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This bloody thing has grown on us believe it or not. Surely it’s meant for minors that want to blast the wiggles and not for an office of 30
something’s that want some upbeat 90′s techno to work away to. But surprisingly this angry bird with its built in sub puts out a decent
AND best of all the sound is directional meaning
you can radiate the sound away from management or most cases the
Some other feathers of this little guy include remote control and a
charger that in fact charges faster than my iPod dock at home. When testing out the charging capibilitieswith my new iPad that I bought in Sydney it made sense that the
extra juice is to cater for the more hungry iPad.
- 30w Speaker with bass control
- works with any music player / smart phone / tablet with a 3.5mm headphone jack
- SUB – WOOFER for BIG BASS
- Includes docking stand that charges iPhone, iPad and iPod
Anyway, if you want to win this bad boy tell us what you love most about your iPhone. Most creative answer wins.
For those that don’t win or just want to go out and buy one they are available from all major retailers throughout New Zealand and you can choose from three of Rovio’s popular game characters – Red Bird, Black Bird and the Helmet pig. The black bird is up for grabs in the comp.
Angry Birds has become the cultural phenomenon of the decade, accounting for more than 200 million minutes of gaming every day. Angry Birds has topped 700 million downloads with its appeal reaching avid followers including our Labour Party leader Phil Goff.
Here’s a really interesting press release from Alex Waldron our Apple Rep.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—31 July, 2012—Apple® today announced that downloads of OS X® Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in four days, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system and is available through the Mac® App Store™ as an upgrade to Lion or Snow Leopard users for NZD$24.99 inc. GST.
“Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers h
ave downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Mountain Lion features include the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration*, Dictation**, AirPlay® Mirroring and Game Center. iCloud® integration makes it easy to set up your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keep everything, including iWork® documents, up to date across all your devices. For more information or to download Mountain Lion visit apple.com/nz/osx/specs.
In addition to Mountain Lion, the Mac App Store offers thousands of apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories, and is the largest, fastest growing PC software store in the world. Users
can browse new and noteworthy apps, including apps that take advantage of new features in Mountain Lion, as well as check out staff favorites, top charts for free and paid apps, and user ratings and reviews. For more information visit apple.com/nz/mac/app-
*Facebook integration will be available in an upcoming software update to Mountain Lion.**Dictation supports English (US, UK and Australia), French, German and Japanese.
designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple lea
ds 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.
Thanks to our good friends at Watermark we’ve got a press release about Shapeshifters new App.
Shapeshifter have released a revolutionary 3D application for their single “Monarch”.
Through an augmented reality Shapeshifter have created an interactive world for users to create their own music video experience.
Developed by New Zealand creative collective Watermark, this groundbreaking app allows you to Interact with the plants and creatures that appear – just about everything responds to touch or proximity.
You can share your experience by taking photos and videos of the application and sending them to friends and Shapeshifter and upload them to their library on Shapeshifter’s website.
Simply download this app from iTunes and get a copy of the ”marker”. The marker is the image needed to trigger the experience. To get a copy of the marker, have a look in the ”help” section in the app for information or get it from the Shapeshifter website. Print it out, or look at it on screen to begin your journey.
This app is free and will only work on the following devices: iPhone 3S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad2, iPad3. There will be an android version being released at a future date.
Download the free Shapeshifter “Monarch”
I have a lot of camera apps but this is one of the most interesting, and is definitely a steal at todays fine price of nothing.
Slow Shutter Cam allows you to add some of the functionality of an SLR camera to your iPhone, without the gratuitous use of giant lenses.
You can choose from a range of shutter speeds, adjust, lock or set automatic exposure, set a countdown timer (great if you have a wee tripod) and change picture sizes.
With a bit of experimentation it is possible to achieve some amazing results. Night time shots in particular can produce awe inspiring photos that would look right at home in National Geographic.
