Category Archives: General

Boxee Remote

This is a unique take on the media center remote which so many others have failed at. The QWERTY keyboard on the revers of the remote makes so much sense.

When we started designing the Boxee Box remote we wanted something simple like the 6-button Apple Remote.  As we began adding features to the Beta it became obvious that for people to really get the most out of the box it was going to need to do more than just point and click.  Rather than subject anyone to another on-screen keyboard we decided the Boxee Box should benefit from a full QWERTY keyboard like you might have on a mobile phone.

via Boxee Blog » By the pricking of my thumbs, something awesome this way comes. .

Boxee Box officially announced

As much as I like Boxee, and hope they succeed, this is really a dumb hardware design. I can understand wanting a unique design so that the box stands out, but this just looks like it hasn’t been thought through properly. There is a good reason why most AV equipment is flat, rectangular, box-shaped: so that you can stack them, fit them onto shelves, or stand them vertically &endash; this crazy shape can do none of that.

Just as we’d heard, the asymmetrical streamer will be sold by D-Link for under $200, and it’ll support a wide range of formats, including DivX, VC-1, WMV, H.264 MKV, and Flash 10.1. Service support is equally broad, with Pandora, Last.fm, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and Flickr all integrated — and there’s obviously Boxee’s app platform for additional apps, plugins, and games.

via Boxee Box officially announced: under $200, Flash 10.1 support — Engadget.

Microsoft To Reveal Slate PC Ahead of Apple

If this is true, I’m betting that it will be the same Courier device that Gizmodo featured last year. And if so, this could seriously be a threat to whatever tablet Apple are going to release.

On Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, will unveil a novel take on a slate-type computer during his evening keynote at the Consumer Electronics trade show in Las Vegas, according to people familiar with Microsoft’s plans. The slate will be made by Hewlett-Packard and possibly available by mid-year, these people said.

via Microsoft and H.P. To Reveal Slate PC Ahead of Apple – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com.

TechCrunch (Mike Arrington) Nexus One Review

Michael Arrington from TechCrunch reviews the Nexus One. Note that Arrington dumped his iPhone for a previous Android device just so that he could use Google Voice. Keep this bias in mind when reading his review.

Overall the Android is a superior mobile device, particularly when paired with Google Voice. Google is calling this the first of the Super Phones. And they may not be exaggerating all that much.

via Google Nexus One: The TechCrunch Review .

Fake Steve Jobs on Apple's Tablet Pricing

Fake Steve Jobs nails it on the upcoming Tablet’s pricing:

So whatever. I’m back in the Jobs Pod, vertical again, and arguing with Tim Cook about how much we should overcharge for the tablet. Tim says we can’t go over a thousand dollars, because that’s like some huge psychological barrier, and I’m feeling like hey, if there’s one lesson we learned from the iPhone it’s that we can overcharge as much as we damn well please and people will still line up to buy the friggin thing. Six hundred bucks for a phone, and nobody blinked. This tablet thing is at least twice as good as the first-generation iPhone, so I’m pushing for twelve hundred out of the gate, figuring we bone all the early adopters and then quickly bring the price down to widen the market. I mean look at the hype!

via The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs : Holy crap I just woke up and realized it’s January already.

My Apple Tablet Predictions

I’m usually a fence-sitter when it comes to making predictions, but in an attempt to be a bit bolder and put myself ‘out there’, here go my predictions on what the Apple Tablet will look and feel like.

Caveat: obviously this is all based on the assumption that there is a tablet being produced by Apple. I don’t have any insider information – I’m about as far removed from Cupertino as physically possible.

  • Name: the name of the tablet won’t be iSlate, and I’d go further to predict that the name won’t start with the letter ‘i’.
  • Screen: the screen will be 10″ diagonal with a resolution of 1280×800. It will be backlit-LED and will be easily usable in bright sunlight.
  • Form factor: obviously the form factor will be in the shape of table, but unlike Microsoft’s Courier device, it won’t be foldable. The tablet will, however, have a stand to allow it to stand upright in either portrait or landscape mode and it will work with Bluetooth peripherals such as Apple’s wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse.
  • OS: I’m betting that the OS will be based on iPhone OS 4.0 but will be renamed to OS X Mobile, or something similar. The interface will be similar to current iPhones, but will expose more of the underlying file system and utilities (e.g. Finder, Terminal)
  • Applications: Apps will feel similar to current iPhone apps in regards to interface and usability, but the standard apps will be enhanced with more advanced features, e.g. the Mail App will allow saving attachments to disk, Safari will allow downloads. 3rd party apps will be purchased and installed through the App Store only, and current iPhone apps will be able to be ported to the Tablet with minor modifications. I wouldn’t be surprised if the iLife and iWork suites are ported to the tablet interface
  • Tech specs: the CPU will be a proprietary Apple design as opposed to one from Intel or ARM. There will be 1GB RAM and at least 64GB of flash storage. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be standard but no 3G. A single USB port and possibly an SD card reader. Built-in microphone, speakers and webcam, but not a still camera. There won’t be an iPod dock connector.
  • Price: it won’t be cheap. I’d expect pricing around the same as an entry-level MacBook.

These specs and features will place it between an iPhone and a MacBook Pro, and if you already own both a smartphone and a laptop, you would still feel that the tablet is suitable for you.

I’m prepared to be proven wrong on all counts… your thoughts?

Windows 7's GodMode

This doesn’t seem to expose any hidden functionality that a Windows enthusiast wouldn’t know already, but still pretty cool to get all the customisation options under a single control panel icon.

Although it’s name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden “GodMode” feature that lets users access all of the operating system’s control panels from within a single folder.

via Understanding Windows 7’s ‘GodMode’ | Beyond Binary – CNET News.