Twitter’s new layout is here.

And it is beautiful!

It has certain elements to it that definitely makes you think of Facebook’s profile layout. However, we think it’s much cleaner and maintains that Twitter magic to it. Have a look below.

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Playstation VR Headset. Launching Soon.

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Get ready for the next level of gaming. Sony is getting ready to announce their long awaiting Playstation VR Headset, with a planned unveiling at GDC next month.

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Sony has been pretty tight-lipped up to now, but analysts estimate the price point will be between $100 – $200 dollars, beating out the current market leader (Oculus Rift) in price by $100. Considering this VR headset can replace your HD television ($1000+), the price may be a steal (depending on whether or not you use your television primarily for gaming).

If these rumors are true, Sony will definitely continue their winning streak (already selling double the units Xbox One did last month) and having their big launch in Japan just yesterday. The Playstation 4 is seeing so much demand, Sony estimates a console shortage for another three months.

Forbes hacked.

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Forbes was just a target of a large-scale cyber attack. We have just received the following email:

“Recently, Forbes.com was targeted in a digital attack. Our publishing platform was compromised and email addresses for registered members have been exposed. (Forbes subscribers should note that no credit card information or subscription details were revealed.) We have notified law enforcement and are taking the matter very seriously. 

Your Forbes.com password was encrypted in our database, but if you used the same password on other Web sites or accounts, we strongly suggest you change them.

We have currently disabled log-in functionality on Forbes.com and invalidated all passwords. During this time, you will not be able to access your account or add your comments to the site. We will send you a follow-up email when log-in is reopened with simple instructions on how you can reset your password to a different one.

Meanwhile, we urge you to be cautious about interacting with email, especially from senders that are unknown to you, as the list of email addresses may be used in phishing attacks or scams.

All of us at Forbes respect your privacy and apologize to you and all of the members of our community for this breach.

Sincerely,

Mike Perlis
Chief Executive Officer”

It appears that hackers are relentlessly targeting various online publications and services. It’s difficult to say what the exact motives of recent hackings at companies like Forbes and Kickstarter are – but it is definitely a good lesson to keep your password frequently updated and never use a common password on more than one website or app.

 

 

Kickstarter Hacked.

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Kickstarter’s CEO, Yancey Strickler today announced on a blog post that the biggest crowdfunding website was recently hacked.

He mentions that no user credit card information was compromised, however user login credentials may have been jeopardized.

It is advised that you update your Kickstarter profile information as soon as possible.

The Post Reads:

“Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords,” he wrote. “Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one.”

All Hail Grand Wizard Cartman!

We just received a 13 minutes GAMEPLAY videos of the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth.

And we simply cannot wait to join the fight for the universe shattering relic – “the stick”.

Get ready for the NEW Twitter

Twitter is testing out its new layout. Have a look at one of the first pages to change to the new layout.

To us, it seems Twitter is taking a few layout cues from Facebook, in terms of profile image, header image and menus – moving to a more “squarish” look.

Pros:

Cleaner, more modern & professional.

Cons:

Away from the “casual” feel we have all grown to since the launch of Twitter.

Flappy Bird – The next “Bird” craze. (Update FEB 8, 2014) (Update FEB 9,2014)

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UPDATE – FEB 10

To all frustrated Flappy fans – you can now take your frustration out with Squishy Bird

UPDATE – FEB 9

Flappy Bird has officially been removed from the app. store by its creator.

#RIPFlappy

UPDATE – FEB 8

Dong Nguyen, the maker of Flappy Bird just announced that he will be taking down the game within the next day, due to unwanted attention.

If you still don’t have lil ol’ Flappy on your phone…you better get it soon.


Original Article

Is the world now convinced we have a strange obsession with birds…

First Angry Birds, now Flappy Bird. But what makes Flappy Bird so special? Well simple – It’s addicting as all hell. Humans like are drawn to things that grab and keep our attention for one reason or another.

However, this little flapping bird, became famous for not all of the fun it was causing, but the mass frustration felt by players. With tweets and youtube videos demonstrating pure rage when playing.

