Apple Fans: Apple iMove car will be available in 2020… start saving your money
Apple is preparing to add yet another product whose name will of course begin with that signature lowercase “i.” The newest venture: a hybrid car.
Italian auto designer, Liviu Tudoran, has released his design for the Apple iMove concept car for the year 2020.
Not forgetting the company’s computer roots, the entire dashboard features a touchscreen interface and an exterior clearly reminiscent of Apple’s signature computer mouse.
Blackberry to release iPad competitor
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is preparing to unveil a new tablet computer as early as next week—and internally, they’re calling it the “BlackPad,” sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The device will have a 7-inch screen, one or two cameras, and a brand new operating system. It’ll have both Bluetooth and broadband connections, but will only be able to connect to cellular networks through a BlackBerry smartphone.
The new operating system will eventually migrate to BlackBerry smartphones as well, sources say. It was developed in part because of complaints about the slow and buggy Blackberry 6 OS, and early users say it’s a big step in the right direction. “It was (designed) from the ground up never to go down,” says one software developer.
Google considering iTunes-like music service
Apple may get a nasty surprise this holiday season; rumors are swirling that Google’s Andy Rubin is planning on a holiday-season launch for the search behemoth’s new music download service.
According to a Reuters report, Rubin, the Google VP Engineering who oversees Android development, has been deep in talks with record labels and “hopes to have the service up and running by Christmas.”
Google’s service would be an iTunes challenger that would be deeply connected to the Android mobile operating system. As we reported over the summer, it seems the company plans to first launch a music download service and progress to an online subscription service by next year.
Ultimately, “Google Music” would be a cloud-based subscription service with the ability to stream directly to Android mobile devices.
Apple introduces Ping, a new social network for music
As well as a new logo, iTunes 10 sees Apple taking on social networking with a new feature called Ping, described by Steve jobs as “Facebook and Twitter meets iTunes”.
In a nutshell, Ping is a tool for compiling and sharing playlists with others in your Ping network. You can create a profile, follow your favourite artists for updates and track your friends’ downloads. Naturally, it’s all transferable to iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.
It’s interesting to note that Apple’s official press release attempts to shake off iTunes’ shopfront image by referring to it as “the number one music community in the world, with over 160 million iTunes users in 23 countries.” So, while the likes of Lastfm do this kind of thing very well already, you can’t argue with those figures and the possibilities for domination they hold.
However, after ten minutes of Ping we’re not exactly blown away. As far as we can tell those promised playlists aren’t actually playable – they’re merely shop links. It’s also not clear how musician’s can set up their own artist pages.
Let us know how it works for you!
Apple Unveils New iPod Touch, Shuffle, Nano
Apple on Wednesday overhauled its iPod line of MP3 music players, adding features borrowed from the iPhone 4 to some and downsizing others almost to the size of a postage stamp.
The new iPod touch gets iPhone 4′s Retina Display, FaceTime video conferencing, front-facing camera, and iOS 4.1 operating system.
Retina Display offers a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels, or five times as many as on the previous iPod touch. And with the combination of the front-facing camera and FaceTime app, iPod touch users can make video calls to other iPod or iPhone users who’ve got the same setup on their devices.
Should Employers Be Forbidden to Facebook You?
If you live in Germany, don’t worry about those drunken party pictures on your wall. A job interviewer may not be allowed to see them.
As part of a workplace-privacy proposal, German lawmakers recommended restricting the access employers have to job applicants’ Facebook profiles, the New York Times reports. If the law passes, job recruiters could search publicly-available information and job sites like LinkedIn, but social sites like Facebook would be off-limits.
Germany has always been a stickler for personal privacy, having previously investigated Google and Apple for mining personal information. With this new bill, which has backing from Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s cabinet, employees can Facebook as they please — but employers may miss out on important information from potential workers. But until the bill passes, Germans, fix your privacy settings.
Apple to announce iTV on Sept. 7th
Apple is expected to announce its revamped Apple TV on Sept. 7, two weeks prior to the fall television season, Bloomberg reported today. What’s more, the company reportedly has a few content deals in the works that will allow iTunes users to rent TV shows for 99 cents.
Industry watchers speculate that this may be Apple’s new offensive on content companies that offer online video, such as Hulu and Netflix. The new Apple TV is expected to be called “iTV” and feature an app store that will allow users to download specific shows and channels. Its three-year-old Apple TV predecessor allows users to purchase or rent Hollywood movies and TV shows, and will stream photos and music from computers to the TV and sound system.
The slimmed down model also is rumored to come with a slimmed-down price — $100, as opposed to the $230 currently charged. What’s different? Unlike its predecessor, which features a 160GB hard drive, the slimmed down iTV likely won’t have a hard drive and will require broadband connection. The video output on the new device would be 720p, not the “full” high def of 1080p — a difference most people won’t notice.
“The content deals would give Apple users access to some of the most-watched shows on TV,” Bloomberg reported. According to Bloomberg sources, Apple is currently in content deal talks with News Corp.’s Fox, CBS Corp., NBC Universal and Walt Disney. (Msnbc.com is an NBC Universal-Microsoft joint venture.)
Apple Patents a Desktop Touch-Screen Computer
It was only a matter of time.
You can touch your iPod, changing songs with the swipe of a finger. You can touch your iPhone, clicking away on a virtual keyboard or zooming into images and maps. You can touch your iPad, flipping though a book or digital magazine or playing games on the 9-inch screen. So it only makes sense that you should be able to touch your iMac.
A European patent uncovered by the blog Patently Apple indicates that Apple could bring multitouch to the desktop, giving computer users the ability to touch the screen of the display in addition to the computer’s keyboard.
The patent shows a series of sensors that could be added to a standard iMac, including an accelerometer to detect the angle of the screen and in turn change the display’s resolution or orientation.
As the illustrations and accompanying descriptions indicate, swiveling the screen down to a touch-screen experience could also disable the keyboard and mouse and show a different style of operating system designed for touch.
In the touch-screen mode the patent also shows a new type of interface that looks very similar to iOS, the operating system used on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
It was only a matter of time for iOS to appear on the desktop.