October 31, 2009

Review Roundup: Apple iMac (Late 2009)

Apple launched their new iMac models featuring brilliant LED backlit 21.5 and 27 –inch widescreen displays on October 20, 2009. Four iMac configurations are available including $1,199 model with 21.5-inch 1080p screen, 3.06GHz processor, 500GB hard drive and NVIDIA Geforce 9400M graphics; a $1,499 21.5-inch model with bigger 1TB hard drive and 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics; $1,699 model that features bigger 27-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution; and top-of-the-line 27-inch model with quad core 2.66GHz Core i5 processor and 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics for $1,999.
Below, we have added links to 8 best iMac reviews available online:
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Apple Executives are not Very Enthusiastic About Print Media for the Tablet

Analyst Mike Abramsky recently spoke with various Apple executives including chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer; VP of iTunes and Internet services, Eddy Cue and VP of worldwide Mac marketing, David Moody. After talking to the executives Mike wrote in his research note that Apple officials believe “Video content is expected to be the next ‘exploding’ opportunity, but requires overcoming industry rights dysfunctionality, competing with other subsidies, and developing the right consumer offer.”
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October 30, 2009

ReVolt Introduces New Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries

ReVolt and SINTEF group in Norway have developed a new rechargeable zinc-air battery that needs oxygen to generate current. Non-rechargeable zinc-air batteries have been available for sometime now, but development of rechargeable version has been difficult. The rechargeable zinc-air battery consists of air electrode, a zinc electrode, and an electrolyte all set in a casing that lets in air.
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iPhone Launched in China and Apple’s Worldwide Cellphone Market Share Climbs to 2.5 Percent

Apple and China Unicom today officially launched the iPhone in China at 6:30 PM local time. More than 300 people stood in line to get their hands on the iPhone. The phone was launched after a ceremony at China Unicom’s flagship store, which was attended by Apple’s VP Greg Joswiak.
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Apple Files Patent Application for Wireless Headset with Integrated Media Player

Apple filed a patent application describing a wireless headset with integrated media player. The wireless headset will be configurable with one or two earpieces. And it would not only connect to your iPhone (possibly via Bluetooth), but also feature an integrated memory for direct MP3 playback. The microphone on the headset would allow you to talk on phone, make audio notes and operate the device via voice commands.
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October 29, 2009

Apple Introduces Apple TV 3.0 Software

Apple today introduced new Apple TV 3.0 software featuring a redesigned main menu that makes navigating your favorite content simpler and faster, and makes enjoying the largest selection of on-demand HD movie rentals and purchases, HD TV shows, music and podcasts from the iTunes Store even better on your TV. You can now enjoy iTunes Extras and iTunes LP in stunning fullscreen with your Apple TV, as well as listen to Genius Mixes and Internet radio through your home theater system.
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Intel Develops Phase Change Memory and Switch Technology to Replace NAND Flash

Intel and Numonyx have developed new memory technology that will enable non-volatile memory to break through NAND’s 20nm barrier and scale down to process sizes as tiny as 5nm cost effectively. The new memory technology is and advancement of phase change memory (PCM) called phase change memory and switch (PCMS).
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Apple Engineers Taking Numerous Trips to Manufacturing Plants in China for a New Product

Business Insider is reporting that many Apple engineers have been taking numerous trips to China and are visiting manufacturing plants in China where the yet unannounced Apple Tablet will be manufactured.
“A source tells us a system integration engineer friend of his at Apple has ramping up his travels back and forth between China lately, broadcasting word of his travels over the Internet,” said the report. “There’s even a few weeks scheduled during the Christmas holiday season.”
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October 28, 2009

Verizon Unveils Motorola DROID, Shipping November 6th

Verizon today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by Android 2.0. Motorola claims that DROID is the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phone available on the market. Hardware specification of the phone are 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, video recording at 720 x 480 resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and microSD card slot. The phone has very less on-board memory, but Motorola includes 16GB memory card with the phone.
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Google Launches Free Turn-by-Turn Navigation App for Android 2.0

Google today launched updated Maps software for Android 2.0 that includes free beta turn-by-turn navigation. The navigation software provides voice commands, integration with satellite and street view and various point-of-interest. You can save select addresses as icons on Android home screen and use them directly for turn-by-turn navigation.
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October 27, 2009

Apple Talking to Media Companies in Australia

It was reported that Apple has been talking with media outlets in US to provide content on its upcoming tablet. Now Australian news website Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that “Apple has sent specifications of the device to Australian media companies in an effort to sound out whether they would be interested in delivering their content to the tablet. None would speak about the device on the record.”
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Verizon: Bringing the iPhone to Verizon is Entirely Apple’s Call

Talking at earnings conference call, Verizon’s CEO, Ivan Seidenberg said that the carrier would be happy to have iPhone on its network, but its Apple’s decision.
“This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple’s court,” Seidenberg said. “Obviously we would be interested if they thought it would make sense for them to have us as a partner. And so we will leave it with them on that score…."

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October 26, 2009

Sprint to Ship Palm Pixi on November 15 for $99.99

Sprint today announced that Palm Pixi would be available exclusively on their network starting November 15th. Pixi is the second webOS based phone from Palm and it will be priced $99.99 with a two-year service agreement, after a $50 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate.
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Next Generation MacBook Pro to Feature Quad-Core Processor

Applesfera has posted a plist file found in Mac OS X 10.6.2 build 10C531, which was released to the developers last week. The plist file includes list of computers supported by upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 update. Most of the computers on the list are available right now, but two MacBook Pro models MacBook Pro 6,1 and MacBook Pro 6,2 mentioned on the list have not been released yet.
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NY Times Executive Talks About Apple Slate and New SIM Tray Design Hints at Upcoming Apple Device

New York Times’ Executive Editor, Bill Keller, accidentally talked about upcoming Apple tablet at the NY Times’ Internal Neiman Journalism Lab. He was talking about future of print media and he said:
“I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that…”

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