Steve Jobs excited about new product

Steve Job’s yesterday:

“If you annualize our quarterly revenue, it’s surprising that Apple is now a $50+ billion company,” Jobs said. “The new products we are planning to release this year are very strong, starting this week with a major new product that we’re really excited about.”

I’m really excited too, Steve.

Successor to the NSX

Last year when Honda nixed the project to create a replacement to the NSX it was a sad day for me… No NSX successor?  Are you kidding me?!  But alas, what could have been turned into the next NSX is now headed to be somebody’s race car.  At least I’ve been given something to stare at…

best elevator music ever…

Thanks for the link Karim 🙂

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A little perspective for Monday morning

As another week of hard work rolls around, I thought it might be appropriate to put things in perspective with a little game.  Enjoy!

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Thanks but no thanks

Chantix is drug to help people quit smoking.  I don’t smoke, but found this particularly interesting…

From the warnings section of the drug:

Serious neuropsychiatric events, including, but not limited to depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt and completed suicide have been reported in patients taking CHANTIX.

These events have occurred in patients with and without pre-existing psychiatric disease.

Ummm. what?!  COMPLETED suicide?  I’d just keep smoking thank you very much!

Build your own iPhone from scratch!

Stay tuned for a how-to article  coming in 2021, right here on devinsblog!  In the future it might not be so crazy of an idea…  3d  printers are finally getting down to the consumer level, to the point that they can build circuitry.  Check out the video:

RepRap from Adrian Bowyer on Vimeo.

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Apple tablet rumor version two

The tablet hasn’t even been released yet and we’re already moving on to the topic of our next rumor

See Apple’s new creation

This picture is such a tease… This is a confirmation of the previous rumor that there will be some sort of unveiling on January 27th.

2010 MacBook Refresh Q1 and Q3 | Light Peak?

Earlier today, AppleInsider posted an image from an internal Intel email that was sent to all employees as part of their internal rewards structure.  The image stated that they had a chance to win a new MacBook Pro “with the accelerated response of an Intel Core i5 processor.”  This leads us all to believe that there will be an announcement of a new MacBook Pro refresh, most likely at the January 27th press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.  My guess is that this MacBook update is going to be rather small, the biggest news of which will be the processor upgrade.  There have been a lot of legal issues between Nvidia, Intel, and possibly Apple that are nixing my hopes and dreams for any more than just a processor speed increase .  More on that topic at AppleInsider.

NOTE: It has just been mentioned that this contest email was a mistake, that they had gotten the processor right, but not the computer… Hmm… likely story?  We’ll find out on the 27th!

Since I already have a Unibody MacBook from late 2008, I think I’m going to hold off on buying another one until later this year, when a larger refresh would be likely to occur.

I think there’s going to be another announcement in Q3 that’s going to be what i’m looking for, with a new GPU, another upgrade of the processor (which will still be core i5, but faster), and will include (fingers crossed) Light Peak, a new blazing fast standard for transferring data.  This will likely be the competing technology for USB 3.0 aka SuperSpeed.

There’s a good reason to believe that Light Peak will be part of the future MacBook Pro lineup. From an Engadget article written in September of 2009:

Engadget has learned — thanks to an extremely reliable source — that not only is Apple complicit in the development of Light Peak, but the company actually brought the concept to Intel and asked them to create it. More to the point, the new standard will play a hugely important role in upcoming products from Cupertino.

If it was Apple’s idea it makes even more sense that they would add this to their products.  As for the date, the same article states that they have heard it’s set for a release in Fall 2010 as part of the typical back to school sales.

Adoption of the standard is the only thing that I would be worried about, but if Apple is standing behind this new standard in their products, specifically their laptop offerings, then I’m not too worried.  I think Apple has a strong weight in setting new industry standards, especially due to the fact that Apple customers have such intense loyalty that they’ll trust whatever Apple comes out with and typically buy all of Apple’s latest and greatest gear.

Here’s a totally geeky video of Intel demoing Light Peak at the 2009 Intel Developer Forum:

I can only dream…

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AT&T service FAIL at CES 2010

I was just reading Engadget’s article about the best gadgets they used to help make their reporting of CES 2010 easier and more productive than ever.  They listed the different camera setups that they used, including the Canon 7D for video, which they have some cool intro reviews for.  Sadly, at the bottom of the list, one of the things that helped the team be successful at CES 2010 was a secondary smartphone that WASN’T on AT&T.  That’s right, cell coverage for AT&T was so bad that they couldn’t rely on their iPhones.  From the article:

Another city packed with iPhone-laden convention-goers, another fail for AT&T. Seriously, what else do we have to say? We couldn’t even send a text message on the busiest days of CES, let alone make a call or use data, and the only solution for getting anything done using an iPhone was to switch off 3G and take your chances with EDGE. Pretty sad, especially considering Clear had set up its own tower on the show floor just to offer better service and Verizon straight-up told The Washington Post that adding capacity was a “simple concept.” We have no idea how AT&T boned this yet again, but we do know that editors with Droids, Pres, and BlackBerrys not on Ma Bell were the only ones who could be reliably reached — and Ross Miller spent the entire week doing his data tasks on a Nexus One connected to T-Mobile and loving life. Oh, and when the NFL playoffs came around, we watched the Packers blow that huge comeback on iPhone SlingPlayer… connected via WiFi to Sprint 3G using the Overdrive. That was deeply sad for a variety of reasons. Get it together, AT&T.

