Posts tagged ‘MacBook Air’

November 11, 2010

iPhone 3D vs. Android 3D

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Have you ever wondered if you could watch movies and play games on the iPhone in 3D? The answer is yes, you can!

Hasbro Inc is ready to launch a handheld device called My3D, that attaches to the iPhone, for a 3D experience in gaming, virtual travel and entertainment content. My3D is set to release in Spring 2011 and all for only $30. I like the price, however I am not crazy about the device which is basically a pair of binoculars with a slot to insert the iPhone.

Compared to the size of the My3D, the Vuzix 3D glasses are a little more stylish, but come with a bigger price tag of $199. They are worn like regular glasses with a single removable battery with a 7 hour life. If you are one of those who spends half your life in an airplane ,then this toy will  be handy.

If you hate wearing glasses, don’t worry you still have options! Wazabee 3DeeShells gives you an auto stereoscopic 3D display and you can watch your 3D content glass free for $50. The 3DeeShell wraps around the phone like a case and features a 3D lens that’s removable when not in use. The 3DeeShells are also available for the MacBook Air. You might as well convert your super sleek Air into a 3D display.

To top it off, Apple is exploring the possibility of 3D  glasses, which is basically a wearable stereoscopic display that  would stream audio and video content wirelessly from a pocketable device.  With Apple set to release Airplay (wireless media streaming), it looks like the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are falling in place 🙂

Hasbro My3D

Vuzix 3D glasses

Wazabee 3DeeShells


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Sorry to disappoint, but Android doesn’t have any ugly 3D glasses on the market. Did you ever own a View-Master 3D growing up? That’s what the My3D looks like to me (lol).

Okay, jokes aside, Sharp is releasing two new Android phones which will support stereoscopic display which AppleGirl talked about. The Galapagos 003SH and 005SH will also be able to take 3D pictures (sweetness!) and take 720p videos as well. The differences between the 003SH and 005SH is that the 005SH (depicted in white below) sports a full QWERTY keyboard and a lower resolution camera; 8.0 megapixel only.  The 003SH (depicted in red & black below)  has 9.6 megapixel camera. Both of the phones have a 3.8 inch display and a 1 GHz snapdragon processor.

The only down side is that the phones are being released in Japan, no news if it’ll come to the US just yet.

Sharp Galapagos 003SH (red & black) and 005SH (white)

View- Master

Source: pcworld

October 27, 2010

Microsoft’s “Riskiest Product Bet” – Windows 8?

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, was recently interviewed by Gartner when he mentioned Microsoft’s riskiest product bet is the next version of Windows (which we like to call as Windows 8), expected to release in 2012.

The leaked Windows 8 slide deck (dated April 2010) hints at the feature set Microsoft might be planning. Let’s do an early comparison (assuming these slides are genuine) and hear what GoogleChic has to say about it, considering the fact that she is pimping her Acer as a tough MacBook Air competitor (I am still ROTFL’ing about it :D)

1. Fast startup: which is going to make PC shutdown and startup faster. GoogleChic, is this what you would compare with MacBook Air’s instant on? Let alone beating flash bootup on Air, you should be happy if Windows 8 can get close to the startup/shutdown time on the old MacBooks.

2. Windows Push Button Reset: that will essentially reinstall Windows while maintaining all your personal files intact. Microsoft is so confident that your PC is going to crash a million times in its lifetime, that they have developed a solution for it. Way to go! 😉

3. Windows App Store: Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Mac App Store. Microsoft probably has to give away Windows 8 for free to bribe developers to write Apps for them. Atleast, you might be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for free! Yay!

4. Facial Recognition: Log in to your PC via facial recognition. This is pretty cool, except that you might have to wait for two more generations for Microsoft to perfect it. As we all know, Microsoft doesn’t understand “Do it right the first time!” mantra.

5. Microsoft looks to Apple: Thank god! The geniuses at Microsoft have learnt that they actually have something to learn from Apple. From the slides, it looks like Microsoft is trying to breakdown the “How Apple does it” cycle. GoogleChic, here’s the original Apple imitator. Sound familiar? 😉

Steve Ballmer was right as hell about Windows 8 being the riskiest product bet. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t want to acknowledge the fact that building an OS based on the broken back bone of registry and file system is not the way to go. Windows 8 will be going head on with Apple’s superior Mac OSX software and PC manufacturers like Acer have the next new challenge to beat – MacBook Air’s revolutionary hardware.

GoogleChic, if I were you, I would be crossing my fingers hoping Microsoft is doing things right this time and hope Acer sells you an Air imitator notebook for less than $1000. Now don’t go on saying that I have a one track Apple mind, unfortunately it’s hard to deviate when it’s the best out there 😀

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Windows 8 seems very blah on paper (I think I feel asleep twice reading the slides).

