Okay, something tells me that MacShrine has hit the jackpot with this one. We know, we were all almost duped by the Attack of the Show fake, resulting in our mega-disappointment in Steve Jobs last announcement. However, when MacShrine posted the images that we have in this post, they were served with a cease and desist from Apple. That is normally an indication that you are showing something that they don’t want you to be showing. In the image above, you see what we believe to be called the ‘iPod AV’ docked in the iPod Hi-Fi. I am still not overly excited to see the scroll wheel integrated onto the screen itself, but maybe if I stopped eating cheese puffs while licking my fingers, it won’t be so bad. We have a couple more pictures of the (supposed) device, after the jump.
Not surprisingly, the widescreen iPod video device has quickly been debunked as a fake. We know the screen color and orientation look a bit off, and a video has been released showing how it was all done. Now, don’t get all glum - word is strong that Steve Jobs will be debuting a true video iPod this Tuesday - just not the one pictured above. Click on to check out the video showing how the above image was crafted.
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No idea where this image came from, but we thought it looked interesting enough to warrant a post. Might this be the widescreen iPod video we have all been waiting for? Quite possibly. If it is, please tell us the click wheel is on the back, rather than integrated into the screen. Then again, there is nothing else in the image that we can use to determine the size of this device. Could it be an Intel-powered Apple tablet? For all of you Photoshop masters out there, let us know - does the image on the screen appear to be a bit off center? Perhaps this is all a rouse.
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Toshiba announced that their intended target of a Spring 2006 launch might have to be pushed back till 2007. In essence, because the technology is in it’s infancy, there aren’t enough of the required components for production. SED stands for Surface-conduction Electron-emission Display, and has the best features of traditional CRTs and LCD panels. SED displays operate in a similar fashion to CRTs and subsequently have better refresh rates and are able to reproduce the deep blacks that LCDs have trouble with. However, unlike CRT displays, they are as thin as your typical LCD so bulky TVs become a thing of the past. Delays are inevitable with new technology, but even so, Toshiba and Canon (who have partnered to produce SEDs), can’t be too happy.
Read More | Pink Tentacle
So, the latest rumor on the iPod front is that Apple is readying a new widescreen, officially official iPod video. Not long after
ThinkSecret broke the news, we now have what we believe to be a very clever mock up of the new product. We are actually hoping for something that doesn’t involve touching the actual screen of the device - maybe a mini click wheel of sorts off to the side, or even on back. Still, it’s an interesting concept to say the least. There are a couple more pictures after the jump.
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We have had quite a few people send this in to us this afternoon, hoping that it was a screenshot of OS X Leopard. Nice try, but this is just a skinned version of Tiger. Still, there are some subtle changes in the screenshot that we like - namely, the orange and white iSync logo and the “burnt aqua” GUI, signaling an even further (or complete) departure from brushed metal. The subtle Finder changes are fine as well, but with Spotlight, we see direct Finder usage continually dropping. In the meantime, if you want to make your Mac look similar, go ahead and use the UNO Gui, linked below.
The People’s Republic of China. It’s the world’s most populous country, run by a government bent on censorship. Expected by many to emerge as what has been called an “Internet Goldmine” in the next decade, the country already has in excess of 100 million web surfers, a number expected to grow exponentially. Now, in a move that leaves a lot of people shaking their heads, Google has bought in, agreeing to censor results that the Chinese government finds “offensive” in order to obtain a foothold in the rapidly growing market. Or, rather, it’d appear that Google decided to sell out - not only will results be censored, they’ll also provide “government sanctioned” news and media.
Way to go, Google - I guess money really is what matters in the end, rather than integrity or the free exchange of information.
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Sony has a Media Center PC available called the VGX-XL1 Digital Living System - quite a mouthful for what is essentially a run-of-the-mill Media Center PC. Sure, it has some additional bells and whistles, one of which is a 200-disc CD/DVD changer. At first glance, a 200-disc changer is nothing terribly new, but this one has the ability to sequentially rip 200 CD’s without having to be “babysat” during the process. Of course, when you’re not ripping CD’s you can use it to store your DVD’s for immediate access via your Media Center PC.
Right now the only way to get the changer is to buy the whole XL1 package which goes for a tidy $2,299.99 MSRP. In the rumor department though, there’s this one guy who talked to his friend’s mother who knows this janitor who cleans the Marketing Dept. at Sony who overheard…okay, it’s not quite that bad. However, rumor has it that Sony will be offering the changer as a standalone model when their new XL2 PC launches (no ETA on that yet). The changer connects via Firewire, so as long as your MCE has that (and what self-respecting MCE doesn’t?), you’ll be good to go.
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Here is an image snapped from the artwork up at the Apple event that is set to go down in just under an hour - obviously, this is a new iPod. It sports a wider screen than the current version, and the headphone jack has been moved to the right. Wider screen for video? Time will tell.
Read More | iLounge
Okay, we know we have been jerking your chain about October 4th just a tad, but it finally seems that we will be seeing a new iPod that will be capable of video display and output, along with some sort of iVideo/iMovie/iTunes Video Store. Now we wait and see.
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