Dual LG Patents May Hinder Future iPhone Designs

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 08:16
Category: News

Despite the fervor and enthusiasm over Apple’s upcoming iPhone, some additional roadblocks may remain. LG Electronics has recently published a pair of patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that may impair Apple’s ability to create future iPhone designs.
The first, entitled “Mobile Communication Terminal Having Multiple Displays” would apply the touchscreen-driven interface of the iPhone and the handset LG has created for Prada and convert this to a clamshell-shaped form according to MacNN. A second touchscreen would be installed to replace a conventional a keyboard, the device allowing data elements to be shared between the two screens.
The second patent, entitled“Mobile Terminal Providing Graphic User Interface”, would apply to how a system’s icons move and react to user input. Here, menu options would shift positions based on the current context and could react to data input beyond direct selections and interpret missing input on the user’s behalf.
Although both devices are still theoretical and have yet to be applied to LG’s Prada phone, this could alter the development path for the iPhone and future handsets.



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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 18:32
Category: Uncategorized

Apple’s got momentum. Momentum like a freight train. Not just the iPod, but the core business of building and selling computers. Market share is up and sales are growing at a pace that is nearly three times that of the PC competition. Why is that? Because Microsoft is providing little added value while leveraging a higher and higher tax on PCs. Concepts like the media PC and tablet computing are not pushing any boundaries or have little impact on sales. It is a sort of stagnant commodity based sales model for moving servers, towers and laptops.
With the iPhone looming, where will this all go? Hopefully full speed ahead in a sort of harmonic convergence of personal computing technologies. The iPhone is the harbinger of the next personal computing paradigm. An ultra-portable wireless networked computer. Just as the laptop is supplanting the desktop PC, this form factor could replace laptops, PDA’s, phones, game consoles, GPS navigation, digital music players, and digital cameras while introducing functionality that no one has thought of yet.
What about using an iPhone to interface with home automation? Get to your front door and unlock it and identify yourself to the security system. Turn on the TV. Open the garage door. Set your alarm clock. Take your shopping list to the store. Scan the bar code of some product and read a review or find out that it is on sale at the other side of the mall.
At home, just slip it into your dock for connection to a large monitor, backup hard drive, wireless keyboard and mouse. On the go just press your thumb against the fingerprint scanner to unlock your world of information. Look up at the sky and identify that bright star on the horizon. All of your information at your fingertips along with the power of an internet connected Macintosh computer in the palm of your hand.


Flip4Mac Beta Released

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 15:55
Category: Software

Flip4Mac, the pretty-much-indispensable freeware utility that steps in where Windows Media Player left off years ago and allows QuickTime components to be installed in order to view Windows Media files, has been updated to version in a public beta release.
The new version, a 7.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Added support for Windows Media 9 Advanced playback.
-Added support for reclaiming file types assumed by other applications.
-Improved ASX handling.
-Improved support for MPEG 4 playback.
-Resolved some issues related to 2pass VBR encoding.
-Resolved manual activation issue.
-Resolved Helix streaming server playback issue.
-Resolved Save as and Save As QuickTime Movie issue on OS 10.3.9/QT 7.1.2 systems.
-Resolved potential for crash when playing back files that have been deliberately modified/damaged.
-Improved support for installation using Apple Remote Desktop.
Flip4Mac is coded as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The application requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
Take a test run with the new version and if you have any comments, positive or negative, let us know.


Other World Computing Releases USB2+eSATA External Drive Carrier

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 11:42
Category: News

On Thursday, Other World Computing announced the release of its OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA Portable Drive Solution. The device, which acts as an external drive carrier, sports USB, USB 2.0 and eSATA connections.
The drive, which weighs less than 11 ounces, is encased in a shock-resistant acrylic enclosure and can be powered by either the USB port or via its included A/C adapter when connected to the eSATA port.
Other World Computing is selling the Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA in the following configurations, each bundled with Prosoft‘s DataBackup III and Novastor‘s NovaBackup for Windows.
Full configuration information, which adjusts between ports offered, different configurations (from 8 MB to 16 MB of cache) and different speeds (from 4,200 rpm to 7,200 rpm) can be seen at the product page.
The drive requires Mac OS 8.5 or later to run via Classic and Mac OS X 10.0.3 or later to run on Mac OS X.


Klipsch Introduces iGroove SXT

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 11:15
Category: News

On Thursday, Klipsch introduced the iGroove SXT an iPod-specific speaker system that will ship in early May.
The iGroove SXT, which will retail for US$169.99 before shipping and handling, features 2.5″ woofers as well and 3/4″ tweeters situated between both a 30-pin connector and universal iPod dock that can accommodate a variety of iPod models. According to Macworld News, the system also features an S-Video output which can connect the iGroove SXT to a television or home entertainment systems to play photos and videos back on.
The four pound unit ships with a remote control and arrives in black.


