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Staying at the Burj Al Arab? Enjoy a 24-karat gold iPad

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t’s the most golden hotel perk since gold-bar vending machines: gold iPads.

As if the Rolls Royce and helicopter services weren’t enough, guests at Dubai’s opulent Burj Al Arab now have access to gold-plated iPads.

The 24-karat tablets are engraved with the property’s logo on the back, which also features a black Apple logo. Ironically enough, the hotel chain‘s slogan is “Stay different.”

The iPads, meant to act as “virtual concierges,” are loaded with Interactive Customer Experience (ICE) software that gives guests information on services such as dining options at the landmark property.

The iPads were produced by Gold & Co. of London, which made a 24-karat rose-goldiPad for the hotel last October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The Gold & Co. London 24-carat gold iPad is the ultimate in luxury accessories, hence we wanted it to be paired with Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel,” Amjad Ali, CEO of Gold & Co. London, said in a release. “The symmetry is obvious, as both the gold iPad and the hotel are unique in terms of extraordinary quality and design.”

The glittering iPads will be on sale for about $10,200 in the hotel’s boutique, which also sells a gold iPad mini, gold iPhone 5, and gold BlackBerry Q10.

Gold & Co. of London has produced a number of eye-popping uber-luxurious gadgets with the yellow metal. Check them out in the gallery below.

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نفاد تذاكر مؤتمر آبل للمطورين خلال دقيقتين فقط

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نفدت تذاكر مؤتمر “آبل” العالمي للمطورين “WWDC” لعام 2013 والمزمع إقامته في يونيو القادم، في وقت قياسي، وذلك فور طرحها اليوم الخميس.

وأوضحت تقارير إخبارية أن التذاكر المخصصة للمؤتمر نفدت خلال دقيقتين فقط تقريبا، وذلك فور طرحها على موقع الشركة الأمريكية للمطورين الراغبين في حضور الحدث الذي سيقام في مقر الشركة بولاية سان فرانسيسكو.

وبلغت قيمة التذكرة الواحدة لحضور المؤتمر 1599 دولار أمريكي، إلا ان ذلك لم يمنع نفاد التذاكر خلال وقت قياسي مقارنة بوقت نفاد تذاكر مؤتمرات السنين السابقة.

وكانت تذاكر العام الماضي بيعت خلال ساعتين، فيما احتاجت إلى 10 ساعات للنفاد في 2011 وثمانية أيام لتباع كلها في 2010، أما في 2009 فتم بيع كل التذاكر المتاحة خلال ثلاثين يوماً.

واشتكى عدد كبير من المطورين على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي من عدم قدرتهم على الحصول على تذكرة رغم وجودهم وقت فتح “آبل” للحجز، حيث أكدوا أن الموقع عاني من بطء شديد وعندما أتموا الحجز ظهرت لهم رسائل بنفاذ التذاكر.

وواجه المطورون الراغبون في حضور مؤتمر “جوجل” للمطورين المزمع اقامته في مايو المقبل نفس المشكلة، إلا ان تذاكر مؤتمر “جوجل” للمطورين لعام 2013 نفدت في مدة أطول حيث نفدت كل التذاكر خلال 49 دقيقة.

Apple announces WWDC 2013 for June 10-14, confirms iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 previews

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Having posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings yesterday, Apple this morning officially announced that its annual developers conference will take place at Moscone West in San Francisco from Monday, June 10 until Friday, June 14. I know what you must be wondering: will the five-day conference serve as a launchpad for a next major revision to Apple’s iOS and OS X operating systems, right?

According to Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller, that’s in fact in the cards. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps,” he was quoted as saying in a press release…

“We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC,” reads the quote.

Apple also confirmed that folks unable to make it to WWDC 2013 can watch videos of developer sessions that will become available during the conference rather than a few weeks later, as was the case in years past.

Can’t make it to WWDC? We’ll be posting videos of all our sessions during the conference, so Registered Apple Developers can take advantage of great WWDC content.

According to the blurb, WWDC attendees will have a chance to get an in-depth look at what’s next in iOS and OS X, and learn how to take their apps “to the next level.”

Per usual, there will be over a hundred sessions, extensive hands–on labs and engaging events. Developers will be able to connect with Apple engineers and fellow developers “for an incredible week of inspiration.”

Apple’s media release mentions the following conference topics:

• More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;

• more than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;

• the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;

• the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;

• engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and

• Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Apple confirmed WWDC tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10am PDT via the WWDC web site. Only members of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program or the Mac Developer Program can purchase the tickets.

Per Apple’s rules, ticket purchases are limited to one per person and five per organization. The same credit card may be used up to five times to purchase all of the tickets for an organization, but each team member must sign in with their own Apple ID and purchase their own ticket.

In announcing ticket sales a day early, Apple is hopefully looking to avoid fast sell outs and last year’s fiasco when tickets sold out in two hours with West Coast-based developers being unable to purchase theirs by the time they woke up.

By the way, what’s up with the WWDC 2013 logo?

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