Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Microsoft says Origami video is "old"

A post about the Origami video made earlier today is old.

Microsoft's Origami Projecthas the Internet abuzz with speculation. What we do know for sure is that the Origami appears to be Microsoft's venture into the gaming portable market currently shared by Nintendo and Sony.

Some Origami video that was featured on Digital Kitchen's website (it's no longer available) showed a single-screen portable device about the size of an overgrown PSP being utilized for gaming, media, and work.

However, it seems that video may not indicate the look of the finished product.According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the video featuring the Origami "is a year old and represents our initial exploration into this form factor, including possible uses and scenarios."

So in the case of the Origami video, what you saw may not be exactly what you'll get.We will find out more when Microsoft reveals the Origami to the public on March 2nd.

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Dell Ships Second Pair of Duo Notebooks

Dell on Tuesday posted another pair of Core Duo-powered notebooks to its sales site, the third and fourth models from the Texas manufacturer to feature Intel's newest dual-core chip.

The Inspiron E1505, which is sold at Dell's Home & Home Office site, and the Inspiron 6400, which targets small business users, are actually the same 6-pound machine equipped with a 15.4-inch display, integrated graphics and wireless, and a fixed optical drive that, unlike those in other Dell notebooks, can't be removed.

Windows XP Media Center ships with the consumer-oriented E1505, while the 6400's default OS is Windows XP Home.

Both models are available today, and currently priced starting at $779 for a Core Duo processor, $729 with a single processor core, when equipped with 512MB of memory and 40GB drive.

Dell's out-the-gate Duo notebooks, the E1705 and 9400, both of which feature a 17-inch LCD, are priced at $1,049 and up.

Intel unwrapped the laptop-oriented Duo in January to some fanfare, particularly since Apple's first Intel-based desktop iMacs, which were unveiled shortly thereafter, use the processor.

Other recent news about Intel's Core Duo, however, hasn't been bright. Microsoft, for instance, recently confirmed that it's working on a fix for a battery draining problem on notebooks running the processor. The problem, which was passed along to manufacturers in July 2005 but not made public, drains batteries faster than expected because it prevents machines from entering "sleep" states.

The Origami Project : Update

A flash film has emerged showing the different functionalities of this thing. What we see in this video is supposedly a year old prototype so keep that in mind. But if the final thing looks anything like that, Sony and Nintendo should have little to fear, even though it can play games as shown in the commercial. This looks more like some kind of a big ass PDA / “lifestyle portable device”. Hopefully the final thing will have some Xbox 360 related features as well.

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Why Windows Vista Won't Suck

Extreme Tech has created a slideshow portraying features that will make the Vista a must buy. Some of the features included in the Vista can help save time, and increase productivity. However one would need some time to get used to the 3D technology used in Vista. Overall it does seem to be a very reliable OS.

Some noteworthy features included are:

  1. Performance control panel
  2. Automatic Defragmenter
  3. Power Settings
  4. Use a USB Memory device to speed up windows
  5. Vista Network Center
  6. Speech Recognition
  7. Windows Calendar
  8. Games Explorer
  9. Media Player 11
  10. Rolodex feature
  11. New Start Menu
  12. Sidebar
  13. Windows Defender
  14. Vista Security Center
  15. Integrated Backup application

Some screenshots:

  • Performance control panel

  • Automatic Defragmenter

AOL Sues Over Identity Thefts, Uses New Law



NEW YORK (Reuters) - America Online said on Tuesday it had filed lawsuits this week against three identity theft gangs, seeking combined damages of $18 million and using a new law against so-called "phishers."

The online division of Time Warner Inc. said it had filed three civil suits in Alexandria's U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, charging phishing gangs with tricking its members with fake Web sites of legitimate companies to fool them into giving up personal information.

The suits were filed under Virginia's new anti-phishing statute, the Federal Lanham Act, a trademark law, and the Federal Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, an anti-spam, or junk mail law.
AOL said they were the first suits filed by an Internet service provider under the Virginia law passed in July 2005.

The company is targeting gangs that they believe reside in the U.S., Germany and Romania that created "hundreds and hundreds of Web sites to mislead consumers." AOL also said it has stored "tens of thousands" of phish e-mails sent by these gangs.

Phishers attempt to fool surfers by directing them to fake Web sites, which seek personal information such as address and credit card numbers.

According to data furnished by AOL, one industry association, the Anti-Phishing Working Group, found almost 50,000 phishing sites created in 2005, with more than 7,000 in December alone.

Copyright 2006 Reuters.

Google and Sony Ericsson join hands to bring you blogger.com software on their next generation cell phones

Pocket-Lint reports, “ Sony Ericsson has signed a deal with Google that will mean owners of the Sony Ericsson mobile phones will be able to file to a personal blog on the move as soon as they turn on their new phone."

The company today announced that it will be integrating Google’s Blogger and Web Search features on all its future mobile phones.

Owners of a blogger.com account will be able to file stories via their mobile phone on the move with the included software.

The first Sony Ericsson products to offer the new service are the recently announced K610 UMTS phone and new flagship imaging handsets, the K800 and K790, announced today and available sometime before the end of June.

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Redesigning the cricket helmet

A basic form of the sport can be traced back to the 13th century, but it may have existed even earlier than that. The game seems to have originated among shepherds and farm workers in the Weald between Kent and Sussex. Written evidence exists of a sport known as creag being played by Prince Edward, the son of Edward I (Longshanks), at Newenden, Kent in 1300.

In 1598, a court case referred to a sport called Creckett being played at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford around 1550. The Oxford English Dictionary gives this as the first recorded instance of cricket in the English language.

A number of words are thought to be possible sources for the term cricket. The name may derive from a term for the cricket bat: old French criquet (meaning a kind of club) or Flemish krick(e) (meaning a stick) or in Old English crycc (meaning a crutch or staff). (The latter is problematic, since Old English 'cc' was palatal in pronunciation in the south and the west midlands, roughly ch, which is how crycc leads to crych and thence crutch; the 'k' sound would be possible in the north, however.) Alternatively, the French criquet apparently derives from the Flemish word krickstoel, which is a long low stool on which one kneels in church and which resembles the long low wicket with two stumps used in early cricket.

