iChat Needs VOIP, Multiplatform Support

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Date: Monday, October 11th, 2004, 09:02
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MacSlash has linked to an article discussing how Instant Messenger clients are poised to morph into Voice Over IP (VOIP) clients in the coming years.

Kelly McNeill writes “New research shows that Net phone technology will will be growing by leaps ands bounds in the next few years. Harry Rider submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which hypothesizes that the major players in IM will dominate this market by integrating VOIP technology into their client software packages. He believes that Apple’s iChat will go multiplatform after integrating VOIP technology and then will also cross-sell its iSight video conferencing camera to address customers currently paying video conference rental fees.”

The link to the actual editorial can be found at MacSlash.
What are your thoughts on VOIP and the next generation of tools? Do you use any of them now? Do you plan to in the future?

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EasyWatch Brings Mobile Digital TV Reception to PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, October 11th, 2004, 09:08
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According to LowEndMac Elgato has teamed with hardware supplier SCM Microsystems and cooperation partner Satelco to launch the new EasyWatch DVB-T PC Card as a cross platform solution for Windows and Mac OS

Freescale Dual-Core Chip and the PowerBook

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Date: Monday, October 11th, 2004, 08:19
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An Apple With Two Cores?” at Forbes.com speculates that the Freescale chip’s power consumption is low enough, in the range of 15 to 25 watts, that it could be used inside a PowerBook.

While the chip Freescale described on Tuesday–which bears the arcane product name MPC8641D–probably isn’t going into a Mac anytime soon, there’s nothing stopping Freescale from adapting it and making a dual-core chip aimed at Apple’s flagship product, says Kevin Krewell, analyst with Instat/MDR, the market research outfit that hosted the Processor Forum event.
One important clue is that the chip supports the AltiVec, a set of chip instructions that set out how certain types of computing tasks are handled on the chip…
AltiVec instructions are crucial to the operation of modern Macs and have been ever since Apple released the first PowerMac G4 computers. The very fact that IBM–which had previously eschewed AltiVec on its PowerPC chips–even mentioned AltiVec in its Processor Forum presentation in 2002 (see: “IBM Remains Coy About Apple Chip”) was seen as a crucial clue that the IBM chip was being aimed at Apple.

Read the entire story at Forbes.com.

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PowerBook G4 Updates as Soon as This Week

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Date: Monday, October 11th, 2004, 08:22
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Mac OS Rumors is reporting that the speed-bumped PowerBook G4s could arrive “in a matter of weeks at most; quite possibly, a matter of days.” The PowerPage has not been able to confirm this updated timeframe although we have been talking about the speed-bump for quite a while. The MOSR piece claims it will pack a 200MHz frontside bus and a Radeon 9800 Mobility 128MB GPU.

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Editorial: iTunes Music Store Australia

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Date: Monday, October 11th, 2004, 07:48
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JaySee has posted an editorial about the state of the iTunes music store in countries outside of the USA & Europe, particularly focusing on Australia

Unfortunately for those of us that live here, Apple’s market share in Australia is pretty small. We’re talking maybe 5% of the worldwide operation. And as the runt of the litter, we often miss out on the cool stuff, like iPhoto book printing and now, the iTunes music store.

Read the whole story at ozimac.com.au.

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