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Monday, August 16, 2010

iPod So Powerful it can Stop a Train!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPods" @ 08:30 AM

"Poor Apple. The company just can't catch a break these days. On Wednesday, Apple Japan began offering customers iPod nano replacements, giving in to local government demands to better address an overheating battery issue affecting Apple's first generation iPod nano players."

Apparently this iPod owner was one of those who didn't take up Apple on its offer, or perhaps she was on her way to the Apple store to do just that when this happened. How ironic would that have been?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Apple Smart Bike Patent Application

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 01:00 PM

"Patently Apple does a great job explaining Apple's latest interesting patents and today the "Smart Bike" and Mall app have come upon us. The Smart Bike seems like the most interesting bicycle ever, a techie-bicyclist's dream. It will use the various sensors in the bike and iPhone to measure things like altitude, speed, power, heart rate, path distances, and several more."

Apple has applied for a patent for a concept that they're calling Smart Bike (or Smart Bicycle). Using a variety of sensors, links, software, communication, and of course an iPod or iPhone, Smart Bike can display not only information on the bike itself, but information on the rider. In addition, groups of riders can share all the reported information, so imagine a Tour De France team all linked with this gear: "Steve, your heart rate is down, pick it up!" or "Team, there is a 20km per hour headwind, and your heart rate needs to increase to climb the next hills." The underlying story states that this technology is expensive, and probably not for the casual or even semi-serious cyclist, but could be applied to other modes of transportation. As we've seen, costs drop as technology is adopted, so we can probably expect to see this offered on all bicycles sometime in the near future.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

iPad: "The iPod Has Nothing on Me."

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:30 PM

"Apple's iPad is already huge. In fact, after just its first quarter of sales, it's already the company's third-biggest business segment."

You can clearly see the pink showing through, and that is the iPad revenue as it goes past the iPod. The iPad did so well, at $2.2 billion USD in revenue, that it made more than the iPod at $1.5 billion USD, and almost half as much as the Mac revenue at $4.4 billion USD.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PowerEZ Plus, a Charging Solution for the iPod/iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"KONNET Technology announces the release of the PowerEZ Plus, a 1000mAh external charging solution for the iPhone and iPod family of devices, including the new iPhone 4. Affordably priced at $29.99 (US) or $34.99 (CDN), the PowerEZ Plus is the ultimate double-tasking battery pack: it also serves as a sturdy, retractable prop for iPod/iPhone movie watching in widescreen format."

This seems like a pretty handy charger to have since, besides being affordable, it works across the line of iPods and iPhones, even the iPhone 4. I also like the fact that you can tell how much life is left in it from the number of blue lights displayed and that it shuts down when it has charged your device. One thing I don't particularly like is having something sticking out of the end of my iPhone, but I can see using it to supply power while watching a video. They even have a contest going on their facebook page [link] in case you want to try your luck!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Replacement Ear Buds For 3rd Generation iPod Shuffles

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

"Apple's perverse obsession with miniaturizing the iPod Shuffle doesn't seem likely to stop until they bring it down to the size of a nanoangstrom, but one of the biggest drawbacks of making a music player smaller than the controls needed to use it is that the user interface needs to be offloaded to a peripheral: in the third generation iPod Shuffle's case, the stock ear buds."

It appears they have run into some problems, as Apple has started a replacement program for the ear buds that stop working, free of charge, for up to two years from date of purchase. These were made during the period from February 2009 to February 2010.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fadell Leaves Apple for Greener Pastures

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 AM

"Tony Fadell, one of the fathers of the iPod and iPhone, is formally severing ties with Apple after nine years at the company, according to a New York Times report."

He has no specific plans other than to consult and invest in green technology. Thanks for the iPod Tony!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Don't Have the Cash for an iPad? Here is an Option...

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

"If you reeeeally want an iPad but don't want to scrap together $499 for the entry-level model, then the iPodMeister service has an interesting solution for you - swap 600 CDs for Steve Jobs's newest product."

