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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Winnie the Pooh was based on a real bear that participated in WWI

Winnie the Pooh was based on a real bear that participated in WWI

Everybody loves Winnie the Pooh and his adorable addiction to honey. It's often believed that the children's book character is based on a teddy bear that the author, A.A. Milne, gave to his son Christopher Robin Milne. But this is only partially true.


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Macs claim 25 percent of back-to-school PCs sold

Though the day's news was filled with iOS 8.0.1 update glitches, there is good news for Apple as the company's more traditional OS X-based Macs garnered over a quarter of the PC shipments sold for the back-to-school season. Apple managed to earn 26.8 percent of the PCs sold between Independence Day and Labor Day, up from 24.2 percent a year ago.

A study conducted by the NDP Group suggests that while Apple has been picking up sales in its more traditional PC business, consisting of iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with Retina Display, rival systems running Windows have been losing market share dropping from 72.3 percent of the back-to-school sales a year ago to 68.4 percent.

Apple notebooks were one of the star performers this year with sales up 16 percent over last Back-to-School with the most significant increase over the last three weeks of the period growing 27 percent. Windows notebook ASPs fell over the last three weeks to just $441, which was 8 percent lower than last year, but the price cuts lifted units by 4 percent. Entry-level Windows Notebooks priced under $300 increased by 37 percent as prices dropped from $271 to $242. 2-in-One Windows devices accounted for 13 percent of Windows sales as volume increased 6x over 2013.

Another emerging contender is Chrome OS, which is also growing from 3.3 percent to 4.5 percent this year.

Did you buy a Mac for the back-to-school season? What are your thoughts?

Source: NDP

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DHL will do delivery-by-drone, but only for one tiny European island (video)

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Asphalt Overdrive brings 80's racing to iPhone, now available for free

Asphalt Overdrive is now live in the Apple App Store, a day earlier than expected. Overdrive is the latest installment in the Asphalt mobile racing series. This new racing game from Gameloft is available for free, but does include in-app purchases.

Here's what you can look forward to in Asphalt Overdrive:

Drive high performance, fully-licensed cars across California's scenic highways in the 80's:

  • 4 Daytime and 2 Night Time Southern California Environments

  • Retro 80's Graphics

  • 80's inspired soundtrack

A Mission based progression with different challenges /sub-missions and various gameplays:

  • Getaway

  • Stunt Run

  • Destruction

  • Restriction Run

  • Daily Test Drive

  • Boss fights: Challenge the Turf boss to unlock the next area and re-match him to get his car

Accessible Game control:

  • Swipe left or right to change lanes and take down cars

  • Swipe up or on the sides to perform stunts

  • 30 prestigious fully Licensed cars

Challenge the world:

from iMore - The #1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch blog


Don’t install that iPhone update! How to bring your iPhone back to life and reinstall iOS 8.0

Apple's first update for iOS 8 seems to have suspended cell service and Touch ID functions on many iPhones. Here's how to get rid of iOS 8.0.1 and reinstall iOS 8.0.

The post Don’t install that iPhone update! How to bring your iPhone back to life and reinstall iOS 8.0 appeared first on Digital Trends.

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​Microsoft, Blackphone launch bug bounties

Tech titan and privacy-focused upstart announce an ongoing open season against bugs in an effort to improve security.

from CNET


The 404 Show 1,557: Doodle Jump creator Igor Pusenjak (podcast)

Today Jeff sits down with Doodle Jump creator Igor Pusenjak to talk about the 5th anniversary of his game that wound up being the the 3rd most paid iPhone game ever. Igor also has thoughts on the Apple Watch and the "freemium" platform.

from CNET


Bad Apple: Bending iPhones, disastrous iOS 8 update

Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 due to a major software glitch, and users get out of shape over accidentally bending the iPhone 6 Plus. Meanwhile, BlackBerry continues to fight on with the square Passport phone.

from CNET