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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

Half Sized iPod shuffle Available On Friday

Posted in Apple,iPod,News,Shuffle by Darrin Olson on October 31st, 2006

New Smaller iPod ShuffleApple has announced that it’s newest member to the iPod family, the new iPod Shuffle, will be available for purchase this Friday. This will be the smallest of the iPod family to date.

The iPod Shuffle is a digital music player that can be connected to your Mac or PC via USB 2.0 and an included dock to sync up songs from Apple’s iTunes music store.

The new iPod shuffle has 1GB of flash memory which allows it to hold up to around 240 songs (avg 4 minute song), and the battery gives it up to 12 hours of life on a full charge depending on use and the number of charge cycles the battery has had. The new shuffle is only about half the size of it’s predecessor at only half a cubic inch in total size and half and ounce, …

Apple’s Fix For MacBook Shutdown – Is it Working?

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on October 27th, 2006

Apple MacBook ShutdownIf you are one of the many that have suffered from the random, unexpected shutdown problem that has been plaguing the Apple MacBooks as of late, you’ll be happy to hear that Apple has released a fix to the problem, and the fix can be done in lieu of bringing your MacBook in for service.

For about 4 months this issue has been cropping up in many places, and so much so that http://www.macbookrandomshutdown.com was created and has gained quite a bit of popularity due to the common issue with over 1500 reports listed with over 150 pages of user comments on the complaint site, and is an unfortunate hit to the new Apple notebooks with Intel Processors.

No reports have been issued as to the results of how well the update is working. Some users have said that the problem is related …

Intel Core 2 Duo Coming out in MacBooks

Posted in Apple,Intel,News,Notebooks,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Intel Core 2 Duo Apple MacBookAfter some time of speculation, Apple announced today that its entire line of MacBook Pro laptops would now include faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 4MB of shared L2 cache, as well as double the memory and larger hard drives. Apple states that this increase in processing power will make the Macbook up to 39 percent faster than it’s previous generation 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro and more than 7 times faster than the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing was quoted saying “We are thrilled that our notebook sales are growing twice as fast as the overall notebook market, and we hope these new MacBook Pro models continue that success”.

The new MacBook Pro’s are coming out in three differnt models:

15-inch model with a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo and 1GB of RAM
15-inch model with a 2.33GHz …

Some Sick iPods

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2006

iPod VirusYes, I think the iPod is pretty cool, but we are talking about the more common use of the word “sick”.

Apple said yesterday that it had discovered that a some of its Video iPods shipped with a Windows virus on the player.

“Less than 1 percent” of the Video iPods sold after Sept. 12 were infected with the Windows RavMon.exe virus, Apple said.

“This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it,” Apple said in a statement on it’s web site. “So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy …

iPhone nano by January?

Posted in Apple,Mobile Phones by Paul Patterson on October 17th, 2006

AppleAccording to new rumors surrounding Apple Computer, the digital music behemoth is readying two new cellphone models for possible release in January. In a report by Prudential Equity Group analyst Jesse Tortora, these new models could launch at the January 2007 MacWorld conference. Reports of Apple officially filing for the ‘iPhone’ trademark further fuel the rumors.

Tortora went on to say that “recent checks” give him reason to believe Apple will begin selling a smartphone and a slim music phone.

No information has been released as to what type of business model Apple will use to sell the phones. T-Mobile is considered a likely partner after Chief Executive Robert Dotson said during a press conference Oct. 6 that Apple’s operating system represents the future of next-generation wireless networks.

Special Edition iPod nano to Help Fund AIDS Fight

Posted in Apple,iPod by Paul Patterson on October 13th, 2006

Apple iPod nano red

Today Apple announced the release of the iPod nano Red Special Edition. The iPod Red SE was developed by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver to assist in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Apple will contribute $10 from the sale of each iPod nano RED Special Edition to the Global Fund which provides funds for programs for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Customers will soon be able to purchase a $25 iTunes RED gift card at Apple’s retail and online stores next month.

The new iPod is encased in a super-sharp apple red aluminum enclosure and features 24 hours of battery life. The wafer-thin design highlights Apple’s innovative Click Wheel design.

“We’re ecstatic that Apple is giving their customers the choice to buy a red iPod nano and help women and children affected