Friday, March 24, 2006

Exactly What is the iPod?

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White earbuds, hmmm, iPod, MP3--What does it all mean? A1-Computers--

If you ask 10 people to explain what an iPod is, you’ll likely receive 10 different answers; and all of them will likely contain some element of fact and logic. Introduced by Apple Computers in 2001, the iPod is technically defined as a portable music player; and even this doesn’t do it justice.

As you’ll see (or perhaps know already from your own experience), the iPod is so much more than a mere convenient way for you to listen to music while on the go.

These things SELL!

The iPod is the #1 seller of legal digital music and digital music devices.

And just what does it take to be #1 in the highly competitive personal entertaining business? Well, since its launch in 2001, over 3 million iPods have been sold; and counting.

In fact, in a 3 month period from April to June 2004, almost over 850,000 iPod and iPod minis were sold. To put that into some kind of perspective, that’s almost 10,000 iPods/iPod minis per day. And if that doesn’t make you go WOW, that’s 398 per hour, or just under 7 per minute – of every hour, of every day, for 3 months!

It’s no wonder, given these awesome sales total, that the question most people ask these days isn’t: are you getting an iPod, but rather: where is your iPod?

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Friday, March 17, 2006

The Laptop Is Not Enough

COMPUTERS--there is always somthing new!

Jason Lee Miller
Staff Writer

Published: 2006-03-16

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It wasn't so much that we loved James Bond. We wanted to be James Bond. He had some serious gadgetry, and unlike fellow gadget-chucking hero Batman, 007's suave style of lewdness earned him a license to thrill-incessantly.

Even if some of us (you, not me) haven't mastered the art of flitting from flower to flower, all of us can soon take advantage of micro-technology that lets us flit from computer to computer, complete with finger print bio-security and LCD readout. All we need now are secret compartment wingtips, a poison-dart watch, and (why not complete it?) an armored Maserati.

The next wave of mobile computing will be USB-based open-source programmed computers. Last week, FingerGear upgraded its Computer-On-a-Stick (COS) to include an LCD and Onboard Fingerprint Authentication for added security. The Professional Edition COS uses a USB Flash Drive to allow users to plug into a host computer and, well, take it over-with your own background and instant messenger to go with it.

The device comes pre-installed with a Linux operating system, OpenOffice Suite, Evolution Email, and Firefox Browser, among others. Compatible with PCs that use an x86 processor, the open source software is compatible with proprietary applications like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Why open source? Keeps those pesky licensing fees down while allowing the computer to work virtually everywhere. The Computer-On-a-Stick is proving popular. Every version, from 256M to 2G is currently sold out.

FingerGear isn't the only company capitalizing on this technology. There are others, including BlackDog's similar offering.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

New iPod Accessories

By Jason Hahn

With the ever-increasing popularity of the iPod and all its various forms, it follows that more and more accessories will become both important and appealing to iPod owners. Here are three new accessories that iPod owners may want to consider purchasing. . .

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

How To Find the Right Laptop Backpack For You

You have spent a lot of money on your laptop. You want to make sure you have the best way of carrying it with you. Laptop backpacks have become the trendiest answer to this need. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect laptop backpack.

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First consideration in finding the perfect laptop backpack is comfort. If you're not happy with the way it feels on you then you really are not going to care about the other features. Make sure your laptop backpack manufacturer has taken your comfort into consideration. Simple things like a variety of choices on how you can wear the straps show that the creator was thinking of comfort.

Another big consideration is padding. No matter how far laptops have advanced they are still fragile pieces of equipment. Accidents do happen. Make sure your laptop backpack is equipped with enough padding to protect your expensive cargo.

Next on your laptop backpack consideration hit list should be workmanship. You bought a laptop because of its portability and that means you want to take it everywhere. Make sure your laptop backpack can handle an extended period of use with little wear and tear.

Another important but often overlooked aspect to consider in your search for the perfect laptop backpack is creativity. Laptops come with a lot of accessories and more are being created every day. Make sure your laptop backpack has lots of compartments for all these little, but important, extras.

Finally, if budget allows, look for the wow factor. Laptop backpack manufacturers are starting to add things like water-resistant outer fabric and closed-cell shock absorption foam padding for the laptop backpack owner that has everything.

So now you have the essentials needed to go out and find the best laptop backpack for you. Have fun.

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  • Wednesday, March 08, 2006

    Why Buy a Dell Laptop?

    Buy a DELL Now!

    One of the most well known brands on the market are Dell laptops. Of course, this comes from a lot of advertising. But their quality goes a long way in explaining why they are so big in the IT world.

    Let's take for example the new Dell Inspiron 6000. This is a high powered notebook that features the so-called Sonoma chipset which happens to be the latest Intel processor. Now, this chipset is strictly for mobile computers, so it is specifically designed to make sure your laptop works as optimally as possible. This involves the best in battery power life, the fastest graphics for gaming and multimedia, and wireless connectivity.

    As far as wireless technology goes, these Dell laptops pack the latest technology. For example, they offer the optional Bluetooth for you business users out there. Of course then there is the standard 10/100 ethernet card and Wi-Fi access, so you can use your card in wireless hotpsots at home, in your local coffee shop ar at work.

    Here are a few other accessories that round out the connectivity of these computers. It has an IEEE 1394 port, a Firewire port, an S-Video port and four USB ports. Now, if that's not enough, the Inspiron 6000 also has a slot for Secure Digital Memory cards.

    Now, no matter how many digital cameras, music players, personal digital assistants (PDA's), or cell phones you have, your Dell Inspiron 6000 notebook will have enough access for all of them.
    This computer also has a big brain! You can choose from either a 1.30 GHz Intel Celeron processor or the 1.60 GHz Pentium processor. As far as hard drives go, they also come in a selection of ranges from 30 GB to 80 GB. You can also pack the computer with optical drives like a DVD double layer burner or a writeable CD/DVD combo.

