How USB Ports Took Over the World

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 13:10
Category: Archive

The original “bondi blue” iMac was the first computer to offer USB ports without offering “legacy” ports. That’s right — no serial ports, no ADB. The result was a flood of USB devices in white-and-blue plastic. This was a crucial turning point that created a reason to prefer USB to non-USB ports. Learn the history of the USB standard and some of its benefits to users and vendors, as well as where it missed the boat.

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Bluetooth iPod: More Cost, Less Battery

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 09:31
Category: Hardware

Infoworld’s Tech Watch is covering the Bluetooth iPod watch:

I met with Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG and asked him if he heard anything about enabling iPod with Bluetooth so that you can use a Bluetooth wireless stereo headset.
Foley said everyone is waiting for it but he’s heard nothing from Apple.
However, here’s the straight skinny on what it would take to add Bluetooth to the iPod.
Number one, since the Bluetooth 2.0 spec is now ratified, which performs at 3Mb per second, stereo headsets are already on to the market.
The cost to Apple of adding a Bluetooth radio to the iPod would be about $2.50 for the iPod and another $2.50 for a headset. That’s assuming Apple wanted to offer the wireless headset.

Read more at Infoworld Tech Watch.

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Nokia HDD Phone to Challenge iPod

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 09:50
Category: Mobile Phone

Nokia NSeries Mobile Challenge iPodNokia’s, the world’s top mobile phone manufacturer, announced new 4G mobile phones with built-in hard drives that will challenge Apple and Canon.

Nokia unveiled new premium phones on April 27, 2005 that included one with an MP3 music player, the N91 (L), that it said will outsell Apple’s iPod and a camera phone, the N90, that it forecast will surpass Canon, the world’s top digital camera maker.

The new music phone is a direct shot across Apple’s bow and challenges the space comfortably dominated by Apple’s iPod. Nokia thinks that if you already carry a mobile phone, what’s the sense in schlepping around an MP3 player in addition. Unless your a fan of the BatBelt look of multiple devices across your belt, they kind of have a point. Besides, although Apple has innovated on iPod hardware design, the software is so 2001.
Read More:
- Nokia Takes Aim at IPod with Premium Line of Phones (Reuters)
- Nokia unveils 4GB music mobile (Macworld UK)

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Good: 200MB PB Drives, Bad: 2007

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 08:44
Category: Hardware

Several sources are reporting that Fujitsu is preparing a 200GB (2.5-inch) notebook drive. The new mobile hard drive will feature perpendicular recording technology according to IDG News.

Perpendicular recording is a method of storing information using magnetic fields to represent each bit. In disks that are commercially available today, the bits, or magnetic fields, lay flat on the disk surface. In drives using perpendicular recording, the bits stand upright. Because they take less space, more bits can be packed on the disk, and so more recording capacity is available.

Finally, a hard drive that keeps up with Moore’s Law you say? No quite. The bad news is that the new 200GB drive is not slated to ship until the first half of 2007. Yes, 2007.

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Microsoft Strongarms Blogger

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 08:40
Category: Archive

Paul Thurrott’s WinHEC 2005: Day Three Blog got slapped by Microsoft for posting screen shots of Microsoft’s beta Longhorn OS. It almost seems like Microsoft is taking some cues from Apple. (the comment at 1:07pm is what most caught my eye).

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