New Features in iWeb ’08

Submitted by lalit on August 12, 2007 - 2:57pm.

iWeb ‘08 offers new features to make websites more interactive by adding live web widgets such as Google Maps, targeted ads using Google AdSense and photos or movies from .Mac Web Galleries. Users can also add Internet video, news headlines, weather and more from any site that supports HTML snippets. A new “My Album” page template lets users easily organize photo albums and videos into one simple index web page. The new iWeb includes a range of beautiful new Apple-designed themes that users can change at any time to experiment with different web page designs, even after their site has been published. With a .Mac membership, users can also now host iWeb websites using their own personal domains.

New Features in iMovie ’08

Submitted by lalit on August 12, 2007 - 1:48pm.

With iMovie ‘08, Apple’s movie-making software has been completely reinvented to let users rediscover and enjoy their video library, make movies in minutes instead of hours, and share their movies with family, friends or the entire world in a snap. iMovie ‘08 can import video from the latest AVCHD, HDV and DV camcorders, as well as from digital cameras, and displays a user’s entire video library whether it’s stored on internal or external drives. Users can preview any of their video clips by simply moving their mouse over the clip to “skim” through it forward or backward at any speed, including faster than real time. Users can select video as easily as selecting text, make a movie by simply dragging the selected video into a project, then easily add a soundtrack from iTunes, voiceovers, and elegant effects and cinematic titles. iMovie ‘08 makes it as easy as a few clicks to enjoy your movies on an iPod, iPhone or Apple TV, or share with the entire world on YouTube.
Two features that are missing and should have been there are, one you can’t alter audio volume within clips. You can only change overall volume, rather than making changes to different parts of the clip. Second you cannot change the length of transitions.

New Features in iPhoto ’08

Submitted by lalit on August 12, 2007 - 1:10pm.

iPhoto ‘08 automatically groups all photos into Events, each containing a day’s worth of photos represented by a single picture. Users can simply move their mouse over an Event to instantly “skim” through all its photos. Users can split a single day’s event into multiple events, such as a birthday party in the morning and a wedding in the evening, or merge events on multiple days into a single event, such as a weekend ski vacation. Users can hide photos they don’t want to see every day but don’t want to throw away, and a unified search allows users to instantly find all their photos across all Events by rating, date and keywords. Users can produce frame-worthy prints on a home printer with new Apple-designed photo themes, and order keepsake books with customizable dust jackets and professional quality hardcovers with elegant foil printing, new spiral-bound softcover books that can be laid flat for easy viewing, or new larger wall calendars.
For .Mac members, Apple is also introducing the stunning .Mac Web Gallery. .Mac Web Gallery is fully integrated with iPhoto ’08 and iMovie ’08, letting users share their photos and movies on the web with just a few clicks. .Mac Web Gallery automatically builds a website containing photo galleries and movies that can be viewed on any modern computer or iPhone. Photos can be downloaded to print at sizes up to 16x20, and movies can be viewed at higher-than-DVD resolution.

HTC Announced Availability of HTC Advantage in US

Submitted by lalit on August 9, 2007 - 7:33am.

HTC announced the US retail availability of the HTC Advantage. The HTC Advantage packs powerful productivity features into a unique and innovative design. Based on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, the HTC Advantage includes Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile for quick access to email, calendar and contacts and Microsoft Office Mobile enabling the creation and editing of Microsoft Office documents. The HTC Advantage includes a thin, magnetically connected QWERTY keyboard and advanced connectivity with Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi. In addition, the HTC Advantage enables powerful navigation capabilities with its built-in GPS and optional TeleNav GPS Navigator™ service that provides 3D turn-by-turn driving directions, business directory, and traffic alerts and rerouting. Other features include, 5-inch VGA touch display, HDD 8GB, ROM 256MB, RAM 128MB, miniSD® card slot, HTC VueFLO® for easy navigation and 3.5mm Stereo audio jack.
HTC Advantage will be available through CompUSA and Amazon.com for $899.

Creative Zen V Plus 16GB Flash Based Player Available in US for $249

Submitted by lalit on August 9, 2007 - 7:17am.

A week after it was released in Singapore the 16GB Creative Zen V Plus is released in US. The biggest surprise is the cost its $249 (wake up Apple). Definitely its bigger then iPod Nano but you only get 8GB for $249 in Nano so 16GB Zen V Plus is a deal. Other features except price are 1.5” OLED screen, 15 hours battery life, support for MP3, WMA, WAV, Audible, JPEG and uncompressed AVI, FM radio and voice recorder. The organizer syncs with Microsoft Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks.

Apple Updates Mac mini

Submitted by lalit on August 8, 2007 - 6:07am.

