Thursday, September 30, 2010

Blogger Photo Upload Crashes Chrome

Dear blogger,

I do love your blogging platform and appreciate everything you're doing to improve it and make it even better; however, one does wonder how can you -sometimes- do such haphazardly things like the one I'm complaining about today.

The issue is: photo uploading is not working properly in Blogger.

Even worse, not only it isn't working... it's also causing a full Chrome crash (guess process isolation and separation for tabs and plugins is something requiring a bit/lot more work?).

Worse still - I can't imagine how you've managed to put an experimental "blogger in draft" upload method into production (regular blogger), leaving us no alternative way to upload photos if this method fails.

I have had this issues before, when you first did this - then you reverted it because of our complaints - and later on the method seemed to be working as expected... But now we're back into those first days of crashing issues, like nothing was done since then.

I even went as far as starting IE for the first time in my computer in order to try it out and see if it made any difference... It did'nt: photo uploading still hangs - although it didn't completely crash the browser as it does on Chrome.

Please, please fix this problem in this essential part of your blogging platform.
Your's truly,
(blogger lover)

Mozilla Seabird Concept

For now, this Mozilla Seabird is nothing but a concept. But, just unlike many other concepts, this one seems very plausible and "doable".

With two pico-projectors and wireless charging, along a detachable headset/3D controller, there really isn't much about it that seems farfteched or impossible to achieve today.

Maybe the following video is a glimpse of devices a couple of years from now:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - Feed to Twitter and Facebook

There are still lots of people struggling to deliver their content into the multiple social plataforms out there today. If you own a blog or site and want to send your feed to Twitter and Facebook, here's a new service that might be of interest to you.

With this, delivering content becomes as simples as clicking your mouse a couple of times. And, not only it allows you to send your RSS feed to Twitter and Facebook in real time, it also allows you to track how you're doing via real-time statistics.

Here's a short intro:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blackberry PlayBook Tablet

Here it is at last: the RIM tablet formerly known as BlackPad is now officially known as... PlayBook.

It has everything you'd might expect to see in a tablet, and more: dual core ARM CPU (Cortex A9), 1GB RAM, two HD cameras (3Mp and 5Mp), FullHD 1080p video recording and playback, HDMI, USB, WiFI, Bluetooth, OpenGL, Flash, HTML5, and lots more... all in a device measuring 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm) and weighing less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g).

As to what makes it tick, the heart of the system is a new BlackBerry Tablet OS, developed by RIM's recently acquired QNX . and knowing QNX software quality tradition - we're looking into a "bullet-proof OS" here!

Very good news indeed.

If the PlayBook works as fluidly as shown in the following video, we definitely have a winner here.

There are still two very important things left to be known: the price, and an actual launch date (early 2011 they say).

Even with an iPad 2 coming soon after, this new Blackberry Tablet OS does make Apple's iOS look dated (just look at those pre-historic push notification popups that are still present in iOS!)

In the beginning of the year there were a lot of promissed tablets that failed to become real... but rest assured, we might have had to wait an extra year, but 2011 will definitely become the year the Tablet Wars will begin.
(And it's nice to see RIM in a very good position to stand a fight with this PlayBook! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Secret Behind Shazam

A sure way to impress your friends is to pick up your smartphone, capture a few seconds of music playing, and identify which song it is.

Music recognition programs like Midomi and Shazam are not only useful, they're "must have's" in any modern smartphone.

I imagine everyone has dreamed of such a thing ever since they first heard a music they'd like to find out.
Maybe you were in a coffee shop, or maybe the music was playing during a TV commercial or movie.

Now, we can finally use technology to make that dream com true.

But, how does it all work? How can anyone figure out which music it is based on just a couple of seconds - which often contain ambient and background noise?
Well, it's not easy, and I don't recommend the following link to anyone not wanting to hear things like spectograms, peak intensities, and similar jargon; but if you want to know what "secret" allows Shazam to masterfully recognize nearly any music in existence.... you can read about it here. :)

Google Video Carving

With more and more people watching video in mobile devices, each with its own unique screen resolution and aspect ratio, never has video resizing been so important.

Many years ago, it would suffice to simply "cut off" parts of the image, or adding black bars... but today, Google is testing some more clever ways to do it:  inteligently resizing video using seamcarving.

It's not the first time I've talked about seamcarving applied to video, but the results are always... mesmerizing .

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stylebot for Chrome

If you ever wished you could change the way web sites look in your Chrome browser, Stylebot is the extension you've been looking for.

