Beginning today Vonage will upgrade all of their Local Unlimited customers to Premium Unlimited. In addition, Vonage is dropping all customer’s who are on the Premium Plan’s prices automatically by $5. Vonage is simplifying its calling plans now by only offering 2 plans- a $15 plan and a $25 plan.
Through some recently completed market research and trend analysis, Vonage came to the conclusion that “local unlimited” really had no meaning for customers and in the world of IP and with the “buckets of minutes” the industry is moving away from distinguishing one kind of minute from another. In short, Vonage’s unlimited plan, which is the most popular, is now $25 and all people who were on either on the $25 or $30 plans will automatically get the upgrade to the unlimited for $25. This is really a package upgrade and simplification story, why, because Vonage has listened to its customers and is responding to the marketplace need for simpler plans. The new rate plan is only available to Vonage US customers.
The Register is reporting that the Motorola Freescale MPC7448 processor may be the heart of the next PowerBook G4 speed bump.
The new chip is Freescale’s first 90nm G4 and is based on the company’s e600 core, the foundation for Freescale’s upcoming line of dual-core chips. The 7448, however, contains just one core, clocked to beyond 1.5GHz. It contains 32KB of L1 cache and 1MB of L2, double the 512KB of L2 found in the MPC7447A currently driving Apple’s PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 notebooks.
Apple has announced that it will webcast its Q4 fiscal results conference call. The broadcast, which will be available exclusively in QuickTime, is set for Wednesday, 13 October 2004 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET).
The Journal News reports that 120 middle and high school teachers in Putnam Valley, NY were given iBook G4s and that about 160 students in the seventh grade will get laptops during the second half of the year as part of their curriculum.
Heavy backpacks stuffed with books may soon become artifacts in the Putnam Valley schools, where students and teachers are receiving free laptops this year with wireless Internet access.
The computers ? Apple iBook G4s ? will be outfitted with compact discs and online textbooks and are part of a new initiative in the district to improve student achievement and prepare children for careers.
The laptops have increased enthusiasm among students, and encouraged them to write more, said Gary Chapman, director of the 21st Century project, a research program for technology policy at the University of Texas. But they also have been opposed by some parents concerned about the costly equipment coming at the expense of other needs, including more teachers and electives.
Unwired Appeal has announced the launch of ZaptoPhone, a mobile entertainment service designed to easily enable Web sites to offer their photos, graphics, sounds, and music files to cell phone users. Read on…
Apple has announced a 15-inch PowerBook G4 Display Repair Extension Program to address the “white spots” problem that has been appearing in some machines. Some 15-inch PowerBook G4 computers with serial numbers in the range listed below may have faint white spots on the display:
V7334XXXXXX to V7345XXXXXX
QT331XXXXXX to QT339XXXXXX
PowerBooks with these serial numbers may be referred to as:
If your PowerBook G4 falls in the above serial number range and exhibits faint white spots on the display, go to http://www.apple.com/support/powerbook/displayprogram/ for further instructions on identifying the issue and possible replacement of the display.
The perfect digital music player just got better, with it?s sleek new exterior the Crystalmini proves, it?s not just what?s on the inside that counts. The Crystalmini is an US$699 iPod mini covered in 1000 Swavorski crystals.
This is a one of a kind crystal digital music player that is Crystallized from front to back with fine Swarovski Crystals. It is carefully designed and crafted. Every fine crystal is placed mindfully with accuracy to allow easy navigation on the innovative scrolling wheel. All made with a human touch and Handcrafted in Brooklyn, USA.
Concord Camera has announced a nifty little device that turns the USB port on your digital camera into a WiFi adapter. The WIT (Wireless Image Transfer) transmits photos over 802.11b and will be demonstrated at Photokina next week in Cologne, Germany.
It is about 1500 times faster than traditional GSM (GPRS) networks today, and will be 20 times faster than mobile 3G networks. WIT™ enables users to transmit a high quality 4 Megapixel image at 1/10th of a second, and video clips at up to 54MB per second. WIT™ transmits images by e-mail or FTP with the help of a WI-FI access point or Hotspot.
The adapter is not yet shipping and the company offers no date, only saying “Concord is presently evaluating WIT™ technology as both a standalone device, as well as an integrated module in select digital cameras.”
If Concord sounds familiar, you’re probably remembering their US$200 Bluetooth digital camera, the Concord Go Wireless, which was announced last year.