Steve Jobs announces the iPhone on SNL

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 20:14
Category: Humor

“Steve Jobs” (a.k.a. Fred Armisen) announces the iPhone on SNL:


Norton AntiVirus AutoProtect May Interfere With Recent iPods

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 14:49
Category: News

The folks at have spotted a reported conflict between the current version of Norton Antivirus 10 for the Mac and various iPod models.
The conflict prevent the latest 30 gigabyte model iPod and new 8 gigabyte iPod Nano from both synching and updating themselves once connected to the computer (the resulting error message claims the device is in use by another application). The user also finds themselves unable to eject the iPod from their system, even after quitting iTunes.
Interestingly enough, the bug doesn’t affect older models of iPods, including the 20 gigabyte iPods and the 4 gigabyte black iPod Nano units. The end result points to a conflict between the latest iPod firmware and Norton Antivirus 10.
In most cases, readers reported they could resolve the problem by disabling Norton Antivirus’ AutoProtect feature. If this fails, the following items should be removed from the Library/StartupItems folder prior to rebooting:
NortonAutoProtect folder
NortonAutoProtect.kextcache file
NortonMissedTasks folder
If you’ve seen anything like this or have comments to add, let us know.


Apple TV Internal Components Revealed

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 13:14
Category: News

An article over at has proven to be chock full of juicy tidbits regarding Apple’s upcoming Apple TV set-top box.
Check out the full article after the jump…


The Apple Core: iPhone’s missing features

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:53
Category: The Apple Core

I want to start out by saying that I think that the iPhone will be wildly successful. I think that Apple will sell boat loads of them. I will definitely be buying one, at minimum for research purposes. That being said, it would be irresponsible to simply laud the device without pointing out some of it’s more serious deficiencies, and there are several of them.
I should also mention that the following are my list of missing iPhone’s missing features, so they won’t necessarily be yours.
iPhone’s missing features:
1. Third party support. Apple is making the iPhone a walled garden without allowing third party applications to be installed. Apple claims that it’s for security reasons but I think that they’ll eventually bow to public pressure and release an SDK and allow certain “blessed” applications in. Besides, there’s always the “browser hole.”
2. Browser plug-ins/Flash/Javascript. This is still up in the air, but Apple is staying mum on exactly which plug-ins the “Safari” browser will support. I think that dropping Javascript and/or Flash is a deal-breaker.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Apple Using “Weasel Language” with iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:36
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The Apple Blog’s Iyaz Akhtar takes issue with Apple’s iPhone naming strategy, implying that the company may not be sure about the name and wanted to give itself an easy way out if something bad happend.

When people see an iMac or an iPod for the first time they look at the device from all angles. Apple’s showpieces have their names proudly emblazoned somewhere on them. The Apple iPhone is certainly another showpiece – it is the showpiece from Macworld this year. Yet, it does not have its name etched on its backside.

“We are calling it iPhone.” That statement has a bit of weasel language. Just because “we” – in other words, Apple, Inc. – are calling it iPhone doesn’t mean its official name is iPhone. When the iPod was first introduced, Steve Jobs stated, “That product is called ‘iPod.'” The nano introduction also featured a declaration – “It’s called the ‘iPod nano,'” Steve Jobs announced. No weasel language there, but there is ambiguity in this year’s Macworld keynote.

iPhone or not: What’s in a Name? at The Apple Blog

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Seagate Announces World’s Fastest HDD – and it’s a Notebook Drive

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:35
Category: hard drive

Seagate Technology has announced what it claims to be “the world’s fastest hard drive” – the Savvio 15K with a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The new 15K-RPM addition to the Savvio family offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including size and weight (due to 2.5-inch form factor), 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle), and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF).

DailyTech – Seagate Announces World’s Fastest Hard Drive

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Digital Editions for Mac Beta Now Available

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 09:16
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Adobe has released an open beta of Digital Editions for Mac, an upcoming software package that allows users to read and manage eBooks as well as other digital publications.
The software can function as both an Internet application as well as work offline, supporting both PDF and XHTML-based publications. The Digital Editions beta is a 2.5 megabyte download that includes Flash Player 9 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.


Netflix Announces Movie Streaming Service

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 08:58
Category: Consumer Electronics

“We’ve gotten used to it,” Netflix’s chief executive, Reed Hastings, said of the doomsday predictions. But Mr. Hastings also said he understood why questions about his business kept coming up. “Because DVD is not a hundred-year format, people wonder what will Netflix’s second act be.

“On Tuesday, Mr. Hastings will begin to answer that question. Netflix is introducing a service to deliver movies and television shows directly to users’ PCs, not as downloads but as streaming video, which is not retained in computer memory. The service, which is free to Netflix subscribers, is meant to give the company a toehold in the embryonic world of Internet movie distribution.

I just checked my Netflix account and was disappointed to find out that wasn’t one of “a select number” of Netflix’s 6 million subscribers will have access to a new Watch Now tab. But no worries, the system requirements are: Windows XP SP2 or Vista. If you got picked in the Netflix “Watch Now” lottery, chime in in the comments.

Netflix to Deliver Movies to the PC – New York Times

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Hands on: iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 08:08
Category: News

Macworld editor Jason Snell was able to do something we’d all like to be able to do; get our mitts on the iPhone and play with it a bit. An article over at Macworld News describes his experience along with the good and bad of one of Apple’s most anticipated new products.
Check out what he had to see after the jump…