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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.

Apple confirms proprietary chip in shuffle headphones, licensing fee

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

Apple confirms proprietary chip in shuffle headphones, licensing feeA bunch of news broke over the weekend regarding the proprietary headphones required by Apple’s new iPod shuffle. Now that it’s Monday some of the info is cleared up and we can let you in on it. Both Macworld and Boing Boing Gadgets have now confirmed with Apple and third-party vendors that the new shuffle headphones contain a proprietary control chip. And that headphone makers have to pay to license it from Apple.

It’s bad news for sure, but apparently the chip isn’t encrypted, so it’s easily cloned by companies who don’t want to play that game. But those products would be pretty doomed in the marketplace.

Star Trek trailer sets download records on Apple.com

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 12th, 2009

startrek-sbIt’s very nearly the ides of March meaning that the summer is only a few months away bringing with it the summer movie season. Certainly one of the most anticipated movies of the season is the new J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek film.

The trailers I have seen for the flick appear to do the series justice, all without the over acting William Shatner made famous. Paramount Pictures announced recently that the latest trailer for the film that debuted March 6 exclusively on Apple.com has broken download records for the site.

Is the Apple Netbook actually an Ebook?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

Rumored Apple Netbook rumored to have a 10" screenRumors continue to swirl around whatever(if anything) Apple is building. Reports are that Apple has ordered 10-inch touchscreens from Taiwan. That part is looking more like fact. So the question is, will those screens end up in a netbook?

Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times has a slightly different and interesting theory about the device. He thinks it might be an ebook. Which makes more sense as the only real competitor they would have is Amazon.

Rumored Apple Netbook rumored to have a 10″ screen

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2009

Rumored Apple Netbook rumored to have a 10" screenIf yesterday’s Apple rumor got your attention , Dow Jones Newswire has chimed in with their own sources and a few extra tidbits.

They more or less report the same story, that Apple is allegedly planning a touchscreen netbook for release later this year. But the new report mentions a display size of “between 9.7-inches and 10-inches,”. As for what form-factor it will take, that’s still a mystery.

Apple building a “Netbook”, is it the iPod Touch HD?

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

Apple building a "Netbook", is it the iPod Touch HD?Word on the street is that Apple is building a netbook and that the device is being called the “iPod Touch HD”. According to these latest rumors, the device is a lot like the iPod Touch, except with a much larger screen.

If you can believe the hype, the new device is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of this year. It isn’t a complete surprise if true. Netbooks are uber popular and so it would make sense for Apple to get in on the action.

Watchmen game comes to iPhone

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 9th, 2009

watchmengame-sbThe new movie Watchmen launched last Friday and it looks cool. The movie follows a group of super heroes and the product tie-ins include video games. The iPhone and iPod touch are getting a game based on the movie that is available now.

The game is called Watchmen: Justice is Coming and justice is cheap too at under a buck on the App store. The game offers 3D graphics and is a MMORPG title that lets players fight in a virtual New York City of the 1970′s.

Unibody MacBook Pro users having graphics issues

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 6th, 2009

MacBook Pro Graphics IssueIt wasn’t long ago that some NVIDIA notebook GPUs began failing that were used in many notebook computers from Dell and Apple among others. The GPU failures ultimately led to a lawsuit being filed against NVIDIA by some affected notebook owners.

A number of threads on the Apple support site are reporting new graphics errors on new 17-inch MacBook Pro notebooks that feature NVIDIA 9400M and 9600M GPUs. According to reports, the notebook graphics are fine as long as only the 9400m is used.

New Apple Airport Extreme juggles two networks at once

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

New Apple Airport Extreme juggles two networks at onceApple offers up something a little different in the wireless router market with the new Airport Extreme. Its dual-band Wi-Fi radios allow the device to work in 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time. It can also support up to 50 users simultaneously, and does so while setting up separate limited-access networks for guests to restrict access when you need to.

The $179 pricetag on the new Airport Extreme is typical of Apple and isn’t justified. Hasn’t Apple heard that times are tough?

Upgrade your 5G iPod video with 240GB of storage

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 6th, 2009

Toshiba iPod HDD UpgradeFor many iPod owners the only reason to upgrade to a new device is when you start running out of storage space. Rather than delete video or other content form the device, many simply upgrade. The problem is that you may not be able to upgrade to an iPod with more storage if you are already using one of the highest capacity devices.

A company called Rapid Repair is offering an upgrade for the 5G iPod video from the 120GB HDD to a 240GB Toshiba hard drive. The Toshiba drive offers enough space for 300 hours of video or 60,000 songs. That is a lot of content.