Thursday, October 29, 2009
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Okay, so I decided not to immediately post about the new Apple products, in fact I have been busy with other things. But I am back and I am ready to finally post about the new Apple products, as there have been many that are being released, and many more to come, so here is my list of 4 latest and greatest gizmos that Apple has released this year!
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Number 4! - Magic Mouse
I personally love this little mouse, it works mediocre, but since it comes free with your purchase of the new Mac computer (will give more details later) I really don't see a problem with it, and it's definitely a step up to the old mighty mouse they use to box up with your PC! So, about the specs, I believe it is wireless, and it has motion sensors and touch sensors on the top so there are no buttons you just use little hand gestures on the mouse to scroll, click, and do other things.
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Number 3! - Time Capsule
Awhile back there was news of the apple time capsules suddenly just dying off, in fact if you google it I believe there is a resting site of all the time capsules that died. Anyway, under all the new things Apple did, they also updated the Time Capsule!
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Number 2! - Mac Mini
The new Mac Mini has a new unibody so less scratches. They didn't really mess with how fast it goes, according to a chat seen in this review. However it's battery life is a lot better, and overall it is now more like a Macbook Pro. Overall, it's definitely a nice improvement.
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Number 1! iMac
There is a lot to say about the new iMac, but only one word needs to describe it, it's great. My biggest gripe is that the keyboard no longer has a number pad and there being no scroll button on the mouse is a bit hard to get use to. However the new iMac has a bigger monitor and better resolution.. it no longer comes with a remote, and is great but in my opinions it's expensive still.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A little while back, B&N announced they were going to making an e-book reader. (Which will be sold either today or next tuesday, I am not sure.)
Gizmodo today, released leaked photos of the highly anticipated e-book reader, formally called the Nook.
Here is some information from Wired News:
The reader, named the “Nook,” looks a lot like Amazon’s white plastic e-book, only instead of the chiclet-keyboard there is a color multi-touch screen, to be used as both a keyboard or to browse books, cover-flow style. The machine runs Google’s Android OS, will have wireless capability from an unspecified carrier and comes in at the same $260 as the now rather old-fashioned-looking Kindle.
I must say I am excited for the e-reader. I am an avid fan of the Kindle. But always found a bit of things were just not right.. like annotating, and other things. Hopefully this e-book reader can fix those problems.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Back in the 90s, and maybe a bit of the 80s, portable devices were the wave of the future. There were pagers, big bulky cell phones.. later they came out with leaner cell phone, PDAs, and the list went out. Not only was there portable communication, but other portables too, such as the game boy.
The only problem with carrying so many things, was charging all of them, although back then most things took batteries, as we came into the 2000, charging with a dock, or just a cord to an outlet was a lot easier. But then we had cluttered outlets.
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Now, to solve having your outlets taken up by charging portable machines. They came out with the Powermat. You can buy one at Best Buy to my knowledge, and so far I have only heard good reviews of it. Not only can it charge up to 3 devices at once, it is also energy efficient. (Much love to you tree huggers)
I haven't had the chance to pick one up yet, but it would be a great addition to anyone's home or office, as it advertises. One thing though, most people don't carry many devices anymore. Instead they resort to just having one "smart phone" which does everything. And if it's only one device, it's only one cord.
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Friday, October 9, 2009
When the 3 new generation consoles came out (Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360) there was a big heated debate on which was the better console, albeit, that would be like comparing, apples, oranges, and grapes. The sales charts said otherwise, saying the Nintendo Wii was the best with the most sales, because it was made for everyone, not just one type of gamer. So once people took the Wii out of the console war, it was just PS3 and Xbox 360.
When looking at the prices, it was obvious that the Xbox 360 trumped the playstation 3, but when looking at the problems, PS3 won. (RRoD anyone?)
Fast forward a year or two, now all three have had price cuts and at the moment the PS3 is winning, but is that because people were just waiting for the price cut? The recession has been hitting hard, so I understand their price cuts (who would pay 400$ for a console?) but I think come christmas, sales will change. But, anyway, I found a great deal on a PS3, seen here. So check it out.
