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10
Sep

“Let’s Rock” Keynote Video Stream Posted

Apple has posted a video stream of yesterday's keynote. The keynote is also available as a podcast on iTunes.

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9
Sep

Apple Event : New Products Introduced

Apple introduced quite a few products today during their "Let's Rock" special event:

As expected, they revealed iTunes 8. The new version, available today for download, includes

  • Support for High Definition TV shows ($2.99 for High Definition episodes and $1.99 for Standard Definition episodes)
  • Genius playlists: automatically find songs similar to the ones you own
  • New grid view
  • New visualizer

Apple also introduced new iPod nanos :
  • Thinnest iPod ever that comes in 9 Colors: silver, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, black
  • Accelerometer
  • Shake iPod to shuffle
  • Genius playlists
  • Aluminum with curved glass
  • $149 for 8GB. $199 for 16GB.
Apple introduced a new iPod Classic (only in 120 GB) and new iPod Touch with the following features:
  • 2.1 Firmware (see below)
  • Built-in speaker, volume controls (similar to the iPhone)
  • Genius playlist
  • Nike+iPod support
  • Better battery (36 hours when playing music and 6 hours when playing videos)
  • new prices : $229 for 8GB, $299 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB
Today iPod shuffle also got new colors and a price drop.
And finally, iPhone and iPod Touch OS 2.1 will also be available this friday:
  • better battery life and bug fixes
  • fewer call drops
  • backups are going to be faster (that will be great...)
  • no App crashes (finally!)
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9
Sep

What to expect from today’s Special Event: Rumors roundup and predictions

During the last few days the Special Event made the headlines of most Mac Web Sites. We heard a lot of rumors about new products announcements. What can be expected and what is never going to happen?

  • New iPod Nano : 100% chance. The accessories suppliers already released cases for the new nano. Its shape will be longer than the current nano and it will have a bigger screen. Available in 8 and 16 Gig and 9 colors
  • iTunes 8 : 95% chance. Apple Insider just reported that one of its readers saw a download link for iTunes 8 on Apple Web Site (it appeared shortly before it was removed).
  • New iPhone OS 2.1 : 95% chance. The new OS is probably going to be released today. It will have bug fixes, notifications (for iChat like software), better GPS functionalities...and copy & paste functionality.
  • New iPod Touch : 90% chance. With GPS and higher RAM capacity. It might replace the iPod Classic for good.
  • “One more thing” : 45% chance. The “one more thing” would be a little tablet. No evidence of that product has been discovered in the past few days.
  • New MacBook and MacBook Pro : 10% chance . You might have to wait a couple of days for those new toys.
  • Upgraded Mac Mini : 10% chance. Same here. Coming soon, but not yet.

Let’s see in a couple of hours if our predictions were right!

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8
Sep

A Mac Notebook For Less Than $600

If you're looking for a cheap Mac notebook, don't go to an Apple Store. You'll be out of luck. However, some folks at Cult of Mac just published an article about how to use an eeePC or an MSI Wind with Mac OS X. It seems to work quite well, even if it is not totally legal.

 

 

OSX was installed on an ASUS eeePC 1000H, that has a 10-inch screen, a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1-GB RAM, and a 80 GB Hard Drive. According to the personn who performed the installation, the performance is quite good (similar to a MacBook or a G5).

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8
Sep

News About Cube-Zone

As you might have noticed, the Cube-Zone does not have its archives online yet. We're progressively updating the site with them (it is going to take a bit of time since the site started in 2000...). The gallery section now has some MacWorld Expo Photos as well as Paris Apple Expo pics. We also added some Cube mods and users desks with G4 Cube. The iPod galleries will be back online this week.

If you want to add a picture of your setup (even if you do not have a Cube), feel free to contact us!

We will soon reopen our forums and classifieds pages.

We're still looking for contributors and a new logo design.

Cyril

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