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Apple Unveils New Airport Extreme with 802.11n

Posted in Apple,Networking,News,Routers by Darrin Olson on January 10th, 2007

Apple released the new Airport Extreme Base Station with 802.11nAlthough greatly overshadowed by recent releases of the Apple TV and the iPhone, the new Apple Airport Extreme Base Station was also recently released by Apple and probably deserves a little more recognition than it’s gotten so far.

The new Airport Extreme is an upgrade from the previous version in multiple ways. The design changed to a square look, similar to that of a mini-Mac or the new Apple TV, with small dimensions of only 1.3 inches high and 6.5 inches square. The wireless capabilities are the other major upgrade which now covers the new 802.11n standard, but is still backwards compatible with the 802.11b and 802.11g technologies.

“The new Airport Extreme is the most powerful and easy to use Wi-Fi base station that we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide …

Apple Stock Up After Announcement of iPhone and Apple TV

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,iPhone,Mobile Phones,News by Chris Weber on January 9th, 2007

apple-computer-logo-stock-up.jpgThe announcement of the iPhone and the Apple TV drove Apple’s share price up over $7 today to close at $92.57. This price was close to a 50 week high for the computer maker turned consumer electronics juggernaut.

That transformation has some investors wondering if the traditional computer manufacturer can handle the transformation of its business model from selling computer hardware and software to selling ultra trendy and ultra popular consumer electronics.

Palm, Research In Motion Ltd. (Blackberry maker) and Motorola shares were all down on the news of Apples entrance into the somewhat crowded market. Apple dominates that mobile audio player category and may try to do the same in the mobile phone arena.

Cingular, an AT&T company, is the exclusive wireless provider for the iPhone. Whether this limited availability will hurt the adoption of the iPhone remains to be seen. Also, …

Specs on the Apple iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone,Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2007

New iPhone from Apple Detailed InformationApple added some iPhone pages to their website today after Steve Jobs’ keynote speech was completed. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, here are some additional detailed specs to go along with the iPhone release information we posted earlier today.

The new Apple iPhone has a 3.5 inch Multi-touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 at 160 ppi. The Multi-touch screen works by finger touch, not a stylus and can track multiple fingers moving on and across the screen to perform tasks such as resizing an image. It has a 2.0 megapixel built-in camera and a battery that allows 5 hours of talking, watching videos or browsing the web, and up to 16 hours of listening to music.

The service will be provided by Cingular with Quad-Band (850, 900, 1800, 1900) GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth and WiFi. …

Jobs Unveils Long Awaited Apple TV at MacWorld

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,Digital Video,News,Television by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2007

Jobs Unveils Apple TV Today at MacWorld in San FranciscoToday at MacWorld in San Francisco Steve Jobs unveiled the highly anticipated Apple TV, dubbing it the iTV multiple times during his keynote speech. The Apple TV was overshadowed and did not come with as many surprises as the Apple iPhone, but nonetheless has many impressive features.

The Apple TV connects directly to a television to allow viewing streamed iTunes content such as movies, photos, TV shows, and music directly on the TV, from up to 5 different PC or Mac computers at a time. There is also a feature to auto-sync the content of the hard drive to one computer which would allow your content to be easily updated.

Apple TV contains a 40GB hard drive to store movies and other media content as rumored, and plays the video at 720p high-definition. The box is of …

Jobs Dazzles with Apple iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone,iPod,Mobile Phones,News by Chris Weber on January 9th, 2007

apple-iphone-controls-background.jpgIn a move that has surprised absolutely no one, Steve Jobs unveiled the new iPhone during his MacWorld keynote address. The device looks like a PDA and has no permanent buttons.

The iPhone as anticipated by many, and its introduction has raised Apple’s share price.

Jobs made a point to mention how smart phones aren’t very smart because of the fixed keyboard and the space that this wastes on most phones. Jobs also mentioned the fact that you can have visual voice mail, meaning you can view your voice mails like your email inbox.

