Apple iPod MacBook MacBook Pro Rumor

Lower Priced MacBooks and MacBook Pros with the Possibility of Cheaper iPod Touchs

At Apple’s earnings call it was mentioned that Apple would be having a product transition soon and that it would have to lower margins because of it.

That of course caused a wildfire in the blogosphere with speculation of everything from a Mac tablet to cheaper notebooks.

The two possibilities that make the most sense is that Apple could be releasing sub-$1000 notebooks. Piper Jaffray said Tuesday that there is an 80% chance that Apple will introduced redesigned MacBooks and maybe even MacBook Pros at the $999 price point for the MacBook and $1799 for the MacBook Pro.

But, this product transition could be a cheaper iPod Touch which would transition the iPod product line from the old click-wheel style iPods to the new touch models. If the iPod Touch was priced at $199 it would be much more comparable to the iPhone 3G and really the only differences being GPS, Bluetooth, integrated speakers, and the GSM radio.

I’ve thought for a while about the possibility that Apple would drop the price of the iPod Touch and integrate GPS into it as well and then releasing a turn-by-turn application for the TouchOS. This would essentially turn the iPod Touch into a navigation system as well as an iPod and internet tablet.

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Review of WordPress Application for iPhone

Early this morning Automattic’s native iPhone application, WordPress was released.

The app doesn’t have too many features other then being able to create posts, save local (as in, on the iPhone) drafts, editing, posts, and changing of post status.

I haven’t seen any major bugs, the one that I did find though is that when you choose a category there is no back button, you tap at the upper right hand corner to go back, where there is no button, it isn’t very obvious. It was very easy to set up with both of my self hosted blogs and also works with blogs.

You can also insert photos that are in your iPhone’s library which is nice but it is difficult to place the image exactly where you want it.

The two features I’d like to see added is the ability to do links and the ability to moderate comments. In the future even you could install a plugin on your blog that could notify you with the push notifications feature that will be supported by the iPhone in September.

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Browser Random Tech Tablet

Michael Arrington Starts Open Source “Firefox Tablet” Project

Michael Arrington has asked for help building a web tablet the idea is to have an open source tablet that runs Linux with Firefox or Skype on top of it as it’s main apps.

The tablet would be “as thin as possible, run low end hardware and has a single button for powering it on and off, headphone jacks, a built in camera for video, low end speakers, and a microphone. It will have Wifi, maybe on USB port, a built in battery, half a Gigabyte of RAM, a 4-Gigabyte solid state hard drive.”

The tablet would be turned on with it’s single button and would open Firefox automatically in a modified kiosk mode basically bypassing the operating system. Firefox could have Google Gears for offline syncing and Skype for communication.

Arrington has asked to have volunteers help build the Linux distro that would go on the tablet and a small team of people would help spec out the hardware of the device.

As much as I would love to have a nice tablet like this (especially at their purposed $200 price point) but honestly I think the iPhone works pretty well already. A larger touch screen would obviously be nicer but the fact that I can put the iPhone in my pocket and carry it anywhere I want is a pretty great feature and I don’t know if the extra screen real estate is worth the lack of pocket-ability.

I do think this is an interesting project and am interested to know where this goes but am worried that since the largest person backing this project (at this time at least) is Michael Arrington himself, if this product was built by someone like Nokia or Asus I think it would have a little bit more push behind it but hopefully their $200 tablet will actually see the light of day.


Media Microsoft Video

Netflix Streaming on Xbox 360 Demoed on Video

After watching this video I compared the experience on the Xbox 360 compared to the experience on the Roku player and it seems that the Xbox 360 is much nicer.

The Roku player isn’t as nice looking as the Xbox 360 in terms of UI and although the Xbox 360 is loud it is mostly due to the disc drive and since Netflix streaming won’t be hitting the disc it should make for a great experience.

I have no need for the ability to watch a movie or TV show at the same time as a friend with a Netflix account and a Live Gold account, it seems pretty useless to me.

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Buggy iPhone 2.0

I’ve heard a lot of reports of bugginess in the iPhone 2.0 software and I myself have had my share of problems. But, I think I have it all figured out, or I’ve figured out how to reduce issues.

I’ve had to restore my iPhone 3 times since I upgraded and every time I had issues with it right before hand I was either installing or uninstalling an app from the iPhone itself. I’ve found that if you don’t use the App Store on the phone and you don’t uninstall apps from the phone but instead add or remove apps through iTunes all of the problems practically disappear.

