You’re blasting around in Jetpack Joyride when your better half asks you to find a proper eggnog recipe. What’s the quickest way to get to Safari? You could head back to the homescreen like a chump — but if you’ve had Safari open recently, there’s a waaaay speedier route: Double tap the home button. Tada! Meet the App Switcher.
The first page of the app switcher shows your most recently opened apps. Scrolling to the right will take you back even further in your app history.
As one of the most requested features leading up to its introduction in iOS 4, it blows my mind how often I meet long-time iOS owners who have absolutely no idea the App Switcher exists.
|Astra 2F Satellite at 28.2° East (Launched)|
Satellite Name: Astra 2F
Astra 2F Launch Successfull
The fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2012 delivered a pair of telecommunications spacecraft to geostationary transfer orbit today, marking the 65th launch to date for Arianespace’s heavy-lift workhorse.
The launcher’s total payload lift performance was more than 10,200 kg. – which included a combined mass of some 9,400 kg. for the two spacecraft, along with Ariane 5’s multi-payload dispenser system and associated integration hardware.
Astra 2F will serve to deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe and Africa, and will carry Ku-and Ka-band payloads at 28.2° East.
Clean and Maintain your Plasma TV.
When you spend a great deal of money on a new Plasma TV in order to have the best quality viewing experience possible, you want to do everything you can to make sure that your TV is properly maintained. Correctly cleaning and maintaining your new Plasma TV will help to ensure that you get years of enjoyment from it.
The following is a quick guideline to help you properly care for your Plasma TV.
• Secure Your Plasma TV. Always make sure that your Plasma TV is placed on a solid and secure stand, or if you have your TV mounted from a wall, be sure it is securely in place. You do not want to place your TV in a location where it may be knocked around, jarred, or tipped over.
• Your Plasma TV will need some breathing room. Because these types of TVs do tend to generate more heat, the electrical components may be in danger of going out if the TV does not have sufficient breathing room around it. In most cases you can find the venting guidelines for your Plasma TV in the user manual.
• Keep your Plasma TV dry. No matter if it is spills, humidity, or condensation, these things can destroy your Plasma TV. Keep your TV in a room that is dry and not prone to humid conditions, and avoid having liquids close enough to the TV that they may spill on it.
• Keep your TV cool. It is best to keep your Plasma TV in a location that is cool. This is important as Plasma TVs generate a great deal of heat, and a hot room will only make this worse. You will also not want to place a Plasma TV outdoors; the heat and humidity, as well as the condensation will ruin a Plasma TV.
• Keeping your Plasma TV clean. To clean your TV you will need a micro fiber cloth as is recommended by the majority of manufactures. In most cases this should be sufficient enough to clean dust and fingerprints from the screen, but if you do find that you need more, use only cleaners that are recommended for Plasma screens. These are antistatic cleaners that will not damage your TV. It is also important that you not spray anything directly onto the screen; instead spray the cleaner onto the cloth and then use the cloth to clean the screen. Do not use any type of abrasive cloth to clean the screen, including paper towels. Abrasive cloth can damage your Plasma TV screen.
• Avoid burning your screen. Though it is not as likely with a new TV, it is still possible to burn images into a screen; for this reason you should avoid pausing a DVD or video game for an extended period of time.
• Protect Your Plasma TV. Always use a surge protector to prevent damage to your Plasma TV incases of electrical storms or power surges.
• Turn it off. To extend the life of your Plasma TV you should always turn off the set when it is not in use, as this will help to prevent overheating, and burning your TV screen.
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After winning its patent infringement case against Samsung in a US court, Apple is seeking a sales ban on eight of Samsung’s smartphones in the United States, as well as an extension of a preliminary ban on one of Samsung’s tablet computers.
The eight Samsung phones Apple wants banned include the Galaxy Prevail, one of the South Korean company’s top selling units in the U.S. from mid-2010 to mid-2012; Galaxy S II Epic 4G, ranked the third-best seller; Galaxy S 4G, the fourth-best selling; and the Galaxy S II T-Mobile, the eighth-best. There is also the Galaxy S Showcase, the S II AT&T, the S II Skyrocket, and the Droid Charge.
