Steve talks about Google, next iPhone and iMac

The latest news. Apple doesn’t like Google anymore. And for purchasing, here are things to know:

1. iPhone HD. The new version is happening, so if you can hold off purchases until mid 2010, then do it. It is rumored to support Verizon (hurray!) and have an HD Camera.

2. The new MacBooks are coming. Again, if you can wait, you should. The rumor is the new Intel chips are going to be very, very fast.

3. We won’t see Flash anytime soon on the iPhone or iPad. So better hope HTML5.0 takes off. That is sad. Nor will we see Blu-Ray either.

4. The iPad is very strategic. But we knew that!

Steve Jobs held a town hall meeting with Apple employees late last week following the iPad launch. Wired reports on what was said at the meeting by Steve Jobs. Two of the biggest topics included Google and Adobe.

On Google, Jobs confirms the much-reported competition between the two companies.

On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We wonÂ’t let them, he says.

As for Adobe, Jobs said they are lazy and Jobs blames Adobe for a buggy implementation of Flash on the Mac as one of the reasons they won't support it.

Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not itÂ’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

Those are the main points covered by Wired's article. We had received a more detailed report of the Apple meeting, but hadn't been able to corroborate it until now. Many of the details of the Wired report were identical to our anonymous submission, so we believe it to be accurate. Some additional key points that we learned:

– Apple will deliver aggressive updates to iPhone that Android/Google won't be able to keep up with
– iPad is up there with the iPhone and Mac as the most important products Jobs has been a part of
– Regarding the Lala acquisition, Apple was interested in bringing those people into the iTunes team
– Next iPhone coming is an A+ update
– New Macs for 2010 are going to take Apple to the next level
– Blu-Ray software is a mess, and Apple will wait until sales really start to take off before implementing it.

via Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About.

iPad Rocks

Omg Mactumors.com cover it, but I have to have one (probably three) of these things. With it, I’m not sure why I need a laptop anymore. Most of email readin gis reading and the virtual keyboard is a good solution. It is sooo cheap. Only $829 for a 64GB 9.5″ display plus it has both 802.11n and 3G. And it is unlocked (good bye AT&T!).

It has a great email client and it has calendaring plus it is of course a great web browser too. It is a multitouch with a virtual keyboard. Wow!. 90 days to actually get it. And it is so cheap. The Wifi only 165GB version is just $500. Wow.

At today’s highly-anticipated media event, Apple announced the iPad tablet device, featuring a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 display and 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities. Carrying a custom 1 GHz “Apple A4” chip, the iPad weighs in at 1.5 pounds and is .5-inch thin. The iPad will be priced at $499, $599, and $699 for the varying capacity models without 3G, and $626, $729, and $829 with 3G. Wi-Fi only models are scheduled to ship in 60 days, with 3G-capable model shipping in 90 days.

Models with 3G will be unlocked and will be able to use GSM micro SIMs. In the U.S., AT&T will offer two data plan options – $14.99 for up to 250 MB per month and $29.99 per month for unlimited data. No contract is required for either option, and free access to AT&T’s Wi-Fi hot spots is included. Data packages for iPad users outside of the U.S. will by in place by June.

The early hands on reviews just rave about its speed and the screen especially by Engadget

  • It’s not light. It feels pretty weighty in your hand.
  • The screen is stunning, and it’s 1024 x 768. Feels just like a huge iPhone in your hands.
  • The speed of the CPU is something to be marveled at. It is blazingly fast from what we can tell. Webpages loaded up super fast, and scrolling was without a hiccup. Moving into and out of apps was a breeze. Everything flew.
  • There’s no multitasking at all. It’s a real disappointment. All this power and very little you can do with it at once. No multitasking means no streaming Pandora when you’re working in Pages… you can figure it out. It’s a real setback for this device.
  • The ebook implementation is about as close as you can get to reading without a stack of bound paper in your hand. The visual stuff really helps flesh out the experience. It may be just for show, but it counts here.
  • No camera. None, nada. Zip. No video conferencing here folks. Hell, it doesn’t have an SMS app!
  • It’s running iPhone OS 3.2.
  • The keyboard is good, not great. Not quite as responsive as it looked in the demos.
  • No Flash confirmed. So Hulu is out for you, folks!

New zealand

An amazing place. Thanks to Guy for setting up. Nelson is at the top of the southern island.

Monaco Nelson is a cool hotel with cottages. Each room has a sitting room. On the water.

Strikeadventures.com is run by Zane. An incredible guide. What they call small here is truly amaZing. Next year have got to tak a helicopter and look for the 8kg wild town trout in the mountains.

Hopgoods is owned by a local. Really great. As is Boutereys.

Miscellaneous Things

Post Christmas shopping means I need:

PSP Analog Stick Replacement. I’m not even sure what to call these, but these are the little tops on the original PSP. $5 from Gamestop or online.

