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Microsoft admits to working on Zune which is an iPod Competitor

Microsoft admits to working on Zune which is an iPod Competitor

Zune Prototype

Zune is going to be a lot like an Apple iPod music player along with iTunes.  Microsoft is putting together a product line called Zune. 

Microsoft acknowledged the projects existence to Billboard Magazine in an interview with Chris Stephenson who is Microsoft’s new general manager of marketing for MSN Entertainment Business.  Stephenson said that Zune is the “company's strongest effort yet to rein in Apple Computer's iTunes - iPod juggernaut, currently responsible for about 70 per cent of the digital music market and 75 per cent of the portable digital music player market.” 

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Apple Software Release - Apple Remote Desktop 3 has over 50 new Features

Apple Software Release - Apple Remote Desktop 3 has over 50 new Features

Apple Remote Desktop 3

Apple releases a new version of Apple Remote Desktop 3 which is optimized for the Intel-based Macs and has over 50 new features.  Spotlight, Dashboard and Automator are some of the Apple Remote Desktop 3 features.

“With Apple Remote Desktop 3, we’ve delivered powerful innovations that make it even easier and more affordable to manage Macs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Great new features such as remote Spotlight searching and customized Automator actions take advantage of innovations in Tiger and make Apple Remote Desktop 3 a valuable tool for anyone managing more than one Mac.”   Apple Software Release - Apple Remote Desktop 3 has over 50 new Features


Apple Boot Camp Allows Dual Partition for Windows XP and Mac OS – System Requirements for New Computer Program   

Apple Boot Camp Allows Dual Partition for Windows XP and Mac OS – System Requirements for New Computer Program

iMac

Apple Computer has introduced a new program called Boot Camp that will allow their Mac users to partition their hard drive and run Windows programs.  The application will allow users to install Windows XP on Apple Macs.  Customers will be able to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. 

When the installation is completed, users will be able to choose the operating system when the boot the system.  One of the appealing features for Apple has been their intuitive operating system, which many Mac users say is better than Microsoft (MS).  According to Apple, Boot Camp will be a feature in their new up-coming operating system “Leopard”.  Leopard will likely be previewed at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in August.  Apple Boot Camp Allows Dual Partition for Windows XP and Mac OS – System Requirements for New Computer Program 


Two Law Firms File Suit Against Apple Computer - iPod Nano Allegedly Defective in Lawsuit

Two Law Firms File Suit Against Apple Computer - iPod Nano Allegedly Defective in Lawsuit

iPod Nano

The Los Angeles based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) is suing Apple Computer due to alleged “defective” iPod Nanos. The consumer group says “Apple must fix” the problem or give unhappy customers refunds.  In addition, FTCR claims Apple is refusing to give refunds to purchasers, while forcing others to pay $25 to get a “replacement” that is supposed to be free under the Apple warranty.

The group brought the lawsuit under the California consumer protection laws on behalf of iPod purchasers.  The suit alleges the screen can get scratched so “severely” that it becomes unreadable under normal use.  According to FTCR, the problems became apparent within a few weeks of the product’s launch, and Apple has acknowledged a problem.  Two Law Firms File Suit Against Apple Computer - iPod Nano Allegedly Defective in Lawsuit


MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central Launch TV Shows for Download on iTunes

MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central Launch TV Shows for Download on iTunes

Apple's iTunes website

MTV Networks, including MTV, COMEDY CENTRAL, and Nickelodeon made available today favorite TV shows for download from Apple's iTunes website.  Some of the shows include “Punk’d”, “South Park, “Dora the Explorer”, “SpongeBob SquarePants”, and “Laguna Beach”.

Apple's iTunes website will sell these shows at $1.99 per episode and can be viewed on a computer or an Apple iPod.  There are also other shows made available including COMEDY CENTRAL’s “Stand-Up” will be the first stand-up comedy show available.  MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Gauntlet 2” will be also available.  MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central Launch TV Shows for Download on iTunes


BlackBerry to Add Google Talk  - Local and Apple Mac Synchronization

BlackBerry to Add Google Talk  - Local and Apple Mac Synchronization

BlackBerry

The BlackBerry has become very popular recently, and the maker of the device now plans to add new features by partnering with Google and an Apple accessory maker.  Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of Blackberry, plans on offering Google Talk instant messaging, Google Local and the ability to link its device to Apple computers for free.

