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OS X Mavericks 10.9

Perhaps somewhat overshadowed at the recent Apple launch event, Mavericks, the new OS for Mac was announced to the delight of Apple heads worldwide. But what’s so good about the new Mac operating system? Find out more below.

 

Apple Mavericks OS Cost

The new software system by Apple offers some useful new features for Mac users. For a start, the expected charge for upgrading is no more. Instead of the £19.00 usually expected for the annual OS X Update, this new software is actually available for free. And Apple wasn’t tight-fisted; on the contrary.

 

Upgrading

You can upgrade to OS X Mavericks 10.9 from Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8). But don’t worry if you have got an old version, you can get it too, it just takes a bit more time. For example if you’re running Leopard, first you’ll have to upgrade to OS X Snow Leopard and then to OS X Mavericks. If you’re already an iPhone or iPad user, you will feel familiar with Mavericks because iOS and OS X have plenty of similarities. For example some apps like Safari, Mail, Contacts, Calendar and more.

 

Uptake

Until yesterday morning, only 11 percent of Mac users had upgraded to Mavericks OS X. We think this sounds a bit curious because it’s got a shed load of new features, like for example Apple Maps which you can see in 3D and can send to your other iOS devices. Or how about the “App Nap”, which reduces your energy consumption by closing applications you’re not using?

 

So, it’s fast, energy-efficient and for free, but has it been slow on uptake?

 

The answer is simple: in some cases, where people wanted to upgrade to Mavericks, users have reported the appearance of warnings stating that the hard disc is damaged and needs to be repaired. In other cases Mavericks never complete its final installation steps and decided to give up.

 

As with any major software update, there are bound to be teething issues and we’re sure that Mavericks will be a sure fire hit.

 

The new iPad Air – should I buy it?

 

If you’re thinking about buying an iPad Air, make sure you know all about it first to make the right decision. We’ve prepared a handy guide which leaves out all the boring bits, so you can get the facts straight away.

 

 

iPad Air Features

 

The new iPad Air is lighter, thinner and faster than his predecessors.

 

It’s got a 9.7 inch Retina display and it weighs just one pound.

 

Like the iPhone 5S and the iPad mini Retina, it has an A7 processor chip and M7 motion processor, which makes it 8 times faster with 72 times better graphics than the original iPad.

 

It is the lightest full-size tablet in the world.

 

It has a 10-hour battery-life and comes in silver, white, space grey and black.

 

 

iPad Air Release Date

 

The new iPad Air will be available in many countries from 1st November 2013 (time to start dusting off the tent and waterproofs for the queue).

 

 

iPad Air Price

 

The price list for the Wi-Fi only model:

 

 

 

16 GB 32 GB 64 GB 128 GB
£399 £479 £559 £639

 

 

The price list for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model:

 

 

 

16 GB 32 GB 64 GB 128 GB
£499 £579 £659 £739

 

 

You can find a range of iPad Air cases at proporta.co.uk.

 

 

Proporta’s Barbour case featured in Shortlist Magazine’s Design Tech Awards

This week, we received the fantastic news that we are runners up in Shortlist Magazine’s Design Tech Awards under the Tech/Style Collaboration of the Year award category.

The collaboration in question?
The Barbour case collection by Proporta, which was launched in spring this year, gained Proporta and Barbour this coveted accolade. Featuring the very materials included in Barbour jackets and other apparel, these gadget accessories have been designed in collaboration with Proporta’s skilled design team.

Barbour iPhone caseFeaturing iPad cases, iPad mini cases, iPhone 5 cases and Galaxy S4 cases, you can shop the Barbour case collection at Proporta today.

iOS 7 doesn’t make your iPhone waterproof, but the BeachBuoy does

Don’t be fooled by the recent fake ad suggesting that the iOS 7 software update will magically turn your iPhone into a water baby.

Unfortunately for them, plenty of gullible people believed a hoax “advertisement” that appeared online this week, suggesting that iOS 7 makes your iPhone waterproof, and ended up permanently damaging their iPhones by testing the theory out.

“Update to iOS 7 and become waterproof”, the poster read.

“In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone’s power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry,” it went on to say.

ios 7 waterproof fake ad

The poster was shared all over the social networks, and resulted in many people taking its word for gospel and dunking their precious iPhones in water.

We would advise that you never place your iPhone in water. That is to say, never do it without an iPhone 5S / 5C waterproof case. The BeachBuoy waterproof case by Proporta allows you to use your smartphone while truly protecting it in up to 5 metres of water.

Find iPhone waterproof cases at Proporta.

Apple invitations sent out for media event on 10th September

Apple has sent out one of its famous invitations for a media event to be held next Tuesday 10th September.

The event is set to take place at 10am Pacific Time (6pm GMT) in Cupertino, California at Apple’s headquarters.

Featuring some multi-coloured spots and the ever-present Apple logo, the only words included on the invitation are: “This should brighten everyone’s day.”

Apple event invitation

Nexus 7 2 vs Nexus 7: What’s the difference?

The 2nd generation Nexus 7 has now been announced, but what is the difference between the first and the second generation?

