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iPhone gets GolfShot app

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2009

golfshot-sbThe Apple App Store is so massive that there are apps for just about everything an iPhone owner might want to do. If you want to lose weight, there is an app for that. If you want to keep in touch with friends there are apps for that and many other needs.

Golfers have a new app that can help them analyze their golf game just like the pros would. The application is called Golfshot and generates tour quality statistics for golfers to share. Among the stats that the application graphs are fairways hit or missed left and right, greens in regulation, recovery scrambling, sand saves, putts per hole and per GIR, scoring averages on par 3, 4, and 5 holes, and scoring percentages.

Wal-Mart’s new Apple sections

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Apple LogoWal-Mart is upping its electronics game, filling the void left by Circuit City’s closure. If you’re counting, that’s about $11.1 billion in annual revenue waiting to be made. Wal-Mart is rolling out new sections for Apple and Nintendo in some of its electronics departments this week.

They are also adding higher-end Sony and Samsung televisions, expanding Blu-ray equipment and is even getting the Palm Pre next month. Wow. Does this mean under $1000 macs? That would sure make Laptop Hunters happy.

New Apple ad responds to Microsoft Laptop Hunters

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2009

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In Apple’s typically smug fashion, they have once again responded to Microsoft’s Laptop Hunters ads. This one features a Lauren-type actress giving her list of specifications, and the suited PCs are disqualified a few at a time, until eventually they all leave.

The entire ad war is pretty silly and stupid. Having said that, say what you want about Microsoft’s ads, but they are rarely condescending and smug as Apple ads often are. Just kinda leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Missouri journalism students required to buy iPhone or iPod touch

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2009

iphone3g-sbBeginning this fall, journalism students at the University of Missouri, Columbia will need to add an iPhone or an iPod touch to their already expensive shopping carts. It seems ridiculous, but there is a method to this madness.

Brian Brooks, associate dean of the journalism school, told the Columbia Missourian that the requirement “will not be enforced, however, and there will not be a penalty for students who chose not to buy an iPod touch or iPhone.”

Possible plans to add 3G Wireless to Macs?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

17-inch unibody MacBook Pro with internal battery rumored for MacworldA job listing at Apple for a “Communications QA Engineer” position within the Mac Hardware Group is hinting at possible 3G integration in future computers:

The Comms Software QA team within the Mac Hardware Group is seeking a motivated QA engineer to perform quality assurance testing for new Apple CPU Products. Duties for this position include, but are not limited to: Testing and reporting hardware, software, and device driver bugs for Communications technologies including AirPort (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth v2.0, gigabit Ethernet, and/or 3G Wireless WAN in a detailed, timely manner.

Smartphone customers name Apple the best

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2009

iphone3g-sbJD Power has released their 2009 Wireless Consumer Smartphone Satisfaction Survey and Apple has topped the list with the iPhone and iPhone 3G. The survey covered several aspects of the phones including design, operation, operating system, features and battery.

Apple received a score of 791 out of 1,000, which will likely not surprise iPhone users. It excelled in areas like features, operating system and design and received 5/5 stars in every category, except one. The battery category received only 2/5 stars. Next in line was LG with a 772 score and Samsung with 759.

Apple App Store hits a billion downloads

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Apple App Store hits a billion downloadsiPod Touch and iPhone owners have been busy over the last nine months. Who would have thought back then that you guys would buy so many apps. Of course it’s hard to resist such gems as the wobbly boob app and iBeer. Obviously it doesn’t take much to get the public’s attention.

Now it’s up to Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and the rest to catch up. If we can offer some advice to these other app stores…Games and productivity apps are all good, but put an emphasis on farts, beer and booze. You’ll catch up in no time.

Apple to get 15-inch OLED display from LG?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

MacBook Air now $500 cheaperWord on the street is that Apple is set to get one of the largest practical OLED displays as early as this summer. Reportedly, a senior executive from LG Display says that Apple will use a newly-developed 15-inch screen for a “brand new” notebook that’s due in June and will be one of the first companies anywhere to use the screen.

Specs as well as a notebook line name were not mentioned. The rumor is from Australia’s Smarthouse which cited a senior LG executive from LG Display as the source. The system is likely to be expensive, since the panel will be 2 to 3 times as costly to make as an equivalent LCD.

