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White iPhones are out…………..NOT

27 Oct

Yesterday, Apple geeks were delighted to learn that the iPhone 4 in White was finally available in the Apple Store App. But if you thought you were going to sell your current iPhone 4 in Black and get the swanky, much anticipated White one, well, the jokes on you. “We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until this spring,” said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Miller. Boooooooo.

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My Bike is Smarter than your Bike

22 Oct

I was reading the latest Bicycling Magazine last night and came across a little blurb about a patent that Apple has filed for a system called Smart Bike. Allegedly, this app would let cyclists use iPhones as bike computers AND share your data such as location, speed, power, the awful look of pain on your face? with others. So naturally, I needed to know more about this!

So I logged on to PatentlyApple and found the following:

On Aug 5, 2010 Apple filed the patent for the Smart Bike System. The blog says it similar to the technology for Nike + iPod for runners… except for cyclists. Patently Apple says, “While the system is for individuals, it’s also designed to work with teams of cyclists so that they could communicate with each other on-the-fly about course difficulty or perceived problems. The Bicycle system monitors speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power, and pace. The system could utilize various sensors built-into the iPhone in addition to working with sensors already built-into the bike itself. Apple’s patent is extraordinarily detailed and packed with interesting twists that the sporting cyclist will really appreciate.” I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The blog goes in to great detail about the system and how it could possible be used so if you are cyclists, techy or both, I definitely urge you to read the whole article. Personally, the coolest potential feature is that the display could include a movable display or a projecting system for providing a display of content on a surface remote from the bike, such as a video projector, head-up display, or three-dimensional (e.g., holographic) display.

Print your Facebook Photos at Target

21 Oct

I don’t know about you, but I sadly haven’t printed a photo in AGES, although, I always mean to/want to. I just never get around to it and viewing them online (for the whole world to see) seems to do the trick as stand-in. But now Target has announced that their Kodak photo kiosks will allow you to simply log-in to your Facebook and print the photos in stores.

Now to all of those who have concerns about privacy issues, the software developed for the kiosks is very sensitive to privacy and has limited access to your Facebook information. That being said, this is Facebook we’re talking about, the ultimate in “sure we believe in privacy……………. not”

What do you think? Will you use this service? I’ll probably be giving it a whirl in the very near future.

There’s an App for that, Mac.

20 Oct

App for MAC

As usual, there was a lot of hype over Steve Jobs keynote presentation today. And as usual, he didn’t disappoint. He told us earlier this week it’s “back to MAC” and boy was he right!

Here is the short and sweet of what to expect with the new MAC Applications:

  • Mac App Store which will be in Mac OS X Lion. It will be much the same as the current App Store found in iOS devices. 90 days and counting til it opens!
  • Apple says the  Apps will be managed in the ‘Launchpad’. Ooooh sounds so awesome!
  • There will be a 70/30 split between free and paid Apps.
  • It will essentially be the same thing for developers, too.
  • Apps will download and install within seconds. That’s pretty amazing!

In addition to the new announcement of Apps for MAC, we learned that the new MacBook Air will be as Steve Jobs called it, “what happened if iPad and MacBook hooked up.” (Cue angel heavenly music) – Picture below.

Mark your calendars… October 20…um, that’s today! (Go online to get yours now) They start at $999. The larger version will have a 13.3-inch screen and weigh 2.9 pounds, while the smaller one will have an 11.6-inch screen and weigh 2.3 pounds. The larger MacBook Air measures just .68 inches at its widest point, and .11 inches at its slimmest point. I need one.

And one more thing, FaceTime for your Mac now.

New MacBook Air