However, if you look at the facts, Windows users makes up the majority of the users in the market. Microsoft must be doing something right to hold the majority of the market 🙂

AppleGirl, maybe Apple should study Microsoft to find out how they can tap into the corporate market. I’m feeling like a broken record again. There’s a whole world out there outside of the Apple bubble. Why not explore the possibilities?

As for Windows 8 features, it looks like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to cloud services. Windows 8 will include this feature as well. Similarly, Google’s Chrome OS will be based purely on  the cloud concept. AppleGirl, I’m sure Chrome OS will shake up the market once it’s released. Chrome OS also boots up like the “instant on” Macbook air 😉

Windows 8 still has a long way to go before its release in 2012. I think once we see some leaked demos it’ll be easier to gauge the level of excitement.

AppleGirl, we know you love your Apple products which you think is the end all be all. But how can you compare your lovely Mac OS X to something that doesn’t exist yet? 🙂




October 21, 2010

Mac Book meets the iPad!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Apple announced its new Mac OSX Lion along with the new Mac Book Air today. Apple has clearly learnt from its run away success story with the iOS and used it thoughtfully on the new OS.

Max OSX Lion

1. Multi-touch gestures: that you are used to on your iDevices now comes to Mac OSX with a track pad.

2. Mac App Store: Apple brings a new Mac App Store to Lion and Snow Leopard OS. Isn’t it a cool feature? Just like on your iDevices you can install and pull up any App on your Mac. GoogleChic, this is what you should be excited about rather than shelling out $299 to play Angry Birds on your TV 😉

3. LaunchPad: All your Apps are neatly arranged in rows for instant access on the LaunchPad. With LaunchPad, you can organize Apps in pages and folders in exactly the same way as on iOS. Essentially, Launch Pad is like an iOS interface on the Mac.

4. Fullscreen Apps: Just as on the iPad, Mac OSX brings you full screen Apps and you can jump to another full-screen app with the swipe of the track pad.

iLife 11

Apple revamped its multimedia management suite with iLife 11. The updated iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand  brings a new bunch of media editing features along with deeper integration to social networks. I can’t wait to get my hands on this update!

Facetime

This new toy on your Mac, lets you video chat with anyone on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or a Mac. GoogleChic, remember the millions of Facetime devices Steve Jobs promised us in June this year. Looks like he has kept his word. Bring on your army of Android Qiks and maybe fAndroids could learn a lesson or two from Apple about neat integrated software.

MacBook Air

This is the crown jewel of today’s event. Apple unveiled it’s latest super slim notebook, MacBook Air. This stunning piece of hardware is the future of notebooks and best billed as “What if a Mac Book met an iPad?” With prices starting at $999, these Mac Books are available in 11.6 and 13.3 inch displays. The uni-body notebook is 0.68 inches at its thickest point and 0.11 inches at it’s thinnest. Everything you want on laptop, from battery life, multi touch trackpad, memory, high resolution display, facetime camera, connectivity and portability to name a few, all squeezed into a 2.9 pound device. GoogleChic, I hope you are not going to compare anything “Android” with this piece of beauty. That would be trying too hard 😀

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Unlike you AppleGirl, I don’t discriminate. I’m able to see pass the brand and give credit where it’s due 🙂

I’ve always said that Apple has very slick products when it comes to their hardware design. What’s interesting is that the new macbook air is still only using an Intel core 2 duo chip, as compared to the newer Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 chips.  Apple claims that the Intel Core 2 duo chip is perfect for a laptop in this class, it brings a perfect blend of battery life and performance. For $1000 I would hope that I have the latest and greatest.

As for Mac OS X Lion, nothing really jumps out at me, I’m just overall unimpressed.

1. I have multi-touch gestures on my Acer and I didn’t pay 1K for it 😉 Not to mention it has a Intel core i3, it’s 3.5 lbs all for around $600.

2. I guess AppleGirl rather pay 1K for the macbook air + $99 for the AppleTV just to play angry birds on her TV (vs $299) (assuming that you can somehow “stream” your apps from your computer using airplay in the future). After all that $$ you still can’t surf on your TV.

As for Facetime, sure it’s a way to connect all the Apple devices but I guess if you have a friend that doesn’t own an Apple product then you’re out of luck. Now if Apple was smart they would make Facetime available on other platforms. Instead, Apple wants to isolate themselves from the rest of the world. Until then, I guess y’all can go back to cross platform video chat programs such as google talk.

Wrapping up, yes the macbook air looks very slick, but is it really worth the price tag?

What do you think? Let’s here from you!

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