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The all New iPod Nano is here

by on Sep.10, 2009, under Gadgets, Reviews, Technology

The all new Ipod Nano is here loaded with a camera, pausable radio and much more. Apple’s new fifth generation iPod Nano with video camera, FM tuner and Pedometer was finally unveiled at the Rock and Roll event held in San Francisco yesterday. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the company got inspired with the flash-memory based pocket cameras. The two camera bearing iPod nano models – 8GB and 16GB  – are priced at Rs. 9,700 and Rs. 11,200 respectively and will be available in nine vibrant colors: Red, Pink, Silver, Black, Purple, Blue, Green, Orange and Yellow.

The fifth generation iPod Nano has larger 2.2-inch LCD display supporting 240×376 pixel resolution but bears the same shape as the fourth generation iPod Nano. The new iPod Nano has a built-in video camera with mic placed on the back of the unit.

The camera shoots H.264 VGA video in 640×480 pixel resolutions at 30 frames per second with AAC audio – in either portrait or landscape mode. Along with that new iPod Nano also has fifteen special effects applicable real time: Sepia, Black and White, X-Ray, Film Grain, Thermal, Security Cam, Cyborg, Bulge, Kaleido, Motion Blur, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Dent, Stretch, and Twirl.

Built-in microphone can also be used as a voice recorder. Just like many other media players, consumers will be delighted to know that new iPod Nano has built-in FM tuner with live pause feature. With live pause feature users can rewind up to 15 minutes and then catch up with the live broadcast. Also the iTunes Tagging feature allows tagging songs played radio for identifying them. Then iTunes will create a list for later viewing or purchase songs from iTunes store.

iPod Nano

 

The new iPod Nano also has built in VoiceOver support with navigation cues in 20 languages and looks like becoming a norm in iPod lineup. Another innovative feature called the Genius Mixes automatically creates up to 12 playlists based on the music on the device’s media library. Now you can keep track of your steps with the built-in pedometer when used with Nike+ Service along with specific Nike shoes pair. Of course, the shake to shuffle feature still exists, you hold the iPod in landscape mode and press the center button to experience the Cover Flow feature.  

Up to 24 hours of music playback or 5 hours of video playback is offered in single charge of new iPod Nano. The 8GB new iPod Nano model can record up to 7 hours of video while 16GB model can capture up to 14 hours of video.

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Snow Leopard shipping August 28th for $29

by on Aug.24, 2009, under Computer, News, Reviews, Technology

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

A lot of buzz was created after Apple seeded Mac OS X 10.6 Build 10A432 which was purported to be the Gold Master or the final build. In the release notes (pdf) of Mac OS X 10.6 Build 10A432, Apple lists the Mac machines that can support 64-bit kernel. So, the developers can develop and test their 64-bit applications along with 64-bit device drivers.

Snow Leopard will ship out starting August 28th as a $29 upgrade.

Apple to Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard on August 28

CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X v10.6 Snow Leopard(TM) will go on sale Friday, August 28 at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers, and that Apple’s online store is now accepting pre-orders. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade for Mac OS X Leopard® users for $29.

“Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever and we’re happy to get it to users earlier than expected,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “For just $29, Leopard users get a smooth upgrade to the world’s most advanced operating system and the only system with built in Exchange support.”

To create Snow Leopard, Apple engineers refined 90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects that make up Mac OS X. Users will notice refinements including a more responsive Finder(TM); Mail that loads messages up to twice as fast;* Time Machine® with an up to 80 percent faster initial backup;* a Dock with Expose® integration; QuickTime® X with a redesigned player that allows users to easily view, record, trim and share video; and a 64-bit version of Safari® 4 that is up to 50 percent** faster and resistant to crashes caused by plug-ins. Snow Leopard is half the size of the previous version and frees up to 7GB of drive space once installed.

For the first time, system applications including Finder, Mail, iCal®, iChat® and Safari are 64-bit and Snow Leopard’s support for 64-bit processors makes use of large amounts of RAM, increases performance and improves security while remaining compatible with 32-bit applications. Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) provides a revolutionary new way for software developers to write applications that take advantage of multicore processors. OpenCL, a C-based open standard, allows developers to tap the incredible power of the graphics processing unit for tasks that go beyond graphics.

Snow Leopard is the only desktop operating system with built in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and it allows you to use Mac OS X Mail, Address Book and iCal to send and receive email, create and respond to meeting invitations, and search and manage contacts with global address lists. Exchange information works seamlessly within Snow Leopard so users can also take advantage of OS X only features such as fast Spotlight® searches and Quick Look previews.

Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard, the next major release of the world’s easiest to use server operating system, will also go on sale Friday, August 28. Snow Leopard Server includes innovative new features such as Podcast Producer 2 and Mobile Access Server and is priced more affordably than ever at $499 with unlimited client licenses. More information and full system requirements for Snow Leopard Server can be found at www.apple.com/server/macosx/.

Pricing & Availability

Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard on August 28 at Apple’s retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers, and online pre-orders can be made through Apple’s online store (www.apple.com) starting today. The Snow Leopard single user license will be available for a suggested retail price of $29 (US) and the Snow Leopard Family Pack, a single household, five-user license, will be available for a suggested price of $49 (US). For Tiger® users with an Intel-based Mac®, the Mac Box Set includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife® ‘09 and iWork® ‘09 and will be available for a suggested price of $169 (US) and a Family Pack is available for a suggested price of $229 (US).

The Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller between June 8, 2009 and the end of the program on December 26, 2009, for a product plus shipping and handling fee of $9.95 (US). Users must request their Up-to-Date upgrade within 90 days of purchase or by December 26, 2009, whichever comes first. For more information please visit www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate. Snow Leopard requires a minimum of 1GB of RAM and is designed to run on any Mac computer with an Intel processor. Full system requirements can be found at www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html.

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The All New PS3 Slim

by on Aug.20, 2009, under Gadgets, Gaming, News, Reviews, Technology

Its hardly a surprise that the new PS3 Slim is Officially ‘ON’. It’ll be out in the first week of September (September 1 in North America and Europe, September 3 for Japan), will retail for $300 (or 300 Euro, or 29,980 Yen), and around 20k in Indian market. It’s smaller and lighter, has a 120GB HDD, and packs “all the same features” of the regular PS3 while consuming 34 percent less power and taking up 32 percent less space. Existing PS3 SKUs have their prices dropped a hundie apiece tomorrow in anticipation, so be sure to grab a space heater while you’ve still got a shot though we’re not sure why you’d pay $300 for an 80GB PS3 when you can wait a couple weeks and get 120GB in a cuter package. A couple pics of the unveil are after the break.

PS3 Slim

The new 3.0 firmware will be released concurrently with the PS3 slim, which should provide a breath of fresh air for existing machines. Other new features of the PS3 slim include BRAVIA Sync, which allows you to control the PS3 XMB over HDMI through your BRAVIA TV remote, and System Standby to shut off the PS3 when the BRAVIA TV is off. Sony also claims this new machine will run more quietly than existing PS3 systems, which is good news for people who like to watch movies or have conversations in the general vicinity of their game console.

Check out the PS3 Slimmer and Fatter comparision in pics, the new one really seems to have reduced a lot. Below we have the PS3 video.

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