ipod touch News and Updates

16GB Apple iPod Touch Priced, Discounts on 32 and 64GB models

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Apple is now more serious about its iPod Touch lineup. The company has launched a new 16GB iPod Touch that has built in iSight camera. The new 16GB Apple iPod Touch will now sell for 199 dollars.

The company has also decreased the prices of the 32GB and 64GB models so the prices are down to $249 and $299 respectively.

Other than that nothing has been changed hardware or software wise.

The 16GB iPod Touch used to be sold for $199 which is 30 dollars less than yester year’s model which lacked iSight camera.

CONFIRMED: No Apple Netbook coming

After months and months of rumors about the Apple netbook, Apple’s chief operating officer finally confirmed in harsh words that Apple will never produce netbooks as they do not deserve the MAC brand. Here are the exact words,

When I look at netbooks, I see cracked keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens. It’s just not a good consumer experience and not something we would put the Mac brand on. It’s a segment we would not choose to play in.

He further said, if you want smaller screens, you can go ahead and buy iPhone/iPod for that. This makes me wonder how can an iPod Touch replace my netbook. I own several Windows Mobile devices along with iPod Touch (latest 2G version) and I firmly think that in no way they can ever replace my EEE 1000H.

iPod Touch and Netbooks are both two very different devices. Both of them have their own specific use. I like iPod Touch and WM devices as they are way more mobile than any netbook in the market. But, when I need to do some serious work, I always look up to my EEE 1000H (which is still very portable as compared to normal notebooks).

What this actually shows? This shows that Apple’s Chief operating officer, Tim Cook has actually never used any of the modern day netbooks as none of them have cramped keyboard, ‘junky hardware’ or terrible software.

[via venturebeat]

HTC TOUCH HD as a Mobile Internet Device (MID)- Review

Harvsingh, reviewer at ApoTheTech did a HTC TOUCH HD review few months back (even before it was officially released in some countries). However, this time we are going to review it from a different perspective – AS A MOBILE INTERNET DEVICE. If you have been following the windows mobile scene from the past couple of years, you must have observed that the display size of the mobile phones has decreased in size over the years. Whether we all like it or not, but it was the iPhone that brought the big screen to attention to the mobile phone manufactures.

Specifications:

  • 3.8-inch WVGA display
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • 288MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • Wifi, BT
  • GPS
  • HSDPA
  • 5MP auto focus camera (no flash)
  • Opera 9.5 for Internet Browsing
  • Video calling
  • Skype (no video calling)
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 (can run Windows Mobile 6.5 although the upgrade is not official)

On the paper, the HTC TOUCH HD looks very impressive as a phone, but it the first device from HTC that can be seriously considered as a MID. You may argue that the HTC Advantage was the first MID. Well, I guess that was too big to be pocketable and I believe MIDs should be able to easily fit in pockets.

Alright, back to the topic: How is the Internet experience?

The Touch HD has a WVGA display and this is the same one that was used in the first generation of the ASUS EEE PCs (EEE 700 series). Imagine all that display squeezed into a 3.8-inch display. The display is very crisp and breathtaking to look at.

Just like the recent HTC devices, HTC has bundled Opera Mobile 9.5 which offers great Internet experience. The Opera Mobile works fine for rendering even complex webpages. Although the pages take somewhat longer to load than the Safari Mobile (found on iPhone/iPod Touch), but once loaded, everything works fine the  way it should. I’ve been told that the upcoming versions of Opera will be able to play youtube and other streaming videos within the webpage.

Note that in iPod Touch/iPhone, you cannot view the videos in the webpage.

The back button on the front takes you to the previous page. All the buttons provide the user with haptic feedback. Haptic feedback produces little vibration to make the user feel that a button press was registered by the device.

Display Sensitivity

The display is very sensitive. It is equivalent to the sensitivity of the ASUS P565 (world’s fastest windows mobile phone). It may not be capacitive, but then you are not restricted to use only your fingers (not even finger nails). You can use the supplied stylus too, which is held by a magnet in its silo.

Music Quality

Since, it comes with 3.5mm headphone jack, you can plugin your high-quality earphones to listen to music. The music quality is great through the earphones.

There are dedicated volume buttons on the left side of the unit to turn the volume up and down.

Camera

It comes with a 5MP camera located at the back of the unit. It takes decent pictures although not as great as the ones taken by Nokia N95.

The camera software provides touch focus, which lets you focus on the desired area.

Here are couple of pictures taken by me at its full resolution:

The 3.8-inch display is huge and make the navigation very finger friendly. It is absolutely stunning to look at. It is 0.3-inch bigger than iPhone too!

Price: It costs $800-$900. I know it is a little too high for some of you but it is a great MID which also doubles as a great phone.

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The benefits of the atom processor can be seen in most mobile phones.

LG and Apple team together for Apple netbook?

