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Top 10 High-end Tech Gifts For Christmas

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Despite fears that the demand for tablets is over, US consumers shopping for a high-tech present this year are more likely to plump for Apple’s latest slate than any other device.

The second most popular tech gift is destined to be a set of Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones, while the top three is rounded out by the MacBook.

However, it’s not just Apple products that are getting consumers excited, the sixth most popular gift is the Microsoft Surface, and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 tablet is in ninth place, just ahead of the Dyson V6 vacuum cleaner in 10th place.

Televisions are also going to be in demand this holiday season with two models also featuring in the top 10; Samsung’s 48-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV in fourth and Sharp’s 43-inch smart HDTV with Roku in fifth.

Best Buy polled 2000 Americans aged between 18 and 65 to compile its holiday wishlist and discovered that regardless of the device, technology products are going to be in huge demand as the year draws to a close.

For example, Millennials rate consumer electronics as their preferred type of gift favoring gadgets over clothes or jewelry.

But men of all ages are planning on giving and are hoping to receive a high-tech gift. When asked why, 22% of men said that tech gifts were more personal. Meanwhile women who are planning on making a tech purchase are more likely to do so for non-gifting reasons such as a personal investment or to replace an existing family device.

However, 85% of respondents also admitted that they’re likely to take advantage of holiday season deals, sales and discounts in order to buy themselves a new tech device. And as with the wishlist, the iPad comes top (19%), followed by a Sharp 43-inch Smart HDTV with Roku (chosen by 16% planning on treating themselves) and a set of Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones (15%).

The top 10 tech gifts, according to Best Buy:

1. iPad
2. Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
3. MacBook
4. Samsung 48-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
5. Sharp 43-inch Smart HDTV with Roku
6. Microsoft Surface
7. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
8. Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate and Activity Tracker
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
10. Dyson V6 Absolute Bagless Cordless Vacuum

Unbox Therapy video

The next iPad could have a 12.9-inch display

Speculation is heating up regarding the rumored “iPad Pro,” so nicknamed in reference to Microsoft’s Surface Pro.

Fanning the flames are a video showing cases for a 12.5-inch device and social media posts of what are said to be sketches for the project.


Unbox Therapy released the video in question, which compares the 9.7-inch iPad Air with all of the new protective cases currently being produced, which are said to be for a next-generation iPad with a screen diagonal of between 12.5 and 13 inches and the same thinness as the iPad Air.

Interestingly, the case also features an opening on the side, suggesting the forthcoming iPad could be the very first with a 3.0 USB port.

Other rumors suggest the presence of a Force Touch screen, a feature introduced on the Apple Watch and the latest MacBook range, which senses the difference between a light touch and a firmer one.

The supposed iPad will also come with a Bluetooth stylus, an NFC chip for wireless payments, four speakers and a next-generation processor.

Though Apple has yet to confirm or deny this jumbo tablet project, the device would make sense as a competitor to the 12-inch Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which is positioned as both a tablet and an alternative to compact notebooks such as the MacBook.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s potential new tablet could enter production in the second half of this year and make its debut in the fall, in keeping with the company’s customary timeline since 2012.

The iPad Pro would join the 9.7-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini in the current range. Presumably, the device would be more expensive than its predecessors and would be marketed primarily to professionals and artists.

Pope Francis iPad

Pope’s iPad fetches $30,500 at auction

Pope Francis iPad

An iPad that belonged to Argentina-born Pope Francis went under the hammer for $30,500 on Tuesday, autioneers in Uruguay said.


Montevideo-based auction house Castells said the winning bid was placed by telephone. Local media threw a spotlight on the iPad last year.

The pope gave it — complete with its His Holiness Francis label and a Vatican certificate of authenticity — to an Uruguayan priest as a gift.


It ended up being donated to a local school by the priest, before being auctioned off to raise money.

iPad Air (R) and iPad Mini

The iPad: 5 years of innovation

April 3 will mark the five-year anniversary of the very first iPad‘s release in the US. Since then, we’ve seen the launch of 9 different tablets, 9.7 and 7.9 inches in size. The release of a tenth model is imminent.

iPad Air and iPad Mini

-iPad (released in April 2010): on January 27, 2010, Steve Jobs presented the very first Apple touchscreen tablet device, a new revolution three years after the iPhone. In a 9.7 inch format (1024×768 pixels), it uses iOS and grants access to thousands of dedicated apps. It came out in the United States on April 3, 2010 before gradually conquering the rest of the world in both its wifi and wifi/3g versions.

-iPad2 (March 2011): the second iPad, much thinner and lighter than the first, distinguished itself with the addition of cameras on the front and back of the tablet, along with a model in white.

– The New iPad (March 2012): this next incarnation is marked by the arrival of the Retina display (2048×1536 pixels) but also by the integration of Siri, Apple’s voice-activated assistant that debuted with the iPhone 4S. It was also the first 4G/LTE compatible iPad.

– 4th generation iPad (November 2012): besides a faster processor, a better frontal camera and a new connecting cable (Lightning), this tablet didn’t present any new major improvements.

