[Apple] 27″ Retina iMac & Faster Mac Mini Announced

October 19, 2014  |  Apple, New Products

I know it has been a few days since I completed my Apple’s Special Event post, but better late than never.  Apple held an event last Thursday, October 16th in which they announced the new iPad Air 2 and the slightly refreshed iPad mini 3 (which after consideration finds only two updates and that is a new colors and Touch ID, otherwise everything is exactly the same as the iPad mini 2, therefore it’s not smart to purchase.  Anyways, Apple also unveiled the new iMac with 5K Retina Display and finally refreshed the Mac Mini.

What’s new in the iMac with 5K Retina Display?

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, carrying a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels.  This means an improved contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy on the iMac. This is just beyond gorgeous!
  • It features the fourth generation Intel Core processors and comes with the standard quad-core 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, it is upgradable to a quad-core 4.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor.
  • Features AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor
  • Comes standard with 1TB Fusion drive (upgradable to 3TB)
  • Comes with Thunderbolt 2 and Faster Wi-Fi

Pricing starts at $2499 (730 KWD) for the stock model featuring: 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory.  It is available for purchase NOW. [Buy iMac with Retina 5K Display]

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[Apple] iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Announced

October 17, 2014  |  Apple, I want.., iPad, New Products

Apple held a special event today where they announced updates in the iPad line-up as well as the Mac line-up.  In this post we will discuss the updates with the iOS devices.

Before the announcement of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, we were given information that iOS 8.1 will be released next Monday, October 20th it will have some improvements to the things that iOS  8 broke when we last updated and bring back things such as the “Camera Roll”, activate Apple Pay (working in the US currently only) and introduce iCloud Photo Library .  This update is free and should hit the airwaves next monday.

What’s new in the iPad Air 2?

  • It is now THINNER at 6.1 mm instead of 7.5 mm on the iPad Air 1.
  • TOUCH ID has been enabled right now which helps you use APPLE PAY as well (however no NFC support).
  • The display has been revamped with the use a of GAPLESS LAMINATED DISPLAY PANEL which helps produce sharper images and covered with ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING that makes it 56% less reflective.
  • A new faster A8X processor is under the hood giving it faster performance and faster graphics.
  • The CAMERA has been updated with 8-megapixel iSIGHT CAMERA with 1.12 micron pixels, f2.4 and 1080P HD videos.  The FaceTimeHD camera also received an update and basically both cameras now can do everything your iPhone 6 can (i.e. Burst-mode,  Slo-Mo, Timelapse, Selfie Burst, HDR photos and HDR videos.
  • FASTER WIFI & MORE LTE BANDS are available.
  • BATTERY LIFE is at 10 hours
  • M8 Processor to give you better accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and an all-new barometer that senses air pressure to determine relative elevation.
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

What’s new in the iPad mini 3?

  • Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 1.52.52 AMTouch ID Home button
  • GOLD Color option
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

Everything else is pretty much the same as the iPad mini 2 (with Retina Display).

 

Prices are:

iPad Air 2

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$699] around 205 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 242 KWD (without tax and shipping)

iPad mini 3

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$399] around 117 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 155 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 212 KWD (without tax and shipping)

Personally, I’m grabbing the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both in Gold color, 128GB Wi-Fi only models.  I find that I don’t use the LTE model at all so why pay the extra $130.

5 Ways to Extend Your iPhone’s Battery Life

October 16, 2014  |  Guest Writers, Techie

[Disclaimer: Article written by a Guest Writer provided by Social Monsters]

Few things are worse than your phone dying when you need it most. According to a battery test done by the tech blog Which?, the iPhone is the smartphone that charges to full life the quickest- but it’s also one of the worst at keeping a charge. Fortunately, you can extend your iPhone’s battery life to get just enough time to make that business phone call or send an important text or two.

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The One Where Jacqui is Unmasked

October 9, 2014  |  My Life, Shout Outs

Contrary to popular belief, I am not some fat girl-dude (curvy maybe sometimes when I overindulge in burgers and pizza) but I am a human being.  Many of you my faithful readers might have imagined I would look something like this:

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But in reality I am far away from it.  I have given you the image of being lazy, over weight, living on a couch, and just existing online and in your imaginations but I am real.  This month Bazaar Magazine decided I was interesting enough to interview for their “TRUTH OR DARE” segment and at first I was reluctant to come out with the real me, but then I was like “Bah humbug!”

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Don’t Ignore Your iPhone 6 or It’ll Kill Itself

September 30, 2014  |  Apple, iPhone

Watching this video had me on the edge of my seat.  I was constantly yelling at the screen “NO NO NO NO!” I felt as if I was watching a horror movie and the killer was about to do something to our heroes.  Apparently because of the smoothness of your iPhone 6 if you leave it on the edge of a glass table and ignore its ringing it might decide to kill itself.  So be careful and don’t leave your phone unattended, or better yet protect it with a case!

[TV] Other Network Renewals & Cancellations May 2014 – Onwards

September 29, 2014  |  Fall TV 2013, TV

It’s been a crazy summer, I have had this post in my queue for almost 5 months now and I think it is safe to say it is time to post it.  I have also updated and added the newest information so you can benefit from all of the information.  We can finally know the fates of your TV Shows that live on other networks such as TBS, TV Land, Netflix, etc.  So I’m here to give you a bit of a heads up on everything as well as share with you the latest in TV news.

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But first, let me share with you the dates of when some of your favorite shows are returning:

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The One Where The Public Sector Kills You

September 28, 2014  |  Rants, Work

I’m fast approaching my 6 month work anniversary in the public sector (and really I’m only counting because by then I can take two weeks paid leave and escape from the hell hole) and I have just realized how badly I miss the private sector when it comes to actually doing work.

So far the only up side to working in the public sector (government sector) is the fact that you have less working hours.  That’s it, that’s pretty much all there is to it.  You go to work at 8 and leave at 1:30 or 2 depending on which Ministry you work in.  

The pay, the colleagues, the non-existant work (or rather secretarial/administrative work) all majorly suck.  It is starting to get to me how much I am hating the place I am in because there is no future.  We all go to school, study and graduate with good grades or even top honors, find a job where we can give back to the community.  But what happens when your job is basically filing papers, typing up stuff, going on to google to research stuff, or even going on to google to translate stuff (which sucks I might add).   All that hard work spent improving yourself gone out the window just because some people where you work view you as a threat and figure because you are amazing you will quickly replace them and take over their job.

I started a part-time job at a place where I figure I might make a difference, actually I know I will.  I am hoping I can transfer there someday soon but the work is hectic, its more along the lines of Private Sector work, but I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVE IT! Yes it can be long hours but you actually see something happening.

With my previous jobs I used to see the outcome of something I did and I was insanely proud no matter how much other factors disrupted that feeling but I was so happy that I got to see an insane number of customers at the bank and finished their transactions in time and to the best that I could.  I was happy to go into work and edit articles, lay out a page for the newspaper and just see it come out the next day.  I miss that.

You might think going into the Public/Government sector will be a calming thing or even relaxing but there is an even bigger headache there, and once you go Private you can’t go back.

Just felt the need to vent out a bit.

Candidly, Jacqui