FCC Clears Apple Bluetooth Headset

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 17:14
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In a pretty-much-expected move, the Federal Communications Commission granted approval to Apple’s Bluetooth Headset today. Full documentation is available here.
According to iLounge, the move signals the accessory being ready on time for the June 29th launch of the iPhone.
To date, the headset is designed around a single button which allows the user to accept incoming calls.
More information on the headset will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


PowerPage Podcast Episode 47

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 13:43
Category: Podcast

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Episode 47 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:09’10, 23.57MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Youngmoo Kim and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: WWDC Leopard demonstration, Safari 3.0 for Windows and iPhone
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
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.


Palm Lays Off Employees in Restructuring Process

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 13:05
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Late Thursday, Palm announced that it had instituted layoffs that would affect a “small percentage” of its 1,200 employees. The firm stated that most of these employees would be downsized from Palm’s development group and affect the employee base within the United States.
According to Macworld News, Palm has faced a steady decline in its handheld device markets and has taken on a restructuring effort in which equity investors Elevation Partners took a 25% stake in Palm, investing US$325 million in the company.
Once an unquestioned leader in the handheld market, Palm has seen its market share decline in the face of growing competition, even in the smartphone market, where its Treo handheld device has historically done well.
A spokesperson for the company said that despite reorganization and layoffs, Palm is still hiring in other areas.
“We’re flattening our organizational hierarchy and doing some realignment,” he said.
An exact number of possible future layoffs was not immediately available.


Microsoft Office 2008 to Ship in Late 2007

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 12:47
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On Thursday, Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit stated that it remains on target to ship Office 2008, its Macintosh version of the Microsoft Office suite, in the second half of 2007.
The company, which recently replaced the Mac BU’s general manager Roz Ho with Craig Elser, answered questions about the timeline for the product. In an interview with MacNN, Elser cited that the departure of Ho (who has now taken a place within Microsoft’s Entertainment and Services division) should not be taken as an indication that development for Office 2008 has been altered.
“The overall focus on the (Mac Business Unit) is delivering Office 2008 for Mac in the second half of 2007,” stated representatives from the company.
Additional details can be found over at Microsoft’s mac mojo blog.
Information such as new features, machine specifications and retail prices have yet to be determined, but will be forthcoming the moment we have them in hand.


Skype Released

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 08:11
Category: Software

On Thursday, Skype released version of its free Voice over Internet Protocol client. The new version, a 29.8 megabyte download, adds the following changes:
-Improvement: Skype’s own audio codec.
-Improvement: Skype improved conference mixer.
-Improvement: Skype Jitter Buffer and concealment.
-Improvement: Skype audio preprocessing components.
-Localizations: all updated.
-Bugfix: fixed application hangup on handling certain URL links in chat messages.
-Bugfix: fixed exception (resulting in disappearance of message) on handling certain intentionally constructed “bad” chat messages.
-Bugfix: privacy policy fix, not accepting multichats from non-authorized users.
Skype requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’re tried the new version and have positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.