A short while ago, just a few minutes ago the Apple Event of September wrapped up and we saw the unveiling of a few new products (well only the major one the #iPhone). Tim Cook took the stage to run through some numbers earlier today before the main event took place. The most important announcements that were revealed were:
- iOS 7 will be available as a free download on Wednesday Sept. 18 and is compatible with iPhone 4 onwards, iPad 2 onwards, iPad mini, and 5th generation iPod touch.
- iWork & iLife apps are now available free with every iOS device purchase (those include Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iMovie, iPhoto)
- Infinity Blade III will be available to purchase in the App Store on Sept. 20.
- iPhone 5C – Pre-Order starts Friday September 13, Ships September 20.
- iPhone 5S – Order starting September 20
Let’s talk a bit more about the bits and pieces announced, shall we?
Amazon announced last weekend the next generation of the Kindle Paperwhite in which they upgraded minor things that could mean a smoother device for its end-users. Although it is mostly a hardware upgrade the important announcement which I found interesting came in the form of the newly announced “Kindle Matchbook“. Simply put, if you ever purchased actual physical books from Amazon you will soon be able to purchase the same items for your Kindle at virtually no cost. Similar to their previous “Auto-Rip” program launched a while back you would receive an AmazonMP3 version of an album you previously purchased. In this case the Kindle version of some Paperback books or Hardcovers will either be free or range between 0.99$ – 2.99$.
Over 10,000 books will be available via Kindle Matchbook when it launches in October, and your entire order history will qualify for discounted Kindle Books. Only books that were purchased new will count towards MatchBook however (which means will be offered completely free). I can’t wait because this means I will actually have two copies of my books and my Kindle will actually be my moving library!
- Higher Contrast e-Ink display
- Faster processor for improved page turning and book opening
- Redesigned built-in light
- Touch-screen has been improved as well
- Integration with Goodreads
- Kid-friendly mode called Free Time
- Expansion of the X-Ray feature which now uses a full dictionary and Wikipedia in the “Smart Lookup” tool
What’s the same?
- Form factor is just like the previous generations except it is a bit lighter
The device is available for Pre-Order on Amazon and ships September 30th for 119$ with Special Offers or 139$ without Special offers. Personally, I won’t be grabbing this model as I have the previous generation and its fine with me.
Features of Kindle MatchBook?
- Kindle Editions at a great price: Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased qualifying print books can get the Kindle edition for prices that are typically $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
- For book purchases dating back to 1995: Print purchases from 1995 will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook
- Easy Discovery: Readers can easily look up their entire print book order history to discover which of their past purchases are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook.
The integration of technology in fashion brings form, function and visual impact to the industry. Laptop bags have hidden chargers, kinetic energy powers watches and MP3 players can be color coordinated to your outfit. As the world progresses, fashion houses want to be a part of it.
(Twitter Dress worn by Nicole Scherzinger)
Now, I own a bunch of mobile phones (some were gifts, and some were purchases) that range from Androids to iPhones with the older generation Nokia’s and Sony Ericsson’s but I have yet to own a Windows Phone and I’m tempted. I’m tempted more so now especially since Nokia has released the new Lumia 625, but I’m on the rocks to try that or the Lumia 1020 but we’ll see about that. The Nokia Lumia 625 is a 4G smartphone that is priced at 78.000 KWD, it delivers a large 4.7-inch LCD screen, 4G internet access, along with some newer features that are seen in the Lumia 1020. Below is the press release which delivers more information.
Now that the Apple World Wide Developer’s Convention is over we can recap all the new good stuff that was announced by Tim Cook and his team of brilliant designers. Since I’m on vacation this post will be entirely condensed post with bullet points and more so I guess you will thank me for it in the end.
This past Wednesday (April 24) I was invited to attend the official opening of the Samsung Electronics store in Al Hamra Tower, you may have visited the other branch in the Grand Avenues however they are not run by the same company. Al Hamra Tower is being run by Wahran and thus this opening featured the attendance of the Korean Management (unfortunately I do not have the names of the individuals however feel free to enjoy the images below).
The Samsung store is reputed to be the largest Electronics store in Al Hamra tower featuring Samsung Electronics (whereas the Grand Avenues is mainly focused on Mobile Electronics). If you are looking for a brand new Samsung Series laptop, Samsung camera, mobile phones, tablets, etc then be sure to visit them in the Al Hamra tower on the Mezzainane level (right across from Magnolia’s Bakery).
The Korean Samsung Management with Al Hamra CEO Mr. Al Othman
When in Kuwait, do as the Kuwaitis do…
Samsung Electronics opens daily in Al Hamra Tower.
Yes many of you will find that I might be committing a felony by mentioning BlackBerry devices on my blog and that I am a sell out for abandoning my beloved Apple devices but you should understand one thing, I love all technology, whether it is an Apple device, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Google, whatever it is, the fact that they are electronic gadgets will interest me and will make me want to try them out, it’s what the device can do to ‘wow’ me is what will influence my decision.
I stumbled upon the above seen video while trolling the internet for my daily ‘technology’ fix and although most of it is in German, you can pretty much get the gist of it. You see in less than 2 weeks BlackBerry will finally attempt to rejoin the technology world with their newly launched BlackBerry 10 devices and will attempt to battle for their old place in the Cellphone Operating System race which they have lost recently to the existing iOS and Android Operating Systems. A while back, Bensirri invited me to attend a sneak peak at the new BlackBerry 10 OS and it intrigued me, had me wishing to try out the device but at the same time I just felt that it was a little too late for them to jump right back in.
Their main selling points with the BB10 system is the revamped ‘keyboard’ in which its insanely smart that it will detect what you’re going to write simply by typing the first letter. Not to mention it’s iOS and Android-like features a ‘Siri’ type of feature which rivals the speed of the iPhone and what not. There are many features available but none of which are officially announced in regards to the actual BB10 devices to be released but once they do, I will definitely mention them.
My interest is definitely heightened when viewing the video, will this be a winner, only time will tell. Let’s just hope it’s not another coaster-holder device like the BlackBerry PlayBook was.