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The Apple Thread

Postby Crowley » Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:46 am

What happened to it?

Aww well, here's a tidbit for the two or three others who think a bit different...

Introversion Software and Ambrosia Software have announced its plans for a DEFCON freeplay long-weekend in conjunction with the Penny Arcade Expo. The event will take place on Friday, August 24th at 2:00 p.m. (18:00 GMT) and run until Monday, August 27th at 6:00 a.m. ET (06:00 GMT). During this time, DEFCON will be free for all to play. To take part in the DEFCON freeplay weekend, simply head to Web site and download the free trial. For this limited period, the usual demo restrictions will be lifted and gamers will not be required to provide key codes to have access to the full game.


I'm not around until the Sunday evening, but anyone fancy a game then?

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Postby Hyssy » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:24 am

If I'm around. Played against Nethlyn and the interoperability was seamless between PC and Mac.

But does anyone get the weird fonts?

Oh and the old thread got pruned I think. I was going to make a new one and call it Return of the Mac. But I thought it was too cheesy :oops:

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Postby JonB » Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:22 pm

I would play, but I'm away at the Leeds festival. I would probably buy it for the mac if enough people were interested in playing on a regular occasion?

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Postby Crowley » Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:48 pm

If the PC-Mac deal works as well as Hysseh says then you needn't depend on us :P

I should get this soon. After this weeknd, yes.

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Postby JonB » Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:53 pm

Well I don't know anyone else who owns it!!

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Postby Hyssy » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:04 am

Apple said to be launching revamped iPod line

Apple shares rose more than 5 per cent overnight on growing expectations that the company will announce a revamped line of iPods next week.

Technology news websites have speculated that Apple could launch a new video iPod with a large touch screen similar to the iPhone, and a redesigned iPod nano in time for the end-of-year holiday shopping season.

Others also suggested that Apple may announce a deal for its iTunes online music store to sell albums from the Beatles, the last and biggest digital music hold-out.

Apple has distributed invitations to a September 5 event in San Francisco, but as usual gave no clues as to what it would be about.

"The product announcement is likely to include a full line-up of revamped iPods with significantly greater functionality at current price points, including the much-anticipated full-screen video iPod," Goldman Sachs said in a note, urging investors to buy Apple shares.

Goldman said September 5 would bring "the almost certain launch of a new family of iPods" ahead of the holiday season, which accounts for the biggest chunk of sales for that part of Apple's business.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster Munster said he saw a 70 per cent chance that Apple would launch wide screen, multi-touch iPods. His note also speculated on a Beatles deal next week.

"In light of the fact that the tag line of Apple's special event invitation was "The beat goes on," the final words of the Beatles last press release, we expect Apple to announce the availability of the Beatles music library on iTunes," Munster wrote.

In June, the widow of former Beatle George Harrison said fans would probably have to wait until early 2008 before they can buy Beatles music online.

Apple shares are up about 55 per cent this year, driven by the steady strength of the iPod, which dominates the portable music player market, and the late June launch of the iPhone.

An overhaul of the iPod line would come as the company faces new efforts by rivals to erode the dominance of its iTunes online music store.

Nokia, The world's largest maker of mobile phones, on Wednesday unveiled in London its own online music store and new top-end handsets.

Earlier in August, Viacom's MTV Networks combined its online music store Urge with a music subscription service from RealNetworks Inc, and Universal, the world's largest music label, said it was testing the sale of songs without copyright protection through Google, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com.

"If anyone wants to take Apple on, they have to simplify the process and streamline, not only purchasing music but moving it over to the devices that consumers really want and that's where Apple kind of stays ahead of everybody," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies.

Music sales through iTunes account for about 11 percent of Apple's $US5.4 billion in quarterly revenue, but more importantly the service is seen as a key part of the company's strategy to keep people buying its lucrative iPods.

Apple last refreshed the iPod almost a year ago when it boosted the storage of its highest-capacity model to 80 gigabytes, introduced a thinner iPod nano and a smaller Shuffle.

Separately, Apple said on Wednesday it will sell television programs in Britain through its iTunes store.

The stock closed up $US7.26 to $134.08 on Nasdaq on Wednesday.

Reuters

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New stuff, but I really just want a price cut on the iMacs :P

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Postby eVoL » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:12 am

10 quid says the new Ipods are just as shit ¬_¬
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Postby Crowley » Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:56 am

The TV section of the iTunes store is not very impressive. Crappy shows, and many of them costing more than a DVD boxset. They'd better do a movie section, preferably with a rental service soon or the other services are going to start hammering it down.


Re: The event, it's pretty much common knowledge that it's going to be the launch pad for The Beatles on iTunes. Maybe some new iPods too, but I'm quite happy with my old 60GB video for now.


And iPods are not shit. eVoL is shit.

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Postby Papa Lazarou » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:42 pm

They're not shit. But they're barely above 'ok'. I wonder if they'll be as ugly as the new iMac...
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Postby Crowley » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:46 pm

Doubt it. The new iMac has taken a misjudged cue from the iPhone, which is itself rather pretty. If the new iPods look like the iPhone, then they'll be fine.

Alternatively, the nanos have been all alumium for a while now, and they look better than the old nanos if you ask me, so that's fine too.

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Postby Papa Lazarou » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:53 pm

I agree, the new Nanos were an improvement. Still the wrong shape though - too long.
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Postby eVoL » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:18 pm

Still basicly the same shite software from the Minis. The shapes fien though, long and flat is better than short and thick.

Acht is shit -_-
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Postby Crowley » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:23 pm

What's shite about the software?

It does exactly what it needs to in a sensible way.



Incidentally, the rumour mill is saying the new nano's will be shorter and chubbier. Apple removed some supposedly leaked photos of a fat nano, which many are taking as a confirmation of their authenticity.

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Postby eVoL » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:37 pm

On the go playlists? Really poor EQ... in fact, its feature set is equal to one of those 10quid players you can pick up is Asda. It plays music and thats pretty much it.
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Postby Crowley » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:49 pm

They've had on-the-go playlists since forever you numpty.

EQ is fine if you make sure you genre-lise everything properly.

And the interface for playing music is the best around. True story.

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