Daily Archives: May 28, 2008
If you have ever created a DMG image using Disk Utility, you know how hard it can be. iDMG hopes to make this process easier. This application allows you to easily drag and drop files, applications, or whatever you choose onto iDMG, select a few options and hit the “Create button.”
The only downside to the application is the many times you encounter the slow “I am working” message. Other than that, this application offers a bunch of options like encryption, custom icons, and multiple file systems. In addition, iDMG uses the Sparkle update framework and Growl notifications.
This application is available for download as freeware (donations accepted) from the developer’s website.
(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)
A little earlier today Activision CEO Bobby Kotick debuted Guitar Hero World Tour to the audience at D — but he wasn’t content doing something trite like picking up a guitar (or drums) and playing himself. Oh no, he trotted out Paula Abdul (to judge), and Tony Hawk and Brody Jenner as the front-men for the virtual band. The video’s after the break; it’s a little bit front-heavy during the introduction, but there’s certainly enough gameplay footage in there to get a basic idea of what to expect: Rock Band.
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USB Desk Fan: Love It or Leave It?
Urban Outfitters has really been satisfying my vintage needs lately, but with shiny newness intact. First there was that old-timey USB Webcam, and now this mod-ish USB Desk Fan!
It’s only $15 bucks and unlike that webcam, works for both Macs and PCs.
Since this is basically a miniature-sized version of a fan that I have in my house, I have no qualms about its design and think it’s a bit more attractive than the other USB fans.
10.5.3 brings Gmail/Address Book sync… for iPhone users
By now, you’ve probably heard that Apple’s just-released 10.5.3 Leopard update fixes meeeeelions of issues. The hefty update also brings at least one significant new feature that we felt was worthy enough for a post of its own: built-in contact syncing with Google Accounts and Gmail.
Announced prominently on the Official Google Mac Blog, Address Book’s General preference tab contains a new “Synchronize with Google” option, which appears below the “Synchronize with Yahoo!” option initially introduced in Leopard. Checking this option presents a warning about the general nature of syncing (“You acknowledge and agree that the synchronization process may read from, change, delete or overwrite data in Google contacts. Google strongly recommends that you make a backup copy of your data before your first synchronization attempt…” etc.), then requests your Google Account/Gmail credentials to get the ball rolling.
Of course, since Google’s recent announcement of (finally!) opening up Gmail’s API for syncing contacts, at least two solutions for doing this have appeared. Wateree Software’s Syncman was the first on the scene with a true two-way Gmail contact sync, and we covered Spanning Sync’s announcement of Gmail contact sync features coming to a 2.0 beta. The catch with Apple’s new solution, however, is that the feature sounds like it’s only for iPhone users. As Google states in its announcement: “To try it, go to the Address Book menu, choose Preferences, and then check Synchronize with Google. It’ll ask for your Google account and password, then automatically update your contacts every time you sync your iPhone.”
If you aren’t an iPhone owner, or you simply have reasons for not wanting to use this new solution, Syncman and Spanning Sync 2.0 (when it arrives) should still be viable options.”
(Via arstechnica .)
iPod Touch rotating Alarm Clock
The iH41 is designed to take advantage of the iPod Touch’s variable aspect screen. Place the iH41 on its side to watch widescreen video and the clock display will adjust to match.
Check it out HERE
Cassette-face watch tells time like a boom box
I absolutely dig the spinning chronological reels of this £35 Casette Face watch. It just needs a small cache for MP3s to be absolutely perfect, though I’d settle for a transformation into Laserbeak.
Cassette Face Watch – ASOS via Retro to Go]
(Via Boing Boing Gadgets.)
AppleInsider | Confirmed Intel delay will push back MacBook overhauls
Intel Corp. has confirmed that it will delay volume shipments of its upcoming “Montevina” Centrino 2 mobile platform by as much as two months, which will push a release of Apple’s redesigned MacBook notebooks to late summer at the earliest.
The world’s largest chipmaker said it now anticipates launching some of its new chipsets and Core 2 Extreme processors in July, rather than early June. However, volume shipments will not commence until sometime in early August.
At issue were two problems, according to Intel spokesman Bill Kircos. The first was a minor problem with the new integrated graphic chipset, which has since been corrected. The other was a clerical error on Intel’s part when filing certification paperwork for the chipset’s wi-fi component, which has delayed FCC approval.
“Both of these led us to establishing a launch date for our mobile processors and discrete chipsets of the week of July 14th, and taking a couple of weeks to get the right readiness and volume for the rest of our components,” Kircos said. “We’re looking at early August for that.”
As a result, Apple and other mainstream notebook makers are unlikely to begin volume shipments of Centrino 2-based notebook designs until the tail end of the back-to-school buying season.
For its part, Apple has planed to introduce the first major redesigns of its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook lines this summer alongside models that will sport Core 2 Duo processors from the Centrino 2 platform.
As AppleInsider reported earlier this year, those notebook families will see their industrial designs update to more closely resemble Apple’s iMac and MacBook Air, both of which recently adopted aluminum enclosures with matte black highlights.
Both notebook families will use second-gen mobile Penryn chips debuting as part of the Centrino 2 platform, which will boast a 1066MHz front-side bus and clock between 2.26GHz and 2.8GHz, according to Intel documents.”
(Via appleinsider .)
Sleeve for MacBook, MacBook Air looks like envelope
To drive home the thin dimensions of the MacBook Air, Apple’s television commercial introducing the laptop shows it emerging from a manila interoffice mail envelope. Isobre is capitalizing on that with its new carrying sleeve for the MacBook and MacBook Air. It’s available in either Student or Executive versions for €29.99 and €49.99 respectively (US$46.87 and US$78.13).
The Isobre Student is made of pigskin suede and features a velvet effect finish, while the Isobre Executive features full-grain cowhide leather with a soft tanning finish. Otherwise both sleeves are identical, and are capable of accommodating either the MacBook or the MacBook Air.
The Isobre sleeves are made in Cadiz, Spain — the company is managing transactions through PayPal and says that deliveries through FedEx take approximately four business days. Shipping throughout Europe adds another €15 (US$23.45); shipping to the U.S.A. or Canada costs €20 (US$31.27); the rest of the world costs €30 (US$46.89).
(by Peter Cohen, Macworld.com.)
Targus Cupholder Style Auto Power Inverter
Get some juice while on the go with the Targus 100W Cupholder Style Auto Power Inverter ($50). It features one 120V AC plug and can deliver 100W of continuous and…
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Electronista | Amazon plans on-demand video, world KindleAmazon is about to launch an on-demand video service, the company’s chief Jeff Bezos said today at the Wall Street Journal’s D Conference. Expanding on the company’s existing Unbox download feature, the retailer will launch a paid streaming service “in the next few weeks,” according to the executive. No details beyond this early news are available, though the move would directly compete with a similar option from Netflix, whose Watch Instantly feature is largely web-based and requires a regular Netflix subscription of $9 or more.”
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