iPod Touch Coming Next Week?

August 28, 2007

A comment at the 9to5 Mac site seems to reveal some new iPod goodness debuting from Apple next week:

More news on the ipod Touch

Take it with a grain of salt but this is what I heard from my cousin’s buddy who works at Apple in the iPod division. I have a hard time believing he would have revealed anything with Apple being exceptionally tight on privacy. While he declined to answer about some things, it appeared evident that the following are near certain items on the iPod Touch:

1) Black Gloss and White Gloss frames around the touch screen

2) iChat integration. My thought here is that AT&T makes money on SMS messages and did not want to compromise on having iChat on the iPhone for launch. Whether it has video or not would require a camera on the face of the iPod. Will require a mic for voip chat and Apple will be introducing the free voice connectivity between any new iPod Touch/iPhone

3) iTunes downloads over iPod using WiFi

4) TV Out (I have no idea why the iPhone doesn’t have this as it makes perfect sense in business walking into a meeting and connecting my iPhone/iPod to a projector and delivering a presentation. Keep in mind, Apple thought to get around the TV out issue on the iPhone with the ability to have Apple TV draw content off your iPhone or directly from the web via .Mac. Doesn’t help when you are traveling

5) Games will be released concurrently for iPod and iPhone

6) Weird speculation pegged the iPod/iPhone to act as a bluetooth controller for the Nintendo Wii as it has the proximity sensors in it to help with similar games

7) GPS unlikely as Apple will want to blow away existing GPS devices and will require additional programming time. Look for a coordinated effort with Google here.

I like that rumored name, iPod Touch. I can see Apple’s tagline for it:

Get Close To Your Music. Touch It.


Now You Can Touch Your Music

or even:

Get Touched By Your Music All Over Again

(Of course, we will see the sad Zune cultists come up with something pathetic: You Have To Be Touched To Buy An iPod.)

iPhone More Popular Than Zune And Harry Potter

August 5, 2007

I’ve now seen four (two of which were less than 24 hours ago) iPhones in the wild. That means in the hands of the general public, far away from any Apple Store.


Within the past 24 hours, I’ve seen three people with the latest Harry Potter book on the ferry.

Since its introduction, I’ve seen only two people with Zunes.

Previously in this blog:
Harry Potter More Popular Than Microsoft Zune

On The Internet, Telling The Truth Becomes Imaginary

July 26, 2007

Imagine this: Straight talk on the housing market

Reading word of the debacle at class-act mortgage lender Countrywide (CFC), I couldn’t help thinking about a fascinating interview my colleague Jon Birger did recently with Bob Toll, eternal optimist and CEO of luxury home builder Toll Brothers (TOL). When I read the Q&A in the magazine, I was struck by how there seemed to be a sub-text to everything Toll said, a sort of What-He-Says versus What-He’d-Say-If-You-Injected-Him-With-Truth-Serum. So with apologies to Jon and Bob, here is an imagined annotation to Toll’s responses, were he being more candid than the situtation allowed. (To read the full interview, follow the link above. I’ve edited it for space below. The bold are Birger’s questions, the plain text are Toll’s published answers, and the bit in italics is my contribution.)

Also remember:

* Microsoft makes the best products
* Zune will crush iPod
* People who are MVPs are unbiased and trustworthy

I Told You, Microsoft. Zune Is For Losers.

July 24, 2007

How much more proof do you need?

Previously in this blog:
Give It Up, Microsoft

Give It Up, Microsoft

July 24, 2007

Just face it: Zune is for losers.

Yesterday’s proof.

Harry Potter More Popular Than Microsoft Zune

July 23, 2007

It’s true!

Within the past 24 hours, I’ve seen three people with the latest Harry Potter book on the ferry.

Since its introduction, I’ve seen only two people with Zunes.

This is a scientifically-accurate measurement.

Because I made it.

And there’s also this:
Harry Potter Breaks Sales Records — read it now. Links like this disappear fast.

When You Lack Talent, Imagination, And Have a Rep For Robbing Everyone, What’s Left To Do? Legalized Looting.

July 20, 2007

Canadian iPod levy assumes you’re a criminal first, asks questions never

Essentially what this means is, if you buy an iPod or similar device in Canada, soon you’ll automatically be assumed to pirate music illegally, and will be forced to pay a small fee up front to the recording industry as penance. It’s like getting a parking ticket while your car is still in the garage.

