To kick off our new series about using your iPod, Mac and other technology to maintain health and fitness, we’re offering an “8GB iPod nano (3G) with the Nike+ kit, Belkin armband, and Marware sport pouch (to use the Nike+ with any pair of sneakers) for only $169.99”:http://www.smalldog.com/wag18710/.
Already have an iPod nano or iPod touch 2G? You can order the Nike+ kit and pouch for only $34.99 “by clicking here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/wag18709/ Good luck and have fun getting shape and keeping your New Year’s fitness resolutions!

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To ring in the new year, Small Dog Electronics is offering FREE ground shipping to the contiguous 48 States on every order over $200–every day, all the time!
As always, Small Dog does not charge sales tax on any orders that ship out of Vermont! Plus, we ship 99% of orders on the same business day as the order is placed.
It’s part of our commitment to keep your business by providing excellent value and award-winning customer service!
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__The following is the first in a new occasional series about using your Mac and other technology to maintain your health and fitness.__
Recognize the title of this article? It’s from the opening sequence to the old “Six Million Dollar Man”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39co0zKbQAQ TV show. Lately, I feel like a bionic man as I use technology–an iPod, my Mac, the Internet–to get back into shape. I used to be a dedicated runner (though not nearly to the level of “Adam Engst”:http://db.tidbits.com/author/Adam%20C.%20Engst), but stopped running for a number of reasons. Recently, however, I rediscovered my affection for the sport when I went on a random run a couple of weeks ago.
Also, as I get older, it’s getting more important to strive to stay in shape. Turns out sitting at a computer all day–even a Mac–does not magically confer fitness.
A couple of years ago I ran the “KeyBank Vermont City Marathon”:http://www.runvermont.org/ in Burlington with a friend and profoundly enjoyed it. I didn’t train much for that event, but I made it to the finish line in fine shape. For 2009, I’ve decided to again run the marathon–this time, with proper training.
I’m using the “Nike+”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72840 system to keep myself motivated and to track my progress. “Nike+”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72840 is composed of a small radio transmitter (about the size of a pinto bean) that attaches to you’re running shoe (or can be used in the built-in pocket of Nike+ running shoes). It communicates with a small radio receiver that plugs into the bottom of any iPod nano. The receiver is built into the 2nd generation iPod touch, but still requires the transmitter on the shoe.
Since I almost always run with my iPod, this system is easy for me to adapt into my running routine. Indeed, I find music sounds and feels best while running through an interesting landscape.
As you run, the iPod vocalizes your time, distance, pace, and calories burned through your headphones. It also gives feedback at the halfway point and in the final lead-up to your goal, which you can set up before your run. You can also see the details of your workout on the iPod’s screen. You can also program a PowerSong to play when you need instant motivation.
When your run is finished, connect the iPod nano or iPod touch to a Mac or PC, and the workout data automatically syncs to “Nikeplus.com”:http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/ (though iTunes). Login at “Nikeplus.com”:http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/ to view and analyze your time, distance, overall milage, and approximate calories burned by run, by week, or by month. You can also view Google Maps with an overlay of your routes, view popular running routes in your region, and create new routes for future reference. It’s not a GPS, but still useful and fun.
Via Nike+, you can share your stats, routes, and goals, or simply keep your information private. I’ll share my info in February, when marathon training really begins.
There are a couple of weaknesses with the system. First, while the Nike+ website looks great, it’s also a rather slow-loading Flash blob. Second, on the Nike+ website, the window for creating your running maps is too small. Finally, some have complained that the Nike+ is not 100% accurate in tracking milage. For my fitness/fun needs, the information provided will be very useful.
Also, I wish there was a Nike+ empowered iPod shuffle. I actually prefer to run with the shuffle, because it’s so small and has the built-in clip.
One extra gadget I’m getting is the Amp+. It’s a wristwatch-based remote control for iPods equipped with Nike+. With the remote on your wrist, you can browse through your song library, choose new tracks to listen to, and view your running times. Pretty cool. If it works well, I expect to use it to control the iPod in other activities such as snowboarding (though I generally don’t listen to music while actually riding). As far as I can see, this watch is only available via the Nike website.
Like they said in the 6 Million Dollar Man, I hope to use these tools to get better than I was. “Better. Stronger. Faster.”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP6TEEBVeYU Cue the wah wah music.

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This year is the last year that Apple is planning to present at Macworld, and I feel a slight sense of mourning for the pomp and circumstance of the whole thing. However, on a more positive note, we’re betting it will lead to further innovation and inevitably, more exciting things from Apple.
I’ve gathered the top three picks from Small Doggers in what will prove to be the last list of predictions for new Apple products at Macworld, so without further ado, here they are:
*DON*
* New iMacs with faster processors & new look (and Blu-Ray?)
* New Mac mini
* New Apple Cinema Displays with a look consistent with the 24″
*ED*
* New Mac mini with a cool black & silver enclosure and built-in Apple TV features. Larger SATA hard drives
* New iWork and iLife applications
* An updated and Apple-branded DeLorean DMC-12. While there is no built-in blu-ray, a Flux Capacitor is optional.
*KALI*
* New Apple Cinema Displays
* Smaller/cheaper iPhone and more software features (native copy/paste, etc.)
* Limited edition Steve Jobs black turtleneck and jeans combo auction for charity
*TOD*
* Update to Mac mini
* Better MacBook Air
* Steve Jobs will step down!
*MATT*
* Quad core imacs and/or unibody mac mini
* Updated displays
* 32GB iPhone
*KELLI*
* Touch screen notebook–or return of the “Newton” with a larger touchscreen–taking the touch to the next level of computing and rival the new touch screen HP.
* A more powerful, economical, and aluminum cased Mac mini to keep a desktop model in the lower price range for “switchers”… and in response to the current economy
* A lower priced addition to the MacBook family
*MARK*
* Apple buys GM for a song, and we will have really cool cars in a year or so
*JON*
* New line of Displays with larger sizes and better resolution and pixel depth
* New iMacs and Mac minis
* The illusive iPhone mini or a reduced cost iPhone product
*GEOFF*
* Apple TV update
* iLife ’09
* Steve Jobs playing a lesser role
*BEN*
* Mac mini redesign/upgrade: Black on Aluminum Case Design, Intel 9400M Graphics, Upgraded Processor/HD Capacities, HDMI Port
* 17″ MacBook Pro: The 17” will adopt the new “Unibody” design released in late 2008. Might even have 2.8Ghz Core 2 Duo by default!
* Quad Core iMacs: Upgraded processors, display port, case redesign (all aluminum with black–just like 24″ LED display!)
*ROB*
* Mac mini and Apple TV combined!
* Changes to Channel Sales @ Apple
* New iPod touch

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