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Apple World Wide Developer Conference BadgeUnless you live under a rock, then you probably heard that Apple Inc. announced the details of it’s next iPhone product, the iPhone 3Gs. Those details and others were announced today at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address. In addition to the iPhone news, Apple also talked about the new features in it’s next operating system release, dubbed “Snow Leopard,” the details of the new iPhone operating system and the benefits to iPhone application developers, and finally some new news of laptop upgrades and price cuts.

While I sadly wasn’t at the event live in person, like many people I watched several live streaming feds on popular sites like MacRumors.com. I posted the highlights of the keynote speeches to my Twitter account. Below is a list of those highlights, dubbed the Keynote Key Notes:

  • Apple updates MacBook Air and drops price. MacBook Air is available in two models starting with the new entry price of $1,499 for a 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 120GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, and a 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 128GB solid state drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for $1,799. The $1499 entry level price represents a $300 drop from before, while the $1799 model represents a $700 drop in price for the high end model. Meanwhile, the clock speeds have increased from 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz to 1.86GHz and 2.13GHz respectively.
  • Apple updated the 13″ Aluminum MacBook and rebrands it a MacBook Pro. the new model specs are: 13″ MacBook Pro. 2.26GHz. 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400. 160GB HD. Firewire for $1199 and 13″ MacBook Pro. 2.53GHz. 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400. 250GB HD. Firewire for $1499
  • Safari is 7.8X faster at JavaScript than IE8 (Chrome is only 5X faster). Passes Acid3 test
  • Built Expose into the Dock
  • Stacks handle lots of content better
  • Quicktime X player has a brand new interface (although a scary new Icon)
  • Snow Leopard adds full Exchange support to Mail, iCal, etc.
  • Snow Leopard will be a $29 upgrade for Leopard users
  • Snow Leopard FAMILY PACK will be a $49 upgrade for Leopard users
  • iPhone OS 3.0 is a major update with over 100 new features
  • Phone OS 3 has integrated copy paste between applications, undo support
  • Phone OS 3 has Cocoa Touch support for Text
  • Phone OS 3 adds MMS support from all carriers and soon from AT&T (personally I bet they are trying to negotiate it to be included in the plan)
  • iPhone OS 3 offers landscape mode in Mail/Notes/Messages
  • the new iPhone OS will include full Spotlight search across applications
  • iPhone applications now offer full parental controls. Application developers are encouraged to push out application updates with these controls enabled as needed.
  • iTunes users can now purchase movies, video, and iTunes U materials from the iPhone directly
  • The new iPhone will offer seamless tethering although it is not yet super clear how AT&T will implement / charge for those services
  • The iPhone’s version of Safari has better and faster Javascript support and HTML 5 support
  • The iPhone OS 3 offers tons of new languages support (Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Korean, Thai, etc)
  • MobileMe users can find their lost iPhone on a Google Map if they need to
  • If your iphone is lost or stolen, you can send it a remote wipe command that will delete all of your data w/ MobileMe
  • in-app purchases can now be made directly from the iPhone. An example app shown was a book store where you could order books all from the application
  • Peer to Peer connectivity via Bluetooth will enable things like head to head game play and many other new application ideas
  • The new iPhone OS opens up support for external hardware accessories. This was demonstrated with an application that allowed school students to scan images into the phone.
  • iPhone application developers can now include Google Maps technology directly within their applications
  • Apple Push messages will allow you to push alerts out to your users via their installed applications. You know how your mail app tells you how many messages it has with the little red dot? With the push messaging you will be able to add that to your own iPhone developed applications.
  • The iPhone OS 3.0 will be free to all iPhone users (3G and original). $9.99 for iTouch users. Available worldwide on June 17th.
  • The new iPhone has been branded iPhone 3Gs, the “s” being for Speed. It has a lot of speed enhancements for activities like downloading email, etc.
  • The new iPhone has entirely new insides; it sadly does not yet include a front facing camera
  • iPhone3G[s] supports OpenGL|ES 2.0 and 7.2Mbps HSPDA
  • iPhone3G[s] now has a 3 MP camera and can capture video as well as images
  • The new camera offers touch to focus technology so you can touch an area to have it focus better
  • The video captured can be edited right on the phone, with simple cut and paste and timeline controls (think a mini iMovie light. I emphasize “mini” and “light”)
  • Video captured by the iPhone can be uploaded to YouTube, Viemo, and many other video sites; images can be sent directly to Flickr, and other popular photo sites
  • Application developers will have access to a new video API so their applications will be able to use captured video (and I assume actually capture it using the camera)
  • The iPhone3G[s] adds voice controls – just hold down the home button for 2 secs and speak something like “Call Scott Jones” or “what song is playing”.
  • The voice controls will be available to application developers via an SDK from YAP, makes of this technology for all sorts of smart phone devices: http://is.gd/T75C
  • The new iPhone finally offers data encryption
  • The new iPhone will include the Nike+ software out of the box
  • The new iPhone has better battery life, offering a 9hr surfing time or 5hr talk time
  • Apple has made the new iPhone GREEN. By that I mean it sports GREEN an arsenic-free glass, is BRF-free, and a mercury-free LCD
  • The ne iPhone 3Gs will be offered in White or Black at a price of $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and will be on sale JUNE 19
  • The existing 8GB iPhone 3G will remain on sale for $99 starting June 19