The objective of the game is simple, tap to keep “flapping” and avoid dangerous object. However, as most of you already know, that’s not as easy as it sounds.

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Don’t worry Flappy, our tapping will save you!

 

 

 

 

Your Next Car…Running on Water and Air (For Sale in 2015)

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Toyota today announced [at CES in Las Vegas] their plans to begin manufacturing a new vehicle, fueled by water and air.

According to a Toyota spokesman, the vehicle uses the hydrogen and air combination, to create electricity and power its fuel cell powered engine.

No Gas.

No Plugging in.

Just refill the water tank after every 310 Miles.

Can we get a “HECK YEAH!”.

These types of moves and investments is what put Toyota on top, and is keeping them there.

Blockes – learn, inform and express in a cool new way

Life is a pleasure, provided it is fuelled by passions. If you believe in the philosophy, and are up for the latest cyber network promising to connect you with your interests, hobbies and passions, blockes is for YOU! With a completely new and unique style, blockes has what it takes to be a part of your social unwinding every day.

Once you log in to Blockes, you have the world of blocks for you to explore. Here, we explain you how to get going with participating in the community, and building up pieces in blocks. Click on the block that excites you, and you’ll be taken to its page, with all the posts and stuff contributed to the block by members. Let’s for example, take the “songs discovered” block.

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Here is how the screen will look when you enter it. If you wish to add a piece in this interest block, click on the “Add a Piece” button, and you’ll see the box as shown in the middle of the image.

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Let us assume that you want to share a cool song video in the “Songs Discovered” block. Just mention the title of the piece, and select the category (from post, video, or slider). Since this is a video piece, the third field in the box says URL. Just copy the video URL here and you are good to go. Here’s how it will look.

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These pieces keep on stacking on top of each other, and hence smoothly add up to the pool of information.

The Block Box is another cool feature that will let you make the most of your experience at blockes. This feature makes it super convenient for you to add blocks that interest you, so that you do not have to search for them every time you wish to soak yourself in the new updates made to those blocks. Let us take the Songs Discovered block again to explain how blocks are added to the block box.

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Once you are in the block that you want to include in your collection of blocks, look at the small small button to the right of the name of the block at the top. Click on this button to add the block to your black box. Once the desired blocks are added to your block box, all you’ve got to do is to enter your block box.

Soon, you will find yourself returning to blockes for the daily dose of your passions and hobbies.

Android Apps – Wide Usage Capabilities

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The BlueStacks App Player from Android is just what you expect from a universal type of player. You can now run all your coveted Android apps on not only PCs that have Windows Vista, XP or 7, but also on those with Windows 8 and tablets as well. Why Windows, even Mac users will find this player most convenient to run all their Android apps. The best aspect about it is that it is absolutely free.

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Similarly, if you have some Smartphone apps and want to use some of the Android apps on your Mac Book Pro, then you only need to install the Android emulator on them. There is also a Windows 8 Surface tablet version which allows you to load a huge number of apps – up to 750,000. You can load games, media apps and all this is possible effortlessly through the BlueStacks App Player. More than 5 million downloads is enough testimony of its popularity.

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If you have any Microsoft Windows apps that you are not very happy with and wish to try out Android apps, you cannot get a better facilitator than this free player. So go ahead and give it a try.

Here’s the app in action.

BlackBerry Z10 – Some Initial Impressions

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Many of us have been looking forward to the arrival of the BB Z10 as a worthy competitor to both Samsung Galaxy and the Apple iPhone. Unfortunately, the launch of this gadget has left many with mixed feelings – it is better in some aspects but much worse in some others.

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Though it is early days and not all of us may have explored the finer aspects of this gadget fully especially since it is not a normal upgrade of an existing system, but a totally new operating system, surely we are not mentally prepared to face any system hang or freeze instances in your new toy. That unfortunately is one of the disappointments with the new BB Z10.

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The instances of the gadget freezing from time to time are most irritating and frustrating. It certainly does not bode well in terms of an initial impression. It leaves you with a feeling that while the older BB had a good OS but needed some sizzle in terms of apps, the new Z10 seems to have the sizzle but is lacking in solid fundamentals, a sound operating system that will  not hang up on you.

