Monday, May 7, 2007

Some rumors...


1- When a couple of days ago Steve Jobs posted his open letter on Apple's future environmental practices, he mentioned that Apple's line of computers will be switching from mercury-based LCD displays to LED backlit displays within the next year or two:
We plan to introduce our first Macs with LED backlight technology in 2007....Apple plans to completely eliminate the use of arsenic in all of its displays by the end of 2008....Apple plans to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mercury by transitioning to LED backlighting for all displays when technically and economically feasible.

And, according to a recent AppleInsider report, the first computers to sport these new displays will be the MacBook's and MacBook Pro's. This makes sense, because apart from being more environmentally friendly, the LED displays will have reduced power consumption, enabling notebook batteries to last longer per charge.

2- iPhone to ship between June 15th and July 15th. As a leaked memo reveals, AT&T pressures its employees not to take vacations during the month between June and July 15th, to be ready for the "biggest selling period we have seen in a few years" caused by the iPhone. So I guess Steve Jobs won't be saying "shipping today" when he delivers his WWDC keynote on June 11th...

3- Finally, ThinkSecret seeks to redeem itself from a lack of substantial rumors during the past couple of months by announcing an "unconfirmed" yet "partially plausible" report from "unproven sources" suggest that Apple may unveil an iPod update as soon as tomorrow. Of course though, " this information has yet to be confirmed by other sources at this time." So basically, tomorrow's a Tuesday, which is when Apple usually announced products, and ThinkSecret really wants new iPods, so they just wrote about it! No but really, I think a new iPod would be cool to have this early (especially with iPhone-like touch controls), but I think this would distract people too much from the iPhone and reduce the "special cool" factor from it as well.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Good old advertising...


It seems to me that wherever I go nowadays I hear something about advertising. First, Google plunks down $3.1 billion (twice as much as they did for YouTube) to buy DoubleClick, that annoying little company that provides 80% of all the banner ads you see on the internet and that tracks your browsing habits with a nifty little cookie. Then Microsoft, of all companies, complains about the monopolistic advantages this would give Google:
"This proposed acquisition raises serious competition and privacy concerns in that it gives the Google DoubleClick combination unprecedented control in the delivery of online advertising, and access to a huge amount of consumer information by tracking what customers do online."

Since when does Microsoft complain about lack of competition? As far as I know, Microsoft's still facing multiple lawsuits over monopolistic practices in the EU. Next Yahoo's just announced its purchase of Right Media (another online ad company) in retaliation to Google. But wait, this saga's not over yet! Microsoft has apparently decided to be a hypocrite all the way, and is currently in talks to buy Yahoo! !! Because that wouldn't be monopolistic at all, right Bill?

Who wouldn't want to be rewarded with an iPod?


Apple's Corporate Gifting and Rewards Program allows companies to reward their best workers with goodies like MacBooks, iPods, and iTunes gift Cards. Apple is giving special pricing on orders of 50 items or more, as an incentive to buy more. The deals are made individually per client by calling or e-mailing Apple to set up a deal. Companies have the option of engraving their own logo on the back of the iPod, and preloading audio tracks with such things as training talks, product overviews, and speeches. It's a smart move by Apple, and a smart move by the company that orders the deal. You can imagine how well synchronized a company would be if it's members are listening to the same training track, or product information track, before talking to the customers. Plus, of course, it has the benefit of employee loyalty and increased efficiency, because they'll want more rewards.
If you're interested, check out Apple's site on corporate gifting by clicking here: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&mco=278A940C&node=home/campaigns/corporate_gifting

Friday, April 27, 2007

This is what I want the next iMac to look like


Like we've said before, the next iMac is supposed to tout new multi-touch functionality. But what if it could get a really major hardware overhaul, with a really futuristic design? What do you think it should look like? While looking for some cool PC pictures I found a story by TechRepublic, which has pictures of the six winning computers of the PC Design Contest 2007. The one I really found appealing however was the "Any Top" PC which won the design for elimination connection wires. It has a very thin display that looks made of glass, which fits very well with Vista's Aero theme and transparent windows that are running on it. Another nice feature is its specialized touchscreen wireless keyboard that can turn into a display monitor when not plugged in.

Now by no means am I saying that Apple isn't working hard right now coming up with the next revolutionary design, but I think Apple should learn from this contest and make sure that PC will never look better than Macs in the future.

P.S. Lots of the winning designers seem to have taken a leaf out of Apple's book too, because most of the winning PC's are pure white.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Test Post on Office 2007


I just installed Microsoft Office 2007 on my PC and I found that Word has a blogging feature, so I'm testing it right now in this post.

So far it seems to work pretty well, except that to be able to post pictures I have to have my own upload server, whereas when I blog right on the Blogger site I can just upload using that. That means that if I want to include pictures in my posts I'll have to go back and edit them online. However this still seems like a pretty neat idea because this way when I open saved unfinished posts in word I can go directly to publishing it online without opening a web browser. The only thing that worries me is the message that Office gave me after I entered my username and password. It was something like this: "When Office publishes to your blog online your information can be seen by others, including your username and password. Do you want to continue?" Of course I accepted, but I'm wondering if all non-browser blog software has this setback or if this is going to be a deal breaker for other blogging sites. On the other hand there's a "Manage Accounts" button which could be useful for publishing on multiple blogs or having different writers for the same blog, like we do. So now I'll hit the "Publish" button and see what happens! Also, look for a more extended review of Office 2007 during the next few weeks, as I'll be posting my thoughts about this exciting update by Microsoft.

Update: Publishing obviously worked successfully, but two things that I've noticed are that Office 2007 cannot republish a post (i.e. for an update or edit) and that there is no way to enter tags right into Word (or at least tags compatible with Blogger's tagging procedure. I had to actually go to the Blogger web site to tag this post,do this update, and upload the picture.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Vista is so good...


...that Dell has started offering Linux and brought back Windows XP as a option for your operating system. After all, when large companies decide not to upgrade to Vista you kind of need to offer them what they want. Oh, and these are pretty interesting:
-Micheal Dell doesn't use Windows (not even XP), he uses Linux*
-PCWorld says don't buy Windows Vista
-Oh, and Microsoft is dead.

*Maybe in a year he'll be running a Mac?

[via FakeSteve]

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Steve Jobs to host a three hour keynote filled with dozens of new iProducts and iAnnouncements....not


This morning Apple wrote on its WWDC2007 page that the keynote would last for three entire hours, causing us to speculate and er...sing about what Steve Jobs would reveal, demo, and distort for us during this unusually long keynote. Unfortunately for us this was just a rather extensive typo, so there will be no random products like iArmors and other iWhiteObjects announced to fill in the time. Sorry!