Over the weekend and early Monday, those who preordered a new iPod started receiving e-mails from Apple that the devices are shipping. Some folks have seen their delivery date pegged at week's end, while others have received word from Apple that it might be slightly later.
I preordered the new iPod Nano when it was announced at Apple's media event last week. The device is scheduled to arrive at my doorstep Friday, though Apple's official "delivers by" date is Sunday.
The refreshed Apple TV sports a new design, Netflix streaming, and low price, but like the old model, Apple's streaming video box is still limited to 720p content. While that means the Apple TV loses the spec war to competitors like the Xbox 360 and Vudu, which both offer 1080p streaming-video options, the reality is that higher resolution doesn't necessarily mean better image quality. The fact that the Apple TV doesn't support 1080p video doesn't matter.
In an attempt to capitalize on the talk surrounding the Apple TV, Boxee revealed in a blog post earlier this week that it will start selling its anticipated Boxee Box in November for $200.
"We all watched the Apple announcement," Boxee CEO Avner Ronen wrote on his company's blog. "We walked away feeling confident about the space it left for Boxee to compete. We have a different view of what users want in their living rooms."
Ronen then said that the Boxee Box "is going to be $100 more expensive than the Apple TV, … Read more
The latest report from Quantcast shows that Apple's lead in mobile Web usage is declining.
The data, published Friday, shows that at the end of August 2010, iOS devices accounted for 56 percent of mobile Web usage in the U.S. The reason the chart is making news is because a year ago, iOS had closer to a 70-percent share. At the same time, Android use is growing. Quantcast shows Android's mobile Web share at 25 percent at the end of August, up from below 10-percent share a year ago.
Research In Motion devices stayed relatively steady at … Read more
Dubbed NASA App HD, the program is an updated version of the iPhone app the organization already offers. It includes thousands of images from the NASA picture bank, as well as videos documenting NASA's efforts. Folks who spend time watching NASA TV will be happy to hear that the app runs a live stream of the channel. And those who want to find out about NASA missions can do so from within the software.
Apple's new social media service, Ping, is already getting hit by a barrage of comment spam.
The Ping network integrates with iTunes 10 to let you follow your favorite artists and swap comments with other fans. But it took less than 24 hours for the comments sections to be swamped by phony offers for free iPhones and other hot gadgets, according to a Thursday blog from security vendor Sophos.
Sophos expressed bemusement that although it's no secret that blogs and forums have become the new playing ground for spammers and scammers, Apple apparently has set up no spam … Read more
Sony has eked out a small victory against Apple in the market for portable music players.
Sales of Sony's Walkman line beat those of Apple's iPod line in Japan for the month of August, according to survey results released Thursday by BCN, a Tokyo-based research firm. During August, Sony took a 47.8 percent share of the portable music player market, while Apple captured 44 percent.
This marks the first time that Sony has inched ahead of Apple in a monthly tally since BCN began its surveys in 2001.
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On Wednesday at the Apple music event in San Francisco, I had a short chat with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as he strolled through the demo room for the media, just after he had announced various updates for the iPod, Apple TV, and iTunes onstage.
One of the those was the introduction of a new social network for music called Ping that Apple has integrated within iTunes 10 and which looks an awful lot like the experience you get on Facebook.
Essentially, it is a vertical version--in this case for music--of the powerful social networking site.
For the uninitiated, that's Internet shorthand for "I couldn't care less." Last year's iPod Nano with camera failed to ignite much instant excitement, and this year's new products didn't appear to fare much better. It's not that they're not good products--the announcements are just not generating the same amount of hype and interest as, say, an iPhone or iPad launch these days.
One of the issues is that Apple sets the bar pretty high for these kinds of special events, particularly in the last year. But the bigger one is that as Apple closes in on a decade of making the iPod, it's become clear that the category has become rather ho-hum for the company.
That's not to understate the iPod's influence. The first MP3 player from Apple in 2001 morphed it from a computer company into a consumer device and digital content company and paved the way for Apple's ability to turn the existing smartphone and tablet categories completely on their heads. But the iPod's influence on the company has been waning for some time, as was demonstrated Wednesday. … Read more
People who describe themselves as friendly often aren't. What they actually mean is that they're friendly to people with whom they can find something in common.
When it comes to encountering a public that is a touch more general, they're as indifferent as the next man. Who is, of course, indifferent to them. Unless they can establish some commonality, that is. If they manage that, the conversation can suddenly turn from one of utter emptiness, to one of radically emotional charge.
Remember those times when you sit at a bar and happen upon someone who supports the … Read more