Blackberry owners will be able to add a new version of the Google Talk instant messaging program, and also download a free program to synchronize their device with their Apple computers.  The Google Talk will be released in spring.

Users will probably love the new Google Local feature that can be downloaded right now.  This offers users the ability to search for local businesses.  It will also give them access to maps and satellite images.  BlackBerry to Add Google Talk  - Local and Apple Mac Synchronization


Apple’s New iPod Radio Remote new Model has handy features

Apple’s New iPod Radio Remote new Model has handy features

Apple iPOD with Radio Remote

Apple announced a new iPod Radio Remote at the Mac World Expo in San Francisco this past week.  This new accessory for the iPod nano is a FM radio and a remote control.  You can have your iPod in the backpack and use the remote to jump to any song in your playlist or you can listen to FM radio.

The iPod Remote Radio comes with a set of earphones on a shorter length cable.  The remote is attached the wires on the earphone set.  The remote can clip onto your jacket or shirt.  It does not use any batteries as it gets all its power from the iPod.  The radio remote works with the iPod nano and iPod with video.  It retails for $49.99 and may take 2-3 weeks to ship at the time of this writing.  Apple’s New iPod Radio Remote new Model has handy features


Apple’s new iMac computer with Intel Core Duo Processor Twice as Fast

Apple’s new iMac computer with Intel Core Duo Processor Twice as Fast

Apple iMac

Apple computer, for the first time today, showed off the new iMac at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.  The new iMac uses the Mac OS X operating system and is running on the new Intel Core Duo processor.

The performance is twice as fast as the previous iMac computer.  The Apple iMac also has dual-core processors, built in iSight video camera for video conferencing, and Front Row which is a new application.  The starting price for the new Apple iMac stars at $1,299 and is now shipping.  Apple’s new iMac computer with Intel Core Duo Processor Twice as Fast


Macintosh Users Urged to use Safari as Internet Explore Ends Support

Macintosh Users Urged to use Safari as Internet Explore Ends Support

Apple Safari

Microsoft will discontinue support for the Mac version of Internet Explorer.  The support will end on December 31st and the program will be removed from the MS (Microsoft) website Mactopia for downloads on January 31st 2006.  The initial announcement was made in June of 2003. 

Many Mac users use Safari or Firefox as a browser.  This could be a problem because some websites have sections specifically designed for IE (Internet Explorer). I usually use Firefox but ran into a problem on a virtual tradeshow website.  A marketing website (Marketworks) I use also requires IE for some of its applications.

Apple is advising its users to start using Safari.  MS will not be offering any more security updates for IE.  Firefox on the other-hand has just offered an updated version 1.5 for the Mac and PC.  Already some websites require the latest version of IE or Firefox 1.5 to handle some operations.  Macintosh Users Urged to use Safari as Internet Explore Ends Support


eEye Discovers Security Flaws in Apple Computer iTunes and QuickTime

eEye Discovers Security Flaws in Apple Computer iTunes and QuickTime

Apple iTunes

eEye Digital Security has found a critical vulnerability in some versions of Apple Computers iTune.  The newest version released just a few days ago has this vulnerability.  The flaw could enable attackers to remotely take over a user’s computer. 

So far the hole has been discovered in iTunes 6 for Windows.  It was not fixed in the latest security update and eEye is trying to determine if the same vulnerability affects the Mac users.