Let us hope BB is able to correct this at the earliest. Here’s more.

BlackBerry Swings Back Into The Black

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BlackBerry has reported a profitable fourth quarter and though that is not enough to compensate for its accumulated losses, the news is certainly welcome.

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However, this news has also raised eyebrows in the investor community. After all, their BB 10 OS as well as the Z10 have just been launched and are not in a position to contribute yet. Moreover, customers do not seem to be too happy with the Z10, raising further doubts about it becoming the game changer for BlackBerry. However, the enterprise business of the company has shown stability and that is positive for BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry has posted fourth quarter revenue of $2.7 billion, which is 36% lower than what it reported a year back. But its cost cutting initiatives have helped it show better profitability and better supply chain management too has helped the company a lot this year. This result has raised eyebrows because analysts had actually forecast a loss for the company due to the decline in subscribers, especially in the prepaid category. But the new OS and Z10 may bring back subscribers again as BB has already shipped in excess of 6 million Smartphones with more than a million out of that being BB10.

Here’s a video you might be interested in watching.

 

Facebook Ads – A New Development

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The ads that you see to the right of your Facebook page and which basically tell a lot about your interests with regard to shopping and so on will now start showing on NewsFeed as well.

Yes, Facebook is planning to test its ads on NewsFeed and though advertisers will surely welcome the move, users may not be very pleased if these ads start appearing on mobile phones as well.

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This test in an initiative of Facebook to expand its Facebook Exchange program and enables it to monitor the viewing habits of its users using a cookie system. They would then be able to deliver ads based on shopping habits and user preferences.

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While these ads appeared only on the column at the right, now marketers would be able to place their ads within NewsFeeds itself as this is one place where many users spend a lot of time. Facebook has said the number of ads will not change and will be the same as users see currently in NewsFeeds. They will also be seen only for desktop feeds. They have not made any mention of getting into mobile expansion with this initiative as yet.

Wan’t to know more?

Here’s a video.

 

Tablet Trends – What You Can Expect This Year

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If early signs are to be taken into account, the tablet trends for this year point towards much smaller, more economical and Android based models getting released. This is as per the study done by IDC, a market research firm.

Projections also indicate that the iPad is not much behind the Android tablets. One caveat worth mentioning is that IDC has taken sales of Amazon Kindle tablets also into its count. They justify this saying that the price as well as the convenience factors of the Kindle merits its inclusion, even though the screen size is smaller.

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They believe that this trend of Android tablets with small screens will succeed in gaining market share and this will happen at the cost of iPad. This trend of consumers moving towards screens that only measure between 7-8 inches will gain momentum and result in shipment volumes soaring past the 190 million mark by 2013 end, IDC says. That is much higher than the 170 odd million earlier forecast.

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There is no doubt that iOS tablets have lost their market share to tablets with Android OS, with the latter gaining more than 5% last year over 2011 figures. This year is no different with projections of the Android getting a 49% market share as opposed to just 46% being made.

Check out this insightful video.

HTC’s New Phone With Facebook Integration

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Though Mark Zuckerberg has mentioned a few months back that a Facebook integrated phone is not what his focus is on, it appears that HTC is all set to bring out one that will offer users a device with this integration.

As the social media giant works on refining its mobile strategy, HTC is also looking to make an impact in the Smartphone niche. The recent device specifications have led to speculation that HTC may be launching this Facebook integrated phone called HTC Myst by spring.

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There have been many rumors about Smartphone with Facebook integration models being launched and the Myst is the latest one joining that list. HTC though is no stranger to this, having launched the ChaCha that got rebranded to Status in the summer of 2011. That particular model had a button with the Facebook logo, giving the user direct access to Facebook. For some reason, the company did not pursue this strategy and build upon its initial presence in this niche.

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HTC will thus join an illustrious list of brands that will jostle for attention in the ever competitive Smartphone space. Ultimately, it is the consumer who will be the beneficiary, no doubt.

Here’s a video.