During the 17th century, numerous references indicate the growth of cricket in the south-east of England. By the end of the century, it had become an organised activity being played for high stakes and it is possible that the first professionals appeared about that time. We know that a great cricket match with eleven players a side was played for high stakes in Sussex in 1697 and this is the earliest reference we have to cricket in terms of such importance.

Gizmag reports on a newly redesigned helmets like nearly everything else in a sport afflicted by stubborn traditionalism, the design of the cricket helmet has trailed well behind the technologies available and with mid-2004 university tests showing that helmets can delay a batsman’s reactions by up to a quarter of a second, you’d think that we might have seen a rethink of cricket helmet design since then, but we haven’t noticed one. Inspired by those tests, designer Ravinder Sembi has reengineered the cricket helmet with a view to overcoming this fundamental problem.

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Get the encyclopedia on your iPod

This is a good one.

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iPod battery lawsuit dated

Girard Gibbs, the law firm representing consumers in the iPod battery class-action lawsuit, has released a timeframe for the distribution of settlement benefits. The settlement was approved by a judge in August, appealed in November by two individuals, and finalized in late December. As a result of the appeal, the firm said, Apple and the Claims Administrator had to delay the process of fulfilling claims. Below is the new timeframe for the settlement benefits.

February 17, 2006 - The Claims Administrator will mail $25 checks to Class Members who purchased the AppleCare Protection Plan and obtained battery repair/replacement under the AppleCare Protection Plan.

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Update on Microsoft’s Origami project

There have been a lot of speculations traveling around the blogosphere about the “Origami Project”. As there have been rumors that it will be a new gadget from Microsoft. Moreover a small tablet computer could soon be unveiled in the next coming months. As cnet reports
  • The concept, which Microsoft plans to detail next month, is built on top of the Windows XP operating system but aims to be a new kind of device, rather than a replacement for existing PCs, according to sources familiar with the effort. With a screen bigger than that of a handheld but smaller than a notebook PC screen, Origami devices won't fit in the pocket, but they'll make it into purses and even the smallest of backpacks, sources said.

Origami is capable of supporting features like:

  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G cellular technology
  • Wi-Fi

though each of these adds to the cost of the device.

However, sources say this is likely to be more buzz, with actual details not expected until later in March, likely at the CeBit show that takes place March 9-15 in Hanover, Germany.

This gadget would be something new as it will include a lot of the functions today’s individuals are looking for in an one small easy to use device.

Details unfolding on Microsoft's 'Origami'

FAKE MODEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Creating your own fake photography can be easy as going through this quick and easy tutorial.

With a very little effort, you can take existing photographs of everyday scenes and make it look like they're actually of miniature models.

Now with a little bit of imagination you can convert this picture into an image that "says a thousand words".

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Skype-a-celeb

Do you want to talk to Penelope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey and others? Not read about them in some magazine, but actually talk to them live and unmediated? You can now. If you can outbid others for the privilege, that is. Just go to the skype-a-celeb auction on eBay and make your bid.

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SanDisk reveals new memory cards

In a flurry of communications, SanDisk has announced the availability of several upgrades in its industry-leading memory card series.The 4GB Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo card doubles the capacity of the previous card in the Ultra II line.

The card's minimum write speed is 9MB a second and minimum read speed of 10MB.A series of additions to the Extreme III card line. Three in all, they include the the 8GB CompactFlash card, the 2GB SD card, and the 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo digital film card.

Each card boasts minimum write and read speeds of 18MB a second and features the company's Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing technology, which combines, among other things, NAND flash memory chips and 32-bit RISC processing. One other compelling feature is the company's own RescuePRO software, which allows easy recovery of lost or deleted images or data.


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Why keyboard is so sluggish

Question: My keyboard does not respond when I repeatedly hit a letter key or the tab, delete or backspace keys. I have to release the key, wait a few seconds and press the key again.

Answer: Get a new wireless keyboard or go for the USB wired keyboard, chances are you will not run into any problems. J/K!!!

Windows comes with Accessibility options meant to make keyboard use easier for people with disabilities.

One of those options is FilterKeys. When it is active, fast repeated keystrokes are ignored.

FilterKeys may have gotten turned on. In the Control Panel, click on Accessibility Options.

In the FilterKeys section, click on the Settings button. Both choices under Filter Options should be off. In FilterKeys, Use FilterKeys should be turned off.

Reinstall the keyboard, if FilterKeys is not the problem.

In the Device Manager, click on the plus sign next to Keyboard. Right-click on the reference to your keyboard and from the pop-up menu choose Delete.

You will have to reboot to get Windows to reinstall the keyboard and its driver. Remove the keyboard only if you are sure you do not have to use it before you reboot or, upon rebooting, to enter a password to log on into your PC.

Putting Your DVDs on a Video iPod

Sure, you could fill your video iPod with episodes of Knight Rider from iTunes for $2 a pop. Or you could save some cash - and your soul - and fill it with files you convert from your DVD collection using freely available software. Problem is, you'd have to break the law. Though it's theoretically OK to back up DVDs for personal use, it's illegal to override commercial copy protection, a necessary step in the process. Proceed at your own risk.

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Test scores not affected by television

As surprising as it may sound, watching television does not affect a Childs academics.
  • A new study by two economists from the University of Chicago taps into a trove of data from the 1960s to argue that when it comes to academic test scores, parents can let children watch TV without fear of future harm.
  • Matthew Gentzkow, 30, an assistant professor of economics at the university's Graduate School of Business, and Jesse Shapiro, 26, a research fellow, have waded into controversial territory that is usually the domain of psychologists and educators.

The new study, however, was based on what the authors call a "natural experiment" that resulted from the way television was introduced in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when some cities got TV service five years ahead of others.

Data from cities where preschoolers were exposed to the new technology, and data from cities where they were not, was correlated with test scores from about 300,000 students nationwide.....

All this does not surprise me that watching TV does not in any way affect a Childs scores especially during exam time. Moreover parents should make watching TV an important aspect in a Childs up bringing. You definitely want your kid to be the smartest when it comes to academics as well as sports, why not allow them to watch TV at least 1 or 2 hours a day. They will have more knowledge and information on what’s going on across the world in areas related to science, sports, and the most important field technology.

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What if Microsoft designed the iPod box?

For those who enjoy the Microsoft’s latest wave of product names and packaging... take a watch of this lovely parody of if Microsoft designed the iPod packaging.