Besides allowing you to easily play around and develop your site's look, it can also change the CSS for any other site - and it remembers the changes you've made, so it looks exactly like you want it next time you visit the same site.

A video is worth a 1000 words, so... watch the following demo.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Secret Workings of Watches

Today I bring you an educative post regarding the secret inner workings of mechanical watches.

While most people now use digital watches, these amazing pieces of mechanical enginnering never cease to mesmerize anyone gazing into its tiny carefully crafted pieces working together in perfect orchestration.

The following video guides us through how these mechanical watches work, in a larger easy-to-understand scale. (In the end, just imagine how "impossible" it seems to do it in such a way in order to fit all that into a tiny wrist watch!)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Portrait Professional - Easy Photo Retouching

I can't really say I'm a big fan of significantly altered photos (what's the point of retouching a photo to the point of "perfection", when real people are nothing like that?)

However, if done correctly, I won't argue that it can embellish some photos. If you're no Photoshop master but have the need to tweak portraits, you might want to give this Portrait Professional a try.

Basically, it's a simplified photo editing software, that allows you to quickly select the eyes, nose, mouth, face contours, etc. and try out different corrections and effects.

Portrait Professional retouching software - Gavtrain review from Gavin Hoey on Vimeo.

There are some "extreme" examples in their gallery, and I wouldn't suggest you push it that far, but... it does look like a nice tool for even an amateur photographer to master quickly.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Google New

Another one of the 20% projects from Google sees the light of day. (Google encourages everyone to use 20% of their work time developing their own projects and ideas).

With this Google New you can find in a single place all the latest news related to Google.

So, if you want to keep updated in Google novelties, nothing like checking this site first thing in the morning. :)

Digeus System Optimizer 8.2

It's no secret Windows operating system often needs some tuning to get it back in perfect running order.

There are several tools out there, but the Digeus System Optimizer is considered to be one of the best when it comes to prevent system problems and restore your Windows PC into an healthy state.

This bundles comes packed with goodies that allow you to tune your system to perfection. Need to find duplicate files that are using up valuable disk space, or find which files are taking up most space? Need to speed up your computer's  registry that is becoming increasingly (and annoyingly) slower? How about cleaning your system from "forgotten" files left behind by poorly coded uninstallers?

You can do all that and much more with the Digeus System Optimizer.

Here is a list of tools included in suite:
  • Digeus Data Encryptor
  • Digeus Disk Space Analyzer
  • Digeus Drivers and Programs
  • Digeus Duplicate Files Finder
  • Digeus Icon Manager
  • Digeus IE Manager
  • Digeus Junk Files Cleaner
  • Digeus Memory Cleaner
  • Digeus Multimedia Settings Tweaker
  • Digeus Optimization Wizard
  • Digeus Privacy Protection
  • Digeus Process Manager
  • Digeus Registry Cleaner
  • Digeus Registry Defragmenter
  • Digeus Repair System Settings
  • Digeus Service Manager
  • Digeus File Shredder
  • Digeus Smart Uninstaller
  • Digeus Startup Manager
  • Digeus System Customization
  • Digeus System Info
  • Digeus System Security Tweaker
  • Digeus System Speed Optimizer
  • Digeus Unnecessary Files Cleaner

As a special offer, if you try Digeus System Optimizer and talk about it in your blog, Facebook page or Twitter, you can contact with a link to your review and (maybe) be lucky enough to receive a free activation code.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Personal Extreme Submarine - Seabreacher

If you ever wondered how it would be to fly through the water like a dolphin or shark, and even jumping into the air... now you can feel it for real thanks to these amazing personal compact submarines from Seabreacher.

Watch the following video showcasing their most extreme model: the Seabreacher X. And be sure to check their other videos as well.

Let's hope someday this kind of "toys" can be brought down from the current $65-85K to more affordable levels.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Serious Twitter OnMouseOver Exploit

If you're a Twitter user, please stay away from Twitter's website today.

There's a serious javascript vulnerability spreading like wildfire, that makes your browser execute potentially malicious javascript code as soon as you mouse over any link.

Please resist the urge to go see it for yourself - I know I didn't, and as soon as I went there to see what was happening, my browser started opening new windows and "viral" tweets were sent "by me".

Until this issue is cleared by twitter, you can either use a 3rd party Twitter App, or simply disable javascript in your browser.

If you need to logout of your current session, then just head to and click the button.

