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Luis Suarez loses appeal against FIFA biting ban

ABC Sport - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 6:47am

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has lost his appeal against a four-month, nine international game ban for biting.

Andre Greipel finally wins in crash-hit Tour sixth stage

ABC Sport - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 6:29am

German sprinter Andre Greipel took stage six of the Tour de France, as two more riders crashed out of the race.

Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez completes Arsenal move

ABC Sport - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 5:55am

Premier League club Arsenal has signed Barcelona and Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez for an estimated $63.8m.

AFL moves to safeguard tough style of game

ABC Sport - Thu, 10/07/2014 - 10:25pm

The AFL appears set to release a new charter on Friday, determined to keep the tough, physical elements of the game.

Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U

Apple News - Sat, 05/07/2014 - 10:27am
Apple has announced updates to iTunes U, bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on iPad. Beginning 8 July, teachers using the free iTunes U app can create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad, and students will discover new ways to collaborate, including the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their iPad. “Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalised on iPad.”

Apple TV is “a Logical Choice”

Apple News - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 12:34pm
In a New Daily article entitled “How to watch TV in 2014”, Mark Gambino writes: “More than a streaming media viewer, [Apple TV] ties all your Mac products together, giving you ‘bridge of the Enterprise’ control of your entertainment. Browse the huge range of iTunes TV shows and movies, choose your poison, then either rent (movies only) or buy it. The latter makes a great option if you want to keep a favourite flick or TV show to watch again, whenever you want. Apple TV is easy to set up (via any iOS device) and even easier to navigate, so is well suited to a family setting”.

Apple Brings Vibrant Colors and iSight Camera to Most Affordable iPod touch Model

Apple News - Sat, 28/06/2014 - 9:31am
Apple has announced that the 16GB iPod touch is now available in vibrant colors and equipped with a 5-megapixel iSight camera for just A$249 RRP. The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, 4-inch Retina display, Apple’s A5 chip and FaceTime camera. iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodised aluminium design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray and (PRODUCT)RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for A$249 RRP, 32GB for A$299 RRP, and 64GB for A$349 RRP and is available in the US with worldwide availability in the coming days.

Genius Bar is “Where the Real Magic Happens”

Apple News - Tue, 24/06/2014 - 3:24am
“The light and airy Genius Bar [at the Apple Store Sydney] sits above the retail storefront made from glass, stainless steel and stone”, writes Victoria Craw for news.com.au. “Around 3,500 people each week pass through the second floor… to the third floor where the real “magic” happens. This morning [Genius] Andres has replaced an iPad for a businessman after his children dropped it, fixed [a] missing [laptop] key and saved a laptop full of photos from digital oblivion - for which he received a kiss and a cupcake. For Andres, the company provides an “amazing experience” with plenty of development opportunities… It’s a rare company that inspires this kind of devotion from customers and staff”.

Apple Introduces New Entry Level 21.5-inch iMac

Apple News - Fri, 20/06/2014 - 12:48pm
Apple today introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac starting at A$1,399 RRP, making the world’s leading all-in-one desktop even more affordable. It features a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 5000, 8GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. Configure-to-order options include a 1TB hard drive, a 1TB Fusion Drive and up to 256GB flash storage. The new iMac is available through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

iPhone 5s “Does Everything Well, and That’s Why It’s the Best”

Apple News - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 3:00am
In a roundup of the best smartphones, News.com.au reports: “There simply isn’t another device right now that does everything as well as the iPhone 5s. True to Apple, everything about the 5s just works, and everything it does works well… the design is gorgeous, it has every app you could hope for and iOS is still the easiest mobile operating system to use. It does everything well, and that’s why it’s the best”.

iPad Air Helps Travel Writer Explore World Without Limits

Apple News - Sun, 08/06/2014 - 5:36pm
Travel writer Chérie King has a passion for adventure. And when King — who was born with no hearing in both ears — sets off on an excursion, iPad Air is her constant companion. She has visited 31 countries and five continents, relying on iPad for everything from translations to maps to keeping up with flight changes. “iPad is one of my essential travel tools,” she says. Hoping to inspire other hearing-impaired people, King shares her adventures via her website and social media. “I’ve met countless deaf people, and they all tell me how brave I am for travelling,” she says. “But now that they’ve read my site, they realise they can do it too.”

Esa-Pekka Salonen Orchestrates a New Sound With iPad Air

Apple News - Sun, 08/06/2014 - 5:33pm
Renowned composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen uses iPad Air to translate his ideas into orchestral scores and share his love of classical music with others. He constantly captures inspiration from the world around him and always has his device on hand to write bits and pieces of music. “iPad is the best tool I’ve seen to write down the first impulse,” Salonen says. He also uses iPad Air to compose, edit and shape his pieces into full-length compositions and calls it a partner in his creative process. Wanting to reach out to new listeners, he developed The Orchestra app for iPad that provides an interactive, immersive look at all the elements of a symphony orchestra. “I created The Orchestra app to share my love of classical music,” Salonen says. “To make it more approachable, especially for the next generation.”

War Photographer Elevates iPhone Photos “To the Level of Art”

Apple News - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:47pm
“The humble iPhone photo has been elevated to the level of art”, writes Mark Gambino of The New Daily after interviewing award-winning photojournalist and iPhoneographer, Benjamin Lowy. “More than just a smartphone camera in Lowy’s pocket, his iPhone has also proven a lifesaver. When a large DSLR camera would draw too much unwanted, and potentially deadly, attention, Lowy’s iPhone was always at his side”. Lowy explains his philosophy: “Don’t think that iPhone photography is separate from photography, it’s all the same thing”.

CarPlay is “True Plug and Play”

Apple News - Wed, 04/06/2014 - 3:37pm
Reviewing CarPlay for news.com.au, Rod Chester writes: “I sat in [a] car fitted with a Pioneer screen, I plugged my iPhone into the port in the glove box and that was it. I didn’t have to hit a button to pair my phone with the car. This is true plug and play. The beauty of the system is that the screen is a display but the apps come from your phone. I drive a 10-year-old car and I’m happy enough with that. Typically, we upgrade our phones every two years, and update the software on the phone more frequently than that. With CarPlay, when you update your phone, you get a new car system. It’s not a system that’s part of the car but its more versatile because of that”.

Apple Unveils iOS 8, the Biggest Release Since the Launch of the App Store

Apple News - Tue, 03/06/2014 - 8:15pm
Apple has unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. “iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple, and secure experience.”

Apple Releases iOS 8 SDK With Over 4,000 New APIs

Apple News - Tue, 03/06/2014 - 8:10pm
Apple has released its iOS 8 SDK, the biggest developer release ever with more than 4,000 new APIs, giving developers the ability to create new apps like never before. “With more than 800 million iOS devices sold worldwide, the opportunity for developers is huge,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “This is the biggest iOS release since the launch of the App Store. The iOS 8 SDK delivers more than 4,000 new APIs including amazing new frameworks, greater extensibility and a revolutionary new programming language.”

Apple Announces OS X Yosemite

Apple News - Tue, 03/06/2014 - 8:05pm
Apple has announced OS X Yosemite, a powerful new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a fresh, modern look, new apps and new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. “Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We engineer our platforms, services and devices together, so we are able to create a seamless experience for our users across all our products that is unparalleled in the industry. It’s something only Apple can deliver.”