Courtesy: Channel9

5 apps for the distracted

Have you become the victim of constant distraction? Do your eyes wonder off when you sit in front of your MAC? Here is a solution for you – 43 folders have come to the rescue with their own apps that can save you from distractions and help you get some work done. So what are the names of these apps?
  1. Backdrop
  2. MenuShade
  3. MacJournal
  4. Saft
  5. Dock

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Reuters discovers that some rap songs are kinda dirty

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a departure from past Oscar shows featuring syrupy Disney tunes and soundtrack ballads, this year's telecast will give audiences country music, alternative rock and a super-sanitised version of a racy rap song.

The song, called "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," is from the movie "Hustle & Flow," the story of a pimp who aspires to a singing career. In the Oscars' first performance by a rap group, the group Three 6 Mafia will perform the song, one of three nominated in the best original song category, at the March 5 Academy Awards ceremony.

The pimp movie won't be the only aspect of the Oscars show that could make social conservatives cringe. The gay-themed cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" leads the nominee pack and the show is being hosted by Jon Stewart, who fills his news satire "Daily Show" on the Comedy Central cable channel with George W. Bush jokes.

"The Academy (of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences) is really to be commended," said Aaron Rosenberg, lawyer for Three 6 Mafia. "It's admirable that voters are recognising the hip-hop generation and its influence on American culture."

While rapper Eminem won the best song Oscar in 2003 for "Lose Yourself" from the film "8 Mile," he skipped the ceremony and the song was not performed.

With decency concerns in high gear in the aftermath of the notorious baring of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, Three 6 Mafia worked to make their lyrics meet ABC's broadcast standards.

Having the songwriters perform their own songs marks a change from last year, when the Academy tapped singers other than the songwriters, like Beyonce and Antonio Banderas, to perform the nominated songs.

"The great victory is that I'm going to be able to reach a lot of people with music that's very close to the bone," said York, who also is an actress with a recurring role on television's "West Wing." "I did not write an obvious crowd pleaser or a radio hit."

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Using the Google Brin Creator - This is what I came up with.

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Amazon.com acquires Shopbop.com

Online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. said on Monday it has acquired Shopbop.com, a retailer of women's shoes and accessories.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AskJeeves fires its butler!!!

The loyal butler is gone.

AskJeeves.com said on Monday that it has retired Jeeves, its mascot servant, and will now answer the door simply as Ask.com, adopting a self-service approach for users looking for a focused way to search the Web beyond guessing keywords.

The new Ask.com features a slick, do-it-yourself toolbox that helps users refine more types of searches with the first click of their computer mouse for maps, images, dictionaries, weather, local info or documents stored on their computers.

Users can select from up to 20 different types of specialized search tools Ask.com has developed. Later this year, Ask will encourage outside developers to build tools to perform more specialized searches, the company said.

A quick look at their website gives a good feel of what direction search companies are moving towards. I did like the butler, but as search engine companies are getting more and more competitive so has Ask Jeeves.com geared up to bring the best from their site. The website looks very enhanced and clean. Take a look at this pic of how Ask Jeeves used to look in the past; they have certainly done a very good job. But I still miss the butler!!

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Will this affect ps3 sales?

So apparently you're going to have to add a new hdtv to your price tag the day you buy a ps3. Ouch. From the article: "In perhaps the greatest disservice to the general consumer market yet perpetrated by players in the electronic entertainment industry, it has been revealed that next-generation DVD technologies (HD-DVD and Blu-ray) will only function with monitors and HDTVs with HDMI or DVI connections."
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Apple 6G iPod Rumors

So Apple is holding a special event on Tuesday, February 28 in Cupertino. It is an invite-only affair for the press, and the rumor mill has already started churning as to what they could be releasing. Many are speculating that we will at least see the Intel iBooks, as well as a possible Intel Mac Mini. Beyond that is up for grabs.

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Top 10 Strangest iPod Accessories

From the folks who brought you the “Top 10 Strangest MP3 Players”, now they have come up with the “Top 10 Strangest iPod Accessories”.

This is a good one -

You’ll never miss a song even in the bathroom with Atech’s “iLounge hybrid toilet paper dispenser/iPod dock”. The iLounge supports all iPod models that have a dock connector and has an integrated USB slot for the Shuffle. Speakers are hidden in the dispensers arms with navigation buttons located conveniently on top for easy access.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Magic Cube 4D Applet

MagicCube4D is a four-dimensional Rubik's cube -- an exact analogy in four dimensions to the original plastic three dimensional puzzle. "MagicCube4D is a fully functional four-dimensional analog of Rubik's cube. The image above shows the puzzle in its solved state. Click on it for a simple resizable applet version that you can interact with to get a feeling for how it works. Download the full-featured application below and try to solve it. Please read the FAQ for a more complete description of the puzzle. If the Java applet or application fail to start you may need to install a Java virtual machine. Click here for a current one."

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Origami video?

Speculation about the Origami Project is running rampant everywhere, however I was able to run into this site that had more information on the Origami Project. Kevin Tofel may have found some hard video via a comment on an engadget post discussing the mysterious project. Kevin points out if you go the the website for marketing firm DigitalKitchen, enter the site, click WORK and then BRANDTHEATRE you find the first entry says Microsoft Origami. Have a look at the video- it is extremely well done and fits with the information that Scoble passed on that the Origami Project is a device.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Xbox 360 Kiosks Rolling Out in China

Microsoft have started rolling out Xbox 360 Kiosks in China, with the release of the console arriving very shortly after a small delay. Problem for Microsoft is, just like Japan, not many people seem interested. Kiosks comes with a demo of Perfect Dark Zero, which by the sounds of it, doesn’t run very well at all, no other demos where mentioned.

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iTunes downloader hits the Apple jackpot

With a little money and luck on your side things have definitely gone his way. Alex Ostrovsky who recently spent 99 cents on purchasing "Speed of Sound," a song on the Coldplay album "X&Y," from the iTunes Music Store would be the luckiest person at least in my books he is. What he did not know during the purchase was that it was Apple’s 1 billionth song purchased, and Apple was not going to let this moment go unobserved.

So what happened?

So at 12:45 a.m., Mr. Ostrovsky's phone rang. It was an Apple employee, telling him that in addition to the song, Apple was giving him a 20-inch iMac, 10 iPods and a $10,000 gift card for the iTunes store. It is even establishing a scholarship at the Juilliard School in his name.
Mr. Ostrovsky, 16, was still trying to absorb it all yesterday.