Can BlackBerry’s Z10 Script A Turnaround?

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The BlackBerry Z10 is being slowly launched in the market and BlackBerry is pinning a lot of hopes on it. Though it is not yet getting the same hype it got when it was announced in January, BlackBerry is definitely hoping it can bring about the turn around that is so much needed for the company. They are also waiting for Samsung Galaxy IV to know exactly what they are up against.

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March 22 is the date on which Research In Motion, the owners of the BlackBerry brand will release the Z10 in the US and many analysts see this as a huge do or die effort to revive the brand and take it to the top position it once enjoyed. The company had gone for a revamp and a new branding strategy as well.

The Z10 is a touch screen device and will cost $199.99. It will operate on the 4G LTE network of AT&T. Though the Z10 is available in some of the markets outside of the US, its performance within the US market will dictate the fortunes of the company.

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The BB 10 OS will also be put to test against the iPhone and Android OS.

Check out more on the device here.

Chips That Can Self Heal

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If only chips had processors that enabled self healing, then you would never have to face sudden disruptions and malfunctioning of your electronic gadgets.

But that is exactly what some researchers have come up with. California Institute of Technology researchers have announced they have been able to build minute power amplifiers to be embedded in chips. These can quickly recover functions that had got affected due to certain components vaporized during tests.

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The amplifiers are so tiny that seventy six of them can be fitted on a penny. The sensors are sharp and monitor the current, power, temperature continuously. This data is then relayed to the ASIC that has been fixed on the amplifier.

The ASIC is the brain of the system and is able to keep a tab on the performance of the chip based on the data it is being fed. The result is that chips function faster and are also less susceptible to changing environment conditions.

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The amplifiers have multiple points of actuation and these different states are responsible for monitoring the health of the chip and make sure it does not malfunction.

It remains to be seen how this technology now is taken forward to completion. Here’s more on the technology.

Smartphone App For Cars

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Soon cars will have a wonderful Smartphone application and plug-in device that will make your journey safer. Yes, Automatic Labs have just announced the introduction of Automatic Link.

This is a nice blend of the iOS as well as the dongle. It will make automotive diagnostics much more advanced. However, the device would work only if the iPhone of the owner that has the application loaded into it is taken during the ride.

As the car is being driven, the iPhone makes the connection to the dongle and disconnects when the owner walks away with the phone.

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In the event of a crash, this Automatic Link will immediately report to 911 and other first responders. The name of the user, the vehicle details are also sent, assuming that the Link is connected and the vehicle user has logged in to the application.

This device can also alert the driver through a push notification about the “check engine” light, retrieve associated engine codes, indicate to the drive what those trouble codes actually mean and also in some of the cases, provide solutions.

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The device also remembers the place where the vehicle had been parked and that indeed is a great feature.

Here is a quick look at more apps that you can use while driving.

The IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator Initiative

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IBM’s SmartCloud Orchestrator attempt arises from the requirement to stabilize low-cost community cloud assets with their usually better-secured and more firmly managed ones. The latter are more expensive though. It is believed that it would have the impact of enhancing interoperability between cloud offering in the public space and those in the private space.

IBM has just declared SmartCloud Orchestrator — a large free source effort developed to help organizations better stability community and private cloud sources and even change providers. This is in distinct comparison to the lock-in technique that IBM used to manage the technological innovation section — mostly because IBM discovered the hard way that lock-in, while logically appearing right was still tactically ridiculous.

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It has also discovered that it has such important aggressive benefits in a number of crucial places that given an equal playing arena, it would still be able to enjoy a big benefit over everyone else in most of the segments.

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Now, however it is not the only one. Most of the significant vendors are engaged in this attempt at different stages — so many, that it is simpler to indicate the organizations that aren’t engaged in it than it is to indicate the ones that are.

A video, for you.

Samsung’s New Launch Of Galaxy

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Samsung may be near doing something paradoxically Apple like: being unique. Often charged of duplicating Cupertino — both inside and out of court — this indicates the organization may have something absolutely different to reveal at its Galaxy S IV release occasion next week. In addition, it’s getting great leverage with its pre-launch ad strategy, developing suspense and building up the anticipation for its many loyal customers.