    What does this mean for the layperson? All these numbers and abbreviations mean only one thing, no matter what you need your computer for, there are Dell laptops out there that are perfect for the task.

    I have had nothing but Dell computers in my office as well as my home and I will continue to buy them and recommend them. Not just because they are excellently made computers, but because Dell stands behind their products in price as well as service.

    Just to give you an example of the Dell Service, I purchased a Dell Desktop last year for my office, one of many. This one computer did develop a problem with the DVD drive. I could read DVD's but I couldn't burn one. I called support they responded very quickly and while I was on the phone with them the technician had me run some tests. The DVD unit was found to be defective. The technician offered to send me a new unit by next day air or have a technician come to my office. I chose the latter, and the technician showed up within 24 hours replaced the unit and had me up running. Now for me I couldn't have asked for better or faster service.

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  • Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Refurbished Laptops Hitting Record Sales

    Refurbished Laptops and Desktops for that matter are such a great deal! Up to 60% off and you still get the same warranty and quality. I see no down side here!


    Just when you thought a new computer was too expensive something exciting happens. Something called "refurbished". Computer equipment is getting better everyday. Technology is far exceeding everyone's expectations and the durability and reliability is ever increasing. For this reason refurbished laptops are selling faster today than ever before! People are starting to realize they can save up to 60% off the retail value and still get an awesome laptop computer.

    Why are refurbished laptop sales on the rise? Companies are getting overloaded with equipment that is used, but not very old. Individuals that have extra money to burn and simply must have the newest of everything are trading in their old computers for new ones. Instead of just throwing it away, corporations are refurbished them to make available to the more savvy person. All the same great replacement parts go into a refurbished notebook computer, but the savings are tremendous.

    This word of reconditioning computer equipment is spreading like wildfire. Many refurbished dealers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep products in stock because people are simply buying them so fast. These hot items are in serious demand.

    Refurbished laptops are not the only thing selling like hotcakes right now either. There are several different products that are flying off the shelves like crazy. For instance, refurbished palm pilots, MP3 players, desktops, and printers are just a few. Technology all around is getting better. Top companies are producing the highest quality merchandise and they are also reconditioning products to last longer and perform better.

    Some of the best computer companies in the world like IBM, Dell, HP, Gateway are all refurbishing computer equipment with highly skilled technicians with the most sophisticated equipment. Now when you buy refurbished notebooks the quality is brought up to the same high standards of a new one, without the high cost.

    For the most part, many of us will never use all the capabilities a new laptop has anyway. Refurbished laptops are very comparable in performance and features, so why would anyone bother paying the large sticker price of a new notebook computer? It's hard to say. Refurbished laptops come with Windows OS, have blazing processor speeds, ample memory, and the list goes on and on. Of course the refurbished laptop computer has been used, but most of the time it is really hard to tell.

    Being able to justify reasons to buy new over reconditioned is getting more difficult to do. Refurbished laptops offer the same features and reliability a new one does, but one major difference- the price! Buying, or updating your old computer equipment just got much more affordable thanks to new and improved technology and better refurbishing techniques. It's hard to keep up with our ever changing world, but it doesn't have to be expensive.

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    Friday, March 03, 2006

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    Tomorrows MP3 Digital Music -

    Small with Tons of Storage, Larger with a Video Screen, Which Will The Futhure Bring?

    Tomorrow's MP3 digital music - will it be small with tons of storage, larger with a video screen, or non-existent and end up in a cellphone.

    Changes in the market will likely split into all three markets the way as stated in the title above. Most of it really depends on the Americans and Europeans and which continent will be more aggressive in marketing. Basically Europeans tend to like their gadgets in one source. But Americans seem to have more than one gizmo on them. Music players probably will not get much smaller because they are at the limit of there usability.

    Future of digital music

    Flash memory players may eventually not be able to keep up with the hard drive mp3 players due to manufacturers working on potentially offering more storage where 5 to 10 gigabit players will become available on the hard drive end. Going forward, they could be all about video and image playback just like they are now all about music. This will not move forward until manufactures and software companies are convinced their copyright is secure since being such a new area in music development.

    Future music around the house

    More music digital video will eventually change music listening at home. Manufactures are constantly creating devices to take music from a computer and have it play hi fi digital music on your home stereo. There are a few wireless systems currently available on the market, like the wireless music centre from Phillips, the Sonos digital music system, or Microsoft's media center extender. Apple also has it own product called airport express. All of these can stream wireless music around your home.


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    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    New At The Apple Store Today!

    The Apple Store announced today the new iPod Hi-Fi as well as a new Mac mini with Intel!

    iPod Hi-Fi!

    An all-new high-fidelity speaker system that works seamlessly with the iPod to remake the home stereo system. Featuring seamless integration with all iPods through the dock connector, iPod Hi-Fi even recharges your iPod automatically when you have it docked and it is easily controlled with a remote control!

    Now you can turn your iPod into a home stereo for the twentyfirst century.

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    Also unveiled today was the Mac mini with Intel.

    The new Mac mini with Intel Core Duo processor, delivers performance up to four times faster than its predecessor and provides even greater expansion in the same innovative and incredibly compact design. Starting at just $599, the Mac mini is the most affordable way to enjoy iLife® '06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, and features the Apple Remote and Front Row : you can play your music, enjoy your photo slideshows, watch your DVDs, iMovies, music videos and television shows all from across the room!

    The Mac mini will make it easy and affordable to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web. And now it all happens with the blazing speed of the Intel Core, in either Solo or Duo configurations.

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