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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Complete Guide To Building Your Own Hackintosh

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Desktops" @ 09:00 AM

"OS X is out there. You've seen it in coffee shops, on TV, in the laps of hipsters at the local taqueria. There‘s no shame in wondering what all the fuss is about. Hell, it's healthy to mix it up a little bit. If only the idea of sending Steve Jobs and the rest of Apple, Inc. thousands of your hard-earned dollars didn't send you into a cold sweat that only a game of Left4Dead can cure. Still, OS X is the subject of many glowing reviews. Even hardcore PC users are singing its praises. If you have the itch to try out OS X, but you're not down with shelling out the cash for a new Mac, we have one word for you: Hackintosh."

This is a really good detailed guide about what to get, how to get it, and what the consequences of each parts choice are. I'm not a big fan of Hackintoshes per se, mainly because I worry about upgrades breaking things, but I guess there's a place in the world for the industrious young lad who wants a Mac but doesn't dare buy one!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Seinfeld Not an iPhone / BlackBerry Fan

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

AT&T Not Planning On Charging for MMS

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

Well, this is somewhat interesting news... Many of us assumed that AT&T was going to end up charging for MMS whenever it did get around to making it available for the iPhone (after all, it's not like AT&T has any other devices that do MMS so the delay is totally understandable), but according to AT&T's own documents, if you have a text messaging bundle, you'll have MMS when the time comes.

Sounds good to me, now can we get our collective butts moving on it, already? Honestly making iPhone users wait for MMS when the rest of the network has phones that (as AT&T brags about) are MMS enabled already is just flat out dumb.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Eye-Fi Pro Is Now Available!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

"Eye-Fi announced the immediate availability of its new Eye-Fi Pro SDHC memory card with Wi-Fi for digital cameras on Wednesday. The new memory card supports RAW image files, peer to peer file sharing, and includes 4GB of storage."

You can find a lot more about this nifty card at the Eye-Fi website, but the basics are as they outlined above, plus geo-tagging and photo and video uploads to 25 websites including Flickr and Facebook. Nice option to have when you need to save some photo's or videos, but at $149.00 USD, a bit spendy. I guess if it works for you though, and is the right tool at the right time, money well spent!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

iPhone 3G S Sale Timeline

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

"Apple offered clarification Wednesday for when exactly the new iPhone 3G S will go on sale."

Looks like next Friday, June 19th at 8am the new iPhone will be available at Apple Stores in the US and 7 other countries, and yes this is in all time zones at 8am. This will be the same at the AT&T stores, unless you have pre-ordered in which case you will be able to pick them up at 7am. I'm wondering if this will generate the lines that the last two sales have generated, what do you think?

T-Mobile Netherlands Outs the Specs on the iPhone 3G S

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

"Ever since the introduction of the iPhone 3G S last Monday, there has been a lot of discussion on the Internet about what might be powering this significantly faster and more responsive phone. Even before the phone had been launched, in fact, the Internet had been abuzz with rumors that the new iPhone would feature a processor running at 600MHz and will come equipped with 256MB of RAM."

And so the rumors were true in this regard. Not sure how secret this was supposed to be, but the specs are still up on the T-Mobile Netherlands website. For comparison, the current iPhone 3G has a 412 MHZ processor and 128MB Ram. For the full meal deal on specs, I suppose we will have to wait until someone tears apart an iPhone 3G S and lists the hardware and post some pictures like they usually do on these things.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

An iPhone 3G S Update I Hadn't Heard About, Until Now

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

"As well as faster hardware and a better camera, the new iPhone 3GS has a surprise feature that totally sells it for me: an oleophobic coating that makes the screen resistant to face oil and fingerprints."

No mention of this on the regular 3G site, just the mention above on the 3G S site for technical specs so I guess this is another update, but one I hadn't heard mentioned in any of the articles until now. Anything they can do to lessen the smudges is ok in my book, but I'm not sure how well it will work, even with a fancy coating. To be honest, I don't really notice them at all unless my screen is dark, then they are very visible. But when I'm using the iPhone smudges don't show up at all so it doesn't hinder my use in any way.

