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Please Call It the iPod Touch

Look, I’m a tolerant man. When Pixie wakes me up and asks for a trip to the little doggy’s room at 3am, I don’t yell at her. If Wicket throws up on my MacBook Pro, I forgive him. Eventually.

But seriously, I am out of forgiveness for people who can’t figure out the name of Apple’s iPod Touch.

According to the Apple press event yesterday, it’s the most popular iPod and the #1 game player in the world. It’s been used for over 1.5 billion game and entertainment downloads. It’s cute. It’s thin. It even has an HD video camera and video editing now.

Yet people still get its name wrong. So let me explain it for you in a nice, simple way. There are even pictures to help you out.

iPod TouchiPod Touch

This is a cool Apple device that you can use to play games, listen to music, and watch videos.

You can even use it with FaceTime and Game Center to connect to friends who have iPods or iPhones.

What you can’t do is call it the iTouch. That is not its name. Please call it the iPod Touch.

I touch.

This is a simple sentence. It’s made up of the pronoun I and the verb touch.

You can also use those words in more complex sentences like "I touch the base whenever I hit a home run," or "When I think about you, I touch myself."

Although on second thought, if you’re touching yourself, just keep that between you and your naughty little hands. The rest of us really don’t need to know.

Eye Touch

Stop that. What the heck is wrong with you? Why would you stick your finger in my eye?

Jeepers. You do have naughty hands, don’t you?

Seriously, dude, eye touching is completely inappropriate.

Now, enough of that. Don’t make me call Wicket. He’ll throw up on your computer.

Are we clear now? The little music/video device is an iPod Touch, not an iTouch.

I won’t be responsible for my actions if you call it an iTouch one more time. In fact, I’ll take suggestions. How should I punish people who call it the iTouch?

Family Technology Trends

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The family that gets geeky together stays together. That’s how the saying goes, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter, I suppose. I happen to know that it’s very true.

My parents – Joe and Judy Pirillo – and my brother Adam were all here to help with the Gnomedex conference. While hanging around at the house late one night after the event had ended for the day, I noticed that everyone was playing with some type of gadget.

Here you see Dad shooting things on the iPad while Mom is griping at a game on her iPod Touch. Adam, of course, couldn’t resist stepping in to help Dad get his game on.

Does your family get geeky together?

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Apple Special Announcement Event on September 1st

Apple sent out invitations to the press this morning, asking them to attend a special event on September 1st. There’s zero information in the invitation on the nature of the event, and the only hint is the photo of the guitar with the Apple-logo shaped cut out.

There has been much speculation floating around in recent weeks, with everyone trying to figure out what may be coming out of Cupertino. Some rumors claim we will see the unveiling of a new television episode rental service through iTunes. Others say there will be a new version of Apple TV and a refreshed iPod Touch model. A small percentage of people who haven’t moved beyond Antennagate yet insist that Jobs will discuss some miracle cure they have found for the death grip issue.

Your guess is as good as ours at this point. We are all going to have to wait until Wednesday to find out what glorious new things Steve and his team have for us this time around.

How to Make New iPhone Wallpapers for Free

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If you’re looking for a way to create unique wallpapers for your iPhone, you need look no further than Meritum Paint. The app is free in iTunes (or 99 cents for an upgraded version), and is one of the coolest ways to create wallpapers. Tap or drag your finger around the screen until you have a design you love and then shake your phone to save it. That’s all there is to it!

Send your creations to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr directly from your app, or email them to a friend. Fingerpaint to your heart’s content and save whatever you love. Quickly get rid of the pictures that aren’t quite up to snuff with the tap of a finger on the screen.

It’s simple, it’s addictive and it’s creative. What more could you ask for?

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iPod or iPad?

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I had a caller the other night who is trying to decide between buying the iPod Touch or the iPad. He isn’t sure which would be right for him, and hoped I would throw some advice his way. I asked the kid what he plans to use such a device for, so that I could make a better recommendation. However… he doesn’t know what he wants to do with it. If you aren’t sure what you need a device to do, why do you need it at all? DON’T buy anything yet simply because you “can” or want it. Buy it because you actually need and will use it!

