IncipioHitch Adapter Released for iPod Nano

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 15:58
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Albeit the iPod Nano carries a generally beloved reputation within a user base that didn’t need the bells and whistles of the fully-featured video iPod, there are quibbles to be had.
Third party provider Incipio has stepped in and released the IncipioHitch, a small USB adapter that allows the Nano to accommodate most computer or USB port locations and positions.
According to Electronista, the adapter is able to transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds, is priced at US$14.99, is available in both black and white and can accommodate any capacity second generation iPod Nano.
The IncipioHitch is cross-compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems.

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Rumor: Apple to Release iPhone SDK at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 12:13
Category: Rumor

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An article in today’s New York Times has cited an unnamed source stating Apple will release a software development kit to developers at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The anonymous source stated that Apple “intends to announce that it will make it possible for developers of small programs written for the Macintosh to easily convert them to run on the iPhone.” The article offered no additional offers where this was concerned.
While a software development kit for the iPhone makes sense, Apple has apparently wrangled with the prospect of completely open development for the device, especially with security and stability factored in.
Apple may be shifting its position, though. When the device was first announced in January, the company seemed to steadfastly indicate that it would not allow third-party application development. Last week, CEO Steve Jobs seemed to indicate that iPhone development was now a question of “when”, as opposed to “if”.
During an interview with Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, Jobs noted that the Japanese consumer electronics industry had been hindered by poorly written software. Jobs then went on to point out that the iPhone’s more robust Mac OS X underpinnings might allow for a lead on the rest of the handset industry and thus more flexibility where development was concerned.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Palm Adds Rubinstein, Anderson to its Executive Ranks

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 11:44
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On Monday, Palm announced that it had hired former Apple employees Jon Rubinstein (the former head of Apple’s iPod dividsion) as well as former Apple chief financial officer Fred Anderson to serve on the board of directors. Rubinstein will act as the company’s executive chairman while Anderson, whose Elevation Partners firm has just invested US$325 million in the company.
According to MacNN, Rubinstein will lead Palm’s future product development efforts, which should include the Treo line of smartphones as well as devices which are anticipated to emerge from the recently released Foleo phone companion.
During his experience with Apple, Rubinstein was credited as being extremely influential in the design of the iPod and iMac. Rubinstein left Apple in April of 2006 to pursue other opportunities.
As a corporation, Palm has found itself facing greater challenges in recent years with added competition from other players in the smartphone market. Rubinstein’s new position will place his products in direct contention with the long-awaited iPhone, which is set to debut on June 29th.
Elevation Partners is slated to gain a 25% share of Palm in exchange for its investment based on Palm’s common stock value.

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Apple Confirms iPhone Release for June 29th

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 08:47
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After months of speculation, Apple has confirmed its release date for its upcoming iPhone device. The company recently announced a June 29th sales date via the release of three new ads.
For more information, take a look at Jason O’Grady’s The Apple Core web blog.
Apple will be selling the iPhone in four and eight gigabyte capacities, priced at US$499 and US$599, respectively.

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