Hey all! Once a week, I'll take you on a trip through the Digital Valley, shedding light on the latest tech news for all the gay geeks out there. Concise, snarky, and full of shiny new gadgets to drool over and impress your friends. Trying to date a geek, but can't understand a word he says? This helpful weekend round-up will get you in his/her pants faster than you can say "Large Hadron Collider." You ready? Strap-on, and lets go nerdin'!
Apple: Facelifts all around!
Apple recently updated nearly their entire product line, out of the blue and without warning. Whats new? For starters, the iMacs got a boost, and lost a little bit of bulk as well. The result looks more like a fancy display than a computer, but behind the screen lies a whallop of power. A new 27-inch model, powered by a 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (read:fast), with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics (read:faster), and the possibility to add a blistering 16GB of ram (read:virgin fast). All that sexy desk power starts at $1,199.00 for the 21.5".
But wait, there's more! Apple also updated the previously ill-fated Mac Mini, and now this little halt pint Mac can run with the best of them. A 2.26GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo, ram expandable to 4GB, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics brings the Mac Mini back into the fold. The fun starts at $599. If yer really a gay geek, Apple finally listened to the hacker community and released a Mac Mini Server, replacing the SuperDrive to double the storage to 1TB, and comes pre-installed with Snow Leopard Server. That little powerhouse server costs a reasonable $999.
If that wasn't enough, Apple decided we needed a new mouse too. Apple users are familiar with the pebble shaped mighty mouse, but that has been stripped of its "Mighty" title, replaced by the aptly named "Magic Mouse." What's so magic? nothing really, but the top two-thirds of the mouse has a capactive multitouch surface, allowing you to click, swipe, and scroll, just like on a trackpad. The reviews are positive, and this sexy little feat of genius costs just $69 (giggle).
Google Android: the phones of the future are here today
While blog daddy Jerame and I have constant iPhone/Android fights, pretty soon he's going to have to eat his words. It's been a little over a year since the first Android powered phone launched; the G1 was admittedly ugly and underpowered, but a steady stream of refinements,(free) updates, and new devices have helped Android to be a serious contender in the smartphone world.
Have you seen that iDont commercial? Have no idea what its about? Watch it below and I'll tell you what a Droid is.
The Motorola Droid could save the world... alright, I'm kidding. However, Droid is Motorola's Hail Mary; no one wants a shitty Razr phone anymore and Motorola's cellphone division has been hemorrhaging money of late. The good news is that the Droid is a powerful device, fun to use, and will be available for sale November 6th, for $199 on a two year contract on Verizon. Specs include Android 2.0 software, 5MP camera with LED flash and 24fps video recording at 720x480, POP3/IMAP email access with Exchange support, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS (not Verizon's Navigator BS), webkit (like the iPhone) browser with HTML5 and Flash10 support (flash will come out shortly after the phone launches, if not at launch) all wrapped up into a sexy metal CDMA phone with a 3.7" capacitive multitouch screen. We all know Verizon can rape a customer into wallet submission, but this handy comparison chart from Billshrink shows it matches up quite nicely to the iPhone 3GS...
All-in-all, Android is now a serious competitor in the smartphone world. There are over 50 devices rumored/confirmed/available, and in 2010 you are going to see a whole lot more of Android. Give one a try, you just might like it.
I hope you liked your first weekly Gay Geeks Tech Round-Up, I'd love some feedback as to what you liked, as well as what kind of stuff you'd like us to cover. Cheers, and happy Nerdin'!