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Thursday, October 8, 2009
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In latest news, Dell is apparently negotiating with AT&T to make an android phone for them. Granted, I don't have anything from Dell, and I hear lots of bad things about Dell especially when carrot top was doing the advertising. But, I am curious to see how it goes.
With further research, Android seems pretty promising. Check out my other blog post with the newly announced Dell Adamo XPS.
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Dell is going to be releasing a new laptop that is said to be thinner than the macbook air, see above.
I am a little skeptical about these thin lappies. They look like they're going to break if you drop them or even just blow on them. Plus I can't imagine the keyboard is very good. Anyone have any comments?
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Friday, October 2, 2009
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Here is another review about a great little gizmo that was released this fall. The Zune HD is the Zune 2. Basically. Mimicking the Ipod Touch, with a touch screen, I was able to play around with it.
The body of the player is a sandwich of brushed metal bread with plastic "meat" through the center. On the face of the device is a tall and thin 3.3-inch OLED display and a lean home button at the southern end of the panel.
Source from Engadget
It functions great, has a lot of features, and best of all the music plays well.
So, this was a short but sweet review. :) Sorry. I didn't have much time to play around with it before one of my kids wanted to mess with it.
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Remember back when Apple first started developing computers? There was no such thing as a right click option. And we all thought that the apple computer were amazing, even with all their problems.
I remember growing up, using the apple computer, it was new and exciting. Technology was first starting to get rolling. I remember when my computer would shut down, there would be a small monitor with a sad face on it. And I'd slam my desk and curse.
I remember having floppy disks as the only way of installing, transferring, and anything else that had to do with data. I remember thinking Oregon Trail was the best game ever.
Ah yes, those were the days.
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But right now, is probably not the time to get into reminiscing about the old days. Or as my Mother calls them, the Dark Ages. This blog is about the rumor of Apple redoing their mighty mouse to tweak it a bit. Give it a bit of a facelift, and hopefully it won't just be a piece of crap that comes with your desktop.
Here is an excerpt of the news:
Apple's infamous Mighty Mouse—the mouse that comes with every desktop computer from the company—is about to get a facelift, if the latest rumors are to be believed. No longer will the little scroll ball get mucked up with gunk, nor will the touch-sensitive surface mis-register your fingertips. According to sources speaking to AppleInsider, Apple plans to use its "extensive research and development in multitouch technologies" to create a newer, mightier pointing device.
Hopefully these rumors are true. The mouse always gets so dirty. It's almost so pretty I want to frame it.
Read the full article at Ars Tech.
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
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Okay so now that's over and done with. Who likes the new Ipod nano? I do. I love it. It's sleek, has an array of colors, functions really well, and while the camera is said to be oddly placed. I don't see why I would be using it in the first place. I am going to listen to music.
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My only complaints are that it's so light I feel like I may forget about it and sit on it.. or perhaps break it with my clumsyness.
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It's been a really long time since I've used this blog. I think it's time to dust it off, and with dusting comes new things that I have found on the internet in my solitude.
So, when the PSP hand held system came out, it was a must have for any kid, tween, and grown adult. It could watch movies, play your favorite video games. And it was extremely functional, but a little pricey.
Afterward, the PSP Go system came out, which doesn't seem to be quite as popular but it still works like the PSP did.
But what I really don't understand is why this screen isn't touch-sensitive. Especially when the slider is closed, I want to flick and zoom through webpages, the PS store and the XMB. More than once I've attempted the feat, only to remember, what the shit, this huge screen isn't touch capable.
So closed, the PSPgo can't really be navigated. Scratch that. You can accidentally hit LB to restart your movie—a function you'll use frequently—if by accident.
It should be noted that Bluetooth also allows you to use a SIXAXIS/Dual Shock 3 controller with the Go. Syncing is easy and the system works perfectly, but consider the practical ergonomics for a moment. You end up balancing the Go on your lap in this really awkward way.
Looking at the design, a conspiracy theory pops in my head. The PSPgo was the template for the PSP2. Open, it had dual analogs. Closed, it had a touchscreen. Somewhere inside, it had a faster processor, more RAM and, hell, maybe even 3G or something. Maybe it was machined of metal and could be thrown like a ninja star. Regardless of this theory's truth, we're stuck with the Go as-is.
