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April 3, 2009

Apple Previews Developer Beta of iPhone OS 3.0

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Apple Previews Developer Beta of iPhone OS 3.0
Beta Release Provides New SDK, Over 1,000 APIs & 100 New Features
Apple today previewed its iPhone OS 3.0 software and announced the immediate availability of a beta software release to registered developers. The iPhone OS 3.0 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,000 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) including In-App Purchases; Peer-to-Peer connections; an app interface for accessories; access to the iPod music library; a new Maps API and Push Notifications. Apple also announced over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer including cut, copy and paste; MMS*; landscape view for Mail, Text and Notes; stereo Bluetooth; syncing Notes to the Mac and PC; shake to shuffle; parental controls for TV shows, movies and apps from the App Store; and automatic login at Wi-Fi hot spots. The iPhone OS 3.0 beta release will also include a new Voice Memo app and expanded search capability for all key iPhone apps, as well as Spotlight search across the iPhone or iPod touch.

“The new iPhone OS 3.0 is a major software release packed with incredible new features and innovations for iPhone customers and developers alike. It will keep us years ahead of the competition”, said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

The iPhone OS 3.0 beta software and SDK include over 1,000 new APIs and are available today for all iPhone Developer Program members to use for development and testing of their apps for iPhone and iPod touch. Included in these APIs is the ability to leverage the incredible purchase model of the App Store within apps. In-App Purchases will allow developers to offer subscription content and provide the ability to sell new content and features in a simple and secure process. Developers can also more easily create peer-to-peer games for iPhone and iPod touch by using Bluetooth.

Another key developer feature in the iPhone OS 3.0 beta software is the ability for apps to interface with hardware accessories, creating a whole new element of control for iPhone and iPod touch accessory developers as well as a new ecosystem of solutions for customers. Developers will also be able to use Apple’s new Maps API to integrate Google Mobile Maps services within their apps which will offer Google Map tiles, current location, custom annotations and geocoding. The iPhone OS 3.0 beta software includes the Apple Push Notification service which provides developers with a mechanism to alert users with sounds, text or a badge.

The new iPhone OS 3.0 software will be available to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer with over 100 new features including cut, copy and paste which can be done within or across applications; MMS to send and receive photos, contacts, audio files and locations with the Messages app; and the ability to capture and send audio recordings on the go with the new Voice Memo app. Landscape view will be available for Mail, Text and Notes. Search capabilities will be expanded, allowing customers to search within Mail, iPod and Notes or search across all key apps by typing a key word or phrase into the new Spotlight search, conveniently accessed from the Home screen.

The updated Stock app will add the ability to display recent company news and current trading information like opening or average price, trading volume or Market Cap, and will offer a landscape view to see a full screen of any stock chart. Customers will also be able to view shared calendars right on their iPhone with CalDAV support and sync their calendars with iCal, Yahoo, Google and Oracle.

Today, the groundbreaking App Store has more than 25,000 applications available to consumers, and 15 more countries have been added so the App Store is now available in 77 countries, allowing developers to reach more than 30 million iPhone and iPod touch users around the world. Developers set the price for their applications and retain 70 percent of all sales revenue. Apple covers all credit card, web hosting and infrastructure costs associated with offering applications on the App Store.

Pricing & Availability
The iPhone OS 3.0 beta software and SDK will be available for registered developers to download starting today from developer.apple.com. iPhone customers will be able to download the new iPhone OS 3.0 software for free this summer and iPod touch customers will be able to purchase a software update for $9.95 (US). International pricing available at launch.**

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

Apple Announces Incredible New iPod shuffle

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Apple Announces Incredible New iPod shuffle
World’s Smallest Music Player Now Talks to You
CUPERTINO, California — March 11th, 2009 — Apple today introduced the all-new iPod shuffle, the world’s smallest music player at nearly half of the size of the previous model, and the first music player that talks to you. The revolutionary new VoiceOver feature enables iPod shuffle to speak your song titles, artists and playlist names. The third generation iPod shuffle is significantly smaller than an AA battery, holds up to 1,000 songs and is easier to use with all of the controls conveniently located on the earphone cord. With the press of a button, you can play, pause, adjust volume, switch playlists and hear the name of the song and artist. iPod shuffle features a gorgeous new aluminium design with a built-in stainless steel clip that makes it ultra-wearable.