But if they do bother you and you want to make sure you are cleaning it correctly, the Apple site has a special section on this very topic: "If your iPhone has an oleophobic coating on the screen (iPhone 3G S only), simply wipe your iPhone's screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands and face."

Scosche and the iPod Shuffle

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"The latest iPod shuffle is arguably too small to need a case to keep it from harm, but the folks at Scosche devised a case with external controls - so you can plug in other headphones instead of relying on the originals."

This is a great solution if you have the latest iPod Shuffle. Very slick interface that also comes with a cable you can plug right into your input in the car, if your stereo has that option. This is due out in the first week of July 2009. You can pre-order over at Scosche, and it will be selling for $29.99 USD.

AT&T And The iPhone Upgrade

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

"During its presentation at WWDC Monday, Apple highlighted new pricing for the iPhone 3G and the upcoming iPhone 3G S model but didn't explain that existing iPhone 3G customers will have to pay a $200 premium to upgrade to the latest model if they want one right away."

This has caused quite a ruckus all over the net. Differing opinions are being thrown out there, ranging from "too bad, you knew what you were getting into when you agreed to the 2-year contract" to "AT&T is gouging us!" I won't go to the gouging extreme, since they will supposedly allow you to upgrade at the 18-month mark, however the last time I upgraded it was at the one year mark so I'm a little perturbed at 18-months to be honest. I really want to test out the video of this new iPhone but I haven't decided yet if it is worth the $200.00 USD premium, what do you think?

If you are curious if you qualify for the upgrade, head on over to Apple, and they can tell you when you will be eligible, just don't break the screen when your information pops up!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Apple Revamps Laptop Lineup, Along With Prices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:10 AM

"Phil Schiller kicked off today's keynote with a light update to the MacBook Pro family. All the models now include the new lithium polymer battery introduced with the 17 inch MacBook Pro earlier this year. They also have an SD-card slot in exchange for the Expresscard slot, a weird move by Apple. The Expresscard slot remains only on the 17-inch MacBook Pro. And lastly, the 13-inch MacBooks now have a Firewire 800 slot, officially making them part of the MacBook Pro family."

So there you have it, no netbook but they sure made improvements in specifications as well as pricing. The unibody MacBook is turned into a MacBook pro with the addition of the FireWire 800 port, and they drop the price down to $1,199.00 USD. The only MacBook you can purchase now is the white one, which is probably the best value of all the laptops when you compare performance. The big change is the sealed battery unit in all of them, giving the battery life a boost to 7 hours, but you lose the ability to swap out your batteries or replace them without going to an Apple Genius. Apple feels the trade off in the battery life increase is worth it, what do you think? Read more...

I Know, You Are Shocked, But There is a New iPhone!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:30 AM

"After the most number of rumours I've ever seen about any Apple product, Apple finally showed up at WWDC with a new iPhone that looks exactly the same as the previous one. The iPhone 3G S, where the S stands for Speed. Perhaps it's not all that bad as there are some more features under the hood, and new software features enabled by this new speed."

I don't think anyone was surprised by the announcement of the new iPhone 3G S after the plethora of stories that were in the mix in the months leading up to WWDC '09. Now that it has been officially announced, just what do you get for your money? Speaking of money, lets start with pricing.

Thankfully they bumped up the storage in the new iPhone 3G S to 16GB and 32GB, so for $199.00 USD you get 16GB and if you want to go a bit higher, they have the 32GB version for $299.00 USD. The older version of the iPhone 3G 8GB is now $99.00, that is if you can find one in stock. Read more...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Another Option for Remote Control of Your Media Center

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"ThinkFlood has introduced its new RedEye Universal Remote Control peripheral for the iPhone and iPod touch. The RedEye is a small IR transmitter box featuring Wi-Fi and a built-in Dock for charging an iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch.


