T-Mobile Emerging as Frontrunner for European iPhone Provider

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 08:00
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Albeit Apple has already penned an exclusive deal to distribute its upcoming iPhone via AT&T in the U.S., other markets remain up in the air.
According to MarketingWeek, the current word on the ground is that a shortlist of potential European providers has been narrowed down to Vodafone and T-Mobile.
Sources close to the decision have stated that T-Mobile is closer to landing the deal, especially with its recent activity in the music arena. Gartner research director Martin Gutberlet has stated that there are doubts as to whether the iPhone, complete with iTunes, would be an idea fit for Vodafone’s Live! music portal.
Still, doubts remain about Apple’s current strategy. According to Gutberlet, a multi-provider deal would be optimal, especially in a fragmented European market. Gutberlet also illustrated the point that T-Mobile currently has little to no presence in Italy, Spain or France.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, let us know.

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Joost Receives $45 Million in Venture Capital

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Date: Friday, May 11th, 2007, 09:24
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In spite of the recent madness that’s surrounded the company, there are those who believe that Joost may be the biggest thing out there and are willing to back it. Five firms recently ponied up about $45 million according to iPodObserver, a Reuters article calling Joost “the hottest thing in Internet video after YouTube, is seeking to do for long-form television programming what YouTube has done for short, user-created video sketches.”
So far, Joost has been able to secure content from networks such as Viacom, CBS, and Time Warner as well as lined up contracts with 31 name brand advertisers, despite still being in the beta phase.
Joost currently boasts about 150 channels and current users are able to invite an unlimited number of people to receive the latest beta build of the software. The program requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is a 15 megabyte download.

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Santa Rosa Chipset En Route to MacBooks

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Date: Friday, May 11th, 2007, 08:57
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On Wednesday, Intel announced its new “Santa Rosa” Centrino chipset for laptop computers. The chips serve as the next generation beyond the current Core 2 Duo processors found in the current MacBook and MacBook pro laptops with a host of improvements to be seen in improved graphics, better wireless support, extended battery life and a new feature called Turbo Memory, which can boost a standard hard drive with NAND flash memory for faster booting.
Current rumors state that the new technologies won’t be too long in coming to the Macintosh, PowerPage head honch Jason O’Grady covering the details over on his Apple Core blog, complete with a set of specs that seem to be earmarked for a third generation MacBook Pro.
Take a look and see what you think.

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Apple Files Patent for Multi-Sided, Touch-Screen iPod

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 15:04
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The iPod line might be about to take a turn in a new direction. A patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on January 5th reveals that Apple is looking to create a handheld device that uses both a small front-side display but receives input through a touch and force-sensitive back-side interface.
Such a device, as described in the patent, would allow for a wider amount of the display to be used to show information while the second display could be exclusively utilitzed for data input, according to an article on AppleInsider.
Take a look and see what you think.

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Office 2007 File Converters Abound

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 11:35
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PowerPage associate editor Chuck Freedman brought this to my attention and it’s a good point: Microsoft Office 2007 has introduced the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx) which is not compatible with older versions of the suite such a Office 2004. The Mac version of the new suite (Office 2008) is not expected to ship until the second half of this year. Chuck then mentioned that people are currently sending out file attachments in this format and the end result was making him slam his head against his desk in appreciation.
The guys over at creativetechs have completed a full roundup of conversion options that are both currently available as well as on the horizon:
-Microsoft will be shipping a free Office 2007 converter that’s due any day now. Details are provided in their Mac Mojo blog.
-Panergy Software has released their docXConverter utility. This program, which retails for a US$20 registration fee, allows .docx files to be opened in almost any text editor or inserted in Quark, InDesign or other graphics documents. The free trial allows users to convert up to 20 documents before pushing the user to register the program.
-Docx-converter.com is a free web-based service that allows users to convert a .docx file into an HTML file. Users can upload their files and the read the converted copy in a web browser. This text can also be copied and pasted and a Mac OS X Widget is also available for download.
If you’ve run across this problem or any other solutions/workarounds, please let us know.

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Tech Data Now Offering Macs Bundled With Parallels

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 15:31
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Tech Data Corporation has announced that the firm is now offering Macs already bundled with the much-lauded Parallels Desktop for Mac. The offer is applicable to 13 pre-configured packages including a Mac Mini, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro. Each machine included in the deadl arrives with Microsoft Windows XP Pro pre-installed out of the box. The operating systems are pre-configured on Tech Data’s end and cuts off about 1.5 hours of internal setup time per customer.
The configuration service is available for no added charge until June 30th.
Specific price points for the units have yet to be announced.

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Miglia’s TVMax Software Updated, Now Allows for Apple TV and iPod Conversion

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 08:54
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Miglia has announced that it has released a software update to its TVMax product, a device which hooks into a Mac and allows video to be imported via coax, S-video and composite inputs. The TVMax itself relies on a USB 2.0 connection to interface with the computer.
According to Macworld UK, the version 1.0.1 update, which weighs in at an 11.6 megabyte download, allows both the TVMax and TVMax+ models to export captured video to either iPod or AppleTV formats. Imported video is encoded in real time to an MPEG-2 format and users can run further conversions from there.
The update is free for TVMax users who purchased a unit after January 19th of this year. Otherwise, the software retails for about US$39.27 (29 Euros). The TVMax and TVMax+ units themselves retail for about US$201.78 (149 Euros).

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Microsoft Releases Latest Vista Update for iPods

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 07:19
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Microsoft‘s Windows Vista team has announced that it has published the “final” update for iPod compatibility with the Windows Vista operating system.
According to the Infinite Loop blog on Ars Technica, the update was developed in cooperation with Apple and addresses a concern wherein users have been in danger of corruption on the iPod when using Vista’s “Safely Remove Hardware” feature in the system tray.
The update has been released on a Microsoft support page for the time being and will become available via Windows Update on May 22nd.
Why this is the “final” update, we’re not sure, but they seem detemerined to lick this problem and maybe they finally have.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.

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Apple Looks Into LED-backlit Components for 13″ MacBooks

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 09:11
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Following up on last week’s news that Apple is looking to feature LED backlighting technology in its products, a DigiTimes story has stated that component manfacturers AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, Coretronic and Kenmos Technology.
Sources stated that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics will send samples of their 13.3″ and 15.4″ panels to Apple in order to certify the parts for certification. Shipments will officially commence in the second or third quarter of this year. Backlight manufacturers Coretronic and Kenmos Technology are also slated to send samples of their products to Apple around this time frame.
Although the companies refused to comment at this time, sources have stated that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics will enter volume production for LED-based LCD modules in the second and third quarters while Coretronics’ LED-based backlight units will be applied to the panels made by AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics.
No details have arisen as to when customers could begin to expect an LED-backlit system from Apple.

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AT&T E-Mail Suggests Small Changes to iPhone

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 08:13
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An animated GIF file present in a recent AT&T newsletter e-mail has brought to light some minor changes that have been made to Apple’s upcoming iPhone since its introduction at the January Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
In the lower left hand corner, a double-arrow button is now present. This has been considered as a toggle for zoom functions, although its intended purpose has yet to be revealed.
A new icon in the lower right hand section of the screen is shaped like a car. Appl has discussed how it will provide traffic data and the Google Maps web site currently uses a car-shaped icon to pull up current traffic conditions for assorted U.S. cities.
Finally, the “Cingular” logo present on previously viewed versions of the iPhone have been replaced with an “AT&T” logo. Although Cingular and A&T are still functioning as two separate entities despite last year’s merger, the long-term plan is to operate solely as AT&T.
To see the animated GIF, click over to the MacNN article.

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