Graph your Gmail Inbox with GraphYourInbox

If you can't live without Gmail and would like to better visualize some stats about it, you'll definitely want to check this GraphYourInbox extension for Google Chrome browser.

With all the processing being done locally (none of your emails or data is sent elsewhere) the extension graphs and compares any search query you enter into Gmail's search box.
It actually kind of cool to compare how you email to some of your contacts or how important emails are distributed along weeks and months.

This is the kind of thing that I hope Google will implement in Gmail... eventually.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Transparent Samsung LCD

While we wait for full interactive digital windows (like the ones in Iron Man's Tony Stark house) how about seeing what is possible today?

This transparent LCD with touchscreen from Samsung gives us a glimpse of what future windows might be like (it's wrongly titled as being an OLED - but OLEDs being a transmissive technology, it would be hard to explain how they were able to create "black light".)

Although it relies on external light when available, it also has a edge-lit LED system to make sure you can still use it even if it's pitch black "behind it".

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Liquid Nitrogen Hand Dipping

It's no secret everyone has heard of liquid nitrogen one way or another. It regularly shows up in movies (where it's instant freezing capabilities usually turn any bad guy into a frozen popsicle that inevitably breaks into a million pieced), and is also known as being any extreme overclocker's best friend, allowing computer components to run high above their specified speeds (like these RAM wiorking at 3+GHz.).

Hoever, one question jumps to mind: what if one were to dip their hand into liquid nitrogen? Would it instantly freeze solid like in the movies?

Nothing like testing it out...

As you can see, due to the extreme temperature difference between your skin and the liquid nitrogen (196°C/321°F) an insulating layer of nitrogen gas forms- a phenomenon known as the Leiden-frost effect- keeping you safe... for an instant.
It's precisely the same effect that happens when you're walking over burning hot coal or dipping your fingers into molten lead (in this case the temperature difference being the opposite; your skin is the cold element.)

As always do not try this at home!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

FlagFox for Firefox

Want to check, at a glance, what countries you're browsing through?

With FlagFox your Firefox shows you the country flag (just hover your mouse over it if you don't recognize the country) of the server you're acessing.

If you click on it you'll get more detailed info and more accurate geographic location of the server.

Besides looking nice in your browser, it can also be used as a security warning tool - if you're accessing a site you know for sure to be hosted in a particular country, and it suddenly points you to a different place; it's time to be extra cautious.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Jump the Shark" Secret Origins

When screenwriters decided to have Henry Winkler as Fonzie in the now-famous "jump the shark" scene on "Happy Days", little did they know what repercussions it would have decades later.

LA Times has done a great story on it, on how jump the shark came to become the expression we all know and love.

It's quite an interesting read, and you'll find out that the particular episode wasn't actually the "jump the shark" moment for Happy Days. :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Share Your Keyboard and Mouse Across Computers

If you have more than one computer on your desk - be it multiple desktops, latpops, or several of each - you've probable know that you're likely to pick up the wrong keyboard and mouse whenever you want to do something on any of them.

Sure, you can use a KVM switch to control multiple computers with a single keyboad, mouse and monitor; but... if you need to keep each computer screen visible at all times, you need something different - and you can even do it using software alone.

If you're a windows kind of person, you can check this Input Director.
You can use a single keyboard and mouse attached to the "master" computer to control any number of different windows PCs you have around.

If you're not restricted to Windows computers...  Synergy is the best tool around.

Besides allowing you to control Windows, Linux, and Mac alongside each other, Synergy is considered the best keyboard/mouse sharing software around.

Although it was paused for sometime, it has come back and has lots of updates you might want to check out.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

SD Cards to be 3x Faster 2012

Memory Cards don't cease to evolve, and just like Compact Cards once ruled the market, that rank is currently occupied by SD Cards - and nothing like a nice speed bump to keep it that way: SD cards should become 3x faster by 2012.

Current SD cards have a maximum 104MB/s (theoretical) limit, with actual speeds being somewhat (or a lot) slower. With the new SD 4.0 specs, and the extra pins, SD cards should be able to handle up to 300MB/s data transfers.

Guess SD cards are here to stay for the next couple of years. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sniff - The Virtual Interactive CGI Dog

Here's what you can do when you combine a healthy dose of original thinking with the right tools, such as Unity 3D, OpenFrameWorks and Blender.

The result is SNIFF, a CGI virtual dog projected into your window panes, that can interact and respond to human gestures (friendly or otherwise) accordingly.

Sniff from karolina sobecka on Vimeo.

