[video] Idiots try to change iPod and Weed for iPad

These two dummies really need to lay off the weed because it makes absolutely no sense fo someone to even make this trade let alone over Craiglist.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

“This past Thursday, Police arrested two men who posted a Craigslist ad (pictured above) in an effort to try and trade a 32 GB iPod Touch and a sizeable amount of Pot in exchange for an iPad. And as if that wasn’t dumb enough, these enterprising young fellows actually posted a picture of their weed on a scale, sitting right next to a third-generation iPod Touch.

Steve Jobs introduces the new ‘iPad’

via NY Times

All of us use laptops and smartphones now. The question has arisen lately: is there room for a third category of device in the middle?

The new device will have to be far better than the laptop and smartphone at doing important things: browsing the Web, doing e-mail, enjoying and sharing photographs, watching videos, enjoying your music collection, playing games, reading e-books. Otherwise, “it has no reason for being.”

Apple’s answer: the iPad.

It looks like, well, a big iPhone, pretty much as anticipated.


[video] iPods Can Lead to Hearing Loss

I must admit I heard this last year in the streets of Harlem and I just thought the person was being bias towards folk with iPod, cuz in Harlem everyone got an iPod but lo and behold here goes the medical/scientific data to back up that info. That is the real meaning of STREET KNOWLEDGE, and the professionals are always about a year late behind the streets.

New iPod File Swapping Device Hits the Market

via BET

For every great invention, there’s at least one person out there attempting to piggyback off that great idea and create something better. And if that isn’t successful they want something that can be used in tandem with the original creation that either enhances or compliments the invention, much to the inventor’s chagrin.ipod_deck

Apple’s iconic iPod has launched an entire industry bent on getting a piece of Apple’s pie. Over the years, we’ve seen iPod cases, alarm clocks, portable speakers. Hell, there’s even a line of iPod-assisted adult toys…crickets. But nothing has been as so simple, genius, and wickedly subversive (in a good way!) as the new miShare.

The miShare allows users to swap files between two iPods, totally bypassing Apple’s wack one library at a time rule, well almost. If any of the files transferred are DRM-protected, you have to go the extra hoop of hooking up your iPod to your computer and typing in your friend’s username and password to unlock your new music.

It’s a little bit of a hassle, but with the recent price changes in the iStore ($1.29 per song? WTH?) it doesn’t seem so bad. It also shields miShare creators Josh Hochman and Nathaniel Wise, from the combined fury of Steve Jobs’ and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the form of nasty, expensive litigation…at The least for now. Continue reading

‘Watchmen’ Game Coming to iPhone and iPod Touch


via Switched

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or perhaps in Iraq), you’ve been hearing about the release of a little low-budget indie art film called ‘Watchmen.’ Based on the twelve-issue comic book by renowned comic writer Alan Moore — and now available in all-in-one form as a graphic novel – ‘Watchmen’ is one of the most beloved franchises in all of comic-dom. And today, Warner Brothers announced that it will be publishing — in addition to ‘Watchmen: End is Nigh’ for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — an online, multiplayer game for iPhone called ‘Watchmen: Justice Is Coming.’

Described as a “multiplayer online adventure fighting game,” ‘Justice’ lets you and thousands of other characters play at the same time in one virtual world, whose missions, areas and secrets are constantly being updated by the developers. While it’s not quite as advanced as something like ‘World of Warcraft‘ (the most popular, massively-multiplayer game ever), users can chat with and battle other characters as they move through the adventure. Players can even customize their avatars’ looks and skills before hitting the mean streets of Manhattan.

‘Justice’ will be coming to the iPhone and iPod touch in the next couple of weeks. For more on the game, check out G4TV‘s video preview and interview with the developers. [From: G4TV]

When Labels Fought the Digital, and the Digital Won


via NY Times

“You can’t roll a joint on an iPod,” the singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne told The New York Times Magazine early last year. And, O.K., I suppose that’s among the iPod’s drawbacks. But it’s hard to think of an electronic device released in recent decades that’s brought more pleasure to more people.

Should anyone care that in the process, the iPod has all but killed the music industry as we’ve known it? Maybe not, Steve Knopper writes in “Appetite for Self-Destruction,” his stark accounting of the mistakes major record labels have made since the end of the LP era and the arrival of digital music. These dinosaurs, he suggests, are largely responsible for their own demise.

Mr. Knopper, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, provides a wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business. He doesn’t let those rippers and burners among us — that is, those who download digital songs without paying for them, and you know who you are — entirely off the hook. But he suggests that with even a little foresight, record companies could have adapted to the Internet’s brutish and quizzical new realities and thrived. Continue reading

Steve Jobs has hormone imbalance, will remain CEO

Well I guess this is supposed to quell the rumors about his health, but they will persist until he makes a public appearance and announces absolutely nothing.  In the meantime get him a steak with some Bovine Hormones in it.


via Yahoo

NEW YORK – Apple Inc. founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs, looking to quell rumors about his health, said Monday his doctors have discovered a hormonal imbalance that has been causing his weight loss.

