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Monday, May 21, 2012

iTunes Festival 2012 for UK Fans

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Apple has just announced its line up for the annual iTunes Festival."

This event first started in 2007 and has been very popular, most likely due to the quality of the music but no less due to the fact that the tickets are given away free of charge. It runs from September 1st through the 30th, and if you are UK based you can follow along with the free iTunes Festival app if you couldn't score any tickets. This year confirmed acts include Jack White, Usher and Norah Jones. Not bad for a free concert right?

Monday, October 3, 2011

LOVEFILM, UK's Version of Netflix for the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"It's rare that an iOS movie-streaming app receives little notice, but earlier this week, Amazon released the LOVEFiLM Player for iPad without fanfare."

The app from LOVEFiLM was released in the UK and allows you to rent DVDs and Blu-ray discs, or stream them if you wish. actually owns the company, and membership rates start at £5.99.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apple Not Quite as Cool as Aston Martin

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:30 AM

"Apple trailed Aston Martin, developer of iconic sports cars, as the coolest brand as rated by CoolBrands (, a company that 'canvasses the opinions of experts and consumers to produce a barometer of Britain's coolest brands, people and places.' Apple topped the "General Technology" division."

I like that they have a brand called "Dave" in the UK. But getting back to Apple, I have to say Aston Martin is a pretty cool brand, unattainable for my budget but still cool.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So Which Apps Are Tops in the UK Mobile Market?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:18 AM

"Ever wonder which apps drive the UK mobile market? GSMA and comScore have revealed that nearly 8.8 million UK mobile owners used an app that connected to the Internet during April 2011."

And the winner was Google Maps, with 6.4 million unique visitors. The surprise here was at 2nd place, which was Yahoo! Weather that finished with 3.6 million visitors. I would have thought Facebook would have been at least 2nd, but they had 3.5 million finishing in 3rd place. What kind of operating system did they use in the UK to connect? Well, iOS 65% of the time followed far back by Android at 31%. You can read the results yourself right here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Are You in the UK? Are You Going to Buy an iPad 2? Then Read This...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:23 PM

"The launch of the iPad 2 is under 26 hours away, the queues are already starting to form and now the UK's mobile operators are starting to release their prices and tariffs, helping to subsidize the cost of the latest and great Apple tablet."

If you are planning on attempting to buy an iPad 2 in the UK, you may want to give this a quick read so you are prepared. A thorough list of the numerous places you can go to pick up your iPad 2, all the heavy lifting has been done for you so all you have to do is read one article. Or take your chances...

Tags: hardware, uk, ipad 2

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Price Drop for iPad 2 in UK

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:02 AM

"Apple has just announced iPad 2 UK pricing for launch on Friday at 5pm, and to our surprise it's actually lower than the original iPad's launch price of £429 for the base model."

With the savings, like the article says, you can pick up a Smart Cover for only a few pounds more if you are in the UK. The Wi-Fi only 16GB iPad 2 with tax will cost £399, while the 32GB and 64GB models will set you back £479 and £559 respectively. If you add 3G to any of them, you have to tack on an additional £100.

Friday, March 4, 2011

UK Also Offering iPad 2 on Launch Day

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"At least three major third-party retailers should be carrying the iPad 2 during the US launch, information indicates. A definite partner is Best Buy, which has already posted a splash image advertising a March 11th rollout. Meanwhile, a source claims that iPad 2 SKUs have entered inventory systems for Walmart and Sam's Club."

And besides those US retailers, UK retailers Orange and T-Mobile will offer it when it's available, tentatively on March 25th. And in other news, Rogers of Canada is also going to offer the Personal Hotspot option when iOS 4.3 comes out.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Promotion, UK and Europe Only Apparently

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has announced their annual 12 days of Christmas promotion will be held from December 26 until January 6th. The promotion offers a selection of songs, movies, music videos, apps, books, and TV shows that will be free during certain days of the 12 day promo. Each selection for the corresponding day will only be available for those 24 hours."

