REVIEW: Speck ActiveSport Armband for iPod nano 2g

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

speck-activesport-armband-ipod-nano.jpgOne of the things that drives me nuts about Apple is their rabid secrecy when it comes to new products. I understand what their reasons are, and they’re noble, but there are some downsides. Take for example the announcement of the new second generation iPod nano (aluminum), they were available in store immediately but it was impossible to find a case for one.
Granted, the 2g nano is only a hair smaller than the original, but if you read this site even a little bit you’re aware that I have a bit of a bag/case fetish and that I like my iron completely protected from the cruel world – and my clumsy hands. This presents an obvious problem for someone like me, it’s almost impossible to find cases that fit the new nano. Until now.
Speck Products is one of the first companies out of the chute with cases designed specifically for the 2g iPod nano. And boy are they cool…
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The Apple Core: Apple announces red iPod nano

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Date: Friday, October 13th, 2006, 08:16
Category: The Apple Core

ipod-nano-red.jpgApple is collaborating with U2 frontman Bono and Oprah Winfrey on a red iPod nano that will promote an AIDS charity – (PRODUCT) RED.
The new red iPod nano is just like the other second-generation (aluminum) nanos. It has 4GB of memory and will sell for US$199 the difference is that US$10 from every sale will be donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Why Microsoft Can’t Compete With iTunes

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Opinion

Secret answers that expose a series of myths about Microsoft’s ability to own new markets, how it uses its monopoly in the PC industry, and why its monopoly position won’t be of any help in fixing the company’s broken retial consumer electronics strategies.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple iPhone Concepts From all Over the Web

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Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006, 10:24
Category: Mock-Up

iPhone-034-Will-Reiher.jpgA blog is attempting to assemble all of the iPhone prototypes and concepts floating around on the Web. My current fave is “iPhone 034″ by WIll Reiher (pictured).

Wired has also posted a pretty impressive gallery of iMockups as well, including my favorite “true video” ipod.

What’s your favorite?

appleiphone.blogspot.com :: Apple iPhone Designs

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Inventec Beats Quanta for new Video iPod

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Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2006, 21:28
Category: iPod

Apple Computer will focus its new video iPod orders at Inventec rather than distributing to both Inventec and Quanta Computer, according to component makers cited in a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

A production bottleneck at Quanta is said to be the major cause of the order adjustment, said the paper. Quanta was cited by the paper as saying that orders for 2006 and 2007 are still on schedule.

DigiTimes > Inventec reportedly beats Quanta for new video iPod orders

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The Apple Core: iTunes 7 and iPod 1.2 update confound users

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Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

sad-ipod.jpgWhen Steve Jobs announced iTunes 7 I couldn’t reload the download page fast enough. I was anxious to try out the first whole number upgrade to Apple’s venerable jukebox application in almost a year. In the 10 or so days that I’ve been using the new iTunes I’ve had little or no problems with it. Unfortunately others haven’t been so lucky.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Gadget Charging Station in Airports

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Gadget

charge-carte-station.jpgWhile traveling this weekend to Austin City Limits festival in Austin, Texas this weekend (more about that on my personal blog later, promise) I stumbled across this cool gadget charging station in the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH) airport. The Charge Carte kiosk is brought to you by the same people who extort US$3 out of road-weary travelers to rent luggage carts in airports.
The concept is simple: insert US$3 in the Charge Carte machine and you get 30 minutes of gadget charging time. Many devices are supported, the top row of three is all iPod chargers, the rest are phone chargers for Treo (yay!) Motorola, Nokia, Blackberry, Nextel, LG and Samsung rides. The company claims that a 30 minute charge should provide up to 50 percent of the power capacity of a dead gadget and that their rapid charge technology will charge a cell phone or PDA up to twice as fast as a standard outlet charger.
I didn’t have to use it (luckily) but it’s a great idea nonetheless.

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The Apple Core: Apple should release an iPod game SDK

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

ipod-5g-games.pngA nice feature of the new iPod update is support for games but the downside is that you can only buy them from Apple. There’s a movement afoot by the HomeBrew community to pry open Apple’s proprietary iPod game package (.ipg) format and reverse engineer a way to load third-party games onto the device.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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10 Ways Microsoft Can Salvage their iPod Killer

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Date: Sunday, September 17th, 2006, 14:13
Category: Opinion

Dear Microsoft:
I can’t help but noticing that this latest iPod killer situation is unfolding along the same lines as Origami. Rally the troops and apply these ten simple strategies to salvage the half-assed efforts you’ve already expended!
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Hacking iPod Games: How Apple’s DRM Works

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Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2006, 00:08
Category: Opinion

RoughlyDrafted takes a look at some iTunes 7 quirks and the hack potential of the new iPod games, including a detail of what’s inside a game, and why iTunes is where all the of Apple’s DRM action is and how it works. Plus a review of some of the games Apple has released. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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