New iPod Touch Details

August 30, 2010

Apple is poised to make an announcement Wednesday regarding one or more new products. I thought this would be the right time to tell you what I know about the new iPod Touch.

Colored text indicates edits made after the announcement.

The new iPod Touch will be comparable in size and shape to the iPhone 4, but slightly thinner and with some coloration differences to visually differentiate the two. It is also lighter since it does not need the telephone components.

CORRECT!

It comes in various sizes, but more importantly it will be available with or without 3G access. Versions with 3G will also have GPS capabilities.

WRONG! No 3G or GPS version is available.

The A4 processor, the same design used in the iPad and iPhone 4, will be used in order to bolster computing power and lower power requirements. This, coupled with a larger battery, will give the device incredible battery life.

CORRECT! The new iPod Touch boasts of 7 hours of video playback.

A compass and a gyroscope will be in all versions, regardless of whether it is a 3G version or not.

CORRECT! and WRONG! Compasses are not included, but a gyroscope is.

With this iteration of the iPod Touch, Apple finally is adding a camera to the device, a 5 MP sensor capable of 720p video capture as well as still photos. The iMovie app for iPhone will be compatible as well. There will not be a forward facing camera, and FaceTime calls will not be possible using the iPod Touch.

CORRECT! and WRONG! 720p video capture is possible with the 5 MP camera, but a forward-facing camera and FaceTime are included.

The screen incorporates the Retina Display of the iPhone 4.

CORRECT!

Can’t wait!


Steam for Mac is Released; Portal is Free!

May 12, 2010

No offense Valve, but I think everyone who wants portal... probably has it.

The cake is a lie.

I’m sorry, I had to. Now, to business.

In celebration of the release of Steam for Mac, Portal is being made available for FREE to everyone using steam, wether they are using a PC or a Mac. This is probably to build interest in the game before the release of the sequel, which Valve is putting a lot of money behind.


Steam for Mac is Coming… Tomorrow!

May 11, 2010

That’s right ladies and gents, the day we’ve all been waiting for. Valve is releasing the Mac version of Steam tomorrow, along with launch titles such as Portal and Torchlight. Every Wednesday after that, new games will be released for Mac. Portal 2 will be the first time Valve releases a game for PC, Mac, and XBox 360 simultaneously. After that, every game Valve develops will launch on these three platforms at the same time, so Mac gamers will be playing a new Valve game on the same day that PC gamers do!

Friends, this action by Valve will single-handedly overturn the misconception that “Macs don’t play games.” PC gamers win: they can switch to Mac. Mac gamers win: we get more games. Linux users lose. Everybody wins!


3 iPhone Apps I Want to See

December 27, 2009

So far I have loved my iPod Touch to death. That said, there are some apps I’ve looked for that simply weren’t there, and this post is a call-out to some of my favorite websites and online services that I think need to have their own official iPhone apps.

Meebo1. Meebo

This site is a great way to run all your IM accounts in a single browser window without needing to install anything on our computer. The simplicity of their design and their ability to constantly add new features and support for more protocols means they need to develop an iPhone app that’s just as easy and versatile.

Mibbit2. Mibbit

Much like Meebo, this site makes it so you don’t need to install anything on your computer, only this site is for IRC instead of IM protocols. It’s quick and easy to get going, and I think they could design a very nice iPhone app for IRC chatting.

uTorrent3. uTorrent

There is already a very nice iPhone interface available for uTorrent, but as often as it is updated it still is lacking in a lot of ways. It could seriously benefit from a real dev team instead of one poor guy trying to do everything himself. Plus, it would be nice to have an actual app instead of just a web interface.


My First iPod Touch

November 2, 2009

Well, I finally managed to get my first iPod touch. I knew if I got anything less than the 64 GB I would regret it. Thankfully, I have a Best Buy card and an employee discount to boot, so I financed most of it interest free.

By far this is the single best investment I’ve ever made. I am so completely happy. It has made life so much easier for me, plus it’s just so much fun to play with!

I’ll paste more info as I play with it.


MICROSOFT OMFG WTF?!?!

October 28, 2009

For those of you who don’t know, the Microsoft Xbox 360 has the ability to store any files (such as profiles or saved games) on a removable memory card that can then be taken to a different Xbox. Pretty nifty, except Microsoft only makes 512 MB cards, which is about as capable of holding data on it as a peanut shell is of holding the Encyclopedia Britannica. Not too useful.

Microsoft lost to this thing.

So thank God that Datel makes a memory card that holds 2 or 4 GB of data, and can be upgraded via microSD card to hold up to 16 GB! Once again, a third party saves Microsoft’s ass.

But it seems Microsoft isn’t too happy that people are buying a competing product. Instead of improving their own offering, what is Microsoft’s solution? To eliminate the competition by making all “unauthorized” memory cards cease to operate.

So now I have a $30 piece of plastic that can’t do shit. At least I can reformat the microSD card and use it in my phone.

Microsoft: FUCK YOU. FUCK YOU AND FUCK YOUR MOTHER TOO. I FUCKING HATE YOUR GODDAMN FACE YOU MOTHERFUCKER.


Google Chrome OS: Concerns and Answers

July 9, 2009

Google Chrome OSAlright, I thought I was gonna dump this blog out of loss of interest, but after Google announced their own operating system for netbooks, I had to chime in.

The first thing that I want to point out is that now is not the time for people to be freaking out on either side of the spectrum. I’m all for getting excited, but this product is still a year away at least, and until we actually see a release candidate, there’s no way to know what the specific strengths and weaknesses this OS will have.

With that in mind, I’ve been hearing different concerns regarding wether Google Chrome OS will be a viable alternative to Windows 7 or not, and I’d like to respond to each in turn.

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