Apple Debuts iOS 6 For iPad, iPhone, And iPod Touch With Slew Of Features

iOS 6. It brings Facebook integration, Passbook (an app that hold all sorts of passes), enhancements to Siri (as well as bringing it to the new iPad), Maps with turn-by-turn navigation (an in-house app by Apple) with Flyover (3D rendition of cities), improvements to Safari, FaceTime, Phone, and a whole suite of new improvements, like UI tweaks, all detailed at Apple’s iOS 6 page. The update is coming this fall, with a dev preview available to theiPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 4th generation iPod touch, the latest iPad and iPad 2 (no original iPad seen here).

Best of all, the iOS 6 update shows that Apple is willing to mix things up (e.g. the in house Maps or tweaks to the UI), so it keeps promise of more exciting things in the future.

Via: Apple

Apple Has The Next-Gen Macbook Pro With Retina Displays, 0.71-Inches Thin

Today, Apple announced its next-generation Macbook Pro: sporting a Retina display with a 2880 x 1800 resolution (or 220ppi) and a casing that measures just 0.71-inch thin and weighs just 4.46 pounds. This new Macbook Pro has 16GB of RAM, the newest NVIDIA Kepler GT 650M graphics, up to a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, a maximum 768GB of storage (SSD, of course), and with a promised seven hours of battery life with 30 days standby.

Also debuted into the new Macbook Pro: a thinner MagSafe connector, a fan that is “nearly imperceptible” to the user. Pricing starts at $2,199 for a 2.3GHz unit with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Press release after the break.

Canon’s Rebel T4i: 18-megapixel DSLR with touchscreen and brawn for $849.99

This the Canon Rebel T4i: it has a new 18-megapixel APS-C sensor (plus Canon’s Digic 5 processor), has an ISO range of up to 25,600, video recording enhancements like on-camera audio leveling, improved autofocus, new scenes and filters, and the selling point: a 3-inch, touch-enabled LCD on the camera that enables new DSLR owners to press each and every one of the tiny Canon icons without missing them. Essentially it’s aiming to be the best entry-level DSLR on the market, and with a spec list like that (plus a decent price), Canon may have an honorable contender to offer the masses.

As for pricing, the body-only Rebel T4i costs $849, the body and the standard 18-55mm kit lens for $949.99, or the body and the new 18-135mm STM lens (a super silent shooting lens) for $1199. And if you only want more lenses, the 18-135mm lens will cost $549.99 and and the 40mm will run you down $199.99. Nicely done, Canon.

Via: Canon

Twitter Changes Its Bird, Larry, By Giving It A Trim

The Twitter bird we all know and some of us in this world love? It has a name: Larry. It also was just revamped by Twitter, as posted by Doug Bowman, Twitter’s creative director. The reason for the change is simply to simplify the “universally recognizable symbol of Twitter.” In fact, the bird was created using circles, says Doug: “This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles — similar to how your networks, interests and ideas connect and intersect with peers and friends.”

Twitter’s new bird is considerably slimmer, and it will take some time to get used to. Still, Larry looks great. Via: MSNBC

Google Unveils Offline Maps For Android And Better 3D Imagery

There has been a massive bump in oomph for the Google Maps system. Offline Maps for Android and enhanced 3D imagery for major metropolitan areas. All of the new software will be functional on only certain build of Android, as explained by Google: “For offline Google Maps for Android, all devices with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above will be supported.” Pertaining to the 3D: “We’ll have more details about device compatibility for 3D imagery on Google Earth for mobile at launch.”

OK, so not such a big deal in that regard. Also: Google plans to bring these features to iOS and other platforms. Ambiguity of sorts here, right? Via: Google

IPV6 Launches With 340 Trillion Trillion Trillion I.P. Addresses

That’s the number: 340 trillion trillion trillion new I.P. addresses for the internet, thanks to IPV6, the harbinger of the new internet. Each I.P. address is also capable of 32 digits, which is why we can reach such an astonishing number of 340 trillion trillion trillion (imagine the zeros?).Should you be happy? Yes, because in the many, many, many years it will take to cap the amount of addresses available, the internet would have been expanded and grown, many, many, many times over (see extensive use of the word “many”). It’s quite the achievement in today’s computer-age. Via: World IPV6 Launch