I’ve also seen a lot of problems with peoples apps crashing when you try to start them, I to have had this issue but since I started installing apps from iTunes on my computer I haven’t seen a single crash.

I’m not sure exactly what the problem is specifically but it seems to be an issue with the apps either installing or uninstalling from the phone. I’ve heard some rumors that firmware 2.1 is coming soon and surely that will fix many of the problems. It is quite a drag to not be able to add or remove applications from the iPhone itself but it’s a small price to pay for phone stability.

I hope many of you benefit from this, I know I have and if you have any more problems share it in the comments, maybe other readers or I will be able to come up with solutions. And if you have a problem and have found a solution to it share it in the comments as well.

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Dave Fayram Shows Off the OpenMoko FreeRunner on Video

Although the OpenMoko is a great idea and a cool project but clearly the OS just isn’t up to snuff compared to most other offerings.

A commenter suggested that he try out the Qt interface instead of the GTK interface, so he did.


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Psystar’s Headquarters Up For Sale

As many of you know (if not all) Apple has finally decided to sue Psystar. Now we find out that the building that Psystar has been using as their headquarters is up for sale.

The 47,000 square foot warehouse has been advertised as for sale on a few online commercial real estate sites and the owners are asking $4.6 million.

According to the ad the building is 100% occupied and is “priced for a quick sale.”

I’m not sure exactly what that means but it seems to me that Psystar doesn’t actually own the property but are instead renting it, and if that’s the case then it is possible that the owner of the building may just be trying to stay out of the whole mess.

Psystar began selling computers running Leopard a few months ago and Apple has finally decided to sue them and has also expressed that they would like Psystar to recall all computers that have been sold.


Random Tech

Twitter Pushes XMPP to Gnip

Gnip announced yesterday that they now have access to the Twitter XMPP feed and will be making it available to everybody through them.

The idea behind Gnip is to basically become a middle man between a service and another service, grabbing data from multiple services and then making it available to many other services.

Essentially what this means is that anyone will be able to grab the XMPP feed (which means, all of the content on Twitter gets pushed to you) from Gnip and will dramatically reduce the load on Twitter. If Twitter only has to push to one service (Gnip) then they don’t have to worry about pushing to others.

This is an incredibly important move by Twitter meaning that it will be even easier for users to get access to Twitter the way they want to and where they want to.

Now what needs to happen is someone needs to build an IM-like client for Twitter that uses XMPP to access data in real time, no more API limits with Twhirl and no more getting 6 new messages every 5 minutes from it, now the updates will be pushed to you in real time.

I love Twitter and know that many of you out there also love Twitter, this is the next big step towards bettering the service and allowing Twitter to spend more time on what really matters, improving the service in terms of features, reliability, and ubiquity.


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The 10 Best iPhone Apps

The 10 Best iPhone Apps

Since it’s been a week since it’s launch I thought I would take a small bit of time to let you all know what I consider to be the 10 apps that I consider to be the best. I’m not going to spend a lot of time with them because many of them I have already reviewed and the ones I haven’t may not necessarily warrant a review (because they don’t do much and a short description does fine).

All of these apps are great and even though many of them aren’t free I think you all should go ahead and get them immediately (that is, if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch). (These are in no particular order).

Byline – $9.99
Read the latest news from your favorite sites and blogs, even when you’re offline. Simply use your free Google Reader account to subscribe to websites you’d like to keep track of. Byline will automatically stay in sync and bring you new content, puttings thousands of RSS and Atom feeds at your fingertips. Even when you have not internet connection (such as on the subway) Byline’s offline browsing feature gives you instant access to complete web pages.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D – $9.99
The richest 3D kart racing experience! Speed your way through 12 thrilling tracks and multiple environments! Race and battle against zany opponents and turn them to dust with 8 devastating weapons. Tilt and twist your iPhone for truly “Nitro” driving sensations.

Enigmo – $9.99
Enigmo is a 3D puzzle game where you direct animated streams of flowing liquid so that the droplets get to their destination. Water, Oil, and Lava fall from Droppers and bounce around the walls of the puzzle. You move and rotate various types of bumpers, sliders, accelerators, and sponges in order to divert the flow of the falling droplets. The faster you complete each of the 50 levels, the more bonus points you receive. The physics in Enigmo are truly amazing to watch! This is one of the most unique puzzle games ever created.

Mobile Flickr – $2.99
Mobile Fotos lets you Browse and Upload to Flickr, the best online photo sharing application.

