Monday, January 9th, 2012
Well we’re a week into 2012 and there’s not a ton to report. Not news: it’s January and it’s cold. Actually in the midwest it hasn’t been that cold, but this morning’s twenty-six degrees was frigid enough. Also not news: The NFL playoffs kicked off this weekend. I think someone at NBC, CBS or FOX made a mistake because I couldn’t find the Chiefs anywhere on TV. I’ll have to try next week, I guess. Pseudo-news: the iPad 3 rumors are a’churning. Apple has a few media events coming up, so we can probably expect at least one of the following three announcements.
First, and perhaps most exciting for rural/smaller market Apple fans (I’m looking at you North Dakota), Apple should be unveiling their plans for installing Apple retail mini-stores within Target stores already in place similar to those running within Best Buy stores currently. This may not be a big deal for those of us who can stroll into the multiple Apple stores within our respective metro areas, but I’ve had countless conversations with customers who have driven two or more hours to browse before they buy a MacBook Pro, iPod or iPad. Journey no more, friends. A retail store is coming to a Target near you.
Second, Apple TV rumors. Actually, it’s probably still too soon to hear anything from Cook and Co. regarding the third generation of the Apple TV, which consumers are expecting to cast off its five year misnomer and be an actual TV. But you can keep the buzz alive until we do hear something official.
Third, the iPad 3(D?). Again, perhaps I’m wishing too soon. Though 3D technology isn’t yet at the point where it will be completely accessible to the masses on a portable device like the iPad, there should be some improvements from the beloved iPad 2. Most of what I’ve heard regards the cameras, both of which should be improved. It sounds like the iPad 2 will remain in stores at a discounted price point as well, much like the iPhones 4 and 4s. As always, stay tuned for more.
Have a great week everybody. Especially you, Broncos/Tebow fans. Shortest overtime in NFL history. Let’s take another look, I think:
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.
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