His phone had been ringing all day, alternating between reporters wanting to know his reaction and friends wanting to congratulate him.

Congratulations Alex.

A Milestone for iTunes; a Windfall for a Downloader [via The New York Times]

U. of I. computer takes quantum leap and works when it's asleep

In the bizarre realm of quantum mechanics--the physics theory that stumped even Albert Einstein--tiny things like electrons and packets of light often seem to be in two places at once, in total violation of common sense.

Now a University of Illinois physics team has taken that principle and built something harder to fathom: a quantum-based computer that can be awake and asleep at the same time, and spit out answers even if its program is never triggered.

It's plenty strange, but some experts say such real-world spinoffs of eerie quantum effects are growing so common that it's our understanding of "strange" that needs to change."This is the way nature is," said Charles Bennett, an IBM researcher who dreamed up some of the new uses of quantum physics.

"We should be learning how to get used to that."'

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Another image of iPod video

Here’s the same iPod but in clearer conditions.

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How to Subscribe to TV Shows Using The Democracy Player, Bittorrent, and RSS

The Democracy Player is an amazing open source Internet TV application that allows you to subscribe to video RSS feeds from anywhere on the web. The default feeds will keep you supplied with endless viral and music videos from del.icio.us, Videobomb, and Telemusicvison, but with a little hackery, The Democracy Player will make you wonder why you’re still paying your cable bill.

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Origami Project

Origami Project a site that is registered under Microsoft. A lot of comments have being posted on this but it is still unsure as to what Origami Project is. However not much information is available on this site as it is just a teaser for now, but more information will be available on 03/02/2006.

What is the Origami Project? It is a device built in competition with Apple's iPod which has the ability to fold. I am right Scoble?



A 1,000-processor computer for $100K?

It's not easy to get hardware designers and software developers in sync when it comes to developing a new computer architecture, according to Dave Patterson, one of the pioneers of the original RISC architecture.

The hardware takes years to develop, and work on affiliated software doesn't start in earnest till the hardware is done. Simulators exist, but the software developers really don't take advantage of them like they should, Patterson said. That causes the development cycle to drag out even longer.

  • If you can put 25 CPUs in one FPGA, you can put 1,000 CPUs in 40 FPGAs," Patterson said during a symposium here this week at UC Berkeley, where he is a professor of electrical engineering. Such a computer would cost about $100,000, he estimated. It would also take up relatively little space--about one-third of a rack--and consume only about 1.5 kilowatts of power.

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Xbox 360 Hits Korea

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console was released on Friday into the sweaty hands of the nation's legions of videogame fanatics. Developed with the aim of gaining market dominance over rival Sony, the gadget features high-definition graphics and enables users to access its online service Xbox Live as well as other multimedia contents.

Released between November and December of last year in North America, Europe and Japan, the unit has been so popular that supply has not been able to catch up with demand. Korea is the first Asian market besides Japan to see the introduction of the unit.

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10 Flickr Hacks

What Web 2.0 service boasts more than 100 million examples of consumer-generated media?

This is why I like using flickr so much.

10 Flickr Hacks [via Micro Persuasion]

Google Releases Dashboard Widgets

Today, Google released 3 new dashboard widgets for Mac users. The new widgets allow you to easily post to your Blogger blog, check your Gmail account and search your Google Search History.

Also if you think there is something missing from these widgets just create a post here, who knows Google might add that feature the next time you use any of these 3 apps.

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Photos from Google Japan

Philipp Lenssen has posted a link to the official Google Japan photos. Loren the person who posted these pics writes, "I am currently living outside of Tokyo, Japan and have been working on connecting with Japanese search engines and bloggers. Today I took a trip into Tokyo to meet up with v7n’s John Scott who was in town and had the chance to drop by Google Japan’s Tokyo offices in Shibuya.”

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Porsche Unveils Most Powerful Non-Turbo 911 in History

Porsche's new 2007 911 GT3 will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show on February 28, 2006.

415-horsepower model to debut at Geneva Motor Show

The latest race- bred 911 sports coupe features a 415-horsepower naturally aspirated engine with an 8,400 rpm redline, an active suspension setup tuned for the track, and a mechanical limited-slip differential.

The 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 will be available in North America beginning in August 2006. U.S. pricing for the new model is $106,000.

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Movie quote game. Answer and post new quote. I'll start with an easy one. "Where the white women at?"

Let's start

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Google's New Web Site Hosting Service Overwhelmed

Google Inc. on Thursday temporarily suspended signing up new accounts for its Web site hosting service due to heavy demand.

The Mountain View, Calif., search engine, which launched Google Page Creator this week, created a waiting list of people's email addresses.

"Due to heavy demand, we are unable to offer new accounts for today," Google said on the Page Creator site.

The new service includes online tools that can arrange text, images or other types of Web content within pre-built templates in a variety of styles. A person builds the pages within his Web browser in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment.

To use the service, a person must have a Google account and a Gmail address. The latter is Google's Webmail service. Pages are uploaded by a single click, and the URL includes a person's Gmail user name, i.e. http://yourgmailusername.googlepages.com.

The service has a 100MB limit for pages and uploaded files. The tools are recommended for people who want to build simple, static Web sites, not e-commerce or interactive sites. For people who plan to update their pages regularly, then the company recommends the use of its online blogging service, Blogger.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Ultra Wideband Rivals Woo Bluetooth

Which of the two rival Ultra Wideband wireless technologies will the next version of Bluetooth be based on? The question may seem academic, as both offer similar promise: Ranges of a few feet and a data rate of around 100 Mbits/sec – enough to stream DVD-quality video. But it matters a great deal to the companies involved, and more important, to anyone thinking of using the technology. Business and consumer products using each of the two incompatible variants will appear over the coming months, and Bluetooth’s endorsement could decide which ends up as VHS and which as Betamax.

Right now, the Intel-led Wi-Media Alliance looks like a likely winner. It held its first successful interoperability tests earlier this month, with products from five different companies working together. The computer industry has also adopted its spec for wireless versions of the USB and Firewire (IEEE 1394) interfaces. At the Alliance’s meeting Thursday in San Francisco, the keynote speaker is Michael W. Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) – the association of more than 4,000 vendors that sets the Bluetooth standard.