Super Monkey Ball – $9.99
Let’s roll! Guide a cute little monkey encased in a transparent ball to victory by tilting and rolling him through a variety of slopes and turns. You must navigate a large variety of obstacle courses to reach goal lines within set time limits. Collect as many bananas as you can along the way and you’ll be able to increase your remaining lives. Play through five worlds and 110 stages, designed to be fun for both first-time players and long-time Super Monkey Ball fans. Enjoy rich 3D graphics with an easy-to-master control system that utilizes the accelerometer inside your device. Insanely fun and addicting!

Moto Racer – $9.99
Grab your bike and hit the road with Wingnuts Moto Racer. Race through checkpoints, weave through traffic, fend off dangerous biker gangs and hit some sweet jumps along the way. Racing from Miami Beach to the Andean mountains and around the globe. Moto Racer is a rockin’ arcade experience that will explode your mind!!

Pandora – Free
Pandora Radio is your own FREE personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it. Already a Pandora user? Even easier. Just log in. Pandora on the iPhone is fully integrated with Pandora on the web. Enjoy all your existing stations – and create new ones right from your iPhone or iPod Touch.

ShoppingList – $0.99
With ShoppingList you have your shopping list on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Tap Tap Revenge – Free
Tap Tap Revenge is a music game that puts your rhythmic skills to the test in all-new ways. Tap through the beats or shake left and right as the arrows fall. Download exclusive tracks or take on your friends in Tap Tap’s unique two-player mode.

Twinkle – Free
Discover, connect and send messages to people nearby. Upload photos and update your Twitter account. Contact old friends and make new ones, all with Twinkle, the location-awakre network for iPhone and iPod touch.

Gaming iPhone iPod Video

Star Wars: Force Unleashed for the iPhone Video

CrunchGear had a chance to take a look at an upcoming game for the iPhone that I’m sure many of you will be very excited for, Star Wars: Force Unleashed.

The game allows you to play in either landscape or portrait mode and has some pretty amazing graphics.  You use different kinds of swipes to attack enemies with your light saber and “the force.” You can also deflect enemy attacks with swipes.

It looks like the game is mostly on rails not really letting you control the movement of your character so it seems like you spend most of your time just swiping your finger across the screen that could or could not get incredibly repetitive.


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God of War 3 For the Playstation 3 Trailer

God of War 3 may be the game that makes everyone change their mind about the Playstation 3 (I know I’ve said it before and I will probably say it again).

The game will run at full 1080p HD resolution and support full Sixaxis tilt and vibration functions.

God of War has been a pretty successful game in the past and hopefully they will continue with this next one. (I openly admit to being a little bit of a Playstation fanboy but only because I hate the Xbox controller).

Gaming iPhone iPod Review

Moto Racer for the iPhone Review

Moto Racer for the iPhone is another game that has some pretty frustrating game play (like Super Monkey Ball and in my honest opinion, Cro-Mag Rally). The game is just a motorcycle game with checkpoints and a timer, when the timer runs down your motorcycle stops.

Moto Racer has 3 racers and 10 tracks all set in different places with great scenery, the sound effects are good but the music gets a little repetitive and sometimes annoying.

The major flaw with this game is that it is difficult to steer, because of the fact that when you tilt the iPhone it is less like turning a steering wheel and more like actually tilting the bike it is tough to get used to (and I’m still not used to it and it was purchased on Friday last week). Luckily the game allows you to select a difficulty level which really only adds more time at the beginning of the race, but sure does help out when you have a hard time steering.

Between each race there is a still frame from a scene which makes me think that the game might of (at one time or another) had an actual story line but there are no words on the screen to let you know what is happening and their is no voice over explaining it either (which makes me seriously wonder why they are even there).

The second flaw with the game is the missing multiplayer. When you boil the game down it really is just you racing against the clock on 10 different tracks, there is no story and after you beat the 10 tracks there is nothing to do. If multiplayer existed you could get many more hours of playability out of it but since it is missing those hours don’t exist.

The only other suggestion I would give to the developers of this game is to add actual races, not against the clock but against AI racers. There are other racers in the game which you can punch while driving beside them but they don’t seem to serve any real purpose since the clock is the only thing that matters.

The problems I have with the game could easily be fixed by the developer updating the application and truly it is a pretty fun game. I’ve spent many hours with it and even though it can be frustrating at times I still come back to it to attempt a race that I haven’t beaten yet.

Moto Racer – $9.99

Gameplay video and screenshots after the jump