Nintendo Today Released Wii Update that Brings Minor Menu Changes

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 11:42am.

Wii update brings aesthetic changes to the Wii shop, Digital clock on main menu, updated Weather Forecast Channel, today’s accomplishments note on the message board and changes to the way virtual console games are ordered. If you have done unauthorized technical modification, this upgrade could cause interoperability problems.

Nintendo Confirms August 21st Launch of Red and Black DS

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 11:31am.

Nintendo has confirmed that the rumored bundle of Red and Black DS and Brain Age 2 will be available August 21st for $149.99. 

Nokia Officially Releases Prism Collection

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 11:19am.

Nokia has released two phones in Prism collection, 7500 and 7900. The 7500 is the lower end of the collection and has a QVGA display, 2-megapixel camera, GSM (900/1800/1900) and EDGE. The 7900 has quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), WCDMA 850/2100, 1GB of internal storage and 2” OLED screen. The 7500 would cost you Euro 210 ($288) and the 7900 is Euro 400 ($549).

Sony BMG Releases iPod Game Musika

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 4:24am.

Sony BMG released a Unique iPod game called musika. The game works with 5th generation iPod and is available for $4.99 on iTunes. The game is described by Sony BMG as:

Your music, your game! musika is a groundbreaking music visualizer game for your iPod that taps into your song library to create original game play. Characters appear on screen with a wide variety of visual effects. If you see a character that's in the song title, hit the center button. Faster reactions will earn you more points and special icons can be hit for bonus effects.

Apple Event Live Coverage Today at 10 AM PDT

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 2:57am.

Apple will have a Press Event today at the Town Hall in Cupertino. We will bring you coverage of the Event on this website. Tune in at 10 AM PDT and 1 PM EDT for the latest from Apple.

The Event will start in less then 15 minutes and everyone here feels that Apple will definitely release new iMacs.

Apple Store is offline now. and the event is about to start in few minutes.

On Stage there is a large object like a 30" screen under black  cloak, is it the new iMac?

Steve comes to the stage and talks about the Mac and the tremendous momentum Mac has generated.

 

Now Steve talks about iMac and how its a very clean design. he says iMac is a very successful product. how can we improve iMac by using  Aluminum and glass. which we use in all our Pro product.

" This is the new iMac design it has USB2.0, Firewire 400 and Firewire 800. Slot load Superdrive , iSight camera and Microphone. the new iMac will come in 20" and 24" and customers say they love glossy displays."

" New iMac also new keyboard you might have seen it on web just .33" with full complement of keys"

"what about the inside up to 2.4Ghz Core 2 Extreme processor up to 4GB of memory. ATI Radeon HD graphics card Up to 1 TB hard drive, 802.11n and Bluetooth built in. Today we're replacing the 24" lowering price by $200 and replacing the 17 inch with 20" for $1199 model."

" Want to see our new ad" plays the new iMac ad.

so three models 20", 2Ghz and ATI HD 2400XT for $1199

20", 2.4GHz and ATI hd 2600 Pro for $1499

24" 2.4 GHz and ATI HD 2600 Pro for $1799

Now he is talking about Application. " Apple invented category of digital lifestyle application. Introducing iLife 08 Totally new biggest jump since we introduced it. We're replacing one of the apps with something that takes it to a new level." 

"iPhoto. We're adding "Events". Digital cameras have made it so easy and inexpensive, photo libraries have grown, not unusual to find photo library with 5 or 6 thousand photos. It's getting hard to find 'em. We make albums, go to some event, take photos, and look what's happened. We have tons of albums. They're centered around events. Birthday party, family reunion. We label the albums. We have a computer, we could do this automatically. Automatically makes events out of your photos. Around 50 photos per avg per event. What that means is, instead of looking through 5K, you're just looking through 100 events. Makes photos manageable again. What photos go in an event? When it automatically makes an event, what does it do? All photos taken in a day. All photos yesterday, put in an event. photos taken two days ago in an event, and so on. What happens if I go to a b-day party in the morning and wedding in the afternoon? Just pick first photo and splits automatically into two events. Multi-day events can be joined together into single event.  With iPhoto '08, can hide photos and see only ones you like, but then later bring them back and view them. Only see photos starred three stars and above. Copy photo adjustments for a single photo and paste them into the rest of the pics you've taken at the same time. New books and calendars. Dust cover on the front. Calendars have been popular, offering ones that are 75% bigger at the same price."