Interesting concept, making your iPhone like one of the Harmony Universal Remotes, except with more hardware required. Not all that much more hardware, just an infra-red device that communicates to your iphone/ipod touch via WiFi, then transmits an infra-red signal to your hardware in your entertainment center. This is a beta program, so they are waiting on approval for their app in the iTunes store, but they have outlined an ad-hoc method for getting the app on your iPhone/iPod Touch in the meantime. During the beta period, the price for the system is $119.00 USD. After the beta period ends in the fall, they will bump the price up to $149.00 USD.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Need a Slick Looking Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Logitech is known for keyboards, and rightfully so. Years of keyboard experience have enabled them to create a keyboard that's good enough to deserve a Mac edition. They've really outdone themselves with the diNovo Edge Mac Edition Bluetooth keyboard."

Yes, its true, you can get a wireless Mighty Mouse for $69.00 USD, then pick up the wireless Apple Keyboard for $79.00 USD and be out $149.00 USD. Or you can opt for this new keyboard from Logitech for $179.95 USD from the Apple store online, without the mouse. The reviewer touts the reliability and how quick it connects, but also the fact that it has the same layout as the regular Apple keyboards so all your shortcuts work the same. I have to say this keyboard really is a looker, and it would look great sitting in my entertainment center as a media center keyboard. Heck I'd even like to get one for my desktop.

White MacBooks Outspeed Aluminum Ones

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

"The latest entry-level MacBook rolled out by Apple a week ago offers more than just an improvement on the white laptop it replaces in Apple's notebook line. According to Macworld Lab tests, this new system outperforms the 2GHz aluminum unibody MacBook that costs $300 more."

That's pretty insane, if you ask me, although understandable. The Aluminum models haven't gotten a spec bump since they came out while the Whitebook just got one. Newer usually means faster. Yet again this proves what most of us have been saying and already know: the Whitebook is a great value, a good workhorse, and a powerful machine.

Chew on that, laptop hunters.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Apple and RIM Continue to Kick Butt

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"When you look at sales of the iPhone or Blackberry as a percentage of total cell phone sales, they are still a tiny smidgen of the one billion phones estimated to be sold this year. But when you look at what really matters-their share of revenues or operating profits-the picture looks a lot different. Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff calculated the share of operating profits going to each major mobile handset manufacturer and came up with the eye-opening chart above. It shows Apple (pink) and RIM (turquoise) increasingly taking a disproportionate share of industry profits, mostly at the expense of Nokia's diminishing handset operating profits (blue)."

Jeez... It really is a two-pony race at this point. Interestingly enough, HTC isn't included on the list, so I have to wonder just how accurate it is seeing as HTC makes pretty much every Windows Mobile phone on the market. More analysis over at Tech Crunch if this sort of thing does it for you.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Best Buy iPhone Inventory Dwindling

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

"Best Buy over the weekend became the latest Apple partner to warn staffers of dwindling iPhone supply that could leave some of its stores without product to sell for a few weeks later this month. In a memo from its corporate division, the Richfield, Minnesota-based specialty electronics retailer told mobile sales employees that the iPhone 3G is now in constraint, noting that inventory of the touch-screen handsets will be light over the coming weeks and that some locations are likely to run out all together."

An Australian dealer "Brightpoint" is going through the same inventory problems, according to a memo they issued last week. Not a big shocker as WWDC '09 is getting closer and closer. As one site said, "Better hope you don't break your current iPhone 3G or you may not get a replacement!" I was just thinking I better be extra careful, now watch me drop it and break it now that I've jinxed myself.

MacBook Pro Video Warranty Extended

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:00 AM

"Illustrating the scope of a flaw in older NVIDIA graphics chipsets, Apple has extended its special warranty on the GeForce 8600M GT in certain MacBook Pros from two to three years. Those visiting Apple's support page for the video corruption and failure issues suffered by this portable generation have noticed that Apple has quietly added an extra year to its coverage, giving owners of the affected MacBook Pros free replacements as late as September 2011 depending on the date of purchase."

