Ahh... the day before an Apple event. The rumor mills are churning and you can smell the freshly baked rumor pies coming out of ovens everywhere. New rumors today suggest that Apple may be overhauling the look of the iTunes Store, bring streaming video coming to iOS devices, and is Predicto really that predictable?
This morning, Intel announced that it will acquire Infineon, the German mobile chip manufacturer that makes the baseband chip found in the iPhone, for $1.4 billion. The deal is expected to be finalized and official by the first quarter of 2011.
The acquisition will expand Intel's current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX offerings to include Infineon's 3G capabilities and Intel's plan to advance LTE. Currently, the technology will only be used in Intel's Core processor-based laptops and Intel Atom processor-based mobile devices.
My roommate played an April Fools’ prank on me by deleting a bunch of files from my Mac, an iMac running Snow Leopard. When I busted him on it, he said, “They’re still in the Trash can. Just drag them back out.” Well, I’m a stickler for organization, but I don’t recall where each and every one of those mistakenly trashed files used to reside. Is there a third-party utility that can help me? I’ve password-protected my Mac in the meantime.
If you currently use your Mac as a home media hub, you might already be using Plex instead of competitors like XBMC or Boxee. If you aren’t, you may very well be downloading it after midnight tonight, because a new update -- coupled with an all-new iOS app -- brings some magical new capabilities.
It's back to school time and you know what that means--sales across all department stores nationwide (might we suggest you consider a wardrobe update during this time?), and adorable kids crossing the street with over-sized backpacks, and plenty of gridlock in front of your school. Well, we're not too thrilled about that last part, but what's better than sending your kid off to school with a MacBook, iPhone and iPad loaded with useful apps?
It looks as though Apple users, a typically intelligent, tech-savvy and genteel lot (yes, we're stroking our own egos here,) can add another particular to their growing list of resume foibles: 31337 6@/\/\3®. That's 'elite gamer' for all of you out there that don't hablas l33t speak. According to a monthly survey conducted by the game mongers at Steam, a growing number of the individuals enjoying their services are doing so on Apple hardware.
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
Bigfoot may get the majority of the media’s attention, especially after his stint on The Six Million Dollar Man. But the real star in the half-man/half-bear/monkey/gorilla arena is the Yeti. While Bigfoot is out stomping his footprint into mud, the Blue Microphone Yeti (shown left at very close to its actual size) is doing a bang-up job recording your podcasts, band practices, and events. Pretty good for a mythical creature--er, an affordably priced USB mic.
Chalk one up for Cupertino. The MPEG Licensing Authority gave the green light to indefinitely extend royalty-free Internet broadcasting licensing of its H.264 video codec to end users. The advantage that Google's WebM once had, comes up short.