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Siri's molted to adult about a week ago with no complications. (Well, one of his under wings is a little crumpled... don't know if this will prevent him from flying or not.) He's been very calm when I hold him: we haven't had any startled flights yet. Last night, I got a break in homework and started modifying a Kritter Keeper for Siri's new home... I've got him in retooled Pub Mix bottle right now, with one side cut out and replaced with a screen for ventilation and hanging. It's a little tough to herd him out sometimes (mostly when he was a nymph; it's a bit easier now) so I got a Keeper and have started gluing window screen to the inside of the lid for better grip. Still debating about whether to glue it onto two sides as well, because it'll be a little less attractive that way. I've also decided for this new enclosure to not glue any plastic plants down: to instead just get weighted ones or vines with suction cups so that I can move things around... With Siri making it to adulthood, I've been thinking more seriously about getting a couple more mantids. I was planning to go to a reptile expo down in Seattle this May, but that seems like it's falling through a bit. So I've been perusing online suppliers and ideally would like a ghost and a H. membranacea next... A ghost for its uniqueness (clearly one of the favorites on the forum, so there must be something to them! ) H. membranacea because I love the idea of a huge mantis! These are just thoughts at this point in time but I may act on them soon... Time will tell whether Siri acquires some (tasty looking) adopted siblings.

Coneja

Coneja

 

update on pets and such

So...I've been kinda busy lately with schoolwork and stuff, so I haven't had time to spend with my pets to train them for handling. One of my gator lizards is way too big and aggressive to start "taming" now, but the other one is still very young and easier to handle. I haven't handled my pacman for forever, about 4 months, and he seems like he's reverting to his aggressive defense behavior when I try to handle him. Oh well...I (kinda) have time. Not much else to post...I just downloaded "Ride the Lightning" to my Mp3 player and listened to it like a million times...I am going to play guitar with my friend david at a dance class tonight, which I do every wednesday...I guess there's not much for me to post now. Bye for now.

Mantiskid

Mantiskid

 

Spring Update

It's been awhile since I've gotten on the forum... Last quarter, classes were pretty overwhelming for me, and poor Siri didn't get handled very much at all. (Not that it appears to bother him, as he's not that inclined to come out of his cage. I'm changing his enclosure soon though so I can have easier access and it'll be less stressful for him.) After a series of molts every two weeks, he's been stalled at L6 for over a month and a week. He's moved from houseflies to bluebottles, which I find much easier to transfer and feed, as well as more resilient in the fridge. His wings are starting to develop and he's gotten pretty pudgy so I'm hoping for another molt soon!

Coneja

Coneja

 

Oothecae I've hatched and the nymphs that came from them.

Tenodera sinensis molting schedule (rounded about): L1-L2: 1 week L2-L3: 1 1/2 weeks L3-L4: 2 weeks L4-L5: 2 weeks L5-L6: 2 weeks L6-L7: 2 weeks L7-L8: 2 weeks Tenodera angustipennis molting schedule (rounded about): L1-L2: 1 week L2-L3: 1 1/2 weeks L3-L4: 2 weeks L4-L5: 2 weeks L5-L6: 2 weeks L6-L7: 2 weeks L7-L8: 2 weeks This species is of the same genus so their molting schedules are pratically exact. Basically, once L3, they molt twice a month.

MantidBro

MantidBro

 

My Mantids. Information.

