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WWDC Preview – “The Spotlight is on the Notebooks” October 14, 2008

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Here is a leaked and legit picture of the upcoming MBP at the Special Event in the Cupertino Campus scheduled later today. Looking at the picture, no big changes done physically and who knows what Apple has instore for the guts of this laptop.

Heres a quick runthrough of what we might expect:

  • Rumours of a $899 macbook are false, this is the reported price tag of a 24″ Cinema Display.
  • Macbook Pro will feature a glass touchpad which the user can “click” when it is pressed down.
  • MBP will also offer multi-touch gestures on the touchpad and will not include firewire ports.
  • Macbook will be using a new battery so expect extended battery lifes for all lineups.
  • MacBook Airs will be updated with a larger 120GB hard drive and larger 128GB SSD option
  • MAcbooks and MBPs will be using – Hybrid SLI® technology, based on NVIDIA’s industry-leading SLI technology, delivers multi-GPU (graphics processing unit) benefits when an NVIDIA motherboard GPU is combined with an NVIDIA discrete GPU

Possible Macbook Configurations and Pricing:

  • – $999: 2.0 GHZ, 1 GB memory, 100/120 GB Disk
  • – $1299: 2.1 GHz, 2 GB memory, 160 GB disk
  • – $1499: 2.4 GHz, 2 GB memory, 250 GB disk

(If you look closely at the picture, you will not see a toupad click because it is a glass pad which can be clicked.)

Images coutesy of Macrumors & Engadget

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RUMOUR ALERT! – Leaked Macbook & MBP Casing Pictures October 12, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in Mac News, Tech News, Uncategorized.
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For the past few days, leaked pictures of the aluminum -built macbooks and macbook pros have been surfacing around the internet by many sources, this is surely confirming that they will be either revealed or released on October 14th at the Cupertino campus in a small keynote conference.

Looking at the pictures, very similar design between the two, they are adopting the Macbook Air style keyboard with a 3mm space between each key in this year’s redesign. I also read in may sources that the new macbooks will be using the new Nvidia Chipsets and the Firewire 400 will be removed as well. 

I cant really tell alot from these hi-res pictures that were leaked but it will be only 3 days from now when you will be able to see the new macbook which I’m sure everyone is waiting for.

Sources from AppleInsider and MacX are predicting that Apple is lining up the cheapest macbook to be in the regional price of $899. It  has been a consistent move from Apple this year to reduce all their prices  (I think they should after the financial crisis in the US), Apple reduced the prices of the iPhones and iPods, its time to move into their laptop lineups.

Fingers crossed!

I wish I was able to get more info regarding Apple TV, I’m lining myself up to buy the new Apple TV and their dual driver Apple In-Ear Earphones but so far no news. Shit!

I WILL POST MORE INFORMATION AS I CAN BEFORE THE CUPERTINO KEYNOTE ON OCT 14TH. Peace!

Images courtesy of MacRumors and MacX.cn

**RUMOUR ALERT – Possible Macbook Pro Pictures Leaked (OCT, 2008) September 26, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in Mac News.
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I stumbled on some very interesting pictures at Apple Insider (images courtesy of them) and it shows an interesting MBP. Dont know if it is real, or fake, but it looks believable.

If you notice at the picture, a glass touchpad is designed, just like the iPhone screen with multitouch, rumours have surfaced about this “glass touchpad” and also there are rumours about Apple cutting down ports and using the same Heatsink Aluminum built. Having a more curvy edged look, the new Macbook redesign will be following the same build as the MBPs. Apple will also we announcing their new In-Ear Headphones (listed on apple.ca).

It is certainly heating up to the October 14th keynote conference, but still no news about Apple’s secret project codenamed “The Brick”.

I will post more possible rumours and information.

MacInBlog’s Top 5 iTunes + iPod Tips September 3, 2008

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iTunes played a major role in the music scene as it is a required program to transfer and sync with the millions and millions of iPods around the world. Whether we like to use itunes or not, here are some useful tips to keep your albums organized and build up your music collection for any type of iPod.

Tip #1 – The type of sync you use with your iPod could make your life easy or difficult, automatic sync will add all checked songs and videos into your iPod (easy huh…) but if you are tight with space and is real picky which albums you have on there, manual sync is the way to go.  You can set your iPod to manual in the iPod summary page whenever you plug it into iTunes, and once its checked, you can easily remove albums from your iPod and drag sets of songs or albums into your iPod giving you the ability to control the content in and out of your iPod.

Tip #2 – Using the EQ of any iPod requires additional battery, so keeping it off would mean better battery life while, keeping it on may make a difference on how you listen to your music (I use the Bose In-Ear headphones and I keep my EQ to trebel booster. sounds sooo much better). Keep this in mind, especially if you are dangling with your battery life.

Tip #3 – Using playlists is an integral part of iTunes, you are able to create new playlists (theres a button on the bottom left hand corner of the window or right click on the library and click newplaylist.

Once this empty playlist is created, you are able to drag and drop your favourite tracks in an particular order or not and you can also drag the playlist into your iPod (if you set yours to manual sync, automatic sync includes playlists).

Tip #4 – All the latest generation iPods use “coverflow” to view albums, this view is catching on as users are able to browse their music albums just as they would if they have a music collection stored somewhere. It is important that you are able to add album art into your albums,  you can either google image the album name or if you select the bunch of songs of the album and right click on them, you will be able to find an option “Get Album Artwork”. It is important you tag all your songs properly

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Tip #5 – Make sure you update your iTunes and iPod firmware when it prompts, it is important that you have the up-to-date software so that you can stay away from those glitches and bugs. It is also important to keep in mind that you should format your iPod once and a while so that it doesnt slow down on you and crash the harddrive.

