Once again, Tim, Guy, Tom, and I trudged down to MyMac.com Central (yeah, Mel’s…) for another tasty breakfast. We were joined by Owen Rubin, who, having worked in this industry for as long as he has, had some interesting comments about the show and the state of the high tech industry (I will let Owen comment in his own blog).

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iW1 AirPlay Wireless Audio System with Rechargeable Battery
iHome
Price: $300.00 US

iHome’s new iW1 speaker will change your life and the way you listen to music. Soon all speakers will be this versatile. For now, purchasers need relatively deep pockets and a modest grasp of technology to set up and use iW1 to its maximum capabilities.

A thorough written manual is included that makes the process relatively straightforward. A dedicated and full-featured web site for this product and its technology is here, including FAQs and how-to video. Web-based and telephone tech support are available too.

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The Case for Free Mobile Hotspots in Phones

On March 9, 2011, in Opinion, by Donny Yankellow


Mobile hotspots, the feature that basically turns new cell phones into a wireless router is nothing new. It is just, officially, new to the iPhone. In the US this feature comes with a $20 addition to your phone bill. With that twenty dollars you get an additional 2gb of data for your connected devices. I say this feature should be free. Why? Read on.

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Records in the age of MP3

On June 29, 2010, in Opinion, by Shay Fulton

I consider myself fairly tech-savvy. I own the latest Android Smartphone, a literal cornucopia of iPods, several digital cameras, photo printers, and I pride myself on my Pentagon-level WIFI security settings. I was designing HTML and Perl code around the same age I learned the value of deodorant. In other words, I’m fairly certain I could ace the Certified Techno Nerd test, if there was one. That might be why so many of my friends were shocked when I told them that my wife bought me a brand new Sony turntable for my thirtieth birthday (if you are not sure what a turntable even is, Google it now before reading on). Aside from the initial shock that my birthday gift was actually analog for the first time this century, I was first comforted to see that the machine had a USB port – a bridge to the digital age we now live in, and possibly the only recognizable part of the machine for those twenty-five or younger

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The iPhone as a Netbook Alternative

On December 23, 2008, in Opinion, by Mark Rudd

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT… STEVIE?
In a recent quarterly conference call, Steve Jobs made the following comment regarding the current netbook discussion:

“We’re not tremendously worried. As we look at the netbook category, that’s a nascent category. As best as we can tell, there’s not a lot of them being sold. You know, one of our entrants into that category if you will is the iPhone, for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do. And being connected via the cellular network wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket.” (Click this link to read the original article)

At the time of this statement, it was clear that Apple felt that the iPhone was/is a great netbook type device. The current sales numbers for netbooks indicate that not everyone agrees with the Jobsian edict. Netbook sales have steadily increased and have surpassed iPhone sales according to the third quarter numbers for this year.

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Two Kensington products for Road Warriors

On May 12, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Rich Lefko



Portable Power Pack for Mobile Devices
Kensington

Price: $59.99
www.kensington.com

There is nothing worse then being stuck in an airport or on a long plane flight and having your iPod battery run out of power.
Having a rechargeable power pack for times like those is an absolute must, unless you enjoy staring across the aisle at some other guy enjoying his iPod.
The Kensington Portable Power Pack for Mobil Devices (KPP) is a small, lightweight (3.5 oz) device that measures 4” x 2.2” and contains a Lithium-Ion Polymer battery.

The good folks at Kensington toss out these stats.
The KPP will give you:
55 hours of extra iPod music play time (which I did not verify–who has 55 hours to kill?)
Up to 14 hours of iPod video play time (I’ll take their word on this)
Up to 5 hours of mobile or smart phone talk time

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