Sniff system from karolina sobecka on Vimeo.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Canon EOS 60D

While we can't get our hand's on a camera with Canon's 20x20cm mega-sensor(!) capable of recording full-frame 60fps video even under low-light conditions, I guess we'll have to settle with the new Canon EOS 60D?

This 18-megapixel camera has a movable 3" high-res screen that allows you to use it in awkward angles, and can record Full HD 1080p video (H.264) with an in-camera video editor. You can also count with ISO 100-6400 modes (and even a 12800 ISO) and shoot up to 58 photos at 5.3fps.

You can check a sample 1080p shot with the 60D here.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

How to Access Gmail Priority Inbox in iPhone and Android

If you want to access your Gmail priority emails in your iPhone or Android (or other mobile devices with Gmail access) here's a nice tip.

You just need to make a search query for:
label:priority in:inbox

You can then create a shortcut to the resulting URL and you'll have instant web access to your priority gmail emails - at least until Google adds a proper Priority Inbox to the mobile web Gmail version.

[via Lifehacker]

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9 Years Ago...

Philips Cinema 21:9 now with 3D and Local Dimming

The Philips Cinema 21:9 os one of the most coveted LCD screens available today, but guess what: the best got even better!

This 21:9 LCD screen grew from 56 to 58", and besides being 3D-ready (you probably already know I'm not "into" that 3D marketing hype) it indeed has something I greatly value - and I don't mean the Ambilight surround light. I'm referring to the local LED dimming technology, which Philips here calls LED PRO.

Now, all I need is to come up with 4000€ so I can stare at it on my own wall...

Friday, September 10, 2010

How to Fix iPhone Black Photo Gallery and Thumbnails

As I eagerly awaited my iPhone upgrade to iOS 4.1 to finish, litttle did I know I was in for a surprise.
Indeed, the ease of device transfers and upgrades are one of Apple's best selling points - and truth be told, it usually runs without a hitch. But unfortunately for me... not this time.

As my iPhone rebooted, everything seemed normal... until I went into the Photo Gallery:

All my photos showed up as black squares with no thumbnails!

After the initial panic, I tried to make some sense of it. The photos were still there, and you could even select them and delete them... but the thumbnails showed up as black.
New photos, on the other hand, showed up fine.

First things first! I immediately copied all the photos and video to a backup drive.

Then, after rebooting the iPhone and trying several iTune syncs - without success - I had to resort to the all-knowing friend we have today: "Dear Google, show me what you know about iPhone black photo galleries with black thumbnails."

As expected, there were indeed lots of similar problems reported by other users, some of those coming back from the pre iOS days, with iPhone OS 3.x missing thumbnail reports, but others mentioning precisely the iOS4.
It was odd... so much reports and Apple did nothing to fix this? I was both angry and curious...

Apparently, photo management during upgrades and device transfers doesn't always work as expected.
The first problems were when Apple decided to change the folder structure of photos and its metada. (Truth be told, when I transfered my 3GS data to my iPhone 4, my video thumbnails went missing and were replaced by a "?" sign.)

As I skimmed through forums and google results, I found that most people simply gave up and opted for the easy way out: copy all the photos to new photo albums and sync it through iTunes.

But I'm not a big fan of iTunes, and losing my 1900 photo roll album wasn't something I would give up easily.

How to fix the black thumbnails photo gallery in iPhone?

After a while I was truly convinced this had to do with the cached thumbnails the iPhone stores somewhere.
Indeed I recalled briefly seeing a "rebuilding photo gallery" screen when I rebooted my iOS4.1 iPhone for the first time... but it was quickly gone.
My theory was: that process was interrupted somehow, and the thumbnails were completely corrupted or non-existent.

So, the question now was: How do I force the iPhone to rebuild the Photo Gallery thumbnails?

Some googling later I came across a forum post mentioning some obscure iPhone filesystem files that might have something to do with it.
On the other hand, most of that talk was related to jailbroken iPhones... How was I to access the iPhone file system to get to those files???

Thankfully, i-FunBox does just that: giving you access to the raw iPhone file system, even without jailbreak.

Inside the \PhotoData folder you'll find 3 files:
  1. Photos.sqlite
  2. PhotosAux.sqlite

Without anything else to lose (I had my photos safely backed up), I promptly deleted all 3 files via i-FunBox...

At first, nothing happened, the Photo Gallery was filled with the same black thumbnails, even after terminating and restarting the process.
But, nothing like a real reboot to make sure...

And presto... The Photo Album rebuilding screen showed up once again, and this time it slowly showed its progress across the screen, as it should.

