Posts tagged 2010
In just a few hours a new year will begin. Hopefully a year just as good as 2010, or maybe even better. Personally I have a lot stuff to look forward to myself and I’m sure you have too!
Other than that, I guess, I would like to wish you a great new year, and thank you if you’ve been kind enough to just read a few of my posts!
Which gadgets, software and stuff can us geeks look forward to in 2011? I’ve made list of 4 things I am excited about:
Nintendo 3DS (e3.nintendo.com/3ds)
You’ve probably already heard about it, Nintendo 3DS is the next portable console from Nintendo. It has two screens just like the previous DSi but this time one of them can show 3D without the user needs to wear special glasses or anything.
There are lots of upcoming games for this console too, including Mario Kart and Animal Crossing.
New iPhone, iPods, iPad and Macs (apple.com)
Like every year there’ll of course be new Apple products too. A new iPad, new iPods, new MacBooks and so on. The next iPad will probably be the first product to be introduced in just a few weeks.
They’ll also release their new OS X Lion operating system next year.
Mac App Store (apple.com/mac/app-store)
Also something from Apple. The online store for applications, we know from the iPhone, is coming to the Mac.
This is something I am very excited about! It’s going to be released for everyone with the newest OS X Snow Leopard operating system. It’s coming Janary 6th.
Chrome OS notebooks (google.com/chromeos)
Last year Google announced their new operating system based on their Chrome-browser. It’s mostly for people using the surfing the web since it’s bascially… a web browser.
2011 will be the year when we’ll get to see lots of new shiny notebooks running this operating system.
There is probably more cool stuff to be relased next year. What are YOU excited about?
I got the Magic Mouse as a Christmas present for my MacBook Pro. It’s the newest mouse from Apple, which is currently shipping with the iMac and can be bought for 69$ (US price).
After using it as my primary mouse for some days, here’s my review.
There’s not much to say about the design of this mouse – it’s gorgeous! Definitely the most beautiful mouse I have ever seen. As simple as a mouse could possible be.
And because this mouse only works on Macs, you won’t need a stupid USB receiver, it just connects using Bluetooth.
So what’s special about this thing? It’s a multi-touch mouse! The whole top surface, except for the part under the Apple logo, is like a touch screen. The top surface also works as one giant button to click, just like on the MacBook trackpads.
The mouse itself is a little heavy but it makes it feel more solid, which I like.
As you can see, the bottom of the mouse is made aluminum. It looks very nice as well.
The mouse has several touch gestures, including scrolling with one finger and going forward and back with two fingers. This video shows the basics.
The most important thing is of course how it is to use. Personally I think it’s really good! All of the touch gestures works very well without problems. It also works decent on all kinds of surfaces, but the rubber feet can be a bit noisy sometimes, for example when using it on a wooden surface. I’ve been using on a mouse mat myself.
The mouse is very slick and low-profile and you can’t just lay your hand on it like other mice. Instead you should try to grip it at the sides with your pinky and thumb. Like my hand on this picture.
Because of that it takes quite some time to get used to, and is not as comfortable as other mice where you can just rest your hand.
I can imagine this is especially a problem for people with big hands, but I think it’s fine myself.
The only problem I’ve had, is the tracking in Mac OS X. The cursor moves pretty slowly in the highest tracking speed compared to Windows and the mouse acceleration can be a bit annoying. However, after some days of use, I’ve gotten used to it.
As many other mice out there, the Magic Mouse uses batteries. Two AA batteries were already included when I got it!
I haven’t been testing this mouse long enough to change them, but after 3 days of heavy use there still 93% of power left. I think that’s pretty decent and definitely better than other wireless mice I’ve used.
Changing the batteries is very easy. The only thing to do is to remove the little piece of aluminum as shown on the picture.
So overall, the mouse does live up to its name for the most part. I think, after getting used to it, it’s a great mouse for everyday use. The touch gestures works flawlessly and the mouse is really beautiful.
At a price of 69$ it is pretty expensive, but I think it’s worth it. However, if you’re a hardcore gamer or something else, then this mouse it not for you.
If you want more functionality instead of the standard gestures and fix the slow tracking speed, you can download a little application called MagicPrefs.
I just saw #2010memories was a trending topic on Twitter, so I thought it would be a great idea to write some of my own 2010 memories:
- A couple of movies, including the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Toy Story 3
- When Apple introduced some of their products like the iPad and iPhone 4
- When the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was released
- A few games, including WoW: Cataclysm and Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Meeting some new friends and having lots of fun with my family
And probably lots of more stuff, this was just what I could come up with. What do you remember from 2010?
Finally, I’ve been waiting for this all day, but that’s just because I’m crazy. The new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is now out! Watch it right here, enjoy!
It’s called Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and it will be released in cinemas next year.
Yesterday Google held a live webcast about their browser Chrome. They talked about how Chrome will envolve in the future, and they also showed of a couple of new features, including PDF viewer and their awesome web store, which is now open for users to use here.
They also talked about their new operating system, Chrome OS, which is based on the browser. When it ships, according to Google, it will be the most secure operating system that has ever been shipped. The computers that are going to run it it, will only run Chrome OS and not other operating systems, so they are targeted at people who use most of their time on the web.
The webcast is now on YouTube in 4 parts, here’s part 1:
If you’re using Chrome yourself you should definitely watch this, and if you’re not I think you should atleast try Chrome. Personally I think it’s a great browser and it has been my default browser for more than a year now.
When I was looking around at the websites I usually visit often I found this awesome video today. It’s Entertainment Tonight who have visited the sets while they were recording the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which officially ended on November 19.
What are your holiday wishes this year? Personally I’m not really sure, but it’ll probably be a few movies, some gadgets and maybe some new Apple stuff. I don’t know yet, but hopefully it’ll be good!
I am also looking very much forward to the 13th. At that day Disney will publish the first trailer for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which I’ve been looking forward to for about a year now!
Oh, and by the way. I know you haven’t seen anything new here for a long time, but that’s because I’ve been busy with lots and lots of homework and school. I’ll try to get some things done soon, including posts and maybe some new colors.
Thanks for your interest and patience.