PowerBook nano Counterpoint

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 23:28
Category: Opinion

While I think you idea about a Powerbook Nano is really cool and could do wonders for Apple’s product line, I doubt the company will implement such as idea until it can be built around an Intel-based architecture. I’m hoping Apple will come out with a Viiv version of the iBook. A Viiv-ized iBook Nano would be incredible!
One area I disagree on is giving up the optical drive, or allowing Apple to put it in an external FireWire enclosure. Next thing you know, Apple will offer external optical drives using USB 2.0 only. No thanks!
Read More…


The Apple Core: LED Tubes Show Promise for PowerBooks

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

Yesterday I discussed how a PowerBook could be improved using flash memory technology in place of fixed disks. Today I want to look at ways to improve the display.
One obvious way to improve the screens of Apple’s PowerBooks and iBooks would be to further increase the available screen resolution. Another display technology that shows real promise for Apple’s professional portables is an experimental backlight technology called LED tubes.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Apple Ropes the Peacock in iTunes TV Deal; Ups Prices (Updated)

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 08:09
Category: iTunes Music Store

ipod_nbc.jpgI was watching my favorite TV show last night (The Office on NBC) when I saw a banner come up across the bottom of the screen saying that you could now download it to your iPod from the iTunes Music Store. Apple has signed a deal with NBC to carry a number of their television shows on the iTMS.

NBC Universal programming now available on the iTunes Music Store spans from the 1950s to the present, including NBC’s “Law & Order,” “The Office,” “Surface,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the USA Network’s Emmy Award-winning “Monk” and Sci-Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” as well as classic TV shows including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Dragnet,” “Adam-12” and “Knight Rider,” on the iTunes Music Store beginning today. Customers can purchase and download their favorite shows, including current shows the day after they air on TV, and watch them on their computer or iPod. The NBC Universal programs will be available in newly designated areas of the iTunes Music Store featuring the NBC Universal brands, including the NBC network, Sci-Fi Channel and the USA Network.

iTMS is charging US$9.99 for hour long episodes of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and US$1.99 for under 15 minute clips. This appears to be the first deviation from the US$1.99 per TV show price point. Are song price increases inevitable at this point? Chime in in the comments below. (Thanks Digg).


Are iPods Making Their Fans Deaf?

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 00:28
Category: iPod

I’ve ranted about tinnitus here before, but a salient article in Rolling Stone underscores my point that listening to your iPod too loudly will eventually make you deaf.

Hearing loss is one of the dirty secrets of the music business, and everyone involved-from musicians onstage to fans who crank MP3s through headphones-is at risk. “We turn it up without realizing that we’re doing damage,” says Brian Fligor, an audiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Noise-induced hearing loss develops so slowly and insidiously that we don’t know it’s happened until it’s too late.”

More from the article and a link after the jump…