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Rock out without the wires.

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Per chipchick

The newest generation of bluetooth headphones is getting more and more affordable, but not every device supports A2DP for audio streaming, let alone has bluetooth built in. But there’s good news: Jabra’s A120s, a cheap and easy solution to turn any audio device you want (as long as it has ye old standard audio jack) into a bluetooth enabled player. At $29, it sure worth taking a look at if you want to rock out sans wires.

Multi-media living

It had been a while since I had taken my camera along for the ride to Antwerp. As always, I was just looking around for little details I wanted to catch on “sensor”. My personal favourite of the day is this one of a man who was filming how the subway propelled itself through the tunnel.

It made me think about how important multi-media has become in our lives. We listen to music on our iPods or even watch video on them, we take snapshots or shoot some video with cell-phones one couldn’t dream of 10 years ago. Sites like youtube and flickr add a social perspective to this phenomenon. We share what we see, hear and think with the rest of the world through social networking sites and blogs.

We ARE the online multi-media generation and an exciting future awaits us.

Macworld ’08 : a short recap

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As in previous years, uncle Steve has once again managed to introduce a series of products most of us will crave.Steve said he had 4 things to talk about:

– Leopard

  • Steve shared some of the numbers about Leopard. In the first 30 months, 20 percent of macs out there has upgraded to or come with Mac OS X Leopard, which is unprecedented in Mac OS X’s short history.

– iPhone / iPod Touch: 

  • Update 1.1.3 (iPhone dev team, GO !) was launched some cool new feaures: sms multiple contacs at once, customize and create up to 9 home screens, maps with location (thanks to google and skyhook technologies) and chapter and language support for video
    • The iPod touch, from now on, will come with mail, notes, maps, full calendar, etc. The update for existing iPod touch users is   $ 20 (not a good move in my opinion).

    – Apple TV – Take 2:

    • completely new interface (free update for existing Apple TV owners) and no computer required. 
      • Steve also announced the iTunes video rental service (back-catalogue (regular $ 2.99 HD $ 3.99) + new release 30 days after DVD-release (regular $ 3.99 HD $ 4.99)) for which they’ve partnered up with almost all of the mayor studios.
        • The rental service works on a 30 days – 24 hours system. Once you downloaded it, you’ve got 30 days to start watching it and, once you do, 24 hours to finish it you can view it multiple times in those 24 hours if you wish).
          • You can now view pictures straight off of flickr.

          Macbook AIR: 

          • The thinnest laptop in the world (fits in a large envelope)
          • The newest wireless technologies
          • No optical drive: optional external superdrive or remotely from another mac or PC over wifi using remote disc
          • 5 hour battery life 
          • Backlit keyboard
          • The smallest motherboard / core 2 duo chip ever on a mac
          • Complete (recycleable) aluminum casing
          • LED backlighting
          • No more mercury, PVC, flame retardants, etc.

           A great start to what I think is going to be another exciting year for Apple.

          Nano nano !

          I was able to play around with the latest iPod nano at work today and thought I’d share my thoughts with you guys.

          1. Coverflow: looks pretty sweet, even without the big touchscreen. The interface looks exactly the same as the one on the iPhone, only with a white background.
          2. Size: the new nano perfectly fits the palm of your hand and feels very slick. The fact that it’s so wide still gives the impression of carrying a sturdy device instead of a teeny weeny player you’d be affraid to lose/drop.
          3. Metal finishing: love it ! The days of scratching that damn plastic are over !
          4. Colors: like the ones on the shuffle … not that good-looking if you ask me. From a commercial perspective I think that these colors will look less attractive to consumers than the flashy ones of the last generation. But hey, apple must have changed them for a reason, right ? The black one looks pretty sweet though 😉
          5. The new interface: the new split-screen interface looks promising. It adds a new “visual” dimension to browsing your media, just like coverflow does.
          6. Battery-life: almost the same as the iPod touch … pretty good.
          7. Screen: the new widescreen looks gorgeous and crispy clear when watching pictures or movies, I think this is mostly due to it’s small size-factor.
          8. Click wheel: a bit smaller than the last one, I think … but certainly gets the job done.
          9. Backplate: the only flaw in the design to me is the fact that apple decided to put the polished backplate on the new nano after abandoning it when transitioning to the second generation. It scratches easily and I think the nano would have looked even slicker with an aluminum backplate.
          10. Will I buy it ?: my heart is set for an iPod touch, but if I wouldn’t have had that option, I would have definitely gone for the nano. A nice looking player with decent storage and a very sharp price .. apple, I think you’ve done it again !

          Thanks for dropping by !

          Gil