This app is highly recommended and is just another step in the slow but steady march of your phone past your point and shoot and towards the lofty heights of a replacement for full featured DSLR.…Read More
By now a lot you will be kicking back and enjoying your new iPad, relaxing in the last of the warm weather before winter sets in. If you’re struggling to find something interesting to whittle away your Easter with… then you should definitely sit back and watch this. Not only was Steve Jobs an amazing ideas generator he was amazing at presenting his new products and concepts. I know most of you have probably already seen this but I was shown this for the first time this week and was totally blown away. Steve Jobs was insanely good at presenting and one of the most captivating communicators on the world stage. The scary thing is that he started off doing this at a very early age when in 1984 Jobs launched the first Macintosh. The presentation below however is the more recent iPhone launch demo from 2007.
Enjoy Steve Jobs – 2007 iPhone Presentation
Now that the Super rugby season is in full swing I think it would only be fair to have a look at what’s on offer in the App world for the S15 rugby-head. For the purpose of this review I will take a look at three of the most popular free apps out there.
Basically all the apps provide fixture and results data, live match reporting with the standard analysis on tries, penalties, conversions and drop goals. However, when conducting my review I found it difficult to find apps that provide in-depth game analysis which I find rather frustrating considering data is widely available. Whilst watching a game live, there is a great opportunity to use your app, it would be good to know player and team stats at the micro level e.g. tackles made and meters gained per player.
Union Live 2012
Made by: Sportsmate Mobile Pty LTD
Australia’s number 1 live app which also has a version for the NRL and AFL. This app has the best team analysis with good historical data. Great for pre-game analysis between the two sides you are about to watch. I particularly like the player ages and match experience stats which is great if you like to put the odd wager on at the TAB.
- Enhanced match day engine providing faster live scores and live stats.
- Automatic live game day refresh.
- All new graphical worm.
- Improved ladder – including brief and extended overview plus teams next 5 games.
- Head to head analysis (the perfect tool for your tipping competition).
- Extended player profiles – including club & first grade debut, rep honours and previous year’s stats.
- Integrated news from Australian Associated Press (AAP).
- Integrated team video channels (via YouTube).
- Game day analysis – including team line-ups (ins and outs), form streaks, latest odds, weather and AAP match previews
Super Rugby 2012
Made by: Roopesh Govind
This is probably my least favourite app as it has limited analysis and is flaky in performance. My one accolade is that it is aesthetically nicer than the other apps when it’s working. The news section consists of straight RSS feeds from New Zealand Herald, Fox Sports Australia and Sport24 South Africa. Not bad but could be a lot better.
- Match Fixture
- Real time Live Score
- Real time score event
- Completed match scores
- Match schedule, team, venue
- Top sport news
- Team Ladder
Super Rugby Live Scoring
Made By: ESPN Australia
This is my favourite app by far. There is plenty of pre, during and post match analysis. Two of the main stats I like to look at are possession and territory and they aren’t included. Once again these stats are standard and widely available so I can’t understand why they are missing. Player stats include tries, conversions, drop goals, penalty goals, kicks, line breaks and errors. My only bug bear with this is that they are only updated after the game. This is also the only app with a live twitter feed. Great for hearing what the players are saying.
Instant score updates and scorers.
- The latest news, weather forecast, odds, winning streak and tipping trends for every game.
- The Super Rugby ladder and win/loss history for teams.
- The latest Super Rugby news from the major news outlets.
- The most up to date twitter posts from your favourite accounts.
8.50 – That was a pretty cool experience. Now time to test and review. Everyone seems to be talking up the retina display and the A5X quad core processor.
7.30 – Just chatting to a few of the guys here… Is the new iPad going to be the Porsche 911 of the tablet world. High performance matched with best looks. Thoughts?
7.00 – It’s all go here! Dick Smiths down the road steeling Apple’s thunder has been selling them since 6. Sydney is finally awake.
6.00 – Apple staff are so friendly briefing everyone on queue cards and the purchase process. News crew just scanned the line and rumours of no queue at Dick Smiths around the corner.
Here I am embarking on a mission to get my hands on the new iPad. I never even owned an Apple product until last year when I bought an iPhone. Nek minit its 4am and I’m on the street in inner Sydney whereby I’ll be keeping you guys up to date on the hustle and bustle outside the Apple store, George St, Sydney. We are the first people in the world to buy the new 3rd gen iPad. If you want the inside skinny be sure to comment on this live blog and I’ll do my best to respond. Stay tuned.…Read More