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iTouch vs iPad

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Lately I have heard people referring to the iPad as a giant iTouch,

Below I have added a chart to show some of the hardware comparisons.

Apple has made a great new CPU for the iPad that runs at a great 1ghz witch is great, I believe that Apple shouldn't bother introducing iOS 4 to the iPad because not only would it slow the fast new A4 processor down but in my opinion the multitasking feature would just run poorly on it.

The iPad quality can not be compared to a iTouch, But that's my opinion but I would love to hear yours.

You can’t compare the screen quality and fun you can have on the iPad to anything else that includes the iTouch, You wont understand until you actually use this device.


 

 

iTouch

iPad

OS

- iOS 3.1.1 or OS 4

- iOS 3.2 (build 7B367)

Memory

- Flash memory - 8, 16 and 32 GB

- Flash memory - 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB

CPU

- 3rd generation: ARM Cortex-A8 833 MHz (under clocked to 600 MHz)

- 1 GHz Apple A4

GPU

– Power VR SGX

 

- Power VR SGX 535

 

Battery

- Lithium-ion battery = Audio - 30 hours, Video - 6 hours

- Lithium-polymer battery = Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on

Wi-Fi,

Watching video, or listening to music

RAM

- 256 MB DRAM

- 256 MB DRAM built into Apple A4 package

(top package of PoP contains two

128 MB dies)

Connectivity

- Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 2.1

- Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 2.1

- Wi-Fi + 3G model also includes:

A-GPS, micro-SIM slot, Quad-band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz

GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band UMTS 850 1900 2100 MHz HSDPA

 


 

 

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HOW FAR HAS MACINTOSH COME?

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The first Macintosh was introduced January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs was only 29 then but now at age 55 Jobs has seen 28 years of success.

Macintosh went from the Lisa (never released) to the revolution of the iPad, A lot of people have the opinion that the Ipad is just a giant iPod Touch but it’s defiantly not there is similarity’s but the iPod Touch no way adds up to the technology contained in the sleek thin piece of 9.7” glass.

Macintosh wanted to put something small but powerful to manage the task of processing all the data an app could throw at it, they did this by introducing the A4 processor at 1ghz it is powerful enough even with just 215m of Ram to run OS3.1 the current OS and it will be powerful enough to power the new OS4 to come this fall.

So where did the i start?

The i has been around for 12 years it began with the iMac in 1998 now the I is etched into the most popular item in any persons portable devices the IPod.

Macintosh were always lagging back behind Microsoft though the one thing Microsoft never thought of was the revolution of the iPod they didn’t think of it in 2001 they still haven’t thought of anything better in 2010, Nine years on Microsoft is being beaten at the one thing they used to have, A dream.

Don’t get me wrong Microsoft has a great operating system, they have also come along way but they haven’t managed to get there devices into hundreds of thousands likely even millions of people’s pockets, yes they have Windows Mobile but they don’t have iOS the best OS for portable devices.

People forget the fact that Microsoft and Apple have worked together for generations, Microsoft went in the path of software so no doubt Apple has ties with Microsoft programmers to create great applications yes Apple have there own apps such as iworks, ipaint and so on but Without Microsoft OSX would be long off probably wouldn’t even be designed.

In 28 years Macintosh has released almost 200 personal computers that includes laptops it all went from the Lisa2 to the Macbook the technology has considerable changes not just in hardware but the operating system OSX is the best UNIX based system ever released by Macintosh though Windows 7 still is the most successful operating system to date.

Macintosh is destined to go further than ever with portable technology though in my opinion Microsoft will continue to produce great operating systems but I believe one day if Macintosh keeps there innovative dreams just maybe they will take over the future of technology though saying this there is connections both with Microsoft and Macintosh so I believe the key is not to compete with each other but to form a closer connection than ever a partnership, A new brand.



DVR Do It On The Cheap

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Got and old PC lying around why not turn it into a DRV (digital video recorder), you don’t need to go out and buy a TIVO or an expensive DVR all you need is an old computer with some decent hard drive space, a digital TV tuner and most importantly an operating system.

So you don’t have the money for Windows 7 or Vista so you cant use Windows Media Centre so what now well don’t panic there is a Linux solution there is many Media Centre based OS’s including GeeXbox and my personal favourite XBMC (Xbox Media Centre).

In the past few years XBMC has pushed away from developing the popular Xbox Homebrew application to working on its own Linux media centre and it’s great I tested it by booting it from a 1GB USB drive and it ran great.

So to the basics what is a Digital Video Recorder it’s exactly what it’s called it records digital video instead of recording to a DVD or VCR it records to a hard drive it can also work like a TIVO so say you want to record your favourite show for me that would probably be The Big Bang Theory so I would type in the shows name and set it to record every episode of The Big Bang Theory to the hard drive, another benefit it you can pause and rewind live TV.

It is so easy to set up get your self an old computer with reasonable specs, at least 1GB Ram (you may get away with 512MB), then you want a decent hard drive to store all your movies and TV shows you can get a 1TB SATA for about $100 dollars, then you need a tuner card you can pick one up on eBay for as little as $10 but don’t be too money tight on that as you want to record in great quality so go for more the $40 and up depending on how much you want to spend, now graphics card you can use the inbuilt GPU but I recommend purchasing a higher quality card, now if you don’t have an internet connection near your TV I would also recommend a wifi card also cheap on eBay so you can stream your media from the media centre to your other computer or you may want to watch some YouTube, there’s not much else I’m not going to recommend a Motherboard or Power Supply because if your going to do a project like this your going to know the basics anyway.

So for a few hundred dollars or even less you can have a great DVR.

Check out these sources to learn more:

http://makezine.com/extras/4.html

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Media-Center-even-the-wife-will-like-and-use/

http://www.snapstream.com/products/beyondtv/

Thanks for reading,

Lance Burrows