PREVIOUS (04/07/13) UPDATES (04/15/13) Updated = *** This blog is for me more than anything. I like collecting data based on my mantids. Okay so I want to update information of the mantids I've kept. I've learned more as I continued to collect them. Let's start with my first mantids. I received Sir and Majesty in May. Both female Stagmomantis limbatas. I got Sir at L3 and Majesty at L4. Sir made it to L6, Majesty made it to adulthood, and lived 2 months after. I believe she lived 8/9 months. I had her for 5, and she was L4 when I got her, meaning she probably only a few months old. When younger they molt from a month to a couple weeks. She died at the beginning of October from an internal parasite. In the beginning of September, my Tenodera sinensis ootheca hatched, giving me 16 nymphs. I decided to keep 2, a male and a female. The male, Dakon, died at L4 (black death). The female, Keek, died a week after reaching adulthood. She was 5 months old. She died of an internal parasite after eating a cricket from a new batch at the beginning of January. In November I got 2 Phyllocrania paradoxa, a male and a female. The male, Mostro, died at L6 from an internal parasite after eating a super worm.The female, Kent-Lok, is still living and became L7, an adult, on March 28th. Tenodera angustipennis oothecae (2) hatched in February the exact day Mostro died. I'm keeping 2 Tenodera angustipennis. Gor-Tok (previously known as "E" as it was the label on the container) became L4 at the beginning of April. Morta (previously known as "C" as it was the label on the container) became L4 a few days after. What I've learned is that crickets should be avoided entirely. And mantids who are said to eat flying insects should be given ONLY flying insects. Flies seem to be the #1 choice for mantids. I fed Kent-Lok crickets at first and it made her feces hard. So I started only giving her flies, and her feces are now, well it's funny to say, but, they're perfect. What should also be avoided is any water but distilled. Even if filtered or bottled, it should still be distilled. Also, nymphs from captive bred females' oothecae aren't immune to outdoor bacteria and shouldn't be given anything from outside unless it has been baked or boiled. I myself do not use things from outside anymore at all and use only paper towel/cardboard. This is the best idea. Simplicity is key. *** Most who have owned mantids from captivated females and gave them outdoor prey to eat have said that it was not detrimental. It is not certain that the mantid will die. There is just the chance that it may. The #1 cause of death from outdoor prey is when the prey has come in contact with pesticides. Though some may also be holding internal parasites.*** What else? Mantids shouldn't be given too much humidity, as it can suffocate the mantid if they're not given enough oxygen. Also, it helps bacteria reproduce, so it's good not to keep feces and left over bits of bug in the container when misting.They also shouldn't be given too little humidity because they will get stuck in their skin and die (or lose a leg/s) during their molt if it's too dry. Nothing but what the mantid hangs upside down from should be left in the container when the mantid is ready to molt.

MantidBro

MantidBro

 

Siri's Arrival

I almost missed when my H. patellifera nymph came into the post office; tracking the package across the U.S., I saw it was supposed to arrive the morning that I drove from my family home back to my apartment (only a half hour away, but I don't have my own car anymore so if I had missed his arrival, I'd have to do some finagling to get him up to the apartment.) I went down to the post office and asked if any "live arrival" packages had come in; the woman at the front desk said no and I walked out dejected... Then I realized that maybe there was no "live arrival" sticker and went back in and asked again, giving them my name. I think the package had been somewhat misplaced, because another postal worker found it for me but the woman I talked to had missed it. Anyway, I got him home and was surprised to see how tiny he was! I was extremely scared to hold him or move him to his bigger container, certain he would jump off my hand the first chance he got and disappear... Reading the care instructions, I realized I didn't have any distilled water on hand to give him. (I had heard about this before but had totally forgotten.) I thought about using tap, just this once, but after reading some of the cautions on here I'm so glad I didn't! I ended up boiling water on my stove and trying to collect the condensation on the lid. This took a surprising amount of time and water, since I spilled most of the distillate trying to get it into the spray bottle. Eventually, I had enough to mist the little guy (I counted 7-8 abdominal segments) before taking him on his last leg of journey. Almost the moment I arrived at my apartment, I introduced the mantis to two of my roommates. They had known he was coming but were surprised by how cute a nymph can be, especially when he looked at you with his eyespots. I was nervously holding him as my roommates took pictures; at one point, though, one of my friends got a little to close with her camera phone and he made a flying leap at her! He either missed the phone or couldn't hold on and disappeared to the carpet below. I freaked out, trying to look everywhere without moving and accidentally squishing him. I was certain I had lost him, within only hours of his arrival. After what seemed like an eternity but was really more like 30 seconds, we spotted him clinging to the fabric of my roommate's leg (ironically, this was the roommate who hated spiders and wasn't a big fan of insects in general, although now she really likes my mantis). After that whole fiasco, I was nervous to hold him again but wanted to get him used to me so we'd never have to go through that again! It's safe to say that the acclimation paid off: it's now really easy to hold him, so much so that I can read, type, or watch TV with him resting on my arm or hand. I ended up naming him Siri, after the protagonist from my favorite book: "Blindsight" by Peter Watts. It was sort of a joke, because the mantis came to me missing part of his left antenna and part of his left tarsus... and his fictional namesake lost half his brain from a radical hemispherectomy. Siri is an L4 now, and he should be molting fairly soon here. (I hope he does it at night when I'm sleeping, like he did the first time, rather than the second time when I caught him halfway through and could barely watch, it was so nerve-wracking!) I am amazed at how much personality is contained in this little bug -or maybe how much I'm able to anthropomorphize him