It is worth noting that Samsung’s latest flagship devices, including the Galaxy S III, were not included in the case.
Apple is also seeking to extend the ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Samsung wants to be lifted after the jury found the tablet did not infringe the Apple design patent that the court-ordered sales ban was based. However, the jury also found that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed on three of Apple’s software patents.
iPad mini now pegged for October launch -- Rumour
For those who have been diligently following Apple rumors, you guys are probably familiar with the rumor that suggests that the iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called) will be seeing a launch in September. Earlier rumors had pegged the iPad mini for a launch alongside the new iPhone, although it wasn’t too long ago that it was speculated that perhaps the iPad mini will be getting a launch event of its own. If a smaller iPad is something you’re interested in, then perhaps rumors of an October launch might be of interest to you. This is thanks to sources who are reportedly close to Apple and have pegged October as a possible iPad mini release date.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball also seems to think that a separate launch event makes perfect sense – after all there’s no sense in having two brand new Apple products compete against each other especially when announced side-by-side. In any case we will be keeping our eyes peeled for additional information about the rumored iPad mini, so check back with us at a later date for more updates.
IKEA, known for its flatpack furniture, meatballs and ‘Happy To Bed Time’ is branching out into the world of digital TV.
The upcoming Uppleva range will be a piece of self-assembly furniture which will feature an integrated Smart TV, Blu-Ray players and sound system, all in one living room cabinet.
The DivX HD compliant Smart TV unit has an integrated 2.1 sound system and can connect to Wi-Fi. As well as having a Blu-Ray/CD/DVD player built in, there's some space in the cabinet for things like your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 etc.
IKEA itself won’t be making the TV sets and black goods itself; TCL Multimedia, which was worked with Thompson and RCA, will be developing the hardware. A universal remote will be bundled with the service, controlling the TV, sound system and media player, depending on which unit you purchase.
Naturarlly, this being IKEA gear, you'll be able to rearrange and stack everything to suit your living room's dimensions. The Upplava units will of course come in a range of colours and wood effect finishes.
The basic entry level set from the Uppleva range, according to Reuters UK, will consist of a TV, sound system and bench unit and will cost 6,500KR (£602.25) when it goes on sale in Sweden this year.
IKEA’s Uppleva TV range will come to stores across mainland Europe in June this year. Stores in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal will stock the new Uppleva range in autumn 2012, with the UK not getting a look-in ‘til 2013.
Sky HD channels debut in Ireland
Sky and UPC have signed an agreement that will see UPC customers in the Republic of Ireland receive Sky HD Channels for the first time via the cable TV service.
The companies have renewed and extended an existing deal to include Sky's HD channels: Sky1 HD, Sky Living HD, Sky Arts 1 & 2 HD, Sky News HD, Sky Sports News HD, Sky Sports 1 & 2 HD and all the HD Sky Movies networks.
Rob Webster, Director of Sky's Commercial Group, said: "As we continue to increase our investment in high-quality pay-TV content, we're keen to distribute our channels as broadly as possible to widen our reach and enable more households to enjoy some of the great programming Sky has to offer.
"This agreement demonstrates how through successful negotiation we can create value for the companies involved in addition to real benefits for consumers."
UPC Ireland recently added high definition channels from Disney/ESPN. It launched its catch-up TV service, UPC On Demand, in May.
Sainsbury's to launch Rovi-powered digital video service.
Sainsbury's has partnered with Rovi Corporation launch a new digital video service. Expected to launch later this year, the new service, available online at Sainsbury's Entertainment, will offer video on demand and digital copies of major studio film and television titles.
Powered by the Rovi Entertainment Store, Sainsbury's will provide customers with access to a library of films and TV programmes including new releases often on the same day they are available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Following the initial launch online, the service will become available across Smart TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, smartphones, and game consoles.
Commenting on the partnership, Luke Jensen, Group Development Director, Sainsbury's, said: "Rovi was a natural choice to collaborate with for the launch of Sainsbury's Entertainment's digital video service given the company's market expertise, long-standing industry relationships, and proven technology. On demand streaming video is an exciting addition to our existing online offerings, and supports our customers as they progress from consuming content on physical disc to accessing their favourite entertainment on a range of devices, where and when they choose."