Interesting solution to solve a problem, if you have enough CDs to exchange. You can get more info from the iPodMeister website.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Exercise, Just Don't Sweat

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

"Here's an attack on Apple not likely to have Steve Jobs in a flop sweat: In a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday, a Manhattan Beach, Calif., man claims that his iPod shuffle is defective because while working out, his perspiration traveled down the earphone cord, shutting it down."

He also states employees at the Apple Store where he purchased the iPod Shuffle told him it was "ok to exercise just don't sweat." Seems reasonable right? Can't wait to see what the judge says about this one.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Strong Sales for Apple in February

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

"New retail sales data shows Apple has continued to have strong Mac and iPod sales at the start of 2010, with February's numbers showing significant year-over-year growth."

iPod sales were also up 5% in January and 10% in February from the same time last year. They are calling 2010 the "Year of the Mac" over at Piper Jaffray, estimating sales for the March quarter in the 2.8 to 2.9 million range, and list a target price of $284.00 USD for Apple Stock during the next 12 months.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

iLuv's "Bed Shaker" Alarm Clock

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"iLuv today made available the latest generation of its iPhone- and iPod-ready clock radios. Unlike nearly any other alarm clock, the iMM178 has a "bed shaker" pod that vibrates to wake those who either don't respond to sound or need to keep the alarm quiet. The shaker also provides a less risky alternative to headphones in bed as it has a speaker for its own listening environment."

This supports 2004 or later dockable iPods and iPhones, and it will use the time from your device in case you lose power so that is a nice feature. It's available today according to the news, however at Amazon they show it as not released yet [affiliate link]. It sells for $99.99 USD, and you can have it in any color as long as it is black. If you want one that works with regular iPods (doesn't appear it works with iPhone or iPod Touch) you can still get the previous version at Amazon [affiliate link] for $41.02 USD.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Gomadic, For ALL of Your Charging Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

The title of this really rings true, as this device works for ALL of my charging needs. The company, Gomadic, makes charging adapters but they do it with a twist. Instead of making a different cable for each device, they use what they call "Tip Exchange" so that you only have to buy one cable and the initial charging tip. Once you accumulate devices, instead of buying all new cables, just buy the tip you need and you are good to go. The cables are made by Gomadic and have a lifetime warranty on them (For the first thirty days after your purchase we replace or refund all Gomadic products no questions asked. After the thirty-day grace period has expired, we ask our customers to provide a brief explanation of the problem and if there is indeed some product defect, we're happy to replace any Gomadic product for as long as you own it.) as well as a high output of 1000mAh. On top of that, according to Gomadic, they use "advanced internal circuitry to protect from power surges, overcharging and short-circuiting." These chargers are also built to work anywhere in the world with their international adapter kit.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Playlists on the Go Via Your iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 AM

"So you've just ripped some new CDs, bought some music on iTunes, or added songs you got from somewhere else to your iTunes library. But you're late for work, and you don't have time to put all your new music in a playlist."

Well no worries because you have read this article about the "On-The-Go-Playlist" feature for your iPod or iPhone (excluding the shuffle). Nice primer on how to do this on the fly, or "on-the-go" if you prefer. 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Simplism Cases for your iPod

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

"There aren't many major iPod and iPhone accessory brands that haven't brought-or tried to bring-their product lines to consumers in the United States. The launch of Japanese brand Simplism here enables us to cross one more name off the ever-shrinking list; the company has developed a dominant position on store shelves in Japan, as we noticed during our most recent visit there in November, and now it is bringing a massive collection of its products to American customers."

These are fantastic looking cases, at least on the surface even though, per the article, there are some inconsistencies with the stitching and other design decisions. They also make charging accessories for a wide range of Apple products. Not sure yet on the availability, but you can see more examples and prices at a review iLounge did at the end of December. 

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Apple Wins iPod Appeal

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

"An appellate court upheld a federal district court's decision that iPods' maximum output doesn't represent a danger of hearing loss that isn't 'obvious' or 'avoidable.'"