Coneja

Coneja

 

Introduction

After perusing blogs by other members, I thought it might be fun to have one of my own: even if it serves only to house my ramblings. But my hope is that I'll be able to record interesting/exciting mantis events as they come so that I may one day better remember them... Considering this is the first time I've done anything like this, we'll see how it goes. My name is Jamie, and I am a full-time student close to completing my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. Last year I lived in a dorm and now I live in a "no pets" apartment complex. But I've always had a fascination with nature (hence the degree and my future plans to become a wildlife ecologist) and I was lucky enough to grow up with a variety of pets. Living without anything to take care of was difficult for me, so I started keeping a variety of houseplants -mostly orchids- much to the dismay of my roommates, considering the lack of space we had/have. I love my plants, but at 22 scattered about the apartment, I realized enough was enough. But I was still missing something, so I began to devise ways of getting around the "no pets" rule... Technically, we were allowed to have fish, but as a former obsessive-compulsive goldfish addict who would spend 8 hours minimum every weekend changing my four goldies' 75 gallons of water, fish were out of the equation. I spent an entire quarter searching for an adequate small pet that would only bend the rules of the apartment. Hermit crabs? No, they lived for up to 20 years and needed heavy humidity daily or would die... Aquatic snails? I'd have to worry about all sorts of water parameters then, just like I would for fish. Same problem with fire-belly newts... I don't remember how I stumbled onto mantids... I think I got the idea in my head because two years ago, a local nursery was selling mantids. I was doing an insect collection at the time for a biology class -answering the age-old question of whether I'd kill for grades with a resounding "yes"- and some of my fellow classmates had talked about getting a mantis from the nursery (which I now realize would have been impossible, considering they were in all likelihood selling ooths). The idea of buying an animal just to pin it for a science class seemed wrong to me... I was struggling enough with hunting insects in the wild. So I never looked into it but that idea must have stayed with me, because soon I found myself looking for information and mantis suppliers. I found both, and was amazed at the wide variety of mantids available. I spent the end of winter break puzzling over what mantis to get... I've never had so much fun making lists in my entire life! Lots of price and species comparisons that eventually ended when I settled on getting Hierodula patellifera. I wanted to start with a "big green," as recommended on this site. This species seemed easy to care for in its description and best of all, was described as an aggressive feeder that was docile to handle. So I sent away for one L2 nymph at the very beginning of January, despite my reservations about the cold. During the few days it took for my mantis to arrive, it was hard to stop thinking about him. Was he calm in the dark as he was shipped over so many state lines? Was he cold? Would my package get lost? Never before had I gotten a live animal in the mail, and was so nervous about it, although I needn't have worried: he was well packed and arrived safe and sound the very morning that I was scheduled to drive back to my apartment from my family home... More on his arrival and the Distilled Water Fiasco (which isn't nearly as exciting as I make it sound) later... It's Friday night: the remainders of my homework for the day are calling...

Coneja

Coneja

 

10/04/2012

Majesty died. It wasn't fun at all the watch the process. I went to hold her like I do every day and I realized she was stiffening and rigor mortise was setting in. The only thing she could move was her claw. She was pinching me on and off. I think she was in pain and was blaming her external surroundings as she didn't understand. I tried giving her water but that just resulted in her throwing it up. It gave a very bad smell. Sir smelled the same way when she was dying. Then within two minutes, Majesty stopped moving her claw and rolled over onto her back. I realized then that she died because her antennae stopped moving and when I touched them, they gave no reaction. So I held her in my hand for about three minutes then I stored her away in a container. But as the days pass, I feel better about it. I'm sad that I'll never be able to hold her or see her walking around anymore. But I'm glad that she's not suffering anymore and that she had a nice life. She was hardly ever in her container - was always stimulated. Fed well. Got to go outside plenty of times. And now I've got Tenodera Sinensis to care for, as well as Phyllocrania Paradoxa which I'll soon be getting...

