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Naming the iPod

First Generation Apple iPod

The first generation iPod. Image credit: Apple.

Branding. Apple is absolutely phenomenal at branding, and the iPod brand has become synonymous with the digital music player. When people think “mp3 player” or “media playback device” the iPod comes to mind.

But if you really think about it, “iPod” is a funny name for a little device that plays music (and videos and games). In fact, the name “iPod” was suggested by a consultant working with Apple on how to introduce and market the device to the public. But the name “iPod” was actually trademarked and already in use at the time.

Before Apple owned the trademark for "iPod", the name was used by another company for what type of device?
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I’ll take my MacBook Air with an SSD

Apple MacBook Air

The svelte Apple MacBook Air. Image credit: Apple.

Steve Jobs enjoys product introductions that are full of drama, and by pulling the MacBook Air out of a manila envelope on stage, he definitely emphasized the fact that it is thin.

Aside from being the first subnotebook from Apple in a long time and the first Mac to support Multi-Touch (the same screen gesturing technology found on the iPhone), the MacBook Air offered a new disk drive choice called an SSD. The SSD is a costly option and has limited capacity, but dramatically improves battery life and reads information much faster than a conventional hard drive.

What does "SSD" stand for?
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A nice reward from Apple

A goodie bag full of Apple products

A goodie bag chock full of Apple products

Everybody likes free stuff. Free lunch is nice. Free beer is even nicer. But free stuff from Apple? That’s pretty much a dream come true, especially if you’re into Apple so much that you’re reading Daily Apple Quiz!

Apple commonly gives out free t-shirts and other small gifts when it opens a new retail store. On April 23, 2009, 13 year old Conner Mulcahey from Weston Connecticut received a lot more free stuff from Apple than just a t-shirt.

Conner received a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro for doing what?
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The Mac OS: ready for Y2K

Ready for Y2K?

Ready for Y2K?

Remember when we all thought that after a night of drinking and partying to ring in the New Year, we’d wake up and there would be cash pouring out of ATMs, traffic lights failing and all out chaos? Maybe some of our fears never turned out to be true, but the Y2K switchover was more of a nuisance if you owned a Windows PC.

Some DOS and Windows users would end up seeing some funny looking dates if they hadn’t applied update patches by the time 2000 rolled around. Apple made light of this fact, pointing out that Mac users didn’t have to do anything to get ready for Y2k. The Mac OS was already prepared and Apple emphasized in a TV ad it ran in 1999.

What prominent science fiction movie character did Apple use in its Y2K TV advertisement?
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Tilt, rotate and shake your iPhone

Gaming on the iPod touch

Gaming on the iPod touch. Image credit: Apple

Far from just a phone, the iPhone (and it’s cousin, the iPod Touch) is packed with capabilities like the Multi-Touch display, proximity sensor and GPS technology that make this device an incredible gaming platform.

Game developers have responded by creating thousands of games, all sold through Apple’s App Store.

What is the name of the device built inside the iPhone and iPod touch that responds to movement (like tilt and rotation)?
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Apple’s original tablet computer

Newton Message Pad

Newton Message Pad. Image credit: Apple

There’s been an incredible amount of speculation recently about whether or not Apple plans to release some kind of new tablet-like device in the upcoming weeks. Theories abound with regards to what this rumored tablet computer will be able to do.

With that in mind, it’s worth looking back at Apple’s original tablet-like computing device, the Newton. The Newton shipped in 1993, and was considered to be a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), a new device at the time. It featured a pen-based interface, large LCD screen, and could handle your calendar, to-do lists, email and notes, among other things.

Which feature (which was later corrected) ultimately plagued and haunted the reputation of the Newton for years to come?
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One Infinite Loop

Sign with address at Apple's headquarters

Sign with address at Apple’s headquarters. Image credit: Apple and Wikipedia user Elwood_j_blues

Have you ever looked at the official street address listed for Apple’s headquarters? If you did, you’d be reading “One Infinite Loop”. That’s kind of a strange name for a street, isn’t it?

Infinite Loop is the street that circles around all of the main buildings that make up Apple’s campus headquarters in Cupertino, California.

In terms of computer technology, what is an "infinite loop"?
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iPod Your Car

iPod your car

iPod your car. Image credit: Apple

Remember when a 6-disc CD changer in the trunk of your ride was the epitome of car stereo bliss? Obviously the amount of music on 6 CDs pales in comparison to having access to the library of music on an iPod.

According to Apple, Over 90 percent of new cars sold in the United States have an option for iPod connectivity. As a bonus, many car manufacturers offer advanced audio system interfaces, allowing you to see playlists and detailed song information on your car stereo.

In 2004, Apple and what company announced "the first seamless integration between iPod and a car audio system"?
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Apple gets into the digital camera business

Apple iPhone 3GS

Apple’s early digital camera.

While the iPhone featured a camera since its inception, and the current iPod Nano can shoot video, Apple’s product history doesn’t include a great deal of devices that take pictures or shoot video. But that doesn’t mean Apple never tried to offer such a product.

Back in the early 1990s, well before the iPod, Apple made an attempt to sell consumer electronic devices in addition to its trademark computers and software. The company released a digital camera in 1994.

What was the name of the first digital camera produced by Apple?
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That’s alotta spam!

Spam blocker

Spam blocker.

Ahhh, spam (aka “the abuse of electronic messaging systems” according to Wikipedia). What would your e-mail inbox look like without all of the customary plugs for great deals on Viagra? We’ll probably never know.

Fortunately, if you are using a modern e-mail client such as Apple’s Mail application, most spam whisked away to a separate folder by using an intelligent filter, thereby freeing up your inbox. Since we’re talking about spam and we just entered the year 2010, it seems only fitting to look back 2009 to see just how many junk messages we received in 2009.

In 2009, what percentage of all e-mail sent across the internet was spam?
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