Daily Archives: June 23, 2008
Snow Leopard DOES have some new features!
Apple is marketing the idea of there being “no new features” for Snow Leopard and instead promising an overall improvement in how Mac OS X works under the hood, thanks to a diligent code optimization and refactoring cycle discussed in the previous article. At the same time, there are plenty of significant new features coming in Snow Leopard to look forward to. Here are ten big new features (plus a few minor ones) that you probably haven’t heard much about from anywhere else,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for RoughlyDrafted.
Dilger looks at many new fetaures and techinologies, including:
• LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine)
• CUPS 1.4 (Common Unix Printing System)
• ZFS support
• QuickTime X
• Grand Central
• Multi-Touch™ support
• Resolution Independence
• Code optimization
Full article here
(Via macdailynews )
Good news for Apple: Android delays expected
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google’s mobile phone platform, Android, is experiencing delays that may move the launch of Android-based phones into early 2009.
In a Monday article about the delays, the WSJ noted that at the launch of Android last November it was expected that the new breed of smartphones would appear in the second quarter of 2008. Due to developmental difficulties, the first carrier to have an Android-based phone — T-Mobile — may not see one until the fourth quarter. Google is focused on the T-Mobile launch, which is causing further delays for other partners such as Sprint Nextel and China Mobile.
What does this mean for Apple? A lot of good things. By the fourth quarter of 2008 or early 2009, the iPhone 3G, App Store, and development for iPhone will be well established, with tens of millions of the inexpensive handsets sold. It also points out the intelligence of Apple in owning all pieces of the puzzle — hardware, software, development, and software distribution — instead of relying on various open source development teams and numerous hardware partners.
Apple’s won this battle, and things are looking good for winning the handset war.
Robot USB Drive
This shiny retro style robot USB drive is not only a great looking accessory, he will also be able to carry around your most important data.
This little guy is a 256MB drive and includes a clasp to attach to your keychain, briefcase, or purse. His arms are flexed showing is muscle powers. Made of plastic and metal.
The Robot USB Drive measures 3 1/2(W) x 2(H) inches. The products is available from e-CorporateGifts.com for $28.50.
Word on the street has it that Motorola is going for broke with their newest flagship cell phone, and this could very well be their “last stand” too. It seems that internally, most folks hope that this will be the handset that gets Motorola out of the doldrums, or the handset business will just fold if it is a failure. So far the specifcations of this are rumored to include :-
- 8 megapixel camera
- Integrated NVIDIA chip
- GPS navigation
- Touch screen navigation
- UIQ operating System
It looks set for an October release, but that could change anytime though. I guess nobody ever thought that Motorola’s cell phone business could close down, but stranger things have happened in the past I suppose.
AAPL target price gets raised (again).
Pacific Crest’s Andy Hargreaves this morning raised his price target on Apple (AAPL) to $235 from $225, and upped his EPS estimate for the September 2009 fiscal year to $6.55 from $6.20. The moves reflect his bullish views on the prospects for the iPhone.”
“Hargreaves contends the new business model for the phone improves near-term cash flow, but does change the overall profitability of the device. He says the initial subsidy – which he puts at $350 per unit, higher than the $325 estimate calculated by Oppenheimer’s Yair Reiner – will roughly offset the net present value of monthly payments the company received from AT&T under the model used for the first version of the phone.”
“Hargreaves also says that, while he is not changing his current unit forecast, there is the potential for “significant upside” to his current fiscal 2009 iPhone unit estimate of 15.5 million. (Some estimates on the Street are actually much, much higher.)”
Additional thoughts: We have written about this before. Now may be the last chance to get in on Apple’s stock while still under $200/share as analysts across the board predict that it will continue to ripen.
Full article here.
NBC to Offer Free, Automatic Downloads through “Olympics On the Go” [Olympics]
I’m not a huge Olympics fan, but NBC is partnering with digital content provider Wavexpress to provide some pretty remarkable coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Dubbed “Olympics On the Go,” Vista Media Center users will be able to schedule their favorite summer events to download automagically to their PCs or laptops (through TVTonic). Clips will come in “up-to-HD quality,” meaning that at least some of the downloads will be good enough to be worth watching. And it’s all free. The only catch seems to be that there’s no mention of Zune syncing, but what good is synchronized swimming on such a small screen anyway?
