Its official, Apple will be holding an event on Jan 27th, “latest creation”

Its true, from all the rumors, speculations, it’s coming Apple will be holding a live event on the 27th of this month. Apple says to be showing their “latest creation” hmm?.. Will Apple be showing off their mysterious new tablet, Maybe, iLife ’10, its been about almost a year since the announcement of iLife ’09?, What about, a preview of the iPhone 4.0 os update? Multi-tasking. They were also rumors, the new iPhone OS 4.0 wasn’t suppose to be announced because, it had to much information about the new “tablet”. Indeed! Get Ready!

Airstash a pocket sized wireless media server say whaa

That’s right, the folks at Airstash have come up with a clever way to share and hold your files… on a fat wireless thumb drive.  Letting users wirelessly transfer and view data from there iPhone. I think an iPhone app will come with this. Does it use bluetooth or WLAN?I am not to sure, but I hope its bluetooth. The drive has an SD expansion slot, giving you the ability to expand your storage. On the other side of the device is a USB port, giving you the ability to charge your device. I am pretty sure this device will be used on more than just the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The company says your able to put this device in your pocket and view the files on your smartphone. Wonder what security risk are involved. Details of this device will be officially unveiled at CES 2010. This device seems like an awesome idea. But I am not too fond of the size. Hopefully in the future other companies will release devices similar to the Airstash.

[AirStash via Engadget]

January 26th Apple Convention confirmed by Fox News

Apple’s January 26th convention has officially been confirmed by news giant Fox News. Sources state that the convention will focus mainly on the “mobility space”, which may suggest an announcement of the fabled Apple Tablet. Other possible announcements include the new MacBook Pro, updated with Intel’s i7  processors. It is yet to be known if Steve Jobs will be making an appearance.   (Gizmodo Via Macrumors) 

Apple, AT&T Vs. Verizon. New Apple Ads. Round 2

Now look, we’re not saying we know for sure that Apple thinks Verizon’s latest round of merciless attack ads on its device and US carrier are worth responding to, but these latest iPhone spots would certainly suggest it. A new campaign launching tonight focuses on the iPhone’s ability to carry voice and data simultaneously on AT&T’s network, and each of the two new TV spots ends with the line “Can your phone and your network do that?” From where we’re sitting, it looks like between this new round and AT&T’s Luke Wilson-manned comparison spots, both the phonemaker and carrier are fully stepping into the ring. Way to get their attention, guys. See the full clips after the break. – engadget


AT&T’s and Verizon ‘s Fiasco

These past couple of weeks have been really berserk over the whole AT&T and Verizon. AT&T has argued, that Verizon’s advertisements are misleading, showing users maps of AT&T network coverage with blank areas that represent no signal at all. Verizon then shows its own map with a higher amount coverage, while AT&T portrayed much smaller.

AT&T Response to “Island of Misfit Toys”  ad. AT&T told court this “the image of the sad and wilting iPhone on an island of misfit toys falsely communicates that the iPhone is a broken device because it cannot browse the Web or download applications when outside of AT&T’s depicted coverage area.”

AT&T then tells its customers through an online letter in response to the Verizon “misleading” advertisements.

To Our Customers:

As the U.S. market leader in wireless data service, we typically don’t respond to competitors’ advertising. However, some recent ads from Verizon are so blatantly false and misleading, that we want to set the record straight about AT&T’s wireless data coverage.

The key facts are:

AT&T’s wireless data coverage reaches 303 million people – or 97% of the U.S. population, where they live and work. Our data coverage consists of 3 different types of technology:

3G. 233 million people or 75% of the population are covered by AT&T’s 3G network, the nation’s fastest.

EDGE. 301 million people or more than 96% of the population are covered by EDGE.

With both 3G and EDGE coverage, customers can access the Internet, send e-mail, surf the Web, stream music, download videos, send photos, text, talk and more. The only difference – with some data applications, 3G is faster than EDGE

GPRS. Covers 303 million people, allowing you to talk, text, e-mail and access basic websites optimized for wireless.

AT&T is the #1 network for smartphones, with twice the number of smartphone customers than Verizon, our closest competitor. Some of the reasons include:

Most popular smartphones. Unlike Verizon, AT&T offers the most popular smartphones in the industry.