MantidBro

MantidBro

 

It's a new Apple iPhone day!

Those of you eyeing a Retina Display MacBook Pro can now pick up one online with virtually no delay. The laptops are now officially designated "in stock" at Apple's online store. So you can order one and receive it within five business days via standard free shipping or within two to three business days via $15 expedited shipping. The Retina Display laptop has teased consumers with a variety of wait times since its debut in June. Apple initially promised a delay of two to three weeks following the launch of the new MacBook Pro. That quickly rose to a month before inching back to three to four weeks and then settling back in at two to three weeks. The wait time eased further in late July to one to weeks. The new MacBook Pro is in stock at Apple's U.S. online store as well as in stores abroad, including the U.K. and Japan. Consumers can order the unit online and have it delivered either to their doorstep or to their local Apple retail outlet. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro starts at $2,199 for the 2.3GHz version and $2,799 for the 2.6GHz edition. iPhone 4s Cases Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Chanel iPhone 4 Case Chanel iPhone 4s Case Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases Samsung Galaxy S3 Case

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For iPhone 5 Case maker

SAN FRANCISCO--As Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage for his company's iPhone 5 media event yesterday, a group of hard-core Apple users a block away settled in to find out exactly what the new device had to offer. With no less than nine Macs and eight iPhones in evidence, these ten people could easily be mistaken for a standard bunch of fanboys (and girls) eager to get their first official information about the iPhone 5. But they were hardly a normal group. This was much of the brain trust at Incase, one of the world's largest makers of cases for Apple products -- including iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Macs. Yet just like almost everybody else, they were in the dark about Apple's official plans until the moment Cook began to speak. While a few app developers, such as CNN, got early access to the iPhone 5, the same wasn't true for case makers. And though the many rumors about the new device turned out to be more or less spot on, a company like Incase can't afford to base its design decisions on speculation. "We don't put stock in any particular rumor," CEO David Gatto said. "If we see that a sphere of rumors converge on a particular point of view, that convergence itself could be informative. But you still never know...That's part of the excitement. It could be something completely new and different." 'Game time' Like every other iPhone case maker, the Incase team's mission was clear: Find out as much information as possible about the new device, especially its all-new form factor, and get cracking on turning out product for the iPhone 5. For months, the company had been ramping up for this -- designing prototypes of a series of would-be iPhone 5 cases, albeit in an iPhone 4 form factor, developing a marketing plan, getting its manufacturing operations in China ready to jump into action, and more. But with no disclosure from Apple, they couldn't really get going until Wednesday's big event. See CNET's full coverage of Apple's iPhone 5 event "It's game time," shouted Jing Liu, Incase's iPhone product manager, as Cook began his presentation. Wearing a party hat festooned with the iPhone event's date, "09 12 12," Liu joked, "It's my big day." As details of the new device rolled by in the live blogs the team was monitoring -- they didn't have anyone at the event, and there was no video stream available -- team members repeated them, almost as if to assure themselves that they were real. "The volume button looks far apart," one said. "It's lighter," said another. "Seven point six [millimeters], there we go," said Gatto of the iPhone 5's thickness. iPhone 4s Cases Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Chanel iPhone 4 Case Chanel iPhone 4s Case Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases Samsung Galaxy S3 Case

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Dear Apple, please will you let me say NO*?