The phone is a Quad-band device using GSM + Edge and also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable. Supposedly, the internet integration with Wi-Fi is very seamless.

Jobs demonstrated the context based screen that changed based on what task was being completed, it would show a dial pad …

Las Vegas Hosts Worlds Largest Tech Show

Posted in Apple,iPod,Microsoft,News,Vista,Zune by Chris Weber on January 8th, 2007

las-vegas-ces-2007.jpgToday was the opening day of Consumer Electronics Show 2007 (CES). As you’ve no doubt noticed we’ve been bringing you coverage and news from the show.

The three day event hosts close to 3,000 companies and about 150,000 people. The show is centered at the Las Vegas Convention Center but it also spills over into surrounding casinos.

The event features speeches by notables such as Michael Dell and Bill Gates. Gates, Microsoft Chairman, gave a keynote that sounded to some like a late night infomercial for Vista, the Zune and its partnership with Ford. Microsoft has positioned Vista to be the center of a home entertainment web that includes Zune and the Xbox 360 which will get the ability to download and and record Television shows.

Microsoft is eying the juicy entertainment section just like its arch rival Apple Computer. …

Rumors of iPhone, iTV Announcement at MacWorld Next Week

Posted in Apple,News by Darrin Olson on January 6th, 2007

Apple may be announcing iPhone, iTV at MacWorldThere is much anticipation in the tech industry this week looking forward to a key note speech from Steve Jobs of Apple and announcements of the rumored possible latest and greatest gadgets from Apple.

Rumors have been running for months about a new mobile iPhone (or so it’s been called) from Apple. The actual iPhone name turned out to be owned by another company launching a VoIP line of phones which came as a disappointment for some, but the anticipation has again grown as we come closer to to the Macworld conference. Talk of a phone from Apple brings ideas of a mobile device with all the digital audio player capabilities of the popular iPod along with voice connectivity and of course the invaluable “coolness” that Apple provides along with it’s products.

Another rumor that has surfaced and adds some …

Apple iTV May Be Coming Soon

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on January 2nd, 2007

Apple iTV Coming SoonAccording to rumors on AppleInsider.com, the Apple iTV (or whatever the name ends up to be) may start shipping as soon as late January or early Feburary, but detailed information about the iTV and it’s release does not sound like it will make the MacWorld Expo next week in San Francisco.

What we have heard so far is that the iTV is intended to “bridge the gap” between the PC and the living room and standard television by delivering content streamed from a PC with iTunes to the television, such as movies, music and pictures. The multimedia device is also expected to have a host of connection interfaces to support WiFi, ethernet, USB, HDMI and standard component video and audio jacks.

An additional “small hard drive” is also rumored to accompany the Mac OS in the iTV according to quotes from Robert Iger, Walt …

Al Gore Clears Steve Jobs and Other Apple Execs of Wrong-Doing

Posted in Apple,News by Chris Weber on January 1st, 2007

steve jobs apple ipod stock optionsFormer Vice President Al Gore, an outside director of Apple Computer Inc., chaired a committee which recently cleared several Apple executives, including Steve Jobs, of any wrong doing in a recent scandal over Apple’s stock-options practices.

Stock options have come under scrutiny following concerns over the practice of back dating options. Back dating is common practice among many companies. It involves changing the grant date of options to a date on which the stock price is lower. Options work by giving the holder an “option” to buy the stock at a specific price, called a strike price, after a certain period of time has passed. Usually the great the difference between the price at the time of the granting of the option and the price at the time the option is exercised (used), the more money …

iTunes Unable to Keep Up Over Holiday

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News,Services by Darrin Olson on December 29th, 2006

Apple iTunes overloaded during Christmas seasonAfter some misinterpreted data on falling iTunes sales earlier this month, recent reports from CNN.com are saying that this iTunes sales continue to do quite the opposite.

According to reports, over the holiday season the iTunes store was receiving so much traffic that users were experiencing delays and at times where even unable to download music from the iTunes website. According to Hitwise, iTunes had received four times the amount of traffic during Christmas than it did at the same time the previous year.

