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Struggling to get through the day so you can do it all over again tomorrow, then indulge in some form of turkey product on Thursday? We feel your pain, and if you’re sick of sifting through all the early Black Friday promotions in search of some real news, then look no further -- here’s the bits and pieces that are shaking loose from the newswire for this Tuesday, November 22, 2011.
“We all have things that speak to us,” actor Peter Coyote states in the narration for Apple’s latest iPad 2 commercial, entitled “Love.” While cleverly avoiding the name of the actual product, Coyote closes with “Getting lost in the things we love has never felt quite like this.” Every time we see those noisy, overwrought commercials for Android-based products, we’re reminded of the simplicity and grace of Apple’s own advertising, and this is certainly one of those times. Head over to Apple’s website and have a look for yourself!
As much as we love remote access apps, it’s often cumbersome to move files around with them. That may soon be a thing of the past now that LogMeIn Ignition has updated their universal app for iOS, blending “the best of cloud services and remote access into a single app.” The $29.99 app now features Dropbox and Google Docs integration so users can “quickly and seamlessly view, copy, transfer and save files between their mobile devices, personal and work computers and popular cloud services.” Dubbed “My Cloud Bank,” the feature is available in the new version 2.2.380, a 13.2MB download from the App Store and, as always, a free update for existing users.
Much has been written about how the iPhone 4 shot up the charts to become Flickr’s most popular camera phone -- and now its followup is poised to soon do the same. According to MacRumors, the iPhone 4S is already perched in second place, beating back the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and HTC EVO 4G. Anyone sensing a pattern here? Do Android device owners just not take a lot of pictures, or are they posted them somewhere else? Whatever the case may be, the iPhone 4S is likely to only continue its climb up the charts, where it will have to grapple with the iPhone 4.
In the market for an iPad? Apparently, you’re not alone, judging from new data released today from the NPD Group which shows a mere 1.2 million tablets sold this year that didn’t bear Apple’s logo. That’s still a respectable $415 million in revenue, with HP’s TouchPad temporarily taking the top spot with 17 percent of the market -- a number poised to plummet now that the manufacturer has killed plans to make further webOS devices. That leaves Samsung (16 percent), ASUS (10 percent), Motorola and Acer (nine percent, respectively) to slug it out for the remaining spots in the top five. Once you factor in accessories, the revenue swells to nearly $700 million, but Apple definitely doesn’t have much to worry about for the time being -- these numbers don’t include the newly unleashed Nook Tablet from Barnes and Noble, nor Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Have an iPhone 4 or 4S and a spare $250 laying around to drop on some new camera lenses? If so, Photojojo has just the thing for you. According to Engadget, the company is now shipping the iPhone Lens Dial, a bulky case which adds a ring with three different lenses for the stock camera -- that would be fisheye, telephoto and wide-angle. Of course, to really use that extra glass you’ll probably need a tripod, but thankfully the case includes both portrait and horizontal mounts for that in its 10-ounce framework. It’s tempting, but who wants to be seen in public with one of these suckers attached to their iPhone?
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