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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Read The Rules

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

"A marathon runner was disqualified from her victory after it was discovered she listened to music on her iPod for a portion of the race. According to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 27-year-old Jennifer Goebel was stripped of her victory time of just over three hours. She said she believes it was unfair."

Seems silly that they would ban electronic devices, but that being said, if she knew what the rules were before racing then it is her own fault. She wasn't the only DQ in the race as the person that actually finished ahead of her was DQ'd for accepting water from a friend that wasn't at one of the pre-determined aid points. Again, something that was also pointed out to all competitors before the race.

Friday, October 9, 2009

VideoBuddy for the iPod Nano

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

"Owners of the new iPod nano 5G will no doubt be racking up hours of video footage by now and looking to inflict - I mean, share - their videos with all and sundry. While the nano's 2.2-inch display might be ok "on the set", nothing beats a TV to demand everyone's attention."

And now you can see all those videos from your iPod Nano on your TV with this setup called the VideoBuddy. This also has the authentication chip and is powered by the iPod. It is available now from GEAR4 for approximately $48.00 USD.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Legal Wrangling over "Pod"

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

"We assure ourselves that words will never hurt us, but they can cost a lot of time and money when it comes to trademark battles. Take the story of Daniel Kokin, who is continuing to fight Apple over a three-letter word: Pod."

This guy has been working on what he calls the "Video Pod" for over 9 years, a device that is designed to play video from DVD players and other devices but surprisingly enough not from iPods. Perhaps that is why Apple is so upset, he left them out of the loop. Seriously though, they think the name "pod" is going to confuse some people and that consumers believe anything with "pod" in it is made by Apple. That is a stretch, but at least Kokin will get his day in court as the summary judgement Apple requested was denied. This is just silly of Apple, and a waste of time and money. Or perhaps I'm off base. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

iPod Lineup Makeover

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

There were some hits and misses with the rumor mill, so lets get into it and see just what was revealed by the man behind the curtain.

iPod Touch Revamped

Since this was a music event, the upgrades to the iPod lineup were expected, and for the most part didn't disappoint. Let's start with the iPod Touch. The price was dropped on the 8GB model to $199.00 USD, $30 cheaper than before, and the 16GB and 32GB models doubled their memory without an increase in price. The 32GB version is $299.00 USD and the 64GB model is $399.00. According to Apple, the 32GB and 64GB versions are 50% faster and have OpenGL ES 2.0 support.


Jobs Back, And Now You Can Watch the Presentation

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 07:00 AM

"The lights had only just dimmed as the most exciting part of the press conference happened; Steve Jobs walked onto the stage to huge cheers and applause, looking fit and healthy. Wearing his trademark black turtleneck top and jeans, he expressed his gratitude towards the team at Apple and everyone's continued support during his health leave."

And this began the Apple music event called "It's Only Rock and Roll" yesterday, something that not everyone was convinced would happen, and that had been one of the rumors swirling around the net. If you, like most of us, had to settle for watching the streaming blogs to get the news, you can now watch the event via Apple's Quicktime link. Or if you prefer, you can head over to iTunes and download this and other Apple events.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What is Your Prediction for the Apple Event Tomorrow?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 11:30 AM

"Apple has announced a special media event to take place on September 9, 2009. The invitation indicates that it will be iPod-related (just like in previous years) and will take place in San Francisco."

Just a little reminder about the Apple event tomorrow morning. From the ads we have seen, it appears it will be iPod oriented but will that be it? What else do you think will be announced? Will Jobs make an appearance? Will the camera enabled iPod make the cut? Will that tablet rumor be proven true or false? Oh and what about The Beatles?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Apple Sets Date for Yearly Music Event

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

"AllthingsD is reporting that Apple will hold its yearly music event, which largely focuses on iPods, on September 9th, 2009. That is exactly one year to the day from which it had its "Let's Rock" event last year."

The date has been announced, September 9th this year, and with it many questions and speculation. Will Steve Jobs appear? Will the new iPods have cameras? Will there be a tablet? Beatles? Not sure what a tablet has to do with a normally music related event but it has been thrown out there as well. Lots of speculation to go with this one, but it goes hand in hand with any Apple event doesn't it? How about you, any ideas on what we might see?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Kensington iPhone/iPod Dock With a Twist

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

"Kensington becomes the latest company attempting to expand the boundary of traditional iPhone/iPod docks. To their credit, Kensington offers a mini battery back pack that can be recharged while your phone or digital music player refuels."

This is going to be available in October this year, and will retail for $69.99 USD. Interesting twist adding the battery pack in the package. I prefer the docks that have a little more functionality such as this combo dock or those with a CF card reader, but having a battery pack that will give you 3 hours of talk time for emergencies isn't a bad idea.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Dual Charging Station for Your iPod/iPhone Inventory

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

"Living in a multiple iPhone and iPod household is both fun and annoying. It's fun to talk about cool apps and play multi-user games, but it's annoying trying to find a place to plug in our iPhones and iPods. Right now we have two iPhone 3GS's, an original iPhone being used as a game device, and an iPod nano that all need charging."