The flaw enables hackers to launch an arbitrary code remotely when a user browses a malicious website or opens an infected email.  This critical vulnerability will then allow an attacker to take over a machine remotely.    eEye Discovers Security Flaws in Apple Computer iTunes and QuickTime


Yahoo Expected to Unveil Podcast Search Site with RSS Capabilities

Yahoo Expected to Unveil Podcast Search Site with RSS Capabilities

Yahoo Podcast Search Site

Yahoo is expected to join others in the podcast Search business.  Podcasts are streaming audio files on the Web and can be loaded into iPods, digital music players, or just played over your computer.  America Online and Blinkx already offer podcast searches.

Many radio shows are stored on the web as a podcast.  Listeners can download the broadcast and load the programming into their music player for listening at a later time.  One of the more popular podcasts is Leo Laporte, the “tech guy”. 

The Yahoo podcast search will allow users to search podcasts via keywords, categories or tagging.  Yahoo Expected to Unveil Podcast Search Site with RSS Capabilities


Apple Announcement may be for iPod Video Player

Apple Announcement may be for iPod Video Player

Apple iPOD Video

The Apple Computer Inc. iPod is one of the most popular devices of the new millennium.  Madison Avenue’s favorite target audience with billions of dispensable income and no mortgage payments is the new generation born after 1985.  Call the generation what you want, but they have made Apple very successful again by buying up the new iPod.

What can be more popular than an iPod?  How about a video iPod?  Many insiders expect Apple to make a big announcement next week concerning a new video version of the iPod.  The company has scheduled a new conference next Wednesday. 

Of course Apple could announce something completely different like a new PowerBook or PowerMac.  They could publicize a new AirPort device that would allow users to broadcast data around the home without wires.  Apple Announcement may be for iPod Video Player


Compare Prices on the Apple Computer iPod and other iPods

Compare Prices on the Apple Computer iPod and other iPods

Apple iPod mini

Are you in the market for an iPod?  There are several manufacturers and types.  Lets start out with the original Apple Computer models.  The iPod shuffles start at $99.99 and comes with 512 MB of flash memory.  This will allow up to 12 hours of playback and 120 songs. 

Apple offers another configuration for the shuffle. With 1GB of flash memory the Shuffle can store 240 songs.  The playback time is the same because they have the same battery: 12 hours.   They will also play MP3s, WAV files and audiobooks.  This model should set you back $129.

With the new one-click slider, you can listen to your tunes in the order you loaded them, or mix things up with shuffle mode. The circular control pad also lets you pause, skip or repeat a track. 

The Shuffles integrate a USB battery which is charged automatically while synching to your computer.  This iPod will charge in about 4 hours or choose a faster 80% charge that only takes two hours. Compare Prices on the Apple Computer iPod and other iPods


New Technology makes the Apple Computer Nano iPod Better

September 14th 2005

New Technology makes the Apple Computer Nano iPod Better

Apple Nano

Apple Computer unveiled its new iPod last week.  The new Nano plays music, displays photos and is extremely small.  Like computers, the size of the iPod is shrinking.  The new Nano is about the size of a deck of cards, but a little thinner. 

Older iPods used a tiny hard drive to story songs.  The new Nano uses solid state memory technology to not only increase the speed and reduce the size, but to extend the battery life as well.  The Nano can last more than 14 hours on a single charge.

Since the Nano uses a chip rather than a moving hard drive devise, it is less prone to skipping.  Although dropping or jolting the older iPods has not caused much of a problem with skipping the Nano is immune to it. 

Apple went with flash memory for their new device. This makes the Nano 80% smaller than the original iPod that came out in 2001 and 62% smaller than the Mini. 
New Technology makes the Apple Computer Nano iPod Better


 

The New Apple Computer / Motorola iPod ROKR iTunes Phone

September 11th 2005

The New Apple Computer / Motorola iPod ROKR iTunes Phone

Apple iTunes Phone

Apple Computer Inc. finally unveiled their new iPod cellular phone converging phone with iPod.  The phone, made by Motorola, incorporates the popular iPod music player. The phone is expected to sell for $249 to customers who sign up for a two year Cingular Wireless service contract.

The phone includes a camera, Bluetooth technology, speaker, voice dialing and a reasonable battery life.  The internal 512 MB flash memory card can hold 100 songs.  The iPod function lacks a clickwheel. 