 

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Here are the main differences which you need to know if you are interested in the new generation Google Nexus 7:

 

 

Display: The display is improved compared to before. Now it has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 compared to the original Nexus resolution of 1280 x 800.

 
Size, weight and design: The size of the new Nexus is the same but it changes the design slightly. Another innovation is that it is now 23g lighter than before, despite being bigger.

 
Specs: Faster, speedier and a return to Qualcomm processor. With the new processor the RAM has been doubled, so it loads much faster than before.

 
Android: A new device means a new version of Android. The Nexus 7 2 gets Android 4.3 instead of 4.3. This means you have a lot of new features and tricks on your Nexus.

 
Conclusion for you:

The new Nexus 7 2 is quicker, faster, slimmer and all round a better tablet. So, if you are a fan of good quality, the new Google Nexus 7 will be the best decision for you.
Keep your eyes peeled for brand new Google Nexus 7 cases made to protect and accessorise the newest Nexus tablet.
 

HTC one Mini

The HTC One is arguably the best Android smartphone.
Now, HTC have introduced the smaller version – the HTC One mini.

If you admired the HTC One but thought it was too big, then the HTC One Mini may be just what you need: many of the HTC One’s great features into a smaller and more pocket-friendly package,
and it retains much of its predecessor’s aluminium beauty. The result is a smaller, less powerful, and less daunting handset that still looks like a member of the One family

Features

Display:720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches

Sound:Vibration, MP3, WAV Ringtones and Stereo Loudspeaker

Memory:Internal 16 GB and 1 GB RAM

Data:Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB

Camera:4 MP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Weight:122g

Dimensions:132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm

 

 

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The little One makes a tremendously high quality impression.
Placed around the HTC’s casing is a plastic frame with a ceramic-look that looks for our taste too much like a bumper and possibly a bit strange.
However, the phone is compact and fits nicely in the hand. Even in comparison with the big One, the resolution of the HTC One Mini is very high.
It is sharp, brightly coloured and strong. The touch screen responds instantly. The dual core CPU is good enough for the phone to run smoothly, without any glitches.
Compared to the big One, it obviously cannot match the impressive software features. Whether it’s Blinkfeed, the Beats Audio headphones or its compact size: everything is there.

Find HTC One Cases at Proporta

iOS 7 to feature new design, iTunes Radio and updated Safari

iOS 7 was announced yesterday at the WWDC conference in California much to the delight of Apple fans across the globe.

Apple’s latest version of software for its mobile devices, iOS 7, boasts a brand new design and a whole host of other features.

iOS 7

iOS 7 available for:
– iPhone 4, 4S, 5
– iPad 2, 3, 4
– iPad mini
– iPod touch 5G

iOS 7 Features
– Brand new design featuring ‘translucent’ layers and a changing theme based on your background
– Control Centre for quick access to apps and other features
– Notification Centre more intelligent and detailed
– Multitasking for simpler way to jump between apps
– Auto-updates for apps
– New camera interface, including square photos with filters
– Photos organised into ‘Moments’
– AirDrop for sharing content with other iOS 7 users
– iTunes Radio – a new music steraming service from Apple
– New voices for Siri and new car functionality
– Safari updated with full-screen mode and improved tab organisation

iOS 7 release date
The new Apple iOS 7 will be available this autumn.

New Samsung Galaxy S4 Active announced

The new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is the latest smartphone in the Galaxy range announced by the tech-giant earlier today.

Aimed at adrenalin junkies and outdoors enthusiasts, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a ruggedised case built to withstand the knocks and brunts of extreme sports and other activities.

Waterproof for up to 30 minutes in one metre of water and resistant to dusty conditions, this new Samsung Galaxy S4  targets a certain market looking for a top smartphone that they can use anywhere.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Specifications
Waterproof and Dust-proof
8MP camera
1080p display
1.9 GHz quad-core processor
2GB RAM
16GB internal memory

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Release Date
Initially being release in the US and Sweden, the new Galaxy S4 will be available in grey, blue and orange.

We think there’s one thing missing from this new smartphone, and that’s a lovely fashion case design. You can find Proporta Samsung Galaxy S4 cases over at our website.

Samsung Galaxy S4 launch – all the details

So, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally here and after a bleary-eyed night for many technology experts and geeks alike, we now know more about the latest smartphone giant thanks to its launch last night in New York.

Samsung Galaxy S4

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S4 looks almost identical to its predecessor, the S3. However, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

With all these lovely new features, make sure you take a look at Proporta Samsung Galaxy S4 cases to keep it safe and looking sharp.

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs
Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
Display: 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
Processor: 1.9GHz quad-core processor / 1.6GHz octa-core processor (will differ depending on market)
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Rear camera: 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Front camera: 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Camera features: Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call
Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face,
Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
Video: Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC; Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
RAM: 2GB
Internal Storage: 16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Gesture

Samsung Galaxy S4 cases

Find Proporta’s new collection of Samsung Galaxy S4 cases to keep your new phone protected. Plus, for a limited time, get a free screen protector worth £4.95 with every Galaxy S4 case.