More wireless apps. Unlike Verizon, AT&T customers have access to more than 100,000 applications, more than with any other wireless company.

Talk and E-mail at the same time. Unlike Verizon, AT&T’s 3G network lets wireless customers simultaneously talk and surf the web or do e-mail.

Fastest 3G in the nation. Unlike Verizon, AT&T has the nation’s fastest 3G network.

Thank you for allowing us to set the record straight. We appreciate your business and will continue to work hard to deliver the best wireless data experience in the industry.

Your AT&T Team

Apple introducing a couple new things tomorrow?

Another rumor going around. Apple is apparently going to release a skew of new hardware, new Macbook design refresh, Redesigned iMacs, Updated Minis, including Snow Leopard Server, Multi-Touch(magical mouse). Heck even a very hard to believe but might possibly be true, a Multi-Touch desktop trackpad that Apple is set to release tomorrow morning. Keeps your eyes open, stay  close to your Macs and iPhones, and check back soon.

Can’t tell you what, obviously. But there’s something brewing. Gruber doesn’t know about it, but the people we care about are being briefed in advance. Stay close to your Mac or iPhone, and have your credit card ready.

via [Fake Steve Jobs]

Dan Lyons Apparently Thinks Yours Truly Hasn’t Heard About the Redesigned Plastic MacBooks, Redesigned (‘Impressive’) iMacs, Updated Minis (Including One That Ships With Mac OS X Server), the Multi-Touch Magic Mouse, and, as the Wildcard I’m-Not-Sure-I-Really-Believe-It-Myself Out-There Rumor, Maybe Even Some Sort of Mentioned-Nowhere-Else-But-in-This-Very-Headline Multi-Touch Trackpad Gadget for Desktop Macs That Apple Is Set to Release Tomorrow Morning

via [Daring Fireball]

Apple’s departure prompts questions of chamber representation

Following the departure of Apple and other high-profile companies from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, some have begun to question whether the organization represents the interests of its members.

Traditionally aligned with the Republican Party, the chamber must now wield influence over a Democratic Washington, and its stance on climate change had led a handful of companies to resign from its ranks. In the wake of recent comments about global warming, some officials have questioned whether the chamber has “the pulse of their membership,” according to BusinessWeek.

Much of the issue lies with President Thomas Donohue, whose “bulldog style” has rubbed some the wrong way. Donohue personally became involved when Apple abandoned the chamber earlier this month, writing a letter to the company accusing it of forfeiting the chance to “advance a 21st century approach to climate change.”

“There aren’t many who would willingly take on Apple icon Steve Jobs — and lecture him on technology,” the report said. “But Thomas J. Donohue, the combative head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, isn’t one to step away from a fight.”

As some in Washington see the chamber as less of an influence, the White House has relied more on the Business Roundtable, a consortium of over 160 CEOs on which it relies for feedback and input on issues. The group aims to be non-partisan, and has not taken a stance on a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.

But Donohue argued that the roundtable does not provide an opportunity for CEOs to be frank. Instead, they must be polite in order to be a part of the group. That’s why, Donohue said, he’s needed to play the “bad cop” and protect business interests.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu praised Apple for its departure from the chamber, calling the move “wonderful.” Greenpeace, too, noted Apple’s decision to leave the group.

Preceding Apple in departure were Pacific Gas & Electric, PNM Resources and Exelon. Nike also withdrew from the chamber’s board, but retained its membership.

The Mac maker has recently pushed to highlight its environmentally friendly approach, and began reporting carbon emissions of its hardware for the first time. Apple has said that its products themselves produce a great deal more emissions than its operations or manufacturing.

[Apple Insider]

Play MKV Files in Quicktime X

“After Snow Leopard is now officially released I was eager to see how the various changes work out in day to day use. One thing I noticed right after installing Snow Leopard was, that Quicktime X is not able to play MKV files, even if you got Perian installed.

On the Perian User Group I have found a very nice Tip how to enable Quicktime X to play MKV files again. To do so you need to download NicePlayer, mount the Image and open it once. Now you can close and delete NicePlayer and open MKV files with Quicktime X again.

