David A. Andelman’s column for Forbes, Apple To The Rescue…Again? suggests that Apple is in negotiations with music labels to sell music videos through the iTunes Music Store:
NEW YORK – Apple Computer, whose iTunes and iPods took a major step toward rescuing the music industry from the grip of pirates, is poised to do a similar service for videos. Some of the top music labels say they’ve been contacted by Apple about the prospects of selling music videos on iTunes?probably ahead of a fall debut of a color-screen Apple full-motion video iPod. The labels ought to be jumping for joy.
According to another report Disney is mulling teaming up with Apple to deliver iPod video content
“Steve Jobs has spoken with Disney President and soon-to-be CEO Bob Iger about ways to license various Disney content for a video iPod, according to an internal Disney email I have obtained. That could include anything from clips from ESPN and ABC News to short cartoons,” Business 2.0’s Erick Schonfeld reports in his blog (his source is B2.0 editor-at-large Paul Sloan). “If the past is any measure of what?s to come, Jobs will enter the arena late (as he did with the iPod) only to leapfrog over the competition with some entirely different device. And that could leave everyone from Microsoft?s Bill Gates to Sony?s Howard Stringer once again racing to copy their far smaller rival.”
More evidence of the Video iPod (vPod)? I guess we’ll have to wait until September to find out.
Opera 8.02 Technology Preview 1 with support for BitTorrent file transfers is available for download. More information can be found in the press release and on the Opera BitTorrent Resource Page. For information on BitTorrent settings in Opera, please view the changelogs.
The Gizmo Project is a Mac OS X Voice-over-IP application brought to you by the SIPphone team. Gizmo project is a better VoIP client than frontrunner Skype, which I wrote about in my February 2005 column for Macworld magazine Dialing for Less. Here are some reasons Gizmo Project is better than Skype. Read More…
Azureus is a Java BitTorrent client that works with Mac OS X and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users, including: Upload and download speed limiting, both globally and per torrent, advanced seeding rules and an embedded tracker. What makes Azareus even cooler are the third-party plugins that are available to auto-adjustment of your upload and download speeds according to your network charge, an RSS feed scanner and a Swing Web Interface that allows remote control of Azureus. Because it’s Java, the UI isn’t quite as fast as BitTorrent, but the additional control and features make Azareus an O’Grady’s PowerPick for 2005.
I discovered the Optimus Keyboard from Slashdot and it’s worth re-posting here. The Optimus keyboard is made up of tiny LCDs built into the keytops that can change dynamically depending on the application. Imagine being able to switch between different keyboard languages on-the-fly! Click through to see the Photoshop and Quake Keyboard layouts too. According to Slashdot “They have included a FAQ at the middle-right of the page stating some of the questions that Slashdotters were wondering. A few interesting ones were ‘ It will be real’, ‘We hope it will be released in 2006’, ‘It will cost less than a good mobile phone’, ‘It will be OS-independent’, and finally ‘It will most likely use OLED technology (e-paper is sooo slow)’.”
The feedback was hot and heavy regarding my story about how Apple should dump the name “PowerBook” in favor of something new when they announce the new Intel-based portables. Many of you felt that Apple should keep the name PowerBook because it is a worldwide brand. Some of your comments are after the jump…