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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-15       Article Source : InternetWeek

This holiday season, Apple's iPod seems to be the most popular item, at least among those searching the Web for gifts.
According to comScore Networks Inc., a company that tracks consumer activity on the Web, consumers conducted some 6.6 million searches on the term iPod last month. Coming in second in what comScore labels "toy" searches: Xbox 360, the Microsoft gaming console, with 5 million searches. A close third: Harry Potter, with 4.8 million hits. Rounding out the top six

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-15   

Creative Technology, Ltd., a company geared toward digital entertainment via PC platform, announced Thursday the most recent addition to its line of Zen Vision PMPs (portable media players).

The 30GB Zen Vision: M, which the company said it designed to give Apple's iPod some creative competition, offers a number of features including MP3 and video player, photo viewer and FM tuner.

"We designed the Zen Vision: M to display four times the color of the 30GB iPod that plays video,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-12       Article Source : MacCentral

DivX 6 for Mac is now available — a new version of the digital video compression technology that’s become increasingly widespread on PCs and on consumer DVD players. It’s available for download — a component that allows DivX movies to be encoded on the Mac is free, although the encoding software cost US$19.99 to register.
DivX is an alternative to H.264 and other technologies that provide a tightly compressed but high-quality video image. This isn’t DivX’s first time on the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-11       Article Source : NewsFactor

The phenomenal year of the iPod continues this week following the announcement that the New Oxford American Dictionary has designated "podcast" as the 2005 Word of the Year. According to the dictionary company, just 12 months ago, podcast was an arcane activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted geeks.
"Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept," said Erin McKean, editor in

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-11       Article Source : MacCentral

Apple on Wednesday celebrated the 100 millionth song downloaded from its European iTunes Music Store.
In downloading the milestone song (a recording of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte,”), Ken Reist of Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, won a 17-inch iMac G5, 10,000 song gift card, and two tickets to see Robbie Williams in concert.

Apple launched its European iTunes Music Store in June 2004, with online stores serving the UK, France and Germany. By October, it was online in more than 10 countries, and

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-10       Article Source : Reuters

Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN cable sports network is looking into distributing some of its television programs on Apple's iTunes music and video service, possibly joining its corporate cousin in a landmark deal, ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer said on Monday.
Although ESPN has not held talks with Apple Computer Inc. yet, the top rated cable sports network plans to offer its diet of original shows and game clips to "any pipe, any device," Bodenheimer said at the UBS

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-09       Article Source : Reuters

NBC Universal has begun selling downloadable television shows, from "Law & Order" to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store, the companies said on Tuesday in the latest attempt by a major network to reach beyond the traditional TV audience.
The shows, taken from NBC, the USA Network and the Sci-Fi Channel, include current and older programming and most will cost $1.99, the same as hit programs "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," which Walt Disney Co.'s

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-06   

Music service provider, RealNetworks Inc., on Monday will open its subscription-based Rhapsody streaming music service to users of the Macintosh and Linux operating systems. The company has expanded the service to these platforms by launching Rhapsody.com, a new Web site that company executives said will offer all users the core of the Rhapsody experience.
“This will expose the Rhapsody experience to users right on their Web browser,” Karim Meghji, RealNetwork’s vice president of Music Services, told MacCentral. “What this will

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-04   

When asked a few years ago if they might someday offer a Mac that works like a Microsoft entertainment PC, Apple executives joked that they were instead focusing on the convergence of computers and toasters.

The basic concept of a PC powering a living room multimedia hub — as pushed by Microsoft Corp., at least — was flawed, they said.

People simply don't interact with a TV the same way they do with a computer, said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-03   

There's a lot more video heading to Apple's new video iPods - from vintage shows to video-flavored podcasts.
On Wednesday, San Diego-based start-up Veoh will announce plans to offer 3,000 different video shows for download for free. Mostly in the public domain, they include shorts of The Three Stooges and Superman and Batman cartoons from the 1930s.

Earlier this week, broadcaster Rush Limbaugh said he would offer video clips of his radio show for download to the iPod beginning

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-02       Article Source : MacCentral

Apple on Tuesday released Security Update 2005-009, which addresses issues with both Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. Among the components affected in this release are apache_mod_ssl; CoreFoundation; CoreTypes; curl; iodbcadmin; OpenSSL; Safari;sudo; and syslog.
The biggest changes for Mac OS X users are with the company’s Web browser software, Safari. In total, four separate issues have been fixed in this release.

The first issue fixes a problem that affects Safari’s download directory, which is normally specified

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-02       Article Source : MacCentral

IDG World Expo on Tuesday announced the schedule for the Users Conference and the Hands-On MacLabs at January’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. The event happens January 9 - 13, 2006 at the Moscone Center.
The Users Conference comprises almost 30 sessions over two days. Developed for Mac users of all skill levels, the 75 minute sessions cover a wide variety of topics and are broken into five tracks: “Mac Power User,” “Creative Tools,” “Digital Photography,” “Digital

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-02       Article Source : MacCentral

Apple has released Broadband Tuner v1.0, a utility that tweaks the system parameters of Macs with very high speed Internet connections — 5 Mbps or faster.
Broadband Tuner changes the default values for the size of the TCP send and receive buffers used by Mac OS X, according to Apple. “With larger buffers more data can be in transit at once,” said Apple. “A startup configuration file is also updated so that these changes will persist across restarts.”


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Posted by inet on 2005-11-29   

While it's true that great products like Apple's iPod will sometimes sell themselves, most companies must work very hard to pursue and keep business. This is especially true in industries like information technology and consulting, where revenues are entirely dependent on customer relationships. Companies that can't find and keep customers can shrivel up fairly fast. But those that have perfected the art of building customers and repeatedly feeding off them the way leeches do usually provide investors with superior returns.
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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-26       Article Source : Reuters

Apple Computer Inc.'s sleek iPod nano music player was among the top-selling electronic items on Amazon.com on Friday and some models sold out on a top retailer's Web site as consumers stocked up on holiday gifts on one of the year's busiest shopping days.

The stock of Cupertino, California-based Apple was the fifth-best performer on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index on Friday, climbing 3.3 percent to close at $69.34 and helping the index hit a 4-1/2-year closing high.

Apple's black

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