One Laptop Per Child Project Cites Security Spec to be Used

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 09:29
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MIT‘s One Laptop Per Child project, a collaborative effort on the part of more than a dozen technology firms to provide a laptop computer to students in developing countries, has released the security specifications for its XO laptop according to an article on Wired News.
The XO currently includes a swiveling LCD screen capable of switching between low-resolution color and high-resolution black and white modes depending on light conditions, camera, microphone, three USB ports 512 megabytes of Flash-based storage, Wi-Fi, Linux operating system and a battery which can be powered by either a cord or a car battery.
While security has been a looming issue, especially where theft, reselling stolen units on the black market and overall privacy are concerned, Harvard security expert Ivan Krstic’s BitFrost platform may be able to provide some answers.
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Apple May Transition iPod Line to Flash-Based Memory by End of 2007

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 09:12
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According to an article on AppleInsider, Apple Inc. may move away from its hard disk-based iPod units to solid-state NAND-type flash memory by the end of 2007.
The article cites a report from Prudential Equity Group Analyst Jesse Tortora, who mentions that the move would allow for a smaller form factor, a more diverse model mix and improvements to both the battery life and durability of the units.
Tortora also pointed out that while Flash-based memory is clearly more expensive on a dollar to gigabyte ratio than hard disk drives, the advantages provided by the medium outweigh the cost. The analyst wrote that he sees Flash-based drives with capacities up to 32 gigabytes as feasible, although the question as to whether 32 gigabytes could adequately store video has arisen.
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iPhone to Sport “At Least Three” ARM Processor Cores

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 08:32
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An article on InformationWeek quotes Warren East, president and CEO of ARM as confirming that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will hold “at least three” processor cores.
The processor has been identified a PXA320, formerly known as Intel’s Monahan processor and now supplied by the Marvell Technology Group. ARM processors have found their way into “90 percent of the world’s mobile phone handsets” as well as application processors and a large percentage of available MP3 players, according to East.
East then went on to comment that “Apple will talk about the contents of the iPhone when Apple’s ready to talk about the contents of the iPhone.”
ARM currently also supplies many of the processors used in the current generation of Apple’s iPod and iPod Nano davices according to the wikipedia entry.
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Review: No Love for the iLuv

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 00:00
Category: Review

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As an iPod with Video owner, it doesn’t take long to realize that watching a full-length movie on that tiny screen just isn’t realistic. Yes, it’s cute. Yes, it draws attention from my kids’ friends (and mine too). And, in a pinch, it does the trick. But after a year with it, mainly what I’ve found is it’s simply an easier way to carry around movies and TV shows to watch someplace else (of course, besides a music player). Where I used to carry around 20+ DVDs, I now simply plug my iPod with Video into the video-in of most TVs (using Apple’s iPod AV cable – $19) and off I go. My kids love it, especially in the van using the built-in video player.
This past weekend, while shopping for myself for my big 4-0, I happened across the Sonic Impact SI5 at the Apple Store. Basically, the SI5 looks like a portable DVD player, but the iPod sits in a tray to play the movies. For $200 it plays the movies, but little else. So I went searching for other options when I came across the iLuv Portable iPod player AND DVD player.
I picked it up at Micro Center for under $150. I thought “what a great idea – a portable DVD player AND a large 7″ screen for my iPod.” I unpacked it, excitedly thinking I could get caught up on some last-season episodes of Lost before this season starts in February.
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SubRosaSoft Introduces Free Das Boot Utility

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 13:25
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, SubRosaSoft released Das Boot, a free utility capable of taking a bootable third party boot CD for the Mac and creating a bootable diagnostic device from a USB of Firewire device such as an iPod or large flash-based key drive to boot from. The advantage to this comes in the form of speed and while a third party CD may be useful, it tends to be slow to boot from.
The newly configured boot disk can then be adjusted at any time to include updates, system revisions, etc.
Das Boot is available as a free 9.4 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
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New York Senator Proposes Ban on iPod Use in Crosswalks