So, the PSP go's ergonomics are.. questionable. But there is more to it than it's sidekick like appearance.
Honestly, the hardware is only half of what holds the PSPgo back from being something better. It's the aging PSP software full of unfixed nagging points, like that Wi-Fi doesn't connect automatically upon startup, typing is still done through that horrible phone-dial-like interface and lack of support for background downloading from the PS Store.
Yes, while the PS3 allows you to download games and movies while performing other tasks, the PSPgo is stuck monotasking during downloads. Oh, and if your PSP dies before you've finished that 1.6GB movie download—which takes a while over the Go's slow 802.1b Wi-Fi—you get to start all over. (Also, while it's nice of Sony to keep compression levels low, SD quality movies on portables need smaller files sizes than this for people to watch movies on the go.)
The browser is absolutely archaic. Beyond tedious analog nub navigation, the Go ran out of RAM while loading Gizmodo just like it had before on the original PSP...just like is prone to occurring on the PS3. Sony has advertised a browser on multiple systems that doesn't really work, and that's just ridiculous.
PSP Minis, or tiny apps like you see on the iPhone (in some cases, exactly like you see on the iPhone), are on their way. But the limitations are strict, meaning that even the games ported from the iPhone could be missing functions like networking. And how big or wonderful will the catalog be if Sony can barely recruit studios to develop for the PSP as it is now? (Sony has catalog of 225 PSPgo games that will be downloadable over PC or Wi-fi at launch.)
Also, you may not have heard about one key software feature. When you close the PSPgo from the XMB, a clock appears on screen. Thank goodness, because I've been needing one of those!
It's battery life.. is well, to say the least slightly disappointing to it's comparable counterpart PSP, and the Nintendo DS
Running for only 4 hours and 47 minutes with all the works going. The DS and even the PSP can hold a charge longer than that.
My recommendation? Don't get the PSP Go, but instead go for the PSP. While I don't have a link for that offhand, I'll be sure to update with one later on.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Apple introduced a smaller version of its popular iPod Shuffle music player on Wednesday with a new feature that tells the user what song is playing.
The new 4-gigabyte gadget costs $79 (57 pounds), is half the size of the previous Shuffle, and carries up to 1,000 songs -- twice as many as the last generation of the device.
All of the controls on the new Shuffle have been moved from the device to the earphone cord. The new VoiceOver feature announces songs and playlists to users in 14 different languages, according to Apple, whose shares rose 4.5 percent.
The voice function is particularly useful on the Shuffle, which does not have a display screen like most iPods or other digital music players.
Needham & Co analyst Charles Wolf said the new Shuffle design was appealing and called the voice function a "nice a little gimmick. It shows that Apple intends to keep that piece of the portfolio going. They're going to continue to innovate, upgrade the sub-$100 device."
"It won't necessarily stimulate sales, but it clearly will keep sales of the Shuffle going forward," he said.
The VoiceOver feature works by synchronizing with iTunes software, which installs a voice kit on the user's computer. VoiceOver can also tell a user how much battery life remains.
"You previously couldn't have multiple playlists on the iPod Shuffle because you couldn't really switch between them as there was no way to know how you would switch," said Greg Joswiak, Apple vice president of iPod marketing, told Reuters. "So now instead of seeing, you get to hear."Get a FREE Apple iPod Touch!
Although Apple does not break out Shuffle sales, Needham's Wolf estimated some 7.5 million units were sold in the December quarter, it's biggest-selling quarter. Apple sold 22.7 million iPod units overall in the period.
The third generation of iPod Shuffle will be the world's tiniest music player, smaller than an AA battery. It comes in two colors, silver and black.
Apple will continue to sell the second-generation version of the 1-gigabyte, 240-song Shuffle for $49. but phase out the 2-gigabyte Shuffle, which sells for $69.
The iPod music player has played an important role in the revival of Apple's fortunes. The company has sold more than 200 million iPods since they launched in 2001. It launched the first Shuffle in January 2005.
The refreshed Shuffle comes just a week after the company updated its line of Mac desktop computers. Apple refreshed it MacBook laptop computers last fall.Get a FREE Apple iPod Touch!