Cellblock Allows for Mobile Picture and Video Blogging

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:58
Category: News

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With Apple’s iPhone due for release this June, Gloto Corp’s CellBlock points out a potentially cool new feature that one might like to see in the upcoming device.
Cellblock functions as embedded code used for social networking and blog sites. The code, once activated, can be included in various popular sites like MySpace, Friendster and Xanga.
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Windows Vista: Now Featuring “The World’s Most Suicidal DRM”

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:41
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PowerPage contributor and podcaster Bart Hirst sent us this article connecting Microsoft‘s digital rights management system to increased costs to developers and additional hassles for customers.
The new system, as described in the article, limits the functionality of certain pieces of hardware (such as viewing HD content in select HD monitors), demands customized code for most device driver variations and demands that vendors obtain endorsements from movie studios such as MGM, 20th Century-Fox and Disney (who, according to technical documents, now have veto rights over security mechanisms).
Additional costs have been traced back to Microsoft disallowing one-size-fits-all designs for devices, banning the use of add-ons such as TV-out encoders, DVI circuitry and other add-ons given that feeding unprotected video to external components would make it too easy for the user to lift the signal. Thus, devices require more of a custom design before entering the market.
Legal costs also increase given the new digital rights management with the author claiming that “this makes everyone play by Microsoft’s rules or don’t play at all,” the new standard misallocating funds towards digital rights management that could have gone towards developing a better operating system.
It’s a long and technical read, but author Peter Gutmann makes some good points and researches his points well. The quotes make things that much more interesting and there’s something to think about before you upgrade to the next Windows operating system, either on a PC or via Boot Camp or virtualization on your Intel-based Mac.

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Terratec Releases Cinergy T Express Card for MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:00
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According to an article on MacNN, Terratec has announced its Cinergy T Express card which functions as a digital TV tuner for Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop line.
The adapter, which plugs directly into the laptop, receives digital broadcasts in Europe’s DVB-T standard for audio and video shows. A Teletext feature is also supported which supplements the media with additional information and the card arrives bundled with El Gato’s EyeTV software for timeshifting.
The card is designed around iTunes to create iPod-ready versions of recorded programs and to burn content to CDs and DVDs. The unit ships with a wireless remote control and requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later and a 500 MHz G4, G5 or Intel-based processor to run.
The Cinergy T Express card will be available throughout Europe by the end of this month and will retail for about US$170.

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Chooseco Offers Choose Your Own Adventure Game for iPod

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:00
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You just can’t keep a good thing from the 80′s and 90′s down.
Chooseco LLC, the company behind the Choose Your Own Adventure book series has released the first of its books (“The Abominable Snowman”) as a free download for the iPod according to a story on The Unofficial Apple Weblog. The text, which remains the same as the original format, is complimented by new sound effects and links.
The book, once downloaded, is stored in your iPod’s “Notes” folder and is available for both Mac and Windows-configured iPods.
To date, none of the other Choose Your Own Adventure books have been made into iPod games and a timeline for conversion has not been made available into iPod eBooks. Box sets of six books are available for US$27.

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Apple’s U.S. Market Share Climbs to 5.1%

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:37
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MacObserver is reporting that the Gartner Group has released a report citing new market share levels. Apple Inc. saw its market share within the United State rise to 5.1% for the final calendar quarter of 2006 according to the report, placing the company at fifth in U.S. computer sales and only slightly behind Tobisha’s 5.3% market share.
During Apple’s Wednesday conference call to announce its quarterly earnings, the company noted that its current growth rate is “three times IDC’s latest published market growth rate estimate for the December quarter.” During the third quarter of 2004, Apple had watched its U.S. market share dwindle from 3.6% to 3.2%.
Hewlett Packard stands as the current worldwide leader in computer sales, holding a 17.4% global market share compared to Dell’s 13.9% market share. Dell still leads Hewlett Packard by a small but deteriorating margin according to the report.

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iSuppli Numbers Confirm More Than 50% Margin for Apple iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 09:44
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An article over at Macworld News describes how margins for the Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone could be as high as over 50% according to market researcher iSuppli.
Though the iPhone is expected to retail for $499, the cost of components and assembly comes in at $229.85 according to iSuppli’s research. The premium version of the phone, which holds eight gigabytes of data and retail for $599, costs about $264.85 to make and carries a 53.1% gross margin according to the same research.
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Apple Charging $1.99 Fee to Enable 802.11n Functionality For Some Routers

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 09:16
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An article over on Macworld News points out how due to accounting rules, Apple will charge users who’d like to download enabler software to take advantage of the 802.11n wireless protocol.
During last week’s Macworld Expo, Apple quietly introduced a new 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme wireless router, which included an application that enables most Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Xeon-equipped Macs to take advantage of the networking standard. The protocol offers speeds up to five times faster than the 802.11g standard and twice the range to operate in.
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Ihnatko Gets 45 Minutes With the iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

iphonehand.jpgChicago Sun Times Technology columnist and Apple guru Andy Ihnatko has penned a column about a private briefing with Apple representatives during the Macworld Expo and, more importantly, his 45 minute hands-on experience with Apple’s upcoming iPhone.
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Apple May Release Beatles Catalog to iTunes Store Via Super Bowl Ad

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 15:20
Category: Rumor
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An article on AppleInsider details how a possible deal between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps may bring the music catalog of The Beatles to the iTunes Store during a Super Bowl commercial according to a story run in the Toronto Sun this Wednesday.
According to inside sources for the Sun’s article, remastered tracks are slated to be available for download as soon as next month and Apple plans to announce this by way of a Super Bowl commercial come February 4th. The deal would reportedly also give both Apple Inc. and Apple Corps an exclusive three-month restricted distribution deal through the iTunes Store that could delay the release of the CDs themselves.
The report also suggested that Apple Corps would make at least some of the Beatles catalog available through iTunes on Valentine’s Day, a move that would also highlight the band’s project for the Cirque du Soleil, “Love”.
Apple Inc., Apple Corps and British music label EMI Records declined to comment.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Comments on the iPhone

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 15:51
Category: News
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offered a slew of opinions regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone as well as the Zune and iPod to CNBC Business News reporter Scott Wapner on Wednesday, January 17th.
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