MonoPrice’s Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter Coming Mid March

MonoPrice Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter

MonoPrice has finally published an estimated arrival date for its Mini Display Port to HDMI adapter. The date for the cable is March 15, 2009 and will give all of you recent MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air owners the ability to connect your brand new notebook to anything that can take the (clearly) more universally excepted display connection.

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Peter Misek Predicts 3 iPhones This Year

Three new iPhones could be coming in 2009. The first is a 32G iPhone in multiple colours that is likely to arrive during the next six months. Next up is a lower-cost handset based on the 2.5G iPhone, which is targeted for China and India. Third is a smaller version – about one-third the size of the 3G iPhone – that costs 40% less and is also likely before year-end.

Thanks Peter Misek, but it seems as though you are just making these predictions on the chance that they might happen, because if they don’t, everyone will forget about your prediction, but if you are right everyone will praise you for your foresight.

Canaccord: Three New iPhones Expected in 2009 — Seeking Alpha.

Snow Leopard Might Include Location and Multi-touch Tools

Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system will include tools borrowed from the iPhone that let developers determine the geographical location of Macs, as well as extend additional support for multi-touch to their apps, AppleInsider has learned.

I’m sure many developers have been waiting to use some of those cool multi-touch gestures that have been included in the latest Mac notebooks but the question I pose is: what about the desktop Macs?

Of course the same question could be posed about the location services that could be included in Snow Leopard. Although, it might be useful for applications like Google Earth.

But, even if these particular features aren’t that useful to desktop Mac users the rest of Snow Leopard is compelling enough that most (if not all) Mac users will be purchasing Snow Leopard as soon as it is available.

AppleInsider | Apple’s Snow Leopard to include location, multi-touch tools.

Pioneer to Exit TV Business

A report in the Nikkei Japanese business journal claims that “Pioneer Corp. will pull the plug on its loss-ridden television business and shift its DVD player operations to a new venture with Sharp Corp. in a sweeping overhaul”.

This is very sad news if it is true. Pioneer (in my opinion and many others opinions) makes the best televisions in the world. Their Kuro HDTVs look better than any other TV in the world.

I really hope that Panasonic picks up the ball and starts making really good Plasma TVs. Although I don’t own a Plasma I do recognize that Plasma is a superior technology to LCD in terms of picture quality.

Report: Pioneer Exiting TV Business, Spinning Off DVD – Gearlog.

6 Different Windows 7 Versions Offer “Clear Choice” for Consumers

Does Microsoft really think that 6 different versions of Windows actually give consumers a “clear choice”? Thats outrageous, guess how many versions of Snow Leopard Apple is going to release…

2.

A consumer version and a server version, that’s it. I have a feeling that Snow Leopard will give consumers a much clearer choice.

Windows 7 Lineup Offers Clear Choice for Consumers and Businesses

Apple Slowly Dropping Support for PowerPC

Apple has begun dropping compatibility for PowerPC processors. It all starts with some of the featres in iLife ’09.

System requirements found on the Apple Store website say, in fine print, “GarageBand Learn to Play requires an Intel-based Mac with a dual-core processor or better.”

and continue with the possibility of Snow Leopard not being compatible with PowerPC processors.

Official documentation from Apple gives clues that PowerPC Macs very well may be left out completely when Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is released sometime during the first half of this year. Developer copies distributed at WWDC last year included a requirements PDF that listed “an Intel processor” as the minimum necessary to run the software.

AppleInsider | iLife ’09 not fully compatible with PowerPC Macs.

Apple May Allow Background Apps in Firmware 3.0

“While we aren’t sure what the specific issues are, we’ve heard that as an alternative Apple is considering allowing apps to run as user selectable background processes. If so, this feature would likely come in the rumored iPhone 3.0 software update but would be limited to only one or two processes on current hardware. The next generation iPhone, however, would likely see less restricted background process support due to its improved hardware.”

So if it is user selectable I wonder if Apple will require developers to (if they want to have a background app) allow users to choose whether they want it running the background when closed and if not the app will save whatever your doing when the home button is pressed.

This seems like a very viable solution and I’ve often wondered why Apple didn’t just have a limit on the number of apps you can have running in the background at a time. 2 Would probably be a good number of apps and the way they would be selected would be just to have the most recent two apps that were opened be the background apps.

Apple to Allow Background Tasks on iPhone? – Mac Rumors.

Google Readying a GrandCentral 2.0

“a new version on new infrastructure will be coming soon. Apologies to anyone who has run into issues on the legacy version.” -Jeff Huber, Google

Recently David Pogue has also mentioned a new version of GrandCentral saying that everyone who works on GrandCentral still works on it and a new version is imminent.

I have used GrandCentral for quite a while and love its functionality. I can’t wait to see what new features are going to be added with the next version.

GrandCentral 2.0, Almost Ready to Be Released.