“Imagine your music player talking to you, telling you your song titles, artists and playlist names”, said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing. “The amazingly small new iPod shuffle takes a revolutionary approach to how you listen to your music by talking to you, also making it the first iPod shuffle with playlists”.

iPod shuffle is based on Apple’s incredibly popular shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from your music library. And now, when you can’t remember the name of a song or an artist playing, with the press of a button iPod shuffle tells you the name of the song and artist. iPod shuffle can even tell you status information, such as battery life. With the ability to hold up to 1,000 songs and the VoiceOver feature, you can now easily switch between multiple playlists on your iPod shuffle. iPod shuffle can speak 14 languages including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

The new iPod shuffle comes in silver or black and features a sleek and ultra-wearable design with a built-in stainless steel clip. iPod shuffle is the smallest music player in the world and is incredibly easy to clip to almost anything and take with you everywhere you go. iPod shuffle features up to 10 hours of battery life.*

Pricing & Availability
The third generation 4GB iPod shuffle is now shipping and comes in silver or black for a suggested price of £59 (inc. VAT) through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers. iPod shuffle comes with the Apple Earphones with Remote and the iPod shuffle USB cable. iPod shuffle requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later and iTunes 8.1 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 8.1.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

March 16, 2009

World’s smallest music player now talks to you

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World’s smallest music player now talks to you

Introducing the all-new iPod shuffle, the world’s smallest music player at nearly half of the size of the previous model, and the first music player that talks to you. “Imagine your music player talking to you, telling you your song titles, artists and playlist names”, said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing. “The amazingly small new iPod shuffle takes a revolutionary approach to how you listen to your music by talking to you, also making it the first iPod shuffle with playlists”.

Shakespeare Found on iTunes U

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Shakespeare Found on iTunes U

Thanks to the oft-reproduced engravng that appeared in the first folio edition of his work, just about anyone who’s read a play by William Shakespeare will know what he looked like. But now a new portrait has emerged that puts a younger, more comely face on the mighty bard. Listen as Professor Stanley Wells of the University of Warwick explains who may have commissioned the only portrait painted while the poet lived

App Store Picks: Barista

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App Store Picks: Barista

Fancy a flat white? In the mood for a macchiato? Barista, a recent arrival on the App Store, can guide you through each step in the process of creating a caffè latte, cappuccino, americano, mocha, and other delightful espresso beverages in the comfort of your own home. It also offers tips on selecting and storing coffee beans, creating “latte art”, and a handy

Faster, smarter, better. iTunes 8.1

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Faster, smarter, better. iTunes 8.1

Now available as a free download, iTunes 8.1 loads large libraries, browses the iTunes Store, and syncs with iPod, iPhone and Apple TV more quickly than the previous version. There’s more. iTunes now automatically imports music from your CDs as higher quality, 256-Kbps iTunes Plus files, so your music sounds even better than before.

Celebrate Red Nose Day 09 with iTunes

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Celebrate Red Nose Day 09 with iTunes

Comic Relief has raised over £500 million for charity since 1985. This year’s official Comic Relief song and music video features the further adventures of Vanessa and Brynn from Gavin and Stacey. There’s also a great cover of Depeche Mode’s “I Just Can’t Get Enough” by The Saturdays, some official Comic Relief Apps, a Comic Relief Podcast and some

March 5, 2009

Introducing the all in one for everyone

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Introducing the all in one for everyone

