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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Netflix Clarifies Mac Support Details

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 08:51
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An article over on MacObserver provides details as to Netflix’s new “Watch Now” service, which streams movies to a user’s hard drive.
Netflix Director of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey provided additional details to MacObserver’s inquiries regarding support for the Macintosh platform, stating that the initial rollout was PC only and that Netflix had invested US$40 million in the service. The “Watch Now” system makes use of Microsoft’s DRM 10.0 software via a browser plug-in and there are currently no plans to formally support Mac users in the short to medium term.
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Cell Phone Battery Explodes, Leads to Second and Third Degree Burns

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 11:17
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An article over at TechNewsWorld cites how a Northern California man received second and third degree burns to at least half his body while sleeping when his cell phone spontaneously exploded in his pocket. The phone, located in his front pants pocket, ignited his clothing and led to a larger fire.
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Intel Profits Drop 39% During Reorganization

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 10:03
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In mixed news, Intel reported that it posted a profit of $1.5 billion for the fourth quarter, down 39% from last year as a result of heavy layoffs (10,500 workers) and corporate reorganization according to an article on Macworld News.
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SeeEyE2Eye Webcam Periscope/Teleprompter to Ship on 22nd

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 08:44
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog has an article on a strange but potentially cool piece of hardware ready to hit the shelves on the 22nd.
SeeEye2Eye is an accessory that, when placed over a screen and a webcam, uses a set of mirrors which bounce the video signal and encourages the user to look at the webcam instead of the screen.
The device can also be used with teleprompting software packages and arrives in two models, both available for $99. One works with built-in iSight cameras while the other works with external iSights and other webcam models.
Unfortunately, the article confirms that the model designed for built-in webcams doesn’t work with the iMac, which is slightly too thick to accommodate it.
SeeEye2Eye ships Monday, January 22nd.

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Apple Posts 35 Jobs for iPhone Project

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 07:58
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An article on AppleInsider points to 35 new positions that have become publicly available over at Apple. The positions focus on development for future generations of iPhone devices.
Whether these positions will have any impact on the upcoming iPhone, due this June, is unknown. Still, it looks like Apple is willing to hire everyone it could ever need to make sure the iPhone sticks around.
The jobs include positions such as Analog Design Engineer for the audio and power systems, positions to look after the applications both on the hardware and software end, etc.
If you or anyone else you know might be interested in working on the iPhone project, a straight list of the available jobs can be found here.

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Norton AntiVirus AutoProtect May Interfere With Recent iPods

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 14:49
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The folks at MacFixIt.com have spotted a reported conflict between the current version of Norton Antivirus 10 for the Mac and various iPod models.
The conflict prevent the latest 30 gigabyte model iPod and new 8 gigabyte iPod Nano from both synching and updating themselves once connected to the computer (the resulting error message claims the device is in use by another application). The user also finds themselves unable to eject the iPod from their system, even after quitting iTunes.
Interestingly enough, the bug doesn’t affect older models of iPods, including the 20 gigabyte iPods and the 4 gigabyte black iPod Nano units. The end result points to a conflict between the latest iPod firmware and Norton Antivirus 10.
In most cases, readers reported they could resolve the problem by disabling Norton Antivirus’ AutoProtect feature. If this fails, the following items should be removed from the Library/StartupItems folder prior to rebooting:
NortonAutoProtect folder
NortonAutoProtect.kextcache file
NortonMissedTasks folder
If you’ve seen anything like this or have comments to add, let us know.

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Apple TV Internal Components Revealed

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 13:14
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An article over at AppleInsider.com has proven to be chock full of juicy tidbits regarding Apple’s upcoming Apple TV set-top box.
Check out the full article after the jump…

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