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In an endless effort to quell speculations about his health, Steve Jobs made a public announcement about the cause of his weight loss.

Jobs' says that blood tests have confirmed that a hormonal imbalance is "robbing" him of proteins which his body requires to remain healthy. Jobs' refers to this condition as a "nutritional problem" and says treatment has begun.

As it took a while for Jobs to lose all his body mass, the recovery period won't be immediate either. It's estimated to take up to late next spring.

He concluded by assuring everyone that he would be the first to step down should he be unable to perform his duties as Apple's CEO.

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Since Christmas technically ends on January 6 and there's not a heck of a lot going on in the gaming world, I thought it would be a good time to compare our holiday loot. The first gaming/tech goodie I'll be sharing with you is Aliph's Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset. Before I talk about the product, I wanted to state that I think it's impossible for anyone to use a bluetooth headset without looking like a wanker. Since many states now require hands-free solutions for using mobile phones in cars, I understand the need for them. Gamers get a pass since they can use bluetooth headsets with the PlayStation 3 and, for the most, nobody really cares what they look like when playing games at home.

This isn't my first experience with Aliph -- I actually tried out the original Jawbone. I'm totally into Aliph's industrial design and the company's packaging is slick in that Apple way. I loved the sound quality and the noise cancellation of the Jawbone 1, but I just couldn't achieve a good fit. At the end of the day, I couldn't deal with constant adjusting the headset required; the same way a baseball player constantly adjusts his cup, I had to constantly touch the headset so that it felt comfortable in my ear. The Jawbone 2 offers several improvements over the original....

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I travel a lot, and often pack craploads of gadgets that keep my inner dork alive while I’m on the road. From a cell phone, a laptop, multiple digital cameras, to a PSP and a DS, my carry-on bag looks like Best Buy threw up in my backpack. As my contract with Sprint was set to end in the Spring, and everyone and their brother knew Jobs and Co. was set to launch a speedier iPhone -- I took the leap to AT&T a little earlier than I had to. To hold me over, I picked up a $99 Samsung Blackjack II.

Even though the Blackjack II held me over until I picked up my iPhone, I enjoyed it’s zippy e-mail access and Qwerty keyboard for quick texting. However, Windows Mobile 6.0 is a sluggish turd, and the web browser is horribly dated. Sure, I could watch video and listen to music on the Blackjack II if I wanted, but it was more effort than it was worth, and my PSP and iPod Nano did both better. I still had to carry around numerous electronics.

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This wasn't a big gear year for me. I'm all set with my television, digital camera, and laptop. My mobile phone desperately needs an upgrade, but I'm not sold on the Apple iPhone and the T-Mobile G1 falls short of being the Google Android phone of my dreams. While there were a lot of consumer electronics I purchased and enjoyed in 2008, none of them changed my life in that TiVo-like way. However, one device that I've come to rely on immensely is the Ooma Core Phone System. This little box lets me make all the domestic calls I want for free, as well as international calls at very low rates. If you can stomach the fact that Ashton Kutcher is the company's creative director (really), Ooma is a fantastic product and service.

Ooma's Core Phone System currently lists for $250, though you can find it for less at several online retailers. You plug the Ooma Hub into your Internet connection and attach an ordinary telephone to the Hub. The Ooma Scout can be used for another phone in your household, extending the reach of the Hub. Once you're all set, you can make free domestic calls through the Internet.

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The latest Apple iPod rumor is that the company will be launching a large-screen version of the iPod Touch this fall. In addition to the customary multimedia capabilities of other iPods, a large-screen format makes this rumored device a netbook and competitor. Handling movies and music, having access to the iPhone App Store, and exploiting the iPod's excellent browser on a larger screen makes this a pretty compelling piece of consumer electronics. According to TechCrunch:

"We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking toOEMs in Asia now about mass production."

I'm super psyched for this device, so I hope the rumors pan out. An iPod Touch tablet would be an extremely unique device that would compete with PDAs, netbooks, and, obviously, other media players. The potential for this hardware is truly outrageous (yes, it's a Jem reference), and I'm not just saying that because I'm a former Apple Newton user that dearly misses Apple handhelds.

What do you ladies and gentlemen think? Would you be interested in a large-screen iPod? Is this Apple's next "insanely great" device?

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iPhone Nano Case Teased Again

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Posted December 30, 2008 - By Patrick Roche-Sowa

Rumors of the fabled "iPhone Nano" have been around for a while now, reaching a feverish level when an iPhone Nano case product image showed up on XSKN's website. Well keep throwing fuel on that rumor fire, because Vaja now has a statement on their website prompting you to "sign up for the upcoming release of our iPhone nano cases."

Now, information on this supposedly smaller and cheaper iPhone is nothing more than speculation at this point. Originally everyone thought this probably imaginary iPhone Nano would cost $99 and be sold at WalMart this holiday season. That rumor was shot down when WalMart started selling the normal 8GB and 16GB 3G models for $197 and $287.

So is this all nonsense? Or will we get a big announcement of the iPhone Nano at Macworld 2009? Honestly, I have no idea, so I'll let you guys hash it out.

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For $8 you can use your iPhone to see if your friends and family are speaking the truth or telling lies.

The Agile Lie Detector uses voice stress analysis, a 3D spectrograph and a special lie meter to detect some serious, heavy duty brand of b.s.

So if you're going to tell you girlfriend no, she really doesn't look fat in that dress, you best better be telling the truth, or someone's going in the dog house.

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Walmart iPhone Goes on Sale, For Real

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Posted December 18, 2008 - By kijibe

Did you ever think there come a day when you could pick up a pack of pampers with a half pound of hamburger meat, and an iPhone, all under one tin roof?

Now you can.

As of December 28, Walmart will have a national launch of the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3Gs priced at $197 and $287, respectively.

Of course, those lucky enough to grab one will have to sign that two-year AT&T contract we all love so much.

Prior to the December 28 launch date, Walmart has chosen 488 of its stores in a pilot program to make the five iPhones available only to its sales associates. The stores will conduct a raffle to see who of its employees will score the phones. Doesn't matter that you're a Walmart employee, you're still expected to shell out the full retail price. No discounts here for the raffle.

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Mozilla is planning to take advantage of the huge Symbian S60 installed base with Fennec -- a mobile version of FireFox. Fennec is currently being developed for Symbian S60, the platform for tons of Nokia phones, as well as select handsets from LG, Samsung, and others. Unwired View claims, "The projected date for a full browsing-enabled Fennec for Symbian is April 2009, but a basic/limited browsing feature is also planned for February."

Nokia's Web Browser for Series 60 is WebKit based, though most users would agree that the iPhone and Android implementations of WebKit are superior. Considering the global installed base for Symbian S60, Fennec has a chance at being a massive hit, though it faces stiff competition from Opera, which has been working on mobiles browsers since 2005. Still, I imagine millions of S60 users will give it a shot, simply because of FireFox's reputation and quality.

Any S60 users reading this? Are you unsatisfied with your current browser? Does Fennec sound appealing to you?

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iPods Taken to the Afterlife

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Posted December 17, 2008 - By kijibe

You know that old saying? "You can't take it with you when you're dead."

Wanna bet?

U.S. funeral directors are noticing a creepy trend...a demand from Apple fanboys that want to be buried six feet under with their favorite i-gadget. Mobile phones like BlackBerrys and even a GameBoy have been tossed into the casket.

What's more eerie than that?

They want the gadgets switched on so friends can text and call them 'til the battery dies, or that metal or goth mix on what's-his-name's iPod can play over and over again.

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