Creative hops bandwagon with Vado camera
Creative today took a cue from the unusually successful Flip camera and launched the Vado. The company promises an improvement on the concept of an ultra-simple, YouTube-oriented video recorder with a design it says is both thinner and lighter than its rival and gives the camera 2GB of built-in flash memory.
This gives the Vado up to two hours of recording time at its native 640×480 resolution, Creative says. Built-in software can help streamline uploads either to YouTube or Photobucket, though the use of MPEG-4 allows common video editing software to edit captured footage.
Like the Flip, the Vado has no optical zoom and eschews the need for separate cables, hooking up to a computer through a swivel-out USB connector that also recharges the camera.
The device is also one of Creative’s few explicitly Mac-compatible offerings and works with any Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later system as well as most modern Windows PCs. Versions ship in pink or silver at $100, with options for a carrying case ($15), extra battery packs ($15), a charging cradle ($30), and an AV-out cable ($10). Both the camera and the accessories should be available today.
(Via Electronista .)
Search for Closed-captioned Movies on iTunes
As many of you know, one of the popular features of this site is the frequently-updated list of all the closed-captioned movies on iTunes located at http://cc.appletvsource.com (http://cc.appletvsource.com) . However, I have just recently found out that iTunes already has a way to do this.
To search for closed-captioned movies on iTunes, select Search… under the Store menu. Once you are on the search screen, select Movies from the drop down menu on the left. Lastly, check the checkbox that says Search movies that are available with Closed Captioning . Then, just click the Search button. You should see all the movies available with closed captioning in the search result.”
(Via Apple TV.)
Apple announces WWDC 08 Keynote and Conference Details
The WWDC 08 has what it takes to be one of the most exciting Apple Developer Conferences. Today Apple announced the details about the WWDC 08 conference and keynote that will of course be led by Steve Jobs.
The WWDC 08 will showcase two development platforms, the OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone.
The five-day WWDC event, which runs from June 9th to June 13th, will feature the first ever iPhone track for mobile developers with in-depth sessions and hands-on labs to fully explore the capabilities of the OS X iPhone 2.0 software, including the iPhone SDK and the App Store, a breakthrough way for developers to wirelessly deliver their applications to iPhone and iPod touch users.
The WWDC 08 Mac track will give newcomers and seasoned veterans alike the technical foundation and techniques needed to develop OS X Leopard applications with sessions that discuss every level of the system, including interface design and implementation, application frameworks, security, localization, and networking.
WWDC 2008 will offer over 150 sessions and labs where Apple engineers will go in-depth on the innovative technologies that power OS X iPhone and OS X Leopard. Developers can bring code to the labs and work one-to-one with Apple engineers, applying development methods and best-practices gained from sessions to enhance their applications.
The big Steve show will start at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 9th, 2008 at San Francisco’s Moscone West.
(Via I4U News.)
BlackBerry Aims To Steal iPhone Thunder
BlackBerry is on the offensive this time round, releasing the Bold 9000 recently with the Thunder ready to launch sometime in Q3 this year. This full touch screen Blackberry won’t come with any sliding keypad of sorts, with just four physical keys – Send, End, BlackBerry menu and Back. Apparently, word has it that each purchase will launch as a worldwide lifetime exclusive on both Verizon and Vodafone, being a hybrid device with with CDMA EV-DO Rev. C. This smartphone will have the model number 9500 to go along with it.
DreamCatcher releases an iPhone video recorder
Apple’s minor flaw in not equipping the iPhone with a video recorder is DreamCatcher’s gain, if ever its iPhone Video Recorder gets some headway with iPhone users. DreamCatcher is touting its application as having the ability to record audio and video in compressed mpeg4 format. That will practically save you some good amount of storage in your iPhone without sacrificing too much on video and audio quality.
The iPhone Video Recorder allows users to play back recorder video on their iPhone, download it to their computers or upload the videos to YouTube.
So as not to deplete the CPUs overhead and makes the user’s iPhone runs slow, this iPhone application does the video encoding at the end of the recording session. Users can pause the process anytime and then go back to at their most convenient time. DreamCatcher is also offering configuration of settings including audio input amplifier and video size mode settings. Image quality, brightness and the videos audio bit rate options can be configured to suit the users’ fancies as well.
The application is available for $19.95, and DreamCatcher assures that they will update the application to run on the 3G iPhone once it becomes available.
Time Machine update will offer battery-saving feature
Time Machine is the backup software built into Mac OS X Leopard that people either love or hate. It already saved my backside on the night before a report was due, so I’m a hands-down fan.
For now, the available options are limited. According to AppleInsider, that’s going to change with the release of Mac OS 10.5.3. It seems that the latest OS build seeded to developers (9D29) features a version of Time Machine which lets laptop owners suspend backups while running on battery power.
This is good for two reasons. It eliminates a power draw on the battery, and prevents incomplete backups (should your battery die before a backups session finished).
Our only question is … May we have 10.5.3 now?!?
deviantArt brings maverick media to iPhones
Website deviantART has been the source of quite a bit of eye candy for Mac users. Mike from deviantART informs us that they are “huge” fans of Apple products, so it’s no surprise that — as of quite recently — visiting the site on your iPhone will yield a new, iPhone-friendly browsing experience.
Feel like checking out the latest or most popular work by the deviantART community while you’re on the go? Point your iPhone (or iPod touch) to http://www.deviantart.com.
Filed under Apple, fun, iPhone
Apple just released two new “Get a Mac” ads — Pep Rally and Group. In Pep Rally, PC tries to pep himself up despite the fact that the Mac is the “number one notebook on college campuses.” Just when PC finishes his rant, the cheerleader squad starts cheering for Mac.
In Group, PC is in a support group with fellow PCs. “You’ve just taken the biggest step, and that’s accepting that our operating system just isn’t working like it should,” are some words uttered by the PCs. The comedy comes at the end of this one as a PC stands up and says “I am pleased to say that I’ve been error free for over a week” in a constant loop.
You can view these new ads on Apple’s Get a Mac website. Apple has also redesigned their Get a Mac site for viewing these Mac commercials, you can now view them by year going all the way back to 2006.
The day has arrived, HBO shows right there on iTunes for your downloading pleasure!
Shows include; The Sopranos, Sex in the City, Deadwood, The wire, Rome, Flight of the Conchords and much more.
Check it out HERE!
HTC Touch Diamond vs. iPhone, fight!
Our brethren over at Engadget Chinese had the chance to size-up HTC’s new Windows Mobile 6.1 Touch Diamond with Apple’s iPhone this morning in Taiwan. We have to admit, HTC’s CEO was dead-on when he claimed that the Diamond’s “not too big, not too small” after seeing it side-by-side with Microsoft’s left-coast nemesis.