You can sign up here, and each offering will only be available for 24 hours. Once you sign up Apple will send you a daily email alert as a reminder. Or you can download the free "12 Days of Christmas" app from iTunes to keep you on track. Wonder if the US is going to get something similar?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

UK iTunes gets HD Options

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Several MacRumors readers have written in to report that Apple has begun offering high-definition movies for sale in its UK iTunes Store. A very limited library of titles appears to be available at the moment with, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse appearing to be the highest-profile release available for purchase in HD."

The normally £9.99 SD films are going for £12.99 if you want it in HD, and the normally £6.99 SD films are selling for £7.99 in HD. They used to only offer renting as an option, so it's good they are expanding the options for those in the UK. It sure seems to take a lot longer than it does in the US, and since I'm not all that familiar with licensing I'm just assuming that is the case? What are your thoughts?

Tags: software, itunes, uk, hd

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Now You Can Get An Apple Consultant in the UK

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 AM

"The Apple Consultants Network is finally branching out into the U.K. The program includes independent consultants specializing in a wide range of Mac support and training areas, and in the U.S. serves as a resource for locating specialists to help with your Mac needs."

You can check out the UK site here, but it basically runs like the US version, paying an annual fee and getting listed as a consultant after, of course, passing the exams for certification in various topics. Nice to see the opportunity expanding to other countries.

Tags: uk, consultant, acn

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

UK Ship Date Moves to July 2nd for iPhone 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 PM

"On top of the other "great" news we've gotten today: no white iPhone 4, Bumpers and Dock coming a week after launch, oh and -- MASSIVE Pre-Order issues, folks in the UK will need to wait until July 2nd to get their hands on the iPhone 4, presumably if they haven't ordered yet."

The US site is still showing June 24th as the delivery date so the UK must have really had the rush. Or they had a lower limit on how many they could pre-sell.

UPDATE: Actually now the US Apple Store is showing a July 14th ship date, we are the world.

Friday, June 11, 2010

O2 UK iPhone Data Pricing Unveiled

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"O2 is the first UK network to unveil pricing for its iPhone 4 tariffs. Apple's latest smartphone will be available on either 18- or 24-month contracts, with prices starting from £25 for 100 minutes of calls and unlimited text messaging."

O2 is going the way of AT&T though, when it comes to data. They have several variations ranging in prices but the data caps start at 500MB per month and go up to 1GB per month for data. They haven't revealed, however, the actual price of the iPhone 4, at least if they have I haven't seen it. You can find out more at the O2 site, where they have a handy chart so you can tell exactly what you will be paying for data based on the contract you purchase.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Domino's in UK Joins FourSquare Promotions

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Domino's UK is starting a nationwide Foursquare promotion that rewards mayors with free pizza once a week, a deal similar to the one Starbucks announced last week."

If you aren't familiar, Starbucks is offering rewards for frequent check-ins and even better rewards if you are the mayor. For Domino's, even if you just check in periodically, when you do you receive a free side dish if you spend more than £10 (or around $14.50). Nice tie-in if you use FourSquare.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Why the iPad Price Difference Internationally Steve?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"With Apple's announcement on Friday regarding availability of the iPad in nine new countries later this month, a number of potential customers expressed dismay at the apparent higher prices in those countries relative to those in the United States. Several of those customers took the time to email Apple CEO Steve Jobs with complaints on the issue, two of whom shared his identical responses with us."

For the customer in the UK, Steve said "Please educate yourself. UK prices must by law include VAT, which is around 18%. US prices do not include tax." When a customer in Germany sent a similar email, Steve said "Blame your government. Germany just added a new copyright levy for computers." Obviously we don't have those taxes (yet anyway) in the US so this just adds to the cost of the device. I think they have always had a price difference because of things such as this haven't they?

Monday, April 26, 2010

UK Fans, iTunes Festival 2010 Has Been Announced!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"The iTunes Festival is back for 2010. Last year your feedback was so great, that we're doing it again at Camden's Roundhouse in London. We're inviting more than 60 artists to perform 31 consecutive nights of brilliant live music in the UK's best intimate venue. Every show will be recorded and made available on iTunes."

