Apple’s iTV: Clues in USB

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 00:37
Category: iTV

The Case of the Missing DVR looked at why Apple isn’t positioning the iTV as another Tivo. Here’s a second look at the more entertaining bits of rampant iTV speculation, this time looking at USB and what lurks inside.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Learn Final Cut Pro, Motion, Shake, Logic and Lighting!

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 11:59
Category: Announcement

B&H proudly joins Apple and Lowel Lighting to present an HDV-focused seminar that will teach you the tools and techniques you need to create live performance footage, music videos, and behind-the-scenes content. This seminar focuses on workflow, hands-on experience, and camera set-ups. Shooting will be demonstrated.
In today’s music industry it is as important be seen as it is to be heard. Podcasting, YouTube, and a world of new portable video devices have opened powerful avenues for reaching your fans. The amazing quality of High Definition Video (HDV) is the hottest trend in video. Apple’s Final Cut Studio combined with affordable HDV camera technology enables you to reach through the screen and pull your audience onstage.
Date: Thursday, September 28th
Location: The New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave., (between 34th & 35th Streets)
New York, NY 10001
Times: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Register here
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Register here
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The Apple Core: Apple alums get into the chip business

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 09:54
Category: The Apple Core

jazz-semi-logo.gifThree veterans of Apple Computer have joined together to form a startup that acquired Newport Beach, CA-based Jazz Semiconductor, Inc.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Chairman and CEO Gil Amelio and former CTO Ellen Hancock got together to form Acquicor Technology, Inc. (AMEX:AQR) and their first move was to acquire Jazz Semi in an all-cash transaction valued at $260 million.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Online Music Store

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 08:00
Category: music

Our very own Philadelphia Orchestra has opened a new online music store, the first of its kind among major symphony orchestras. Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect is that the downloads are DRM-free(!), and you can choose between mp3 and FLAC (!!!). Prices are reasonable, but vary by length: an mp3 of most works (e.g., Beethoven’s 7th symphony, about 40 minutes) is $4.99 and the FLAC is $5.99. A short piece (Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani, ~10 minutes) is $0.99 on mp3 ($1.99 for FLAC), and a longer work (Beethoven’s 9th symphony, ~70 minutes) is $9.99 for the mp3 and $11.99 for FLAC. An mp3 of Beethoven’s 5th symphony is (for a limited time) available for free.
The (minor) catch… the downloads are concert recordings, from historical (going back to 1961) up through the most recent season (2006), and not “commercial” CD recordings. They do have commercially released CDs available for sale on the site, but not for download. The distinction, however, between a concert recording and a commercial release for classical music is arguably fairly small. Commercial recordings are sometimes just concert recordings with some post-production. Even “studio” recordings of a symphony are made in a concert hall, though sometimes with significant editing to merge several takes. So while there may still be the occasional cough or rustling of programs in the background, to my mind that’s inconsequential. For the downloads I have listened to thus far, the sound quality is very good. Kudos to the Philadelphia Orchestra for trying a refreshingly novel approach to music distribution.

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Apple’s iTV & The Case of the Missing DVR

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTV

A wave of analysts were confused by Apple’s iTV announcement: “Where’s the DVR?” Here’s a look at why the iTV isn’t trying to be a Tivo or a Windows Media Center PC knockoff.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Virgin Lifts Apple Notebook Ban

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 23:31
Category: battery

The onboard use of Apple and Dell laptops containing batteries was banned recently by the airline, after the companies recalled of more than five million batteries because of a risk of overheating.

“Customers wishing to use an Apple or Dell laptop on board can only do so once the laptop battery serial number has been checked by a member of the Cabin Crew,” the company states on its website. “If the battery is permitted for use, the laptop may be used as normal on board, with no further restrictions.”

Spymac.com :: Virgin lifts Apple laptop flight ban

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Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 22:52
Category: Mobile Phone

ThinkSecret reports that the much-rumored-about iPhone from Apple is coming and will be available exclusively through Cingular. If true, it would mean that Apple has decided to take a position on what phone stack it is willing to support and has come out on the side of GSM.

In a lot of ways, the mobile phone landscape in the United States could be considered a case study into how sometimes the free market fails end users. Let me explain: in the late 80s and early 90s, there were two different types of technologies available in the US for mobile phone delivery: CDMA and TDMA. However, due to vendor differences, the market fragmented even further with Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) adopting a different flavor of CDMA than Verizon. Meanwhile, Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel) adopted a proprietary technology called iDen, which was based on TDMA while T-Mobile and Cingular adopted GSM, a flavor of TDMA that has become the global standard outside of the US.

The bottom line on this whole acronym soup is that most mobile operators in the United States cannot operate on each other’s networks because they are using different technologies. This is why foreigners visiting the US generally lament about the poor quality of the mobile experience in this country and why the US is falling behind in the global mobile race. This is also why most American mobile phones don’t work abroad.

Because Cingular and T-mobile used the same GSM technology, they agreed to share their networks, allowing their customers to use both networks transparently, in a situation similar to the one one would witness outside of the US. The fact that they use GSM is also why a lot of cool phones make it to their networks before they are available to other providers. Verizon is now hedging its bets by introducing hybrid CDMA/GSM phones under the heading of Global Phone Service. To many outside the US, it looks like GSM is already the winning format in the standards war. Read more…

TNL.net >> Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?

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iPhone to be Exclusive to Cingular

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 22:27
Category: Mobile Phone

Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US’ largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple’s forthcoming phone, sources report. Apple’s iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release.

As previously reported, Apple’s phone will feature a candy-bar design with a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. Robust iTunes and iSync support will also be delivered with the phone.

Apple’s exclusive contract with Cingular is said to be good for the first six months, sources report, meaning other providers will be able to sell the phone in the second-half of 2007. Cingular had an exclusive on the Motorola ROKR—the first phone to feature iTunes—when it launched last year.

Think Secret – Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch

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Intel’s 80 Core Processor

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 21:10
Category: Intel

Intel’s CEO (pictured at right) told the audience that the chipmaker has already built a prototype with 80 processing cores on a single chip that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second — that’s a teraflop to the layman — and is aiming to ready commercial versions within five years.

Otellini also teased everyone with announcements of the new 45nm-based architecture, code-named “Nehalem”, which will ship in 2008, and the new “Gesher” 32nm chips by 2010, which would allow for a 310 percent increase in Intel processors’ performance-per-Watt by that time…

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Greenpeace Targets Apple (Again)

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 20:15
Category: Environment


Apple is not Greenpeace’s favorite computer company, as we all know (though I’m not sure what company Greenpeace actually likes, but that is a subject for a different blog). Continuing their ‘Why must Apple sell poison’ campaign Greenpeace has launched a site that parodies Apple.com. While this is a clever idea, I have to wonder why there is no Dell page.

TUAW >> Greenpeace creates mock Apple homepage

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