" Announcing .Mac web gallery works hand in glove with iPhoto 08. what does it do? has on button photo sharing, integrated into iphoto 08. Makes web gallery, uploads automatically. Now people that veiw photos, if yo let them, can download print quality downloads. users can contribute photos from anywhere. out with your iPhone, we've added "send to web gallery" on your iphone. Pick one, emails to special address, that photo will show up on your web gallery. View others web galleries right on your iPhone, great IPhone experience, fully integrated".

"Next Up: iMovies. Got one library for all video you've shot. can scrool through it all just like our photos. Can rediscover and enjoy all you video as well as make movies more quickly. Takes video from any source. HDV, still cameras that do video, brand new AVCHD camcorders. Allows for super fast movie creation. You can go to share menu, make version for iTunes. Watch on computer, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV. Put on .Mac web gallery."

  "We're slinging around HD video we've taken. You can imagine making a movie in 20 minutes. It's very well thought through. Can share it, pick resolutions that I want. One of things I want to show you is .Mac Web Gallery. put a few movies on there. You can see, it's higher res than a DVD, anyone can see this. This is the movie our video engineered made. You can make it in 20 minutes and put it on the web. This is a much better and much faster way to do it. There's a mobile resolution for watching on your iPhone. If you want, people can download to their own computer as well."

"So now i'd like to talk aboutiWeb. Enhanced version of iWeb, makes better website. Live web widgets. add google maps, we've made it so that you can put it right in. another thing you can add is Google Adsense. personal domain support. If you have a personal domain, that's now supported."

"iDVD There are some people who still want to make DVDs, we're adding pro encoding, new themes. Really high production values. We're making even better with iDVD and iLife 08."

 "GarageBand, multi-take recording. Magic GarageBand, way to experiment, best way to communicate is just to show you. Let me show you." Demo time! "Magic GarageBand gives me genres to play with: blues, rock, jazz, country, reggae, funk, latin, another rock style, and slow blues. I'm going to audition latin. Gives me little jazz club with my instruments." Looks like you can switch instruments playing each part of the preloaded track. Changing violin to trumpet, removing the drums. "When I've got something I like, can add my own voice and instruments, loops, change around however I want to. Way for musicians and non-musicians alike to get into GarageBand. That's GarageBand. And these are the five new apps in iLife '08. Sells for just $79, one of the best bargains on the planet. Available today."

"iLife ships free with all new Macs, Starting today. That's iLife. We talked also about .Mac. Series of great services, now we're adding Web Gallery. Also, offering 1GB of Storage. That might be a little small. Offering all subscribers 10 GB of storage. .Mac $99.95, one year subscription."

"That leaves iWork. Keynote and Pages. New iWork 08. New Keynote, new text effect, new transitions, instant Alpha. Keynote generates animations for you. so, these are some of the features as part of keynote 08."

" So Pages, this is a word processor optimized for page laout, but some wanted just a word processor. So now it's super easy to do both. Want WP, just get that, want page layout get great page layout. Distinct modes. Get contextual format bar. Text, photo, table. Built-in change tracking, compatible with word document. And 140 Apple designed templates, have cool templates built-in. so that's pages"

" We've got keynote and Pages, but when you think of productivity, think of third app: Numbers, a spreadsheet for the rest of us. Done in the style of Keynote and Pages. We've got intelligent tables. Readable formulas. Checkboxes and slider. Sort and filter, pick column and just sort. Want to change formatting of one part without screwing up the other part. Numbers let s you have multiple formats on single page. Can make gorgeous looking spreadsheets very quickly. Customizable templates, use what we supply or create your own. And of course, import and export all Excel documents."

 " We've got iLife 08, .Mac, iWork 08, all work with Tiger, all will work with leopard when we introduce it later this year. This is what we've got for you this morning. We can do something we don't normall do because of this more intimate setting Q&A."

Tim Cook (COO) and Phil Schiller (product marketing) are on stage with steve.

 

"How well will you market this ecosystem to consumers, and show how seamlessly all this stuff works together?"

Steve: "We've got a phenomenal customer base, they show their friends and their friends get jealous."

"Why are you not participating in Intel Inside program and not putting stickers on your Macs?"

Steve: "What can I say? We like our own stickers better. Don't get me wrong, we love Intel, combined with our OS, we've really tuned them well together. Everyone knows we use Intel processors, we'd rather tell them about the product inside the box."

Phil: "Too much stuff on PC box, stickers on laptop, trialware, You don't have to peel stuff off."

"How thin are the iMacs?"

Steve: "Really thin. You'll get your hands on it in a minute, but they're appreciably thinner."

"Two thirds of your products on mobile side, where do things go on the Mac side."

Steve: "Desktops still an important part. Don't require miniaturization of notebook, can offer bigger keyboards, screens, lower cost. Some consumers will want to own both. We think iMac has bright future ahead of it."