When completed, my iPhone Photo Gallery and Album was perfect, with all the thumbnails showing up - even the video one that were lost in the migration to the iPhone 4.

As a last note; I find it odd that, with the number of people experiencing this problem (and no one is safe from it, as some people say this happened "without notice" - all it takes is a corrupt thumbnail database) why couldn't they tuck away a photo cache reset button somewhere in the setting menu, just like they have a clear cache option for Safari?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Session Buddy for Chrome

While I spend more and more time using Chrome (and less and less using Firefox) there are still a few things that really annoy me.

Today, I'm pleased to announce that there will be one less from now on, thanks to this Chrome extension: Session Buddy.

While there are a lot of good things about Chrome, managing multiple windows is not really one of them.

Who hasn't lost a few dozen open tabs simply by closing a Chrome Window, and then realizing you had another empty Chrome window floating around unnoticed?
Yes... it will remember that "one"... but all your other precious opened tabs in the "main" window will be lost forever... unless you use Session Buddy.

With Session Buddy you can easily manage multiple sessions (each one comprised of multiple windows/tabs) and never fear losing your tabs again.
You can create your sessions at will (one for work related stuff, one for "fun stuff", one for reference and investigation purposes, one for photo work/sites, etc.) It's up to you.

Highly recommended extension that really should be integrated into Chrome as standard!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Google Instant Search Available NOW

Even before Google presentation started, some of the new stuff has already been discovered.

Take Google Instant, which already live and available:

Google Scribe

In the day Google is about to announce something new, here another interesting Google labs project that can save you precious time: Google Scribe.

You've probably used Google auto-suggestions before.  As you type, Google automagically suggests what you might be searching for. Google scribes takes this to the next level, allowing you to easily use those same suggestions as you write.

Most interesting, thanks to a bookmarklet, you can use Google Scribe in any text field in any web page!

Give it a try; I'm sure you won't regret it.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Show Popular Posts in Blogger

Although you could achieve a similar result using 3rd party tools or other complex techniques, Blogger (in Draft) finally offers some much appreciated new blogger widgets.

The most popular will undoubtedly be the popular posts widget for Blogger:

You just need to select if you want to show the most viewed post from the last 7 days, 30 days, or all time; and select if you want images and text snippets along the post titles:

(I'd suggest the blogger team to add a way to limit the number of popular items.)

The other widget allows you to show the total pageviews in either number, graphic, or mixed format (even with animated effects if you wish)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Kindle 3 Screen vs Kindle 2

Kindle has always been one of the most popular (and well known) eBook reader devices. With the new Kindle 3 on the market, some people might be tempted between getting a new Kindle 3 device, or maybe opt for a second hand older Kindle.

Here are some photos that show the eInk screen of the new generation Kindle next to its older sibling. Although not earth-shattering, the Kindle 3 eInk display does offer slightly enhanced contrast which will make it easier and more pleasing to the eyes to read.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Google SketchUp 8

Google's 3D modeling program we've all grown to enjoy and love in the past few years is better than ever with its latest version. SketchUp 8 is ready to rumble and it brings some interesting new features you won't want to miss.

There were a lot of improvements in geo-modeling in SketchUp and some of the thing even rubbed on to other Google products: Building Maker can now use Streetview images.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Multitouch Multi-Robot Control

Here's a very interesting project showing how to control mutiple robots using a multitouch Surface.

Basically, and although it's demoed using virtual robots (though you can see it working with a real robot in the second video) this system allows you to control a number of units just like you do in many RTS (Real Time Strategy) games.

Just pick the units you want and tell them where you want them to go, either by drawing its paths or touching their destination point.

Check it in action in the following videos.

iOS 4.1 Available Sept 8

The new iOS 4.1 was promised for next week, and it now gets its first seemingly official launch date on Apple's UK website: September 8th, next Wednesday.

Besides all the expected bug fixes that will hopefully make it as rock solid as it was in its previous iOS4 versions, this iOS 4.1 will also bring:

  • HDR Photos (High Dynamic Range)
  • HD video upload via WiFi
  • TV Shows rentals
  • Game Center

Friday, September 3, 2010

Google Calendar Finds Time for You

If you use Google Calendar to manage your schedule, you've probably noticed some changes in the past couple of days. Change is always a bit awkward for those used to the "old" interface, but one expects things to improve with each update, and this one makes it easier to schedule events.

