The Real Digital Hub?

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 18:53
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What if the rumors are true that Xbox 2 is part of Microsoft’s plan to bring the digital hub to market first? Is it a step towards bringing us the MSN Music store, and expanding the OS monopoly to our home entertainment center? Read on for more on Microsoft’s move into your living room…

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MapMemo New Freeware That Links Your Files to Maps

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 15:28
Category: Software

Just drag your files on whatever graphic (a map, a photo, a scan, a screenshot, any graphic…) and create a visual, a location-based relation. MapMemo uses only aliases of your files, so called “Memos,” and all files will still open in their original applications. Read on for more info and a link…

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Mac Compatible GPRS PC Card

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 14:34
Category: Accessory

Coxion WebBox S10Now you can stay connected to the Internet in over 160 countries with the Coxion WebBox S10 a €260 Tri-Band GPRS PC card. This is the first GPRS PC card that supports Mac OS X right out of the box.

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Bill in Congress Would Make File Sharing a Federal Crime

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 09:05
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The second-to-last paragraph in this AP story brings an interesting new perspective to Congress’ INDUCE bill.

One technologist on Penn professor David J. Farber’s Interesting People mailing list noted tartly, “if INDUCE [the bill's original name, under which it is commonly known] is passed into law, we’ll have the curious situationwhere it will be illegal to share a file or (possibly) own an iPod, but legal to own a military assault rifle. I admit to not tracking the statistics closely, but I didn’t realize that so many people were being killed with iPods.”

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Freescale to Launch 90nm PowerPC G4

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:41
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The Register is reporting that the Motorola Freescale MPC7448 processor may be the heart of the next PowerBook G4 speed bump.

The new chip is Freescale’s first 90nm G4 and is based on the company’s e600 core, the foundation for Freescale’s upcoming line of dual-core chips. The 7448, however, contains just one core, clocked to beyond 1.5GHz. It contains 32KB of L1 cache and 1MB of L2, double the 512KB of L2 found in the MPC7447A currently driving Apple’s PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 notebooks.

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Philly's Citywide Mesh Wi-Fi Net Will be a Challenge

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:20
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The city of Philadelphia plans to invest in a new wireless mesh network based on the Wi-Fi 802.11b standard, and officials hope to turn the 135-square-mile city into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot. The project is not without its challenges, however.

“Even though a similar mesh network is operating in Chaska, Minn., that doesn’t mean it will work in Philly,” Krzywicki said. “The Chaska network is small. The one planned in Philadelphia is much larger, with all the complications of connecting hundreds of users in any given location at the same time.”
Earlier this month, the city of Philadelphia announced its plans to invest in a new wireless mesh network based on the Wi-Fi 802.11b standard. By deploying Wi-Fi antennas on street lights and other traffic control devices, city officials hope they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot, the city said on its Web site.
In comparison, the Chaska Wi-Fi network covers about 13 square miles.

Read more at ComputerWorld.com.

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Apple to Webcast Q4 2004 Financial Results

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:27
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Apple has announced that it will webcast its Q4 fiscal results conference call. The broadcast, which will be available exclusively in QuickTime, is set for Wednesday, 13 October 2004 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET).

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Free Laptops Come to Putnam Valley NY Schools

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:47
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The Journal News reports that 120 middle and high school teachers in Putnam Valley, NY were given iBook G4s and that about 160 students in the seventh grade will get laptops during the second half of the year as part of their curriculum.

Heavy backpacks stuffed with books may soon become artifacts in the Putnam Valley schools, where students and teachers are receiving free laptops this year with wireless Internet access.
The computers ? Apple iBook G4s ? will be outfitted with compact discs and online textbooks and are part of a new initiative in the district to improve student achievement and prepare children for careers.

The laptops have increased enthusiasm among students, and encouraged them to write more, said Gary Chapman, director of the 21st Century project, a research program for technology policy at the University of Texas. But they also have been opposed by some parents concerned about the costly equipment coming at the expense of other needs, including more teachers and electives.

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