Mac OS X Leopard Launch in Birmingham, UK

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A better quality version of the video is available from my .mac web gallery.

A little video for everyone

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iPod Nano Display

Captivating display promoting the all new iPod nano. Spotted at The Apple Store on Regent’s Street, London.

31 days to go

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It’s D-31 for those of us based in the UK. It might seem like an eternity but let’s spare a thought for the folks over in Canada (and the other 192 countries):

We know just how it feels!

iPhone’s free Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy

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Apple makes it clear in their press release that use of the 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots (provided by The Cloud) on the iPhone in the UK is subject to a fair use policy.

Most of us naturally assume that this imposes a limit on the number of GB one can use. However, looking at the Terms and Conditions for the service provided by The Cloud, the fair use policy does not necessarily impost a bandwidth limit! It mainly draws attention to unlawful/unethical activity and breaches of copyright.

From their knowledge base, however, they clearly indicate that they have set some common sense bandwidth usage guidelines but no actual transfer limit is specified. We’ll have to wait and see how this limit plays out and whether it is reasonable.
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Free Wi-Fi on iPhone in the UK

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iphone.pngOk, Apple is charging the folks in the US about $140 (£70) less for the iPhone but believe it or not, we are getting some extra value for this money here in the UK. What you ask? Free Wi-Fi access at over 7000 hotspots in the UK. Apple has teamed up with The Cloud to provide iPhone users with free unlimited access (subject to fair use).

This service on its own is worth £125 in value over the 18 month contract period (at £6.99 a month). So maybe we shouldn’t be so harsh on Apple for charging more for the iPhone in the UK.

Will I have free Wi-Fi access in my area?
You can look up the location Wi-Fi hotspots in your area here. Here’s the coverage in the centre of Birmingham:

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The access points are located within pubs, hotels, restaurants and even public phone booths. I can hardly wait to be enjoying the free Wi-Fi on my iPhone while out on the town!

For the times when you are out of the range of a free Wi-Fi hotspot, you can always use the slower internet access via EDGE which is also free on iPhone (if you are amongst the 30% that’s covered).

iPhone in the UK

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iphone.pngApple has today announced that the iPhone will be available to UK customers exclusively on O2 as from the 9th of November. This was announced by Steve Jobs this morning at a press conference held at the Apple Store on Regent’s Street, London.

Here’s what you need to know if you are in the UK:
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Come blog with us

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We are looking for bloggers to contribute to the site. If you think this is for you, whether you are a long time Mac user, a recent switcher or considering switching, we would like to hear from you.

As a contributor to the blog, whether you are a college student contemplating a future career in technology or you already have a career, you will be able to:

- boost your resume/curriculum vitae

- improve your writing skills

- help the Mac community

- meet other Apple enthusiasts

- make your voice heard

The closing date for applications is Monday 15th October 2007. For more information on this opportunity and details of how to apply, please see our Q&A.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Best of Luck,
Ash and James
The Apple Files

Update
We are now accepting applications on an ongoing basis. So if you missed the application deadline, don’t worry, we will still consider your application.

Slideshow within Finder and Preview.app

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slideshow.pngOne of the main concerns expressed by new Mac OS X users relates to Finder. On the Windows side, users can view thumbnails and slideshows of their images from their Windows Explorer window. On Mac OS X however, many new Mac users do not realise that they can have this very same functionality right from within Finder. 

Granted, Mac OS X also ships with iPhoto which is miles ahead of Finder or Windows Explorer for managing your photos.But nonetheless, sometimes it’s just convenient to be able to view a slideshow or thumbnails right from within Finder.

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Photo Thumbnails in Finder

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view-options.pngOne of the main concerns expressed by new Mac OS X users relates to Finder. On the Windows side, users can view thumbnails and slideshows of their images from their Windows Explorer window. On Mac OS X however, many new Mac users do not realise that they can have this very same functionality right from within Finder.

Granted, Mac OS X also ships with iPhoto which is miles ahead of Finder or Windows Explorer for managing your photos.But nonetheless, sometimes it’s just convenient to be able to view a slideshow or thumbnails right from within Finder.

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Preview.app: Multiple images in a single window

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preview.pngIf you enjoy using tabs in Safari or in Firefox, you will be glad to know that Mac OS X’s Preview.app offers a very similar feature for images. By default, Preview will open a window for each image that you open. However, Preview.app is also able to display multiple images in a single window. You simply need to set this in the Preview.app Preferences.
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