Typically we find that most manufacturer’s who focus exclusively on Apple products choose Macworld over CES, since the two are scheduled to close together. That didn’t stop iPhone, iPod, and other Mac products from being a reoccurring theme at CES. XtremeMac was there in force showing off a collection of iProduct accessories – check them out for the full skinny.
During this morning’s MacWorld keynote, Steve Jobs announced the new MacBook Air notebook. We’ve all been expecting some sort of Apple sub-notebook, and this one looks amazing. Apple it touting this as the “world’s thinnest notebook”. The MacBook Air is 0.16-inches to 0.76-inches. The thickest part of the Air is thinner than the thinnest part of a Sony TZ series notebook. That is impressive. The device features an 80 GB 1.8-inch hard drive, with a 64 GB SSD drive as an option. It ships standard with 2 GB of RAM and a 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, with the option to switch to 1.8 GHz. Other features include a 45-watt MagSafe, 1 USB 2.0 port, a Micro-DVI port, and audio out. There is no Ethernet port (otherwise they couldn’t have gotten it this thin) so you will have to rely on the built-in 802.11n WiFI and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The MacBook Air also leaves out the optical drive, but you can purchase an external SuperDrive accessory for $99 USD. It also ships with software that allows it to “borrow” the optical drive of another Mac or PC. Expect 5 hours of battery life out of this one - or more if you opt for the SSD drive. The MacBook Air will hit retail in about two weeks, and will cost $1799. Pre-orders start today.
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When it comes to the SanDisk Sansa TakeTV device, we’ve done an unboxing video and even show you how to set up the TakeTV in your home. In our latest video, we show you how the darn thing works. We have it hooked up already, so now it’s time to put some content on it and fire it up. Do note, the Sansa TakeTV does ship with a couple of sample video clips already on it in case you just want to test your setup.
Once we put some video files on it, we were able to watch some of them on the device - we forgot that the TakeTV doesn’t support high definition video, so those clips failed to play. Other than that, this is really a no brainer. There isn’t even a complicated menu system. You plug the device in to your TV, and you get a list of videos to play. Easy. Check it out, and let us know if there are any other questions we can answer for you guys.
The Wi-Fire is a USB device that hField Technology claims keeps your wireless connection from up to 1,000 feet away either when it is mounted on your computer or when it is freestanding. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.3 and up, including Leopard, we certainly hope that its substance is better than its form. The company recommends its Wi-Fire for business, traveling, home, office and what it refers to as “Enterprise.” We doubt that its range extends that far. Its MSRP is $79.99.
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Sandisk‘s Sansa TakeTV product aims to make it super simple to view videos from your PC on your television. It comes with a 4 or 8GB flash drive, a dock, a remote control, and a power cable - that’s all you need. Drag and drop files onto the drive from your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, take the USB stick and dock it, and you are ready to watch. We feature the TakeTV in this episode of Unboxing Live.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!
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It would appear that Apple has gotten on the Black Friday bandwagon along with other online sites. The company is offering its Macbook at 11% off for only $974.00, 22% on Mac Pro closeouts for $1,849.00, as well as other models. If you are all about the tunes, you can receive 9% off on the iPod shuffle at $71.99, 10 % on the iPod touch for $269.99, an iPod nano is $134.99 after 10% off, and an iPod classic for $224.99, a 10% savings. There are also some accessories available at discounts with free shipping. All prices listed are after store discount and mail in rebate and are valid today only.
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We knew the first .1 update to OS X Leopard had to be coming soon enough, as there were just too many small niggles in the initial release that were bothering people, especially as it pertained to things like Back to my Mac, Finder, Time Machine, and Mail 3.0. Luckily, if you are running Leopard, you can now fire up Software Update to install 10.5.1. This update fixes 25 of the most pressing bugs seen in 10.5.0. We’ve included a list of all 25 after the break - check it out, and let us know how it goes for you. As for us, the update hasn’t fixed the Airport kernel panic that keeps taking our MacBook Pro down every 30-45 minutes or so. Thanks Apple!
Many Mac-using Gear Live readers have long been fans of Quicksilver, the swiss army knife of data manipulation, application launching, and effortless productivity. Those users can be assured that Quicksilver will live on, as it’s author has just released the project to Google Code as free, open-source software. If you love coding for OS X check it out and see what you can add to this already amazing application to make it better.
Apple has just unleashed updates for iTunes and QuickTime, and both are available now through Software Update on OS X and Windows, as well as through the Apple website. Here are the changes in iTunes, according to Apple:
iTunes 7.5 features the ability to activate iPhone wherever service is offered and support for Phase, a new interactive music game designed exclusively for iPod nano (third generation), iPod classic, and iPod (fifth generation). This release also includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance.
And as for QuickTime:
QuickTime 7.3 addresses critical security issues and delivers:
- Support for iTunes 7.5
- Updated support for creating iPhone-compatible web content
- Numerous bug fixes
This release is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users.
If you’d like more detailed into on the security content of the update, hit the link below.
Read More | QuickTime 7.3 Update Notes
Gear Live has long been a fan of BluePhoneElite, and the new version 2.0. BluePhoneElite allows users to send and receive SMS messages via Bluetooth from the comfort of their computer, dial and receive calls, and generally provide solid integration between Apple’s iLife applications and a Bluetooth phone.
The new version fully supports Symbian and Windows Mobile devices, but sadly only supports the headset profile on the iPhone due to the closed nature of the platform. A new license BluePhoneElite 2 costs just under $25 and offers a 2 week trial so you can take it for a test spin. Current BluePhoneElite version 1 customers will get the new functionality as a free upgrade.