Sunday, October 17, 2010

New MacBook Air to Drop Hard Drive for SSD Card Storage?

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Apple will reportedly announce a new 11.6-inch MacBook Air next week that will drop hard disk drives and solid state drives in favor of "SSD Card" storage, according to AppleInsider sources.

The site has learned that the new notebook has been in production for at least a week now and will feature a storage system design similar to that of the iPod.

The new models will do away with existing options for a conventional hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) in favor something described as an "SSD Card" that lacks a traditional drive enclosure and more closely resembles a stick of RAM, yet is not easily user-replaceable.

This new storage system could allow the notebook to sport incredibly fast boot times and "instant-on" capabilities.

Another source tells AppleInsider that the "edges appear more defined than curved and that the side profile of the unit is slightly more wedge-shaped."

CNET says "the new Air will sport an older version of Intel's Core processor, and the spec sheet will list Nvidia's MCP89 chipset. They also believe the price will be "significantly lower" than the current $1,499 starting price.

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Is Apple Readying iAds for Video?

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Apple may be developing a new product that will deliver in-stream ads to videos shown on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, according to a NewTeeVee report.

One source says the new ad product will most likely be introduced in the first or second quarter of next year, meaning it might be announced as early as Apple’s annual January event. Apple announced its first iOS ad product, iAd, at an event held in April this year.

Initially, Apple’s in-stream ad product would support video delivered to the iPhone and iPad, but the bigger opportunity for Apple could be in bringing the offering to its Apple TV set-top box.

iAds for Apple TV would likely ease the concerns of studios who believe iTunes $.99 rental plan is going to hurt income.

Apple has already filed a patent for advertising insertion scheme that would require users to watch an ad to unlock a segment of video content. So it seems they have this technology in the works for quite some time.




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Steve Jobs Had Mark Zuckerberg Over for Dinner?

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Steve Jobs reportedly had Mark Zuckerberg over for dinner two weeks ago, presumably to talk about Ping.

They are two of Silicon Valley's most famous founders: Jobs created the world's must-have gadgets, Zuckerberg the world's most popular social networking service. These days they are often mentioned in the same breath. Now apparently the two also recently broke bread. Apparently Jobs invited Zuckerberg for dinner at his house to talk about Ping two weeks ago. That's when a tipster spotted them on a stroll in Palo Alto.

Apple was rumored to be in talks with Facebook over Ping for at least 18 months before it launched the service on its own. According to Steve Jobs, Facebook was insisting on "onerous terms that we could not agree to".

Interestingly, about two weeks ago Facebook CTO Bret Taylor said he is "very confident" that Apple and Facebook will find a way to work together on Ping.



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Costco to Stop Selling iPods Over iPad Snub?

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An iLounge source is reporting that Costco plans to stop selling the iPod after being unable to stock the iPad.

Based on the report, which notes that iPods have already disappeared from the company’s web site, Costco will stop carrying the iPod after being unable to stock the iPad, which has just been offered to or become available at competing retailers including Target, Walmart, and, soon, Sam’s Club.

Costco has taken similar action in the past. For example, the company dropped Coca-Cola products over a wholesale pricing disagreement with the company.




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3G Unrestrictor Adds FaceTime Over 3G Support for iOS 4.1

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3G Unrestrictor has been updated to bring FaceTime Over 3G support to iOS 4.1.

3G Unrestrictor allows you to go around the iPhone's limitations and restrictions of not being able to use some applications like FaceTime, Skype or SlingPlayer while on a mobile internet connection like 3G or EDGE as well as many other things.

It allows those things by tricking applications into believing they are on WiFi, even though they are on 3G or EDGE.

You can purchase 3G Unrestrictor from the Cydia Store for $3.99.







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AutoCAD for Mac is Now Available for Download

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Autodesk has just announced that AutoCAD for Mac is now available for download and purchase..

AutoCAD is one of the most widely used applications for professional design and engineering. Autodesk is making a free 30-day trial of Mac edition available for download and will offer free educational licenses to students and educators.

AutoCAD for Mac has an intuitive interface that will feel familiar to Mac users and takes full advantage of Mac OS X, including graphical browsing of design files with Cover Flow and use of Multi-Touch gestures for pan and zoom on Mac notebooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. With native creation and editing of files in the DWG file format, AutoCAD for Mac also supports easy collaboration with suppliers, customers, clients and partners regardless of platform. AutoCAD for Mac is also integrated with AutoCAD WS, so users can also upload and manage designs in their online workspace directly from the desktop and easily edit and share those designs through a web browser or Apple iOS devices using the free AutoCAD WS mobile application.

AutoCAD for Mac is also now available for free to students and educators through the Autodesk Education Community, where more than 25 Autodesk software products are available for download to inspire learning and help prepare students for successful careers. Recognizing the popularity of the Mac platform among students, Autodesk is providing AutoCAD for Mac so they can build skills by having access to the same software that design professionals use every day.

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AutoCAD for Mac is now available for purchase in English in North America and Europe from leading resellers, online retailers and Autodesk.com. For details, purchase options or to download the free 30-day trial, visit http://www.autodesk.com/autocadformac. Students and educators are also eligible to purchase commercial seats of AutoCAD for Mac at a substantial discount. For more information and to download the free education version, visit http://www.autodesk.com/pr-mac4students.







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AT&T Will Sell iPad Directly to Business Customers

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AT&T announced today that the company will sell all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models directly to business customers as part of an initiative to help companies increase productivity and flexibility. AT&T will offer attractive post-paid mobile broadband price plans for the iPad which will be available through AT&T business account representatives beginning Thursday, October 28. This new offer is available for customers whose AT&T wireless bills are paid for by their employer.

"iPad is a great fit for our enterprise customers across a wide range of industries who are looking for ways to increase business productivity and offer greater flexibility," said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "This new offer further strengthens AT&T's commitment to provide businesses with the tools they need to accelerate mobility-led productivity."

"We are getting many requests for help on iPad strategies for the enterprise," writes Ted Schadler, vice president, principal analyst, Forrester Research, Inc. in the July 2010 Forrester blog posting, How Are You Using iPad For Business?. "iPads are a tremendously empowering technology that any employee can buy."

Today’s announcement is the newest offer from AT&T’s Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group, which is focused on helping to enable business model transformation through mobile applications, machine-to-machine solutions and mobile services. The group complements AT&T’s Emerging Devices Organization which focuses on wirelessly enabling devices for consumers.

iPad will be available for corporate purchase with a corporate service subscription from AT&T.



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