Friday, March 31, 2006 

It looks like some screenshots have leeked of what appears to be an April fools prank at google.com/rooms. It features Larry Page's room. Just take a look for yourself.
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Looks like Slashdot has been redesigned. It is even uglier than before. They are trying to appeal to a larger audience. Just take a look and see for yourself. As the guy put it who submitted this to Digg: "This. Is. Sooo awesome! You guys are totally invited to my sleepover. We're gonna talk about servers, and soldering irons, and building...”


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Thursday, March 30, 2006 

From Daily Tech: "Gateway has jumped the gun a bit by offering its NX100 notebook which is powered by Intel's Ultra Low Voltage Core Solo processors." The article goes on to say this about the notebook: "The 12.1" notebooks weighs just over three pounds, is less than an inch thick and will start at $1,399. That price includes a 12.1” WXGA screen, 2 USB ports, a Firewire port and a built-in 5-in-1 media reader. A variant aimed at businesses, the E-100M, will be start $200 higher."
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From Hollywood Reporter: "Disappointing sales have slowed the flow of movies on the proprietary Universal Media Disc to a mere trickle. At least two major studios have completely stopped releasing movies on UMD, while others are either toying with the idea or drastically cutting back. And retailers also are cutting the amount of shelf space they've been devoting to UMD movies, amid talk that Wal-Mart is about to dump the category entirely." Wal-Mart has declined to make any comments on the reports, but it isn't looking good for PSP owners and Sony for that matter.
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Google has filed patents that indicate they want to get into the free Wi-Fi market in a big way. From Business 2.0 Magazine: "More evidence has emerged that Google is getting ready to blanket the U.S. with free Wi-Fi, as Business 2.0 senior writer Om Malik reported last year. Now, the company has filed for three patents related to offering wireless Internet access. Search Engine Roundtable points out that the patents all have to do with serving up advertising through a wireless Internet connection maintained by a third party, whose brand Google would include in the presentation of those ads."
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From Apple's Support Page: "The new 1.1.1 software update for iPod Nano and Fifth Generation iPod provides an easy way for you to set a maximum volume limit to prevent the volume from exceeding a certain level. You can also assign a combination to prevent the setting from being changed which is ideal for parental control." I don't think that very many kids out there will like this, but the majority of parents out there will never find out that his feature exists... unless Apple were to market it.
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There is now speculation that the next version of OS X (version 10.5) will be able to run Windows apps natively within OS X. From Gearlog: "In a stunning move, BAPCo, the industry-standard Windows benchmarking consortium, announced that Apple Computer has joined up as a member. BAPCo is responsible for the SYSmark 2004SE and MobileMark benchmark suites we use at PC Magazine Labs for testing PCs. BAPCo also produces the webserver test WEBmark." The article goes on to say: "This is significant because it means that Apple has now committed to Windows-based performance testing, and it will influence industry-standard testing methodologies going forward, possibly including Mac OS X testing."
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 

Hey everybody. I am taking off this week and will be back next Tuesday. I will do a wrap up of all the news when I get back. In the meantime, just check Digg for all the latest news.

Friday, March 17, 2006 

One of the panels at SXSW Interactive 2006 was The Future of Darknets. One of the panel members was Kori Bernards from the Motion Picture Association of America. All of the people there starting asking her questions about piracy. It is a good read about why the MPAA and RIAA don't really help piracy and are actually hurting artists rather than protecting them.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006 

Apple is offering the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical in iTunes. It costs $1.99 and does not appear to be linked in the main music store. iTunes Movie Store announcement in April anyone?
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There appears to be a winner of the contest to see who can get Windows to boot of an Intel Mac. Narf2006 has posted in the On Mac forums claiming he has done it and he has a link to a Flickr set that looks to be XP on an Intel iMac. I hope that we will get confirmation soon.
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"Citi expects Apple to complete its transition to Intel based microprocessors in August with the introduction of a new, dual-core PowerMac, with Intel-based iBooks coming as early as April. The brokerage also expects Apple to release a new video iPod in April." So I am going to make a bold statement and say that I think Apple will release a video iPod and a 13" widescreen iBook (MacBook) at a media event in early April.
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Saturday, March 11, 2006 

Microsoft has finally got rid of... er... renamed there universal Web logon system called Passport. Along with all there other online services, it will be called Windows Live ID. I hope they will at least improve it a little.
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Along with adding the Daily Show to the selection of TV shows in iTunes, Apple also releases a new system for purchasing TV shows. You pay $9.99 and get 16 episodes as they are released. This is a major discount from the previous $1.99 per episode. The Multi-Pass system is currently only available in the US Store and on select shows. I hope that they will apply this method to Lost and The Office. I would definitely pay that.


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"True to industry-wide speculation, the event is expected to fall around the iPod maker's 30th anniversary, which takes place on April 1, 2006." They also have some suggestions on what is to be released. "While the company's precise plans are shrouded in secrecy as usual, sources are almost certain the event will play host to a new line of 13-inch widescreen consumer iBook notebooks based on Intel microprocessors. Additional announcements such as a high-end 17-inch MacBook Pro and a high-profile iPod-related product may also be in the cards." What is this "high-profile iPod-related product" they are talking about? No one knows. We can only hope (and pray) for a video iPod.


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Analysts Craig Berger and James Schneider of Wedbush Morgan say that they have "independent confirmation from a reliable industry source" that Apple will release a redesigned Video iPod this spring or possibly on April 1st. They believe it will cost $400 to $500 and sport a larger LCD, more storage, and better battery life. Could the iPod AV be real?