Model rockets. Cool new passion. Fun to get a kit from Estes, but lots to learn from Hobbyspace.com where you can get model rockets with less than D rockets, but if you a grown up you can build high performance rockets that go thousands of feet into the air.

Stand by Me

Best Video I’ve Seen Today Will Make You Smile – Songs around the world – Gizmodo.

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

This cover of Stand By Me was recorded by completely unknown artists in a streetvirtual studio all around the world. It all started with a base track—vocals and guitar—recorded on the streets of Santa Monica, California, by a street musician called Roger Ridley. The base track was then taken to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Grandpa Elliott—a blind singer from the French Quarter—added vocals and harmonica while listening to Ridley’s base track on headphones. In the same city, Washboard Chaz’s added some metal percussion to it.

And from there, it just gets rock ‘n’ rolling bananas: The producers took the resulting mix all through Europe, Africa, and South America, adding new tracks with multiple instruments and vocals that were assembled in the final version you are seeing in this video. All done with a simple laptop and some microphones.

Avis discount codes

Avis Discount Codes – Page 66 – FlyerTalk Forums

Avis AWD’s for the U.S. (and if noted, international, too!)
A074800 – Citicorp Leisure Travel
A108300 – Cosco – international, too!
A113400 – Florida Empolyee (proof required)
A153700 – Avis Employer (DO NOT USE!!!) – NOTE: A153700-A153799 will always be questioned !!!
A177232 – Citifinancial – international, too!
A177232 – USAA frequent flyer account – international, too!
A415914 – BJ’s
A432123 – Delta PAL Program Employees – international, too!!!
A514190 – State of Colorado Travelers
A606094 – IEEE Meeting
B169699 – The Triological Society (FEBRUARY 14-18, 2007)
B790073 – Entertainment Book – international, too!
B935221 – AAA
B973000 – Sam’s Club
B999000 – CEO / Avis Employer (DO NOT USE!!!)
B999900 – AAA – international, too!
D005150 – National Charter Schools Conference – international, too!
D005297 – ASAP (ameteur sports assistance program) – international, too!
D005927 – National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees – international, too!
D086533 – USC Marshall School of Business
D454000 – Disney123 – international, too!
D833357 – The American Society of Travel Agents
J626300 – Toronto
J868801 – Florida Visitor Bureau
J953708 – naiop (march 2007)
K019300 – United Airline frequent flyer account
K817600 – AMEX discount code – international, too!
K817625 – Delta Airline frequent flyer account
O855801 – Lufthansa Partners – international, too!
P382630 – Engineers Australia – international, too!
T706699 – 15th Annual Telecom Negotiation Conference (2007), also Mobile Explosion (Feb. 2007)

United Booking Codes

Anyone else confused by United booking codes?

The order is defined in United’s contract of carriage.
* First class: F, P, A
* Business class: C, D, Z
* Coach class: Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, K, L, G

Booking Classes (UA) – FlyerGuide Wiki

By alphabetical order

* A = Discounted Fare First Class. Round The World First is booked in this class.
* B = Almost Full Fare Economy with minimal restrictions – also used Star * RTW
* C = Full Fare Unrestricted Business Class
* D = Discounted Fare Business – used also on all “Business” Class Star RTW fares
* E = ‘Ted’ and some low web/discount fares from early 2005. Now officially elevated to above H class!
* F = Full Fare Unrestricted First Class
* G = Travel Industry Economy Class fares
* H = Higher level Economy Class with few restrictions. Some “RTW” coach is H
* I = Business Class Upgrade class from Economy (Better known as ‘NC’ class)
* K = Seasonal Economy Promotional Fares/Reduced Fare Gov’t contract etc
* L = Discount Fare Economy with a lot of restrictions
* M = Almost Full Fare Economy with few restrictions
* N = Economy Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as ‘XY’ class)
* O = Business Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as ‘XC’ class)
* P = Premium USA Transcon First Class on 3 classers
* Q = Discount Economy with moderate restrictions. (Bereavement tix are in Q)
* R = First Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as ‘XF’ class)
* S = Real Lowball coach with lot of restrictions. Reports that some are not mile earning ex UK/Brazil etc.
* T = Heavy discount Fare Economy – often with a lot of restrictions
* U = Showed up Nov/03 as booking class for “TED” also in mid 2005 a high level mainline class!
* V = Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions
* W = Discount Fare Economy often with many restrictions
* X = First Class UPGRADE AWARD from paid Business* (Better known as ‘NF’)
* Y = Full Fare unrestricted Economy class
* Z = Heavily discounted Business Class – generally NOT “legally” upgradeable.

