Apple Files Patent for iTunes Store Access on Mobile Device

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2007, 08:55
Category: News

iphonehand.jpgAccording to an article over on MacNN, Apple has filed a patent to lay the groundwork for iPhone users to be able to access and purchase content from the iTunes Store.
The patent, which describes the “configuration of a computing device in a secure manner” describes how a mobile device could access the iTunes store and engage in transactions. Additional details include mention of digital signatures and how they’d be validated and a diagram points to a handset communicating with a PC, which is in contact with servers at the other end.
It gets technical, but it is interesting.
For the full article and diagram series, click here.
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Poll: Waiting for “Penryn”?

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 17:44
Category: Poll
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With Intel’s next generation of processors on the horizon for the second half of this year, we ask whether this changes your plans towards buying an additional Mac or an upgraded unit:


Has the introduction of Intel’s 45 nanometer “Penryn” chips, due later this year, made you reconsider getting a Mac or delaying your purcase?
Definitely.
No, I still plan to buy a Mac soon.
I’m going to wait a few weeks/months and see.
I’m going with an AMD-based PC given the new information.
  


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Differentiating the Old From the New

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 11:35
Category: News

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Engadget has run a helpful article as to how to differentiate the original silver matchbook-sized iPod Shuffle from the recently-released new version, which arrives with higher quality earbud headphones.
The new silver iPod Shuffle box now feaures silver-tinted graphics as opposed to the original silver Shuffle’s green-tinted graphics. A picture’s worth a thousand words, so take a gander and let us know what you make of the new Shuffle if you get your hands on one.

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Thinklabs Releases Stethoscope iPod Accessory

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 09:09
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This just in from The Unofficial Apple Weblog; Thinklabs is bundling a ds32a Digital Stethescope with an XtremeMac MicroMemo converter and a 2 gigabyte iPod Nano. The combined package creates a digital stethoscope recording system that retails for $495.
Not a bad idea and it’ll be interesting to see how the device imports the recorded files into a Mac or PC.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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iPhone Theme Available for Motorola RAZR

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 09:52
Category: News

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Myiphone.com has posted an article about an available iPhone theme for the Motorola RAZR cell phone.
The theme may void the RAZR’s warranty and probably isn’t kosher according to Apple’s legal department, but interested parties can still download and install the 371 kilobyte file from here.
A full discussion thread is also taking place on motox.info. Since the iPhone’s introduction back in January, a slew of look-alike themes have cropped up for cell phones and PDAs such as Windows Mobile devices, the Sidekick III and the Blackberry 7100.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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FCC Looks Towards Reconfiguring Cell Phone Markets

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 07:19
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An article on USA Today’s web site discusses the current cell phone market, the infamous Carterphone (a device that could pull in radio transmissions and connect them to a phone network), the monopoly known as AT&T which hated the Carterphone and a 1968 FCC ruling that declared that anyone could make devices to tie into a telephone network.
The change paved the way for new devices such as inexpensive phones, answering machines, fax machines and modems to be present on the same network while AT&T lost the position it once held.
The article discusses how cable television could become unbundled this year to allow devices such as Tivos and Media Center PCs to be able to descramble cable signals without a cable box, thereby finally backing an as-yet unenforced provision in the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
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When Windows Vista, Parallels and Virtualization Collide

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 13:40
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According to an article on Mac Observer, Parallels, makers of the popular Parallels Desktop for the Mac, is alerting its customers that they’ll run into End User License Agreements (EULA) when running Windows Vista in a virtualization-based environment such as the one Parallels provides.
According to Vista’s agreement, which the user essentially signs when they click the “Agree” button, is that the Home Basic and Home Premium editions of Microsoft’s recently released operating system are not licensed for use in a virtualization environment. In order to run Windows Vista in a virtualization format the license agrees with, users will have to look into the $299 Business edition as opposed to the less expensive home versions.
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Skype 2.5 for Mac Released

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 13:28
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Skype announced that Skype for Mac 2.5 has gone gold according to an article on Macworld News.
The new version of the software is capable of sending Short Message Service (SMS) messages to mobile phones (i.e., “text messaging”), supports audio-based conference calls between as many as 10 people and supports one-on-one videoconferencing.
Skype’s features are generally available for free but charges a given fee for the ability to send calls to and receive calls from land lines and cell phones. The program requires an 800 MHz or faster G4, G5 or Intel-based processor, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, 40 megabytes of disk space and 512 megabytes of RAM. The program can also function with a microphone and webcam.
The software is available for download here.

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iLounge Provides Additional Details About New iPod Shuffles

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 08:01
Category: News

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The folks at iLounge have published a quick guide as to the differences between the original silver matchbook-sized iPod Shuffle and the new colored units released yesterday.
While almost everything remains identical and the flash-based MP3 player is still available for $79, the piece does mention that Apple has included a higher quality set of earbud headphones than those that shipped with the silver Shuffle this past holiday season.
For the full read, click here.
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C|Net UK Reviews 17″ MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 08:31
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The folks over at C|Net UK have published a full review of Apple’s 17″ MacBook Pro laptop with a 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and two gigabytes of RAM.
The review highlights the good and the bad of the laptop and the PowerBook generally winds up being considered very favorably. Selling points included the layout, look and feel, the laptop’s light weight (especially where other 17″ laptops are concerned), scrolling touchpad, three hour battery lfe and choice of operating systems through Boot Camp.
The piece also illustrates the laptop’s weak points in the face of increasinly agile PC competition. Few options beyond the laptop’s RAM are upgradable and the reviewer expressed wishes for things like multimedia card slots built into the laptop.
For the full review, click here.

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