Jobs, 54, said he will undergo a “relatively simple” treatment and will remain as head of Apple.

“A hormone imbalance … has been ‘robbing’ me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy,” Jobs said in a public letter, adding, “Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.”

Speculation about his health have intensified since Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said in December that Jobs would not be making his annual keynote address tomorrow in San Francisco at the Macworld conference. Apple said this year’s conference will be its last, with Phil Schiller, an Apple marketing executive, giving the company’s presentation.

Macworld is run by the company IDG, and Apple has said it no longer wanted to be committed to releasing new products at another company’s trade show — and that it didn’t see reason to have its CEO speak at a conference it wouldn’t be attending in the future.

Adding to the speculation, Jobs, who survived pancreatic cancer, has appeared increasingly gaunt at public appearances.

In his statement Monday, Jobs said, “The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment.”

He added, “Just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it.”

The company’s board released a statement separately, saying, “Apple is very lucky to have Steve as its leader and CEO, and he deserves our complete and unwavering support during his recuperation. He most certainly has that from Apple and its Board.”

Some Cell Phone Fans Being Buried With Their Mobiles

hlg_phonedeathCrackberry’s take on a whole new meaning after reading this



We take them with us to the dinner table, the bedroom, even the bathroom stall. But in recent years, some of us have started taking our beloved cell phones someplace really startling: the grave.

“It seems that everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them,” says Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for Hollywood Forever, a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. “It’s a trend with BlackBerrys, too. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game Boy.”

Anecdotal evidence suggests being buried with a favorite tech device is on the upswing. The Future Laboratory, a London-based think tank, has commented on the behavior, noting it in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. But experts are seeing it happen in the United States as well.

Ed Defort, publisher and editorial director for American Funeral Director magazine, says it’s a definite trend.

“I’ve even heard of cases where people are being buried with their iPod. Or one guy who was prepared for his viewing with his Bluetooth (headset) in his ear.”

But it’s the cell phone, in particular, that seems to be the burial gadget of choice. Continue reading

Hercules Introduces DJ Control Steel Mixing Deck


via Engadget

While those only versed in the ways of the iPod-based DJ mixer may want to steer clear, those with a bit more DJing experience will no doubt find plenty to like in Hercules‘ new DJ Control Steel mixing deck here, which can be hooked up to the Mac or PC of your choice via USB. As you can see above, the unit itself will give you two mixing decks, along with 13 rotary switches, six faders, and no less than 46 push buttons, including five effects buttons and six kill buttons. To add your own stamp to the deck, you can also remove the steel center plate and replace it with a customized one, and you can use it with the MIDI-based DJing software of your choosing if the included Virtual DJ 5 isn’t to your liking. At $299.99, it also won’t be too much of a hurt on your bank account, although you’ll have to wait until December 22nd to actually get your hands on it.

Apple MacBook – TriBook

Whenever this beecomes a reality  I am first on line.


via Onsmash/Gizmoave

As someone who uses multiple screens when I’m working (or playing games) the idea of having a laptop with some extra screen space as portable as the unit itself is really exciting. Sure, that extra space would come in the form of folding, side-mounted monitors that have a break before the main screen — annoying for some — but some extra, segmented workspace on a portable platform is music to my ears.

And portable the triBook is: the conceptual rendering, picked up by Mac|Life, calls for a notebook that’s 10 inches wide and a little over six inches long. Click on through for more information than you’d ever want to know about the triBook concept. Via. GizmoAve.com

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iPhone 3G overtakes the RAZR as best-selling domestic handset

I don’t have either. Hopefully one will fall in my lap if I keep bloggin’ about it. We love Apple by the way!!!


via Engadget

According to a report from NPD, sales of cellphones have shifted in a manner which should shock and stun even a casual observer. Apparently for the first time in years, Motorola’s ubiquitous RAZR has been overtaken in consumer sales… by the iPhone 3G. This is a watershed moment for handset sales in the US, marking not only a shift away from the dominant market leader, but a turn towards more complex, full-featured devices. The news comes hot on the heels of NPD’s previous findings, which still placed the RAZR in the top spot — though with ever-decreasing numbers.

In that same report, the iPhone found itself in second place, but it appears that flagging interest in the inescapable dumbphone coupled with the recent iPhone PR blitz have put Apple’s moneymaker into the top position. The news is also buoyed by recent reports that Apple has overtaken RIM as the number two smartphone vendor, and a J.D. Power study which found affection for the device waxing in the extreme. Overall, however, handset sales fell 15 percent year-over-year, and LG managed to snag the top brand position, with two models in the top five. Still, if there already wasn’t a clear indication of the market moving towards both smartphones and touchscreen devices, this should give everyone a clearer picture of both the public’s wants, and the power of Cupertino’s ad-men. Full PR after the break.


