Ep 36 of 2010
September 6, 2010
Whoever said a week was a long time in politics had no idea the same philosophy applies to technology. Since the last Tech Talk Radio aired, Apple have revamped some of the flagship products including a new line of iPods, Apple TV, and a launched a new music-oriented social network called Ping. In the same week Samsung released what it believes will be an iPad killer with their new Galaxy Tablet. Something that for all intent and purpose looks, and feels like an iPad and even uses the same peripherals as an iPad – something which will no doubt have the Cupertino legal fraternity enrolling their neighbors kids at elite colleges in California. Apple also touted two upcoming revisions to its iOS mobile operating system.
These updates offer a fairly detailed picture of Apple's short-term mobile strategy: Extend its strength in features such as multitasking and multi touch, to devices beyond the iPhone. Apple TV and Ping also hint at Apple's interests in both cloud-based services and social connectivity. Also, these advances place Apple in fiercer competition against Google, which is developing Google TV; Microsoft, which plans on launching its own consumer-oriented mobile platform, Windows Phone 7; and Facebook, which might take issue with Apple starting a social network, music-centric or not.
Ping, Apples latest offering in iTunes, is a social network for music. Using terms and processes which Twitter users will be more than familiar with, Apple’s Ping lets you follow your favorite musos or band. Yes, that’s right, you can now follow Lady Ga Ga and keep up to date with her every move. Just what listeners of Tech Talk Radio would want – right? Ping is built into the iTunes app on iPhone and iPod touch. So you can see artist updates from anywhere.
The new iPod has many new features and has been made very much like the new iPhone 4. These new features will allow gaming like never before, video calls, improved speed and power, and a breathtaking display. The Touch has finally adapted the HD display that has been on the iPhone. It has multiplied the number of pixels on the screen by 4 as compared to the last generation of iPod Touches which is now more than the eye can even see!
Facetime is an application for the Touch and iPhone that makes video calls possible on both iGadgets. This is probably the most awaited feature on the new iPod Touch as it allows you to make video calls over wifi. It also has two cameras. One in the front, so you can talk face to face with someone, and one in the back, so they can see exactly what you are looking at.
The new iPod touch now supports High Definition video recording! Well 720p anyway. It also lets you can edit them too. The iPod comes with basic editing software and you can buy the iMovie app for only $4.99 in the Apple App Store. You can also take point and shoot pictures with your new iPod Touch.
So it seems the new iGadgets are coming of age, with new gaming features, a faster processor, and even folders to stick your stuff in, all Apple has to do now is think outside the square.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
- There’s a new range of iGadgets, iPad clones and mobile devices set to tantalize you this Christmas but Adam Turner warns of one you may just want to think twice about.
- Jeff Alexander from Microsoft Australia joins the panel to talk about Windows 7, Home Server, and Microsoft's new gaming console Kinect which ill be out this summer holidays also
- Samsung launch the Galaxy Tablet!