Xbox 360 Launch Hype

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 10:55
Category: Consumer Electronics

xbox-360.jpgI drove around a little this morning and checked out the xbox 360 launch hype. BJ’s gave out 5 standard units – I congratulated a few leaving with their boxes – probably could have snagged one If I’d been there 30 minutes earlier. Best Buy was more hardcore. The point man had been there since 9PM the night before and watched the 50 some leaders get on the board.
Those waiting organized their own list and kept careful records of who got in line and when. The store didn’t open until 9AM, but at 6AM a Best Buy rep came by and handed out about 50-60 vouchers. Apparently there were about 20 premium and 30 standard units to be had. Some people fell asleep in their cars and missed out. It was cold and windy all night with a light misty rain that chills to the bone! (Contributed by z0inks)

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Intel Starts an 'Apple Group'

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 10:27
Category: Intel

intel-inside-apple.jpgAn article from eWEEK Intel Starts an ‘Apple Group’ indicates that Intel is taking this Apple thing seriously. This is probably the best indicator yet that Apple will introduce Intel-driven Macs sooner rather than later:

Industry analysts and others have confirmed that Intel Corp. has formed an internal “Apple group.” This group, formed in the wake of Apple Computer Inc.’s decision to base its next generation of Macintosh computers on Intel processors, is comprised of engineers and sales staff.
Intel has similar groups for other large clients such as Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard. Specifics on the Apple group are sparse, however.

(Contributed by Walt Atwood)

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Video of MITs US$100 Laptop

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 09:49
Category: PC Notebook

mit-100-laptop.jpgEngadget has a link to a video of MIT’s US100 laptop in action:

We can’t say this is the pinnacle hands-on review of the One Laptop Per Child prototype, but it does offer a nice view of the ambitious $100 lappy, and the interview with Dr. Mary Lou Jepson, who is the CTO of the initiative, is rather informative.

Click through to Engadget for the link…

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iTMS Outsells Traditional Music Retailers

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 08:35
Category: iTunes Music Store

The Chicago Tribune (free reg req’d) reports that Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store now sells more music than Tower Records or Borders, according to analyst firm the NPD Group.

Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes online store was ranked the seventh-largest music retailer in the U.S. in the third quarter, breaking into the top 10 for the first time, according to researcher NPD Group Inc.
ITunes moved up from 14th a year earlier, Port Washington, New York-based NPD said today in a statement. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co., Target Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. remained the top-four music retailers in the U.S. based on the number of songs sold, NPD said. Trans World Entertainment Corp.’s FYE and Circuit City Stores Inc. also ranked ahead of Apple.

(via Bloomberg News).

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Apple Prepays $1.25B to Secure Flash Chips Through 2010

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 08:25
Category: iPod

Apple today announced that it has reached long-term supply agreements with Hynix, Intel, Micron, Samsung Electronics and Toshiba to secure the supply of NAND flash memory through 2010. As part of these agreements, Apple intends to prepay a total of $1.25 billion for flash memory components during the next three months. (Via Digg)
Prepare for another hissy fit from Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo and the other Korean manufacturers.

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Review: EDGE Dock & Multi Flash Card Reader for iPod

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 01:40
Category: Review

ipod-dock-flash-card-reader.jpgEdgeTech’s new Dock & Multi Flash Card Reader for iPod is like a traditional iPod dock with the additional functionality of being a flash memory card reader. If you keep a flash media reader on your desk, the $45 dock provides a nice way to get rid of an extra peripheral and clean up some of the clutter on your desk.
The Dock & Multi Flash Card Reader charges and syncs the iPods, nano, mini and photo. It’s USB powered and has an S-Video output for viewing photos on a TV. The main difference between it and the Apple iPod dock is that it reads most flash memory cards including: xD Picture Card, SD Memory Cards, MultiMedia (MMC) Cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, SmartMedia Cards, Type I/II CompactFlash Cards, and IBM Microdrive.
Unfortunately it doesn’t act like Apple’s iPod Camera Connector accessory and allow you to transfer images directly from your digital camera’s memory card to an iPod. Maybe in version 2.0.
I was a little disappointed that it won’t sync my iPod with the included standard USB cable (despite the fact that all iPods are now USB only). Instead it requires using Apple’s expensive, proprietary 30-pin “docking cable” (which I’d rather keep in my bag). The standard USB cable is reserved for the card reading functionality only.
All-in-all it’s a good iPod dock for users that also use a lot of media cards and don’t want an extra accessory cluttering up their workspace. However, if you only use a single style of media card or if you usually cable up your camera or use a PC card reader to sync your photos, you’d be better off with Apple’s US$39 Universal Dock.

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