Mac OS X 10.7.3 hits Software Update


How about a 700+ megabyte download to brighten up your day? Apple‘s just released a update to it’s Loin OS, bumping this feline all the way up 10.7.3. Those braving this update can look forward to new languages, a new version of Safari (5.1.3) and a fix for the WiFi reconnection bug upon waking from sleep. Also buried in the release notes are RAW support for “more cameras”

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Next Gen iPod Nano With A Camera Leaked


At The Path Untaken we don’t know a lot about this leaked Ipod Nano apart from it will have a two megapixle camera with rumers of a fall release.

We’ve emailed the guys at apple to see what they say about this device but so far no answer but as seen as we do we’ll tell you.

Apple updates Airport stations and Time Capsule,


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Apple has released a update for their networking and backup goods which are also known as Airport Express, Extreme and Time Capsule. The 802.11n stations are getting a fix that solves “an issue with wireless performance,” Also the capsule is seeing some much needed iCloud support. The Apple cloud integration doesn’t stop there as you’ll also be able to remotely access your Airport disk as well. Though, it’s worth mentioning that this update means you’ll also need Lion, so those of you keeping your OS X old school with Snow Leopard will be out of luck.

Absinthe A5 Jailbreaker for iPhone 4S / iPad 2


The Absintha A5 Untethered Jailbreaksolution hit yesterday. And as any other jail break it opens up Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 2 for more creative uses by their owners — as long as they were on OS X. Now the team has returned with a version of the tool built for Windows users who enjoy iLife mixing and matching. All the usual restrictions, warnings and directives apply.

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Apple Reinvents Textbooks with iBooks 2


NEW YORK-January 19, 2012-Apple® today announced iBooks® 2 for iPad®, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available today, anyone with a Mac® can create stunning iBooks textbooks.

“Education is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet. With 1.5 million iPads already in use in education institutions, including over 1,000 one-to-one deployments, iPad is rapidly being adopted by schools across the US and around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love.”

The new iBooks 2 app is available today as a free download from the App Store™. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of the finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new iBooks 2 app lets students study and learn in more efficient and effective ways than ever before.

iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple’s iBookstore. Authors and publishers of any size can start creating with Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. iBooks Author lets you add your own text and images by simply dragging and dropping, and with the Multi-Touch™ widgets you can easily add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote® presentations and 3D objects.

Apple today also announced an all-new iTunes® U app giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses. With the new iTunes U app, students using iPads have access to the world’s largest catalog of free educational content, along with over 20,000 education apps at their fingertips and hundreds of thousands of books in the iBookstore that can be used in their school curriculum, such as novels for English or Social Studies.* The iTunes U app is available today as a free download from the App Store.

*Some content is available only for iPad.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

 

*This is a Press Release From Apple and was NOT written by The Path Untaken*

Apple announces free iBooks Author


iBooks Author is a free OS X program for creating books. The intent is really for teachers and other educators to produce educational materials for their classes. But Apple has said the format can apply to any genre. Aside from the free part, the real story here is ease of use, with the ability to drag and drop photos, videos and even Microsoft Word files into various templates. If you use Apple’s own suite of office apps, in particular, you can drag and drop a Keynote presentation into the docerment, and it’ll live on as an interactive widget. (You can whip up other widgets, too, though you’ll need to know Javascript or HTML.)

Beyond the main text, authors can also arrange glossaries by highlighting and clicking words, and clicking again to add a definition. In a surprise move, Apple also said authors can publish straight to the store, though i’m waiting for clarification that textbook writers and other scribes are actually exempt from Apple’s notorious approval process. In any case, the app is available now in the App Store (for OS X Lion users only, sadly) so you can crack on.

Apple has also confirmed some key approval and revenue-sharing details. First, authors will be subject to the same App Store approval process as developers. Writers can offer their books for free, or for as much as 14.99 (the same price cap for textbooks sold in the store). And like developers, authors must agree to a 70/30 revenue split, with writers pocketing 70 percent after Apple takes its share.

Windows Phone 7 SMS Bug


An SMS message on your nice new Windows 7 powered device could knock out your messaging out in a cold, a one shot kill and you can’t prepare for it.

Apparently, Windows Phone 7 devices that receive a text containing a certain string of characters will reboot and return with a non-functional messaging client which can only be restored via a hard reset. This flaw is not device-specific and has been found to affect other parts of the OS. Locking up your handset if you’ve pinned a friend as a live tile and that buddy posts the magic bug words on Facebook or Windows Live Messenger.

To fix the problem requires quick tapping fingers, as you’ve got to remove the pinned tile after rebooting before it flips and freezes the phone again.

BUT before you go abandoning WP7’s ship, just know that these sms issues are a known phenomenon and have affected all the major mobile players, iOS and Android included. Until Microsoft releases a fix, cross your fingers and hang tight.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review


Nokia has been a dieing brand in the past few years with the increased comption from Apple’s IOS and also Google’s Android system so when Nokia made a pretty big organizational move when they decided to scrap their Symbian OS by partnering with Microsoft.  Togther they made the Nokia Lumia 800 which runs on Windows 7.5 .

What is Good about the Nokia Lumia 800? 

