Speech Recognition Interface in iOS 5

“Apple’s latest iOS 5 Beta 5 contains the interface elements for their rumored upcoming Speech Recognition features. The screenshot above (via 9to5Mac) shows a microphone button found on the standard text keyboard in iOS. Pressing on the microphone button will being up a microphone speech screen where you presumably start speaking.”

Upon the many new features iOS 5 will bring to the current devices Voice Recognition will be a big step forward allowing users to do more thing without holding their iPhone/iPad.

Are you excited for this feature?

Article and Images via MacRumors

Apple Releases iOS 5 beta 5 to Developers

“In a surprise move, Apple has released iOS 5 Beta 5 (build 9A5288d) to developers on Saturday. Apple typically releases new developer seeds on weekdays. Alongside the iOS 5 beta 5 release is Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 5, iTunes 10.5 Beta 5 and Apple TV Software beta 4. 

iOS 5 Beta 5 is available as an over the air update, but according to the release notes, users must first erase all content and settings by choosing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Apple recommends backing up your device using iTunes 10.5 Beta 4 or through iCloud prior to installing iOS 5 beta 5, and subsequently restoring. That said, some users have been able to upgrade fine without going through that process.”

Article and Images via MacRumors

Magic Mouse discontinued in favor of Magic Trackpad?

According to Cult of Mac Apple is planning to discontinue its multi-touch Magic Mouse in the near future, pushing users to adopt the Magic Trackpad in order to make full use of the new gestures included in OS X Lion.

“We’ve gotten word from a previously reliable source that Apple is discontinuing the Magic Mouse in favor of the Magic Trackpad. Our retail source has informed us that Magic Mouse inventory is not being replenished for Apple stores, and that Apple is finally phasing out the Magic Mouse.”

I would be very unhappy if this is to occur and I hope this is just another Rumor being thrown to the public.

Article and Images via MacRumors

Skype for iPad released in New Zealand!

Skype for iPad was just released into the App Store in New Zealand which means its about 16 hours away from being released in the U.S.

“The app was announced over a month ago in late June, but for unknown reasons its release was delayed until now. The iPad version of Skype supports the same features as the iPhone version, and it seems that all features other than two-way video chat are supported on the original iPad. The iPad 2, of course, will have full support for video conferencing via either of its cameras.”

Video via razorianFly’s YouTube Channel

Article and Images via TUAW.com

Apple launches iCloud and iWork betas

Today icloud.com was updated to now have an official login page with what we’re assuming is Cupertino’s rendition of a CNC-machined aluminumunibody badge.

” It looks like those of you rocking iOS 5 or 10.7.2 and who’ve also created an iCloud account are probably already busy frolicking through email, editing contacts and slinging calendar events all from the comfort of your browser. Oh, and if you’re wondering how much it’ll cost you to claim more than those 5GB that Apple’s tossing in gratis, the folks over at Electronista have confirmed that an extra 10GB will cost $20 per year, while an extra 20GB runs $40 / year and an extra 50GB will demand $100 per annum.”

Article via Engadget

Mac App Store overpriced?

The new Mac App Store was released to the public at the beginning of January 2011 and since then it is now on almost all Mac OS platforms. Bringing some apps to the Mac from the iPad and iPhone was great and allowed you to play Angry Birds and some other well known games on the Mac. While there are many categories the game section has proven to be the most popular not only bringing familiar apps but some PC games. Some of which are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Bioshock and even though it’s a bit old it’s still great to have it available. What’s strange though is that it runs for $49.99 in the Mac App Store but an run as low as $20 for the PC version.

According to CNET.com:

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Mac App Store $49.99
Amazon Mac disc $23
Amazon Mac download $32.20
PC Steam download $19.99

Civilization V

Mac App Store $49.99
Amazon Mac disc $43.78
Amazon Mac download $42.94
Amazon PC download $29.99

Call of Duty 2

Mac App Store $29.99
Amazon Mac disc $14.99
Amazon Mac download $18.47
Amazon PC disc $10.50
PC Steam download $19.99

BioShock

Mac App Store $29.99
Amazon Mac disc $37.70
Amazon Mac download $29.99
Amazon PC disc $5.88
Amazon PC download $14.91

Star Wars: Empire at War

Mac App Store $29.99
Amazon Mac disc $19.99
Steam PC download $19.99

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Mac App Store $19.99
Amazon Mac disc $17.30
Steam PC download $9.99

Before you buy another game from the Mac App Store check and make sure you’re not being ripped off. I would love to hear what you think in the comments section below.

Article and Images via CNET.com