It looks to me like the US$349 30GB iPod Photo is a much better deal than the remaining 20GB monochrome iPod at US$299. You have to love U2 or the color black to get the US$349 20GB U2 edition. It looks like Apple will simplify the iPod line shortly to just three players: the Shuffle with no screen, mini with monochrome screen and full size with color screen. Or maybe they’ll add a color display to the mini (as has been rumored recently) and ditch the monochrome displays altogher?
City-run wireless broadband networks, which appear to be gaining popularity in a number of major metropolitan areas, haven’t been fully studied and are being touted with dubious claims about their benefits, according to the New Millennium Research Council. Read more at ComputerWorld.com.
The price of personal computers has dropped to the point where the actual box is a small part of the equation. The cost of software, broadband, accessories, movies, cameras, printers, music , music players and general consumables make the cost of the actual computer less relevant than ever, especially if it can be used for three or more years.
The EFF’s Bloggers As Journalists: Why We Fight Apple?s Subpoenas is worth a read:
James Madison understood that “a popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy or perhaps both.” Legal protections for media sources and unpublished information are critical means for journalists of all stripes to acquire information and communicate it to the public. Imagine if “Deep Throat,” the informant critical to Woodward and Bernstein’s investigation of the 1972 Watergate burglary, knew that his identity could be obtained through legal process. His career, and perhaps his life, would have been in serious jeopardy, and a cautious individual would have kept silent.
Read more at EFF.org.
In related news, the EFF announced a new project that highlights the way misguided laws and lawsuits can pollute the environment for technological innovation. “Endangered Gizmos” is a natural history of technologies from the Betamax VCR to filesharing software that have been threatened or extinguished through ruthless litigation. The “Endangered Gizmos” List gives readers the vital statistics on a host of gadgets, along with steps they can take to save those that haven’t yet been killed off. Read more about it in the Press Release.
What was the problem with the original iPod? It used a tiny hard drive with a higher price and lower capacity than the laptop drives found in other players. It could not be opened by the user. It was expensive.
What was so good about it? The small size, Apple iTunes software, great interface and fast Firewire connectivity.
What about the Mac Mini? Read on…………
The is a story about a device that wasn’t released at Macworld Expo 2005. In fact, this device doesn’t even exist. It has not been discussed on any of the Mac news sites. No one has ever seen this device function. This is a device in someone’s mind’s eye. Any similarity between this story and reality is purely coincidence. hiPhone R6 image courtesy of Applele.com.
Instead of discussing what was revealed at MWSF05 I want to discuss something that wasn’t revealed.
This handheld device might have started out as an “Apple looking PDA” on some Apple engineer’s bicycle handlebars three years ago, only then to become the original iPod. When the success of that device reached its peak, the manufacturer came up with a new model that fulfilled the lowest common denominator’s next most wanted thing. Read more…
The First Amendment to the Constitution is an umbrella shared by a variety of groups. It protects the ability of the public to communicate without undue restriction from their government. There are certainly limitations to this protection and the courts move the lines around constantly. Apple Computer made a fundamental error when they moved beyond plugging internal leaks and sued Think Secret. On the face of it, Apple has every right to protect internal information by keeping it secret, but pushing some of the smallest players out from under the protection of the umbrella risks antagonizing the larger news outlets. The editorial policy of the New York Times may be quite different from that of the National Enquirer, but they do share protection from the same particular set of laws. That is why the PowerPage took notice when Think Secret was sued. While our focus may lean more towards consumer protection than it does rumor and speculation, any diminution of protection for news outlets is of concern to us, especially an attack on small internet based journalists. read on…….
The idea that Steve Jobs pulled the live feed in a fit of pique is a bit too paranoid for me to buy into. I have made time to watch it in the past and have had problems with the feed on a number of occasions, so I expect that it just might not be technically feasible to expect consistent results with the numbers that are projected for this year. It would not be good to present QuickTime in a bad light. Now that so many Windows users have iPods and QuickTime, it is just not worth the risk to give them a frustrating experience that would have less to do with Quicktime and more to do with the limitations of their connections to the internet.