A common problem in our home is finding a convenient place to charge the myriad of devices we use on a daily basis, so this unit from Dexim sounds like just the ticket. Granted, it doesn't sync, but I don't sync via dock frequently since our iPhones are set up to sync via cloud to MobileMe. The only time I do sync is to change some music or podcasts, which isn't on a daily basis. The charging, however, is done daily so this compact unit that can charge several combinations of devices would work perfectly. If you have the same problem it might be something to check out.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sandisk CEO Admits What We Already Knew

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

"SanDisk CEO Eli Harari once plotted to dethrone the iPod with a series of “iDon’t” ads a marketing campaign that cast Apple iPod users as fad-driven sheep, and promoted his company’s Sansa media players as the smart alternative. Some fads, however, don’t pass. And in his sunny Silicon Valley conference room one recent morning, the founder and CEO of SanDisk admits what many music lovers have known for a long time: the iPod wars are over, and Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) won. “You can’t out-iPod the iPod,” Harari now admits."

It's all well and good to be number two, but when you're number two and number one has 85% of a market, you're a failure. For years, Sandisk tried to distinguish the Sansa by positioning it as an alternative to the iPod and pretty much nothing else. It made it big with the "anything but the iPod" crowd to the tune of a slightly less than minute market share, but the rest of the world mostly ignored it.

Sandisk should stick to what they kick butt at: flash memory. No one does that better. Hell, some people even think SD Card means SanDisk Card.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cameras in the Next iPods?

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

"We guess this has been a long time in coming - iPods of the next generation could possibly make do with a built-in camera if Apple knows what's good for them. After all, since the device already holds a veritable tome of information, why not make it able to capture images on-the-fly?"

On one hand, I can't think of a good reason to have cameras on an MP3 player, but on the other hand I also live by the axiom that the best camera on the market is the one you carry with you. Seeing as a lot of people are perpetually plugged into their iPhone, this would put a camera within reach at all times.

Not the greatest of ideas, but not a terrible one either. Your thoughts?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Simplify Your Desktop With Simplifi

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

"Griffin Technology's Simplifi iPod dock is probably the most useful iPod dock I've ever seen. If you have both a digital camera and an iPod or iPhone, you may want to take a look at the Simplifi. The Simplifi dock is nicely designed, and it fits in with Apple products a lot better than Apple's own Universal Dock. Brushed aluminum with white inserts on the front and back. On the top is the dock connector, and in the box are inserts for several different iPods. The included inserts work with the iPod Classics, 2nd & 3rd gen Nanos, 5th Gen iPod with video, iPhones and iPod Touches."

This looks like a nice accessory from Griffin, especially since you can also plug in USB accessories such as keyboards, cameras and basically anything that is USB 2.0 compatible. They also ship it with an AC adapter in case one of your USB devices needs a powered port. Currently I use just a cable to sync/charge my iPhones at the desktop we use, so this would fit nicely into the mix. The best part is for a limited time the price is $34.99 USD, less than half the normal price of $69.99 USD (and still cheaper than the Apple dock which is priced at $49.00 USD). It is also cheaper than the price they have at at $43.53 USD, but of course offers free shipping. Unknown how long the sale will last, but it is available at the Griffin Technology website.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Apple Beats Q2 Projections

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

"Apple said Wednesday that second-quarter profits rose more than 15 percent to $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share, on record non-holiday quarter sales of $8.16 billion for the three-month period ended March 28, 2009. These results compare to revenue of $7.51 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.4 percent, up from 32.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter's revenue."

Apple didn't disappoint, beating the projections we posted yesterday, although they did have a 3% decline in the sales of computers with sales of 2.22 million units when compared to last years numbers. Both the iPod and iPhone categories increased by 3% and 123% respectively, with sales of the iPods just over 11 million units and iPhones at just under 3.8 million units. Pretty good quarter overall. They also had some interesting things to say during the conference call. We'll see how the next one is, think there will be a drop based on the anticipation of what may be announced at WWDC?

Friday, April 17, 2009

ReCoil iPhone/iPod Adapter for Your Auto

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 01:00 PM

"iPod and iPhone accessory vendor Scosche has released ReCoil, a car-charging solution that connects to your vehicle's 12-Volt accessory jack ("cigarette lighter" socket) and charges an iPod or iPhone via a built-in dock-connector cable."

This is another "Made for iPod/Made for iPHone" device so you can be sure it will work. I have a few adapters for my cars that sit in a drawer because I didn't make sure when I bought them. This one seems rather cool since the cable is retractable, and at $30.00 USD, not too bad of a price for something that works with both iPods and iPhones.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

EA Mobile Releases 5 New Games in App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., today announced the availability of five new games for mobile phones, including AMERICAN IDOL, Downtown Texas Hold'em, Mystery Mania, CRANIUM, and Hell's Kitchen. From singing to poker, potions, puzzles, and cooking, this month's line up includes a range of gameplay experiences that will appeal to all kinds of mobile gamers. EA Mobile develops games for multiple mobile platforms including mobile phones, smartphones, and, of course, Apple's revolutionary iPhone and iPod devices."

