Outlook Adds Easy Import Tool to Switch Away from Gmail
Of course, even if you are frustrated with your current provider, the thought of switching to a new service can seem daunting. So we’ve introduced new functionality right into Outlook.com that does the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to connect your Gmail account (using OAuth) to your Outlook.com account (if you don’t already have one, it’s easy to get). This will import your Gmail emails into your Outlook.com inbox and, because you’ve connected both accounts, your Google contacts will automatically appear in Outlook.com. The structure of your inbox, including read/unread status of your emails, will be preserved. The new tool will even set up your Gmail address as a “send-only” account so you can continue to send email from your @gmail.com address, right from Outlook.com, if you still want to.
I’ve seen some growing discontent when it comes to Gmail these days. A little over a month ago, I successfully moved away from Google Mail (Google Apps for preshit.net) over to FastMail. It’s a ridiculously good service and has been great for me. I’ll write about the move soon, but if you’ve been eyeing Outlook.com, here’s your chance.
WordPress Admin Theme Redesign
George Kordas has crafted this beautiful WordPress Admin Theme Redesign and is working on introducing it as a plugin for existing WP installations. The current WordPress Admin UI is old and feels outdated now, so it would be great to see this out there.
Click through to see his stunning work.
Apple has a “Jobs at Apple” page on their Corporate (US) website. Click the link and go see the first four slides on top, especially #3.
This is a great example of the culture Steve Jobs has left behind at Apple.
Javed Anwer, writing for The Times of India, in a post titled:
Apple cuts MacBook Pro prices by $200, but not in India
Oh! So they cut the prices of MacBook Pro everywhere but India? That’s not very nice of Apple now.
However, Apple is not the one to blame here for the India-specific high price. The higher than expected price of new MacBook Pro laptops in India is due to the dollar-rupee exchange rate, which is higher compared to the rate in February this year when Apple revised the price of 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple will be Live Streaming Today’s Event
Apple will be live streaming the October 2013 event on their Apple Events website at the link above. The event will also be available via the Apple TV, with the ‘Apple Events’ app already updated with the new event graphics.
The event will begin at 22:30 (10:30 PM) IST.
This is a guest post by my buddy & fellow Apple enthusiast, Rohan Naravane.
Over the years, Apple’s current and former CEO have been quoted referring to Apple TV as a “hobby” for the consumer electronics giant. Apple TV, if you don’t know already, is a tiny box that connects to your television and can stream audio-visual content from the iTunes store and can also mirror your Apple iOS devices and Macs wirelessly. It is a worthy buy for a 100 dollars if you’re one with the Apple ecosystem, but is brimming with potential to do a lot more. Right now, rumours afloat suggest Apple making deals to serve more variety of content and will announce them on the 22nd October event. That’s nice and all, but I’d rather have something that was universally applicable — not just the US. And like any informed customer, I will tend to look at what else is available for $99 and whether those devices will serve my needs better.
For that price, there’s Ouya — an Android-based game microconsole that has gotten average reviews and the PlayStation Vita TV — which isn’t available in all regions yet. Nonetheless, they both have things that I’d want out of my $99 TV box. Ouya’s games store also features apps like Plex that I love so dearly; as content from the Plex Media Server (i.e. my computer) is automatically transcoded and streamed over-the-air to the receiver device. Imagine your entire movie and TV show library; instantly playable on your television while your computer sits in the other room. Plex does it beautifully too — pulling artwork, synopsis, ratings and showing details about the source file. Then there’s the PS Vita TV that brings titles from Sony’s popular handheld console to the big screen (to be played with a separately purchasable Bluetooth Controller).
I can’t wait for Apple to unlock the greater potential of the Apple TV that could possibly unlock many of these functionalities. Although Apple TV’s software is based on iOS, there’s no app store like other iOS devices. Having one would enable Plex and a million other apps to flex the function of the Apple TV beyond what Apple offers out-of-the-box. And speaking of hardware, it would probably need a beefier chip than its current ageing single-core A5 chip to run modern day apps and games well. Lastly, Apple has already introduced Bluetooth controller support with iOS 7. With this support extended to Apple TV, a typical wireless controller will serve a new way to experience those fantastic iOS-based games on the big screen.
It feels like we’re almost there; to a point where it is getting irritating as we wait for Apple to push this product to the next level. To my disappointment, it is unlikely that Apple will announce a majorly overhauled Apple TV product tomorrow. Maybe they’re taking their time because one big piece of the puzzle is yet unsolved — the User Interface. Currently, because of its simplicity the Apple TV is usable via the bundled IR remote or the barebones Remote app on an iOS device. But bringing the App Store may require a sea change to the current form of user interaction. There are rumours of Apple trying the gesture-based interactivity like the one possible with Xbox 360′s Kinect accessory. Whatever the method, it could finally reveal a part of what Steve Jobs had told Walter Isaacson in his biography about Televisions and its User Interface — “I finally cracked it.”
Rohan Naravane manages the content for PriceBaba.com
. He is usually found rambling tech on Twitter @r0han
Apple has just sent out the press release announcing the official pricing for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in India. The phones will be launched and available in India on November 1st, 2013.
The prices of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be as follows:
- iPhone 5s 16GB: Rs. 53,500
- iPhone 5s 32GB: Rs. 62,500
- iPhone 5s 64GB: Rs. 71,500
- iPhone 5s Case: Rs. 3,200
- iPhone 5c 16GB: Rs. 42,900
- iPhone 5c 32GB: Rs. 53,500
- iPhone 5c case: Rs. 2,300
- iPhone 4s 8GB: Rs. 31,500