Apple has best ever March quarter, $1.21b profit

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone FlashThe economy may be in the crapper, but Apple hasn’t really noticed. They just keep on keeping on, selling iPods, iPhones and Macs to a hungry public. Apple just reported a $1.21b profit on revenues of $8.16b, making it another record quarter.

This when Mac sales fell three percent compared to last year. Luckily for them it was offset by a three percent increase in iPod sales (mostly the iPod touch), while iPhone sales jumped 123-percent.

Mophie announces availability of the Juice Pack Air on Apple.com

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2009

mophiejuicepackair-sbOne of the worst things about my original iPhone is that the battery just doesn’t last long. If I play games for more than half an hour half the battery life is gone and surfing the net on the device does the same thing. I purchased a Mophie Juice Pack for my original iPhone to solve this problem.

Mophie announced a new product for the iPhone 3G back in February called the Juice Pack Air. The device is billed as the world’s thinnest external battery/protective case available for the iPhone 3G.

The legal copy in Apple’s “Legal Copy” ad

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

The legal copy in Apple's "Legal Copy" adThe Mac VS. PC war is still raging, albeit in a quiet nerd way, not a full out battle with explosions. You’ve probably seen Apple’s new Hodgman ads. The “legal copy” ad is the most interesting. Whenever Hodgman says how easy PCs are to use, a bunch of fine print explodes upwards. The folks over at MacJournals have actually transcribed every word of it. Nearly two full pages. Here’s an excerpt:

To remove unneeded bloatware first open uninstaller, select applications to remove, and uninstall. To remove optional components, click start, go to all programs and open control panel, select remove components, select components you want to remove, select next, when done, select finish. Once initial prep is complete, PCs may then be easy to use under certain controlled conditions and when properly maintained. In order for PCs to achieve optimal performance on a regular basis and for long periods of time, routine maintenance should include (but is not limited to) the following: download and install updated anti-virus software, run anti-virus software, check for system updates, clean out registry, defragment hard drive, free up disk space, remove temporary Internet files, empty the recycle bin, remove unnecessary programs, run error check utility and fix file system errors.

LeapFrog jumps in with iPhone app

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 14th, 2009

leapfrognumberrumble-sbAny parent knows the type of toys LeapFrog makes. The company has a line of educational toys that teach kids of all sorts of things like phonics and math. My kids have a set of refrigerator magnets they play with constantly from the company that teaches phonics. If I hear “every letter makes a sound” one more time I may snap.

LeapFrog is now moving from the refrigerator onto my iPhone with the introduction of the company’s first iPhone App called Number Rumble. The game is a math quiz program that helps kids six to ten years old learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Apple to sell $899 20-inch aluminum iMac to schools

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2009

Apple releases the new iMac’s made of glass and aluminum along with other upgradesThis week Apple quietly announced plans to start selling aluminum 20-inch iMacs to qualified educational institutions for just $899. That means that qualified schools can pre-order an $899 20-inch iMac equipped with a 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of memory, 160 GB hard drive, 8x SuperDrive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphic card.

The new configuration is replacing the $899 Apple 17-inch iMac sold to those same institutions since 2006. It allows institutions hit hard by tax revenue declines to continue to factor Macs into their refined budgets.

Apple announces new Xserve

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 7th, 2009

applexserveThe Apple Store was down for a while this morning, which we all know means new items are being added. If you had your hopes up for something really cool like a new iPhone or netbook, then you are going to be disappointed.

Apple announced that it has updated its Xserve server calling it the fastest and most energy-efficient Xserve ever. The Xserve now uses next gen quad-core Intel Xeon processors and has a greener design that delivers 89% better performance per watt and eliminates PVC and BFRs.

iTunes digital tracks get variable pricing

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 7th, 2009

itunesprice-sbApple has warned iTunes users that variable pricing was coming to the iTunes store and that unwelcome feature has now landed. Engadget reports that many popular tracks are now selling for $1.29 per track rather than the $.99 we are used to for a single.

The increase isn’t that much in the realm of things, but the big issue is that other MP3 stores like Amazonmp3 are still selling the same tracks for $0.99. This may prove to be the shot in the arm iTunes competitors need to gain some customers.