The new iPod phone (dubbed ROKR) may not be so easy to use according to Jim Dalrymple of MacWorld.  After his purchase he brought the phone back to his office for a trial.  He became frustrated after plugging the phone into his Mac and iTunes. The New Apple Computer / Motorola iPod ROKR iTunes Phone


Apple iTunes / Motorola Team Up to Compete Against Sony Napster and Sirius

September 2nd 2005

Recently Motorola won FCC approval for a new phone that features an Apple iTunes player.  If the rumors are right, Apple will be announcing a new iPod phone in partnership with Motorola and Cingular Wireless.  Most insiders have predicted this marriage between phone an iPod for years.

The new Motorola E790 is expected to include a iTunes player program with instructions for downloading iTunes music files to your computer.  The music can then be transferred to their new cell phone. 

It is expected that Apple will make the announcement at a press conference on September 7th.  Various news sources have reported that the new phone / iPod will be released by the end of September.  Apples like usual is hush – hush.  Apple iTunes / Motorola Team Up to Compete Against Sony Napster and Sirius


The iPod

Apple iPOD

PASADENA, CA - Back in April of this year, my family joined the 21st century when we purchased an iPod.  We were in the Apple Store, which I started going to frequently after I purchased a Mini Mac to play with, and we noticed that our oldest son was really interested in an iPod.  Since it was right after his birthday, we thought that an iPod Mini might be a good idea, and he was quite enthusiastic about it.  Since I had just bought a Mini Mac recently, I was motivated to buy another Apple product (the Mini Mac is really cool, more on that another time).

After installing the software that came with the iPod without any issues, I ripped a few of the cds my son liked to listen to onto his laptop and started to get familiar with iTunes.  The synchronization between the iPod and iTunes was easy enough to understand, and the general layout of iTunes was pretty straightforward.  Creating playlists was easier than in Microsoft Media Player 10, which is what I used on my workstation to listen to music during my workday.  In fact, I liked iTunes so much that I installed it on my workstation and converted all my ripped music to Apple’s format!

I did have one problem with the iPod, and that was I knew nothing about how to operate it, nor was I inclined to read any of the included documentation.  My son had no problem listening to music and navigating the menus, but no matter how many times I pressed the buttons, I just couldn’t get the hang of it and could only listen to the first song in the first playlist.  Alas, I had to swallow my pride, crack open the manual, and do a little reading.  “Oh, so that’s not just buttons, but it’s a wheel and you move your finger around it to go up and down to highlight an item in the menu!”  Boy, did I feel stupid.  That wheel, however, is awesome and lot more useful than I would’ve thought, making it extremely easy to quickly navigate the menus with one hand.   The iPod


The iPod Part II

PASADENA, CA - In another article I mentioned that one of the reasons for the purchase of the iPod was that I would exercise more.  Now that I own one, do I exercise more?  The answer is … yes! 

One of my joys of owning an iPod is walking around the city I live in, Pasadena, and escaping from the moment through the magic of the music.  With the tunes that I want to hear a few quick flicks of my fingers away, I wander the neighborhood slowly, window shopping, observing my fellow pedestrians, casting an indifferent eye at traffic, all while enjoying the serenity of the iPod experience.  I’ve entered the local record shop (yes, it still exists and it does sell some records) listening to the new Gorillaz album Demon Days, and exited later immersed in the Overture from Tannhäuser.  I have the freedom, which wasn’t possible before my iPod, to listen to any of the 5300 + songs on it, all of which I own legally, at any place and at any time!

After purchasing the iPod and using it for awhile, I inexplicably started spending more and more time at the Apple Store, looking at the various accessories I could buy for it.  One of the other positive things about the iPod is that there is a complete dedicated industry for accessories.  I’m not sure if any of the other personal MP3 players have as many nifty toys and add-ons that the iPod does.  I suspect that the iPod is far in the lead for this.  I was itching to accessorize my Photo, but where to start?  The iPod Part II

 
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