For a while now I have been using a little tool / service called Instapaper. It’s a free web site that lets you store Web links for reading later. I use it a lot as I am constantly inundated during the day with new stuff to check out online. A new application, a tech resource, that new funny YouTube or Break movie, a book I want to buy and so on. If I spent the time during the day to check these things out in detail, I wouldn’t get any work done. With Instapaper, I had a Javascript bookmarklet in my browser. If I saw something online I needed to look into later, I just press the little bookmarklet and a link to that page is automagically saved to my account. Then at night, or while I waiting at the dentist office or whenever I had time, I could go back and read up on all those interesting tidbits. While Instapaper is nice, it is very simple. Bookmarklet, and a white web page with links. Nothing wrong with that, just simple.

Yesterday I found a new site, Evernote. It’s like InstaPaper on steroids. Evernote offers the functionality of a bookmarklet that saves web links to a free online account, just like InstaPaper. But EverNote doesn’t stop there. First, it doesn’t just store the web page link, it stores the page itself. So you can actually just read that page right in Evernote. You can also store pictures and audio. When you save pictures, Evernote scans them for words and stores those as keyword with the picture, making searching more effective. You can also assign tags to anything you save for categorizing items and again better searching. Evernote also has tons of ways to store the things you need to remember. I already mentioned the bookmarklet, which they call the “Web clipper.” In addition to the clipper, Evernote also offers desktop applications for Windows and Mac with super simple and clean interfaces. They also offer an iPhone application, and an application Windows Mobile devices. With all these options, it’s incredibly easy to save almost anything from anywhere.

The best thing about Evernote is that all of this, 40Mb/month of storage, and the applications to access your information is all free. They do offer a Premium account for $45/year ($5/mo). The premium plan gets you 500Mb/month of storage, SSL encryption, priority image text recognition, better tech support, and removes the ads (which I haven’t seen any of so far). Oh yeah, and a free t-shirt comes with the premium plan.

So you’re probably thinking that Evernote sounds nice, but you’re not sure you would find it useful. Here’s a few idea of ways I used it and ways I’ve seen or read about other people using it:

  • Save Web pages that you want to read later
  • To-Do list
  • Save white board notes
  • Snap and save pictures of business cards, wine labels
  • Wish list tool – save items from online stores or pictures of products from real stores that you want to buy / receive as a gift (music, books, tools, etc)
  • Save Code snippets or commonly used math formulas
  • Save digital receipts for online purchases / bill payments
  • Store software serial numbers (although for security, you may want to go premium for this use)
  • Save important instant message conversations (you know the ones where your boss promises you a promotion!)
  • PDFs of documents to read or review

So, do you use Evernote now? Could you use Evernote? I’d be interested in hearing how you do or think you could use this service. Also, if you have better suggestion, I’d be open to hearing about it. Just keep in mind that in addition to being better than Evernote, it would have to also have a better icon (I love the elephant!)

Evernote Screen

Well, almost famous, and only to a specific community, and … duh! Well, you’ll get the idea.

As many of you know, today is the release of Apple’s iPhone 2.0 as it were. As I write this, I am reading posts from my Twitter buddies who are eagerly standing in line at various Apple stores all around the area waiting to get their hands on this latest model. One of the big deals with the new iPhone is that Apple finally opened up the code to allow outside developers to write their own applications and sell them to iPhone users via the iTunes online store front. This is BIG for Apple and iPhone (and sadly AT&T). Yesterday, many of us discovered that Apple went ahead and opened up the iTunes App Store that has all the cool new applications that you can buy for this phone.

The genius boys over at the Iconfactory already had an incredible little desktop application called Twitterrific that connects to your Twitter account (if you don’t know I’ll have to explain that one in another post) and allows you to send updates. It’s awesome and as far as I know the preferred desktop Twitterrific app for Mac users. Being the bright guys that they are, the Iconfactory team jumped on Apple’s band wagon and made their awesome little program run on the iPhone. A few weeks ago, as they were preparing to launch the software they sent out a tweet asking for people to say something clever on Twitter so they could include it in the screenshot that appears with the product. To skip to the chase here, my tweet made the shot and since my icon is a posterized version of a picture of me, my face is now in the product shot. This is the first shot you see when you go into the app store to purchase and download the app. I have received a slew of Tweets yesterday about it and I’m sort of excited about it. Thx Iconfactory! .

One Tree Hill Flub

Yes, I watch One Tree Hill. A friend of mine was in the cast a while ago, so I started watching and now I am hooked. Anyway I just watched this week’s episode, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and noticed a flub. Most of the episode took place 3 years in the past. In two scenes, the main character Lucas uses his Apple iPhone. First he is seen on a bus listening to music on his iPhone. Later in the episode he takes a call in an airport on his iPhone. In both scenes that show a clip of the phone in his hands. Now unless I am missing something, the world didn’t have iPhones 3 years ago. I guess living in Tree Hill has its perks!