I like the variety of games they released, seems like at least one of them would appeal to just about everyone. However not everyone is going to be able to get every game. If you are anywhere in the world besides North America you can get any of the five games. For the poor suckers in North America (like me), there are only three choices: American Idol, Downtown Texas Hold 'em and Hell's Kitchen.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Woot: 8 Gig 4th Gen Nanos = $99.99

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPods" @ 05:30 AM

"But now I come back from a measly six-week getaway to my private island in the Bahamas and what do I find? We’re selling the latest iPod Nano? Seriously? Not the second generation? Not an off-brand copycat mp3 player? What’s wrong with you all? You should have seen the fit I threw in the executive spa. Lotions and balms were flying everywhere. I’m pretty sure I cracked a couple 17th-Century Delftware tiles. You know how Poppa gets when he’s upset. One of my personal assistants—the short one who wears the funky glasses, I forget names—finally calmed me down a little by assuring me that AT LEAST these Nanos are refurbished. But what meager comfort that is! I mean—Crom on a crutch, people, look at these things! They’re really nice."

Not a bad deal, really. If you've been holding off on getting one, you might as well save a few bucks. It's nice to see Woot offering something that's relatively new from Apple, rather than their typically "few years old" iPod rehashes and knockoffs.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Obama's Cheesy Gift Might Violate Copyright Law

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

"President Obama reportedly gave an iPod, loaded with 40 show tunes, to England's Queen Elizabeth II as a gift. Did he violate the law when he did so? You know your copyright laws are broken when there is no easy answer to this question. Traditionally, it has been the job of the "first sale" doctrine to enable gift giving -- that's the provision of copyright law that entitles the owner of a CD, book, or other copyrighted work, to give it away (or resell it, for that matter), notwithstanding the copyright owner's exclusive right of distribution. In the digital era, however, first sale has been under siege, with copyright owners (and even the Copyright Office) arguing that it has no place in a world where "ownership" has been replaced by "licenses" and hand-to-hand exchanges have been replaced by computer-mediated exchanges that necessarily make copies."

If the RIAA and their ilk wonder why people pirate stuff, they can look no further than the mirror. It's unlikely that President Obama would be charged with anything, obviously, but we aren't all President Obama. There's a very informative post from the EFF linked here, so take a look and you'll be left with the same impression I was: I have no idea if what he did was legal, or not. How hard does this crap really need to be?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Scosche Likely to be First With Headphone Adapter

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

"Scosche Industries (, an award-winning innovator of mobile electronics and iPod accessories, today announced that it is developing breakthrough earphones with integrated controls for the new third generation iPod shuffle with Apple's new VoiceOver feature. The new IDR (Increased Dynamic Range) noise isolating earphones will give users the ability to play, pause, adjust volume, skip tracks, navigate playlists and hear the name of the song and artist with the press of a button. Scosche is also developing an inline control adapter kit that allows consumers to use any standard set of headphones and enjoy all of the advanced features of the third generation iPod shuffle. The inline control also allows users to plug their shuffle into any vehicles auxiliary input and maintain full control of the iPod."

As someone mentioned in the forums on announcement day, it was only a matter of time before an adapter popped up for the new Shuffle. Not a bad idea, honestly. It's obvious that having to use Apple's headphones is going to be the biggest gripe with the new shuffle (which, incidentally, I'll have on Tuesday). Did anyone else order one, or am I alone?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Apple Unleashes New Talking 4 Gig Shuffles

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPods" @ 06:03 AM

"The new iPod shuffle is jaw-droppingly small. It's half the size of the previous generation. Yet there's room for so much more. With 4GB of storage, it now holds up to 1,000 songs,1 and lets you enjoy multiple playlists, too. Introducing VoiceOver,2 the feature that gives iPod shuffle a voice. With the press of a button, it tells you what song is playing and who's performing it. It can even tell you the names of your playlists, giving you a new way to navigate your music."

Okay, first of all that thing looks smaller than the battery holder on the Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones (like the PXC 250's). Secondly, the voice feature, if it works as advertised, is undeniably cool. I also like that they've taken all the buttons off the device itself. Everything is built into the headphones, which makes more sense to me. A lot of people are going to balk at the idea of using only Apple's buds, but that's the tradeoff for a device this small and slick.

I've already ordered one and should have it somewhere around the 18th for review. Keep your eyes peeled here for the full skinny (pun intended) once I get my hands on it.

Anyone else getting one?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Apple Wins 4 Design Awards

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"That Apple's products are well-designed isn't really news to anybody, but it's always nice to see the Cupertino folks getting their due from their peers. So we imagine the design team at 1 Infinite Loop is pretty pleased that their products took home four separate iF product design awards handed out by iF International Forum Design."

Winning awards is always cool, and this award is from one of the most prestigious in the design community, International Forum Design, which has been around since 1954. Apple also came in 2nd to Samsung in both the creative and company categories. You can go here to get list of all the winners in the various categories for this year (check out the umbrella).

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