Proposed Apple/Gracenote Deal Could Bring Song Lyrics to iTunes Store

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 09:47
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Apple and digital media company Gracenote (providers of the database that allows iTunes to locate CD track names when a CD is inserted into a computer) have proposed a deal that would allow Apple to provide song lyrics through the iTunes Store.
According to AppleInsider, the move would help a music industry-backed effort to help stem illegal file trading by offering a better product, most notably accurate lyrics to legally purchased songs.
Earlier, this week, Yahoo! and Gracenote announced they had signed a lyric licensing deal in which hundreds of thousands of songs’ lyrics would be made available to customers of the Yahoo! Music service. Featured artists in this collection include U2, Elvis and the Beatles.
Last summer, Gracenote signed a deal with nearly 100 music industry publishers to distribute song lyrics, which have been among the most searched-for items on major search engines, according to Gracenote president and chief executive officer, Craig Palmer. The deal, according to Palmer, allows users to locate accurate song lyrics without annoying pop-up ads and other irritations.
The deal could also pave the way for lyric downloads to the iPod, a definite boost for Apple. This could also make karaoke products and options viable to the device in the future.


George Foreman Grill Sees iPod Connectivity

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 08:09
Category: iPod

It may not be the first thing on your shopping list, but the George Foreman iGrill, pointed out by way of iLounge may make all the difference. The device, which can function both indoors and outdoors, features a 200 square inch nonstick surface, built-in 10 Watt speaker system, iPod connectivity and adjustable temperature control probe.
The George Foreman iGrill retails for US$149.99 plus shipping and handling.


Law and Order – Cupertino

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 00:00
Category: Legal

I have watched enough TV to know that when you catch a small fish you offer them a deal and get them to flip on the ring leader. Fred Anderson took a deal and has certainly implicated Mr. Jobs in the public statement issued by his attorney. It appears that Nancy Heinen will be taking her chances in the courtroom and she has a lot more to lose than Fred Anderson. Will she plead out and testify against Mr. Jobs or follow the code of omerta?
How did this happen? Apple management awarded themselves something like US$100M in options and then picked earlier strike dates that allowed them to say it was less, let’s say $80M. Management performance had been stellar and US$20M amounts to just peanuts when you look at the profits and performance this team delivered. If these laws were written in order to protect shareholders, where is the harm in all this?
Well, presumably they also told Uncle Sam the same story at tax time. Now I am only a “contributing” editor here at the PowerPage, but for the sake of argument, let us say that Jason started paying me US$100K a year to write this drivel. If I told the IRS it was only US$80K, where would the harm be in that? And if I did that a thousand years in a row, it would amount to just about the same thing. If subpoenaed and asked to testify at Nancy Heinen’s upcoming trial, I would suggest Mr. Jobs have a sit-down with Martha Stewart to find out what it’s like to do hard time or whatever sort of time it is you do in minimum security.


Apple Posts Q2 Earnings, Posts US$770 Million Profit

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Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2007, 16:18
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On Wednesday, Apple Inc. released its second quarter figures.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of Apple board members issued a statement defending Mr. Jobs from accusations tied to the company’s stock-options backdating. The directors said they have “complete confidence” in Mr. Jobs’s “integrity and his ability to lead Apple.” The company stated that it is satisfied with the results of both its own internal investigation as well as the Security and Exchange Commission’s investigation and the board expressed confidence in Jobs’ leadership.
Significant points of the conference call were as follows:
-Apple saw US$5.26 billion in quarterly revenue, up 21.62% over the second quarter of 2006. The company posted a profit of US$770 million, up 88% from the second quarter of 2006.
-The company posted 1,517,000 million Macs and 10,549,000 iPods sold.
-MacBooks accounted for 59% of Macs sold while music products and services accounted for 44% of revenue with the iPod Shuffle proving extremely popular.
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Former Apple CFO Puts Backdating Blame on Jobs

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Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2007, 10:13
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On Tuesday, Former Apple Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson’s attorney released a statement that CEO Steve Jobs had told Anderson to backdate various stock options.
The statement followed the Security and Exchange Commission‘s announcement yesterday that it had reached a settlement with Anderson in the stock options backdating case. According to Macworld News, the SEC has also charged former Apple general counsel Nancy Heinen with fraudulently backdating stock options.
An internal audit within Apple discovered that while Jobs was aware of the backdating, he did not financially gain from the proceedings and was legally in the clear.
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