Following closely on the heels of XM Radio (launched on 25 September 2001) Sirius Satellite Radio today announced the commercial availability of their satellite radio service. It works like this: You buy a car stereo that is “satellite ready,” (either XM or Sirius), a satellite tuner and a small antenna and for a monthly fee of ~US$10 you can receive up to 100 commercial-free channels of digital stereo in your vehicle. XM Radio offers over 100 stations with about a third with six minutes or less of commercials per hour.
The Palm i705 is an extremely useful and functional tool that will benefit any mobile technologist that needs to keep in touch with email and the Web while away from a traditional Internet connection. The Palm i705 is the first and only handheld to offer always-on, secure, email and access to corporate email servers like Microsoft Exchange. Of course, there is more to life than email, there’s AIM. The Palm i705 ships with AIM 2.0 for wireless handhelds – an incredibly useful application, especially when combined with the Palm i705 keyboard (US$59, see below.)
One of Apple’s innovative QuickTime 6 software is the breadth of formats it supports and its basis on standards. But it seems those very qualities have bogged down QuickTime 6’s release. Here’s the somewhat complex explanation from Apple: “Although the QuickTime 6 software is complete and ready for release, Apple is delaying its release until MPEG-4 video licensing terms are improved. The MPEG-4 licensing terms proposed by MPEG-LA (the largest group of MPEG-4 patent holders) includes royalty payments from companies, like Apple, who ship MPEG-4 codecs, as well as royalties from content providers who use MPEG-4 to stream video. Apple agrees with paying a reasonable royalty for including MPEG-4 codecs in QuickTime, but does not believe that MPEG-4 can be successful in the marketplace if content owners must also pay royalties in order to deliver their content using MPEG-4.”