Cellblock Allows for Mobile Picture and Video Blogging

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:58
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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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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
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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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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Comments on the iPhone

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 15:51
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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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Quark Fields Questions About Interactive Designer

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 10:53
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Last week at the expo, Macworld attended a Quark session. The magazine fired several questions about Quark’s Interactive Designer program which were fielded by vice president of desktop products J├╝rgen Kurz and then published in this article.
The interview revealed the following tidbits:
-Despite looking very similar to Quark’s QuarkImmedia program, the company built Interactive Designer from scratch and included core technologies of QuarkXPress such as composition zones, shadows and transparencies.
-Quark Interactive Designer doesn’t support old QuarkImmedia files.
-Interactive Designer is able to import SWF files from versions 6 to 9. Depending on the kind of SWF files imported, Interactive Designer may be able to control its playback functionality.
-Even though Flash currently supports more features than Quark Interactive Designer, Quark claims a more core set of functions is attractive to would-be designers. Kurz touted Interactive Designer’s scripting capabilities and features exlusive to the program that Flash Professional doesn’t offer.
-Interactive Designer is seamlessly integrated with QuarkXPress and can run inside the program to publish to multiple formats.
-Interactive Designer is currently able to export to Flash, which was highest on the wish list of user demands. No word is being given as to which formats future versions of the software will be able to export to.
-Interactive Designer expands beyond QuarkXPress and was designed to publish for multiple channels such as print, web and interactive output, not as an extension of QuarkXPress.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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Seagate Claims New Savvio 2.5″ Hard Drive Hits 15,000 RPM

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 09:00
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TechReport has published an article stating that hard drive manufacturer Seagate has released a 2.5″ hard drive with platters spinning at 15,000 revolutions per minute.
The new hard Savvio 15K drive, part of Seagate’s Savvio line, is stated to be 10% faster than its 3.5″ 15,000 RPM hard drive. Surprisingly, the drive’s smaller form factor helps the speed, despite Seagate only being able to squeeze about 36 gigabytes of data onto the Savvio drive’s platters, a change which results in fewer gigabytes per actuator. Given that the actuator speed is what often limits performance in enterprise server environments, less data for each actuator to manage helps boost its speed, or at least in applications that highlight random access times as opposed to sequential transfer rates.
The new Savvio 15K hard drive, which is SCSI-based, is already shipping in volume to Hewlett-Packard and will be released this quarter in 36 gigabyte and 73 gigabyte capacities. The drives will feature a 16 megabyte cache and SAS interface. Current tests of the 73 gigabyte Savvio 15K has shown that the drive sports a seek time of 2.9 milliseconds, consumes only 5.8 watts of power and rates at 1.6 hours of mean time before failure.
Retail prices for the new drives have yet to be announced.

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