Time Gets First Dibs on Nintendo Wii

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Gadget

wii.jpgIn a move consistent with its desire to attract a ‘non-gamer’ audience, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda… now Director and General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development) invited one of Time’s non-gaming reporters to try out its new hardware. The result is an entertaining and informative article that reinforces my admiration for Nintendo’s refusal to accept the status quo.
I encourage you to read the whole article, but here are some excerpts to whet your appetite…
All three [major games consoles] – PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube – are showing their age… Microsoft launched its next-gen Xbox 360 in November of last year; Nintendo and Sony will launch their new machines this fall. Those changeovers, which happen every four or five years, are moments of opportunity in the gaming industry, when the guard changes and the underdog has its day. Nintendo… will attempt to steal a march on its competitors with a bizarre wireless device that senses a player’s movements and uses them to control video games. Even more bizarre is the fact that it might work.
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New Apple Store in the Hotbed of the “Three Cs?”

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 09:19
Category: retail

First off, the “Three Cs”, for the uninitiated, are conservatism, Christianity and Chevy Suburbans. This bedroom community of Los Angeles with about 110,000 residents has historically been a haven for police and firefighters of Los Angeles. It is located right next door to L.A., but Simi Valley is in fact in Ventura County. Until recently, Simi Valley often earned the “safest city (with populations over 100K people) in America” title until the last year or so when a few murders spoiled the record. Prior to those, it was common for Simi to not have any homicides during a year.
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REVIEW: XtremeMac SportWrap Perfect for the gym

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 09:19
Category: Accessory

xtrememac-sportwrap-nano.jpgI love the iPod nano for working out because it’s small enough to bring to the gym and it doesn’t get in the way. In fact, I usually just tuck mine in a small leather case an toss it into my pocket. The problem is that having your iPod in a pocket requires you to take it out to change songs/volume, etc. Also there’s the risk that it was either fall out or be crushed if it’s in a back pocket.
My solution was to grab an arm band for it – the XtremeMac SportWrap (US$30) fit the bill perfectly.
The SportWrap is a neoprene case the wraps around the iPod nano and leaves access to the scroll wheel and screen (although both are covered by a clear, protective membrane) so that you can operate them on your arm. It comes with two different sizes of arm straps to fit everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Hulk Hogan. Although its adequate to keep it connected to arm, I wish that the SportWrap has a bit more Velcro on the flap end of the strap.
I use my iPod upside-down when strapped to my arm because it’s a little more natural to read the display, but either way, it takes a little getting used to. I suggest starting your workout or running playlist before strapping it to your arm.
One of the surprises with the SportWrap is that it can easily be used while doing a bicep workout – something I wasn’t sure about. As long as you attach it high enough on your bicep, i.e. above the peak, your able to do most arm exercises without a problem. Another nice feature is that it is water-resistant. I sweat pretty good last night at the gym and my nano was no worse for wear.
The XtremeMac SportWrap is comfortable, easy to use and recommended for anyone who lifts, runs or bikes with their iPod. It’s available in black (pictured), purple for the iPod nano or mini for US$30 from XtremeMac.

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MacBook Release Postponed a Week

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

According to Think Secret, the MacBook is due to be announced next Tuesday 16 May, 2006:

Apple pulled its MacBook announcement, expected today, at the last minute due to supply issues related to the new laptop. The MacBook is now slated to arrive next week. Sources would not elaborate on the postponement beyond saying that stock levels were not where Apple had wanted them for the initial release.

Think Secret – MacBook’s release sees one week postponement

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The Apple Core: The other side of the Disney McDonald’s breakup

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 08:02
Category: The Apple Core

After my piece yesterday about Jobs getting out of the Happy Meal business I heard from a source close to McDonald’s that tells a different toy story.
According to the source McDonald’s has been waiting for the 10-year exclusive movie tie-in contract with Disney to expire for years. Apparently the company felt that the original deal with Disney was too one-sided and was never going to renew it.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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