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Apple’s New Ipod Shuffle

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It seems that Apple just released their new iPod Shuf­fle today. VoiceOver seems to be the newest tech­nol­ogy other than the new form-factor. They say its half-the-size of the pre­vi­ous one, and has a capac­ity of 4GB. In terms of color, its cur­rently avail­able in sil­ver or black.

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The only thing I’m wor­ried about is that you have to use the built-in con­trols on the ear­phones that comes with it (or am I miss­ing some­thing?). That’s actu­ally a pretty big one to weigh out.

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That would suck if you’d like to use some­thing else and/or replace it in the future. You won’t be able to Play, Pause, Skip, etc. Any­ways, I per­son­ally wouldn’t buy this new one and would stick with the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion just because of the lim­i­ta­tion of hav­ing to play songs only through the earphones.

I’m hop­ing I’m not the only one that finds this as a big concern.

Update
For more details regard­ing the new iPod Shuffle’s earbud-controls, read up on Gizmodo’s arti­cle: Con­firmed: Your iPod Shuf­fle Ear­buds Need Pro­pri­etary Chip to Func­tion.

Secret Mark Throwing Star Magnets

Horry crap! These are dope. Check out these throw­ing star mag­nets made by Core77.

They’re only $19 but Epaulet cur­rently have them back ordered till Jan­u­ary 15th, 2009—that sucks. These would’ve been dope gifts. I know a cou­ple of peo­ple who would’ve loved these for sure *cough*Lou*cough*.

Nixon Modical Rotolog Watch

Cool, unique watch that I saw while browsing.

Get pre­ci­sion tim­ing in Nixon’s Mod­i­cal Rotolog Watch with lat­est style sport­ing a funky pat­terned enamel coat­ing. Whether your steeze is hip-hop or punk the Modical’s cus­tom 30 meter stain­less steel with hard­ened min­eral crys­tal case­back and stain­less steel straps show Nixon’s top of the line crafts­man­ship with diverse design. The Japan­ese Quartz time move­ment with led is eas­ily read from a roll dial on the right side of the cas­ing so you won’t be late for your skate ses­sion or cof­fee shop hang­out or what­ever. Use this watch in the dark with its back­ing light cause even though we’re oh so totally dif­fer­ent nobody has night vision, right?

MSRP is $449.95. But I saw it for about 50%-off at a deal site (now gone).

Apple Shines The New iPod Touch

Not to be out­done by the new col­or­ful and sur­pris­ingly thin iPod Nanos, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion iPod Touch made its debut as well in Apple’s Sep­tem­ber 2008 Spe­cial Event enti­tled “Let’s Rock”.


So what’s so dif­fer­ent, a new body. The new iPod Touch looks like it came from Quick­sil­ver’s board. It def­i­nitely got some ideas for the iPhone 3G’s con­tour, but its shiny and made from pol­ished stain­less steel. I won’t be sur­prised if we see Apple comes out with this cha­sis on the iPhone 3G in the Win­ter (pend­ing the sale of the new iPod Touch of course).
 

Other new fea­tures are:

Not­ing the built-in wire­less sup­port for Nike+, this sucks if Apple can’t just push a firmware update for iPhone 3G own­ers. I won’t nec­es­sar­ily be run­ning with an iPhone as its freak­ing just too much to worry about and a dis­trac­tion, but it just makes sense and a goodie for all Apple fans alike.

In terms of price-point, if com­par­ing with the pre­vi­ous one, the new iPod Touch starts at $229 (8GB model) and is def­i­nitely worth the upgrade if you are look­ing to have the feature-set of the iPhone 3G w/o the phone. Now, if being com­pared against the iPhone 3G and bas­ing on the fact that you are also look­ing for a phone, I don’t think its a good buy. Other than the sub­scrip­tion fee to a mobile car­rier, the only fea­ture that the new iPod Touch has over the iPhone 3G would prob­a­bly be its built-in wire­less inte­gra­tion with Nike+ (for now). With that said, if in the sit­u­a­tion I just stated, I would still get an 8GB iPhone 3G over this new iPod Touch.