Quite the lineup, wish I was in the UK and I'd go to this in about 69 days (I didn't see an exact date just a ticker that has a little over 69 days on it). You can find more about it at the iTunes Festival London 2010 site. You can also become a fan over at Facebook or follow on Twitter if you so desire, to get all the updates for the show.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Unofficially, You Can Get an iPad in The UK

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:00 PM

"Brits can now get their hands on Apple's highly anticipated iPad, even though the device hasn't been officially launched in the UK."

Not through "normal" channels but it is possible. Just visit either Purelygadgets or Simply Electronics, two online UK retailers, and you can get your hands on an iPad, albeit at a premium. Just how much of a premium? Well, at Purelygadgets they offer the iPad Wi-Fi 16GB, 32GB or 64GB capacities priced at £689.99, £785.99 and £869.99 respectively. For the 16GB one, for example, this translates to approximately $1059.00 USD. That is quite a premium!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Free For Christmas From iTunes, UK Only... Bah Humbug!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has introduced an all-new seasonally-sanctioned free app, iTunes 12 Days of Christmas. The app is available now in most territories and constitutes the official app of the company's hot 12 days promotion, during which iTunes users will be able to download fresh free content each day between December 26 and January 6."

This free app is only available so far in the UK iTunes Store, no word yet on when it will be released in the US or other countries. Direct from Apple, "'The official app of the iTunes 12 Days of Christmas promotion offers customers a free download every day from December 26 through January 6 (includes music, TV, apps and movies)," the company promises. For maximum benefit, sign up for Push Notifications to remind you when each new download is available and connect to Facebook to recommend the free download to friends. All this great new content is sure to while away the post-Christmas blues,' Apple has said in a statement."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vodafone and iPhone, Together on January 14th 2010

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Vodafone has announced today that the iPhone will be available on its network in the UK from January 14, 2010."

According to Guy Laurence, the CEO of Vodafone UK, "We started preparing our network over a year ago so that iPhone customers will really feel the advantage of being with Vodafone. We will offer an outstanding iPhone experience wherever our customers live, work and travel, delivering speed and reliability - something our customers have told us they really value." So UK readers, mark your calendar, or just go to their site and pre-order.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bristol UK Apple Store Opens Saturday

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple will launch a second Bristol, UK store on December 12th at 9AM, the company has announced. The shop is located within the Upper Mall at Cribbs Causeway, in a storefront formerly owned by music and video retailer HMV."

You can find more info about this store at Apple's website, but so far the hours are going to be later than normal with Apple keeping the store open until 9pm. They will have their first workshops, holiday-themed, scheduled for December 14th and 16th.

Monday, December 29, 2008

UK Advertising Regulators OK With Get a Mac Ads

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Britain's strict ad-standards regulators offered a Christmas gift to Apple yesterday: it ruled that ads claiming Windows is less stable than OSX--and more vulnerable to infection-- were truthful. Despite a history of correcting Apple's hyperbolic marketing, it did not uphold a round of complaints filed against the "I'm a Mac" campaign. 'We considered that people would understand [the ad] to mean viruses that infected Windows based PCs would not infect Macs and that Macs were less likely to be infected by viruses than those PCs; not that Macs would never be infected by viruses and did not require virus protection. ... We concluded therefore that the ad was not irresponsible or likely to mislead.'"

Most people using their God-given common sense understand the distinction, and thankfully so do the regulators in the UK. The key in their ruling is that the ads do not give the impression that viruses never would infect a Mac. Most Mac users know that it's only a matter of time before we have to deal with viruses just like our Windows brethren, but that time isn't now and may not be for a long time. It could also be tomorrow. It just isn't today.

I think it's time we stopped arguing the truth of ads, lest I haul out the utter stupidity of the "Mojave Experiment" where users were advised to watch an expert use Vista instead of using it themselves and then show how they formulated the conclusion that it was "easy to use." I mean, if you want to go deceptive, isn't it a bit deceptive to have someone say something is easy to use when they never laid their hands on it?

Just sayin'.

For more insight, hit up the link above. The ad standards folks had a thing or two to say about those ads and their voracity.

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