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BREAKING: Apple Launches iTunes Music and Movies Store in India

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This is huge. Epic. Apple has launched its iTunes music and movies store in India. Customers in India can now buy legal high quality music and HD movies from iTunes at a very reasonable price. They can also rent movies in HD on their iPad, iPhone, IPod touch or Apple TV. The music collection seems to be huge, however, the movie collection is limited to few Bollywood movies and a handful of Hollywood movies.

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Music:

Songs from new and popular albums are priced around INR 12 each which is lower than flipkart’s flyte’s pricing for same tracks. This makes a complete album to be priced around INR 100 (assuming 8 – 9 songs in an album on average). This is a very decent pricing and considering the fact that it is lower than flipkart’s price, it is a huge deal. The biggest advantage with iTunes store is that users can buy content directly on their devices. This was not possible with flyte as Apple does not allow in app purchases without cutting a 30% share. Another big plus is the ability to download purchased songs any number of times on any device.

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Fix iCloud Duplicate Notes Issues in Mountain Lion

UPDATE: Please be very sure to backup the notes file before you do this and be sure this is only used on Mountain Lion.

Ever since I upgraded to Mountain Lion, I’ve been facing an issue where in I see multiple copies of every single Note in Notes.app. Initially I thought it might be due to multiple Notes accounts being synced but turned out it was some bug in iCloud that creates multiple duplicate copies of the synced account.

Thankfully, this has a rather straightforward fix (Courtesy: NSLog).

  • Open your favorite Terminal. (If that sounded weird, just open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)
  • Quit Notes.app.
  • Enter ‘rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes.’ without the quotes.
  • Done.

This clears up the Notes synced to your Mac and on the next start Notes.app will download new copies with no duplicates!

Indian Cellular Carriers Offering Nano SIMs

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A couple of cellular operators like Vodafone, Airtel & MTNL are already offering nano sim cards in the Mumbai circle. This hints at the imminent launch of the iPhone 5 in India. Apple has already reduced the prices of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in India twice already and is apparently beefing up its supply in the country for a rumored launch on 26th October 2012.

The nano sim cards are available to all consumers free of cost under the sim exchange program where the customers have to bring their normal sim cards and the operators will give them a nano sim in exchange.

All eyes are on Apple for the launch of the iPhone 5 in India. With Samsung gaining more and more smartphone market share, Apple has to gear up and offer its phones at competitive price points in order to gain a respectable market share in India.

[TelecomTalk via BGR India]

Awesome new iPhone 5 ads

Apple has released some pretty awesome iPhone 5 commercials. You can watch them all here:

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How To Get Back Google Maps Experience on iOS6 (iPhone/iPad)

Apple dug it’s own hole by replacing the much Beautiful Google Maps with its crappy Apple Maps (powered by TomTom) on iOS6 – There I said it.

The sheer disaster is very obvious from the tweets all over the world. Some of the non-techies woke up with a surprise with the features that they lost like public transit details/biking/walking directions etc which were replaced with a less-used Fly over maps (Again just for the US).

Here’s a comparison between how it was (Google Maps), and how Apple Maps (with no data). It’s almost as if the whole area has been demolished over night by Apple destruction crew. Our only hope is that Google comes back to the rescue of the poor (not $ wise) iOS6 users.

Google Maps (Before)

Apple Maps (After)

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Here are two ways to get back Google Maps that we’ve tried out.

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Check out the new iPod Lineup

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In addition to launching the iPhone 5, Apple also announced its new lineup of iPods. They have done major hardware upgrades to iPod touch and iPod nano. Lets look at both of them.

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The iPod touch has got a major design overhaul with the 4 inches retina screen (same as the iPhone 5), 5 megapixels iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera, Panorama, Dual core A5 chip, something called the loop & new vibrant colors!

Lets have a look at the other new specs:

  • Siri
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Nike+ support built in
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
  • Lightning port
  • iPod touch loop – basically a wristband to secure your iPod

The new iPod Touch looks gorgeous and is the thinnest iPod yet. It comes bundled with Apple’s new EarPods and color matched loop. Here are some high resolution images:

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The iPhone 5 is Here!

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Apple launched the much awaited iPhone 5 yesterday at a media event in San Francisco. The new model has a 4 inches retina display and a redesigned body as the key upgrades which are visually apparent. The other key features are:

  • LTE
  • Ultrafast wireless with 802.11 a/b/g/n with simultaneous dual band delivering up to 150Mbps
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 8-megapixel iSight camera with Panorama
  • FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Lightning connector (upgrade to the 30 pin dock connector)
  • Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm), Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm), Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm) & Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)

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Aircel Offers the iPhone 3GS for INR 9,999 in India

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Aircel is offering the iPhone 3GS in India for INR 9,999. This is the lowest price we have seen for the device in India. People planning to buy the phone should rejoice. However, lets take a look at all the bells and whistles the operator is claiming to offer.

The above mentioned low price is for Aircel’s postpaid customers. If you are a prepaid customer, yo have to pay INR 19,999. This is probably the first time an operator is giving an advantage to the postpaid customers over prepaid ones in India. Customers also have to pay INR 3000 which goes towards unlimited data if they are in a 3G circle, or free minutes and message if they are in a 2G circle.

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The Next Generation of Macbook With Retina Display is Here

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In addition to announcing iOS 6 at yesterday’s WWDC keynote, Apple also revealed their next generation of Macbook featuring the awesome retina display. The machine is a powerhouse. Lets take a look at its features:

  • 15.4 inch retina display with a resolution of 2880 by 1800 pixies (thats 5 megapixels. Full HD is 2 megapixels)
  • Up to 2.7 Ghz quad core Intel Core i7
  • Up to 16GB hi speed 1600 Mhz RAM (comes with 8GB)
  • Upto 768 GB of SSD
  • Intel HD graphics 4000 & NVidia GeForce GT650M with 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 720p HD FaceTime camera
  • Two thunderbolt ports, Two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot
  • 801.11n WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • 7 hours battery backup with 30 days standby

The prices start from $2199 and can go up to $3749 with the maximum configuration possible. In India, the price will range from INR 152,900 to INR 192,600 for off the shelf models and will increase depending on what configuration you choose.

Get ready for iOS 6

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Apple announced the 6th version of their iOS mobile operating system at the WWDC 2012 keynote yesterday. The update brings a lot of new features to thrash the competition. Let us look at some of the key new & improved features:

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Maps:

The biggest change in iOS 6 is going to be a totally new, built from ground up maps app replacing Google Maps. The new app has been developed by Apple. The change was inevitable given Apple’s and Google’s rivalry in the mobile space. The new maps app by Apple is amazingly designed using vector images which do not need to reload when you zoom in (the biggest issue if you are on a slow connection). The app will also give you turn by turn navigation directions – something for which you have to buy expensive apps currently. This is built in collaboration with Tom Tom which has its operations in India. So, in my opinion, they should be available in India as well at launch.

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