Sakar Releases iView Portable Video Player for iPod

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 16:24
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An article on iLounge points to electronics firm Sakar Inernational’s release of its iView portable video player for Apple’s iPod. The iView is priced at $150 and offers a 7″ screen as well as stereo speakers and allows users to insert an iPod into its dock connector cradle and play back video from the iPod.
The iView also allows the iPod to be recharged while it’s plugged into the device connector and uses a rechargeable battery boasting more than five hours of run time. The device also features an A/V output that allows it to connect to a larger screen or LCD projector.

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Carrier-Funded Study Finds Cell Phone Signals Pose No Danger to Humans

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 12:07
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A four-year study of cell phone base station transmissions funded by three of Japan’s largest cellular carriers (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI Corp. and Softbank Mobile) has concluded that no risk is posed to human health according to an article on Macworld News.
The study, which began in November of 2002, gathered data by generating signals identical to those used by WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) base stations, the most common 3G phone technology used in Japan and other countries. These signals, which were up to 10 times more powerful than the limits allowed by Japanese law, were reported to have no harmful effects on cell samples.
The study contradicts a widely publicized Dutch study performed in 2003 by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research that found that people exposed to radio fields from 3G base stations experienced symptoms such as nausea, tingling sensations and dizziness while the same effects didn’t occur with signals from older GSM base stations.
For full details, check out the article.
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VMWare Running Virtualized Mac OS X on X86 Hardware, Parallels to Follow

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 09:28
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There are a few things to catch up on, but they prove interesting and an article on The Unofficial Apple Weblog sums it up pretty well:
Diane Greene, CEO of VMware, has mentioned that her company’s product is already being used to run virtualized versions of Mac OS X on systems from providers such as Dell and Hewlett Packard. Greene has claimed this was unintentional.
SWsoft CEO Serguei Beloussov, whose firm owns and provides fiscal backing for Parallels, has stated that Parallels will upgrade its own product to make it easier to run Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware. Beloussov also cited that this wasn’t deliberate, but the nature of the current Intel hardware allows for easier virtualization.
The end result could bring Mac OS X to PC hardware through two well supported products and could help widen the user base for the operating system.
Further details to be posted as they become available.
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Japanese Inventor Demonstrates Water-Powered Batteries at CES

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 08:24
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According to an article on Engadget, Japanese inventor Susumu Suzuki and company recently demonstrated a water-powered battery at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The batteries are built from mostly carbon-based compounds which are activated by a tiny amount of water and can supposedly last longer than a traditional battery without degrading (according to a crave article, the units can be recycled several times as well) and could cost about one tenth the price of a current battery if mass produced. The batteries themselves would provide about the same amount of stored energy as a standard manganese dioxide battery.
Additional details were hard to come by, but the creators at the CES booth cited that many patents had been obtained for the device.

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Apple Patches QuickTime Bug in Security Update

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 08:36
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PowerPage editor in chief Jason O’Grady has the full details of Apple’s security update, released yesterday to repair a hole in version 7.1.3 of QuickTime.
For the full story, click here.

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