New Apple iPod nano!

Well, well, well… That rumored touch screen square iPod nano is looking pretty solid right about now. Thanks to our lovely friends in manufacturing in Asia, 3rd party cases have started showing up online for the new iPod nano device. We’re not talking just one either, more like a whole heap — every color possible, too. In addition to cases, there is also a mockup along with sizing dimensions that has surfaced as well. We have to ask, is an incredibly small touchscreen iPod nano something that interests you, or will you stick to an iPod shuffle?

Apple App Store: 250,000 and counting!

Apple’s App Store now has more than 250,000 apps, just two years and a couple of months after it opened. Many blogs now confirm counts of 252,227 active apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

That’s an extraordinary achievement. It means that for every day the App Store has been open, developers have uploaded 323.7 apps, on average. There are another 49,696 inactive apps, which are no longer available for download. So it actually means that 301,923 apps have been uploaded by more than 50,545 active publishers. This month, 2,347 games have been submitted and 15,077 non-game apps have been submitted. Books are 17 percent of the apps; games are 14 percent, and entertainment is 11 percent. About 70 percent of them are paid apps. Read more

Google app for iPhone and iPad adds push notifications

In the latest release of its Google Mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, Google has added the long-awaited ability to receive push notifications for Gmail and Google Calendar. You can download the update through Apple’s App Store.

To setup notifications, users enter their Google account credentials. After that, an alert comes through every time a new email is received or there is a pending Google Calendar event. Tapping “View” on an alert takes you to Google’s web app version of Gmail rather than Apple’s native Mail app, which might make the feature slightly less appealing to some iPhone users, although its core offering of notifications itself is probably plenty for most to give it a try. Read more

Happy 15th Birthday to Windows 95, the Ugly Duckling that Conquered Your Desktop

You’ll be forgiven if Windows 95 doesn’t summon a burst of nostalgia. It was never pretty, often cantankerous, and, for the most part, our only option. But within two years of its release, 70% of the planet was using it.

Your own preferences and computing ideology aside, Windows 95 is an undeniable icon. For hundreds of millions of people, Windows 95 was personal computing, spanning the inscrutable crudeness of the Windows 3.1 era and the soothing balm of Windows 98. It was inescapable. It was, possibly, the first operating system you used at home. It might not have been your favorite—we’ll stop there out of respect for our elders—but it helped an entire generation make sense of the PC’s ascension. Read more

Your Facebook Friends Are Watching You

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.  In 2010, that could be replaced with FACEBOOK IS WATCHING YOU.  Or rather, YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK ARE WATCHING YOU.  You and your friends can now post where you are and share this information, if you so chose.

Facebook showed off the power of this new location feature at a launch event this week with a giant projection of a U.S. map showing where people were checking in just moments after Places launched. But it was one of the scariest things I’ve seen.

Facebook only showed people’s first names, but their databases know your last names and so much more about you. Our location information is voluntarily given by you or your friends and the information is kept private… well maybe.  Your friends can check you in without you knowing it until after the fact. Read more

Why iPad 2 Is Coming and What to Expect

There’s been quite a bit of buzz around the next iPad. The one we’re using now is only six months old, but some are already looking forward to the possibility of a new form factor and a new screen size. I expect Apple to release another iPad this year. Here’s why:

Competition is non-existent for iPad right now. All the other guys have tablets shipping “end of the year,” and many more of the more formidable iPad competitors will be out in 2011. Apple’s going to do what it can to get the second revision out this year only for that one liner that Steve loves, “We’re releasing the next iPad today before our competitors have even caught up with the first generation.” He’s used that line a few times, but the iPad itself will probably look very similar to the one you’re holding in your hand right now. I predict it will have the
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Books vs. Movies

It seems that the big book-related debate these days is paper vs. digital. Everyone wants to be the next Kindle, and there’s no shortage of opinions on whether the iPad is a better book reader than an e-ink version. Even children’s book authors have jumped into the fray. With all of that talk you might be forgiven for thinking that reading is everybody’s favorite pastime. So I just wanted to remind you of that other age-old book-related debate: Books vs. Movies.For some people, there’s no contest. Some folks are book people or movie people, and that’s that, end of story.

At any rate, if you’re one of those people described above, this Great Geek Debate isn’t for you. I’m talking to those of you for whom it is a debate, people who have shelves full of books and DVDs.

Time investment: Even with the trend of longer movies, you’re usually talking about something around two hours. Of course, I could throw in the time it takes to get to the Cinema, stand in line, buy your Pop Corn & Coke … but even then, there’s no question that you can finish a movie in a much shorter time than it takes you to read a book. Read more

Your mobile phone could be a credit card

Imagine swiping a mobile phone to pay for all the things that you buy! This has just been made possible by latest technology that allows bank information to be stored in your mobile phones’ memory cards.

Global credit card giant Visa has entered a partnership with a Turkish bank to launch this technology, the first of its kind in Europe. This technology is used to store bank information in memory cards placed in mobile phones and allow them to be waved in front of credit card payment points, Visa Europe, Read more