My assumption why it is possible to play MKV files again with Quicktime X after launching NicePlayer once is, that NicePlayer adds the MKV Container as videofile to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.quicktime.plugin.preferences.plist. But since I don’t have the original file anymore I can not verify this thesis.

Anyway have fun playing MKV files with Quicktime again.”

Via [Benjamin Börngen-Schmidt]

Snow Leopard Review

Snow Leopard has been written from ground up, using the latest 64 bit technology. Making apps load faster, video playback more crisp, and addressing more amounts of RAM. Incorporating Microsoft Exchange into the mix, making the general workflow easy in Mail, iCal, Address Book no need for third party software to do the trick. A new Finder, Stack System, Dock Expose, Quicktime. So, as you all know Apple has came out with there new Operating System today, for a small mere upgrade price of $30? 30 bucks can it be, I mean for its own build number. Does it live up to its standard, Read on to find out.

Expose

Expose enhancement:

Dock Expose is what they are calling it now. Since it incorporates the Dock into the mix. You are now able to trigger different application windows, and preview them by pressing the space bar, sort of like QuickLooks. Another thing its able to do is show you the minimized windows as well, by grouping them into smaller thumbnails at the bottom of the screen. This makes it easier for people to jump around between apps, if thats not easy enough why not press the space bar to get a live preview of whats going on in the application itself.

I was trying this out and I was working on something, moving between iTunes, Photoshop, Finder, Flash. I was impressed on how much faster it was compared to Leopard when wanting to open a selected Window across 2 monitors.

Spaces is still about the same except the animation for switching between each view has been tweaked. Adding a new animation into the mix when it switches in Leopard you are greeting with the marble black square with four white squares in them…. ahh I can’t explain this in much detail. Check it out yourself its awesome!

Stacks

Stacks:

Before in Stacks, you could only have a limited amount files, in Grid and Fan, then it just goes into list view. Now they have added a scroll option. So you can keep your stack in Grid mode. Another thing you can do is actually go into other folder, while still in Stack mode. A pretty great feature.

Stacks changes size as well, when adding more files into it, but also varies on the monitor size from a 30″ to a 13″ the stacks is going to add the scroll option sooner than with the 30″ before, it was after a number of files, it would tell you to open the rest in Finder. Another stupid thing while I was using stacks and wanted to open it through Finder itself was it would instead choose the Enclosing folder instead going to the actual folder.

So Stacks and Expose have had there fair share of features, but why not just get an update to say 10.5.9 for this. Well the next section will Explain that. Finder

Finder Preview

Finder: Quick Look/Preview

preview

So Finder has be rewritten from the ground up using Cocoa now. including 64-bit support and Grand Central Dispatch. It’s more responsive from top to bottom, with snappier performance throughout the Finder. And it includes new features such as customizable Spotlight search options and an enhanced icon view that lets you thumb through a multipage document or watch a QuickTime movie. Files start showing up faster when opened, folders start listing the exact size of the file. OS X users have been waiting for this since the X has arrived. With Preview you are now  able to look at the file without even opening the application, or opening up Quick Look, it will play in the icon itself.

Quicktime

Quicktime X:

Quicktime X has had a big improvement over how Files are played. Apple is now using a new way to boost up playback. OpenCL, Files play much better. The new Quicktime X went with a more iPhone esque. Using the very famous marble features mentioned previously before. Another new feature is the ability to trim your videos, and making it easier to upload your videos to YouTube. It pushes the boundaries of how Quicktime was meant to be.Thanks if you want to know more about Snow Leopard. We give it a 9 out 10. And its worth that $10. $30 upgrade price. Users still on Leopard there is no reason not to upgrade unless you have specific app needed to open in Leopard, but soon major companies are going to start adapting the major features of Snow Leopard. So Check it out.

Please Visit Engadget here for a much more detailed review.

Apple Tablet’s Name… iPad

So I’ve been following the rumors all-around for the amazing Tablet device that’s going to revolutionize this space with a contender that’ll simply take names and kick some solid @$$.

We’ve been speculating and contemplating what this amazing device is going to look like with 10s of mock-ups by all the great designers out there.

But it’s really going to be called the Apple iPad Tablet, as noted here, here, and here, and oh here too! not to mention this one