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Apple Recalls iPhone 3G Ultracompact USB Power Adapter

Apple recent­ly post­ed a notice that it is recall­ing the ultra­com­pact USB pow­er adapters that came with the iPhone 3G.

Users with ultra­com­pact pow­er adapters should imme­di­ate­ly stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultra­com­pact adapter.

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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.

Apple Introduces New iPod Nanos


Apple Intro­duces New iPod Nanos, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

Apple intro­duced its new fourth gen­er­a­tion of iPod Nanos today in 9 fla­vor­ful col­ors. Here are the fea­tures that set it apart vs. its pre­de­ces­sors1:

  • Col­ors of course! Sil­ver, pur­ple, blue, green, orange, yel­low, pink, (PRODUCT) RED and black.
  • Built-in audio record­ing fea­tures.
  • Genius tech­nol­o­gy” which auto­mat­i­cal­ly cre­ates playlists from songs in your music library that go great togeth­er, with just one click.
  • UI/UX improve­ments with the help of the accelerom­e­ter. This allows it to behave like the iPhone/iPod Touch between switch­ing from Por­trait to Land­scape modes.
  • Improved 24 hours of music play­back or four hours of video play­back.

I just won­der if its still nec­es­sary to buy the Nike+ piece since this new Nano now have an accelerom­e­ter built-in. If any, they should mod­i­fy the Nike+ piece to work with an iPod 1GB+ Shuf­fle; which will be tempt­ing for me to buy and use when run­ning. Bet­ter yet, just a stand­alone Nike+ piece that can sync on its own to the Nike+ site.

  1. Para­phrased from Apple Insid­er arti­cle. []

Sync iPhone and Google Calendar via NuevaSync

I have been tin­ker­ing around try­ing to get GCAL­Dae­mon work­ing again after the update to Leop­ard, but it just has­n’t been the same from its for­mer self of 1‑to‑1 sync. Thought you can find dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions that may allow you to do this, it’s one thing to get it for free and do through the pow­er of the crowd. But things have been look­ing grim late­ly as get­ting GCAL­Dae­mon to work with Leop­ard is still up in the air. Enter Nueva­Sync.

Nueva­Sync allows direct, over-the-air, native syn­chro­niza­tion of cer­tain smart phones and PDA devices with pub­lic PIM, and cal­en­dar­ing ser­vices includ­ing Google Cal­en­dar. Nueva­Sync does not need any soft­ware installed on your device because it uses syn­chro­niza­tion pro­to­cols that are already built in.

I had giv­en it a chance. It requires you signup w/ nuevasync.com. Yah, I know its anoth­er account to keep track of from the many ser­vices out there, but hey… if it works—it works. The set­up is pret­ty sim­ple. You pret­ty much just have to fol­low the instruc­tions which were writ­ten in terms of a 7th-grader—easy enough.

A cou­ple of facts that I found out along with Nueva­Sync’s FAQ:

  • It cur­rent­ly sup­ports the fol­low­ing mobile devices:
    • Apple iPhone 2.0, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2.0
    • Win­dows Mobile based PDAs and smart­phones
  • You’ll be doing push/fetch to Nueva­Sync’s “Exchange Serv­er”
  • Adding an alarm noti­fi­ca­tion on an event will default to a “Pop-up” reminder in the even­t’s Google Cal­en­dar (gCal) ver­sion. Vice-ver­sa; you’ll need to select “Pop-up” as the type of remind when cre­at­ing the event in gCal in order to have it also avail­able in your iPhone.
  • Hav­ing your iPhone’s set­ting of “Push to OFF” and “Fetch to Man­u­al­ly” will still enable to Nueva­Sync to per­form its job while allow­ing you to save your iPhone’s mojo.
  • It can sync to mul­ti­ple cal­en­dars under your gCal account of those Cal­en­dars you have a per­mis­sion to write to. You may find out which ones via going to the Nueva­Sync sta­tus page.
  • Even though you can sync with mul­ti­ple cal­en­dars, cre­at­ing an event in your iPhone would default to your main cal­en­dar. This you can say would be a step back if your try­ing to keep things very orga­nized and cat­e­go­rize your events (i.e. Per­son­al, Work, Project A, Project B, etc.).

Sounds good right? So, if you aren’t real­ly using more than one cal­en­dar or don’t care if the events from your write-per­mit­ted cal­en­dars are merged togeth­er into one in your iPhone, I’d def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend you to give Nueva­Sync a try. But don’t wor­ry, they have that item in their TODO:

So when will you sup­port mul­ti­ple cal­en­dars on the Apple devices?
Soon, it’s one of our top new fea­ture pri­or­i­ties.

Any­ways, I hope this helps. Please do let me know if you hap­pen to find new, inter­est­ing things about it. Have a good sync!