Touch Tech Review

November 10, 2009

It’s Still Alive!

Filed under: Accessories,Hardware,Rumors — jmasanders @ 10:52
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The iControlpad is still alive, and I hope someone really pushes for this.  With Apples recent push with the touch as a gaming device, I hope they decide to travel down the path of making their own game pad.  Apple would have an instant hit on their hands if they decided to produce a docking station control pad, with dual analog sticks.  It would pretty much kill Nintendo and Sony.  Slap a battery pack into it as well, and I guarantee it would be the hottest selling accessory of all time.


September 18, 2009

iMac news?

Filed under: Hardware,Rumors — sinodux @ 07:33
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I am not sure how many of you were disappointed they didn’t announce an iMac bump and price drop at the Jazz, err I mean Rock and Roll, Event. I wasn’t surprised but I did really want a small bump and a price drop would have been nice. There were a few rumors floating around to this effect but it went they way of the camera in the touch. We may have some hope again.

August 21, 2009

Oh, One More Thing…1080p!

Filed under: Hardware,News — jmasanders @ 09:44
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The title says it all folks.  It’s been rumored the 3GS was capable of handling HD video, and now we know for sure it can.  This is like at Christmas time when you were a kid, and you thought all the presents were opened, but during the clean up of wrapping paper shrapnel you discover another unopened gift!  This is great news, and hopefully Apple will announce they’ll be enabling this feature soon.  More info can be viewed at the Engadget site.

August 9, 2009

Long Awaited Features Coming to iTunes

Filed under: Hardware,Rumors — sinodux @ 22:13
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There has been some lingering hullabaloo about new iMacs coming out soon. They are supposed to have two new features people want in them. The popular money seems to be on Blu-Ray, adding to this is an article I read over at the Apple Blog stating iTunes 9 will be out shortly with Blu-Ray support. Personally I don’t care to much about the support. I see it as a great way to back up data, if the price of disks ever drops to $1.

There was another little tidbit in that article though. (more…)

August 8, 2009

Hardware Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air

As I mentioned in the review I did for the MLB At Bat 2009 a month or so back, due to the suck battery life one gets when running what otherwise is an awesome app, is one of the main reasons I purchased the Mophie Juice Pack Air. What drew me to the Mophie Juice Pack Air was that it kept the sleek sexy look of my iPhone while giving several hours of extended battery life to listen to music, surf the web or listen to my iPod. It’s well worth the $79.99 and whatever time you will have to wait while Mophie tries to keep up with demand (it’s currently on back order again).

August 6, 2009

3G S May be the Last iPhone to get Warranted

Filed under: Hardware,News — sinodux @ 22:44
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I just read something well….dry. Mac Surfer lead me to a link about a patent Apple filed to detect abuse on their iPhones and iPod Touchs. Big picture this is to simply help vendors and Apple identify fraudulent claims of faulty equipment. It will be interesting to see how many what sort of impact this has on returns. What really made me wonder was how will jail breaking fit into this scheme.

August 5, 2009

Moxi Mate

Filed under: Hardware,Peripherals — jcorey @ 19:52
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Diego Inc. has released their companion to the Moxi.  The Moxi Mate allows you to stream your DVR’d content from your Moxi to any HDTV in your house.  They are offering both components for $999, and for existing Moxi owners they are selling the Moxi Mate for $199.  Now that is customer satisfaction.  The standalone price is $399

The day my Moxi arrived to my house I was like a kid on Christmas morning.  After it was all setup I felt liberated from the hell known as the ‘Comcast DVR’.  Their UI is smooth and by far the best I have seen.  And with no montly fees it is the best deal around.

I will be ordering up the Moxi Mate shortly and will review it more at that time.  But if it works even half as well as the Moxi does I will be exstatic.

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I know this has nothing to do with the iPhone but I put my Moxi on the same level as my iPhone.  They really nailed all my DVR desires in the Moxi.

iPhone GPS Navigation Fundamentally Flawed

Filed under: Hardware,Mobile Apps,Peripherals — jmasanders @ 16:00
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Don’t get me wrong, I think having gps navigation on the iPhone is awesome, but it is seriously flawed without being able to run as a true background process on the phone.  Currently if you have to take a call, or browse another app it would interrupt the gps application so you would no longer receive voice/visual prompts to help keep you headed in the right direction.

The most popular workaround I’ve heard to this problem (if you can really call this a workaround) is to simply decline the call if your truly worried about missing a voice/visual prompt.  While this solution may work in a lot of situations, the argument can be had that their are as many if not more situations that would require the use of the gps/phone at the same time.  Their is always the option of hacking your phone, and installing the backgrounder app to run background processes, but this would only apply to a very slim target audience.  You can also make an argument for just buying a separate gps device (which isn’t a bad idea since a lot can be had for sub $100 now), but that is old world thinking, when today it’s all about consolidation.

August 4, 2009

Apple Touch Tablet

Filed under: Hardware,Rumors — sinodux @ 22:07
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I closed the poll. Way to much has been posted lately about the iTablet, Macbook Touch or whatever you want to call it. I have read a bunch of them and things have started to coalesce I think. What better source could I reference for a September release than the Financial Times. I must admit I don’t know if I believe September or not but I would certainly love to see it.

What really pushed me over the edge to write a post was a great article over at Mac OS Rumors. This article really pulls it together and seems to speak with some authority that for some reason I believe this time. I will hit the highlights quick and you can read the article for yourself after that if you like.

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