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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

Although it may seem that the range has only recently had an upgrade, the late 2015 iMac brought little more than a processor upgrade and a long-awaited bump to Retina screens across the board.
 
With Apple’s computing market share dipping to 4.9% in Q2 of 2016, there are few doubts that the company will release a spread of updated all-in-ones at its September 2016 event.

The biggest updates are likely to be seen with the guts of Apple’s iMac range, with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors now ready for production. The latestAMD Polaris graphics chips should also be on-board, providing plenty of grunt for would-be video editors, high-resolution gaming and more.

Other improvements are being chattered about via the rumour mill in the expectedly feverish build up to the new iMac’s release, with VR compatibility currently headlining the list of less attention-grabbing features.
Keep on reading to find out more about the new developments we’re expecting from the 2016 iMac refresh.
 

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Best games for Apple Watch

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Best Games for Apple Watch

You’ve set your watch face, downloaded the best Apple Watch apps and even uploaded music to your wrist. Now it’s time to have a bit of fun with the Apple Watch and load up some time-killing games.

 

A smartwatch might not be the first platform you think of when you consider casual gaming, but thanks to a whole host of sensors, touch screen and flick-of-the-wrist accessibility, the Apple Watch actually makes for an interesting platform – as long as you don’t expect to be playing the next Call of Duty on your wrist.

 

Whether you’re waiting in the queue to pay for your McDonalds using Apple Pay, or catching a breather after that strenuous workout, here is our roundup of the best games for Apple Watch that you can play right now.

 

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iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2

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iPadMini2-Press-05-970-80[1]It was only a few short weeks ago that Apple introduced us to its first ever ‘phablet’ – the oversized iPhone 6 Plus. With its 5.5-inch screen and tablet-alike features, some would argue that Apple has bitten into its own market by taking away many of the reasons that would make Apple fans want to own both an iPhone and a 7.9-inch iPad.

 

There are, of course, fans of Apple’s diminutive tablet out there that might currently own an ageing Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD, and who aren’t operating-system bias. For them, and Apple fans-alike, the lure of a shiny new tablet may be too tempting to avoid.

 

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What is an Apple airport express? 5 features you might not know

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AppleAirportExpress (1)Apple’s Airport Express is a mystery device to some, and little more than an alluring Apple device to others. “What does it do?”; “Why is it better than my existing router?”; “Is it too much hassle to set up?”; “I think I’ll just stick to what I have”. All common questions or phrases consumers ask or say when finding out about it. In this article, I’ll look at five features about the Airport Express that are useful, and great to make people aware of, especially if someone is considering a network solution.


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Libratone Loop Review

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IMG_0002 copyLibratone first came to my attention early last year after I was demonstrated their new range of wireless speakers at the Bristol Sound & Vision show.  Shortly after we reviewed the Zipp, which still stands as one of the most impressive portable speakers I’ve heard. A year later and their latest addition comes in the form of the Loop.  Larger than I had expected, the Loop is a substantial speaker that can take audio from a range of sources;  read on to find out what I thought.

Posted in: Audio, Reviews

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Craig Rowe talks tablets

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Best_tabletsTablet computer ownership more than doubled in the past year, but if the idea of choosing one puts you in a spin let Craig Rowe, QVC Presenter, tech lover and blogger explain in straightforward terms how to go about choosing the right tablet without the headache.

Working on tech shows I’m amazed by the variety in spec, price and quality of tablets, so don’t just grab the first thing you see. Here’s my top 5 points to bear in mind when choosing a tablet…


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iPhone 5c, 5s and iOS7 put to the test

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IMG_4342Apple’s been busy maintaining their perceived lead over other mobiles by updating the design of iOS and releasing new phones that aren’t particularly innovative, but have the beautiful finish and smooth operation that will keep the faithful happy for a while to come. I’ve combined my experiences with the new iPhone 5c and 5s, and delved into what sets iOS 7 apart in one review; so get comfortable and read on.