Apple updated its Mac mini with Intel Core 2 Duo Processors and 1GB of RAM. Apple has two models of the mini the lower-end mini ($599) has 1.83GHz processor, 80GB hard drive and 24x Combo Drive where as the higher-end mini ($799) has 2.0GHz processor, 120GB hard drive and 8x Dual-layer SuperDrive. Rest of the configuration remains same as previous generation Mac mini that is 64MB Intel GMA 950 graphics processor, Ethernet, wireless 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0, one FireWire port, four USB 2.0 port, audio line in/optical digital audio input and headphone/optical digital audio output.

Apple Introduces iWork ‘08

Submitted by lalit on August 8, 2007 - 5:48am.

Apple today introduced iWork ’08, a significant upgrade to Apple’s productivity software suite featuring new versions of Pages and Keynote word processing and presentation applications, and introducing an innovative new spreadsheet application called “Numbers.” Numbers introduces the concept of intelligent tables on a flexible canvas, a new approach that makes it easy to organize information, create calculations, analyze results and make spreadsheets look as great as they work. Pages ’08 now features distinct modes for streamlined word processing and flexible page layout, a new contextual format bar and change tracking, and Keynote ’08 now includes text effects, transitions and themes that help users easily compose spectacular presentations, and Smart Builds with easy-to-set-up A-to-B animations that make impressive animations easy for anyone to create.

iWork ’08 is now available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $79 (US).

We will cover each of the iWork apps separately very soon.

Apple Enhances .Mac

Submitted by lalit on August 8, 2007 - 5:46am.

Apple announced significant enhancements to its .Mac online service, highlighted by the debut of .Mac Web Gallery, a new feature for sharing photos and movies on the Internet. .Mac Web Gallery lets members easily share photos and movies directly from iLife ’08 with anyone on a Mac, PC or iPhone in stunning quality. In addition, .Mac Web Gallery visitors can download high quality images for printing and even contribute photos using a standard web browser or email. Other new .Mac features include a tenfold increase in .Mac storage to 10GB, support for personal domains for iWeb websites and enhancements to .Mac Mail.

.Mac is available as a subscription-based service for $99.95 (US) per year for individuals and $179.95 (US) for a Family Pack which includes one master account and four sub accounts.

Apple Introduces iLife ‘08

Submitted by lalit on August 8, 2007 - 5:44am.

Apple introduced iLife ’08, featuring a major new version of iPhoto and a completely reinvented iMovie. iPhoto ’08 automatically organizes photo libraries into Events that let users more easily manage their growing photo collections, and iMovie ’08 introduces an entirely new way for users to quickly make movies and share them online. Both iPhoto and iMovie integrate seamlessly with the new .Mac Web Gallery, Apple’s new service for .Mac members to instantly create and host stunning online websites for their photos and videos. iLife ’08 also features iWeb ’08, with live web widgets such as Google Maps that let users create even more dynamic websites, and GarageBand ’08, with its new Magic GarageBand feature that makes it fun and easy for both musicians and non-musicians to create great sounding songs.

“Apple has taken iLife ’08 to a new level that is years ahead of anything available for the PC,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We think iLife ’08 gives Mac users even more reasons to love their Macs, and PC users even more reasons to switch.”

iLife ’08 is now available for a suggested retail price of $79 (US) through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

We will cover each of the iLife apps separately very soon.

Apple Releases All-new iMac Encased in Aluminum and Glass Enclosure

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 2:56pm.

Apple today introduced an all-new iMac line featuring 20” and 24” inch widescreen displays encased in aluminum and glass enclosure. The iMac comes with latest Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz or 2.4Ghz, or 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme processor, Support up to 4GB of RAM, up to 1Tb hard drive, 8x SuperDrive, 802.11n, Bluetooth and Ethernet. The 20” screen has 1680 x1050 resolution, 800:1 contrast ratio and 290 nits brightness, where as the 24” has 1920 X 1200 resolution, 750:1 contrast ratio and 380 nits brightness.

The iMac comes with ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, built-in iSight camera and iLife 08. The 20” model with 2.0Ghz processor has 128MB ATI Radeon HD 2400XT Graphics processor and the 20” and 24” models with 2.4 GHz processor has 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics processor. All iMacs have one FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, three USB 2.0 ports, Built-in stereo speaker, headphone/optical digital audio output, audio line in/optical digital audio input and Built-in microphone. The 20” model with 2.0 GHz processor and 250GB hard drive is $1199, 20” model with 2.4GHz processor and 320GB hard drive is $1499 and the 24” model with 2.4GHz processor and 320GB hard drive is $1799.