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 12:05
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iLounge.com has reported that New York senator Carl Kruger will propose legislation in state capital Albany today that will fine pedestrians US$100 if caught crossing the street listening to an MP3 player, cell phone or any other electronic device in any of the “big cities” in the state of New York.
The legislation comes on the heels of two recent pedestrian deaths in Kruger’s district in which a person was “listening to his iPod”, according to comments filed on Engadget.
“We’re talking about people walking sort of tuned in and in the process of being tuned in, tuned out,” said Kruger. “Tuned out to the world around them. They’re walking into speeding cars. They’re walking into buses. They’re walking into one another and it’s creating a number of fatalities that have been documented right here in the city.”
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REVIEW: Edirol E-09 24-bit WAVE/MP3 Recorder

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 10:09
Category: Accessory
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The Roland Edirol R-09 is one of the best audio recorders out there. Podcasters and musicians can look no further and stop and take a look at the Roland Edirol R-09 (MSRP US$400, specifications).
The Edirol R-09 has a lot of similarities with the M-Audio MicroTrack (MSRP US$500). Two things that make R-09 different is that it runs on two AA batteries and it has an automatic turn off setting, which can be programmed if you forget to shut it off saving you battery time.
Also a new firmware update released on 17 November 2006 allows the E-09 to support SD cards up to 4GB in capacity. The bottom line is the sound quality. The E-09 can record both in WAV and MP3 files and features seven MP3 variable speeds depending on your desires.
The Edirol R-09 also has a digital input (which can be used with a mixing board), a headphone jack and a USB jack. It comes with a 64MB SD card. For review purposes I used a 2GB SD card which provided me with ample room to record whatever I needed. I tested the E-09 at a party as well as at seminars and just jamming with a couple of guys. In each situation it performed pretty well.
I wanted to see how it would work with a Mac. One thing you must do is take some time to read the manual. Opening the battery to access the USB port can be difficult. I had no problem because I read about the problem that some had with the bottom in the forums. But the R-09 has many settings before you even start.
For audio aficionados it can be tough to decide which setting to use for certain situations. The E-09 has a built-in reverb setting with different settings – but not as many at the R-1.
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London Resident Repairs iPods, Distributes Them for Free

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 08:45
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An interview on londonist.com focuses on Matthew Smith, a London resident who’s been repairing broken iPods and giving the devices away to London’s Freecycle community (a system centered around giving an item that’s no longer necessary away or exchanging it rather than disposing of it).
Smith, who began collecting broken iPods when his iPod’s hard drive afailed after he attached it to a magnetic holder in his car, advertised on the Freecycle boards for a few broken iPods in order to get his working again and actually received more iPods than he needed. After repairing the hard drive on his own iPod, he found he could generally mix and match spare parts for other units and give them back to the community while running other chores and errands throughout the day.
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Apple Requests iPhone Confidentiality from FCC Until Mid-June

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 08:47
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According to an article on Engadget, Apple has requested that the Federal Communications Commission not reveal any details about the company’s upcoming iPhone device until June 15th.
The letter which was sent to the federal organization, specifically requests that data such as external photos, internal setup, test setup photos and the user manual not be revealed lest “the public disclosure of the above documents might be harmful to our company and would give a competitor an unfair advantage in the market.”
Also, check out Jason’s Apple Core blog for further details on this issue.
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Updated: Jobs Releases Open Letter on Digital Rights Management

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 07:18
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On Tuesday, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter explaining the position of Apple’s FairPlay in the realm of digital rights management technology.
The open letter breaks down into four sections; criticism of the way the music industry’s four major record labels’ demands have altered FairPlay, the idea that Apple would sell music sans DRM if allowed and the suggestion to foreign governments (typically those with digital music sales infrastructures currently in development) to adjust their own labels to alter digital rights management demands as opposed to pressuring Apple to open up the FairPlay standard.
Jobs also criticized the DRM protection schemes that some companies have tried to establish in the form of altered CDs which have historically caused problems on customers’ computers or failed to play at all.
For the full letter, click here and let us know what you think.

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