( * = Applies to THREE class equipment. In TWO class equipment, upgrading from coach to First is also in “NF” class. Two class aircraft [at present!] only run on North American routes. “Two class upgrades” are officially not allowed for paying pax – i.e. nothing one can do – whether with miles, and/or coupons of any kind will “officially” take you from paid coach to First on a THREE class aircraft.)
[edit] By pecking order

Cute Nicknames

Here are some cute Chinese nicknames of Athletes http://www.nba.com/features/chinese_playenicknames_070329.html

Team Player Chinese Nickname Translation of Chinese Nickname Explanation
Chicago Ben Wallace 大本钟 (Da Ben Zhong) Big Ben

Wallace’s size and ability to defend

Cleveland Zydrunas Ilgauskas 大 Z ( Da Z ) Big Z

Da means “big” and Z is the first letter of his first name

Cleveland LeBron James 小皇帝 (Xiao Huang Di) Little Emperor

Direct translation of English nickname “King James”

Charlotte Emeka Okafor 猫王 (Mao Wang) King of the Cats

Meaning leader of the Bobcats

Dallas Dirk Nowitzki 德国战车 (De Guo Zhan Che) German Racecar

Dirk’s ability to roll on court like a racecar. And he is a player from Germany.

Denver Carmelo Anthony 甜瓜 (Tian Gua) Sweet Melon

The nickname “Melo” resembles “Melon”. “Sweet Melon” refers to Carmelo ‘s sweet and cute appearance

Denver Allen Iverson 答案 ( Da An ) The Answer

Direct translation of his English nickname

Detroit Chauncy Billups 光滑 (Guang Hua) Smooth

Direct translation of English nickname “Smooth”

Detroit Richard Hamilton 面具人 (Mian Ju Ren) Man in the Mask Hamilton’s habit of wearing a mask on court
Detroit Tayshaun Prince 小王子 ( Xiao Wang Zi ) Little Prince

Direct translation of his last name “ Prince ”

Houston Dikembe Mutombo 非洲大山 (Fei Zhou Da Shan) Africa’s Big Mountain

Mutombo’s ability to block shots. And he is a player from Africa

L.A. Clippers Elton Brand 船长 (Chuan Zhang) The Captain

He’s seen as the leader of the Clippers

L.A. Clippers Cuttino Mobley 老猫 (Lao Mao) Old Cat

Direct translation from English nickname “ The Cat”

L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant 小飞侠 (Xiao Fei Xia) Little Flying warrior

Bryant’s ability to jump

Memphis Damon Stoudemire 小飞鼠 (Xiao Fei Shu) Little Flying Mouse

For his speed and the ability to pass through opposing players

Miami Shaquille O’Neal 俠客 (Xia Ke) Warrior “Xia Ke” means righteous and respectful warriors in ancient China
Miami Gary Payton 手套 (Shou Tao) The Glove

Dir Payton’s ability to defend, like a glove stuck on the opponent

Miami Dwyane Wade 闪电侠 (Shan Dian Xia) The Flash

For his lighting fast style of playing

Miami Jason Williams 白巧克力 (Bai Qiao Ke Li) White Chocolate

Direct translation of his English nickname

Minnesota Kevin Garnett 狼王 (Lang Wang) King of the Wolves Meaning leader of the Timberwolves
New Jersey Vince Carter 飞人 (Fei Ren) Flying Man Carter’s ability to leap and make amazing dunks
New Jersey

Jason Kidd

发动机 (Fa Dong Ji)

The Engine

Kidd is the “engine” behind the Nets’ offense
New York Steve Francis 特权 (Te Quan) Special Rights Direct translation of the word “ Franchise”
Orlando Grant Hill 好好先生 (Houhou Xian Shen) Mr. Nice Direct translation of English nickname
Philadelphia Andre Iguodala 小AI (Xiao AI) Little AI “Little” is placed before the initial to differentiate between Allen Iverson and Andre Iguodala. “Little” also refers to his short years in the league compared to Allen Iverson.
Phoenix

Boris Diaw

法国魔术师 (Fa Guo Mo Shu Shi)

French Magician

Diaw’s ability to play basketball as if playing magic. And he is a player from France.
Phoenix

Amare Stoudemire

小霸王 (Xiao Ba Wang)

Little Lord

Amare is young and dominates in the paint
San Antonio Tim Duncan 石佛(Shi Fo ) Stone Buddha Duncan is very strong and calm just like the Buddha.
San Antonio Emanuel Ginobili 阿根廷飞人 (A Gan Ting Fei Ren) Argentina’s Flying Man Ginobili’s ability to jump. And he is a player from Argentina
San Antonio

Robert Horry

关键先生 (Guan Jian Xian Shen)

The Key Man

Horry’s ability to make clutch shots
Seattle

Ray Allen

绅士 (Shen Shi)

Gentleman

Allen’s gentlemanly manner on court
Toronto

Chris Bosh

龙王 (Long Wang)

King of the Dragons

He’s seen as the leader of the Raptors
Utah Derek Fisher 小鱼 (Xiao Yu) Little fish Loose translation of his last name “Fisher”
Washington Gilbert Arenas 大将军 (Da Jiang Jun) General Arenas is peerless and commanding in the league.