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Canadian university bans wireless

the Inquirer writes, "LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY in Canada has canned a big wi-fi project out of fears that it could cause cancer and rot its students' brains."

The Ontario University President Fred Gilbert refuses to sign off on a campus-wide installation after reading a a California Public Utilities Commission study. The study said that there was a possible risk of tumours and other diseases due to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

Gilbert also mentioned that the harmful affects would not be good enough for him, as some of the effects of these things, do not show up for 30 to 40 years after exposure.

30 to 40 years thats a long time and its insane to put the school students through such kinda of a rule.

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Webcast courses offered by the University of California (Berkley)

The school has started offering courses that are now available to you via podcast. There are only a certain amount of classes that are being offered at the moment. But if more and more students start subscribing to podcast who knows the school might add another option “Classes offered via podcasts”. Podcast has created a new wave for learning. For me I don’t think this will be a good option, as I am a type of person who likes to go into a class room setup and have an interactive class with the professor as well as with the students and now this will bring that to an end. Due to this convenience provided by the school students who don’t like going to a class and interacting with the professor will start skipping classes which will ultimately harm their GPA.

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Desktop Earth

Desktop Earth is a wallpaper generator. It will generate a high-resolution, accurate representation of the Earth. The imagery is based on NASA's Blue Marble Next and Earth's City Lights.

Day and night is accurately represented depending on the Sun's overhead position (which depends on both the time of day and the day of the year) and both the snow cover and the foliage changes with the seasons.

Desktop Earth comes in two versions:

Online: You select the date and time, specify the resolution up to 1920x1200 (WUXGA), and click Generate. A high-resolution lossless PNG file will be displayed in your browser.

Downloadable: This is for Windows only. Desktop Earth will sit in your systray, run whenever you are logged on, and continuously update your wallpaper with an accurate representation of the Earth.

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iTunes hits the 1 billion download mark

Apple has launched its countdown to a billion songs on the iTunes Music Store,. “Music lovers like you in 21 countries around the globe have purchased one billion songs from the iTunes Music Store. And for helping us reach this massive milestone in digital music history, we’d like to thank you.”

The one billion songs was downloaded by Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan and as the grand prize winner he will receive a 20-inch iMac, 10 fifth generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card good for any item on the iTunes Music Store. In addition, Apple will establish a scholarship to the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music in his name to commemorate this milestone.

Maryland Bill Aims To Put 'DUI' On License Plates

Debate under way in Annapolis focused Tuesday on nearly two-dozen bills drafted to address drunken driving.

Baltimore television station WBAL reported that one bill would have convicted drunken drivers wear a Scarlet Letter of sorts.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, 45 percent of Maryland's traffic fatalities are related to alcohol. The House Judiciary Committee heard about 18 driving under the influence bills Tuesday, but none as controversial as the so-called Scarlet Letter approach.

Montgomery County Delegate Herman Taylor, D-District 14, introduced House Bill 1315, which would require the state's Motor Vehicle Administration to issue special license plates to people convicted on at least two DUI offenses.

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Man on fishing expedition snags 360-foot long nuclear submarine

A local fisherman will be getting paid for an unusual catch of the day -- a nuclear submarine.

Alan Chaplaski said the Navy has agreed to pay him for damages to his boat from an incident last summer when the USS Montpelier, a 362-foot-long submarine, allegedly snagged his gear and almost capsized the boat.

"I'm satisfied because I got just compensation," Chaplaski said Tuesday. "They gave me what I asked for."

The Aug. 25 incident occurred 95 miles southeast of Stonington as Chaplaski's boat, the Neptune, was trawling for shrimp.

Chaplaski had originally thought his net had snagged on the bottom, but something began pulling his 150-ton boat backward, causing it to shake violently. He released the brakes on the steel wire attached to the net and twin 1,000-pound doors that keep the net open. That prevented the boat from capsizing.

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HP moves its new photo printing project into Retail Kiosks

On Wednesday Hewlett Packard announced its arrival into the retail photo printing industry with its introduction of a self service photo printing kiosks and a in store photo studio that will be installed in Albertson's supermarkets and Longs Drug Stores.

HP, already the world's largest maker of computer printers and a leader in digital photo printers, already is strong in home printing of digital photographs and in online photo printing, with its Snapfish acquisition. Now it hopes to complete the cycle by moving into retail photo printing.

HP ultimately hopes that the kiosks, which are easy to use with a touch screen and can produce 4-inch by 6-inch prints in as few as 5 seconds, will spread to hotel lobbies, cafes, airports and hotel lobbies, Vyomesh Joshi, head of HP's imaging and printing business, said in an interview.
  • "We really want to capture a lot of prints in retail," Joshi said, adding that HP "can really help (retailers) make money" because of higher margins on inkjet prints than in traditionally used photo-printing processes.

Seems to me like a bold move from HP, but a move that was bound to happen. Being in the printing as well as photo studio industry HP has made a big mark. What better way to increase market growth than to enter into a business that relates to their corporate objective.

HP's next photo-printing project: Retail kiosks

What type of attendee are you??

Mobile device blogger Jonathan Grubb has come up with a very impressive list of the different personality’s traits found in big software companies that people have and has categorized them according to their trait.

I am the “The Stealth Lurker”, working on becoming "The Boss".

Types of meeting attendees:
  • The Talker - You know what I'm talking about. People who think talking is the same as contributing. On bad days I'm that guy.
  • The Boss - This person may or may not actually be the boss. The main strategy is to get everyone talking and working together constructively, then use the political capital he's just gained to hijack the meeting and implement his own agenda at the last minute.

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Google releases new Page Creator

Today, Google releases its Google Page Creator a new and an easy to use tool for creating web pages. You can log-in to it using your Google account, and your site URL will then be yourname.googlepages.com.

Philipp Lenssen from Google Blogoscoped provides an in depth review of this new page creator.

He also mentions the ease with which one can create web pages –
  • The editor works very nice. It’s a FrontPage running in your browser, if you will. In true WSYSIWYG style, you enter the text right in the place you want to have it. You can include headlines, font-style changes, links, or images (which you either reference on another server, or upload to Google’s servers). Changes happen right on the page with a lot of highly impressive DHTML/ Ajax magic.



The Hot Spot in a Box

With this device you will not have to worry about getting a wi-fi connection. You will have the convenience of traveling with this little box that you can plug in a power outlet or even your cars cigarette lighter and there you are, everyone within 200 feet could get onto the Internet at high speed, without wires.