If you want something that will play music and games and be easy to take with you anywhere, you’ll probably want an iPod Touch. But if you want to watch movies, play games and stay mostly at home, then you’ll likely get an iPad.

Neither one have a camera at this point in time. The iPad has the screen real estate going for it, but again… it depends on what you want to do with the device. You have to know what will suit your needs and lifestyle the best before you rush out to make a purchase. Each of these products will do different types of things. I really can’t begin to tell you which would work for you, as I don’t know what your needs are.

I have to admit it, though: I will not be giving up my iPad for an iPod touch anytime soon!

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Why I Think Apple's iAd Sounds Amazing

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Apple has made a way for advertisers and sponsors to support free apps – but in a way that makes people want to click. iAd essentially makes the ad itself into another app. That iAd is an app that is embedded inside of your download. Potentially, you’re getting a second app for free. They demonstrate something an advertiser might do.

If I were an advertiser, I would be thrilled to have a platform like this. I could create a small game – or even a series of games – which showcase my product in some way. This would give the user a good reason to click on the ads. Everyone loves to play games, right? If it’s interesting enough, the engagement will be higher. Bumping up the emotional factor is a big deal when it comes to advertising.

I think this iAd platform is awesome. I think we’ll see some pretty amazing mini-apps inside of our regular apps. This goes so far beyond a normal text link ad or even a banner. We’re talking about advertising being apps themselves. Don’t fool yourself: if you already have an Apple product, the chances that you have already downloaded an advertisement already are really high. Every single brand on iTunes is an ad of some sort.

People who are kicking and screaming about the iAd platform are the ones who throw a fit when an app costs a buck. They’ll either complain about paying a dollar… or about having a free app that has an advertisement. Nothing is free, folks. Get over yourself already. If you’re going to have a free app, then you’re going to have advertising. If you don’t want ads, try paying for an app.

I’m looking forward to this because advertisers have a chance to be engaging, relevant and creative. They get to do truly unique things, and think outside of the box. That, my friends, is priceless as far as I’m concerned.

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Tap Tap Radiation

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Tap Tap Radiation is a free iPad app in the iTunes store. I admit to getting completely caught up in this game. It’s more fun and addictive than you might realize! I even sang along with it!

You can play along with a song already in the library, or create a whole new track of your own. You can even download about 30 free tracks in the app store, including songs by Pink and Lady GaGa!

With four difficulty levels to choose from, Tap Tap Radiation creates intense single player action for music enthusiasts and gamers of any age. At this point in time, the game is only a single-player one. However, perhaps in the future we’ll see the ability to play against others. For now, you can always grab a friend and have them help you since the iPad screen is so big!

If you know of other cool games for the iPad, let me know. I’d love to check them out and possibly review them here on my blog.

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Backwards Compatibility Isn't Viable with Hardware

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Dylan called in during the live show the other night and wanted to talk about hardware and having to upgrade. He has an iPhone 3G and installed the new iPhone 4.0 operating system on it as a developer. His phone became very hot, and he began to wonder if it’s “really true” that you cannot use the new os on older versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Well, of course it’s true. Apple has every right to make that cutoff. You cannot expect manufacturers to support old hardware indefinitely.

We’ve been spoiled, I think, with Windows XP. There have now been two upgrades released beyond XP. Yet, we can still walk into some stores and buy machines off the shelf which have Win XP installed on them. I’m not saying that’s a “bad” thing. It’s just the way it is.

There has to be a cutoff point somewhere. Apple has defined theirs. You simply cannot expect any company to continue to support older hardware indefinitely… especially when it comes to mobile devices. The market for these gadgets is growing very quickly. Many models are leap-frogging right over others in the eternal quest to be “the best.”

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Opera Mini for the iPhone has Been Approved

Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store and should be available within 24 hours as a free download. The Opera Mini mobile browser is quite popular on other devices and the creators are hoping for more of the same with Apple device owners.

Due to the compression used to get data to your device, you will see increased speeds when loading pages. Opera Mini enables fast browsing by compressing data up to 90 percent before sending it along to your device. Due to the compression, you may even save a bit of change on your bills each month – especially if you’re roaming a lot.

This is actually quite a bit of a shock since non-Safari-based browsers tend to get turned down in the app store. I’m happy to see that I have another choice now.