They are odd ducks at Apple. They proclaim revolutions, yet they are curiously controlling. They want to be cool, yet they are curiously ubiquitous. At times, one just wishes the company could be a little more consistent and a little more, well, liberal. It is well known that the majority of humanity uses curse words. Not necessarily in public, but I suspect even nuns and bishops sometimes offer a little f-ing and blinding. Yet every time I try to text a curse word on my iPhone 4, teacher interjects to tell me it is verboten. I understand that curse words do get starred-out in many public media (as they do here). There are oddities. I can write the word "piss" here, but in most English publications that word would not be de rigueur. I only bought this iPhone because, having been a lifelong husband to Nokia, I realized the Finns just didn't want to sell me another phone. So I have come to appreciate my iPhone for what it is -- a very colorful and pleasant companion. However, every time I try to text someone with the true meaning of my inner feelings, the iPhone slaps my bottom. I confess to sometimes using the f-word in writing. This is merely for colloquial emphasis for those closest to my bosom. However, the word s*** has become a fairly innocuous expression of woe or exclamation. It is no more fierce than the word "######" and just as descriptive. Yet my iPhone insists that what I really want to say is "shut" or "shot." My iPhone is not a dimwit. It seems to grasp and memorize names and phrases I use repeatedly. These may not have any significance to anyone beyond those who know me intimately. "Ziel" for example -- Or "Shirl" or "Aziza" or "Lopsy." These are my personal code words. Yet this little machine knows immediately what I'm intending to type and goes there before I do. It intends to be personal, you see. It knows that texting is a personal form of communication and it wants to help me in expressing my intimate thoughts. It wants to show that it knows me, that it's not some cold-hearted piece of metal. Yet somehow, it doesn't know s***. Or does it? Tonight, I received a text from a very close friend. There had been certain frustrations to my day, so when she asked how I was, I instinctively typed "S***." This was immediately translated by Apple's AutoCorrect as "Shot." Regular readers will know that I am not some technological marvel, so I have no idea how my iPhone's innards decide between "shot" and "shut." Still, I was so frustrated at yet again having to correct it manually that I decided to keep typing. I just kept typing the word "s***" over and over again. Here is what my iPhone printed: "Shot s*** shut shot s*** s*** shot s*** shot shot shot shot shot s***." That was merely the first part, because I kept on typing the same four letters as Windsor, my favorite barperson, looked upon me in search of the missing marbles. My iPhone got into such a state that it allowed "s***" around every fourth or fifth word -- though it became so frustrated that the last four words were all "shot shot shot shot", as if it just couldn't take it any more. iPhone 4s Cases Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case Louis Vuitton iPhone 4s Case Chanel iPhone 4 Case Chanel iPhone 4s Case Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases Samsung Galaxy S3 Case

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JM Weston

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iPhone 4S Case vs Galaxy

On Tuesday, Apple published its third quarter results. While it wasn't a record-breaking quarter, the company still managed to sell a lot of hardware and pull in billions of dollars in profits. There is, however, concern that Apple failed to live up to analyst expectation as far as Gucci iPhone 4s Cases and Metal iPhone 4 Cases sales were concerned. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a research note that he was confident Apple could have moved 28 to 29 million Metal iPhone 4S Cases units during the quarter, while Wedbush analyst Scott Sutherland estimated that Apple would ship 12.68 million iPads during the quarter. While some of the analysts -- and no doubt their clients -- are disappointed, historical data shows that Apple's sales of Gucci iPhone 4 Case and iPads remain strong, especially with so much chatter about the iPhone 5. iPhone sales over the first half of 2012 were driven by pent-up demand for a new iPhone after the iPhone 4 had a longer than expected outing. A fall in sales was inevitable, but sales are still incredibly strong. iPod sales continue to slide, but that's inevitable as the market became saturated years ago and the iPhone and iPad took over from it. I consider the iPod to be a niche product now, and I suspect that sales will continue to slide, with sales seeing a bit of a boost over the holiday quarter. It's Mac sales that worry me. Sales appear to have flat-lined at four million for the last two quarters. Mac sales have paled in comparison to iPhone and iPad sales, but this sudden stagnation should be causing some folks over at Cupertino to lose sleep, especially with Windows 8 and a whole host of exciting hardware just around the corner. Perhaps people are holding out buying a new Mac because "Mountain Lion" is out today, but if that doesn't shake up sales, Apple needs to be looking at ways to rekindle consumer interest in the Mac.