Boxes like these do exists in the market at this moment and are being sold by companies like Kyocera, Junxion and Top Global, and they're every bit as awesome as they sound. (Unfortunately, the category is so new that it has no agreed-upon name. "Portable hot spot" is descriptive but unwieldy. "Cellular gateway" is a bit cryptic. Kyocera's term, "mobile router," may be as good as any.)

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Phone capable camera by Canon

It seems very surprising to me that Canon would deviate from their original production line and would take a different development path, but the company has managed to put together a combination of a digital SLR with mobile phone technology.

The convenience of a cell phone built right into your Canon SLR, now you will be able to call anyone while you are taking pictures no matter where you are or if you are taking pictures at an important occasion.

‘I got the idea out on a photo safari in my local park when I needed a friend’s advice,’ Alana Harford, Chief of Engineering at Canon, explained. ‘But when I wanted to call him, I realised that I had - once again - forgotten my cell phone at home. At first I thought about duct taping the phone to my camera - which I’ve always got on me. Then it occurred to me: ‘Hey, why not combine the two?’’

This would be the first phone capable camera produced by Canon which will be named Digital Rebel XCP. Mechanically, it is similar to Canon’s popular entry-level digital SLR, the Digital Rebel XT. However, the controls on the back have been changed to make room for microphone, speaker and dial pad.

‘I think we’re on to something here,’ concluded Alana Harford. ‘In a few years, I bet you can't find a camera out there without a built-in phone.’

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Google co-founders cash in

Money, money, money, money!!!!

Last month, the 32-year-old celebrity co-founders of Google each sold more than $160 million worth of their company's stock.

That may sound like the ultimate jackpot to most people, but to Sergey Brin and Larry Page it was just another month in their billionaire-in-a-year lives.

Since the search giant went public in August 2004, Brin has sold about 6.5 million shares at a market value of $1.68 billion. Page has sold about 5.8 million shares at a market value of $1.4 billion, according to calculations from Thomson Financial. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, who was brought in to run the company before it went public, has sold more than 2.1 million shares, worth more than $502 million.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Inside Windows Vista

PC Magazine has posted some great screenshots of Windows Vista, Build 5308.


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Man in New York gets anthrax.

A New York City man has been hospitalized with a case of anthrax that a federal law enforcement official said may have been contracted from animal skins during a visit to Africa.

The infection appeared to be accidental, and authorities did not believe it was related to terrorism, the official said.

The man traveled recently to the west coast of Africa and became ill shortly after his return, said a federal law enforcement official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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Google, EarthLink submit S.F. WiFi plan

Google and EarthLink have teamed up to submit a proposal to create a city-wide wireless Internet network for San Francisco, officials said Tuesday.
  • The bid was one of six San Francisco city officials said they received Tuesday evening. Other proposals were submitted by MetroFi, Communication Bridge Global, NextWLAN, Razortooth Communications and SF Metro Connect, which is an alliance of SeaKay, Cisco Systems and IBM.
  • City officials did not release any details of the actual proposals or make them available Tuesday. They said a panel will review the bids and make recommendations by early April.

Esme Vos, founder of city WiFi tracking service Muniwireless in Amsterdam, said that more than 186 U.S. cities have announced WiFi proposals, up from just 122 in July. Big cities such as Chicago and Houston have requested bids. EarthLink is building a network in Philadelphia that will cost at least $9 a month.

  • ``WiFi deployment is picking up in cities, faster than I thought,'' Vos said.

Google grabbed the headlines because it proposed to build a network for free. But MetroFi of Mountain View has a track record for creating so-called ``mesh networks'' that link a variety of WiFi antennas in a single network.

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Ex-Gizmondo Exec Crashes $1 Million Ferrari In LA

According to news reports, former Gizmondo executive Stefan Eriksson has been involved in a high-profile accident in Los Angeles which destroyed his $1 million Ferrari Enzo sports car, following a crash at more than 120 miles per hour during an alleged street race.

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Windows Steals Top Server OS Spot From Unix

Microsoft's Windows edged out Unix in 2005 as the best-selling server operating system, research firm IDC said Wednesday, marking the first time Unix hasn't held the top spot in more than a decade.

Windows servers accounted for $17.7 billion in revenues last year, the Framingham, Mass.-based research company said, while Unix-powered servers took in $17.5 billion.

Linux, the open-source offshoot of Unix, accounted for $5.7 billion in server sales during 2005.
The trend of Microsoft besting Unix appears to be accelerating, noted IDC. Windows server sales climbed 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005, year-over-year, while Unix server revenues dropped 5 percent. Linux, meanwhile, posted double-digit year-over-year growth: fourth quarter 2005's numbers were 20.8 percent higher than 2004's.

But Windows' moving past Unix doesn't mean the former top dog is going to quietly slink away, IDC analysts said.

"We do not believe that any one platform will be in a position to force another platform out of the marketplace for many years to come," said Jean Bozman, vice president of worldwide server research, in a statement. "End users [will continue to] utilize a mix of operating systems in their infrastructures."

SOS sues Austin over AMD plans

The city of Austin is being sued by the SOS group in an attempt to prevent Advanced Micro Devices Inc. from building a corporate campus in sensitive watershed territory in Southwest Austin.

Statesman.com also reports that a law suit has been filed last Tuesday (02/21/2006) that the city is violating the SOS water quality ordinance by allowing the AMD campus to be built on a site that was designated for retail under previous owners in 1986. A city committee approved the grandfathering request late last year.

SOS says -
  • The AMD campus does not qualify for grandfathering because it is substantially different from the 1986 plan. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop the city from approving the site plan or granting other permits. A hearing is set for March 2.

AMD plans to break ground in March or April on the $230 million project.

SOS sues city over AMD project

P.S. Austin Statesman subscription required

How exactly does Apple choose the featured podcasts in its popular podcast directory?

Mark Glaser, of PBS' MediaShift Blog, ponders the mysteries of how the Disney Company gets consistently high placement for its podcasts on Apple's iTunes store.
  • While they might not accept payments for these slots, there might be other corporate or commercial considerations for Apple when choosing slots. For instance, one of the 12 top slots yesterday was for Disney DVD News, basically a marketing podcast for Disney promoting its new DVD eleases. Disney made a high-profile deal with Apple, making its hit shows available for download on iTunes. Plus, Disney recently bought out Pixar, a company helmed by Steve Jobs, who also happens to be Apple’s CEO. The result is that any featured podcasts done by Disney (or its ABC or ESPN networks) smells of a sweetheart deal.