Didn't mention Mac mini today how is ti doing?

Tim: " We're refreshing the mini today."

"Looking at what you've done with the iPhone, there's volatility in the stock. How satisfied that the product is on track?"

Steve: "We think the iPhone is a pretty strong success, we think most of the world sees it that way too. We're really happy with how it's going."

"How is Apple TV today? How does it fit into Mac?"

Steve: "We're here to talk about Mac, we'll have some news for the Apple TV soon, but nothing to talk about today."

"What about AMD chips?"

Steve: "We use Intel chips"

"What about the iMac in business?"

Tim: "We're seeing a lot of growth in business use. Mac is growing and a lot of that is business."

Steve: "A lot of other apps that run on the Mac, MSFT Office. But don't discount that more and more of business is communication, so lots of people have to sell internally, and they're excited about the tools we're offering. We see the iMac having some traction in business."

"With someone editing movies and going to publish, why not support HD uploads?"

Steve: "We do. Turns out that HD camcorders don't have sensors that are full HD, so they produce images that are slightly lower than HD, but are still stellar. We use that res, which is close, but not quite HD. Best you can do under $10k" Uh, that's not quite right, is it?

"Introduced multitouch on iPhone, what about for the Mac?"

Steve: "Makes sense for the iPhone, not sure it makes sense in the Mac. Classify that as a research project."

"There has been a suggestion that Apple appeals to smaller elite than mass customer base. Is it your goal to overtake PC in marketshare?"

Steve: "Goal is to make the best PC in the world, and make something we can recommend to family in friends. There is some stuff in our industry we wouldn't be proud to ship. We can't ship junk. Thresholds we just can't cross. But we want to make the best personal computers in the industry. Our products are usually not premium priced. Price our competitors' computers, and add in all the extras, we're competitive. We don't offer stripped down products. We compare favorably. Thank you very much for coming today."

That's all for today!

 More details: Engadget

 

Apple Press Event Rumor Round Up

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 2:54am.

On 7th August at 10AM Apple is having it press event, many rumors are going around on web about what apple will release tomorrow.  Here is a list of all the rumors
1)    New iMac: We don’t think this is a rumor we will see the new iMacs tomorrow but there are rumors about it price and size also. According to rumors there will be 20” and 24” and will range from $1199 to $1999. iMac will have an all aluminum design.
2)    Macbook Slim: A sub 4-pound notebook with a 12” screen. Some are calling it Macbook Mini or Macbook Nano also
3)    Macbook with Flash drive: it’s the same sub 4-pound notebook but with a SSD.
4)    Mac mini: Well apple has not updated Mac mini for more then a year, it deserves some attention.
5)    iLife: Rumors are the apple will release it new iLife version tomorrow or Apple will at least demo it.
6)    iPod: though apple has said that this is a Mac event only but still there are rumors that apple will announce new iPod.
7)    .Mac update: we this program also need update so we hope they do update it.

At Last Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 price drop

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 2:52am.

Well we know everyone knows about the price drop but that did not stop Microsoft from announcing it. The Premium system will get $50 off (now $349), Elite system will get $30 off (now $449) and Core system will get $20 off (now $279). These prices will be effective from 8th of this month, you have to wait two more days.

NAS Enclosure by Lindy for Your Mac Mini

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 2:50am.

This NAS enclosure designed to work with Mac Mini uses 3.5” ATA hard drive. The enclosure features a built-in FTP server, Samba support, 10/100 Ethernet and supports USB for direct connection to you Mac mini. You can get it in UK for 64.99 pound, no word on availability in US

NEC and Hitachi Bring Water Cooling to Hard Drive

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 2:49am.

NEC and Hitachi have developed a Water cooling technology which will bring the temperature of the hard drive down and the hard drive will function at less then 5db. NEC and Hitachi employs noise absorbing, heat conducting plates and a low-speed radiator fan for this technology to work. According to the companies, the material used in the plates and housing is the most efficient heat conducting material ever. To get this hard drive you will be paying 20,000 more yens in Japan.
You can read more here: Arstechnica

Alienware Area-51 m5550 up for “Quick Ship”

Submitted by lalit on August 7, 2007 - 2:46am.

Alienware is now offering a new “Quick Ship” version of its Area-51 m5550 laptop. If you want your Alienware laptop sooner and don’t mind losing the configuration option so dear to all Alienware lovers, you get a very well equipped laptop for $1699. The laptop comes with 15.4” LCD screen, Intel T7200 Core 2 Duo (2GHz) processor, ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive and an 8x dual layer DVD burner. Alienware guarantees that your laptop will ship within 48 hours.