iPod classic stock dwindling at Apple

A few news outlets have also speculated on the meaning of Samsung’s announcement of their newest, largest capacity 1.8 inch HDD. Now some enterprising tech news hounds have discovered that the supply off the iPod Classic is ‘constrained’ through bigger outlets like Amazon.com though the Apple Store online seems to still be showing supplies of the gray colored option. Which all leads to the question what gives?

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Toshiba rolls out 220GB-Could the iPod Classic see a refresh?

I still think the iPod Classic is a very useful product. A lot of fanbois of the iPhone/Touch persuasion will demand Apple drop the Classic like a hot potato and go without spinning hard drives one and for all time. I say bring on the HDDs. It’s useful technology and still holds more files for less money even as Flash memory prices come down and volume production ramps up.

Angelbird to Bring PCIe SSD on the Cheap and Iomega has a USB 3 external SSD

Some announcements last week from a company named Angelbird and the old stalwart Iomega. SSDs are the storage technology du jour and everyone wants to differentiate their offerings especially as more and more flash chips become more and more alike in speed and performance (3 manufacturers now are all neck in neck in terms of feature size). I’m really interested in PCI Express based SSD cards as they bypass the SATA disk drive interface on the motherboard. Which should give you better performance in the long run. So what to Angelbird and Iomega have on tap?

Blog U.: Augmented Reality and the Layar Reality Browser

Augmented Reality is different from virtual reality in the way that digital information is combined with the real world you see, feel and walk inside. It can be hand when you’re trying to find a location on foot, but it can also give you extra information when you are curious about a Point of Interest that pops up within the camera view of the street, building, or space in front of you. These data points have to be created though, and without the authors there’s very little Augmentation going on. I can imagine some black holes in some areas as most people depend on Google searches providing information about a Point of Interest. But it’s early days, and there’s a lot of stuff to discover on your own. Check out Layar for the iPhone or Droid.

Seagate unveils first-ever 3TB external drive | Electronista

Every few months it seems a HDD manufacturer has to release a new product that is faster or more dense than currently shipping products. As the war of the densities has been waged we marveled at each new generation of outlandishly large hard drives. And companies once dominant took a back seat. Seagate’s fortunes have waxed and waned, Western Digital just one year ago ruled the roost with it’s external USB HDDs. Now Seagate is trying to re-capture mindshare by releasing new products before its competitors do. Witness now the spinning disk drive density king (for the moment).

Apple admits to eating ‘iPad chip designer’ • The Register

Last week Apple’s secret purchase of th ARM chip designer, Intrinisity came out. All indications are A4 is a pre-existing project titled Hummingird which was a Samsung/Intrinsity project to create a cell phone CPU. If A4 is the Hummingbird or very much like it, little wonder then that it is so efficient with the battery, does this mean A4 could show up in an Apple iPhone?

Genius Inventor Alan Kay Reveals All then gets stiffed by the App Store

After the release of the iPad, Tom’s Hardware posted an article By Wolfgang Gruener about the History of Computing as it relates to the iPad. We get to meet Alan Kay the Computer Scientist who proposed the “Dynabook” an intellectual predecessor to the iPad. Alan Kay and Steve Jobs are friends in fact and get along very well. Until last week that is when a big problem occurred when another invention of Alan Kay’s the Squeak programming language ran into the Apple App Store. How did this happen? Read On