Napster Launches MP3 Store, Battles iTunes for Throne

napster vs iTunes

via NY Times

Napster Inc., the digital music service, on Tuesday opened the world’s biggest MP3 download store with more than 6 million songs in a direct challenge to Apple Inc’s iTunes store.

The new Web-based music store will have digital songs from all major music labels as well as thousands of independent labels. The MP3-format songs will be compatible with the vast majority of digital media devices and mobile phones including Apple’s popular iPod as well as its iPhone.

Before now Napster has focused on selling all-you-can-eat monthly streaming music subscription packages but has struggled to win over the majority of fans who want to be able to transfer songs they like on to a portable device such as the market-leading iPod.

The new Napster service tries to take on Apple’s dominance in digital music by offering fans more songs without copy protection or digital rights management (DRM). Most of the six million songs on the iTunes Music store are available with Fairplay DRM, which prevents the songs from being played on most portable players other than the iPod.
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Duo iPod speaker system with removable front panel..(Pics)

Source: Engadget

Gear4 has been known to unleash a few unorthodox speaker systems, but the forthcoming Duo is particularly impressive — in finding a way to somehow differentiate itself in the expansive pool of alternatives, that is. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to differ much from every other one out there, but give that front panel a tug, and off comes a portable speaker system with its own rechargeable batteries, auxiliary port and power supply. When you arrive back, just reattach the magnetically-held panel and listen as the bass kicks in without missing a beat. Apparently the unit is set to go on sale on June 1st for £150 ($290), though we haven’t heard if it’ll ever arrive on US soil.

Second Life Offers Artists Opportunities To Make $ Online

SecondLife myPod player

Notice to indie artists, there is money out there! Not only is money being left on the table in the real world, but there is also an money-making opportunities that exist online, in the virtual world. Second Life, which is rapidly emerging as virtual economy, has a very unique way that artists can sell their tunes to other virtual residents of the virtual world. By formulating a myPod, a take on the iPod, an artist can sell his or her tune in the MP3 format which the consumer can apply to the real world.

If thats too challenging, they can put their song in SecondTunes, their rendition of the iTunes store which is currently home to about 100 artists. For a flat fee of $15 and 9.1 cents in real dollars you can become a virtual distributor and sell other peoples music as well in addition to your own but you can only push 150 tunes at a time. For a flat fee of $28.65 you can sell 150 copies of each song for whatever price you chose. In the virtual world of Secod Life, Linden dollars rule, and tune go for upwards to L$200 to L$400 a song.

Super iPod In Production, Rumored To Hold 20 Million Tunes

We recently reported on the Super Internet that is shortly on the way, now we are glad to report that an iPod on steroids is in production that will be capable of holding upwards to 20 million songs. Students at the University of Rochester are tweaking technology that will improve compression of files, enabling a file to be compressed 1,000 times smaller than the current MP3 file. So, in comparison a 80GB iPod that can currently hold 20,000 songs will be ramped up 1,000 times its capacity to hold around 20 million tunes!

Current figures suggest though, that Amazon onlu has 4,683,676 tunes available and the largest music collection in the world totals around 6 million, which roughly leaves a slot open for 14 million songs. Well I guess this will be the one and done Apple is looking for, if it intends to be pushing 45 million iPods annually by 2009. Stay tuned.

[Source: Hypebot]

Apple Plans To Push 45 Million iPhones Per Year


Apple is planning to be pushing 45 million units per year by 2009. They are basing these projections on the upgrades they intend to make to turn the iPhone into an all-purpose device. Critics are doubtful that they will achieve this lofty goal within a competing, innovative market that will gradually eat into the customer base that Apple is targeting. They cite the fact that Apple has only pushed 4 million of the devices so far this quarter.

The House That Job Built is betting that additions like 3G’s of memory, a recorder, better camera, GPS technology, lower pricing, cheaper versions and an open source system will attract the necessary customers needed to meet their projections. They are looking forward to breaking into untapped global markets. CLICK HERE for the rest of the Apple gameplan. In comparison, Apple managed to push 50 million iPods last year, one of its best returns.

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NBC & Apple Back In Business


The strike is over!  Well, sort of…the holdout between NBC and Apple’s iTunes division is apparently come to a halt with both parties agreeing to crawl back in bed with one another.  After trading blows and throwing dirt in the press about Apple “destroying the music business” NBC President Jeff Zucker had a change of heart and stated in the Financial Times, “We’ve said all along that we admire Apple, that we want to do business with Apple…We’re great fans of Steve Jobs.”  Jobs responded, “We’ll put it back together on the TV thing. Everybody lost. But NBC is a great company, and Apple is a great company.”  Speculators are guessing the two media giants kissed and made up on the heels of Apple’s historic partnership with Universal and several other movie studios.  Apple is preparing to allow customers to rent movies for a 24 hour period, transferable to their iPod’s and iPhone’s.  For a dollar more you can snag in HD…sounds genius to me!  CLICK HERE for more info on this story.