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Apple fan’s depiction of the iPad in 2004 is surprisingly accurate

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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It’s hard to think that the iPad has only been around for 4 years. Apple’s landmark device set the tone for all other companies to also start making tablets. And now, with iPads and the various other tablets available being such an integral part of our world, it’s good to take a look back at the world before tablets.

Recently, The Next Web came across an old concept forum on the popular MacRumors website dating back to 2004. Here, some Apple fan created an render of what he thought would be Apple’s ‘next big thing’.

And surprisingly, he was almost spot on. The fan created his own interpretation of (what he called) the iPad.  (more…)

Microsoft Office for iPad finally launched

Published by on Mar 28th, 2014, No Comments

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After years of rumour upon rumour, Microsoft has finally put the endless speculation to rest and announced the launch of Office for iPad. 

Julia White, General Manager of Microsoft Office, finally gave avid iPad users what they have been waiting for at an event held in San Francisco yesterday. Here, Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad for the very first time – and we must say, it’s really quite impressive.

Office for iPad is available as three different apps – Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (more…)

Microsoft Office available on iPad and iPhone soon

Published by on Feb 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft Office Mobile has been available on the iPhone for quite some time now, but no tablet support has been granted, until now. Not only is the slate-focused productivity suite alive and well, it’s apparently going to launch before July.

Office for iPad has been codenamed Miramar, and it has been reported that it might even launch ahead of the Windows 8 version tipped or Windows tablets, which is quite surprising. The word from Microsoft is that it will be released as they are finished on different platforms. (more…)

Our 5 Favourite New iOS7 Features

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 18 Comments

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Apple fans were probably nailed to their PC’s last night to see what Apple’s software guys have been brewing for the last year. The anticipation was more than usual this year – iOS’s development leadership structure had a reshuffle a few months ago, and Jony Ive has taken over the design of the new iOS7.

A New Look.

Jony Ive is the guy responsible for Apple’s hardware design until now. His work until now gives you an idea where his preferences lies. Simplicity and well thought out “golden rule” approaches can be found all over the new iOS7. App icons are all redesigned (after 5 years of very subtle changes) using a grid like design within the icon. All the 3D looking gradients of past icons are gone. Simple flat icons might take some getting used though.

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FNB launches Tablet Apps

Published by on Apr 15th, 2013, No Comments

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FNB has released a new Banking App customised for tablet devices, complimenting a much larger tablet device strategy for the Bank. From today, the App is available for download from today in app stores across Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices.

“The new Banking App, designed specifically for tablet devices, was developed with ease-of-use as a key priority and utilises the full capability of the latest tablet devices. It is completely custom-made and not a re-skin of our existing smartphone App.” says Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations.

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Apple iOS7 Running Late, Radical Changes

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2013, 4 Comments

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There are a few big dogs in tech that always seem to know more about what is going on behind the scenes at Apple. These include guys like MG Siegler and John Gruber amongst others. These guys started chatting on Branch, and there are some very interesting blurbs of info which will be of great interest to fans of the iPhone.

Apparently the iOS7 update is bigger than originally planned, and is currently running behind. Apple has moved engineers from the Mac OS X 10.9 team to hurry up the iOS7 development. The big news with iOS7 is that Scott Forstall (which headed up iOS since day one) has moved away from Apple, and Jony Ive (the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design) has taken his place for UI design.

The new iOS7 changes is apparently so big that current engineers are using special filters on their phones so that no one can peak over and see the new design. iOS has been heavily criticised for its skeumorphic heavy interface, and the new iOS will have a lot cleaner design.

Some other interesting observations from the online chat: (more…)

Choosing an Office app for iPad

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, 7 Comments

The iPad has been taking the enterprise by storm, and it is clear that among many office workers it is quickly becoming the device of choice for taking meeting notes, emailing and keeping up with your calendar. With the average person moving to a more browser centric work style, it is only natural to see that corporate will find tablets more enticing.

But there are a few things that PCs still do better than tablets.  Not everyone agrees that tablets are the future of computicket, but I do particularly like Steve Jobs’s vision for the future of tablets:

“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms. Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.”

“PCs are going to be like trucks,” Jobs said. “They are still going to be around.” “only one out of x people will need them.”

One of the key areas where tablets still suffer is with proper Office suites. (more…)

CoPilot Live to integrate with new Apple Maps on iOS6

Published by on Sep 13th, 2012, No Comments

The iPhone 5 has been unveiled. As widely predicted, its all-new design features a thinner metal case, a larger screen, and a new connector. It also packs iOS 6, which includes Apple’s Maps, Apple’s new proprietary mapping and navigation app and the replacement for Google Maps on iOS.

To welcome the iPhone 5, ALK have optimised CoPilot Live for its new taller screen for an a better widescreen navigation experience. They have also integrated with Apple’s Maps in iOS 6. A user will be able to find and select a location on Apple’s Maps and then navigate there using CoPilot’s offline, voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS guidance. As with all CoPilot apps, CoPilot’s maps are stored on the phone for use when there is no mobile or data connection available.

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