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Top-rated reviews of iPhone 4S Case

Vizio's new ultrabook-style laptops have a kink or two to iron out before they can take on the MacBook. Last week, I wrote about my experience with Gucci iPhone 4 Case -- which are just beginning to become widely available -- at the Gucci iPhone 4s Case store in Los Angeles. After sitting down and using the 14- and 15-inch "Thin+Light" laptops, I was wowed by their displays. And that's what I focused on, since that's a crucial feature to get right if you take on the MacBook -- particularly now with the Metal iPhone 4 Cases . But this week I need to focus on a glitch, which I touched on as a parenthetical in a post back on July 14. At that time, I wrote: "On Friday, in the Metal iPhone 4S Cases store there was a small crowd checking out ultrabooks (on display were half a dozen new Vizio ultrabooks -- and note that a couple of the ultrabooks were plagued by a freezing mouse cursor)." Since then, I experienced the same problem with another Vizio 15.6-inch Thin+Light. Maybe it's just the models at that particular Microsoft store, but I tend to doubt it. (This problem was confirmed by staff at the store.) Which brings us to another issue with Vizio. I tried to contact them about this as well as some other issues. And I really did try, finally asking the outside PR agency why Vizio wasn't responding. In the end Vizio did not respond. For me, that's a red flag. It's very rare that a tech company won't respond in some fashion to my queries. Let me add that I also found that the touch-pad wasn't easy to use. No touch-pad is perfect (the one on my 11.6-inch MacBook Air can be annoying sometimes) but on the Vizio Thin+Light models I used at the Microsoft store, getting the mouse cursor to go where I wanted it to could be extra vexing in some cases, even after making settings adjustments. Vizio -- an American company, by the way, based in Irvine, Calif. -- has come up with beautiful aluminum-clad minimalist designs with gorgeous 1,920-by-1,080 displays that are as attractive as a MacBook Pro but hundreds of dollars less.

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No slowdown for iPhone 4 Case in China

Even if Apple delivered disappointing earnings results for its third quarter on Tuesday, there are still some positive highlights from the quarter. Thus, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company attempted to do some damage control during the quarterly conference call today, highlighting strengths as much as possible. Worldwide, Apple sold 26 million Gucci iPhone 4 Case during the third quarter compared to 20.3 million in the previous June quarter, representing 28 percent year-over-year growth. Acknowledging that economic climate in the Eurozone is also hampering Apple a bit (like it is for most other major tech companies right now), CEO Tim Cook particularly emphasized how well the Gucci iPhone 4s Case is doing in the Asia-Pacific region. Cook cited that Q3 revenue in the region was $5.7 billion, which is a 48 percent year-over-year increase. As for iPhone sales, Cook said they were up 100 percent year-over-year. However, he did try to explain how "virtually all of the $2.2 billion sequential revenue decline was due to Metal iPhone 4 Cases sales in greater China" -- and about half of that is attributable to changes in the channel inventory, not the underlying sell-through of the iPhone. As a reminder, in the previous quarter in our fiscal Q2, we launched the Metal iPhone 4S Cases in China in January. We added China Telecom as a second carrier in March. And as we proceeded across the quarter, we increased the channel inventory to accommodate the sales and to reach our target inventory of four to six weeks. The remainder of the sequential revenue decline is mainly attributable to normal seasonality after the very successful iPhone 4S launch. We did not see an obvious impact in Q3 that we would associate with the economy in mainland China., Chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer also admitted that the poor economy in Europe impacted Apple's results, adding that the Mac maker also saw some economic impacts from natural resource-based economies including Australia, Brazil and Canada.

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iPhone 4S Cases launch

Apple today replaced last year's version of Gucci iPhone 4 Case , new model. But in the process, it also quietly scrubbed that older version from its Gucci iPhone 4s Case and Metal iPhone 4 Cases stores. Several readers have reached out to let us know that Lion, which was replaced with Mountain Lion today, can no longer be found on the Metal iPhone 4S Cases Store. The same goes for the USB thumb drive Apple sold with a Lion installer for those who could not purchase it online. Links to Lion in the Mac App Store now show a warning message that the product is not available. Apple confirmed the removal of the software this afternoon, and said that customers can still purchase a copy from its online store's telesales agents. It's worth pointing out that this has long been Apple's standard operating procedure, going back to the days when OS updates came in disc form. The company typically pulls old versions of its software off shelves in favor of the latest and the greatest. And perhaps more important, the company is unlikely to want people mistakenly purchasing last year's software. With that said, the move creates an unusual situation for the crop of Mac owners who bought certain machines between 2006 and 2008. These users might have Macs are compatible with Lion, but that won't run Mountain Lion (see the full list here). Those users have had a full year to upgrade their machines, but now have to jump through an extra hoop if they want it. For those who may have purchased it and want to re-download the software, Macworld points out that you can un-hide it on your purchases list by holding the "Option" key. Updated at 3:44 p.m. PT with information about alternate purchase methods and re-download instructions.

