It’s Time Nintendo Jumped on the iRevolution

I’ve seen Nintendo’s corporate sentiment change from “We’re not worried about Apple” to “We see Apple as our biggest competitor” over the past 2 years.  It seems so obvious to me that Apple has presented Nintendo with a way to make a small fortune very easily that they simply have decided not to take advantage of.

The number 1 reason I want to Jailbreak my iPad 2 is to use an original NES emulator with a Wii mote as a controller, specifically to play Mario Bros. 3 & Battletoads.  For those of you who have Jail broken your iOS device you can head to this link to do it yourself.   Who doesn’t want to play all their old favorite Nintendo games on their iPad/iPhone/iPod?  Why doesn’t Nintendo see the 39 million plus (and growing exponentially everyday) iOS devices out there as a cash cow?  If Nintendo released an App called Nintendo NES with the ability to get more games via in app purchases I guarantee it would be the top downloaded app in under 48 hours after it was released.  If they released it for free with original Mario on it, selling additional games for $0.99 I’d bet they’d pocket over $40 million within their first year.  That doesn’t even consider the potential for SNES & N64 apps.  The revenue doesn’t have to stop there either.  If they sold along with this app a Nintendo branded wireless controller that bluetooth synced with all idevices that worked seamlessly with their app they’d have another blockbuster product on their hands.

I’ve read statements from Nintendo that the casual games on Apple products don’t present a threat to them because the quality of the games are poor.  If you think these games are of poor quality (which some of them most certainly are not) then its time for you to compete and bring that Nintendo gaming magic to Apple’s devices, because trust me there will be more of them in the hands of avid gamers in the future.  Capcom, Square Enix, Atari & more now have their classic games available on the App Store. What are you waiting for Nintendo?  The waters are warm and lucrative, why not atleast try dipping your toe in and see if you like it?

– Rich

Apple is Going to Take Over the World, Google & Research in Motion Have Become Obsolete

Having just finished watching Apple’s latest keynote speech at their yearly event I’m not only sure that Apple is going to take over the world, I’m HIV positive. I see a bright future filled with utility from a single device that is no longer beyond our imaginations, but instead just around the corner. I was recently watching an interview with a financial analyst walking the road less traveled by speaking poorly of Apple. His clearly illogical rant stressed it was ludicrous that the market is so focused on a company that makes toys (AAPL is consistently one of the most traded stocks on the market by volume) when the world is suffering from an energy crisis and a shortage of natural resources like we’ve never experienced in the history of the planet. I’ll tell you why Douche Baggins. Apple may have been in the toy business for a while when they staged their comeback with the iPod, but no more. The iPhone is a new beast, the likes of which this world has never seen; it is most certainly not a toy. In a few short weeks the iPhone will turn one year old, as well as expand into 70 countries. Trust me, year two will see exponential growth, as well as function in specific sectors that will improve the efficiency of every user. Let me take you through my day… in the future.

After performing my morning rituals, I grab my iPhone and leave the house with nothing else in my pockets. After I walk out the front door I slide over to the fourth screen of Apps on my trusty iPhone and select the application “House.” I then tap the “off” button next to the option “all lights” and then tap the “lock” button next to the option “all doors.” As I reach for my car door it senses the iPhone in my pocket and unlocks automatically. My favorite part about the future is my brand new iCar, which runs on a combination of electricity and a bioethanol blend made from algae. I slide my iPhone into the dash to start the car, which has a multi-touch screen with all the music / web browsing / GPS / email / every other iPhone feature fully integrated into the system of the car. Pierce Brosnan’s voice directs me to a restaurant to meet a friend for breakfast. I switched to Pierce after a brief stint with The Governator. I was sick of being told that “I’d be back.” After a delicious breakfast, paid for by swiping my iPhone, I head to my parents house.

