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The ModBook: Amazing!

Posted by stevencombs on January 12, 2007

Apple’s iPhone was a huge hit at Macworld and it would seem to be hard for any company to steal some of the thunder from this announcement, however, take a look at the image below and then read the article for an amazing product and one I never would have imagined that Apple would have allowed. Would love to read your comments on this product.

Read more about this mystery gadget.

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Check out the new Apple iPhone

Posted by stevencombs on January 9, 2007

Use the link below to see all the details on this product to be released in June. Amazing!

Introducing iPhone

Apple – iPhone

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Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begin today

Posted by stevencombs on January 8, 2007

Today is a big day for Apple and gadget fans. With both of these huge shows beginning today, we will begin seeing some interesting information within a few hours on the latest and greatest gadgets. CES focus seems to be on digital convergence in the living room and on the road from the early reports I have read, but quite honestly, I am more excited about Macworld.

Here are the Macworld rumor roundups I am interested in and one confirmed item that I was just made aware of from our MacMall representative. Please remember that all of these are to be considered rumored until Steve Jobs makes the announcements during his Keynote speech tomorrow beginning at 9am CST in San Francisco.


  • iChat Mobile, the Apple mobile phone
  • iWork to include new spreadsheet application
  • iPod video
  • 8 core MacBook Pro
  • Palm size computer (althought this could be a combination device with the iChat mobile)
  • 30Gb .Mac iDisk standard for subscribers
  • Collaboration with Google (could be the way they are able to increase the .Mac account storage)


Recently I placed a PO with MacMall for four new iSight cameras. This morning I received a phone call saying that this part was discontinued and that a new iSight camera was being released from Apple during Macworld. He released no details, but said if it was OK with me, he would ship the new product as soon as he was allowed. Of course I said “OH YEAH!”

It is sure to be an exciting day! Stay tuned and I recommend visiting the Engadget site through the day for the latest news on MacWorld.

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Screen capture an entire web page with Paparazzi!

Posted by stevencombs on January 2, 2007

Paparazzi! is a small free utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages. What makes this application more useful than a quick screen capture is that it captures the entire web page as it will automatically scroll the page down, capture the sections and stitch the sections together to create one long image. It also removes the browser interface giving you a clean web page only image. Very handy for instructional material. MAC Only.

Get Paparazzi.

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iPod vending machine demonstration

Posted by stevencombs on January 2, 2007

This video is taken from a Macy’s department store and demonstrates the vending of iPODs. The machines takes credit so you won’t have to break open your piggy bank. Who would have thought the iPOD would become the next soda. An interesting first post for the New Year and maybe a foreshadowing of some of the other quirky tech news we’ll see in 2007.

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School District Dropping Macs for More “Appropriate Technology”

Posted by stevencombs on December 19, 2006

If you are a MAC fan, you just have to read this article. Why in the world would an IT guy take away computers that the kids love? And has this guy ever really done a cost justification for such a move? We know that out of the box, the MAC includes all the software a student would need for both work, creative arts and just plain old fun stuff. Not to mention that the usefulness of a MAC seems to have a longer life span than a Windoze machine. Take a read and post your thoughts here.

School District Dropping Macs for More “Appropriate Technology” || The Mac Observer

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What’s the hottest course on iTunes?

Posted by stevencombs on December 18, 2006

Betcha can’t answer this question. I was shocked, but intrigued. May have to give this one a listen myself.

See the answer and learn more here:
Open Culture: The Hottest Course on iTunes (and the Future of Digital Education)

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Apple Illuminous, meet Gtk+

Posted by stevencombs on December 18, 2006

For lots of my readers out there, this article will make little or no sense. However, if you are a MAC users and use software such as GimP, Open Office, or Inkscape, it simply means that you may no longer need to load X11 and run this software on top of this application layer. This is good news and should make it easier for folks to port software to the MAC. It will also create a unified look so hopefully this software will begin to have a unified look. Sounds like the next version of MAC OS X is going to be a must upgrade. Better start saving your money now.

Read the entire article here: Illuminous, meet Gtk+ – O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

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KEWL Apple App O’ da Day: iPhoto2Gmail

Posted by stevencombs on December 8, 2006

From the site:

An iPhoto (5 & 6) plugin that lets you quickly and easily send
pictures using your gmail account… all without installing or
configuring an e-mail application.

Get it here.

I’ve always loved sending photos to family and friends using iPhoto, but always hated that it would default to my .mac e-mail address. Now I can send through Gmail!

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Move your iTunes Music to other devices. You paid for it, why not?

Posted by stevencombs on December 6, 2006

I love iTunes and I think Apple has the best way to purchase music in electronic format available for any device. However, there are times when I want to move that music to another device other than my Mac or iPOD. For instance, my TiVo will allow me to stream music from iTunes, but not my DRM encrusted AAC files. So in order to get them to stream over my home network, I need a way to convert them to MP3. I feel I am entitled under fair use as I DO NOT share my music with others. So I was excited to find the FairGame software.

Download FairGame.

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What do you get when you combine a Wii remote with a Mac?

Posted by stevencombs on December 6, 2006

The DarwiinRemote.