What is going on!!!

How Does iTunes Pick Featured Podcasts? [via The Disney Blog]

Honda to sell low-cost hybrid car in 2007/08

Honda will be the first to come out and say this. It has plans to sell a low-cost hybrid car, a version of its popular Fit subcompact, a Japanese daily reported, signaling the auto maker's long-term commitment to the fuel-sipping powertrain.

Japan's third-biggest auto maker aims to sell the Fit hybrid as early as next year for around 1.4 million yen ($11,790), or about 200,000 yen more than the gasoline-only version, likely making it the world's first hybrid to cost less than 2 million yen ($16,840), the leading Japanese business daily said on Wednesday.

The model could be launched in the business year starting April 2007 and would be sold globally, the paper said.
  • A spokesman denied Honda had made any decision on whether to hybridise the Fit, but added it had the technological wherewithal to mount its hybrid system, which twins an electric motor and a conventional engine to save fuel, on most of its vehicles.

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The DS is getting a TV tuner and a web browser

Owners of Nintendo's DS game gadget could soon be using it to browse the web or watch TV.

By June Nintendo will release an add-on card for the handheld that has Opera's web browsing software on it.

Following this, it will release another card with a TV tuner inside that picks up programmes broadcast for portable devices.

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata said the add-ons were part of a plan to make the DS appeal to more than just gamers.

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8 workers claim record Powerball jackpot

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Eight workers at a Nebraska meat processing plant claimed the record $365 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday.

The seven men and one woman were introduced by Gov. Dave Heineman.

They held the only ticket matching the winning numbers was sold at a U-Stop convenience store in Lincoln, lottery officials said.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday were 15, 17, 43, 44 and 48, with a Powerball number of 29, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association of Des Moines, Iowa, which runs the game for the participating states.

The previous U.S. lottery jackpot record was $363 million for the Big Game, the forerunner of Mega Millions. Powerball's previous record jackpot, $340 million, was won by an Oregon family in October.

Powerball tickets are sold in 28 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tech photoshopping contest

Having just a little bit of Photoshop skills does come in handy, 1000 photoshopping contest whose main theme is to create a anachronistic high-tech products, like this Stonepod.

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Google removes UK from the map

Never expected this to happen from Google, do I see a mistake or has Google forgotten to list UK on the map. Take a note of this the prices for Europe is listed in pounds. Error, error, error!!!

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What's inside the MacBook Pro

Wow!! That was fast, well a site has already taken the time to rip apart their MacBook Pro (No love for Apple!!!)

" new OWC record. Machine received about 10:30 2/21/06 - and already fully taken apart, pictures taken, and posted to the web by 1PM. Not even enough time to benchmark this system! :>)"


View the rest of the picture at this site, great work.

Apple to hold special event on Feb. 28

iLounge writes, “Apple has sent out an invitation to select media, including iLounge, to a special event that will be held at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on February 28th.”

The invitation, which only features the iCal-like calendar image shown below, reads: “Come see some fun new products from Apple.” The special event begins at 9:00 a.m. at Apple Town Hall, Building 4.

iLounge has confirmed that this event will be taking place and is not a hoax. Hey Apple you forgot to send me an invite.

Tips for running more productive meetings

Meetings – Every individual (If they work in sales, technology, marketing, and advertising etc) does come across this during their day to day work activities. However the agenda for meetings differentiates for each line of business. Now what is a meeting - In a meeting, two or more people come together, in particular to have discussions, often in a formalized way.

Instead of coming together physically (in real life, face to face), also communication lines and equipment can be set up to have a discussion between people at different locations, e.g. a conference call or an e-meeting.

In organizations, meetings are an important vehicle for human communication. They are so common and pervasive in organizations, however, that many take them for granted and forget that, unless properly planned and executed, meetings can be a terrible waste of precious resources.

Because of their importance, a career in professional meeting planning has emerged in recent years.

But how do you make your meetings more productive without wasting other people’s time.

43 Folders has done an excellent job of coming out with a list of tips that will go a long way, and will also make you more productive for a Supervisor or Manager stand point.
  1. Circulate an agenda
  2. Have a theme
  3. Set (and honor) times for beginning, ending, and breaks

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What Will Apple Do When the Malware Comes?

A serious outbreak of Mac malware still isn't likely, but what would happen if it took place? Read more for the flip side of the monoculture problem.

The release in the last few days of malware for the Mac and Linux underscore some old issues about how it is possible to have malware on those platforms. I have some new thoughts though. I've begun to wonder what Apple would do if a real problem developed.

To be very clear, a real problem has not yet developed, and Inqtana.A and Leap.A are not a real problem, except to the extent that they may be bellwethers. They are more interesting for what they suggest than what they actually do.

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Kim Talks Halo 3 and Second Wave

Microsoft Game Studios general manager Shane Kim has been talking to Next Generation about Halo 3, the second wave of Xbox 360 games and lessons learned from the recent platform launch...

Not surprisingly, we wanted to talk about Halo 3, but Kim points out there's a whole lot more going on at Microsoft than that game...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

LEGOd Video Games

That’s right, that’s the name of a very interesting meme that I came across using flickr.

This LEGO still, a parody of the Namco published Katamari Damacy, took about 30 minutes to build but over 4 hours to photograph. It can be tricky to caputre a look of terror on the eternal smiling face of a LEGO mini-fig.

LEGOd Video Games

Sony Unveils High-Definition Camcorder

TOKYO -- Sony Corp. introduced on Tuesday a high-definition camcorder that is small enough to rest comfortably in the palm of your hand.

Sony billed its 18 ounce, 5.5 inch-long HDR-HC3 as the world's lightest and smallest. The device, 26 percent more compact than the previous model, is set to go on sale next month in Japan for $1,300 and in April in the United States for $1,700.

High-definition TVs, which are increasingly popular around the world, can display clearer and more vivid images than old-style TVs. Home videos taken with the new camcorder will be high-definition quality -- as long as you own one of those new TVs.