My father is raving about a new application he downloaded to his iPhone that syncs up with his hearing aid. He can adjust the volume, check battery life and turn it on or off with a few simple clicks. He loves to play music through it wirelessly while he’s biking or at the gym. My mother recently had a pacemaker put in. She feels safe because she can check to make sure its working correctly right on her phone, with full confidence that if anything were to malfunction the iPhone would automatically alert the paramedics and her family. She can even pull up a live EKG of her own heart, which she loves to show all her friends.

I sit down at my Dad’s iMac and head to Me.com, where I can access all of my desktop features remotely, including all of my most used applications. I make some changes in my schedule for the day because I’m running late, as well as trade an Umphrey’s McGee show for a Grateful Dead show with my Dad’s collection. All of the changes I make are then updated on my iPhone, Desktop PC and Macbook Crisp (the latest iteration of the Air) automatically. On my way to work I listen to my newly acquired Dead show.

I’ve decided to make my future self a doctor, even though I have no intention of ever doctoring it up. The best word to describe the hospital I work at is synchronized. For each individual sector of the hospital there are specific iPhone apps that tailor to the needs of the employees and doctors. Everyone working in each of the hospital’s wings is fully up to date on every patient with live updates to their iPhones with more detailed information just a tap away. My secretary is constantly buying and selling crap on Ebay although it rarely deteriorates from her work since its so simple on her iPhone. I think she makes more money as an Ebay hock than working her day job. My hospital’s native iPhone applications include:

  • The Automatic Insurance Generator – emails all necessary information to patients
  • Medication Cross Checker – cross checks any prescriptions I may want to give with the patient’s allergies or other medications using the largest medical database in the world
  • Comprehensive Scheduling – a fine tuned scheduler synced with every other doctor in the area that automatically updates into the hospitals system

In the future the iPhone is no longer just 28% of the smart phone market. I believe 89% is the last figure Steve Jobs quoted at his most recent keynote. And did I mention the smart phone market has quintupled since 2008. With most of the world choosing the iPhone for their ubiquitous single device it only made sense that the rest of their highly compatible product line would see huge surges in sales. Apple’s Me.com has become the industry standard for online applications, an area many thought Google would dominate. Research in Motion’s Blackberry no longer holds the clout it once held since Apple took over the corporate market with Microsoft Exchange compatibility and customized applications for individual companies. I’ll let you guess the take home message of this post. It rhymes with “Why Snapple Lock”. The App Store launches later this month, and the iPhone 3G will be out in early July. My day in the future may not be too far away.

– Rich

Published in: on June 15, 2008 at 11:00 am  Comments (5)  
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Empowering Your New iPod: A Guide for Converting Videos for Your iPod or iPhone

As soon as I saw the screen on the iPod Touch, I instantly knew its destiny as a video destination for me. Roughly half the space of my iPod is taken up by videos. They’re great for long rides or when I get stuck waiting somewhere unexpectedly. Before I launch into my tutorial, I will mention that I have found episodic content to be a better pairing with the iPod than movies. Converting videos for your iPod is quite simple due to a free tool named Handbrake which works for Macs as well as Windows. I will also mention that the iTunes store has many TV shows and movies which you can download, and they will all work with your iPod without hassle. This guide is for other videos you legally (or not so legally) obtain which you’d like to add to your iPod.

If the video you want to put on your iPod is on a DVD, you first need to get the file onto your computer (skip to next paragraph if the file is already on your computer). Commercial DVDs are encrypted, and breaking the encryption is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the USA, and not something I recommend you do for the obvious legal and ethical reasons. With that said, there is an extremely easy to use Windows program called DVDFab HD Decryptor which will allow you to copy a DVD to your hard drive. If you need help with DVDFab HD Decryptor, there is a guide here. If you are using Mac OS X, Handbrake can handle the decryption for you.