Looks like the rumors of Apple netbook are not going to die until the Apple finally release their over-talked about netbook. According to the latest rumor, LG is going to make OLED displays for the Apple’s netbook. The new rumor may not be so true as the last time, when we heard about the Apple netbook, the Quanta was given the contract to make them. So, from where did the LG came into play?

These rumors are surely going to make the Apple think about making a netbook now, incase they have not given a thought about it until now.

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Holiday Guide – Find out which Netbook, UMPC and Mobile Phone is most bang for a buck this holiday season?

No doubt that we are still bearing the effects of depression right now. We need to make wise choices. We just cannot afford to step into the market and get the latest shiny stuff. I’m not saying that we should get old stuff, but in this article I’m going to enlist the best products at best prices. I’ll also give you the names of the best ones too!

Holiday Guide - Find out which Netbook, UMPC and Mobile Phone is most bang for a buck this holiday season?

Most-bang-for-a-buck UMPC: Fujitsu U810/U1010

Ultra-mobiles are popular for their huge price-tags. Their sales are not counted in millions like iPhone and HTC Diamond. Last year, the Fujitsu U810 (US) and U1010 (Asia) were quite out-of customer’s reach. Both were >$1000 and thus was not very popular among customers. This is not the scene this year. They can now be bought for around $700-800 now making it a very attractive package. For nearly $700, you are getting a UMPC that runs vista fine (you can use XP too), comes with decent HDD, 1 GB RAM, clamshell design and reputed brand name in tablet PCs, Fujitsu. You cannot go wrong with it.

Best UMPC: Fujitsu U820/U2010

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Kings Corners for iPhone – fill the gaps of your day with some fun

Kings Corners is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Kings Corners combines luck and skill in a fun and fast card game that’s easy to learn, but challenging to master. Gameplay is quick, making Kings Corners the perfect distraction from long lines, waiting rooms, and all the otherwise boring parts of the day that can’t be avoided. But Kings Corners is also highly addictive, and players will soon find out that once they start playing, it’s really tough to stop!

You can go the following link to know more about this exciting game:

http://www.iliumsoft.com/kciphone

Or you can directtly buy it from App Store

Ilium Software updates eWallet for iPhone and iPod Touch

Do you want to keep your important information like credit card information; passwords, account information, security questions or any sensitive information on your iPhone or iPod Touch? If yes, then Illium Software’s eWallet is the application for you.

In this upgrade, users can now synchronize their wallet files between their iPhone or iPod touch and a WiFi connected Windows PC.

Features of Illium eWallet:

Store Your Information Securely: Using extremely secure 256-bit AES encryption, eWallet protects your personal information from falling into the wrong hands.

Never Forget Another Password: eWallet remembers your passwords so you don’t have to. Now you can use strong passwords that can’t be guessed or cracked for your online finances, plus the convenience of having all the passwords you need with you, all the time.

Use Your Data Anywhere: Use your wireless network to easily synchronize your wallets between your iPhone or iPod touch and a Windows PC. Keep all your important info up-to-date wherever you are!

Personalize Your Wallet: Your info can be as personal as your playlists. Get the look – and the info – you want with custom icons, card backgrounds, and over 30 pre-built card templates.

Protect Yourself, Your Money and Your Info: Weak passwords and unprotected data leaves you open to identity theft and fraud.

You can visit the below given link to know more about the eWallet

http://www.iliumsoft.com/site/iphone/products_ewallet.php

CHAPURA introduces Keytasks software for iPhone and iPod Touch

Chapura is offering owners of iPhone and iPod touch devices an easy-to-use and reliable way to carry Microsoft Outlook Tasks.  Similar to MobileMe and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, KeyTasks allows users to wirelessly synchronize and manage Outlook Tasks from anywhere.

KeyTasks provides the perfect blend of the iPhone experience with Outlook productivity.   KeyTasks is installed on the device, not run from the Web, allowing task management even when a data connection is not available.  When a data connection is available KeyTasks can wirelessly synchronize with Chapura’s Web servers. This is commonly referred to as the “cloud.” When a change is made in Outlook or on the device and synchronized, that change is sent up to the cloud. The iPhone, iPod touch or Outlook Tasks will receive this change when synchronized; keeping information current in multiple places from anywhere.

Price: KeyTasks is a subscription-based product available for a special introductory offer of $9.95 per year in the iPhone App Store.

Link to the Chapura Keytasks

iPod: How to find software version

Learn how to find out which version of software is installed on your iPod.

You can determine this by navigating to the the About screen or by connecting iPod to your computer and using iTunes or iPod Updater.

Products Affected
iPod, iPod mini, iPod nano, iPod touch
Navigating to the “About” screen on iPod

1. On all iPod models (except iPod shuffle) press the Menu button repeatedly until you see the Main menu.
2. Scroll to and then select Settings.
3. Scroll to and then select About. Note: This may be labeled “Info” on the original iPod.
4. Information about your iPod appears. You should see a line item labeled Version. You will see the software version installed on your iPod listed to the right (see the pictures below for reference).

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