FCC Looks Towards Reconfiguring Cell Phone Markets

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 07:19
Category: News

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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
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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.
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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.
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Rayner Software Releases iBatt 2.0

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

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Rayner Software has releases version 2.0 of its battery analysis and diagnostic program. The new version, a 405 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate features a rewritten back end, new interface and Universal Binary compatibility. The program takes available battery data and presents it as a series of gauges and line graphs displaying battery history.
The program also takes a more social aspect and shares available data with iBatt’s server in order to compare your battery data with that of others using the same model in order to see where your performance stands among your peers.
The program can also establish a Health Report, grading your battery from A+ to F with A+ representing a perfectly usable battery while F represents an essentially dead unit. The report card is generated through the program’s own internal tests as well as through comparing your battery performance to that of others via iBatt’s server.
Finally, the program can examine your battery’s deterioration provided it’s run in the background during most of your laptop’s use.
iBatt requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and can be used on iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops. The software features a trial period and is available for a $19 shareware registration fee.

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Apple Releases AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 12:40
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Apple has released the anticipated AirPort Extreme 802.11 Enabler software for Intel Core 2 Duo-based Macs (with the exception of the 17″ 1.83 GHz iMac and Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme).
The software allows current AirPort Extreme cards to be able to access 802.11n-based wireless networks at their full speeds.
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Tom Tom GPS Devices Viruses Shipped with Viruses

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 11:33
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GPS device provider TomTom has announced that it mistakenly shipped two executable viruses on a batch of its devices according to an article on ZDNet.
According to company represenatives, a “small number” of TomTom GO 910 satellite navigation units went out the door in 2006 with viruses pre-installed. The devices were running version 6.51 of the TomTom software and contain the win32.Perlovga.A trojan and TR/Drop.Small.qp virus, which are present within the device’s copy.exe and host.exe files.
The problem was initially blogged about by tech journalist Davey Winder, who received a report from a TomTom user about the viral activity. The user had been told the infection wasn’t serious and to remove it using standard antiviral software.
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Apple Releases iPod Shuffle in Five Colors

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 09:36
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On Tuesday, Apple announced that its iPod Shuffle is now available in four additional colors (blue, pink, green and orange) beyond the original silver color.
The iPod Shuffle measures half a cubic inch in volume, weighs half an ounce and incorporates an aluminum frame. The device is deigned to clip to clothing and contains one gigabyte of flash memory and holds up to 240 songs.
The iPod Shuffle retails for $79 through the Apple Store.

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Ecamm Network Releases iChatUSBCam 2.2

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 08:52
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On Monday, Ecamm Network released version 2.2 of iChatUSBCam, a software package that enables Apple’s iChatAV conferencing program to work with a wider variety of USB webcams according to Macworld News.
The update adds support for a variety of new Logitech USB webcams, support for video sources with multiple inputs, Swedish and Italian localizations, a fix for a problem wherein the image might look darker than usual as well as other code fixes.
The software is a 486 Kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and a Macintosh with either a PowerPC or Intel processor to run. A trial period is available, but a registration fee of US$9.95 is required to activate it in the long term.

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