After announcing that it would do so several months ago, Hewlett Packard has introduced its own re-branded version of Apple’s iPod. The HP iPod appears very similar in size, shape, and color to Apple’s version, and should be immediately available. One interesting feature that HP is promoting: “New HP Printable Tattoos allow consumers to personalize the look of their iPod with album cover art from top bands and recording artists, as well as to create their own personalized artwork and photos printed on Tattoo media via an HP color printer.” more…
Cool Smart Phone
Nothing confirmed yet, but apparently Sagem (the company behind that myS-7 Smartphone which is never gonna come out here) has a new cellphone on the way called the myX-8 that is supposed to have a 262,000 color LCD screen, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth, and a miniSD memory card slot. For right now the “pics” are nothing more than renderings, but God help us if there is anyone out there foolish enough or bored enough to waste their time creating fake cellphone pics for some obscure manufacturer most people have never heard of. Just stick to Photoshopping fake iPods or Treos or whatever.
Cutting prices, incorporating an iPod mini-style click wheel, and extending battery life, Apple has introduced its fourth generation iPod. Among the highlights:
Touch-sensitive wheel with five push buttons
Up to 12 hours battery life
Shuffle Songs, a new command in the main menu which provides mixed track playing
The new iPod is available immediately in two configurations: a 20GB model for $299 and a 40GB model for $399. The 40GB model includes an iPod dock.
Liquid cooled Macs
A Boston Globe article looks at the current state of liquid cooling options for personal computers, including some notes about Apple’s new liquid-cooled PowerMac G5. “Liquid cooling isn’t a feature you’ll find on many computers, but Apple likes to stay out in front. Indeed, the company is touting its new liquid-cooled machine as an engineering triumph. Perhaps it is, but it is one born of necessity. The dual microprocessors that drive the new G5 run hot — so hot that the old cooling system was no longer adequate.”
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New Apple Displays
Announced today (and I want one!):
Feast your eyes on more than four million pixels in the first high-resolution 30-inch flat panel display designed for the personal computer. The Apple Cinema Display line features a gorgeous new anodized aluminum enclosure to complement the Power Mac G5 or PowerBook G4 and includes PC-compatible 20-inch and 23-inch models. The state of the art starts at $1299.
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Apple Insider recently covered Steve Jobs’ comments at this week’s “D: All Things Digital” conference, including a remark by Steve that Apple recently developed a PDA but decided not to ship it.
During a Q&A session, one individual pleaded with Jobs (as he clenched his Treo), begging for Apple to produce a PDA/Phone hybrid. Jobs told the audience member it would be best to remain happy with his Treo.
That’s a BIG bummer ! :( :( :(
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Today Apple announced the new PowerMac G5 line-up. Dual 1.8GHz, Dual 2.0 GHz, and Dual 2.5GHz. I new it would happen eventually, but I no longer have the fastest Mac available :(
Apple – AirPort Express
Today Apple announced ‘Airport Express’. The world’s first mobile 802.11g base station. Plug it right into the wall for wirless internet and USB printing. Throw it in your laptop bag for wireless hotel rooms. Connect its audio output to a stereo and wirelessly stream your iTunes music to any room in the house.
Mac + PC Just $129
Looks very cool!