Wavexpress to Provide Internet Video Download Service for NBC’s Coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games
Free Service to Allow Media Center Users the Ability to Download Content During NBC’s Coverage of the Beijing Olympics, August 8-24, 2008
NEW YORK – June 23, 2008 – Wavexpress, a provider of broadband media technology and services, majority-owned by Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: WAVX), has been selected by NBC Universal, Inc., to develop, host, and support a service for viewing NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Microsoft’s Windows Vista Media Center. The announcement was made today by Perkins Miller, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, NBC Sports and Olympics, and Michael Sprague, President of Wavexpress.
The “NBC Olympics on the Go” service will take advantage of Wavexpress’ TVTonic Internet video service to allow Media Center users to watch channels of NBC’s coverage of Olympic events in up-to-HD quality on the go on their laptop. The free service will enable viewers to watch NBC’s extensive coverage of the Beijing Games on a sport-by-sport basis, with channels designated to match the hundreds of events included in the Games. Users can simply sign up for the channels they are interested in, and the service will automatically synchronize NBC’s video clips as they become available, so viewers will have a fresh slate of Olympic content to watch on their morning commute.
“This service will provide a fantastic viewing experience for Olympic fans with Windows Vista Media Center,” said Sprague. “They can choose their favorite sports, from diving to water polo to gymnastics, and extended coverage is automatically synchronized to their PC in the middle of the night. With a laptop, they will get a high-quality video experience to view on the train, the plane, or in the college quad.”
“As we prepare to broadcast the Beijing Olympic Games, we are committed to reaching as many viewers as possible,” said Miller. “Our partnership with Wavexpress will enable us to reach viewers seeking high-quality in-depth coverage of the wide range of sports that make up the Olympics. The service will especially appeal to fast-paced fans who want to catch up on their favorite sports offline.”
Beatles reaching Guitar Hero before iTunes?
The Beatles are close to securing a deal that would see their first digital music releases through music games rather than direct downloads from iTunes or or similar stores, says the Financial Times. The UK business paper claims sources who say that the pop rock group may have deals “in a matter of weeks” that bring songs to Guitar Hero maker Activision as well as to Rock Band co-creator MTV Games. While no specifics are mentioned, the deal suggests a Beatles-themed title and alludes to the possibility of making Beatles songs available as downloadable content.
While no involved parties will publicly confirm or deny the talks, the alleged deal would require the approval of the Beatles’ own Apple Corps, their parent label EMI, and Sony/ATV, the owner of most Beatles copyrights. However, any agreement would be valued at “several million” US dollars.
The move would also be crucial to translating the Beatles’ songs into a non-CD digital format, which has yet to take place. The group’s Sir Paul McCartney has predicted a 2008 launch but has said that contracts and the final setup stages themselves have prevented a quick launch; the surviving band members and the estates of George Harrison and John Lennon are said to want an ideal release.
Apple Corps chief Jeff Jones has been more “active” than late founding member Neil Aspinall was in moving the digital conversion process, the paper says.
The Times article doesn’t explain the motivation that would lead to a release of some songs as game-ready pieces rather than traditional music, though Sony/ATV head Martin Bandier notes that permission to play Beatles covers during American Idol has spurred a renewed interest in the music through alternate channels, including as soundtracks and through cellphone carriers./p>
JVC NX-PN7 – Dual Docks for your iPod and iPhone
There are many people out there who own both an iPhone and an iPod. JVC is trying to bank on the idea of satisfying these consumers by unveiling its latest speaker docks for both iPhone and iPod. The JVC NX-PN7 features two docks for both devices to sit on the docking speaker system.
While the intention is to accommodate two different devices, it can also dock two iPods. The NX-PN7 sports AM/FM radio tuner, a clock, timer, and a video output for video viewing on your TV.
The remote that comes with the dock features iPod control keys that simulate the iPod control wheel layout to give you familiar feeling of navigation. The JVC NX-PN7 is now available for $149.95.
Macally PowerTune Do-It-All Charger /Speaker /Case /Stand iPod Accessory
Macally’s PowerTune is one of those iPod accessories that just make sense to get. Designed for the iPod Classic and 5th generation iPod, the PowerTune is a portable speaker that also moonlights as a battery charger. But that’s not all folks, it also doubles as a protective case and a stand. The speaker itself has two built-in 500mw speakers with volume control, while the device recharges your iPod’s battery from power drained from a USB port. The PowerTune retails for a reasonable $39.99, which is probably less than the total you would spend if you bought all four types of accessories.
(Via Chip Chick)
iPhone tattoo stickers – 360° protection
Manufacturers of phone stickers have had to think slightly outside the box with the iPhone – what could possibly improve the sleek and sophis’ look of this beauty? Brando, premier purveyors of random tat, have answered this with a design that wraps around your device, front and back.”
(Via Shiny Shiny)