An Apple Netbook – Apple's New Product Line?

After the October Notebook event, the hopes of Apple releasing a netbook looked gone. Steve Jobs said during a question and answer session that "we'll see how it goes". At the time of that announcement, Jobs said the market was too small.

But you have to wonder whether Apple was fully telling the truth or not. Steve may have been right, in saying that they were not releasing on one NOW [at the time of the event, October 14th] but who knows how far 'away' that technology is. The technology is there, they have created the Macbook Air which is smaller and light weight compared to their other notebooks, it's just a matter of when Apple will get it to their standards.

Beside technology, another factor going into his comments, I believe, is that Apple Never wants to take sales away from their own products. Why tell people a netbook is coming soon, when you can tell them to buy a Macbook, then in a few months release the Netbook [or Macbook Mini]. Now I'm not saying this is a bad thing, or that Apple is a liar and should not be trusted, in fact its good business. Apple's business model is quite impressive, considering you can not go anywhere without seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing i-Something. So for they to hold off on the netbook to make way for their new product line is a no brainer.

You could also argue that the $ 999 Macbook IS a [high-end] netbook. Granted it's larger, bulkier, and more expensive then your typical netbook, it does off the same functionality [and more] while still costing much less than a typical Apple notebook.

As Apple updates their notebooks to look more like the Macbook Air [and iMac], I believe there is an incentive potential to streamline Apple's ENTIRE product line. Right now, the iPod has the Shuffle, Nano, Classic, and Touch; the notebooks are: Macbook, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air; and the desktops are: Mac Pro, iMac, and Mac Mini. Now there are a lot of names that cross between these lines, and while I do not think it's that confusing, I think they could use some better strategies to condense them into easier categories.

Since Apple released their first iMac, they have been trying to serve two types of customers, the hardcore, power-users and the average user. Since then, Apple has broadened their scope, offereing many different models in between, to accommodate for any type of user. They have created models both below, and above their flagship products that do this very well. But I think with all of these different models and names, it's a little disshovelled.

To combat this, Apple could relaunch a whole new tiered system. This would create a bridge between product lines as well as creating an inexpensive purchasing system for those looking to buy a product in a different line. Like Apple has been doing, it would integrate this new color scheme of Aluminum body with black accents on all of its products [including black key's on keyboards]. From their desks, to monitors, to notebooks, to iPod's. The only exception is for the iPod Nano which would be the entry level iPod and come in many colors [as it does now]. Not only would the color scheme match, but the product lines in general would interweave. My proposal would be to create a four tier product system through the three lines:

* Nano

-The iPod Nano is one of the top selling iPods of all time. With a flexible amount of storage for a small price, it is a great entry product. This would mean the elimination of the iPod Shuffle, unless they keep it as its separate entity.

-The Macbook Nano would be Apple's first netbook. I mentioned an Apple netbook above, so there's not much else to say. It would take the same aluminum casing as the current macbook, just with an 8-93 screen, no super drive, far less ports [maybe 2 USB, 1 mini-display, headphone / microphone].

-The Mac Nano [or Mac Mini] would, for the most part stay the same. Obviously it would be great for some spec bumps, but not too much to interfere with the iMac.

* 'Classic'

-The iPod Classic [or just iPod (6G)] would be more similar to older versions of the iPod. Priced between 200-250, it would be 40-60 GB [being a good mid-range iPod].

-The iMac is a great desktop product that needs not be changed. Do not fix what's not broken.

-The MacBook [or iBook] is much like the iMac in the sense that it does not need too many configurations.

* Pro

-The iPod Pro is some what of a toss-up. Apple could use this as their huge-storage iPod [100GB +] and leave the iPod classic to 40-60GB, or they could do something completely revolutionary like the iPod nano, and introduce a accelorometer for tilt functionality.

-The Macbook Pro would stay the same. Keeping the same look as it has now [aluminum with black surrounding screen].

-The Mac Pro would stay the same. Possibly getting a new casing with black accents around it.

* Touch

-The iPod Touch Would stay the same.

-The Macbook Touch would be Apple's entry into the tablet market. Running on an advanced iPhone OS, this would be much like the Macbook Nano in size, but be one piece with a full touch screen. Potential include similar external buttons as the iPhone / iPod Touch such as a volume rocker, a Hold button [to lock the screen, requiring a password upon entry], and a Home button to bring you back to the desktop. The OS would be a fusion of OSX and the iPhone OS, using similar icons / apps as the iPhone [would not have any sort of iLife or iWork], but with a start menu and tool bar like OSX.