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Rumour Alert! – Leaked Next GEN iPod Pictures August 26, 2008

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So I stumbled across some leaked pictures of the next generation iPod which everyone knows that it is due this September (excited?), pictures are courtesy of Digg/Engadget and I also read reports of iPod cases being created of the same shape by many companies out there. I’m not a big fan of rumours and I dont know how solid the leaked pictures are. When the leaked pictures of the iPhone 3G surfaced, we all know that it was indeed the final design so what do you think about this leaked picture? I’m guessing, probably not!

Tech Reviews: Apple Aluminum Keyboard (Wired or Wireless) August 22, 2008

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You know what, I wasn’t a big fan of Apple keyboards, it seemed too ordinary, didn’t pack extra and useful features but I was wrong. Apple based the keyboard design on the Macbooks and the Macbook Air, if you look closely at the picture, you will notice that the keys have maybe 3mm space between them, this space actually reduces typing errors and it works. Your fingers have enough room to hit the key and in this way, accommodating users with large or small fingers.

The keyboard also has function keys located on the top to control spaces, volume, brightness, and many more. The keyboard also provides 2 USB ports located underneath the keyboard and which is perfect for USB dongles for mice or external hard drives, and cameras but there’s a catch. It does not support USB powered peripherals, I think that’s really weak for Apple to design the USB port but I’m just happy that im getting 2 new USB ports because my MBP only has 2 ports.

The USB receiver tucks neatly under the keyboard and you wont even notice its there, its perfect. I would certainly recommend this keyboard to anyone, its available wired or wireless, the wireless bluetooth version does not provide USB ports and that’s why I bought the wired version.

This keyboard can be picked up at your nearest Apple store for $59 and the Bluetooth version for $79. (www.apple.ca)

Pros: Great layout of keys, 2 extra USB ports, thin and durable, barely any space for dust and dirt to get into the keyboard, provides MAC-specific function keys.

Cons: Does not support USB powered devices, can’t elevate or tilt the keyboard, not Windows friendly.

MacInBlog Rating: 4.5/5

iPhone vs iPhone 3G – The battle continues… August 19, 2008

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I’ve had my iPhone 3G for exactly a month and it really has it’s ups and downs. Prior to getting the new 3G version, I had the first gen iPhone running 2.0 Beta firmware, and I was excited that the iPhone was FINALLY (i repeat…. finally) arriving to Canada. At first I though that I would have to sign with Rogers but Fido offered it and I immediately signed the ‘terrifying’ 3 year contract. So after hours and hours of use and developing a new relationship with my phone, here’s the pros and cons of what I think iPhone 3G is all about.

Pros:

I love the GPS, it saved my butt in finding certain locations  or restaurants around Toronto (i’ve had to call my roommates or friends to get directions.) I got 8 more gigs into my phone since I got the 16gb 3G version. On-the-go internet is awesome, but it’s obviously not for everyone. Ringer and call volume has been greatly improved. The plastic back feels better than the first gen one and it feels comfortable in your hands (i prefer the aluminum because it matches with my MBP). Corporate email syncs and push emails is the way to go! Phew! App Store is the best upgrade to the 3G, you will be spending alot of time here and messing around with your newly downloaded apps from the store.

Cons: now to the flipside….

Battery, battery, battery…. oh yeah battery is soooo crappy. It’s somtimes hard to believe that what you are holding is made by Apple. i just get enough battery for a day if my 3G is switched on constantly. iPhone software 2.0 is absolutely buggy, various lags in menus, contact lists and also web browsing. No camera upgrade and the plastic makes the phone feel very cheap (cracks have been reported on the plastic backs in the white versions). Syncing takes longer now because of the app store sync. No dock??? that’s very weak.

All in all, the upgrade from iPhone 1.0 to iPhone 3G isn’t that significant, if you haven’t owned an iPhone, I advise you to jump on the bandwagon asap because this is one of the best mobile devices in the world. It will be interested to see how the other competitors respond to Apple’s growing baby.

Nokia’s N800 & N810 – Overshadowed by iPhone December 17, 2007

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People wanted more about Apple’s iPhone, wanted to know the possible capabilities of the dubbed “Jesusphone” but really, people don’t know about hidden gems in the Tech Industry. There are other more effective products, yes there are, in terms of connectivity, productivity and usability.nokia-n800-1.jpg

Nokia’s N800 and N810 are such “gems” in the market, my friend introduced me to Nokia’s newly developed Internet Tablet, please keep in mind, this is NOT a phone but a device which allows users to be connected to the Internet as well as use the multimedia capabilities of the device.

These are some of the main features of these devices:

  • Linux Based Operating System (No more symbian OS)
  • Rotating Webcam for Internet Chat using Google Talk & Skype
  • Built-in MP3 Software as well as Divx capabilities
  • On screen keyboard for N800, while the onscreen keyboard as well as a slide-down keyboard for the N810
  • Built-in GPS in the N810 version
  • User can use their fingertips and the provided stylus pen for better input accuracy.
  • Built in native Opera Browser with flash capabilities (Beat that iPhone!)

As you can see, this list is very impressive, especially in Nokia’s part as this is a a big step into mobile communication. There are various youtube videos in which I will be including later this week, but just to let you know, some review companies tested the Google Talk & Skype feature of the N800 and I was very impressed.

Prices are as follows, in expansys.ca (Canadian Mobile Device Seller) the Nokia N800 was priced at CDN$279.99 while the N810 was roughly about CDN$450-499 (Priced higher because of the slide-down keyboard and built-in GPS). If you consider that these are Nokia devices, the prices aren’t as bad as you think. It is a pretty well-designed device with alot of capabilities, which will kick start the touch-screen race for the ultimate “Jesusphone.” LOL

Images courtesy of: nokia.com, images.google.com

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