Specifications of Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 15″
Mr Cat noticed this morning that Mr Apple was showing off their brand new iPad – which looks like it is really just an iPhone with a bigger screen – although you sure as hell will look ridiculous with that thing stuck to your ear making a call.
There were millions of opinions out there today, however I stumbled on this hilarious little video on YouTube today on the new device:
Unfortunately Mad-TV has disabled embedding on this clip, so you have no choice by to watch it on YouTube. It is still worth while.
I have been uploading a lot of video to our non-profit YouTube channel at work, and it has been excruciatingly slow going, primarily because my Shaw cable, high-speed Internet service (which gives me 12Mbps down according to most speed tests), only yields around 512kbps upload…
Why does Shaw restrict the upload channel to such a paltry size, with such relatively large download speed?
Having said all this, I have no idea what Telus and the like limit their upload channels to, so 512kbps may be common.
Good news in my inbox this morning from one of my friends: iPhone 3G/S will be launched on Telus in November! Seems these rumours have been flying around for a while, but I found a press-release confirming that Telus had indeed signed an agreement with Apple to supply the iPhone. This is pretty significant news, as the iPhone is only available in a GSM/HSPA version and not a CDMA version, thus Telus are using it as a launch device on their brand new HSPA network, and therefore not only will this be a competitive source for the iPhone in Canada, but it will also mark the beginning of an alternate choice as for a GSM/UMTS network in Canada.
Seems that Telus (and BCE) have indeed silently been deploying an HSPA network, and the launch device will be the new iPhone 3GS! Finally, competition to Rogers in the market, some choice will be great for the Canadian mobile consumer (and I am sure Telus will find their bottom line boosted through a slice of those roaming charges that Rogers have been getting from European operators – in fact, I would not be surprised if the slice is big enough to pay for their investment in the HSPA/LTE network).
Now is an ideal time to be rolling out access to this network, as having it available in time for the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 when thousands of international travellers will decend on Canada and Vancouver, will prove highly lucrative to Telus in terms of roaming fees that they will be getting.
Ultimately, this is really good news for us Canadians, as finally we will have real competition in the market, and at the same time we will start to get access to decent devices (this iPhone is just the first).
You can register your interest in the iPhone with Telus at http://telusmobility.com/iphone (just pick your province and you will be taken to a registration form).
I am pretty sure that this is the face of things to come, and that soon we will be getting more and more HSPA devices on the Telus network. I would love to know what Telus’ plans are with their Qualcom CDMA network?
Today, on the BlackBerry blog, I noticed that V1.0 of the BlackBerry Desktop for OSX is now just around the corner. Since I am both a Mac enthusiast, and someone who thinks that BlackBerry is something without which human life will cease (thus solving global warming instantly), I have been eagerly keeping watch for news on this piece of software since I first read about it on RIM’s blog back in July, with it’s enviable list of features, including the ability to Sync your iTunes® playlists, calendars, contacts, notes and tasks — features that had ’till now only been available in the Windows version of Desktop Manager.
Today (September 23rd), I noticed that RIM have written another update about their new OSX version of BlackBerry Desktop, this time using the phrase “around the corner”, which I take to mean imminent as the expected release date, however this new post gives a glimpse to this version of the software, and it looks awesome.
A feature that I will find useful, is the ability to sync with multiple computers, which although slower is something I would use all the time, given that I have computers both at home and work. I am also pleased by the way it will allow me to select to sync with either my Bold’s internal storage or with the flash-card that I have in the device. Then, something RIM have included that struck me as such an obvious feature, yet not even Itunes® has it, is the ability to delete all music that you have synchronized with BlackBerry Desktop Manager to the device. For a flash-based device, this allows you to quickly cycle through parts of your music collection. A feature that would be very useful in Itunes to those who own iPod Nanos.
Let’s hope that we will soon be able to get this great application and make our favourite handheld work with our favourite operating system.