The phone on the first look has a stunning design and display. It’s design is one of a kind as it uses a single block of polycarbonate material. There is no other phone that looks like it, apart from other Nokia phones such as the Nokia Lumia 710. Though the phone uses a rather small 3.7 inch display (compaired to other Windows 7 Phones on the market), the screen resolution is awesome. The 1.4GHz processor is very well equipped to run Windows 7.5 and doesn’t seem to lag at all even with a lot of apps running in the background.

What is Bad about the Nokia Lumia 800? 

One of the downsides is there is no front facing camera. Other negative points about this phone are that the camera is of rather average quality. The screen size might also be small for some who prefer 4, 4.3 or 4.5 inch screens. Another negative is that there is no expandable memory.

Sum up of the Nokia Lumia 800 

Though Nokia have made a very good attempt to capture a part of the smartphone market with their new Windows devices, it has to be said that the specs of the Nokia Lumia 800 are not up to the mark. The hardware is gorgeous although too many things are missing in a phone that has a rather premium price tag. We are sure that Nokia is going to continue to churn out impressive Windows devices from now on although the Nokia Lumia 800 doesn’t have that WOW factor. If you asked me for an honest opinion, I would say that you should pass on the Nokia Lumia 800 and wait for the next generation Windows phones from the Nokia stables. But, if the form factor of the Nokia Lumia 800 is just too attractive to avoid, I would at least suggest that you read through my entire review of the Nokia Lumia 800 to learn more about individual aspects of this phone, to see if this phone truly warrants your purchase.

Design

The design is where the Nokia Lumia 800 really impresses. It uses a polycarbonate material in its construction. A polycarbonate is actually a special type of plastic that has a very metal like feel. When you touch and feel this phone, you will feel like you are holding a phone that is made out of anodized aluminum. Another special thing about this polycarbonate material is that the surface level color goes through the entire depth of this phone. So, even if you take a sharp object and scratch away, you will just see more of the surface level color, rather than seeing that ugly shiny metallic surface that will show up in most other phones. The Nokia Lumia 800 is available in some very attractive colors such as black and cyan.

As for the dimensions, the phone is 4.59 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide and quite thick at .47 inches. What is special about the screen is that the glass is fitted on to the body in such a way that makes the glass look like it is floating on the phone. Another way to describe it would be to explain the appearance of a large drop of water on a smooth surface. If you can you imagine how a dew drop of crystal clear water would look like on a really black surface. Well, that is what the screen of the Nokia Lumia 800 looks like. Another special feature of the Nokia Lumia 800 is that the display is slightly curved. This allows for better touch screen responsiveness and control on your part.

Display

The Nokia Lumia 800 has a 3.7 inch AMOLED display with Clear Black properties. True to its name, the clear black really looks dark and not greyed out like in regular AMOLED displays. The 3.7 inch screen puts out a 480X800 pixel resolution, packing in about 250 pixels per square inch. There is support for 16 Million colors. In summary, the display is just stunning to look at, especially when you factor in the way the glass has been set on the phone.

Windows 7.5 

Like I said earlier, Nokia made a pretty big gamble to dump its Symbian OS and adopt the Windows 7.5 OS. Though Windows 7.5 OS is still catching up with Android and iOS in terms of popularity, it has a lot going for it. The Mango OS offers a great Qwerty keyboard that is better than both the Android keyboard and the iOS keyboard. Mango 7.5 also makes it incredibly easy to integrate facebook and Twitter accounts into what is called a People hub. With Mango 7.5 being a Microsoft product, it is only natural that the phone is ready for streamlining with Microsoft services like Sky Drive, Zune and Live Id services.

Mango 7.5 also offers some pretty unique features such as threaded conversations that can be transferred from one platform to another. For example, you could be having a MSN chat with a person and then continue that threaded conversation as a threaded text message conversation at a later point. You just can’t do that with the Android OS and the iOS.

One drawback with the Mango 7.5 OS is that app support is still in a very evolutionary stage. While Android and iOS have hundreds of thousands of downloadable apps, the app count at Microsoft is a very humble 50,000, as of now. But, with Microsoft being the software powerhouse that it is, one can easily expect the app database to grow astronomically, especially if Windows phones become really popular.

Memory 

The Lumia 800 has 16GB of internal memory. There is no expandable SD card slot. As a matter of fact, you won’t find expandable SD card slots in any Windows phones as the OS’s architecture doesn’t support one, at least as of now (unless it was one of the Pre-Windows Mobile 2005)

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 800 does not have a front facing camera. If that was a little disappointing, we have more bad news in the camera department. The 8MP camera with dual LED flash produces picture quality that is best described as disappointing. We have tried 5MP cell phone cameras that have produced better pictures. We just don’t understand how a 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics can result in such mediocre pictures. It probably has something to do with the software integration. Whatever it is, there is a very good chance that the Lumia 800′s camera will disappoint you. This is a shame because Nokia phones like the N8 became very popular just because of their superb cameras.

Processor and performance 

The Nokia Lumia 800 uses a 1.4GHz single core processor that is supported by 512MB of RAM. It is pretty snappy for general use of the phone, such as opening up of apps, Nokia Drive etc. However, the processor does drag just a little bit when you open up the music player with heavy playlists. Graphic rich games also loaded quite slowly. 1GB of RAM might have addressed those shortcomings quite easily. But then, Nokia have given it 512MB of RAM and we just have to live with it.

Battery life

Though the phone uses a rather medium sized 1,450 mAh battery, it can provide impressive continuous talk time of up to 9 hours, on a 3G network. The standby times for this phone are in the 15 day range.