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Possible 2010 iPhone graphics processor upgrade?

PowerVR, maker of the graphics processor in the iPhone, just announced an update to the same line of graphics processors.  It would be easy to speculate then, that the 2010 iPhone could possibly contain this chip upgrade.

The new chip is the PowerVR SGX545, and it adds FULL support for DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 3.2, and OpenCL 1.0.

The new chip should output about 40 million polygons per second, which, compared to the iPhone 3GS existing chip that puts out about 28 million polygons per second, is a 70% increase.

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Musical heaven with Audioengine A2 speakers

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I went on vacation this weekend to musical heaven thanks to my new Audioengine A2 speakers. There was a bit of a shipping delay, but let me tell you – the sound is well worth the wait!

First impressions:
On receiving the package I noticed that there was an inspection sticker on the box, stating that they were possibly damaged during shipping, but were fully inspected before making the final delivery to my house.  I noticed on the FedEx tracking page that when the package got damaged they actually sent it back to the East Coast to be inspected.  I opened the package thinking, “Well, as long as they inspected them…”

Upon opening the FedEx box, inside was the actual product box for the speakers, and it was damp! The cardboard was all floppy and everything.  Somebody had probably left it in the rain, which is why it needed to be sent back and inspected for damage.  I continued to unbox the speakers and was happy to find that each speaker was individually packaged inside it’s own suede textured cloth drawstring pouch.  Also included were two other pouches, one of which contained the power supply, and the other which contained audio cables for speaker setup.

I rushed to set them up on my desk and plug them into my MacBook.  The volume knob on the back of the left speaker also functions as the on/off switch, and has a very smooth, solid, heavy feeling to it.  Turning this knob clicked the speakers on and then increased the volume.  I turned on ATB’s Trilogie Part 2 and the sound seemed to come from the whole room, and not from the two little speakers that found their way onto my desk.  This was enhanced of course by the fact that the song has an echoey feel to it.  The sound was superb.

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Naturally I proceeded through my collection of music, which contains mostly Hiphop, RnB, Alternative, Piano, and Trance music.  I was in heaven.  The most surprising thing about these speakers is how much depth the sounds seem to have, especially when sitting directly in front of the two speakers.  The depth literally seemed to go out the window, as I kept hearing the sound of a car revving it’s engine (I thought somebody was revving their engine outside).  I kept pausing the music to see if I could hear the sound again, and finally realized that the sound was coming from the speakers.

Of note:
Two things that I feel must be mentioned about these speakers before you rush off to buy them as well:

First, the bass production is obviously not going to be extremely strong, as these are very small drivers.  This is actually one of the things that drew me to these speakers in the first place.  I live in an apartment and can’t really enjoy heavy bass speakers because I don’t want to irritate the crap out of my neighbors, so I find these speakers to be exactly what I was looking for.

Second, I was surprised by the lack of balance there seemed to be between the tweeters and the midrange drivers.  It seemed that the music was all very thick until I opened up the equalizer and in iTunes and changed the settings.  This cleared everything right up, and my worry was quickly subdued.  Of course, if you’re using these as computer speakers, most media players have equalizers that will allow you to fix this issue, but you might want to take this into consideration when buying these speakers.

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How many Gigs of data do geeks consume in a day?

Apparently, the average American consumes about 34 gigs of data in a day, or 3.6 zettabytes for the entire U.S.  Here’s the breakdown from DownloadSquad.com:

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But I second the question that they pose at the end of their article: how many gigs of data do geeks consume?  Maybe somebody can figure this data out by reading the complete study done by University of California.

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Google’s growing pains with the Nexus One

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It appears that even monolithic companies fail when they start dipping their hands into unknown territory.  According to PCWorld, Google’s new phone, the Nexus One, is falling subject to bad reviews for Customer Service – and the fact that it basically doesn’t exist.  Users having problems with the phone are either being tossed back and forth between their carrier and HTC (the hardware vendor), both of which don’t know the answers to the problem, or being forced to write Google’s support by email, which leaves them waiting for an answer for one or two days.  There’s no direct support line they can call to get help with their new phone.

In case you weren’t aware, Google’s new phone has been marketed and built by HTC, sold directly by Google as “Google’s phone”, and then of course serviced by a wireless company of your choice – sort of an interesting chain of events which makes it difficult to make the call on who should be supporting the phone.  I think Google should have gone the route of supporting the phone themselves, just as Apple urged its wireless partners to direct customer support to themselves.  I think all eyes are on Google at this point to come up with answers – not HTC or the wireless carriers.

The user experience of the phone boils down into a couple high level categories – those that can use it, and those that can’t.  To those that can use the phone, customer service is probably about 15% of the experience – they call when they need it.  To those that can’t use the phone, customer service is probably about 50% of the experience – if you can’t use the phone AT ALL then customer service is about your last hope, and if customer service doesn’t work… well… you can’t use your phone.

Get it together Google.

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CES announces HP Slate

HPs new Slate advertisement:

There are a few more images over at Engadget.

There seem to be a lot of tablet announcements coming out this year at CES 2010, hopefully this doesn’t steal any thunder from the announcement Apple is bound to make at the end of this month.

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