Sony Releases MP3 Video Walkman

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 15:21
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On Thursday, Sony launched its A800 series of portable music and video player, also known as the “MP3 Video Walkman”. The player, considered the world’s lightest video player by the company, is a Flash-memory-based device that measures 0.36″ in thickness yet uses a 2″ screen.
The MP3 Video Walkman, considered a direct competitor to Apple’s iPod Nano, supports full MPEG-4 and H.264 playback and boasts a 30 hour battery life for continuous music playback and eight hour battery life for video playback. The device also handles a wide range of audio formats including AAC, MP3, WMA and Sony’s proprietary ATRAC standard according to MacNN.
Sony has stated that the MP3 Video Walkman will be available in Europe this April and be available for slightly more than Apple’s iPod Nano. The unit’s two and four gigabyte models will be available in black, blue, pink and white while the high end eight gigabyte model will be available in black and white. The units will be priced at 120, 150 and 200 British pounds respectively.
A final date for a U.S. launch has yet to be announced.

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CompUSA to Close More Than Half of U.S., Puerto Rico Locations

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 09:40
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Nationwide retailer CompUSA has announced that it will close more than half of its brick and mortar computer and eletronics stores in the next two to three months.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the chain stated that it would shutter 126 of its 225 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico as part of a massive restructing effort unveiled last Friday according to Macworld News. The consolidation will accompany a US$400 million cash infusion as well as other expense reductions. CompUSA has not declared the source of the cash infusion.
“Based on changing conditions in the consumer retail electronics market, the company identified the need to close and sell stores with low performance or nonstrategic, old store layouts and locations faced with market saturation,” Roman Ross, CompUSA’s CEO, said in a statement.
The chain is currently controlls by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu’s Grupo Carso SA conglomerate, which took control of and privatized the computer chain back in 2000.
Retail may be facing hard times in general as rival Circuit City has announced that it will close eight of their stores in the United States as well as 62 locations in Canada. Tight profit margins were to blame, the company specifying this issue especially where flat-panel televisions were concerned.

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Apple Gets Closer to Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 08:19
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Apple released yet another pair of Mac OS X 10.4.9 builds this week, edging the operating system closer to a public update.
The new builds, termed 8P213 for the Intel architecture release and 8P132 for the PowerPC architecture release, are noted for an improved ImageIO feature change which can improve image import speeds.
The combo updates, which can update the system from Mac OS X 10.4.x to Mac OS X 10.4.9 weigh in at 163.47 megabytes for PowerPC-based Macs and 315.45 megabytes for Intel-based Macs according to AppleInsider.
Mac OS X 10.4.9 will be the first update to the Mac OS X operating system since September, when Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.8 to the public.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 34

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 08:00
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 34 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (58’31, 27.51MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Chuck Freedman and Chris Barylick.
Topics include: CoverFlow firmware update for iPod 5G?, Cisco and Apple settle iPhone dispute, deadly DVD-R media and thoughts on Apple TV.
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Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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Netscape Founder Marc Andreessen: Mac Switcher

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 08:00
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According to a post on GigaOM Netscape founder Marc Andreessen (bio) has come back to the Mac. Those who remember the net roots at the University of Illinois recall that there was a whole lot of Macs being used at the time. Sure the “systems” guys were using other products but the Mac platform dominated Web content development. I really think that those earlier products from Netscape were more user friendly. It’s nice to see you can come back home. Welcome home Marc.
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DLO’s Home Dock Deluxe Now Shipping

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPod
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Looking for a way to pass the time until Apple TV finally ships? Then you may want to check out the second generation HomeDock Deluxe iPod Dock (US$150) from Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO).
The HomeDock Deluxe is a super iPod dock that allows you to enjoy your music, movies and TV shows in front of the warm glow of your favorite TV in the living room. And while Apple TV only works with HDTVs with component inputs, the HomeDock Deluxe works with any TV (either standard or high definition) with a composite input.
It works like this: connect the HomeDock Deluxe to your home television and stereo with the included AV and S-Video cables. Then dock your iPod and use the included remote control (which has buttons for 18 dedicated functions) to navigate your iPod content on the big screen.
The updated HomeDock Deluxe sports a re-designed on-TV navigation that includes full color album art, new screen savers, visualizers and 12 new color themes. Like the iPod you can even create playlists on the fly via the “My Jukebox” function.

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MacBook WiFi Hack Demonstrated at Black Hat DC Event

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 07:39
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Apple‘s much-publicized WiFi hack of 2006 may have been real, as demonstrated at a Black Hat security conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The hack, which was shown on a MacBook running Mac OS X 10.4.6, was able to run malicious code while scanning for a wireless network.
The bug was initially discovered by researcher David Meynor, who claimed the exploit, if left unpatched, could be used to run arbitrary code on the Mac according to an article on MacNN.
Meynor revealed the bug last year, but conceded that he had been using a third-party WiFi card which took the brunt of the criticism prior to updates being released to fix the bug. Meynor also claims that Apple exerted undue pressure for him to release a public apology and threatened his then-employer, SecureWorks, which prevented his presentation of the security flaw at an event in San Diego.
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