Available today, the new iMac line includes a 20-inch model and the flagship 24-inch iMac, which delivers a 30 percent larger display, twice the memory and twice the storage. It features the Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at speeds up to 3.06 GHz, 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, a 640GB or 1TB Serial ATA hard drive, and several options for graphics processors. All iMac systems come with Mac OS X Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife ’09, Apple’s unparalleled suite of consumer applications for managing and organising photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music

Apple announces most energy efficient Mac ever: the new Mac mini

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Apple announces most energy efficient Mac ever: the new Mac mini

The new Mac mini is an innovative, tiny desktop that measures just 16.51 cm square and 5.08 cm tall. Now featuring the same groundbreaking NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processsor that comes in MacBook family computers, it delivers up to five times better graphics performance. It’s also the world’s most energy efficient desktop, drawing less than 13 watts of power when idle. The new Mac mini is in stores now

Great Ormond Street Hospital. Apple Technology Helps Improve Surgical Treatment for Children

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Great Ormond Street Hospital. Apple Technology Helps Improve Surgical Treatment for Children

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A month-old baby girl lies anesthetized in an operating room at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH). Her life prospects up to this point have not been good. She suffers from a congenital condition known as atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) — a complex hole between the right and left sides of her heart, compounded by a drastically undersized left ventricle – the chamber that pumps fresh, oxygenated blood from her lungs to the rest of her body. Without corrective surgery, she faces a shortened life and a childhood robbed of vitality.

Professor Martin Elliott and his surgical team have planned this surgery carefully on a Mac using a 3D model derived from CT scan images. They have already closed the hole, dividing the heart into its normal right and left sides. Their mission now is to enlarge her left ventricle to create normal blood flow. Elliott is working inside a heart the size of a walnut, in a ventricle less than a cubic centimeter in volume. He inserts the 3mm tip of a camera into the ventricle. Instead of the normal smooth interior, the camera’s monitor display reveals multiple trabeculi - bundles of muscle - connecting its right and left sides. He cuts the bundles, and the ventricle springs open to normal size.

This is a new procedure, created for a tiny patient with a rare and unusual problem. Captured on video, archived, edited, and labeled using Apple technology — it will be shared with surgeons around the world. Many other children will benefit.

Using the Mac to Plan and Capture Surgeries
Dr. Elliott is head of the Cardiothoracic Unit at GOSH, a teaching hospital devoted to children. He plans his delicate surgeries using OsiriX, a Mac-based open-source medical image viewer. Using OsiriX lets him review scan images locally on the Mac.

“We use OsiriX to process CT and MRI image files into 3D images and work out what we can do for these kids,” says Elliott. “We get a lot of scans from referring physicians on CDs. Rather than beat them through the hospital’s PACS system, which we find quite limited, we put them through OsiriX on our own Macs. That gives us the ability, not just to view and manipulate the images in a local, user-friendly way, but to very easily export them as QuickTime movies for Keynote presentations, for written or published work, or for the families of these children.”

Once his demanding, hours-long surgeries — like the real case described above — have been planned and executed, Elliott and his team face another challenge: How do you tell other surgeons about it? Elliott virtually invented a new procedure to deal with the little girl’s unusual AVSD defect, and he is always concerned about passing his experience along to other surgeons, starting with the students who observe him during the operation.

“Only the surgeon can see inside the heart during the operation,” says Elliott, “When you’re learning, you stand opposite the surgeon and you can only see the heart by leaning over. From that view, you see it upside down and back to front. If I want to teach you a procedure, I have to assume you’ve learned enough to do it the other way round, and that’s a big risk for a baby.”

On the other hand, video of the procedure, taken from the surgeon’s viewpoint and captured on the Mac, is a superb tool for teaching surgical techniques. When they operate, surgeons in the unit wear a head-mounted camera that relays images to four screens around the operating room. They use a glass tube camera to get close-up looks inside the heart. They capture video of the entire operation on the Mac.

“We have shifted our video storage from the hospital’s system to our own Apple-based system,” says Elliott. “We had been recording on DV tape, but we’re now recording directly to a hard drive on a Mac.”

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