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If you were hoping to get one of the last iMacs with Power PC Processors then you are out of luck. Apple has officially stopped selling the 20" iMac G5. "With immediate effect, the following product and it's relate configurations are "End of Life" (EOL) and no further orders can be taken." So now Apple has migrated the MacBook Pro (Powerbook), iMac, and Mac Mini to Intel. What will be next? Hopefully we will found out on April 1st at Apple's 30th birthday bash.
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Microsoft announced at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco that Windows Vista will not support booting with Intel's Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). What does this mean, you ask? It means that you will not be able to boot Vista on those Mactels as previously thought. There will be support for EFI in Longhorn Server though. I can just see people now. "I just bought a MacBook Pro. Now it's time to install Longhorn Server. Yay!!" Don't give up hope completely though. Someone could figure out how to get XP to boot. If you want something besides OS X, then why not try linux?
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Thursday, March 09, 2006 

From Microsoft: " With powerful processors, big, bright displays, easy input options, and support for the latest connectivity standards, Ultra-Mobile PCs are ready for your life on the go."
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Sunday, March 05, 2006 

Ok. I know a lot of you were disappointed about Apple's recent announcements. This might cheer you up. Here are some pictures of the "iPod AV" complete with touchscreen and virtual touch screen. These look very real. Professionals have analyzed these and so far everything looks good. I think this is the real deal. Think Secret is saying this will be released April 1st at Apple's 30th birthday celebration. Also notice that Ice Age 2 is playing on the iPod AV in the first picture. iTunes movie store anyone?


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Saturday, March 04, 2006 

While I was at the Apple Store, I also got a chance to check out the new Mac Mini. The model I tested was the 1.66 GHz Core Duo model. The first thing I noticed while using it was how fast web browsing was. Browsing the web used to be slow on all Macs, especially the Mac Mini. It loaded pages one after another, without hesitation. All of the iLife Apps loaded and ran very well compared to the old Mac Mini; although, it was still noticeably slower than a MacBook Pro or iMac. They had Microsoft installed on the one I was using and I was surprised to find that it ran VERY slow in Rosetta. It took about a minute to load Word and there was quite a bit of lag time for text to appear. It was so slow that I wouldn't really want to use it at all. I did not get to try out Front Row, but video playback in iTunes seemed fine, despite the fact that they switched to Intel Integrated Graphics. There is not much to say about the new Mac Mini. If you are looking to buy a low cost Mac and don't plan to use any pro apps and are willing to wait for a universal version of Microsoft Office then I think you would be satisfied. I don't know of any full reviews at this time, but I will post a link if I come across one.


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I went to the opening of a new Apple Store in North Park mall today and got to check out all the cool new products released last week. There is not a lot to say about the new contraption that you dock you iPod in. Well, it plays music... from your iPod, and it does a dang good job of it. The sound quality was far superior of the Bose SoundDock sitting next to it. The most noticeable difference in sound quality over other iPod sound docks was the bass performance. One reason I hate the Bose SoundDock so much is the fact that it has hardly any bass, if any. In fact, the iPod Hi-Fi had such good bass that it made the table vibrate and you could see and feel the subwoofer inside of it. It also had better volume than other iPod sound docks. There are some problems I have with it though. First off, it is very heavy. I could not see carrying it around the house or in the backyard. Second, your iPod is not locked into dock and could fall off if picked up. I much prefer the design of the Altec Lansing inMotion and it's little door thing you open up and slide your iPod into. I did like that it can be controlled with the included Apple Remote and that there are customized settings for the dock in the new iPod firmware. If you do not plan to move you iPod dock around then I would definitely go with the iPod Hi-fi over any of the other Sound Docks. If you want more than please read PC Mag's Review.
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Thursday, March 02, 2006 

Here is an article written by Ziff Davis's Internet senior editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. It is about why Vista will suck and how Linux and OS X is far superior to XP and will still be superior when Vista is released. Read it before you start complaining or saying that OS X or Linux sucks. The guy makes some good points. This is why I am buying a Mac.


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From Think Secret: " Apple's forthcoming "true" video iPod will feature a 4-inch display with a quarter-inch border, allowing the device to maintain dimensions typical of previous iPods, further sources have confirmed. Think Secret first broke word of the upcoming touch-screen iPod in early February." Think Secret believes it will be released sometime in March or April; along with a movie download service in iTunes. I think if Apple is going to release I think they will do it on there 30th birthday on April 1st. This sounds pretty promising.
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From Apple Insider: "A survey distributed this week through Coyote Insight, a Fullerton, Calif.-based market research firm, asked that participants answer a series of questions related to a potential "iTunes movie service" that would provide on-demand access to movies that could be downloaded to a computer or iPod." From the survey: "This iTunes service would provide access to 1,000 movies on demand which can be downloaded to your computer and, in turn, to your video iPod if you have one, or even your television if it is connected to your computer," The survey talks about an "all you can eat" service for around $9.99 a month or purchasing movies at #12.95 each.
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"A new portable media device that allows users to listen to music, play video games, browse the internet and jot hand-written notes is the initial vision of a product in development by Microsoft and its partners, the software giant confirmed." Microsoft is only calling Origami "a concept we've been working on with partners." We were supposed to get an announcement about this, but Microsoft has changed there mind (what a suprise) and there will be no announcement this week.
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