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Bleeding Edge 083: CES 2007 Video: Parallels Desktop for Mac, Interview with Ben Rudolph

Here at Gear Live HQ, we loves us some Parallels. We interviewed Ben Rudolph of Parallels in the past, and this time we were able to bring him up to our

penthouse

hotel suite while at CES for a demo of the latest Parallels Release Candidate, focusing on

Convergence

Coherence mode. If you are a Mac user, this is one to watch.


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CES 2007: Cisco Sues Apple Over iPhone Name

Posted by Chris Cardinal Categories: Apple, CES, CES 2007,

iphone Cisco, who holds the trademark on the iPhone product name (and already sells an eponymous product) has decided to sue Apple in federal court for use of their trademark. This, after much discussion of Cisco and Apple coming to an agreement.

“Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco’s iPhone name,” said Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice president and general counsel, in a statement. “There is no doubt that Apple’s new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission.”

Whoopsie. Perhaps Apple can fax the paperwork back to them already and be done with it? (Though, if rumors of the agreement being of a per-unit-sold nature, we all know how reticent Apple is to pay into a royalty structure like that.)

Read More | Yahoo! News

Unboxing Gallery: The 2nd Generation iPod shuffle

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Galleries, Portable Audio,

With the recent string of Unboxing Live episodes that we have been posting, we have neglected to report on a few of the unboxing galleries we have put up as of late, like this one that we have for the second generation iPod shuffle. I mean, sure, we will be posting a video unboxing of the new flash-based iPod shortly, but sometimes a picture can mean so much more, don’t you think? Head on over to the iPod shuffle unboxing gallery for all 16 images.

Read More | iPod shuffle Unboxing Gallery

Unboxing Live 013: Verizon V640 EVDO ExpressCard

If you have been wanting to get on the Internet while on the go on a MacBook Pro, you have been in need of an ExpressCard solution. That is where the Verizon V640 EV-DO ExpressCard comes in, and we unbox it in this episode.

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!


Unboxing Live 005: 2nd Gen iPod nano

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Portable Audio, Videocasts,

So, apparently Apple’s new iPod nano is all the rage. We decided to pick up one of the pink ones, because, you know…they’re hot. We gave you the iPod nano unboxing images a few weeks ago, and now bring you the unboxing video. Enjoy!

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!


Unboxing Live 003: The 5.5G 80GB iPod

In this third episode of Unboxing Live, we take a look at the newly released 5.5G 80GB Apple iPod. While not a major upgrade by any stretch of the imagination, this is the highest-capacity iPod ever released, and it has a couple of neat software features that other units don’t have, along with a much brighter screen.

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!


Apple Releases PacMan, Tetris, Zuma for iPod: $4.99 a pop

iPod PacMan

Well, it looks as though all of those rumors of Apple trying to hire games industry professionals may not have been all that far off. Today, during the “It’s Showtime” keynote at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco, Apple announced that they will be releasing iPod-compatible versions of Tetris, Zuma, Mah-Jong, Texas Holdem, Cubis 2, and other games on the iTunes store for $4.99 a piece.

It’s not clear whether these games will only be compatible with the iPod phat yet, or if they’ll also work with the nano. However, Steve J did mention that all of the games should be compatible with the 5G video iPods y’all already have. This is good news, since Apple also announced during their presentation that they’re updating the whole iPod product line - including a “5.5G” video iPod with 60% brighter screen, iPod nanos in colored aluminum enclosures, and a re-designed iPod Shuffle. We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available on the Apple website.

UPDATE 1: Apple’s website has been updated, indicating that the iGames are compatible only with the 5G iPod or the newly-released 60% brighter 5.5G iPods. iPod nanos are not supported. We’ve downloaded some of these games from the iTunes Store (went very smoothly - this is Apple after all) and will have full reviews up shortly. It’s looking like at least some of these are worth the $5.00 download.

Read More | AppleInsider

Recipe: Fried Apples

Posted by Janie Franz Categories: Dinner, Recipes, Fruit, Vegetarian, Frying,

Empire AppleEveryone has a favorite apple recipe. This one is mine. Coming from Tennessee, my mother loved pork (pork chops, fried ham, fried slices of pork loin).  She always fried up a pan of apples to eat with the pork.  I also fry apples to serve with pork or potato pancakes.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 apples
  • 3 Tbls. butter
  • Salt to taste, optional

Preparation: You can peel the apples if you wish. Core the apples and slice thinly. Melt the butter in a small iron skillet.  Put the apples in and cook over low to medium heat, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn the apples so that they all have a chance to be basted in the butter. Cook the apples, without the lid, letting the slices caramelize in the butter. Watch carefully so that the slices do not burn. Some people just want the apples cooked through. Others, like myself, appreciate the caramelization on the apples.


A Guide To Different Apple Types

Apple TreeThere are many different varieties of apples available today. Some are old favorites and others are a bit more difficult to find. 

Lady or Api apple. One of the oldest varieties, this apple dates from the first century A.D., but is not readily found in most supermarkets. Gourmet shops or fruit sellers in large cities often stock this sweetly tart apple. It is a small red or yellow apple with a red blush and is great for desserts and sauces. Because of their small size, Lady apples add a lovely touch to fruit baskets or are used as a garnish. They are available during the winter.

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A Little Apple History

Posted by Janie Franz Categories: Food Trivia, History, Fruit, Vegetarian, Europe,

NY Apple AssociatonApples have been enjoyed by human beings since at least 6500 BC. Small burnt apples have been found in archaeological sites around lakes in Switzerland. There are wild apples or crab apples found in most countries of Europe, including as far north as Norway. It is thought that the first apple trees originated somewhere between the Caspian and the Black Seas. The Wild Apple, native to Britain, is the ancestor of all modern apple trees. The Romans grafted their premium varieties, including some from France, onto this wild stock  
Though small, bitter, wild Crab Apples were present in the New World when the Pilgrims came to America, they wrote home for seeds and cuttings from England. This established the early apple strains in New England. Later, colonists brought apple trees to plant in Virginia and throughout the Southeast. 
Legend tells of a Massachusetts man, Johnny Chapman, who traveled throughout what was then the West (Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois) in the early 1800s, planting apple trees. There is also a tale of a London sea captain who brought seeds to Washington state in 1820 that are reputed to be the initial stock for the booming Washington State apple industry.
Nearly 8,000 varieties exist today, but only about 100 are grown commercially in this country.  New varieties are being discovered as chance seedlings or intentional cross-breeding. Of the commercial crop, 61 percent are eaten fresh, 21 percent are made into juice or cider, and 39 percent are processed into a variety of apple products.

[Photo courtesy of the NY Apple Association]


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