Recurring events now have their own creation pane:

And finding free time for an event gets better than ever with "Find Time"

You can even see your friends and co-workers schedules (if they gave you permission) in order to find the perfect time to place an event.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Apple Event: New iPods, iTunes, iOS, Apple TV

Looks like I was very lucky. This was my first Apple event (thanks Apple, for taking me to London to attend) and it was filled with lots of new stuff. (Ok, it might not have been as hyped as a new iPhone or iPad launch, but it was filled with lots of different new - and that's great. :)

The event was streamed live by Apple  - some say as a test to their new server farm, maybe to try out how streaming millions of rented HD movies and TV series will be. Unfortunately, while it stands behind web standards when battling Flash, their video stream has available only to Apple customers, requiring you had Safari, or an iPhone/iPad.

Apple Stores around the World

Steve Jobs showed up on stage and - after a well deserved public greeting to Wozniak - started talking about their latest Apple Stores around the world - Paris, Shangai and London are now home to some incredible stores that turn Apple into a "different" brand.

Soon Spain will also have one Apple Store... but unfortunately there are no (known) plans of ever getting an official Apple store in Portugal.

iOS Devices

With over 120 million devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads) and 230 thousand new devices being activated every day, the iOS platform is an obvious success. It is almost surreal to think how things were in the pre-iPhone era; where a "touch-only" based device seemed an impossible trick to pull.
Steve even joked about Android daily activation numbers were not only "new" devices, but counted updates as well - but Google has already set that straight.)

iOS 4.1

The first great annoucement: the much awaited iOS 4.1 update is coming next week. I've never been pleased with iOS4.0 regarding "stability", and I was pleased to hear this version comes with lots of bug fixes (proximity sensor, bluetooth, working on iPhone 3G, etc) and also has a few new tricks as well.
  • HDR Photos (High Dynamic Range)
  • HD Video upload via WiFi
  • TV Shows rentals
  • Game Center
The most noticeable are the HDR photos. While you already had some Apps that did this, starting next week you'll have this as standard in your iPhone 4. Basically, it takes several photos, with different exposures...

... and it merges it all together to create a new photo where you can see details in both extremely lightes and shadowed areas.

As for the game center, it makes the iOS platform even more attractive to game developers - Nintendo said they didn't care about the iPhone as a game machine... they'll soon be regretting having said that.

Epic came on stage to show off an Unreal Engine demo running on the iPhone... and it looks amazing:

You can check it out yourself: Epic Citadel.

But, in November comes...

iOS 4.2

Yes, soon after the iOS 4.1, the iOS 4.2 will bring all that to the iPad (and more.)

Printing, AirPlay and everything you already have on the iPhone will be available for the iPad - at last!
Just have to wait a little bit longer...

New iPods

The entire iPod range was updated.

New iPod Shuffle
Small as ever, with easy to use buttons, playlists, genius, and VoiceOver; and costs $49.

New iPod Nano

The one I liked the most: the new iPod Nano.

Smaller than ever, the new Nano ditches the clickwheel and gains a small multitouch screen.

It looks like a Nano iPhone interface, and you can even rotate it with two fingers.

New iPod Touch

You get what you hoped for: A4 CPU, Retina Display, dual cameras, gyroscope, etc.
Only the "look" stays the same - but thinner.

New iTunes 10

iTunes gets to version 10 and now has Ping.

Ping is a Twitter-like/Facebook-ish kind of social network oriented to music and iTunes contents. You can easily share and track what your friend and favorites artists are doing - and vice-versa.

With over 160 million iTunes users out there, Apple expects this to be an instant hit, and I'm sure they're right - although I'm not really an iTunes-fans.
For me, I'd rather see Apple offering a iTunes-in-the-web service, that would allow me to completely forget about installing and syncing my iPhone at home.

New Apple TV

Not so great for us here in Portugal (as we don't have access to these iTunes rental) but great for everyone in a supported country, here's the new Apple TV.

1/4 the size of the old one, the new Apple TV is no longer a "computer" but more like a HD Media Player. It has no local storage and is better suited to stream content from either your local network, YouTube, NetFlix, or - more importantly - the new low cost iTunes rentals.

Forget about buying... renting is the new "buy" - at least as far as Apple is concerned.

Maybe due to its A4 CPU, or mabye for streaming bandwidth reasons, the new Apple TV only outputs 720p (and not Full HD 1080p.)

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Final Thanks

I want to thank Apple once again for the short but lovely stay I had in London.

(Yep, that was my room view... Apple really knows how to treat us! :)

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