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…Mira lets you use Apple’s Remote on your Mac thanks to Twisted Melon?

Mira

Twisted Melon just released Mira, a program that allows you to use the Apple Remote on any Mac. Besides Front Row, which can be installed using methods detailed on Andrew Escobar’s website, Mira allows you to control any program with the Remote’s customizable buttons, and can even launch documents and run AppleScripts. There are 40 applications built into the software, and you can create additional custom application profiles in just seconds. There is even support of external USB IR Receivers, if your Mac didn’t come with one built in. Sounds like a great solution to adding Apple’s excellent Remote features to your Remote-less Mac.

[Twisted Melon – Mira]

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…Reviews for the RedWire iPod jeans are kinda good?

RedWire

Reviews are finally hitting the streets for the Levi’s RedWire DLX Jeans, and they’re actually pretty decent. The integrated controller, RedWire connectivity and comfort get praised, while the included Levi’s headphones missed the mark and the fact that the jeans don’t provide any additional protection to your ‘Pod while it’s riding along make the high price hard to justify. Much worse has been done in the name of fashion though, so these could yet be a hit on the streets.

[CNET Asia – RedWire DLX Jeans]

…Apple revamped their entire lineup today?

iTunes

Nano

Shuffle

So Apple’s event is over now, and Apple fanboys across the globe can begin debating weather or not they like the changes or what Apple should have done instead or how they already placed their orders or whatever Apple fanboys talk about after these things. The big news: new movies, new games, new earbuds, new iTunes, new Shuffle, new Nanos, new iPod, and a sneak peak at the new iTV. That’s a lot of new for one event, and it closely follows Apple’s announcement last week of new iMacs and new Minis. Here’s what I like about Apple: They can keep a secret really, really well. Despite all of the rumors and guessing that everyone was doing, they managed to introduce things that were never even considered a possibility (games/iBuds/Shuffle), and unleash features that no one expects (CoverFlow/Resolution bump). The following is a summary of all that Apple did today:

  • They updated iTunes to version 7.0, which was pretty much expected, since everyone figured they would have to add movie functionality, and no better way than with a complete redesign. Version 7.0 includes a new UI design, three different views, including by cover, and an integrated CoverFlow view after Apple bought out the company. With the need for cover information, Apple can now add cover information to any song in your library, even if it wasn’t purchased through iTunes. Very sweet and convenient.
  • Also, the library is split up between music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks and radio. This may seem like a small change, but it is one of my favorites and also one that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. Now, podcasts are separate from my music library. I hated when I would put my music on shuffle, and I would come back to find it was halfway through a 30 minute podcast. No more. When I want to shuffle through my music and just let it play, I hear music and only music.
  • How about a feature that blindsided everybody? Games. No one expected Apple to add games to their lineup, but they did. You can now use your new iPod to play games, and not just boring games like solitaire, but fun games that actually might hold your interest for more than five minutes.
  • Speaking of the iPod, Apple updated the entire lineup today.
    • The Shuffle? Totally redesigned. Now, there is only one version, the 1GB model. It’s billed by Apple as the smallest MP3 player in the world, and I believe them. Almost no bigger than the control buttons themselves, it features a smooth aluminum finish, a clip to attach the thing to your clothes (it’s that small), and it’s only going to cost $79. That just screams deal to me.
    • The Nano? Partially redesigned. There are now five colors, all with rounded edges ala iPod Mini, a 2GB, a 4GB and an 8GB model, it’s thinner, lighter, brighter, has longer battery life, and is made of aluminum.
    • The iPod? Kinda redesigned. It’s now available in 30GB and 80GB sizes, has a brighter screen (though sadly, still the same size), better battery life, new interface, and costs less.
  • Also, the entire iPod lineup now ships with improved iBuds, responding to consumer complains about the crap-tastic-ness of the current earbuds.
  • But wait, there’s more. In a surprising move by Apple, they previewed what is tentatively called the iTV. To be released some time next year, it is a box about half the size of a Mac Mini, designed to stream content from your computer to your TV. Featuring HDMI, component video, optical audio, an integrated power supply, and 802.11 wireless networking, all controlled by Apple’s remote via an interface similar to FrontRow, it looks to be the perfect way to get Apple’s new movies from you computer to your TV.
  • Speaking of new movies, Apple has also bumped up the resolution to 640×480, four times the size it distributed movies in the past.

There were a few more minor changes, but as you can tell Apple has been busy lately. Sadly, they didn’t introduce an entirely new iPod, but I guess I can wait while they iron out details for what should be an impressive next generation for their uber-popular music player. So how did I do with my predictions? Not bad.

  • New iTunes? Yup.
  • New iPod? Kinda, but not how I predicted it to be.
  • New AirPort? Basically.

2.5 out of 3 isn’t too bad, especially when betting against Apple, king of secrecy. I did miss the new Shuffle and revamp of the Nano, and I along with everyone else missed the boat on games, but overall I don’t think I did half bad. Tune in next week, when I predict who will win this year’s Superbowl (ok, not really).

[Apple]

[CoverFlow]

…Apple will change the world today?

iTunes Down

So Apple’s “Showtime” event will be starting soon, and the blogosphere is abuzz with rumors and guesses as to what is going to be revealed. Apple has an amazing way of keeping secrets, so no one really knows what could be up their sleeve, but I’m going to put forward my guess and see how it pans out against the official announcement.

  • New iTunes: this one is pretty easy to guess. They will be at least adding movies, since the entire iTunes store is down and it just says, “It’s Showtime” on the link, but my guess is a whole revamp of iTunes to fully integrate their movie download service.
  • New iPod: this is my farthest stretch, but sales of the current iPod are slowing, and Apple really needs a product to put it back in the spotlight. My guess is a widescreen, Bluetooth, virtual touchwheel, Wi-Fi device with larger hard drives than those currently available.
  • New AirPort: If Apple is going to announce movies, it needs to announce a way to get those movies from your computer to your TV.

Well, that’s all I’ve got. Tune in at 10:00 PST to find out how I did, and see what amazing new products Apple will unleash on the unsuspecting world at large.

[Apple]

…Inside Apple’s iBuds there isn’t much to see?

Inside Apple iBuds

Ever wonder what’s inside of those little white Apple iPod earbuds? Well, I never really did either but it’s somewhat cool to see nonetheless. iLounge did a full dissection, and though nothing is surprising, this is the taking apart of an accessory that defined a generation (the iPod generation). Symbolic? Kinda. Interesting? No.

[iLounge]

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