Say Hello to new iMac, MacBook, and Mac Mini

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Is this some kind of marketing strategic or what? Apple always pulls some smart marketing publicity from their hats to make people oohh.. and arrhhh.. Yeah.. I literally did make those sounds once looking at Apple’s updated products like iMac, MacBook, and Mac Mini. Apple knows that Microsoft will release Windows 7 this week and this is expected to be huge too. I guess that’s why Apple has decided to announce their new upgraded lines of products two days before Windows 7 release. I must say.. it DID work! Apple really stole the spotlight from Microsoft. Don’t you think?

 

Apple is still able to keep the price same as the previous model which will get even more attention from buyers. Let’s take a look real quick on these products. I will highlight some interesting changes for you.

 

iMac

 

- Apple’s new iMac line consists of two, 21.5-inch and two, 27-inch displays.

- All four models feature edge-to-edge glass that covers pretty much the entire front of the enclosure.

- LED-backlit displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

- The 21.5-inch iMac features 1920-by-1080 HD resolution. On the 27-inch iMac, the same port also provides input, which lets users connect any external source that has DisplayPort output, including a MacBook or MacBook Pro, and use an iMac as a display.

- SD card slots built in.

- 4 USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port.

- Come with Apple Keyboard and new multitouch Magic Mouse.

- Price starts at $1,199

 

MacBook

 

- The 13.3-inch glossy wide-screen

- LED-backlit display has a wide-screen resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels.

- The entire multitouch trackpad acts as the button

- built-in lithium-polymer battery offers the longest MacBook battery life ever — up to 7 hours on a single charge, and can be recharged up to 1,000 times, which is good for about five years of typical usage.

- MacBook comes standard with 2 GB of memory and a 2.26-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

- Built-in iSight camera and mic with iChat software added.

- Price starts at $999

 

Mini Mac

 

- Offer three upgraded models with 160-GB, 320-GB or an optional 500-GB hard drive.

- The entry-level Mac mini is fairly inexpensive by Apple standards at $599, and has a 2.26-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2 GB of DDR3, 1066-MHz of memory, a 160-GB hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics and a SuperDrive

- The $799 model features a 2.53-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of memory and a larger 320-GB hard drive.

- There’s also a brand-new Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server preinstalled — instead of a SuperDrive, there are two 500-GB hard drives for supersized storage.

 

In additional to those upgraded lines of products, Apple also has released a new multi-touch mouse. It looks awesome!

 

Multi-Touch Mouse

 

- Scroll in any direction with one finger

- Swipe through Web pages and photos with two fingers

- Click and double-click anywhere.

- Sell for $69

 

Apple knows how to make you want to buy all of their product, doesn’t it? Wipe your mouth please … LOL!

 

Source: ChannelWeb

Microsoft Windows 7 Released Today

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“This is it” – just like the latest single from Michael Jackson. Today, the latest version of Microsoft Operating System, Windows 7, has officially been released. I’m very excited about it. I really do hope it has a lot improvement from Windows Vista.

 

I have waited for too long since I placed an order on Amazon during the Stimuls week for “half-price” ! .. And, I already did inform you through my Blog. So, don’t blame me if you don’t know anything about this. LOL! I’m expecting to get it for the next few days. I will update how the upgrade goes once I have it installed on my Sony laptop.

 

Tweet Tweet

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I’ve been very active in Twitter lately. At the beginning I didn’t have many people to follow or people to follow me, so I didn’t care much about it hahaha. Now, I decide to jump in and give it a try. It isn’t bad at all. It was fun and interactive. There are more available tools out there to help you tweet easier. You can post images easily and fun.

 

What do I tweet about? I usually tweet about everything…whatever came to my mind or whatever I found it interesting and would like to share. Technology has advanced so quickly. Now, there are some application that integrate all Internet Social programs together. For example, I can update my status on Facebook and the application will update my status on Twitter also. How cool is that? Or, when I’m writing a blog, the application will let me choose if I want to update either Twitter or Facebook, or both. Things get easier for me to share or update information.

 

I can learn so many things or receive up-to-date information from Twitter. News can be spread out so quick on Twitter. Especially, when you can read or tweet from your BlackBerry. I use UberTwitter to receive and tweet from my BB, and use TweetDeck to use on desktop. Both software applications are awesome!

 

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Logo of UberTwitter

 

UberTwitter also provides you with some other cool features, such as location map displaying where you tweeted from, instantly displaying and image attached with a tweet message, etc. TweetDeck not only allows you to tweet directly from the application, but also integrates your Facebook account activities to the application. It makes a lot easy for you to manage all messages and activities from both Twitter and Facebook at the same time. You should give it a try!

Dual-Screen Tablet

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According to Gizmodo, the Microsoft is confirming that they are working to create a dual-screen tablet, called Courier. Courier is more like a “booklet” than a tablet as it folds together and has two interactive touch screens side-by-side with loads of fast functionality.

 

 

 

 

Femtocells

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The latest product and services provided by AT&T (one of the major cell phone network operator in the US) has been released. It is MicroCell.  Basically, you will get a device called “Femtocell” that will allow you to use your land-based broadband internet connection (that you pay another company for) to make calls and use data on your cell phone.

 

So,… what exactly Femtocell is?