-The iMac Touch would be the first Apple touch screen desktop. Keeping a similar design, the screen would be a standard 243, and be full touch screen. You could optionally get wired / wireless keyboard / mighty mouse, but it would not be included in the package. It would be able to run a full version of OSX [with touch controls, much like 2, 3, and 4 finger gestures on Macbooks now]. Not many changes need to be made with the current iMac other than including touchscreen through the screen, as well as an updated OS.

* Other

-The iPhone would stay the same. Potentially an introduction of a smaller iPhone [either size-wise like what Walmart is doing, or in physical dimensions and capacity].

-The iPod Shuffle would either be kept as a stand-alone product for the extreme casual consumer, or be discontinued.

-The Apple TV would stay the same.

-The Apple Displays would now all go LED [19 ", 23", and 30 "] and all take on the look of the new 233 LED display.

Now I know this is a radical change that would take a long time [not in one event] but I think that this would really bring the Apple community together. By breaking up their products into groups it would make it easier for new adopters to 'fit' into a group and be able to see what is right for them. Each of the above prodcuts would have its own customization and size options like they do now. Many of the things I mentioned above are new technologies that I believe Apple will ever implement, so why not to it with syle?

For the record this is ALL just a 'wishlist' and has little to no basis on any facts. If you guys are inspired by what you read, please leave a comment on what you think Apple should do? Do you think they will make a touch screen laptop, desktop, netbook? Leave me feedback on what you think! I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you did, why not think of subscribing?

Samsung S6700 – New Generation Mobile Phone

New generation of the mobile users are becoming so emotionally affiliated to their phones that they can not live without them. Particularly, the youngsters desire low cost mobile phones with many best features. Keeping in mind of all these things, Samsung has produced S6700 which has all the good as well as basic features. Let's examine all the following coolest features of this 3G phone:

The phone is having elegant 2.4 inches 16 Million color TFT screen with 240 x 320 Pixel resolutions. This is a cool device with slider keyboard which is perfect for the entry level users. A-GPS Navigation, Document Viewer, Speaker phone are also united.

You can capture all the unforgettable moments of your life by using 3.1-mega pixels camera with LED Flash. You can also get second camera for video calling. In addition, the phone is having Auto Focus, Photo Geo Tagging, Face Detection, Image Stabilizer and video player supports MPEG4, H263, H264 & WMV formats.

Next, this mobile phone is surprisingly tamped with several unique music features such as it has Digital Natural Sound Engine. And an integrated music player supports MP3, AAC and WMA music formats so that the users can enjoy a high quality sound experience on their handset. Polyphonic and MP3 Ringtones are also included.

Connectivity features includes; wireless Bluetooth with A2DP, cabled USB connection, 3G HSDPA, GPRS and EDGE technology. It embeds a built-in WAP 2.0 browser that supports a XHTML & HTML Internet surfing experience.

Moreover, networking is supported by Quad Band covers GSM 850/900/1800/1900 with UMTS 900/2100. You can link with your dear ones using SMS, Email and MMS messages services.

It is equipped with 120 MB of internal memory plus MicroSD memory card supports up to 16 GB. A fully charged battery provides 4 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time.

Dealing With the RROD When it Occurs

Have you experienced three flashing red lights on the power button of your Xbox 360 game console? This is called the Red Ring of Death or RROD which is really a great problem that any user and owner of Xbox 360 can encounter. This occurs mainly due to overheating which usually happens after an extra play. Xbox 360 game console may experience this problem occurs. You might even have to say goodbye to your device when this happens. With this problem at hand, it will be difficult to bring your Xbox 360 back to life. Without proper knowledge on how to deal with this problem, you really will not be able to play with your Xbox 360 games again.

But there are always some ways that you can do to fix this problem. In fact, there are two alternatives that you can choose when you want to fix your games console from RROD. The two alternatives greatly vary in terms of practicality, convenience, and efficiency. Here, you will be able to learn the ways that you can take once you encounter RROD in your Xbox 360. As already mentioned, these ways vary. It is up to you to decide which way will be comfortable for you.

The first one is fixing your Xbox 360 game console on your own. You do not have to be an expert to do so. Everyone can do it with a good repair guide telling you how to fix your game console. The good thing about this is that it will not take too much of your time. An hour or so will be the time duration that it needs you to be able to fix your console. If you do not like to wait long, this is a great alternative that you should choose. Just by reading the repair guide, taking some of your time to fix it, and some tools from your home, you can certainly have your Xbox 360 game console back to life and start playing again. Just have some patience and know how to understand the manual while reading the instructions so you will certainly understand and be able to follow the directions that are instructed in the manual.

