014 Edition, this convention being the company’s 25th held special surprises for developers as well as the end user consumer. Tim Cook took the stage to introduce us to the new Operating System (OS X) Yosemite which was so close to being called OSX Weed :P as well as the iOS 8 both of which will be coming to everyone this Fall and will be available as a free upgrade.
So you’re probably interested in what each update contained, well I will summarize it to the bone (hopefully) and this should be easy for you guys to follow along. Although Tim Cook was the main keynote speaker when it came to announcing the new software products, Craig Federighi was the man of the hour who took to explaining what each OS had in terms of “What’s New” and made us laugh hilariously along the way.
This is the first time I take so long to recapping an Apple Event, and I am shocked by my actions, therefore I will punish myself with NO CAKE! :P Just kidding, anyways let’s get down to it, there will be two posts really to showcase everything that I want to talk about. First on the list, Apple has finally given the iPad a drastic new image to follow it’s younger sibling the iPad mini.
Prepare yourselves, iOS 7 should be available for download between 7-9 PM KWT (GMT +3) time. I’ve been using it for the past three months and I can’t fall in love with it more than I have. Everything is just easier and fresher.
Before you update be sure to back up your device whether it is on the iCloud or on your iTunes connected computer. Once the update appears download and update and hopefully you won’t lose anything.
For those of you who have been beta testers, well all you need to do is back up your phone, download the Gold Master from the iOS Developers page and restore your iOS device by using the last back up you created.
Happy iOS 7 Day!
Note: iOS 7 is compatibable with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation+, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad mini.
The Apple event just concluded with the announcement of a ton of new products. Not to bore you with the technical details but Tim Cook took the stage in California to update us about what’s happening with the iPhone, iOS launch, as well as the Mac OS launch before he handed off the stage to Phill Schiller to introduce the new line-ups.
The updates included the MacBook Pro Retina, Mac Mini, iMac, and the new iPad as well as the iPad mini.
Orbit Showtime Network otherwise known as OSN has finally announced the availability of their iPad app which basically allows you to access both Arabic and English entertainment and live sports channels on-the-go. OSN Play was introduced earlier this year when you were asked to sign up for it and all, now with this app you can become more mobile so instead of only watching your shows/live tv on your computer, you can access it on your tablet.
OSN Play is absolutely free for OSN subscribers. All you need to do is register on OSN’s website [Here] and download the free application from the iOS Store [Here]. Once registered, you can access OSN Play with the username and password available. OSN Play has 10 dedicated live-streaming channels and one of the awesome things right now is that you can live-stream the Olympics.
One more thing, with Airplay mirroring you can view it on your TV as well but then again that defeats the purpose in a way doesn’t it?
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and download it.
Yesterday as I was browsing Shahid.NET to catch the latest episode of “Kannat Al Sham” and “Saher Al Lail 3″ I noticed a little mark that said something along the lines try our new iOS application. I was surprised and later that evening before going to bed I downloaded the FREE app.
It’s simply a cool app which allows you to access Shahid.Net’s database of TV Shows/Episodes whether they aired on MBC4 or MBC1 they’re there. Ramadan Shows along with English Shows. All you would have to do is select which program you’d like to watch and you can watch it immediately. Currently for Ramadan they are uploading the episodes as soon as they air (let’s give it an hour or so after it airs the episode is available) and you can watch it with little interruptions. The awesome feature of the app is that if you have an Apple TV (read: Swera) you can immediately send the show you are watching to ‘AirPlay’ on your big screen. It’s clear enough and depending on how fast your internet is, you can easily enjoy your time with it.
One of my pet peeves with the app is the fact that it only functions on Wi-Fi and sometimes can experience some crashing. Otherwise it’s a great one out there. If you remembered my earlier post as to where to watch your Ramadan Shows, Shahid.Net was an option there now there is an app to further help it out. To find out what shows are currently available on the app regarding the Ramadan series here is a list I have compiled:
- “Ferqat Najy 3a6allah”
- “7alaft 3omry”
- “Saher Al Lail 3″
- “Kannat Al Sham o Kanayen Al Shamiya”
- “7eber El 3eyon”
- “Al Khawaja Abdulqader”
- “6aish 3eyal”
- “Ya Hala Eb Shooj Weyana”
- “Banat Al 3eela”
- “7ekayat Banat”
- “Khawa6er 8″
- “Al Mesageyel 2″
- “Ma3a Sebq El Esraar”
- “6areq o Hayona”
There seems to be an insane amount of technology news today that I felt needed to share with you and so I have compiled the best of the best in this little humble post.
I. Dropbox Expands Available Pro Plans
A few days ago Dropbox has decided to reward their faithful Pro subscribers by doubling their storage. Those of you who have purchased the 50GB Yearly package for 99$ a year now have 100GB and those who purchased 100GB for 199$ a year get 200GB!
What is “Dropbox”? It is an online storage system sort of like iCloud, Google Drive, Box.net, and more. You can store your photos, documents, and videos. Actually any kind of file and be able to share some with friends and family. It’s literally like having a USB flash drive on the cloud. Accessible from any browser or device with the app installed.
I was one of the lucky ones who got the extra 50GB and because I test drove the HTC One X a while back I got 23GB for free (for 2 years) and when I got the Samsung Galaxy SIII I got another 48GB for free (for 2 years) as well in total right now I have a whole shitload of Dropbox space (175GB) and I am happy! [Source]
II. “Tweetbot” Arrives on Your Mac in Alpha Mode
For those of you who are familiar with the “Tweetbot” app on your iPhone and iPad then you will definitely feel at home with the new “Tweetbot” app available for Mac. You can now experience additional power which you don’t get from the “Twitter for Mac” app such as being Retina-ready for the MacBook Pro, not to mention being able to check retweets of your content, mute chatty poeple or hashtags (works for Ramadan when the Dewaniya starts again), and seriously just get more control. If you are still interested then be sure to download the alpha (it’s not even in beta mode) which has a few features missing (iCloud collaboration, Mountain Lion’s Notification Center,etc) and will probably be buggy a bit. [Download here] [Read Quick Hands On by Engadget Here]
III. “Amazing Alex” Debuts on iTunes App Store
Brought to you by Rovio Mobile, the creators of “Angry Birds” and more this new app will be as addictive as the Birds were. You basically have to solve puzzles and gather points. I personally tried it and fell in love with it. Trying to make the ball fall in the basket is quite a hard task makes you think. I guess managers, supervisors, parents, spouses and literally anyone all over the world will lose loved ones to this new app. [Source]
IV. Nexus 7 Pre-orders Start Shipping
Google celebrated the fact that they started shipping the Nexus 7 pre-orders with a rhyme a la Dr. Suess style on twitter. So for the Marzouq’s, Frankom’s, and Qortuba’s of the world I think you can now rest assured that your new toys will be arriving soon! [Source]