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October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

The sad news spread quickly last night. Everyone knew he was sick, but that didn't make it any easier to comprehend. Every single person I told, or who told me, had a major reaction. Apple says:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Rest in Peace Steve Jobs.

October 4, 2011


There won't be a live stream, but Engadget will be live blogging the Apple event today at 1pm EST (10am Pacific)...

"...this isn't just any Apple event. Not only is it the long-rumored and much delayed unveiling of the iPhone 5, it will also mark the first Apple event with new CEO Tim Cook at the helm since Steve Jobs resigned in August. All eyes are on Cupertino to see what Apple's got in store, and how it will all play out. Here's what to expect....

...The iPhone 5, after all, is coming months after it was originally expected, and it's Apple's flagship product. While rumors have predicted everything from a complete redesign to a WiMax 4G model over the past year, a consensus has emerged on what will probably be unveiled in Cupertino today.

The next iPhone will look a lot like the last one. It'll be an incremental upgrade, design-wise, and won't be called the iPhone 5 ("iPhone 4S" appears to be the leading candidate for the name). The processor will be the Apple A5, the same chip found in the iPad 2, and it'll sport an 8-megapixel camera. There's virtually no chance it'll have LTE connectivity or an NFC chip, but the AT&T version will support HSPA+ 21 networks.

If the name of the event is any indication, voice recognition will factor highly as a new feature. Last year Apple acquired Siri, a company that makes voice-to-text software, and some blogs have reported that the next iPhone will have much more extensive voice control than previous models, essentially bestowing the user with a "personal assistant."

Changing the game even more will be the addition of Sprint to the U.S. carriers that offer the phone. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Sprint is paying billions to get the iPhone in order to keep its customers from defecting. (Of course, there's always the crazy, out-of-left-field rumor that Sprint will exclusively get the iPhone 5 while AT&T and Verizon get the iPhone 4S, for whatever that's worth.) When will it be on store shelves? Best guess: Oct. 21. iPhone launches are always on Fridays, typically two to three weeks after the unveiling. Happy Halloween. [PC Mag] lists the "10 Best iPhone Apps For Hipsters". They have Daytrotter on there. Hype Machine also now has an app.

January 2, 2009

Hi Fi Bugs

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) says it has resolved a glitch that caused the 30 GB model of its Zune MP3 player to freeze up over the past week.

"You can go back to using your Zune!" the company said in a support note posted Thursday on its Web site. The note details steps that Zune owners should take to eliminate the bug by resetting their players.

Earlier this week, thousands of Zune users flooded blogs and support forums with reports that their devices had locked up. Microsoft traced the problem to a software bug that caused the Zune's internal clock to fail when switching from the past leap year to 2009, which is not a leap year.

To fix the problem, Microsoft advised users to unplug the Zune from its power source and allow the batteries to drain. "Wait until the battery is empty and the screen goes block," the company said in its support bulletin. It then instructed users to power up the devices, but only after 7 a.m. Eastern time on New Year's Day Thursday. "No other action is required," said Microsoft. [Information Week]

December 17, 2008

Hot Chip on the Daily News (thx Brian)
I Tax

Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too.

Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an "iPod tax" that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services."

"We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget.
[Daily News]

November 6, 2008

Joe Biden (by Gizmodo)
Biden RIAA

"There's no question America looks like it'll be an exciting and interesting place under Barack Obama.

But it's starting to look a little scary for the online world.

Joe Biden is already cause for serious alarm, but now, will Google get an amazing foothold in the new White House?

And might RIAA boss Mitch Bainwol become Obama's CTO?

It's OK. Relax. We were just kidding about Bainwol. He voted for McCain, although you can bet he and other corporate entertainment cartel minions such as the MPAA's Dan Glickman are sleeping outside Obama's door, metaphorically speaking.

But could either Do No evil Google boss Eric Schmidt, who "conveniently endorsed Obama," or another Google employee, Vint Cerf, be named? - wonders CNet News." [p2pnet]

September 11, 2008


Almost one year after authorities shut down the private torrent tracker OiNK, the site's administrators and a few alleged uploaders have been charged, putting an end to the year-long investigation.

Alan Ellis, the administrator, was charged with "conspiracy to defraud" and the uploaders were charged with copyright infringement for the unauthorized upload of one CD. [After Dawn]

"In other semi-related news, a 26 year old man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a $20,000 fine for his work on the site EliteTorrents - looks like it's a bad week for torrent site admins." [TechSpot]

July 29, 2008

Red Lasso

This makes it harder to find clips of bands playing on late night TV...

Continue reading "RedLasso, RIP "

June 9, 2008


Apple Inc. cut the price of its best-selling iPhone in half Monday - to $199 - making the all-in-one smart phone, media player and Internet device more accessible than before.

Apple also said it had increased the speed for the iPhone so that it runs on the latest 3G technology, shortening the time it takes to download a Web page and access the Internet. And for the first time, it will also incorporate GPS technology so that users can track where they are as they're traveling. [SF Gate]

April 30, 2008

"With MSN Music, Microsoft has admitted just how expensive, clumsy, and unfair DRM is," McSherry said in the statement. "It's time for Microsoft to reject this sloppy technology, and for customers to demand something better." [CNET]

April 15, 2008

The Filter"The Filter is the ultimate discovery service. Tell it the movie, music and WebVideos that you like and it will find new stuff for you that match your taste - every day."

"...backed and advised by the British singer and technology evangelist Peter Gabriel, who was in San Francisco last week promoting the company in advance of its relaunch today" [NY Times]