Quick News on iPods, the Web and on the Streets

Today was the first day of the Apple Expo in Europe, Paris to be exact. I was hop­ing that Steve Jobs would be announc­ing the new “Core 2 Duo”-based Mac­books. But alas, that spec­u­la­tion was­n’t even close.

His announce­ment weighed more heav­i­ly in the release of prod­ucts from the iPod fam­i­ly, then the release of iTunes 7. Here’s the break­down of the new fea­tures per iPod fam­i­ly mem­ber:


  • 60% brighter dis­play
  • 75% longer video bat­tery life
  • Gap­less play­back
  • Excit­ing new games
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $249 for 30GB
  • $349 for 80GB

iPod Nano, 2nd Gen­er­a­tion:

  • Made of thin­ner alu­minum
  • Col­ors of blue, pink, green, sil­ver and black
  • 40% brighter dis­play
  • 24 hour bat­tery life
  • Gap­less play­back
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $149 for 2GB (sil­ver), $199 for 4GB (blue, pink, green and sil­ver) and $249 for 8GB (black)

iPod Shuf­fle, 2nd Gen­er­a­tion:

  • World’s small­est MP3 play­er
  • Alu­minum case with clip
  • 1GB — up to 240 songs
  • 12 hour bat­tery life
  • USB 2.0
  • Dock & ear­buds includ­ed
  • $79

I’m eye­ing that Shuf­fle for $79. Seems rea­son­able and func­tion­al if you play sports; espe­cial­ly when you run a lot.

Any­ways, besides Mr. Jobs announce­ment, a cou­ple of the MA folks and I will be attend­ing Car­son Work­shop’s Sum­mit: The Future of Web Apps tomor­row and Thurs­day. Should be some inter­est­ing and excit­ing time. It’s just too bad I don’t have a Mac­book (yet) so I can look as cool as those tech­f­reaks attend­ing. Oh well, I hope this Dell Lat­i­tude loan­er can do the job of writ­ing notes and check­ing email.

The Future of Web Apps

Amazon Launches aStore Beta

Amazon aStore Beta

Just received news through the Ama­zon Asso­ciates Team that their aStore has gone to beta. What is it?

aStore vast­ly expands on our cur­rent link type offer­ings by giv­ing you the abil­i­ty to build a ded­i­cat­ed shop­ping area that can be embed­ded with­in, or linked to from, your web­site.

Build your own pro­fes­sion­al online store fea­tur­ing Amazon.com prod­ucts in min­utes with no pro­gram­ming skills required. Because aStore is a ded­i­cat­ed shop­ping area for your site, it is a great com­pli­men­ta­ry prod­uct for your exist­ing Ama­zon prod­uct links. Vis­i­tors to your site get a pro­fes­sion­al shop­ping expe­ri­ence through your unique selec­tion of prod­ucts and cat­e­gories and the fea­tures of Amazon.com you have cho­sen includ­ing Cus­tomer Reviews, List­ma­nia, and more. The check­out process is com­plet­ed through Amazon.com.

You may view the demo store to see an exam­ple of a stand-alone store.


Departing San Francisco

Right on, right on! I haven’t checked the web “late­ly” but I got a dope com­ment from Hen­ning (aka. atom­tiger­zoo) in Flickr just yes­ter­day. Seems like the pho­to above (Depart­ing San Fran­cis­co) was select­ed and pub­lished on the release of Pict*re Mag­a­zine — Vol­ume Two!

I’m total­ly stoked =p