Posted in: Mobile, Reviews

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Lots of Stuff.tv

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I’ve been away from TechNow and in the real world this week, enjoying the fantastic company of the ladies and gents over at Haymarket for Stuff.TV (Stuff Magazine’s online arm).   I’ve been rather productive and would love for you to take a click or two.

 

Hopefully there’ll be more from me, with them, soon. For now, here’s a run-down of the news and features I’ve worked on…

 

Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad Air: The big fight

 

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013): The weigh-in

 

Pure aims to crack America with Connect music streaming service

 

Nokia No More? Microsoft could drop the Nokia name, says Stephen Elop

 

HTC plans a “disruptive” tablet and an Android smartwatch

 

Stuff’s Lucy Hedges ponders the latest tech with BBC Radio 6 Music

 

Lamborghini’s Veneno Roadster costs £2.8m and doesn’t have a roof

 

More Coming Soon!

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Guest View: Thoughts on the next iPad Mini

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gold-ipad-mini-2Tablet PCs are currently the ‘in thing’, and because Apple is well known for the expense of their products many were shocked when they announced the iPad Mini this time last year– a smaller and more affordable version of the iPad. If rumours are true, then the Californian tech giant is planning to announce a second-gen model at an event expected to be held on October 15.  As it’s been highly rumoured throughout the whole year, I have some very high expectations for it.
Read on, to find out what they are.

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Parallels Access for iPad

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IMG_4240I’ve used most variants of tablet on the market, from the iPads to Windows 8 devices and every Android offering in between.  My main bugbear with the iPad and Android tablets though are that they are pretty useless for content creation.  This is where Windows comes in a lot stronger, and is why most cannot yet give up their home computer in favour of a tablet.  To fill this void the new app Parallels Access provides a neat solution to having access to your deskstop applications on the move.


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Wearable tech – Which will you be wearing?

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wearable-technologyUnless you’ve somehow created a technological void or have stumbled upon this site through some kind of clicking frenzy, You’ll know it’s been a fascinating few years for portable technology.  There’s an extremely high likelihood you could be reading this on a smartphone or tablet right now and as these all-in-one devices fulfil the gadget gaps in our day to day lives considerably well you’d never have thought there would be a need to be any more personally connected than you already are.


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Libratone Zipp Portable WiFi Speaker

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IMG_0183 copyThe hot new thing in the realm of speakers is wireless, and a very good thing indeed. My home audio setup went wireless at Christmas and I haven’t looked back but what to do when I’m out and about? As we all know, phone speakers don’t really cut it when sharing your music. A powerful wireless speaker would be the perfect answer here. To answer this need, here comes the Libratone Zipp. 


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Olloclip 3-In-One Photo lens

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IMG_3168 copyI do a lot of filming on my iPhone. Way too much. I’ve created everything from a mini-web TV series to 89-minute feature in the pseudo digital “Super 8” format – all using a combination of iPhone 4, Adobe Premier and a Macbook Pro. I like my work to be brash and simple whilst retaining the ability to execute this ethos with a minimum of fuss. I’m not a professional photographer or cameraman, but I do have some experience with pictures – so I imagine this puts me smack bang in the middle of intended audience for this product.


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Dear Apple – How many iPhone 5’s does it take to get a ‘new’ one?

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applestoreip5Well there we go. Number six. What am I talking about? Let me set the scene.

Back in February of 2012 I Pre ordered the iPhone 5, ecstatic that I would be one of the first to receive this beautiful piece of technological wizardry.

Once it appeared on my doorstep delivered by a generic UPS delivery man, I immediately ran upstairs to delicately open the small black box which contained my latest of gadgets.


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The SMS is 20 years old – but still lives on

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The Short Messaging Service (or SMS for short), has now reached it’s second decade, and could be considered one of few technologies that has aged well with time.  With the advent of 3G you’d think users would have flocked to services that send messages via the internet rather than a specific phone-to-phone protocol. But no, the SMS somehow still lives on.


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