– iPad mini (November 2012): this 7.9 inch (1024×768 pixels) version of the iPad allows Apple to sync with Google (Nexus 7) and Amazon (Kindle Fire) at a moment when the small tablet market was in the spotlight. The iPad mini is also more affordable.

– iPad Air (November 2013): this iPad was much lighter and thinner than any before. Besides that, only its new chip and color (Silver or Space Gray) set it apart from the previous model.

– iPad mini 2 (November 2013): one year after its release, the iPad mini 2 transforms in turn and now it too boasts a Retina Display and A7 chip, the same as in the iPad Air.

– iPad Air 2 (October 2014): Lighter than ever, this iPad is the first to offer the digital fingerprint Touch ID, already present on the latest generation iPhones, and an anti-glare display. The processor and main camera’s specs are improved, as is the RAM, now upgraded to 2GB. It’s also available in a Gold color.

– iPad mini 3 (October 2014): offered in the same color options as the iPad Air 2, the latest generation iPad mini also boasts Touch ID. Other than that, it uses all the same technology as its predecessor.

– iPad Air Plus? (2015): There are constant rumors of a new 12.2 inch iPad that would complete Apple’s range of tablets and directly compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro. Whether or not that size is in the works, the next-generation iPad is expected in 2015.

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Apple Reportedly Planning 12-inch iPad Pro

ipad pro

Apple may not be releasing a 12.9-inch display iPad as originally expected, but the rumored iPad Pro, which will be coming sometime during 2015.

Instead the latest rumor suggests that a smaller 12.2-inch iPad Pro will be launched in early 2015, and will compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.

The latest rumor also suggests that the device will be as thin as an iPhone, and be more complete than previous iPads.


Japanese tech site macotakara also states that the oversized iPad will feature stereo speakers and a second microphone and is being developed with the education as much as the enterprise market in mind.

A number of usually accurate sources, including Ming-Chi Kuo have all corroborated that Apple has been working on a larger tablet for some time, but the macotakara report is the first to mention the device’s sound system and to state that the company will be going with a 12.2-inch screen. Earlier reports have stated that the iPad would have a 12.9-inch screen.

However, there does appear to be a growing consensus that the latest addition to Apple’s tablet line-up will be officially unveiled in Spring 2015.


According to the latest data from the Consumer Electronics Association, published at the start of October, tablets are high up on consumers’ tech wishlists this holiday season. However, the latest figures from IDC show that Apple is losing market share to other tablet makers at a very fast rate.

The iPad Pro was supposedly set to start its mass production in December. However, with the overwhelming demand for iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple suppliers rescheduled it for early next year.

iPad Air (R) and iPad Mini

A Gold iPad Air Is Coming Soon

iPad Air (R) and iPad Mini

Apple is rumoured to be adding a gold colour option for its revamped full size iPad Air, which is expected to be unveiled later this month.

The move is an attempt to boost sales of iPads as the demand for all tablets starts to cool following nearly four years of unprecedented growth.


Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Analyst with a golden touch when it comes to second-guessing what Apple has planned, said in September that he expected a gold version of the iPad to materialize this year and reports from various sources also claim that the company is considering offering some of its 2015 notebooks in the same finish.

If true, the decision would be a remarkable turnaround. Apple adopted gold as a color finish for the iPhone 5S and decided that applying the finish to anything bigger than a smartphone crossed the line from stylish to tacky.

ABI Research, which published its latest report into the state of the tablet market on Tuesday, claims that growth in the sector is at an all-time low of 2.5 percent and while Apple and Samsung are still the world’s most popular tablet brands — they account for almost 70 percent of all sales — they are starting to stagnate as cheaper alternatives arrive in stores.

As well as a gold-tone finish, the new iPad Air is expected to feature a faster processor, a special treatment on the screen to make it easier to view when outdoors and the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the latest-generation iPhone in order to up security and simply mobile payments.

And while Apple is yet to send out invites, the company is expected to unveil its new tablets at a special event towards the end of October.

iPad Air (R) and iPad Mini

Apple likely to announce new iPads on October 21

iPad Air (R) and iPad Mini

 is planning another media event to launch its next-generation tablets and maybe even a redesigned MacBook Air notebook too.

The very first North American and European consumers may only just be getting their hands on the latest iPhone but Apple isn’t resting on its laurels and is instead planning a second major launch event to showcase a new iPad Air and iPad Mini.


Both tablets are tipped to receive the same impressive processor found in the latest iPhone and will come with a fingerprint scanner integrated into the homekey to enable biometric security and simply online purchasing.

What’s less certain is whether or not the new tablets will be unveiled alongside other new devices. Apple has been reportedly working on a new 12-inch MacBook Air with a higher resolution display, even thinner form factor and a more powerful, yet more efficient Intel processor.


However, due to processor manufacturing problems at Intel it’s very likely that the new computer’s debut could be pushed back to early 2015.

Apple will also be bringing higher definition Retina displays to its iMac desktop range at the event and, if it can agree content licensing deals, that a new Apple TV set-top box will also be revealed.