 

Think of Femtocell as WiFi router!! They are similar, but of course different technologies. According to Airvana, the Femtocell is like a Wi-Fi access point, but specially designed for cell phones; it uses a low-power integrated antenna to transmit voice and data cellular signals within a home or small office. It connects to your mobile operator’s network through your broadband Internet connection. 

Unlike WiFi, these devices use licenced radio spectrum, so must be operated and controlled by a mobile phone company. Thus it will work with only one mobile phone operator, and thus encourages all users in a household to switch to the same network operator.

 

With AT&T 3G MicroCell, the users will experience full 3G service at home. What are the benefits? When making phone calls through 3G MicroCell, your airtime minute will not be counted. That means you can make unlimited phone calls, plus you don’t need to worry about “dead zone” in your house. If you have other 3G device available, such as iPhone and Netbook, you can even use 3G to browse the Internet.

 

AT&T will offer this MicroCell service for either$10 or $20 a month depending upon your service plan. So.. what do you think? Like it?

iPod Nano with Video Camera

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Apple has just released a new generation for iPod Nano. Now, it comes with video camera!!

The latest iPod nano looks almost identical to its predecessor, but this player packs so much more into its small frame: A video camera, an FM tuner (a first for iPods!), a pedometer for joggers, and a larger screen. Priced at $149 for 8GB and at $179 for 16GB ($20 less than last year’s 16GB player).

Monopoly Game Board with Google Maps

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Monopoly City Streets was developed by the Hasbro’s UK agency, Tribal DDB, with a little bit of help from Google. The game will be available in English, Spanish, German, French, and Dutch. Toymaker Hasbro is preparing to launch a world-encompassing live version of Monopoly using Google Maps as its game board. 

The game’s official site dubs the stunt a “world of property empire building on an unimaginable scale” — and it will use something a bit different from the traditional Monopoly rule set.

Using Google Maps data as the backdrop, players start with $3 million Monopoly dollars to “purchase” actual streets and build up property nearly anywhere they wish in the world. Each street is only available for purchase by one player and can be traded or hoarded in the pursuit of real estate domination. Players earn rent each day based on the property they own, and chance cards offer the ability to make bonus buildings like parks, schools, and wind farms or even put hazards on other people’s properties to sabotage their rent value.

 

 

Source: UK Register

Mini N97 Has Been Announced

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Nokia has announced the N97 mini, a slightly smaller version of the existing N97.  The smaller size comes at a price. The mini will have a shorter battery life than its big brother, and a smaller memory: only 8GB instead of 32GB. The display is also smaller, 3.2 inches instead of 3.5 inches, but the resolution is still 640×360 pixels. The N97 mini will ship in October

 

 

Source: PC World

Nokia Booklet 3G

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Nokia has crossovered and joined the Netbook market. According to the Nokia’s press, Nokia will join the ranks of netbook manufacturers with a stylish Windows-based offering called the Nokia Booklet 3G. It will have the looks of an Apple notebook and the guts of a PC.

 

Detailed specs, market availability and pricing will be announced at Nokia World on September 2. But here is what we know, according to details included in Nokia’s press release:

 

* The Nokia Booklet 3G also ships with a GPS unit.

* The 10-inch display will be glass, just like Apple’s family of aluminum MacBooks, for improved HD- and media-viewing.

* Built-in access to the Nokia Music Store

* Netbook will allow you to sync data with your Nokia handset or to a Web-based storage service.

* Booklet 3G will have hooks to Nokia’s broad suite of Ovi services that include games, music and video offerings, and office productivity applications.

 

Source: PC World

New PS3 Comes Slimmer in September

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Whew.. I’m so glad that I have made the right decision for not buying Sony Playstation 3. The rumors have been floating around for the past few months about the PS3 price would cut down and the newer and slimer PS3 would be released soon.

 

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Finally, the rumors have become true. Sony will release the new model of PS3 in September. The price for previous model of PS3 will be lowered by $100.  The news also reported that Sony introduced the PS3 Slim Tuesday at the GamesCom conference in Germany. The new model, scheduled for release in the first week of September, has the same features as the older versions, but takes up 33% less space and consumes 34% less power, according to Sony. It’ll be out in the first week of September (September 1 in North America and Europe, September 3 for Japan), and will retail for $300 (or 300 Euro, or 29,980 Yen). It’s smaller and lighter, has a 120GB HDD, and packs “all the same features” of the regular PS3.

 

The Endgadget website provided the full spec below:

Spec sheet:

  • Product name: PlayStation 3
  • Product code: CECH-2000A (Charcoal Black)
  • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine™
  • GPU: RSX
  • Audio output:LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
  • Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Hard disk: 120GB 2.5″ Serial ATA
  • USB 2.0 ports: 2
  • Networking:Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 (+EDR)
  • Controller:Wireless Controller (Bluetooth) x 1
  • AV outputs: HDMI x 1, AV MULTI OUT x 1, Digital out (optical) x 1
  • Resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
  • BD / DVD / CD drive (read only): BD × 2 (BD-ROM), DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM), CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
  • Power: AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: Approx. 250W
  • External dimensions (excluding maximum projecting part): Approx. 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)
  • Mass: Approx. 3.2kg
  • Included in box: PlayStation 3 system × 1, Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 3) × 1, AC power cord × 1, AV cable × 1, USB cable × 1