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The New Nano: A Pager* with Album Art

Here’s the latest chapter in Steve Jobs’ quest to destroy all buttons; an iPod Nano that’s the size of an old (new?) Shuffle, except it has a touch-screen. They seem, for want of a better word, cute. It’s a minimal iPod that does what it’s meant to, and no more (or at least I hope not; who would want to play games on that?). Apple seems to have a “jack of all trades, master of none” mentality, so this seems a little odd. It’s like making with an iPhone that only did calls/communications. It apparently has 24 hours of music playback (yeah, when plugged in). With the back-light and equalizer on, it’s probably more like 13 hours. I really don’t know what to think about this… I can’t dislike it (it’s too cute), but I don’t want it either. It seems like more of a niche product than a Nano, but then again, Apple fanboys would pay $149.99 to rub Steve Jobs’ feet. Just a note, it is arsenic, BFR, mercury and PVC free, which means you can now lick your iPod without getting cancer.

One thing that totally baffles me (even more than Ikea flat-pack furniture instructions) is that the new Shuffle has buttons! What is going on? I guess the population just wasn’t ready for a talking flash-drive that takes mores-code orders from a pair of earbuds. However, I fail to see why it has less battery life than the Nano! It has no screen, yet it has a (heavily padded) 15 hour playback time! That’s already a lot, but compared to 24 hours, it makes no sense! Apple is really holding back here.

Anyways, that’s all I have to say about this wave of products the world never know they wanted.

Until next time.

*Oh, and by the way, for you youngsters who don’t know what a pager is, imagine a cellphone that only receives texts.

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Apple “Magic” mouse kicks the crap out of it’s predecessor

Absolutely everyone I have talked to hates Apple’s  mighty-mouse. Even my friend with a Mac ditched his for, ironically, a Microsoft brand one. Paraphrasing Philip Defranco, “Apple could have released a block of wood and it would have been better then the Mighty Mouse.” But today, Apple showed us all that they can do better. What they have done is combined the iPod Touch’s multi-touch screen with a mouse, basically creating a mouse with no buttons, that supports gestures. Here’s what Apple has to say:

“The same Multi-Touch technology first introduced on the revolutionary iPhone comes to the mouse. It’s called Magic Mouse, and it’s the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse. Click anywhere, scroll in any direction, and swipe through images on its smooth, seamless top shell. It works wirelessly using Bluetooth, so you don’t have to worry about cables or adapters cluttering your workspace. And built-in software lets you configure Magic Mouse any way you want.”

I can really only see one problem: Bluetooth. I don’t mind syncing my phone to my computer via Bluetooth, but I have this thing against  Bluetooth mice. My first wireless mouse was Bluetooth. Whenever I booted up I had to pick up my mouse, press connect, wait 30 seconds, wait for it to tell me the connection failed and try again three or four times until it connected. The next day I ditched it for a WiFi mouse (I don’t think they are actually called WiFi mice, but they opperate on a 2.4Ghz channel, so that’s what I’ll call them). Vista sp2 fixed the connectivity problems, but I still think WiFi is much more convenient.  I boot up and it’s connected without me having to do anything. So I have a dongle sticking out of my laptop? Who cares? I don’t see why they couldn’t have made it WiFi.

On the flip-side, this thing is sleek, light and awesome looking. I assume it is as precise as my BlueTrack Microsoft mouse, if not even more. The multi-touch gestures are easy to understand and seem very natural. It seems a little flat-and-wide, but I guess that just take a little getting used to. It will run you down $69.00 at retail, but it’s free with a new iMac. A lot less than the $3600.00 I was predicting.

I really have to give Apple credit for this thing, thought I won’t buy it just yet, it doesn’t look perfected. Id doesn’t look very ergonomic. I also can’t imagine seeing it work on a carpet or my laptop keyboard like mine does. It seems really cool, but I can’t imagine it aiding my productivity at all. Knowing Apple, it won’t work with Windows anyways, just to slap Microsoft for the Zune HD compatibility problem.

For more info visit Lifehacker and Gizmodo.

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