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Z cyklu: gdzie jeszcze można włożyć iPoda

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Były już doki do iPoda w łóżku oraz lodówki, w drzwiach których przewidziano miejsce na odtwarzacz Apple’a. Teraz przyszła pora na iPodowy odkurzacz. Concept takiego urządzenia powstał na bazie odkurzacza Electroluxa UltraSilencer. Pomysłodawca musiał tu chyba założyć, że odkurzacz działa na tyle cico, że w trakcie pracy nie będzie zagłuszał muzyki. Chyba dobrze, że to tylko concept, bo jakoś nie jestem pewna, czy ktokolwiek skusiłby się na takie kuriozum.

Elecrolux meets iPod

Via Engadget

Written by Malgosia Minta

December 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Two Billions Hit!

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As it was in Sesame Street I should start” Today post is sponsoed by the number 2 billions”. that is the number of iPhone and iPod Touch applications downloaded from the AppStore so far. As Apple has announced, today in AppStore shelves you can find more than 85 thousands of applications (more than 21 K of them are games). The possible number of customers counts for 50 millions – that is how many iPhones and iPod Touch devices have been sold. And for dessert – 125 K – that is how many developers have joined the iPhone Developers Program.

A ofercie sklepu AppStore jest ponad 85 tysięcy pozycji

There is more than 85K applications in AppStore to choose form

Once someone has counted that many application downloaded to iPhone are being used only once – in the day of downloading. On the second hand there are some apps – sometimes ridiculously simple – that are becoming a real bestseller (for example the Koi Pond App – a virtual aquarium with some gold fish in  it) and are visible on bestseller lists for many weeks.  But virtually I think that you can find in AppStore everything – there is something for gamers, for Sudoku fans, for gourmand, cooks, painters, photography amateurs etc.
I won’t discover America saying that AppStore has been as strong success factor for iPhone as the iTunes and iTuens Store have been for iPods. Without the service the same device wouldn’t become such a hit and wouldn’t gained so much interest among users. Today, when Apple is announcing the 2 billion sale figure, other giants like Nokia, Google Palm or windows – or having own application markets – must feel a bit sad and being pretty far behind.

AppStore
AppStore

A ofercie sklepu AppStore jest ponad 85 tysięcy pozycji
A ofercie sklepu AppStore jest ponad 85 tysięcy pozycji

Ktoś kiedyś policzył, że większość aplikacji na iPhone’a jest uruchamianych tylko raz – w dniu pobrania . A potem leży odłogiem w pamięci urządzenia. Z drugiej strony często wręcz śmiesznie proste programy stają się bestsellerami i tygodniami nie schodzą z list przebojów AppStore’a (np. Koi Pond, czyli wirtualne jeziorko ze złotymi rybkami).

W praktyce chyba każdy – zapalony gracz, miłośnik audiobooków, amator fotografii, smakosz, fan fitnessu czy mistrz sudoku – znajdzie tu coś dla siebie. Tak jak iTunes Store zadecydowało (między innymi) o sukcesie iPodów, tak AppStore ucznił z apple’owskiej komórki sprzedażowy hit. Choć wszyscy liczący producenci starają się nadgonić Apple’a i otwierają własne markety z programami (Android Market, sklep Nokii, Palma czy Winowsa) to chyba wszyscy muszą mieć dzisiaj niezbyt wesołe miny i czuć się nieco z tyłu.

AppStore
AppStore

Written by Malgosia Minta

September 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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What Has Fallen from the Apple Tree

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It's only rock and roll, but we like it :-)

So we are after the long awaited Autumn Apple event. As it had happened before, some of the pre-event rumors have turned out to be true. And some not.
As it was expected (and really easy to deduct), whole event was about iPods.
It started with introduction of the new revamped iPod Touch, now holding memory as big as 64 GB and with new processor that handles games better. Apple is promoting Touch as a pocket gaming device, in the type of DS Lite or PSP. I have played on Touch of past generation in few games and I must admit that it was quite nice experience. The rumor that the new Touch will have a camera turned out to be missed.

The second on stage were Nanos. And those are now equipped with camera (640×480 pixels) which is able to record movies. Furthermore new Nanos have buil-in FM radio, pedometer (works with Nike+) and a bit bigger screen (2,2″ instead of 2″). And they are available in really nice, vibrant colours…Really, if I was to choose one, it would be a terribly hard to make a decision :-). Preferably I would like to have all of them – You know, to match with different shoes, bags, skirts and so on ;-). New Nanos will be available with memory of 8 or 16 GB.

IPod Nano

As it comes to Shuffles, those have now a special adapter which let you to use other, meaing non-Apple headphones. And they come in more colours: pink, green and blue beside the previous silver and black .

IPod Shuffle

In iPod Classics there is not much new – they have a bigger storage now (160 GB instead of 120 GB).

To complete the new iPods, the new iTunes 9  has been presented. The new thing in the Apple iTunes Store is a new format of albums (called iTunes LP), which holds not only music, but also lyrics, pictures and other multimedia stuff related to the band. The rumor thatthe Beatles will arrive to iTunes Store on 9/9/09 also turned out to be missed. But the Beatles’ fans shouldn’t be sad – yesterdey brought us the premiere of the whole big box of remastered Beatles’ albums and the new edition of RockBand,  starring Lennon & Co. characters.