I had mine in to the Genius Bar a few short months ago for this very reason. This affects the older MacBook Pros, manufactured between May 2007 and September 2008. Per the Apple Support article, look for distorted or scrambled video on the screen or no video at all on either the computer screen or an external display. The last problem is what I suffered through, but they fixed for free so all I was out was about a week with no laptop and my time taking it in and picking it up. This affects the 15 and 17-inch models, and was written about back in October of 2008. Now there is a class action lawsuit about the problem, that includes HP and Dell owners.

NVIDIA is denying that the new uni-body MacBook Pros share the same material in their graphics chips that caused the problem with the older ones so it appears, at least for now, that those models won't suffer the same fate. NVIDIA initially told Apple last year that there was no problem with the chip in the older MBP's too, so I guess we shall see!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Palm Pre Ringtone Leaks

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"The Palm Pre’s ringtone has leaked. You can listen to it now, perhaps even assign it to your iPhone 3G if you’re feeling adventurous. The ringtone announces the triumphant return of Palm, a warrior come home after years toiling in obscurity, mud and blood on its proud blade. But time has aged the warrior mightily; new men—popular, if flashy—have stepped in to fill the void he left so many years ago. No matter. Ring the bells, gather the children! Palm is here!"

I know this isn't "Palm Pre Thoughts," however, Apple and Palm have always shared a special kinship. When Palm released their first Pilots, they always included Mac capabilities. In fact, before the iPhone, many Apple folks had Treos (for better or worse).

Anyway, I remember when the iPhone's ringtone leaked a few years ago. I immediately put it on my BlackBerry Pearl and pretended it was an iPhone for a few months until it actually came out. I reckon a lot of people will do the same here.

Whaddya think, though? This one? Or Marimba? I personally like Marimba better, but this one definitely has its origins in the default Treo tone.

Your thoughts. In the comments. Please.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Heckuva Promotion For You Students, Staff and Faculty

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"In addition to quietly updating the consumer-friendly MacBook, Apple on Wednesday also launched an iPod promotion targeted to students."

Image Credit: Apple

And not just for students, as the deal is open to students, staff and faculty for any K-12 school or higher educational institution. Purchase a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or an iMac and you get a free iPod Touch. Keep in mind you have to buy the iPod Touch at the same time as the qualifying Mac to get the rebate.

Yea, its a rebate promotion, which I absolutely hate. I wish they would just take it off the total price when you check out since I can never remember to finish up the rebate process until the deadline has passed. But if you can remember to fill in the form (online form, much better so at least they are making it somewhat easier) within the time limit you get a pretty good deal. The promotion ends on September 8th, and the rebate forms have to be submitted online by October 9th. Full promotion details are available at Apple.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

AT&T Benefiting From Apple iPhone Availability

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

""Even with all of the negative things said about AT&T, people still love Apple's iPhone. According to a new report from ChangeWave, customers are still leaving their current cell carrier to flock to AT&T's network just to purchase an iPhone. According to this report, within the next 6 months 13% of the people polled are looking to bail out on their current carrier and 33% of those people said they will be headed to AT&T for an iPhone. These numbers are the highest since this question was first asked back in 2005. As for AT&T's competition, namely Verizon, 24% will be going in that direction.""

I think the knocks on AT&T are highly overrated. Are there places where it isn't the best carrier? Of course. Just like every other carrier. In fact in some places (namely my neighborhood) AT&T slaughters any other carrier's coverage and it isn't even close. Once you take the mystique out of Verizon's network (particularly that it's utterly bullet-proof) and the closed nature of its technology of choice (not seeing a whole bunch of unlocked CDMA phones out there, are you?) it's no wonder the tide has turned.

Oh yeah... And the iPhone is still a big draw. Almost forgot that part!

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