The wait is finally over! Those of you who are anxiously waiting for Apple’s latest Operating System release (OS X) Mountain Lion the wait is finally over. Apple has announced today that Mountain Lion will be offered for sale on July 25 for 19.99$ on the Mac App Store (I believe 10$ cheaper than last years).
The release was announced by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, in which he reconfirmed that iOS6 will be out this fall. Being that I’m a huge Apple fangirl (yes I admit that I am, and everyone is calling me right now “Mother of Apples”) I have found TUAW’s list of “Getting Ready for Mountain Lion” quite helpful. So be sure to check them out here. [Link]
Look forward to the following new features:
- Preview gets a built in minimal image editor and is more than just an application to view photos.
- Messages are now available on your Mac machines, so you can carry on your iMessage conversation on your desktop/laptop.
- Dictation is available and works similarly to Siri in terms of you speaking the text and your computer will type it.
- Sharing comes built in with iWork, Safari, and almost everything on your system.
- Notifications are there just like they are on your iOS device.
Tim Cook also hinted out on some amazing new things coming our way soon by stating “We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.” I can’t wait to see what they are, most signs point to a smaller version of the iPad and of course the next generation iPhone.
My gadget buddy in crime Marzouq (@Z_District) has literally furnished his “Dark Side’s Apartment” (also known as the Android Loser Side) and has pre-ordered the Google Nexus the moment it was announced. Needless to say he spent the last 3-4 weeks waiting for his new toy to arrive (just as I was spending the same time waiting for my new child) and it hit his hands this past weekend. He spent a few hours with the tablet and discovered a few things.
In his review, he gives you the pro’s and con’s as to what he thinks the device has or lacks in comparison to the iPad but not really in a fully detailed comparison. He is enjoying it’s thinness, lightness, and ease of use especially since he has already experienced the new OS Jelly Bean on his Galaxy Nexus. I will stop rambling here and point you to where you can definitely read more and enjoy his review.
He’s like the anti-me, the one with a green face!
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”
A little bit late this week, but better late than never, this week’s Technology Sunday at Al Watan Daily Newspaper features a whole lot of news. One of the funniest however is the fact that a British judge has ordered Apple to run ads saying that Samsung did not copy their design of the iPad. The judge, Birss, actually said that Samsung didn’t infringe on Apple’s design patents because its Galaxy Tab tablets are not “as cool” as the US company’s iPad. Thus, Apple must run an ad on its website and in British newspapers to correct that impression and this ad must remain for at least six months.
The insanely funny thing however, is that cartoonists have taken it to their heart and came up with this comic which literally had me rolling on the floor with laughter. [Source]
A few more interesting bits and pieces can be found summarized below since I want to give you the gist of it without spoiling the reading of the page.
Just as my new child (I mean MacBook Pro with Retina Display) is about to arrive, it cleared customs today and will be picked up tomorrow inshalla, the shipping times have improved for new orders of the MacBook Pro Retina Display. They have gone down from 3 – 4 weeks to 2- 3 weeks last week. But I just found out that the timings have shifted to 1-2 weeks!
So if you were looking forward to grabbing one, now is your chance and the wait won’t be as severe as it was for me! In a few days I will have waited for an entire month! Man, I feel like I was actually pregnant for a month and gave birth to this lovely creature!
A few days ago I was invited by the Social Media Team of Safat Home to attend their Ramadan Extravaganza event and first Social Media event ever, in which they announced their special offers for the Ramadan Season. The event took place last Wednesday July 18th at their newly opened Safat Home store located right across the street from Abyat, across from Al Tilal Complex.
The place was quite spacious, well designed and well organized. Simply put, you can find your way around without the need to require extra help. Upon arrival the gathering was set at the Costa Coffee Shop which is located inside the store. We were introduced to the Social Media Team from Safat Home and were given a glimpse as to what the Ramadan Extravaganza will include.
If you are one of those people who enjoys going to different expos and browsing around well you have a chance to do so during the holy month of Ramadan. WHITExpo will officially be opened on the 29th of July until the 31st of July and this year it is all about “Going Green”, supporting recycling, and providing an environmental approach to our society.
Their symbol this year will be “The Make a Wish” tree which will be centralized in the hall and carry the wishes of the orphans, hopefully one of you attending will be able to put a smile on those orphans faces and make their wish come true. Nevertheless, this will be an interesting event to check out so don’t hesitate to stop by.