“What you’re seeing is the tremendous success of the iPod,” said Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director with JupiterResearch. “No doubt it was a very, very popular gift, and no matter how well you plan on the server side of the equation, there are always times when you get caught short.”

Although many people had reported having trouble …

Interesting iPod Accessories

Posted in Accessories,Apple,iPod by Chetz on December 19th, 2006

The iPod has created such a flurry of excitement that the number of iPod accessories and compatible devices have been overwhelming. Here is a compilation of some of the more interesting iPod accessories that the Slippery Brick editors have come across this year. We’ll add more as they come in.

T.P. iPod Dock

iPod Accessory - Toilet Paper Roll DockHey, you can play games in the bathroom, so there is no reason why you should not be able to listen to your music in the John, too. The TP iPod dock just adds some convenience to listening to your music no matter where you are and what you’re doing.

iDisguise

iDisguise iPod SecurityIf you are a little paranoid about losing your iPod to theft you can disguise your iPod nano or …

USB Travel Dock For iPod Shuffle

Posted in Accessories,Apple,iPod by Darrin Olson on December 16th, 2006

iPod Suffle USB Travel DockiPod accessories abound these days, and once in a while you can find one that might actually be useful. I’m not saying that this is something you need, but with the iPod Shuffle being as small as it is, this simple little docking station keeps it from getting pushed around your desk.

This really small Shuffle dock has no cords, and just plugs directly into your USB port. It’s profile is narrow enough that it takes up no more room that a cord would, and is light enough even with the Shuffle in it that it is not going to put too much torque on your USB port.

The thing that you will want to watch out for with this is the position of your USB port. We are not sure how well the Shuffle stays in position in the dock, so if …

iTunes Sales Falling – Not Really

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News,Services by Darrin Olson on December 13th, 2006

False reports of falling Apple iTunes SalesReports earlier this week from a number of media sources indicated a 65% drop in iTunes sales since the beginning of the year for Apple iTunes, which is apparently just not true and a misinterpretation of data.

A blog from Forrester Research is attempting the clear up the misconception that iTunes sales have been falling, citing that the credibility of the media may actually be worse off than iTunes. A part of the report indicated a drop in credit card sales, since Forrester does not have actual data of iTunes sales from Apples. This data was too small in amount to be able to accurately show overall sales trending.

A 3% drop in Apple’s stock that seemed to follow the same timeline as the media reports resulted in one upset technology company getting in contact with Forrester about the results. …

Apple Unveils MacBooks With Core 2 Duo Processor

Posted in Apple,Intel,News,Notebooks,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2006

Macbook with Intel Core 2 DuoApple has just announced the release of it’s new line of Macbooks with the Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, giving the new versions up to 25% faster processing speeds than previous versions. To keep up with the faster processing, the new notebooks will also feature double the memory offering up to 2 GB and more storage than previous models making hard drives of up to 200 GB available for the heavy hauler.

The 64-bit processor architecture of the Intel Core 2 Duo allows it to handle data and process more decisions double time (64 bits versus 32 bits), giving the Macbook more processing power. Apple states that this additional processing speed equates to 6 times the performance over the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook. The Apple web site boasts the performance enhancement with the Core 2 Due by showing examples demonstrating a …

Apple Adds 8GB iPod nano RED to Lineup

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News by Quagmire on November 3rd, 2006

Apple iPod nano redApple has released a new 8GB model of the popular iPod nano RED Special Edition in response to the overwhelming demand of the 4GB iPod nano RED SE. The new version of the iPod nano RED has 8GB of storage and holds up to 2,000 songs

The new model features the same striking red aluminum case and features 24 hours of battery life, Apple’s innovative Click Wheel, redesigned earbud headphones, USB 2.0 cable, and completely skip-free playback. As with the other iPod RED model, Apple will contribute $10 from the sale of each player to the Global Fund to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

“Customer response to the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition has been off the charts,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to add