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New iPods, iTunes and wonderful colours

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The internets awash with info from Apple’s iPod event last night. The big news: iTunes 9 is available with a load of new features and a more polished look, there’s a new 64GB iPod touch and the newest iPod Nano 5G packs a camera with FM radio and video recording. Exciting stuff. You can read all about it in next month’s magazine, and until then, enjoy all the pretty colours!

Apple iPhone 3GS (the ‘S’ stands for speedy)

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A new iPhone was spotted last night, and while the body has stayed very much the same, its guts received a much needed overhaul. Apple has thrown a faster processor and twice the RAM into the 3GS, with a 3MP autofocus camera, better battery life and voice controls. iPhone OS 3.0 will come pre-installed, giving you a digital compass, copy and paste functions and a neat Find My iPhone application. It will come in 16GB and 32GB capacities, in the familiar black and white, and be priced US$200 and US$300 respectively. Out in the UAE  this August.

New Apple iPhone out today?

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Before any Apple event, sweaty palmed fan boys pledge allegiance to Jobs while anti-Apple naysayers hold their Zunes up high, leaving everyone else to speculate. This time round, the iPhone is in the spotlight. We’ve heard rumours ranging from US$100 handsets, an updated camera with video capabilities and increased 32GB capacities. We’ve also seen OLED screens, Apple tablet renderings, matte surfaces and glowing Apple logos. And while we can’t comment on those rumours, a loose-lipped Belkin exec recently let slip she had seen plans of the new ‘smaller and thinner’ iPhone. We shall all find out in the next few hours…

Nokia N97 feels the heat in Dubai

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Nokia’s latest N-series mobile has finally landed on the sunny shores of Dubai. We’ve played with it before, but we’re still rather impressed with this sleek little slider. It’s got a 5MP camera, HSDPA, A-GPS and up to 48GB of storage to play with, not to mention a full QWERTY revealed via sumptuous tilting mechanism. Expect to find it in stores early next week, for around US$850.

This marks the first release of the summer smartphone bonanza – with the Palm Pre launching in the US tomorrow, a new iPhone on the horizon, and HTC and Samsung both teasing big announcements. Like a Dubai summer, the mobile market is going to get very hot and sticky.

Bl-app-Berry World (well US, Canada and the UK)

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Today sees the launch of the BlackBerry App World for the US, UK and Canadian markets. The online app market is accessible to BlackBerrys with a rollerball or touchscreen* (via Wi-Fi and mobile networks).  Although frustrating for anyone based outside the three launch countries, BlackBerry’s App World definitely looks the part and might well be worth the wait (update on UAE launch date to follow). Visually very similar to Apple’s App Store, BlackBerry’s version comes with quite a healthy selection of launch apps including Facebook, MySpace, Pandora, Windows Live Messenger and even UNO (which has us a little excited – is that sad?). According to its press announcement, RIM expects over 1,000 fresh apps to be added this week and like Apple they have sent a plea out to app designers everywhere to get busy developing.

BlackBerry App World site

* OS 4.2 or higher

Etisalat launches pre-paid iPhone

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Don’t fancy one of those expensive iPhone service plans? Fear not, UAE-dwelling Apple fans, as Etisalat has just announced that the world’s most strokable mobile will now be available for Wasel customers (pre-paid, to you). Sure, it ain’t cheap at Dhs3,121 for 8GB or Dhs3,570 for 16GB, but ‘Slat will subsidize that with a free SIM and 250MB of free data a month for six months, a saving they reckon will save you Dhs2,000. That adds up to Dhs1,121 to get started on the multi-touch wonder… an odd figure, but who’s complaining?

Save the date: new iPhone in June (maybe)

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Apple has announced the dates of its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. This is the event at which the iPhone 3G was announced last year, and the smart money says that if there’s a new J-phone in the offing, it’ll be announced between June 8 to 12 at the event. After some pretty mediocre offerings so far this year, we think it could be just the ticket to get summer off to a good start.

Ten inventions that changed the world

A panel of 20 expert scientists from the British Science Association has come up with a list of the top 10 inventions that changed the world. Included in the list are the Bar Code, trainers and TV dinners. Stuff disagrees, and puts forward this (admittedly gadget-heavy) list of its own:

#10 Polaroid Camera Model 95


The world’s first instant camera, revolutionizing the photography world. It was easy to use, almost completely automatic with only eight shutter and aperture settings, and able to produce a photo print in one minute. Magic.

#9 Google

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So successful it’s now (officially) a word in the English language, the sometime search engine has become an online giant with more services than we’ve got room to mention. Want to know more? Google it!

#8 Compact Discs

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The Compact Disc, or CD, changed digital storage. Originally a breakthrough in digital audio, the idea later spread to video, giving rise to DVD and Blu-ray. But indestructible? We think not.

#7 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Released in 1985, the NES was the best selling game console of its time. It set the standard for everything gaming, from graphics design to controller layout, and it gave birth to Super Mario Bros.

#6 Apple II

The Apple II was one of the first mass-market home computers. It featured an integrated keyboard, sound, a plastic case and eight internal expansion slots… makes you wonder what else we take for granted.

#5 Sony AIBO


It could walk, see its environment via a built-in camera and recognize spoken commands. Sony’s AIBO brought joy to people of all ages who were allergic to real dogs, or just didn’t have any friends.

#4 Intel Pentium P5

It wasn’t the first home PC chip, but while you had to have at least a drop of geek blood running in your veins to know whether you had a 386 or 486, the 586’s fresh moniker had mass appeal that turned Pentium into a household name.

#3 Nokia 5110

Released in 1998, Nokia’s 5110 was the most popular mobile phone of its time and the first consumer handset to be truly ubiquitous. It was rugged, user-friendly and it had Snake, still among the most addictive phone games ever designed.

#2 Windows 3.1

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Microsoft’s first widely-used operating system introduced a serious desktop publishing platform for the first time. It became the world’s most widely used GUI-based operating system, a title now held by its descendant, Windows XP.

#1 Apple iPod

The ultra-chunky first-gen model had 5GB or 10GB of storage and introduced us to the signature click wheel. With 18 different models released in a mere 8 years, it transformed the music industry, product design and lifestyle.

[Post written by Stuff intern Haziq Ariffin]

iPhone 3.0 upgrade finally brings cut-and-paste

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Cupertino’s latest press conference has got Apple fanboys running around in a tizzy. Why? Because Apple finally did what it should have done ages ago. The iPhone 3.0 software upgrade finally adds cut-and-paste, a search bar for the whole system, and a QWERTY landscape keyboard for email and SMS. Oh, and now you can shake your iPhone to shuffle your music. So, good news for the hordes of weary iPhoners who’ve been crying out for basic usability upgrades, bad news for joggers. For app fans, The Sims 3 looks amazing, as does a new application to help teens deal with diabetes.

Check out all the updates from Apple.

[via The Times Online]

New iPhone OS update coming… is that all?

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There’s a new iPhone OS update in the pipeline this week (we’ll bring you news on Wednesday morning). It’s great news for iPhoners and iPod Touchers who may finally get cut-and-paste functionality, bug fixes and (in our dreams) the ability to run multiple apps at once. Time will tell, but why no updates on the rest of the iPod range? Stuff’s new iPod Classic has infuriated us with its battery-saving screensaver (which we’d love to be able to turn off), particularly as the battery cycle is so long (not that we should complain) that we’re wondering when we might be able to run the battery down. As all Li-Ion cells should be run flat once a month, that would mean withholding dock duties for some three days a month. What would you ask Apple’s dev team to fix if you had the choice?