Apple Event Wrap-Up

After each major event, MacRumors provides a wrapup of rumors to reveal the sources of the most accurate (or inaccurate) information.

On September 5th, Apple held a media event which introduced a number of new products and services. These included the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, WiFi iTunes, iTunes with Ringtone Support, Apple/Starbucks Partnership, 8GB iPhone Price Drop.

While watching the keynote, what was striking was how many of the rumors surrouding the event were true. Our Rumor Roundup touched on many of the announcements with reasonable accuracy.

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Review: New iMac’s and keyboards

Since I went to the Apple Store today, and spent over an hour using the new iMac’s and keyboards, I think it is time for a review! Lets start with the new iMac’s.

The latest iteration of the Apple iMac ($1,499 direct, $1,649 with 1GB of RAM) comfortably straddles the worlds of consumer and business. It’s the fourth generation of the popular system, if you count the first as the CRT G3 iMacs, the second as the “Luxo-style” iMac G4, and the third as the white plastic iMac G5 and Intel systems. Though the last white iMac was marketed as the “consumer Mac” (the Mac Pro was the “professional Mac”), the latest iMac doesn’t fall into the pigeonholes of “business” or “consumer.” Its aluminum and black appearance can work in the home, next to your iPhone, or in the office next to your Aeron chair. With its Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows compatibility, it is certainly the “computer for the rest of us,” making good on the promises put forth in the original “1984” Macintosh ads.

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Review: RssReader

Last week I downloaded an RSS Reader called RssReader. The name basically says it all. You go to the webiste, and download either the .zip file or an .exe file. I chose the .exe file and it worked. I don’t know about the .zip file, but everything works for me. Once you install, the fun begins!

You need to manually add all your RSS Feeds by clicking on the “Add” button. You can also add a group by clicking on the “Group” button. So far I have 4 groups: Apple Sites, Blogs, Podcasts, and Tech News. That way it is very organized, and I know were everything is!

As you know by my Mozilla Thunderbird Review, Thunderbird has its own RSS Feed catcher, so it was easier to know what feeds I wanted. The only think I don’t like about RssReader 1.0.88.0 is that I can’t important all the feeds in Thunderbird. It only took me 20 minutes to import about 30 Feeds, and I knew most of the feed links.

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