But the biggest thing on yesterday’s event was the appearance of Steve Jobs himself. Still a bit to thin and weakly looking, but smiling as before. Get well Steve. We are waiting for more “and one more thing” here!

Steve Jobs we własnej osobie

Written by Malgosia Minta

September 10, 2009 at 8:30 am

Gizmo Day – Part 1

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Today we have quite nicer date, don’t You think? 9/09/09. Maybe this magi8cal numbers made some producers to organize their press events right today. The most expected is the event of Apple (possibly new iPods and the Beattles on the iTunes Store) and moreover – more locally – we have some Warsaw press events of Asus-Garmin duo and Lenovo on the schedule.
But the first one to start with news was Palm, presenting it’s new smart-phone called Pixi. Pixi is a younger and smaller sister to Palm Pre – it runs the same WebOS and has similar functions. Main thing different here is the uncovered keyboard (in Pre it is hidden under the touchscreen). Pixi shall be available before Holiday season. Moreover palm has cut down the Pre’s price – now for the phone with 2 year contract one must pay 149 USD (50 bucks less than previously).

Palm Pixi
Palm Pixi

More news on gizmo to come later.

Written by Malgosia Minta

September 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

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IFA – Part 4

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Samsung M1 Player

Samsung M1 Player

In last (I think;-) post form IFA I just wanted to show you some new multimedia pocket players – aka “iPod alternatives”. Well, I am not sure if anything now could be called iPod killer (it seems that Jobs’s toys are kill-proof ;-), but here are some new gadgets you’d consider when looking for some small music and video playing things. First we have Samsung M1 with AMOLED 3,3″ touch screen. It has an nVidia Tegra chipset (with HD capability) and a flash-based UI. It will handle MP3, AAC, MP4, OGG, WMQ, WAV, DivX and Xvid files and store from 8 to 32 GB of your stuff. Nice thing – it weights only 91 grams.

The second kiddo in town is Creative X-Fi2. Again, it has a 3-inch touchscreen and is equipped in memory from 8 to 32 GB which you could expand with the microSD card. It has FM radio, voice recorder and handles MP3, WMA (DRM9), Audible4, AAC, FLAC, WMV9, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4/5 Xvid files.
Both M1 and X-Fi2 are nice looking, ascetic in form. Congrats!

Creative ZEN X-Fi2 Player

Creative ZEN X-Fi2 Player

The last thing to mention here is the new player from Sandisk. Sansa Clip+ is a simple player, made to play music, period. It has 2 to 8 GB of internal flash memory and also uses microSd cards (also special slotRadio and slotMusic cards with music on them). Moreover it is equipped in FM radio and 1″ OLED screen, showing you all crucial information about tune played . And it really really tiny and with the clip You can easily put in on your jacket or bag strap.

Sandisk Sansa Clip+ Player

Sandisk Sansa Clip+ Player

Written by Malgosia Minta

September 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

On Dispappearing Books (and Apology that doesn’t matter)

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kindle1Last few days have belonged to Kindle. But, unfortunately, the reason of the huge buzz around Amazon’s gadget wasn’t so nice. Last week some Kindle owners found out that some of the books they had downloaded have been erased form their devices. The funniest thing is that one of the disappearing titles was “1984” by George Orwell. Magic? Malfunction? No. The reason stated by Amazon was simpler – the books were erased as the bookstore had stopped to sell them (Amazon says that the publishers haven’t right for the books). And the fact that  people had bought those e-books and payed for them with real money hadn’t matter at all! Thinking alike, You could imagine that the delivery man from Amazon could come to your home and – without asking – take away books from your shelf. Personally I would kill for that. So it wasn’t surprising that in few seconds  Amazon have became a “big bad wolf” in hi-tech world. And, You know, it has deserved it. Though I am a gadget fan(atic?;-) I love books and the idea sitting beside it. I don’t like to borrow them, I like to know, that they are on the shelves, waiting to be pick in every possible moment. Finding out that the book You have is not there – it is like losing person You know You can always call. But Amazon don’t know that, I guess.

UPDATE:
This Thursday Jeff Bezos, Kindle’s father and Amazon’s CEO has posted an apology , saying taht he is very very sorry for the whole mess and that Amazon’s solution was “stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles” and that they “will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission”.

My guess is that Kindle owner won’t forgive so quickly and forget about the whole accident.  Sorry Jeff, your apology doesn’t count to much. And if had an ambition to became another Steve Jobs (or at least someone second to Steve Jobs) with cool company behind and a nice looking, trendy gadget to offer – ooops, this might be quite hard now.

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July 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm

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Download audiobooks for free while visiting Book Fair

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If You’re a book fan as I am (IMHO I think it should be treated in my case ), You’re probably keen on visiting book fairs  to get the freshest titles, to meet the authors, to get autographs etc. This weekend we have an International Book Fair here in Warsaw and I just can’t wait to go there. This year one of the exhibitors, audioteka.pl has come with quite cool idea of hotspots, where You can download fragments of audiobooks via your bluetooth. Audiobooks are available in .mp3 format, so You can listen them using your mobile, iPod or any other player. Though these are only samples You will have chance to taste the audiobook experience.

Written by Malgosia Minta

May 20, 2009 at 11:52 am

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