On Wednesday, Intel will announce a new line of processors, code named, “Sonoma”. This new chipset will handle graphics processing approximately twice as fast as the previous silicon. Both Intel and Microsoft have joined together to design products that will compete directly with those latest offerings from Apple. Also in the Wednesday announcement, Intel will reveal the details of a new generation of personal computers and pocket sized consumer devices from 50 different manufacturers around the globe.
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According to DigiTimes, Quantra and Asustech have been tapped to build Apple’s G5 laptop designs, and will be shipping units to Apple in second quarter 2005.
According to Taiwan-based DigiTimes, Apple will start receiving shipments of G5-based notebooks in the second quarter of this year. Original Equipment Manufacturers Quanta Computer and Asustek have purportedly been tapped to build Apple’s designs, and both are supposedly shipping the new notebooks at some time in the second quarter of this year. Apple surely can’t be pleased that this news has leaked out of Taiwan, accurate or not. I was surprised when I saw the data because just this week Apple’s VP of Worldwide Sales and Operations said in the company’s quarterly conference call that a G5 notebook “would be the mother of all thermal challenges.” Thus, we cannot be 100% certain that these products are this far along in development, but it does strike us as curious that Asustek is reported as building both iBooks and iBook G5s.
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Every year at this time, post Macworld Expo, its good to reassess your hardware and software lineup and see what lies ahead. More than ever these last few years the big need has been toward integration and the ease of use for products to work with each other. Look at how high Apple has scored with iPod and iTunes ? they really have and still do steal the show. Read More…
New Blog devoted to covering Apple Computer in the Enterprise Computing space.
I’d like to announce that I’ve started a blog to cover Apple Computer products and services as they relate to the Enterprise Computing space. I have several articles currently, which cover some of the latest releases of Apple enterprise hardware and software, as well as a review of the support options for Xserve and Xsan hardware.
Every quarter Apple unloads excess product inventory via a sale to employees and friends called “QPromo.” To order any of the following you’ll need to have a friend inside Apple that is willing to order it for you. QPromo always provides an interesting peek into what Apple products aren’t selling so well and to what products may be coming.
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Daniel A. Shockley sends along this list of some of the products and services that were discussed at this weekend’s Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (PPUG) meeting.
Keyword Assistant, free
Keyword Assistant is a plugin for iPhoto. It is a little popup window that lets you quickly add existing or new keywords to iPhotos. It has auto-complete when you start to type in an existing keyword.
TuneTags is a (separate) application that works with iTunes to let you add keywords, or “tunetags” to your music.
Have you ever realized that many songs do not fit into just one genre? Or, you want to note which songs are good for Driving, are Romantic, or just about anything else useful to know? You can make playlists for these things, but it would be better if the song itself could be marked with many different keywords, or “tunetags” that let you know more about each song. Then, smart playlists could be made that show you all your good 80’s Driving music, or Romantic Folk music, or Defiant Rock music or even music good for getting psyched before a competition.
TuneTags lets you mark each song using many tags from a list, or Library, of tags. It comes with a starting Library of tags, but you can add your your own to the Library as you think of new tunetags that describe your music.
Disclaimer from Dan Shockley: I wrote TuneTags using AppleScript Studio. I hope to re-write TuneTags using Objective-C as I learn it, and add something similar to Keyword Assistant’s interface (auto-complete, etc).
Etymotic 6i Headphones
Noise-deadening headphones, US$150
Griffin SmartDeck, US$25
Cassette adapter for iPod that uses the fast-forward, etc to control the iPod. Not much more than a plain cassette adapter.
Griffin BlueTrip, US$150
Wireless Bluetooth Audio for iPod (like their FM transmitter: iTrip)
Griffin Airport Express Stand US$25
Position your AX to get better range, manage cables, etc.
Capacity Meter, free
Monitors battery status, and gives you the actual capacity in milliwatt-hours
Application to submit and manage eBay auctions that is eBay-certified.
Delicious Library, US$40
Scan the UPC codes of your books, CDs, and games, Library downloads the info and artwork from Amazon.
Laptop, er, notebook stand for PowerBooks. (Pictured above.)
Boinx StopMotion US$40
Software to create stop motion animation (a.k.a. claymation and time lapse recording) used by educators, professional and amateur film makers.
I have an iPod Shuffle on order and just picked up a set of Sony MDR-NX1 earbuds with an integrated lanyard. I’m sure that I will have to do a little modification to make it all work, but it sure looks better than the spaghetti in the iPod Shuffle TV commercials.