Once the windows users have the files on their computer (obviously needing to be more complicated than their Mac counterpart) open up Handbrake. In the source box, browse to the file or folder with the video and select it. Handbrake can handle a wide variety of input formats. Next, under source, click on the Titles drop down and manually select the video you want to convert. If you leave it set on automatic, there is a chance Handbrake will choose the wrong title. Next, under Destination, click browse, and select where you want to save the new video stream, and type in a file name. Under “Save as,” select m4v. Now here’s the critical part, on the right side under presets, click “iPhone/iPod Touch” or another iPod option depending on what you have. Under output settings, the encoder should be set as H.264 and the Audio Encoder as AAC. Make sure “Insert iPod Atom” is selected. That’s it! Now all you have to do is click start and give your computer some time to crunch away. There are a million tweaks you can make with Handbrake, including using a queue to convert many files at once, so feel free to explore once you get comfortable.

When Handbrake is finished creating the file, open up iTunes, go to File, Add File to iTunes, and select the file you just created ending in .m4v. The video should now show up under movies in iTunes. Now plug in your iPod. Once iTunes has loaded it, select your iPod from within iTunes. Go to the movies tab under your iPod’s properties within iTunes, and tell iTunes to either sink all your videos, or just the one you created. Voila! Next time you sync your iPod, you should have your video on your shiny device to take with you anywhere.

-Jewbin

Apple’s Big Announcement

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For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Apple made their newest big announcement which has caused 4 different people in a 24 hour period to ask me if I felt cheated by apple. I first heard the news from my friend Danny, who called presumably to gloat about the fact that 3 weeks ago I paid $600 for my iPhone and now they only cost $400. My initial reaction was of course anger. I could see my Dad sitting with his bowl of cereal and newspaper shaking his head thinking – my stupid son has wasted more money. When I went to Apple’s site my $200 angst flittered away on the wind. First off, along with the $200 price drop on the iPhone they’ve also announced the first big update: The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. Now with a simple tap of my finger I can download songs from iTunes wherever I am – wonderful news. They’ve also announced the iPod Touch. I used to sit around and think about what Apple could do to make me and the masses all buy a new iPod even though we all already have one. I used to think it was reducing the physical size while adding more digital size, but I was wrong. It’s all in the interface. At the heart of all good Apple products is a simple, easy to use interface that is so sweet that it gives nerds chills, makes women say “oooh yea, that’s nice” and summons a deep desire within all of us to want to play. Check out a guided tour of the new iPod Touch if you haven’t seen it yet –

http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch

I’ll never need another iPod again thanks to the phone, but for those of you who aren’t planning on an iPhone, I expect to see you all enjoying your new iPods to the max. Apple’s stock price has been dropping pretty drastically over the past week, down from 146 to 134. Two days ago my financial father advised me to sell a pretty serious chunk of my holdings in Apple if it hit 150 again. Despite mediocre iPhone sales compared to expectations I really do believe in the products. When people see I have an iPhone they say one of two things: #1. “Can I play with it?” or something similar to #2. “I heard some company in (insert random Asian country here) has made a knock off that’s much better and cheaper.” To all the #2 people: You guys are all full of shit. You haven’t seen the knockoff, you’ve read something about it on the internet and I’m willing to bet it’s not anywhere near as perfect of a product as the iPhone. Don’t take your bitterness about not having an iPhone of your own out on me. To my father fretting over my $200 mistake, I’m quite confident that loss pales to the profits I’ll see from the stock in the coming years and I’d say it’s about time you bought some Apple for yourself in this mini slump because they truly are paving the way to the future one electronic device at a time. To all those on the fence about getting an iPhone I have these words of wisdom. AT&T’s service is not as good as Verizon’s but I have high hopes that it’ll improve over time. There will never be a better item to take with you into the bathroom. You can read the news, check your emails, respond to your emails, browse the web, all while listening to some smooth jazz. Thats right, I like listening to smooth jazz while I squeeze one out. The iPhone is damn near perfect and after two weeks of learning its ins and outs you will not be disappointed, especially with the new $400 price tag.

Later in the day Steve Jobs posted this:
www.apple.com/hotnews/openiphoneletter

– Rich

Published in: on September 6, 2007 at 9:46 am  Comments (2)  
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