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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.

Image of 2 TB Time Capsule box?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2009

Image of 2 TB Time Capsule box?Looky here. Apple retailer ClubMac’s 500 GB Time Capsule page is currently NOT showing an image (shown here) of a 2 TB Time Capsule retail box in its “Product Detail” section. At one point, it apparently was showing such a box. Apple’s Time Capsule combination wireless router and network-attached storage drive is currently available only in 500 GB for $299 and 1 TB for $499.

It may turn out to be real. 2TB 3.5″ hard drives have recently become available, so why not? The original source of the image used on ClubMac’s site is unknown.

Plush Jobs will make everything alright

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

Plush Jobs will make everything alrightYou spend your days wishing and dreaming about new Apple products if you’re an Apple fanboy. The best way to insure that those wishes aren’t just floating aimlessly into the ether, is to get a plush Jobs. He will hold all of your wishes and desires as you snuggle him close. Don’t worry, his stubble isn’t scratchy.

And the next time some gadget blog disses Apple, just whisper sweet nothings to your little plush buddy(In between defending your Mac’s prowess in the comment section) and he will use his otherworldly voodoo mojo to silence those critics. The 17 inch doll is the perfect size to upset your wife as it sleeps between you both. Or if not married, he’ll be your surrogate wife.

New Mac Mini?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

New Mac Mini?We have no idea if this is a for real new Mac Mini or just someone’s wishful thinking. All we know is that we really really want it to be true. Could be a concept, a leak, or just a fake. Regardless, it is a thing of beauty. According to a 9to5 reader, this image came from the inside of a Russian magazine.

We don’t speak Russian, so we have no idea what it says. If you can decipher it, let us know. It’s probably fake, because it looks TOO beautiful and the specs are too good as well.

Orange will sell Apple laptops

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2009

Orange will sell Apple laptopsReports are surfacing out of the UK that Orange and Apple are in the final stages of negotiations for a deal where Orange would be offering subsidized MacBooks to those willing to sign a two-year mobile broadband contract. The MacBooks wouldn’t be free, but there is speculation that they could be as little as $560. Currently Orange is asking for £350 for a Toshiba laptop on a similar deal, so it is possible.

According to Mobile Today, both parties have been testing Orange’s mobile broadband dongles with the MacBooks, and supposedly Orange has already made a “volume commitment” with Apple.

Snow Leopard soon to have new “marble” look?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Snow Leopard soon to have new "marble" look?Apple has reportedly been working on this new interface since day one, even though publicly claiming that Snow Leopard would be more about performance and stability enhancements than sweeping feature changes. Even so AppleInsider claims that an upcoming 10.6 developer beta could feature a new UI codnamed “marble.”

Apparently it would be sleeker than the current look, and there’s some speculation that the new scrollbars in iTunes and iPhoto offer a glimpse into the future, along with the mockup of the new QuickTime X player above.

iPod scam gets Michigan man federal charges

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2009

ipodshuffle-sbThe number of scams and outright theft that happens online everyday is staggering. From bogus products sold on eBay to hackers stealing credit card data from unsuspecting websites the Internet is a major source of crime.

One Michigan man named Nicholas Arthur Woodhams has found that crime may pay, but only for a while. MacWorld reports that Woodhams ran a scam against Apple from March 2006 to October 2007 where he would send in replacement requests for iPod shuffle devices.

Mophie unveils Juice Pack for iPod touch 2G

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 20th, 2009

juicepacktouch-sbI have been using a Mophie Juice Pack for my original iPhone for a long time now. The device gives me much more call time and lets me play games and music longer before the phone is dead. Using the Juice Pack I get roughly twice the run time on my iPhone.

Mophie has announced a new version of the Juice Pack for the iPod touch 2G that promises significantly more run time when used. The touch 2G Juice Pack fits onto the iPod like a case and provides up to 72 more hours of playback for audio and up to 7 hours more for video.

LG confirms Apple’s new OLED notebook

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

LG confirms Apple's new OLED notebook, iPhone and moreAdd this one to the rumor mill. The Korean manufacturing giant somehow has info on Apple’s netbook and they know it’s an OLED touchscreen. How do they know this? Because they possess the technology that prevents smudges and stains on an OLED screen and Apple wants it.

Apple already has a working prototype of this netbook and are about to manufacture it using LG’s screen. The Apple netbook won’t probably be a tablet like in the photo above.

The Chinese create fake Apple Netbook

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

The Chinese create fake Apple NetbookYou could always just wait for Apple to release its first netbook, but you may be in for a long wait. But if you’re in China, turns out you can now get one. Manufacturers in Shenzhen got sick of waiting and created their own netbook. Like any copycat, they had to make some adjustments to the design, ike the inverted fruit on the top cover.

When it comes to specs, the WF188 actually isn’t too shabby. It features a 10-inch LED display with a resolution of 1024 x 576, a 1.3Ghz Via Nano processor with the VIA VX855 chipset, and a max of 2GB RAM. You can choose between a 160GB hard drive or up to 64GB SSD. Bluetooth, 802.11b/g wireless, and 3.5G HSDPA connectivity.

Metal Gear Solid Touch hits App Store

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2009

mgst-sbOne of the games that drove me to buy my first Sony PlayStation was Metal Gear Solid. I really liked that game, though I didn’t find many of the sequels to be as much fun as the original. One of the hallmarks of the Metal Gear series was that it was a PlayStation exclusive game.

Konami has taken the series outside the Sony fold and is now offering a new title called Metal Gear Solid Touch for the iPhone and iPod touch. The game is available now on the App Store for $7.99. Konami says that the game has been redesigned to take advantage of the controls used on the iPhone and touch.

iPhone 3.0 features cut-and-paste, a whole lot more

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

iPhone 3.0 features cut-and-paste, a whole lot moreAt frakkin last! Cut and paste. Apple fans have something to be happy about this afternoon with the news of the iPhone 3.0 update. The new OS delivers a number of features Apple iPhone users have been waiting for since the iPhone’s launch.

It adds features like cut and paste, turn-by-turn navigation, MMS, 3G tethering, shake to shuffle music, voice memo application. And a whole lot more too. There’s peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connectivity, maps inside other applications, a rumbling for games, and even audio recording.