Monday, October 11th, 2010
Hello, everybodies- busy week in the tech world, so I’ll jump right into it. First thing’s first, the iPad is now on the shelves in WalMart as well as Target stores, so start your holiday shopping early. And speaking of iPads, there are rumors that Apple will release the iPad in the elusive 7″ format in the coming months. Speculation has been made about the redundancy of another iPad in the market, and Apple having no reason to compete against themselves, but it’s an intriguing concept nonetheless. Think about it- you could have a whole family of different devices for all the same functions, but in different sizes. A big 9.7″ Papa iPad, a 7″ Mama iPad, and a Baby iPod Touch. It’s the stuff of fairy tales. Anyway, there’s a short article on MacRumors about it, so take a read.
On the phone front, there’s a lot of iPhone competition coming. Steve Ballmer, pulling out of the wake of the Kin disaster box, has announced a whole slew of new Windows Phones. Despite some on-camera antagonism from Matt Lauer, Ballmer is characteristically enthusiastic about the latest attempt to hone in on some of iPhone’s market share. I don’t think he’s laughing at the iPhone any more, though. New devices aren’t the only strategy- According to the New York Times, Ballmer and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen are in relatively secret talks (or as secret as talks of that nature can be) about a possible merger or Microsoft’s acquisition of the software developer. Bad news for Apple? Or just another attempt by the business software mogul to catch up to their technology ? In any case, competition is good for development. Keep an ear open for how the competition unfolds. Until then, friends.
Monday, October 4th, 2010
So how does it feel to support the only team in the NFL without a loss? Thanks to the sheer luck of the bye-week scheduling, I can say it feels fantastic. At least until next week when our Chiefs have to travel to Indianapolis. The best quarterback in the league doesn’t take losses well, and he can carry that chip on his shoulder into the next week, which makes us a little nervous here in Kansas City.
In other news, it’s October! Time to welcome in the changing of the leaves, the trips to the pumpkin patches and cider mills, the various Renaissance Festivals with their over-sized turkey legs and LARPing.
It also means baseball playoffs. And a hearty congratulations to you if your team is still alive and kicking. My White Sox unfortunately hit a late skid and couldn’t keep their position at the top of the AL Central (stupid Twins and all their winning in September). But there’s something about cold weather baseball that just feels more spirited, even if you’re only watching it on TV. Plus, with the Twins playing outdoors now, I’m rooting for them to go as late as possible on the off chance that a World Series game could be snowed out.
And speaking of Target Field (big segue coming), Target is now selling iPads! At the moment 3G models aren’t available, but chances are they’ll be coming soon. You can check out Target.com or MacRumors for more details.
Well have a great week everybody. Playoffs start Wednesday. Go AL Central.
Monday, June 7th, 2010
Ah, yes. It’s that day once again. It’s been nice to have the quarterly updates and see the release of “revolutionary” new devices like the iPad over the last twelve months, but the June WWDC is officially the happiest day in the world of the Apple geek. I’m sure you’ve heard all the rumors, but let’s briefly review before Captain Jobs unleashes his keynote on us later today. Things you can expect to hear about today:
1. iPhone OS 4. Steve should dedicate a fair amount of time to the innovations of the latest iPhone firmware, and users have been clamoring for it for a while. Sounds like there will be some interesting new dynamics to how the iPhone will work, if the buzz is accurate. Could be fairly radical.
2. New devices! I know what everyone is excited about- that new wireless multi-touch trackpad thing! It could make the Wacom tab obsolete! And it looks like the wireless keyboard! Ok, ok. It’s kind of cool, but it’s barely a blip on the new device radar. Everyone knows there’s going to be big news about the fourth generation iPhone today. Based on the photos that Jason “#1 Most Wanted” Chen posted on Gizmodo, it’s definitely a development to get pumped about. The sleekest iPhone yet, this fourth iteration is already a welcome addition to the lineup thanks to so much internet hype and controversy. Plus THERE’S A CAMERA ON THE FRONT. Remember in Back to the Future II when Needles showed up on the TV phone and taunted Marty into making an illegal transaction and it was totally inconceivable that we’d one day have video phones and could see the people we talk to? Welcome to the future, friends. We’re five years ahead of schedule with the iPhone, but we still don’t have flying cars. This is heavy.
3. Other stuff. Possible but unlikely mention of Mac OS 10.7, a cloud-based iTunes to replace the beloved Lala.com, and an upgrade to the Mac Mini and Apple TV. Yippee, Steve. Now talk more about the new iPhone.
Be sure to log onto Engadget or MacRumors and follow along today at 10AM PST. Until next week, my friends.
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