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

Posted by Neal Atienza in Mac News, Tech News.
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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

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

Posted by Neal Atienza in iPhone, Mac News.
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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

Posted by Neal Atienza in Mac News, Tech News.
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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!

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

Posted by Neal Atienza in iPhone, Tech Reviews.
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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.