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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Philadelphia Apple Store Opening Saturday

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, 08:46
Category: retail

Although it’s not in center city, Apple is opening its first retail store in Philadelphia proper this weekend. The store is located in Surburban Square in Ardmore, PA a community of approximately 13,000 residents located in the Main Line section of the city 10 miles west of Philadelphia.

Here I was just complaining that Apple hasn’t opened a store in Center City Philadelphia, and what do I find in my inbox? An announcement of the grand opening of Apple’s newest store, Suburban Square in Ardmore, PA (which is just outside of Philadelphia). The fun begins at 10am this Saturday, and as usual Apple will be raffling stuff away a ‘Digital Lifestyle Collection…’

Suburban Square Apple store grand opening this Saturday – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Apple Patents Speaking iPod

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, 08:09
Category: iPod

Apple is quite fond of filing for patents, especially those that surround its widely used iPods. But who can blame Apple for doing so? Any creative or unique idea could very well turn out to be a big revenue generator for Apple, considering that iPod and music sales make up a huge portion of Apple’s income.

While the new patent doesn’t cover a touch-screen iPod video, it does give light into a new navigation system that Apple is working on for future iPods. Because more and more users are using iPods in situations where they are unable to look at the screen, such as while driving, Apple has made it so it is possible to navigate the iPod menu system without taking your eyes off the road. While scrolling through the menus, the iPod will speak back what item is being selected so that users will be able to listen to what’s going on.

DailyTech – Apple Patents Speaking iPod

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The Apple Core: Jobs gets out of the Happy Meal business

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

pixar-happy-meal.jpgApparently Steve Jobs doesn’t care too much for the food at McDonald’s or at minimum he wants to stop using it to promote Disney/Pixar films to kids.
According to a story in the L.A. Times Disney is not renewing a 10-year agreement with McDonald’s to include plastic toys in its Happy Meals.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Beatles Lose Apple Court Battle

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:24
Category: iTunes, iTunes Music Store

The Beatles have lost their court challenge against Apple Computer over its iPod and iTunes download service.

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of George Harrison and John Lennon control the Apple Corps label. They claimed the US firm broke a deal aimed at ensuring there would not be two Apples in the music industry.

But Mr Justice Edward Mann ruled that the computer company used the Apple logo in association with its store, not the music, and so was not in breach.The ruling means iPods and iTunes will still be able to carry the Apple name and logo.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Beatles lose Apple court battle

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MacBooks in Black and White Tomorrow?

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:20
Category: MacBook

Think Secret is reporting that the MacBook is due to be announced tomorrow: 

Following up on our report earlier this week concerning the MacBook’s May availability, sources have nailed down next Tuesday, May 9, as the introduction day for the Intel-based laptop.

Think Secret – Briefly: MacBook’s day this coming Tuesday [Updated]

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REVIEW: Crumpler School Hymn Notebook Sleeve

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Luggage

crumpler-school-hymn.jpgAlthough it isn’t even summer yet, some people are already planning for back-to-school. If you’re looking for a case for your PowerBook or MacBook then you should check out this little number from Crumpler.
The Crumpler School Hymn notebook sleeve (US$45) is a slim notebook sleeve with enough protection to keep your notebook safe between meetings or classes and carry it in style.

They’re hard on the outside, with a prefect-like zip guard… Lightly padded, semi-rigid, zip-up, work in/work out, protective laptop computer clamshell clutch case, tailor made for Alu & Ti PowerBooks.

School Hymn features a super soft 1.2mm PVC outer shell, light foam padded, hard plastic central layer, light foam inner padding, brushed nylon lining and self healing zipper.
The School Hymn from Crumpler is available in bed, black, blue (pictured) and green for 12″ (US$40), 15″ (US$45) and 17″ (US$50) notebooks with free delivery in the U.S.

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