The lawsuit was filed in 2006, dismissed last year, and now the dismissal has been affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Common sense prevailed, but too late to save all the wasted court time on this ridiculous lawsuit. The plaintiffs claimed that the potential to damage hearing was enough to warrant this lawsuit. What are your thoughts?

Monday, December 21, 2009

iTunes U Hits 100 Million Downloads

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

""The education-specific channel of its iTunes Store, launched in 2007, has reached a new milestone, recording more than 100 million downloads, Apple told CNET on Friday."

iTunes U was launched in May of 2007, and has a wide variety of categories you can download content from like Law, Science, Psychology and Arts and Humanities. The content comes from over 175 higher-education organizations such as Princeton, Harvard, MIT and Oxford University.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Live Nation on iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Concert promoter Live Nation today announced that it has partnered with Apple to launch a new initiative focused on audio and video recording of live concert events for distribution via Apple's iTunes Store. Apple has also launched a dedicated section of the iTunes Store to feature the content."

Nice addition to the iTunes store, and you can see the listings here from Live Nation. Here is a blurb from their press release: "Live Nation, the world's largest live music company, has joined with the iTunes Store (, the world's #1 music retailer, to launch a new live music program, which debuted today. Live Nation Studios will now offer exclusive recorded and filmed concerts from its network of "wired" venues for purchase and download only on iTunes. Exclusive live recordings from OK Go, Jesse McCartney, Saving Abel, A Fine Frenzy, Duffy, Plain White T's and Ziggy Marley, to name a few, have been released this week, with many more to follow."

Friday, November 13, 2009

Scosche Saves Your Old Charging Cables

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"The iPhone 3G and latest iPod models have created problems for Apple fans because their old docking accessories are not able to charge their new purchases. Scosche has a solution which will be on sale this month - the US$40 passPORT has a female pass-through connector that can snap into any iPod universal dock or in-car iPod integration system to support charging for the iPhone 3G, iPod nano 4th generation and iPod touch 2nd generation."

The Scosche passPORT, if it works as intended, will save carrying around so many charging cables, especially if you have a mixture of generations of iPods or iPhones like I do. It's available now at Amazon for roughly $22.00 USD

Monday, October 26, 2009

University of Warwick on iTunes U

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"If you ask a college student about the current favourites on their iPod, you might expect to hear of artists such as Lady Gaga, British Sea Power, or maybe even Michael Jackson for the newly nostalgic. Ask the same question on the campus of the Warwick Business School and you might be surprised when students remove their earphones to tell you that they are catching up on macroeconomics and analysis of the credit crisis, or that they are reviewing the latest thinking on creative management."

There is quite a list of participating educational institutions in iTunes U, and now University of Warwick has joined the mix. This is a great way to educate yourself on a number of topics, from business and finance to humanities and history. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

DoubleTwist 2.4 for iPhone/iPod Touch, Windows Version

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"While Apple's iTunes team becomes ever more serious about Twitter, DVD John's DoubleTwist has reintroduced sync support for the iPhone and iPod touch (Windows) within its latest update."

More info is available via the DoubleTwist forum posting regarding this update, but basically they have added playlist creation and sync, library search and a persistent DoubleTwist library so you can "add folders or directories from anywhere on your system." They have also brought music and video sync to the iPhone/iPod Touch for their Windows version.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Apple's Q4 2009 Results

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

"Apple's fiscal results are out and they are, as expected, quite good. The company reported profits of $9.87 billion compared to $7.9 billion in the year ago quarter."

Apple also sold 3.05 million Macs which was a 17% increase from last year. On the iPod front, down 8% at 10.2 million sold while the iPhone sales hit 7.4 million, which was a 7% increase from the same time last year. Pretty hefty profit especially in these economic times, and Steve Jobs said they had a "great lineup" for the holidays and some "new products in the pipeline for 2010." Hmmm, let the rumors begin! More info can be found on the Apple investor site, or from their press release.

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