I don’t engage in hyperbole, goddammit.

Hey, iPhone, Zune, and Zen: you get looted too!

Now go see Paddy Chayefsky for instructions.

MicroTards Get Desperate Against iPhone Revolution

July 6, 2007

Post details: The iPhone Does Microsoft a Favor

Yeah, by giving Gates and Co. instructions on how to do a proper mobile device.

But, no, that’s not what they meant:

While Apple is entering the market with a small number of physical units, the impact the device has had on the market will no doubt increase the exposure and perceived need for smartphone handhelds across the board. By raising awareness of the capabilities of mobile technology, Apple is making a plug not only for its own product line, but also the likes of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 which offers more features and feasibility in the enterprise sector. In fact, Apple has so adamantly stressed the consumer nature of the device that AT&T, the sole carrier of the iPhone, will not be offering the iPhone for corporate business account purchases. Rather, the iPhone will be only available to consumers on an individual basis.

Hey, MicroTards, how are those Zune sales going? What, no one lined up for the pink one?

(Tip of the hat to FSJ for exposing me to the term MicroTard!)

AppleTV Gets Trashed, iPhone Next?

May 30, 2007

The trouble with Apple TV
Steve Jobs’ latest is a dud – and that speaks volumes, says Fortune’s Brent Schlender.

Wow. This is just shocking:

Take Apple TV, the $300 set-top box that Jobs unveiled last October and that finally started shipping in at the end of February, several weeks late. You don’t see many ads for it on TV, even though Apple is blitzing the airwaves with iPod and iMac spots, and after living with one for the past few weeks, I think I see why. It’s just not very good. It’s about as uninspired as another prominent dud, the Zune, the MP3 player Microsoft launched last year. In fact, the Apple TV is so Zune-like, you’d think Jobs was so busy with the iPhone that he outsourced the Apple TV project to the folks up in Redmond.

As for the iPhone:

So it really makes you wonder whether the iPhone, when it finally arrives next month, will be clunky and misguided despite its gorgeousness and slick user interface. Apple could turn off customers if the pricey device can’t really do what it promises because of little gotchas like insufficient bandwidth or short battery life or an unusable virtual keyboard.

Now that I have a LifeDrive, I have a perfect excuse not to be one of the early adopters of the iPhone. I have my hands full with the LifeDrive and don’t need another headache so soon.

Previously in this blog:
Reference: Converting Video For Apple TV
Reference: Apple TV
P2P Forever And Ever!
A Funny Feeling About The iPhone
TV: From Podvision To Stevevision

YouTube: Three New Gerry Anderson Vids

May 15, 2007

Sara And Hoppity (1960)

Produced and devised by Roberta Leigh
Directed by Arthur Provis

Two years later the same team created and produced “Space Patrol”. This episode of Sara And Hoppity appears in the Space Patrol box set and has been edited for YouTube.

Roberta Leigh is the woman who started Gerry Anderson down the path of puppet productions. Arthur Provis was the “P” of the original A.P. (Anderson/Provis) Films.

Terrahawks 1983 (Full Length Theme Tune)

Jerry Andersons Terrahawks from 1983
The full length theme tune from 7″ vinyl accompained by some classic clips from the show…Edited by me…Well is was raining…haha!!

Richard Harvey‘s awful theme will make you truly appreciate the genius and artistry of Barry Gray (who would have done a better one by just humming into a cassette deck)! (To be fair to Harvey, some of the in-episode music was slightly better…)


Jools Holland interviews Gerry Anderson on THE TUBE in 1983, about his career so far and to launch his new series TERRAHAWKS. Includes a rare look behind the scenes during filming.

Jools plays a sort of duet with Kate Kestrel on a miniature piano.

This interview was a rare chance to see clips from early series FIREBALL XL5 and SUPERCAR had been seen for many years.

Introduced by Muriel Gray with a hairstyle that’s definitely from twenty years ago.

Oh God! Mind Muriel Gray’s accent! It’ll shred your ears! Check out Venus dancing! And Zoonie the Lazoon (obviously the inspiration for Microsoft’s Zune brand! — which is now just as unpopular as its namesake!). Great behind-the-scenes glimpse of Terrahawks being filmed!

Previously in this blog:
Gerry Anderson category