The Frustrated Traveller: Finding a True “World” Mobile Phone

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

It used to be quite simple: In order to use a mobile phone in the US and the rest of the world you needed GSM service and a phone with “tri-band” capability: 900MHz and 1800MHz for most of the world and 1900MHz for the US. Then two things happened: First, the two major GSM carriers in the US started using 850MHz in addition to, or instead of, the 1900MHz band.
Second, the so-called “next generation” of GSM services became defined and partially deployed. Known as “3G” (WCDMA and UMTS are phrases often used) this new technology allows faster data rates and services such as video calls. A lot more could be said about 3G, but let’s focus on the frequency. In most of the world, 3G is being offered on 2100MHz. The good news is that this includes some places that previously had no GSM service at all, notably Japan. The bad news is that (rumor has it), US carriers will be offering 3G service on 1900MHz instead.
So, where does this leave the global traveler?
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(Contributed by Ole Jacobsen)

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Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can’t Ship (and Apple can)

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How has Apple been able to ship six major revisions of Mac OS X in the same timeframe that Microsoft has done little for their desktop users apart from service packs, patches and ads?
Compare Apple’s development of Mac OS X with these three distractions that Microsoft struggles with, and you’ll see why half a decade has passed without any significant feature upgrades to Windows XP!
It’s not that Microsoft has been standing still. They’ve been working hard to deliver a regular volley of patches and workarounds to Windows’ security vulnerabilities and redesigns for Window’s architectural flaws. Further, they’ve been sidetracked by the allure of adware and paid search.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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The Apple Core: Apple Updates Express Card software for MacBooks

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

Express-Card-Update-1.0.pngApple yesterday released Express Card Update 1.0 for MacBook Pros. According to Apple’s explanation on their Web site, the 492KB update “resolves an issue that prevented the system from sleeping when some cards are inserted in the ExpressCard/34 slot.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Alternative Interfaces Part 2

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Back in February I posted links to some alternative interfaces. One of them was by Jeff Han, a research scientist for New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Adobe has posted a fascinating and informative video of Jeff demonstrating his latest developments. The clip runs for just under 10 minutes, so is ideal to watch while you are taking a *insert beverage of choice* break.
It is also available as a video Podcast, so you can download it to watch later on the QuickTime-enabled viewer of your choice.
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Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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Mac Pro Unboxing

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 00:00
Category: Hardware


Mac Pro unboxed and taken apart. Ahhh, computer porn…

PowerMax: Mac Pro taken apart!

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