iPad Mini

ipad miniIt’s official: the iPad Mini is due for UK release on 2 November 2012.

It’s got a 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display, weighs 308 grammes, has a Dual-core A5 processor, 5MP iSight camera for taking photos, a 1.2MP FaceTime camera, and Bluetooth 4.0 technology… and Siri.

Prices start at £269 for the 16GB wifi model; £349 for the 32GB; and £429 for the 64GB.

Going by previous experience of the superb Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, the iPad Mini is guaranteed to be a massive hit: and it’s small enough to fit in a large rectangular stocking…

Find out more on the Apple website.



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Sunken Condos: New Album From Donald Fagen

sunken condosA great new album release from Donald Fagen, one half of Steely Dan. If you liked his previous offering (Morph the Cat), you will love this.

There’s elements of H-Gang in there (“Slinky Thing”), laid back bluesy rock (“The Weather In My Head”), echoes of Two Against Nature and Pixeleen (“The New Breed”), a superb cover of Isaac Hayes’ “Out Of The Ghetto” and much much more.

With 9 tracks of classy jazzy lounge muzak, this is classic Dan territory featuring musicianship of the highest order. But it’s an album that needs repeated plays for the quality and depth of the arrangements to really hit home…

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Jonathan Ive’s Tribute to Steve Jobs

Apple’s designer par excellence, Jonathan Ive, gives a moving speech in honour of Steve Jobs at Apple’s Celebration of Steve on 19 October 2011.

See also: Steve Jobs on Design

And: Apple’s Jony Ive: Our competitors want to be different and appear new, but they are the wrong goals

Album of the year? David Byrne and St Vincent

David Byrne and Annie Clark (aka St Vincent) have teamed up to produce an album of stunning beauty and originality.

Track after track the complex, layered arrangements challenge the listener to make some sense of it all – a refreshing departure from the constant flood of homogenised pop muzak that we have come to know and loathe over the years.

The vocals blend perfectly with the stabbing, ebbing and flowing layers of the brass section, peppered with syncopated percussion for added tension and texture. Simply stunning.

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iPhone5 – the details

iphone5In the following video Apple’s industrial design chief Jonathan Ive and former head of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield discuss the meticulous way the iPhone 5 has been designed and engineered.

The iPhone 5 features a larger screen and weighs 112 grams, or about 4 ounces, which is 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S.

It is also 18% thinner. It has an improved A6 processor that is twice as fast as its predecessor, high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and a wide screen aspect ratio…

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TVCatchup on HP TouchPad

TV CatchupTVCatchup is a new app which enables you to watch free live UK TV on the move.

And it’s available on the HP TouchPad – that’s if you’ve loaded up the Android operating system – and if not, why not?

Set up your TouchPad to dual boot WebOS and Android to get the best of both worlds.

With over 7.3 million people already using TVCatchup, it’s one of the hottest TV streaming apps on the planet…

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WebOS Nation’s Monday Brief

IFA 2012, BB10 Hardware, a WP8 Lumia Leak, and more.

The ultimate cover for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0?

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0If the rumours about the imminent release of a 7-inch mini iPad from Apple are true, my experience of the superb Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet leads me to the inevitable conclusion that Apple’s going to have another massive hit on its hands (if the price is right).

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a great little device which runs on Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich platform – giving you instant access to thousands of great apps downloadable from the Google Play Store.

It also has a massive advantage over the new 7-inch Google Nexus tablet…

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