Macworld 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

We kicked off the week with our yearly visit to Macworld, finding a slightly subdued show floor but plenty of excitement about Apple's final keynote address at the conference.  Anticipation was high, with several new products expected to launch; instead, however, the only hardware news was a 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro.  No Mac mini update, no iPhone nano, no new iMac, and certainly no new iTouch tablet.  Phil Schiller attempted to channel some Jobsian enthusiasm over iLife '09 and iWork '09, which are certainly adept pieces of software, and the price changes for iTunes could shake up the download world a little, but it wasn't the "going out with a bang" for Macworld that many expected.

After that, it was CES 2009, and the SlashGear team decamped to Las Vegas to cover the best-known consumer electronics show on the calendar.  The impact of the recession has certainly made its mark on CES, with what looked to be a lower attendee turnout and several booth cancellations.  Headline gadgets were also fewer and further between, though there were still a few notable announcements.

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iTunes gets a few changes for the better

iTunes gets a few changes for the better

The last bit of news Phil had for us before stepping off the stage was opened with the famous “One last thing….” line.  This news is about iTunes oddly enough. To date Apple has sold 6 million songs through iTunes and is now the largest media library with 75 million accounts.

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iLife 09 announced with the addition of three new ‘Events’

iLife 09 announced with the addition of three new ‘Events’

Today at the last MacWorld expo Phil Schiller started off with details on the newest installment of iLive, iLive 09. The first portion that was announced is the addition of more “events” in iPhoto such as Faces. This feature uses face recognition to identify people in photos and then pick that particular person out of photos in your album. You can also create an auto-corkboard of people in which you can then tag people to identify who they are. From there you can confirm the different people that Faces finds for you.

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SlashGear Apple Macworld Keynote 2009 Liveblog started!

SlashGear Apple Macworld Keynote 2009 Liveblog started!

It's Tuesday morning, it's almost 9am PST, and that can only mean one thing: the SlashGear Macworld 2009 Apple Keynote Liveblog is about to begin.  We're already at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, waiting to go in; there's no Steve Jobs this time, but that hasn't reduced attendance with a big queue of journalists.  You can follow all the news at the SlashGear Liveblog: http://live.slashgear.com/

Steve Jobs sitting out Macworld due to hormone imbalance

Steve Jobs sitting out Macworld due to hormone imbalance

Now we've done it! All of the media speculation and constant comments about Steve Jobs' gaunt appearance in recent months has pushed him to talk about what's been ailing him. Here's a hint: he's not dying.

Despite what many people have seemed to think, Jobs' is not on his deathbed or anything of the like. In fact, the Apple CEO has taken to the web and sent out a letter to the Apple Community in order to clear up the rumors and to hopefully let people focus on Apple products tomorrow at Macworld and not his health.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 1 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 1 2009

We kicked off the week with a review of HP's MediaSmart EX487 Home Server, but after that brief dalliance with Microsoft it was Apple that caught most of the headlines.  Much of it is rumor, of course, about what will launch at Macworld next week - A new unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro with integrated battery?  A new Mac mini?  An iPod touch HD tablet? - but the Dev Team gave us something more concrete with the release of yellowsn0w.  If you've been waiting to unlock your iPhone 3G, now's your chance.

17-inch Unibody MacBook Pro with fixed high-capacity battery at Macworld?

17-inch Unibody MacBook Pro with fixed high-capacity battery at Macworld?

It'll come as no great surprise when Apple update their largest MacBook Pro, the 17-inch version, with a new unibody design similar to last year's 15-inch refresh; however, according to the latest rumors, what will be a surprise is the new 17-inch Pro's power options.  9to5mac claim that their Asian manufacturing sources are talking about a new, higher-capacity and super-slim battery for the big Pro, the downside of which will be that it's non-user-removable.

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