New York Senator Proposes Ban on iPod Use in Crosswalks

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 12:05
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iLounge.com has reported that New York senator Carl Kruger will propose legislation in state capital Albany today that will fine pedestrians US$100 if caught crossing the street listening to an MP3 player, cell phone or any other electronic device in any of the “big cities” in the state of New York.
The legislation comes on the heels of two recent pedestrian deaths in Kruger’s district in which a person was “listening to his iPod”, according to comments filed on Engadget.
“We’re talking about people walking sort of tuned in and in the process of being tuned in, tuned out,” said Kruger. “Tuned out to the world around them. They’re walking into speeding cars. They’re walking into buses. They’re walking into one another and it’s creating a number of fatalities that have been documented right here in the city.”
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London Resident Repairs iPods, Distributes Them for Free

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 08:45
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An interview on londonist.com focuses on Matthew Smith, a London resident who’s been repairing broken iPods and giving the devices away to London’s Freecycle community (a system centered around giving an item that’s no longer necessary away or exchanging it rather than disposing of it).
Smith, who began collecting broken iPods when his iPod’s hard drive afailed after he attached it to a magnetic holder in his car, advertised on the Freecycle boards for a few broken iPods in order to get his working again and actually received more iPods than he needed. After repairing the hard drive on his own iPod, he found he could generally mix and match spare parts for other units and give them back to the community while running other chores and errands throughout the day.
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Apple Requests iPhone Confidentiality from FCC Until Mid-June

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 08:47
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According to an article on Engadget, Apple has requested that the Federal Communications Commission not reveal any details about the company’s upcoming iPhone device until June 15th.
The letter which was sent to the federal organization, specifically requests that data such as external photos, internal setup, test setup photos and the user manual not be revealed lest “the public disclosure of the above documents might be harmful to our company and would give a competitor an unfair advantage in the market.”
Also, check out Jason’s Apple Core blog for further details on this issue.
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Updated: Jobs Releases Open Letter on Digital Rights Management

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 07:18
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On Tuesday, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter explaining the position of Apple’s FairPlay in the realm of digital rights management technology.
The open letter breaks down into four sections; criticism of the way the music industry’s four major record labels’ demands have altered FairPlay, the idea that Apple would sell music sans DRM if allowed and the suggestion to foreign governments (typically those with digital music sales infrastructures currently in development) to adjust their own labels to alter digital rights management demands as opposed to pressuring Apple to open up the FairPlay standard.
Jobs also criticized the DRM protection schemes that some companies have tried to establish in the form of altered CDs which have historically caused problems on customers’ computers or failed to play at all.
For the full letter, click here and let us know what you think.

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Apple Releases “Security” Ad for “Get A Mac” Campaign

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 12:35
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Apple took a more aggressive stance with its latest “Security” commercial in its “Get a Mac” ad campaign.
The 29-second ad features Justin Long (Mac) and John Hodgman (PC) attempting to hold a conversation while a Secret Service-esque agent stands behind Hodgman asking whether the PC will cancel or allow each element of the conversation. Hodgman explains that this is the new security element of his new Windows Vista operating system and that turning it off would defeat the purpose of having it.
And for those of you who want it right now, here’s the YouTube footage:



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Sprint to Ship EV-DO Card for MacBook Pro Laptops

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 08:21
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Macworld News has an article on Novatel Wireless’ announcement today that the firm will ship its US$179.99 Merlin EX720 ExpressCard later this month. The card will be made available through telephone and cell phone provider Sprint.
The card, which fits into the ExpressCard slot found on Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops, provides download speeds around 600 kilobits to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds around 350 to 500 kilobits per second in Sprint-serviced EV-DO Revision A areas.
The Merlin EX720 will ship with GPS software and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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New Build of iAlertU Now Available

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 08:52
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Randy Green of SlappingTurtle has released version 0.19b of iAlertU, a shareware “car alarm” system for Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The software, which uses the laptop’s built-in sudden motion sensor, can detect movement on the laptop and triggers a loud audible alarm noise as well as flashes the screen to alert those nearby that the laptop is being stolen.
The system also functions even when the laptop’s screen has been closed and turns on and off via the standard infrared remote that ships with each MacBook and MacBook Pro. The software can be configured with regard to preferred alarm noises, the duration of the alarm and the overall sensitivity of the MacBook. iAlertU is also capable of using the laptop’s built-in iSight camera to snap pictures of the thief and will be able to e-mail these photos to a user-specified e-mail address in a future version.
Given that a picture’s worth a thousand words, demo footage of iAlertU can be found here thanks to YouTube.
iAlertU is a 717 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate.
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Apple Releases NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Updater

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 07:04
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MacFixIt is reporting that Apple has released a firmware update for the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics card found in some of their Mac Pro units.
The updater, a 1.1 megabyte download through the Software Update feature in Mac OS X (provided your Mac Pro has the card) or a 773 kilobyte standalone download, resolves pre-existing screen distortion bugs and may resolve the 2 gigabyte RAM limit that some users found with the card.
The updater application installs into the /Applications/Utilities folder and is run at a later point. Users allow the software to run, the update shutting down the monitor when necessary, then asking the user to reboot the computer to finish the update process.
The firmware update requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run.
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Western Digital Ships My Book External eSata-Capable Drive

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Date: Monday, February 5th, 2007, 14:38
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According to an article on Macworld News, hard drive manufacturer Western Digital introduced its My Book Premium ES Edition external hard drive on Monday.
The drive will feature both USB 2.0 and external Serial ATA (eSATA) protocols and is available in 320 gigabyte and 500 gigabyte capacities. The 320 gigabyte model will retail for US$179 and the 500 gigabyte model will retail for US$229.
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iLuv i182 Allows Live Recording to iPod and Media Cards

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Date: Monday, February 5th, 2007, 14:02
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Engadget has a cool story about the upcoming iLuv i182 docking station.
The iLuv i182 docking station allows live video recording from a composite or S-Video source to your iPod or choice of media card. The i182 can reportedly bring in a wider variety of video formats and allows users to establish pre-set recording lengths while keeping 640 x 480 resolution video down to 2.5 megabits per second and 720 x 480 resolution video down to 5 megabits per second.
The device synchs to a computer via a USB 2.0 protocol and according to the Engadget story, can be expected to appear on the shelves in March for about US$229.99.

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