Speck’s new iPod nano cases

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Date: Saturday, March 3rd, 2007, 11:27
Category: Cases

Speck Products has released a three new cases for the iPod nano second generation (aluminum).
ToughSkin 2Tough (US$25) features a DropGuard shock absorbing system. It has a one-piece design with a snap-fit enclosure and comes with built-in screen protection and a belt clip.

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ActiveSport Lite (US$30) is an armband case with a sewn-in screen protector. In the gym it fits pythons from 8-23 inches and can be removed from the armband.
SeeThru Lucid (US$25) is for the person that likes to preserve their iPod’s look and feel and protect it at the same time. It’s a hard lucite-like shell case that includes a snap-in swiveling belt clip.
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XtremeMac Tango: iPod Speaker System

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2006, 08:26
Category: Accessory

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I’ve been using the XtremeMac Tango speaker system for the iPod (US$199) for about a week and it’s fantastic. Over the holiday it was really nice to be able to plug in my iPod and crank the Christmas tunes (Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocks, btw.) Then when it’s time to get down with some, you know boogie music, you can switch playlists and rock out.
Tango is technically 2.1 speaker system featuring two forward facing 1-inch tweeters, two 2.5-inch mid-range speakers and a 4-inch downward-firing subwoofer. All of the five speakers have high quality neodymium-magnet drivers. Tango’s sound quality is excellent, vocals are clear and crisp and the subwoofer provides enough bass to rock most house parties. Stabilizer feet grip on most surfaces so that bass vibrations do not cause the unit to shift.
My favorite feature, not found in other iPod speakers I have tested, is the wireless remote control. The remote allows you to adjust track, volume, bass and treble controls. The other nice feature in the Tango are the 3.5mm audio/video line in and out jacks. Many iPod speaker systems have an audio input, but not many have an output.
Tango works with all dock connector iPod models and charges iPod while docked. It comes with three universal dock well inserts to accommodate the various iPod footprints and five international plug adapters (US, UK, EU, AUS, KOR/PPK).
Speakers are a subjective thing and vary a lot depending on the type of music that you listen to. I recommend bringing your iPod into an Apple retail store and trying the Tango out for yourself. I think that you’ll be impressed.

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The Apple Core: My dream: an Apple tablet

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

apple-tablet-concept-pixel-mojo.jpgI had a dream last night about the iPod (I know, I know) and how it morphed into a tablet Mac.
As I’ve previously mentioned here, the iPhone could be a clever decoy planted by Apple to misdirect attention from the real Macworld show stoppers – whatever they may be.
Steve Jobs has told us that iTV is coming, so that’s a given, but what about the iPod? Cupertino has been famously silent about their little media player and the timing’s right for an upgrade. There’s no shortage of patent applications indicating that Apple is developing a full-screen iPod with a touch screen interface. Which got me to thinking…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Has the iTunes Store jumped the shark?

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, 10:18
Category: The Apple Core

US-digital-song-sales.gifIndustry analyst Forrester Research has released a report saying that Apple’s iTunes has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year. Forrester conducted an analysis of credit card transactions over a 27-month period and concludes that since January the monthly revenue has fallen by 65 percent, with the average transaction size falling 17 percent.
There are two things that Apple should consider if they expect to get more sales from the iTunes Store…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple’s lucky bag returns

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

luckybag.gifLast year the Apple store Shinsaibashi in Japan sold a limited amount of “lucky bags” – essentially a grab bag of Apple goodies, including an iPod nano and a limited edition t-shirt. The catch is that you don’t know what’s inside. The lucky bags are back again this year in limited quantities, but the difference is that you can also get them online. Sorry kids, like many cool things, they’re only available in Japan…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Patent application revelations II

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:52
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-patent-4.pngIn yesterday’s installment I covered some of the revelations found in Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
Some of the more interesting parts of Apple’s patent application discuss a seamless one-piece iPod enclosure constructed from radio transparent ceramics and internal rails that serve as a guide for positioning and supporting the internal components.
Today I’ll discuss some of the other interesting aspects of United States Patent Application #20060268528 as they are likely to be a prelude of things to come from Apple.
Dive into the world of multiple input devices, dedicated power and new battery technology on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Patent application reveals much about iPod/iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 09:25
Category: The Apple Core

Yesterday I posted a note about Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
The details of the patent (USPTO, text, PDF) are extremely revealing about where Apple is headed with the future of iPod and iPhone – if you read between the lines a little bit. Keep in mind that Apple (and most tech companies) keep their patent applications intentionally vague.
Dive into the world of seamless enclosures, extruded tubes, internal rails and radio transparent ceramics on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iPhone patent revealed

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 10:19
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-patent-pic.pngOn November 30, 2006 Apple filed what appears to be a patent for the iPhone, a mobile phone/iPod hybrid that has been rumored to be in development for over three years. In United States Patent Application #20060268528 Apple refers to the device as:

A handheld computing device is disclosed. The handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.

It’s pretty interesting that Apple is building the iPhone enclosure from ceramic material (which they call Zirconia in the patent) for “radio transparency.” The change from aluminum and/or plastic (like the iPod) may allow Apple to make the iPhone’s antenna internal, much like PalmOne did with the newish Treo 680.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Hollywood wants to change iPod DRM

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Date: Friday, December 1st, 2006, 09:28
Category: The Apple Core

Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s deal with Universal Music (a unit of Vivendi) to pay a US$1 royalty on every Zune player sold in exchange for licensing its recordings for Microsoft’s new digital music service, Hollywood now wants in on the action.
Why in the world would Microsoft agree to such a dangerous precedent? The obvious reason is that MS needed to get access to the Universal catalog. My favorite (and more dastardly) reason comes from Macalope who claims that Microsoft did it “to try to screw up Apple’s business model.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Special edition Beatles iPod could be in the wings

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 10:14
Category: iPod

beatles-ipod-nano-red.pngOn Monday Fortune magazine reported that Apple is negotiating with The Beatles to distribute their music online via an exclusive arrangement with the iTunes store. The deal would be a coup considering that The Beatles have yet to license their music to be sold online and they are one of the last major holdouts that people mention when criticizing online music sales.
The buzz began in April 2006 when Apple Corps Ltd. (The Beatles record label) head Neil Aspinall mentioned that they were re-mastering the entire Beatles catalog…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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