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Bentley “Intelligent Details” Short Film

To showcase how good its in-car entertainment and productivity systems are and how comfortable it is to use the back of a  as a mobile office, the company has made a short film.

The film in question was shot entirely on iPhones and then edited via the iPad Air that comes as standard equipment for rear-seat passengers in the , Bentley’s flagship ‘sporty’ limousine.

Shot in moody black and white, “Intelligent Details” follows Luc Donckerwolke, Bentley’s director of design, and SangYup Lee, the company’s head of Exterior Design, and attempts to find out what it is that inspires them and what it is about Bentley that makes it special.

Screenshot from Bentley Intelligent Details

At first glance it’s pretty hard to believe that the film was shot on an iPhone and edited on a tablet in the back of a car but after the credits have rolled, there’s an extra minute of footage showing you how it was done.

Although the camera of choice for the film is indeed the latest iPhone, it was combined with professional lenses, steadicam mounts and tripods. Though when it came to editing, the iPad Air was simply running film editing apps.

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Dubai hotel to provide guests with gold iPad

Burj Al Arab gold ipad

Guests staying at the iconic, sail-shaped luxury hotel the Burj Al Arab in Dubai are being given 24-carat gold-plated iPads which will serve as their personal virtual concierge for the duration of their stay.

It’s the latest in lavish and — and some might say over-the-top —  hotel perks being launched out of luxury chains looking to raise the bar and seduce the richest and glitziest hotel guests to walk through their lobby doors.

Every in-house guest is being equipped with the loan of a gold-plated iPad which they can use to access guest services, restaurant and spa menus, private dining, butler and housekeeping services.

The gold edition is the second installment in Burj Al Arab’s virtual concierge service. Last October, the hotel premiered 24-carat pink gold iPads in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The gold iPad, created by The Gold & Co. London and embossed with the hotel logo, will also be available for purchase at the Burj Al Arab’s boutique shop for a cool 37,490 AED or €7,930.

Other gold-plated products available include the iPad mini, iPhone 5 and the Blackberry Q10.

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Qantas offers passengers their own iPad

Qantas ipad

Passengers flying Australian carrier Qantas will now be provided with individual iPads which can stream more than 200 hours of movies, TV shows and music.

The new service, which supplies an iPad for use during the flight, is being offered in all classes on flights between Sydney and Honolulu on the airline’s Boeing 767 aircraft, which have also been refitted with leather seat covers in business class, new carpeting, lighting, curtains and cabin dividers.

Entertainment programs are streamed directly to the iPads using the aircraft’s inflight entertainment technology, Q Streaming, which taps into the plane’s onboard WiFi.

Over the next few months, new interactive games, travel and business-related apps, as well as digital newspapers and magazines will be added, says Qantas.

While Qantas offers iPads, American Airlines hands out Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to passengers traveling on select routes such as New York’s JFK airport and Los Angeles, and international flights to Europe and South America on flights served with 767-300 aircraft.

Meanwhile, last year PC World magazine named Delta the most technology-friendly airline in the US for offering charging stations and iPad installations, onboard WiFi, and its Fly Delta app which allows passengers to track their checked baggage by scanning the bag tag with their smartphone.

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Burj Al Arab to auction rose gold iPad for charity

Burj Al Arab pink

The Dubai-based luxury hotel, Burj Al Arab is celebrating the Breast Cancer Awareness Month by launching the Pinking Burj Al Arab campaign.

The highlight of the Pinking Burj Al Arab campaign is the exclusive, one-of-a-kind 24-carat rose gold iPad created by bespoke jeweler Gold & Co. London especially for the cause, with an engraved pink ribbon and the hotel’s logo.
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Qantas ditches BlackBerries for iPhones

Qantas A380 Airbus

Flagship Australian airline Qantas is ditching BlackBerry for Apple’s iPhone and rolling out in-flight iPad entertainment streaming, dealing a blow to the US firm’s rivals.

Qantas said it was switching 1,300 employee phones from Canada-based Research in Motion’s BlackBerry to the popular Apple device after a “large majority” of workers expressed a preference for the iPhone.

“Transition from the BlackBerry to the iPhone is part of Qantas’ broader mobility strategy and, once complete, will result in significant cost savings,” Qantas said.
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Louis Vuitton 100 Legendary Trunks iPad App

louis vuitton 100 legendary trunks ipad app

Coinciding with the publication of the book titled  Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks, the brand has developed an iPad app of the same name.

The app has pretty much the same content as the book, including images of the most spectacular trunks and cases created on commission by Louis Vuitton, 1000 illustrations and even an ad catalogue from 1892.
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Bentley Introduces Executive Interior for Mulsanne


Bentley has announced plans to offer a new executive interior package on the Mulsanne. The package offers two different specifications: Theater and iPad.

The theater option includes a roof-mounted 15.6-inch LED display or two headrest-mounted 8-inch screens. There’s also a trunk-mounted Apple computer that has dual USB ports in the center console.

An iPod touch allows users to control all of the installed technology with their finger tip, by means of a bespoke Bentley app.
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