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Apple meets the iPhone 4 Cases

Vizio is the latest to make a run at Apple's Gucci iPhone 4 Case . So far, I like what I see. The Irvine, Calif.-based company's "Thin + Light" laptops are front and center at the Los Angeles Microsoft store these days. I counted six Vizio ultrabooks. That's more -- a lot more in most cases -- than any other single vendor in the store. And the Vizio ultrabook display setup screams Apple. Walk into any Apple store and you'll see display tables full of the newest Metal iPhone 4 Cases . For instance, the Gucci iPhone 4s Case is currently displayed six to a table. Ditto Vizio. In another nod to Apple, Vizio has only two basic ultrabook models -- 14-inch and 15.6-inch -- and the Los Angeles Microsoft Store had six of the same 15.6-inch models side-by-side. Throw in the fact that Vizio has a minimalist metal (anodized aluminum) design similar to the Metal iPhone 4S Cases and you have the makings of an Apple experience. But enough about the store logistics. I've spent enough time in the LA store lately using Vizio's ultrabooks to appreciate what the company is trying to do: Deliver a laptop that competes head on with the Air and Pro but with better bang-for-the-buck. Let's focus on the Retina Pro competition here. For $999, you can get the 15.6-inch Vizio model with a 1,920-by-1,080 screen, dual-core Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of memory, a 128GB solid-state drive, and Intel HD 4000 graphics. For the $1,249 model, you get bumped up to a 256GB SSD and a Core i7 chip. Both models weigh less than 4 pounds (3.96 pounds to be exact) and are 0.68 inches thick. By comparison, the 15.4-inch Pro starts at $2,199 with a 2,880-by-1,800 pixel density display, 2.3GHz quad-core Core i7 chip, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics. For me, the display is more important than performance. Especially these days when Apple is setting a new standard with its Retina tech. And the screens on the 15.6-inch Vizio models I saw were pretty stunning. No, they can't match the pixel density of the MBP Retina but they were bright (one the brightest 15-inch screens I've seen) with vibrant, rich colors. Which isn't that surprising considering Vizio's HDTV heritage. And another reason Vizio may be uniquely positioned to take on Apple.

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iPhone 4S Cases buying

Here's another category where Apple and Samsung go head to head: chip buying. And Apple's dominance is expanding rapidly. Rip off the plastic, metal, and glass on any consumer device, and it's pretty much all chips. And if you're the No. 1 buyer of those chips, as Apple is, that means you hold a lot of sway over global Gucci iPhone 4 Case manufacturing. More sway than chip kingpin Samsung (which Apple, ironically, buys lots of chips from). "It's well known that Apple has already conquered the Gucci iPhone 4s Case and Metal iPhone 4 Cases segments -- but behind the scenes the company is engaging in another kind of conquest: the dominance of the Metal iPhone 4S Cases supply chain," Myson Robles-Bruce, an analyst IHS iSuppli, said in a report released today. The supply chain is the global web of manufacturers and assemblers: think Foxconn and Pegatron. Apple this year is expected to buy nearly $28 billion worth of semiconductors, up 15 percent from $24 billion in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli. "This means that Apple will dramatically outperform the No. 2 purchaser, Samsung," iSuppli said, allowing it to continue its hegemonic ways. Apple, in short, is on a tear. Apple will increase its chip buying at a rate nearly three times faster than the next-fastest-rising purchaser, No. 8 ranked Canon, which will see a 4.6 percent increase this year, iSuppli said.

