With all these new devices, who knew Apple had time to do work on iTunes as well? iTunes 10 is now available for download, and even sports a new logo as a feature. The biggest change is the introduction of Ping, a "social network for music" that has been added to iTunes. Like Twitter, Ping allows users to follow each other. You can see what people or artists are listening to or creating, get news feeds, concert listings, and song and album charts. Ping will be available to 160 million iTunes users, and will be available on the iPod Touch and iPhone as well as the desktop.
Yes, the rumors were true; a new iPod Touch was announced by Steve Jobs today as well. It's getting a whole lot closer to being an iPhone 4 without the pesky phone calls: Retina Display and FaceTime support straight from the iPhone 4, an Apple A4 core, 3-axis gyroscope, Game Center, a front facing camera, and rear camera capable of recording HD video. Prices given were $229 USD for 8GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. No word on a 16GB or 128GB that had been rumored to be released.
Want a little bit more function than the new iPod Shuffle? The 6th generation iPod Nano could be for you. Sporting a nearly complete redesign, Apple has dumped the clickwheel for a slick touchscreen interface that makes this Nano 46 percent lighter at 42 percent smaller than its predecessors. Volume is controlled by buttons on the side and a clip is provided to attach it to clothing or a belt while you're on the go. Play it the whole day with 24 hours of reported battery life. The new Nano will set you back $149 for 8GB version or $179 for 16GB, and will also ship next week with preorders being taken starting today.
HP has whipped out several notebooks today and the coolest new offerings are in the Envy line of premium notebooks. HP has added a new Envy 14 Beats Edition. The Beats Edition has several unique features with the most notable being the Beats by Dr. Dre sound system that promises great audio for music and movie watching on the speaker system and via headphones.
The notebook is really good looking with a black brushed aluminum chassis with red LED accent lighting. The keyboard has a red backlight option for typing in the dark. The special edition also has a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones with Monster ControlTalk control as well.
Next on the list from Apple: the return of the iPod shuffle. With a tiny form factor and the return of the buttons many users had missed, this teeny 2GB beauty will be available in five colors for a pretty affordable $49 USD. The Shuffle even has the ability to clip to almost anywhere you could want to put it. Preorders are starting today with availability coming next week. If you need a no frills player on a budget, this may be the one for you.
Not satisfied previeweing iOS 4.1, Steve Jobs also gave a sneak peek at iOS 4.2 at the Apple live event; stating that this version of Apple's mobile OS is slated for a Novemeber release.
One addition slated for this version includes direct Apple one for the iPhone 4. The iPad gets major love here, with multitasking, HDR photos, and the Game Center coming to the iPad. Wireless printing was also mentioned, as well as a tease for a service called AirPlay media streaming on which more information will be released at a later date.
Steve Jobs is currently dropping big Apple news at their event in Cupertino today, and the first good piece of news is that iOS 4.1 is expected to be available next week.
As you can see, some of the improvements included will be the issues with slowing in the iPhone 3G, proximity and Bluetooth bugs, HD Video upload over WiFI, the standardization of High Dynamic Range(HDR) photos, and additions to TV show rentals and the Game Center.
HP has had its sweet Envy notebooks on the market for a while now. The machines are known for their thin profiles, performance, and good looks. HP has now announced that it has a new Envy 17 model coming in time for the holidays called the Envy 17 3D. You can guess by the name of the new machine what the big feature is.
The Envy 17 3D has a 17.3-inch full HD Ultra BrightView screen that supports 1080p resolution and 3D content. The notebook uses HP active 3D glasses, which are included with the notebook. The machine will also come with select 3D content installed already. The Envy 17 3D also supports 3D Blu-ray films, which should be on the market before we know it.
I really like the idea of a nettop that can be hung on the back of a TV and needs no fan so it runs absolutely quiet. The sound of the hard drive in the DVR I have drives me crazy sometimes and I am sure I am not the only one what wants quiet while watching TV. MSI has unveiled a new WindBox III nettop that may be just what I want.
The WindBox III sheds the slower Atom CPU and grabs up a Core 2 Duo CPU for more performance. The machine can be stuck to the back of a PC display of a TV out of the way and despite the faster CPU, it still needs no fan. It can connect to the VISA mount on the rear of most displays.
Logitech has gobs of speakers and other gear in its offerings for notebooks and desktop computers. The range of speakers the company offers is very robust running the gamut from cheap stereo speakers up to high-end surround sound systems. Logitech also makes all manner of wireless solutions for streaming audio all around your home or office.
Today Logitech has added a couple new offerings to its line including the Z305 for laptops and the wireless Z515 speaker. The Z515 is a long speaker that has 50-foot wireless range with 2.4GHz technology. The adapter plugs into the USB port on your computer to send the audio. The speaker will also sync with your iPhone or iPod wirelessly. It has 10 hours of battery life and dual 2-inch drivers.