From the site:

  • DarwiinRemote is a tiny software which reads data from and sends data to Nintendo Wii Remote
  • Inputs
  • 3-axis acceleration sensors
  • all buttons except power button on/off
  • Output
    • 4 LEDs
    • Force Feedback
  • DarwiinRemote allows you to control other applications by using Wii Remote
    • but now only supports “AppleRemote” mode…

    And the color of the Wiimote is the perfect compliment to your MAC! Now if I could just find a Wii to purchase to try this out.

    Get DarwiinRemote.

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    A Christmas gift for my MAC friends

    Posted by stevencombs on November 29, 2006


    jschilling.net: X-MasTree

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    This is too cool and could be a very useful tool

    Posted by stevencombs on November 29, 2006

    If you have a mac, give this a try. Open up Safari, load a web page and hold down the key combination while moving your mouse over links. Your MAC will attempt to give you definitions of the words you move over.

    digg – Mac OS X: Hold ctrl-cmd-d While Mousing for Live Definitions – Very Cool

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    For all you Beatles fans…

    Posted by stevencombs on November 29, 2006

    It seems that we may finally get our Beatles tunes on iTunes Store.  About time, huh? Rumor also has it that a special edition Beatles iPOD, ala U2, may also be on tap.

    | ZDNet Education IT | Beatles to Sign with Apple’s iTunes

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    Digital Marionette

    Posted by stevencombs on November 23, 2006

    Some folks may not know, but the Apple MacBook Pro computers contain sensors in them that detect whether a the laptop has been dropped and when this detection occurs, it locks the hard drive into a safe position to better protect the data.  While the laptop itself might not survive the drop, the intention is that at least the data would be protected. A great feature that has been exploited to provide some entertainment value.  Here’s one example that I thought was very creative.

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    iPhone from Apple coming soon?

    Posted by stevencombs on November 16, 2006

    UPDATE (17 November 2006): Apple Insider is reporting the following:

    The China Times said Thursday the device, which will merge traditional cellular capabilities with Apple’s legendary iPod digital music player technology, has been finalized and released to manufacturing.

    According to the report, Foxconn will begin delivering the phones to Apple out of its Fushikang manufacturing facility at run rate of 500,000 to 600,000 per month beginning in February.

    The Cupertino, Calif.-based iPod maker is said to have enlisted the help of several component suppliers to provide various aspects of the phone, including Foxconn subsidiary AlusTech, which will fabricate the digital camera module; Largan, which will supply the actual camera lens; and Micron, which will provide the CMOS image sensor.

    The link below article explains that a manufacturing deal has been made and that the iPhone could be unlocked, meaning it could be used it with any mobile phone provider. 

    I am VERY anxious to learn more about this phone and would be VERY eager to purchase if the features are robust. Namely, I want some PDA functionality and the ability to sync with my Powerbook. While my RAZR does sync pretty effortlessly via bluetooth, an iPhone would most certainly add better synchronization with my iLife apps (iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, & iCal).  If they include VoIP (iChat anyone?), a portable version of Safari, and a high resolution screen I might just have to get rid of my Nokia 770.

    Photoshopped mockups of iPod phones
    [Photoshopped mockups of iPod phones, courtesy of a user at www.ipodlounge.com]

    Blackfriars’ Marketing: Apple thinks different about marketing iPhones

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    MAC OS X Easter Eggs

    Posted by stevencombs on November 16, 2006

    For those not familiar:

    “A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. The term draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many western nations.” – Wikipedia

    It seems that MAC OS X has several of these little nuggets of fun located throughout. See the following link to learn how to activate and locate these Easter Eggs:

    Mac OS X Easter Eggs, Hidden Secrets

    I’m headed to the site now to view the To Bill from Steve Easter Egg.  Should be an interesting message!

    UPDATE: Here’s an Easter Egg for my Windows XP readers:

    “Here’s a little easter egg that lets you watch a text-animated version of Star Wars Episode IV. 1. Open Windows XP and go to Start, then run. 2. Type in or copy “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” without the commas. 3. Sit back and watch the ASCII movie” – From Digg.com

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    20 Useful OS X Tips…many I didn’t know

    Posted by stevencombs on November 6, 2006

    There are some real gems in this list (from the Apple Matters website) that any real MAC fan would enjoy. My favorite is to command-click the “jelly bean” in the upper right-hand corner of a window to cycle through the various toolbar appearances.

    One tip that I knew about that I still find useful is to activate Expose’ and then hit the tab key to cycle through all the open applications. Very useful when you have many windows open at once.

    Apple Matters | 20 Useful OS X Tips

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    MacBook Pros…now with Core 2 Duo

    Posted by stevencombs on October 24, 2006

    Apple has this to say about there new laptops:

    A 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Up to 39% faster than its predecessor.(1) A built-in iSight for instant video conferencing on the move. Front Row with Apple Remote to dazzle everyone in the room. Now available in 15- and 17-inch models starting at just $1999. Start your engines.

    All I can say, is it’s about time. When they add the Core 2 Duo to the regular MacBooks, I may have to make a purchase.

    Intel Core 2 Duo

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    PBS Programs Now Available on the iTunes Store

    Posted by stevencombs on October 11, 2006

    Add this to your list of great resources for faculty in higher education:

    PBS joined the lineup at the iTunes Store on Tuesday. The children’s shows Arthur, Cyberchase, and FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman, along with Antiques Roadshow, NOVA, NOW, and Scientific American Frontiers are all available now. Individual episodes for each series, except NOVA, are priced at US$1.99. NOVA episodes cost $7.99 each. – Taken from the iPod Observer.

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