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Apple seeds iPhone 4 Cases

Mountain Lion is reportedly one step closer to roaring its way onto the Gucci iPhone 4 Cases market. The new version of OS X has been sent to AppleCare representatives to use on their computers at work, according to 9to5Mac. This golden master build sent to employees through a redeem code is the same one offered to developers on July 9, the blogging site added. Apple workers and other people have already been checking out the new Gucci iPhone 4 Case via Apple's Seed program, which gives participants a chance to test new Metal iPhone 4 Case and provide feedback. But Apple store employees who volunteer for that program must use their own personal computers for testing. Apple shed some light on Mountain Lion at WWDC last month, announcing that it would be available from the Metal iPhone 4S Case Store sometime this month for $19.99. That gives the company little more than a week left to push out the OS. A recent report from 9to5Mac pointed to this Wednesday, July 25, as the launch date based on reports that Apple retail store employees were told to plan for an "overnight" on July 24. As a further clue noted by 9to5Mac, Apple will announce its fiscal third-quarter earnings tomorrow, July 24. Last year the company unveiled its earnings on July 19 and launched OS X Lion on July 20.

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The other iPhone 4 Cases

The exploit that allowed users to purchase Gucci iPhone 4 Case instead of Metal iPhone 4 Cases without actually paying has jumped platforms and now works on Apple's Mac platform. The Next Web notes that programmer Alexei Borodin, who created the iOS in-app purchase exploit, now has a similar solution for apps purchased in Apple's Gucci iPhone 4s Case Store. Like the exploit for iOS, this too requires that users install special security certificates on their machines, though it also requires the installation of an extra helper program. Earlier today Apple said it had a fix coming in the next version of iOS, due out in the next few months, that patches the exploit. In the meantime it offered a solution that requires developers to instate a cross-check for Metal iPhone 4S Cases purchases with receipts from its own servers. The Next Web reports that before this method -- which Apple says will prevent iOS users from getting in-app freebies -- became available, more than 8.4 million free purchases were made. That's up big from the 30,000 that were reported immediately after the exploit became available last week. CNET has contacted Apple about this newer exploit aimed at the Mac App Store and will update this post when we know more. As mentioned in previous coverage, both Apple and its developers face a loss of profits if the exploit remains in use from would-be spenders. Developers get 70 percent of the revenue from purchases made inside their apps, while Apple gets the other 30 percent.

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Another iPhone 4S Case

The latest AMD chip engineer to pop up at Apple is a graphics and system-on-a-chip expert. John Bruno is now a system architect at Apple, as of July. Over the last decade or so at AMD, he has held positions such as senior Metal iPhone 4 Cases design manager and, most recently, system architect. He started as a Gucci iPhone 4 Case designer at ATI in 1996. That company was later acquired by AMD. His AMD job description on LinkedIn states that he "completed hardware specification for the APU (CPU + GPU SoC) including Gucci iPhone 4s Case , Metal iPhone 4S Cases , power budget and low-power strategies." That jumble of acronyms could make him pretty valuable to Apple, which just beefed up its A5 series chips with the A5X SoC (system-on-a-chip), which packs a quad-core graphics engine. That chip is used in the third-generation iPad. At Apple, he joins AMD alumni Raja Koduri and Bob Drebin, both formerly AMD CTOs. So, does this mean Apple is going to adopt AMD processors in future MacBook Airs? Probably not. Again, it's more likely Apple needs his graphics chip expertise for its own Apple-branded silicon. And remember, Apple already has a long history of using AMD GPUs (graphics processing units) in its MacBooks and Macs.

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The iPhone 4 Cases is only missing one thing

A U.K. judge ordered Apple to publish a notice on its UK website and in British newspapers informing the public that Samsung did not copy the Gucci iPhone 4 Case ' design, Bloomberg reported today. Judge Colin Birss said the notice should explain the court's July 9 decision that Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablets do not infringe on Gucci iPhone 4s Case 's design. Related stories Secrecy bids in Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit denied Apple warns retailers to sell Metal iPhone 4 Cases Galaxy Tab series readies for Ice Cream Sandwich The notice is to be posted for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to save Samsung's image. Apple's lawyer tried to argue that it would be like the company having to publish an advertisement for its competitor, but apparently the judge thought saving Samsung's reputation was more important. Birss may have dinged Samsung's image a bit himself in his July 6 ruling, when he said consumers are unlikely to be confused because the Samsung tablets are "not as cool," as the Metal iPhone 4S Cases .

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