Browsing articles from "January, 2010"

Apple iPad for sale – not.

Jan 31, 2010
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If you have come across websites which claim to be taking orders for the Apple iPad – be very careful. Apple have not put the iPad for sale yet as it hasn’t passed the FCC testing (it will, don’t worry).

So, do not trust or give money to any site which claims they have them on order or can get you one now!

iPad – post hype

Jan 29, 2010
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The Apple iPad has been announced as many of you will be aware. It is a 9.7 inch tablet style device running a special build of the iPhone software. There are basically two models: a wifi-only version and a wifi/3G version. Both have 16, 32 and 64GB variations. The 3G version uses a microSIM (which can be handmade from a standard SIM if you are handy with a stanley knife!) and is unlocked to run on any carrier. It isn’t a 3G phone – it uses the 3G for mobile data.

The 140,000 applications in the Apple App Store mean that the iPad has one of the largest software libraries on the planet on launch. The screen of the iPad has a resolution of 1024×768 (the iPhone is 320×480) giving the ability to run the existing App Store applications in a standard size (floating in the middle of the screen) or in 2x mode – using a pixel double mode to zoom them up. With the iPad development kit, applications can be developed to use the extra screen size.

On the Apple website, there are some great movies which show the functionality of the iPad – and many of you will notice the differences in the built-in applications over the standard iPhone. For example, check out Mail and the Calendar applications. Apple also have iWork for the iPad which gives you a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation package.

So, will it be your main browsing machine? A recipe device mounted on the wall in your kitchen? Build it into your car for navigation, entertainment and music? Read books? Or a full time writing tablet using the optional keyboard dock?

We will give you a full review when our unit turns up in March.

10 Little-known features in Photoshop CS4

Jan 25, 2010
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Here are ten little-known features of Photoshop CS4 brought to you by AdobeTV.

Apple Event next Thursday

Jan 22, 2010
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Tune into your favourite Apple blog next Thursday morning (NZ time) to see what the fuss is all about. There are rumors of all kinds of devices including tablets, new iPhones, iLife, iPhone 4.0 and much much more – but to set the record straight – nobody actually knows.

Here is a link to a small report on the invite.

Spark 5.5 update

Jan 19, 2010
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Spark 5.5 is due February. We are in the testing phase of the new features and are still on target to deliver in that timeframe. Might as well leak out a new feature – Time Usage Bars in Workflow and Search Jobs. Its a cool little progress indicator to show you how your overall time proposed vs time used is going…mouse over it and it reveals more detail…

Google Android phones

Jan 17, 2010
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We have secured a Google Android based HTC phone to test and compare against the iPhone in the smartphone area. The Android software is an open system that any hardware manufacturer can use on their phones. Compared to the iPhone, the Android system is powerful but a bit harder to use. If you have a technical mind and love “geeky”, then the Android is a great choice.
Features like native Facebook integration (yes, it gets photos and birthdays etc for your contacts), twitter, powerful cameras with zoom, white balance, ISO, video recording and metering modes. Like the iPhone, there is a Google Marketplace which allows you to download apps for various tasks. The screen works the same way – swipe, pinch, tap etc. There are models with and without physical keyboards – the onscreen keyboard works well – but the iPhone keyboard is better. Syncing is best done through your GMail account for contacts and calendars, or you have to buy Missing Sync for Android on the Mac – free sync software for the PC. The flood of Android powered phones is yet to hit NZ – but when they do, make sure you take one for a test drive first to see that it fits your brain type before buying one!! The Google Nexus is the next generation HTC hardware and will be in NZ sometime later this year.


Happy New Year from the team at Digital Arena

Jan 3, 2010
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We hope 2010 is a very prosperous year for you all!