Samsung is positioned to present its next creation of its leading Galaxy smart phone and this will be at New York. This launch will be the first U.S. release of a Galaxy device in over three years and Samsung is going to make it count with a tremendous “Samsung Unpacked” promotion blitz.

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While it is official that the Galaxy S IV will make its debut, many of the more interesting details with regard to its features and other aspects remain a secret. The many rumors floating around are something that has not yet been confirmed.

It is commonly believed that it will have a 5-inch complete HD (1920x1080p) AMOLED display and would be powered or boosted by an Exynos 5 Quad 5440 cellular processer. This has been based on the ARM Cortex-A15 processer style.

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It is anticipated to run the Android operating system 4.2 Jelly Bean model with a Touch Wiz 5 customer interface. It will also have a 2 GB RAM and a 13-megapixel camera.

Samsung has not yet confirmed about this model or come out with any additional information. However, here’s a video.

Mellel Lite Is The New Word Processor

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Word processors and getting used to them can be a matter of individual choice given the many properties and features different processors have and now come with.

Some experts and writers believe that the more the phrase processor strays from the world’s first processor, the typewriter, the more it inhibits and makes the writing process a more difficult one.

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For those authors, there are simple processors like the Byword and the very simple iA Writer. They are sure to find these best suited to their needs and also find that these boost their productivity.

Then there exists processor chips like the Apple Pages. It’s for authors with an objective — characters to create, updates via newsletters to generate, create resumes that would make an impact and many more.

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There also exist the not so much preferred dreadnoughts, such as the MS Word. Here the emphasis is more on processing documents than enabling writers to become more efficient or creative. But they do have their place in today’s times when so many documents need to be processed in quick time.

Mellel Lite can be placed somewhere in between Pages and MS Word. Do not think however that the performance is reflected in the title – far from it. The Mellel Lite is a wonderful and economic alternative to MS Word with sufficient power to get users hooked to it.

Watch it in action.

Evernote Declares It Has Been Hacked

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The latest sequence of protection breaches that has hit technology organizations over the few days was in the form of note-clipping assistance provider Evernote. The service provider declared that someone had utilized protection passwords. Companies may think in terms of now wanting to consider new techniques of making sure customers are who they declare to be, such as two-factor verification and better monitoring of sign in efforts.

Evernote, which creates software that allows customers duplicate and store a variety of written text and website pages, declared  that it had been compromised, pushing the organization to ask its more than 50 million satisfied users to totally reset their protection passwords.

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The organization said online hackers obtained access to usernames; contact details associated with Evernote records, and secured protection passwords. Evernote though said it has no proof that any of the content customers saved in its web servers was impacted, or that any payment details for its top quality and business assistance customers was utilized.

This latest hack follows similar protection breaches declared lately at Apple and Facebook. The collective effect of these occurrences may power organizations to consider more powerful verification techniques other than just protection passwords.

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Evernote has recommended its users to stick to simple passwords.

More on the story, here.

Apple’s Impending New Product – iWatch

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Apple as a company is usually quite secretive when it comes to impending product launches. However, this time, it has not been able to keep gossip mills from speculating about the iWatch.

The rumors are strong about the operating system of the watch and potential function set, thereby begging the question: Would Steve Jobs have tolerated such a development?

The long-held perception that Apple is developing an iWatch obtained more credence, thanks to new gossips concentrating on a release later this season, along with how the product might be useful for loyal Apple product customers.

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Apple may have already registered many patent applications that include the phrase “wrist,” but the number and specific characteristics of the leakage about its programs are raising serious questions about whether the company has relaxed its policy or is unable to prevent such leakages.

Coming to the product itself, the features enable customers make telephone calling, recognize phone callers and check map coordinates. It may even have a digital pedometer and receptors for tracking the user’s heart beat rates and other health-related information.

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The iWatch may turn out to be just one more offering from Apple that would further reinforce the brand in tech savvy users.

Here’s an sneak peek.