Sony engineers were able to make the camcorder smaller by decreasing the size of the lens and combining three computer chips into one. Sony officials in Tokyo said the product is more likely to sell in Japan, where people are willing to pay for fancy gadgets.

17" MacBook by June

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is planning to have a 17" version of its MacBook Pro ready by the WWDC in June.
  • The new flagship model, which will based around a 17-inch widescreen display and feature at least a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, is expected to round-out Apple's MacBook Pro product line.
  • Despite optimism from some of Apple's current 12-inch PowerBook customers, a 12-inch MacBook Pro model has yet to surface on Apple's product roadmap, reliable sources have told AppleInsider.

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Torino 2006 Olympics

Pictures have been taken from the Flickr meme "winterolympics", it includes an awesome collection of pictures taken live from Torino, Italy.

Chicago Plans To Join Wi-Fi Party With Citywide Network

The Windy City is preparing to become the Wi-Fi City: Chicago plans to solicit bids from technology companies this spring to create a giant 228-square mile hotspot that would cover the entire city.

The proposal, announced by city CIO Chris O'Brien, comes as other large U.S. cities labor to find a workable model to bring no-cost or low-cost wireless broadband to their citizens. Philadelphia is deploying citywide Wi-Fi with Earthlink building the infrastructure and San Francisco is considering an offer from Google to deploy the service.

In Boston, Google, Earthlink, and Hewlett-Packard are showing signs of interest in bringing a WiFi network to the city.

The Chicago proposal to inaugurate citywide Wi-Fi has a major problem that could also complicate other wide-area wireless rollouts: it is called Wi-Fi. There has been a major proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots in the city and there are fears that they could pose interference problems for a citywide wireless service.

Wireless market research firm JiWire reported last month that Chicago has 501 Wi-Fi hotspots, placing it third behind San Francisco (801) and New York (643).

Chicago has been discussing the Wi-Fi issue for a few years, but last week O'Brien said the city expects to seek bids on Wi-Fi for the city and he added that a major deployment could be in place in 2007, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

AT&T, Yahoo link Web to Cingular mobile phones

Use your mobile phone and get access to your photos, e-mail, instant messaging and address books on your Yahoo accounts. Well, AT&T Inc. and Yahoo Inc. are launching a service that lets people their Cingular mobile phones to do just that.

The AT&T Yahoo Go Mobile service is part of the Yahoo Go brand, the Internet media company's push to make its services available to users on a variety of devices from mobile phones to televisions.

"It's the first kind of baby steps toward this whole concept of an anytime-anywhere device," said Matt Davis, director of consumer multiplay services at IDC, a market research firm in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The phone also includes an MP3 music player and a digital voice recorder.

Go Mobile, which will be available on the Nokia 6682 mobile phone, will be sold online, in AT&T's 13-state service area and at some Cingular Wireless stores in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; and Los Angeles.

AT&T, Yahoo link Web to Cingular mobile phones

How to: get tons of HD content playing on your PC

"Currently I am using a Avermedia A180 with Windows MCE to capture OTA material. I use this because it allows me to stream HDTV from my HTPC to my Xbox360. The other reason is because the Avermedia is one of the least expensive cards available at ~$76.00. If you need a card with a MPEG2 decoder you can use MyHD MDP-130 or if you don't have any open PCI slots or are using a notebook, you can use a USB capture device like the Cats eye V-Box which is available with or without a remote starting at $100."

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Creating Water From a Tap

Using some Photoshop skills create water using a tap.

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Ricky Gervais cashes in on his comedy podcast

Ricky Gervais, the English comedian behind the BBC’s and NBC’s “The Office,” is cashing in on his top-rated comedy podcast by signing a deal to sell future episodes through the iTunes Music Store and Audible.com. Seasons two and three of Gervais’s “The Ricky Gervais Show” will be sold for $1.95 per show or $6.95 for the entire season of at least four weekly episodes, plus a free sneak preview.

“The Ricky Gervais Show revolves around the comic dialogue of Gervais, his long-time creative partner Stephen Merchant and ‘hapless producer’ Karl Pilkington,” reads a description of the show. “First launched in December 2005, the show has quickly become a global phenomenon, having gained unprecedented popularity. The show averaged more than 260,000 weekly downloads in only its first month and was recently awarded the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s most-downloaded podcast, having reached 2.9 million cumulative downloads in just over two months” [via iLounge]

Google defends China search site

Has licensing become an issue for Google!! The BBC reports "Google has denied accusations that its new Chinese-language search engine is operating without a licence."

It follows a report in the Beijing News that Google did not have the correct paperwork for its China site.

The web giant has rejected the allegation, saying it was operating under the licence of its business partner, Ganji.com.

Google's China service blocks politically sensitive material to comply with Chinese censorship rules.

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Using Tiger: Learning AppleScript

Macworld has published a very nice tutorial for any Mac users looking to get started using AppleScript, especially those who have found times that Automator just doesn’t get the job done.

Script Editor

The Script Editor, with a simple script up on the lift so we can finally do something about those brake pads.

Script Editor is the app you use to record scripts, edit existing ones, write brand-new scripts of your own, and crack open your applications to see just how scriptable they are. You find it inside your AppleScript folder, which awaits you inside Applications.

The figure on the right shows you a typical script-editing window. This is Script Editor’s entire interface, or near enough. Apart from Saves, Opens, and Prints, you never touch the menu bar at all. Here, give it a shot:
  1. Create a new script by pressing Command-N. Alternatively, you can click File: New.
  2. Type the following code into the editing window:say "Greetings, Professor Falken."delay 1say "How about a nice game of chess?"
  3. Click the Run button.

There you go; you’re now a programmer. I bet your skin’s half a shade paler already.

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Xbox360 Wireless Pad Estimated To Cost $11 To Manufacture

According to an article on EETimes about the XBox360's wireless pad, the cost of components and manufacture is about $11 dollars USD. For you non math heads, this is about 22% of the actual cost to you, the retail gamer.

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Mactopia

You can win a MacBook Pro or an Ipod from Microsoft. Microsoft's Mactopia section of website announces MacBook Pro, Ipod, and Cash giveaways.

MacBook Pro unboxing pics

"I got my MacBook Pro today from a local reseller in Philadelphia. He called me to say that they got five MacBook Pro 2.0GHz models in stock today and that four we're already spoken for. "Do you want the last one?" You know what my answer was."