Another way that you can consider is sending your console back to Microsoft and have it fixed their facility. Doing this will surely assure you that your Xbox 360 game console will be back as new and running like it did before. Surely, the best people that can fix your game console are the ones who made it. They can assure you that you will not have to worry again about RROD once they fixed it. However, this way is ideal if your game console is still under warranty because if not, you will be paying a lot of fees including the shipping fee. More so, it will even take 4 to 6 weeks before you can get it back and start playing with it again.

These are just some of the ways that you can consider if you encounter RROD problem. The decision on which is more convenient to use is up to you.

How to Run Windows On Your Mac

Many people who use the OS X operating systems need to use Windows for various reasons. Some people have to use programs that are only compatible with Windows computers, but still enjoy the functionality of their Mac. People talk about dual booting multiple operating systems on their computers, or using Apple's approved Bootcamp to run Windows on an Apple computer. These people simply have not heard of the Parallels software for OS X.

Parallels Desktop 7 allows you to run Windows natively within OS X as its own window. This amazing software permits you to still use all the great features of OS X, while still being able to run your required Windows apps within its own dedicated window. All other software, including Bootcamp, requires the user to reboot the entire computer each time that they want to use either OS X or Windows. This can be a problem and extremely time consuming when having to switch back and forth. With Parallels, you can do all of your tasks in OS X, then simply open up your Parallels window to use your Windows programs.

This is a complete virtualization solution to running multiple operating systems. Parallels requires no reboot, no shut down, and no downtime while switching. Windows is always running in the background while Parallels is open, so you always have easy access. Not only that, but you can even swap files from one operating system of another. Parallels is simply the best virtualization and automation software solution for all Mac users looking to use Windows without purchasing a separate computer.

Parallels Desktop 7's enhancements include support for the new OS X Lion's full-screen mode and Mission Control interface, as well as support for the AES-NI encryption standard for Windows, and easier sharing of printers.

Parallels even made a $ 20 Parallels iOS app on the Apple App Store that lets you access both Mac OS X and Windows files, as well as the under Mac OS X, from an iPad or iPhone! The previous Parallels app for iPhone and iPad did that just for Windows virtual machines. Of course, virtual desktop clients for running Mac OS X on iOS are easy to find, and there are good free ones, so the main value of Parallels' enhanced iOS app is the unified virtual desktop. This new mobile version of the software lets you control both Mac and Windows virtual machines, instead of just Windows VMs in the current versions. You'll also have access to audio pass-through, and you are able to copy and paste information from your Windows virtual machine directly to your clipboard on your iOS device! This makes Parallels even more useful than it ever has been.

Samsung U700 – Slim and Sensual

At the very mention of the name Samsung mobiles, what comes into mind is slim handsets loaded with advance features. Over the years, the manufacture has vested a lot, and has been successful in creating impressive line of handsets. The launch of Samsung Ultra edition has been a real booster – taking the reputation further. And to offer more of slim handsets, the manufacturer came up with another line – the Ultra Edition II. One of the most talked about handsets under this division is Samsung U700.

Also known as the Ultra Edition 12.1, the Samsung U700 boasts of being the world's slimmest mobile phone. It comes with a svelte design, and includes list of many useful features like 3G capability with HSDPA speed. Conceived benefit the slider is an impressive keypad, which arrangement of one-touch function-specific keys directs the user to the wonderful world of multimedia. The front fascia of the handset enterprises of bright 256K colors supporting TFT with size of 2.2 inches and image reproducibility of 240 x 320 pixels resolution. It makes pictures look absolutely wonderful and vivid, and also takes care of readability.

While the 3.15 MP camera (with auto focus and flash), is for the still photography / video recording, there is a second VGA camera that allows video calling. For more fun, there is a powerful music player that supports MP3 / AAC / eACC / WMA / MPEG4 / H.263 / Real video formats. While, GPRS, provision of WAP 2.0 / xHTML and advanced HTML (NetFront 3.4) browser helps in making fast internet connection; the EDGE, HSDPA, version 2.0 Bluetooth, and USB makes sharing easy. And if you would rather want to store more of your favorite tracks and pictures, the Samsung U700 offers microSD memory expansion slot, in addition to its 40 MB embedded memory. A good combination of form and features, the Samsung U700 is sure a delight for the contemporary market