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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-26       Article Source : MacCentral

Aspyr Media Inc. has announced the release of Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse. It’s Aspyr’s first originally-published A-list game, and it’s available for Mac OS X, Windows and Xbox. Aspyr expects the Mac version of the game to hit retail stores in time for “Black Friday.”
A third-person action game that uses an updated version of the Halo engine, Stubbs the Zombie was developed by Wideload Games, a Chicago-based game developer founded by Bungie Studios co-founder Alexander

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-25   

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission said Wednesday it is looking into whether Samsung Electronics Co. may have engaged in unfair practices when it supplied NAND flash memory chips to Apple Computer Inc.
"We are currently reviewing the facts but we haven't launched a full-scale investigation yet," Lee Seuk-joon, an official at the FTC's unfair trade practice division said, without elaborating.

Lee's comments came after local media reported last month that a possible joint investment project between Apple and Samsung

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes has become the first online music store to break into the top 10 list of music retailers, a market research firm said.
The Apple service made its debut in the third quarter as number seven, The NPD Group Inc. said this week. ITunes was number 14 during the same period a year ago.

“The ongoing and growing popularity of Apple’s iTunes Music Store now positions the company as a leading music retailer, and continues to

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24   

Winter is just around the corner and with it the ski and snowboard season. Resorts have already opened in much of North America and Europe, where skiers and boarders will turn out this year with iPods in tow. No matter if your winter plans include snowshoeing, skiing, boarding or skating, Playlist has you covered with everything you’ll need to take your iPod out into this season’s winter wonderland.
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Nothing is more important than a durable case

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-23       Article Source : MacCentral

A company that specializes in rights-management technology for online stores has declared its plans to reverse-engineer the FairPlay encoding system Apple uses on iTunes Music Store purchases.

The move by Cupertino-based Navio Systems would essentially break Apple’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) system in order to allow other online music retailers to sell downloads that are both DRM-encoded and iPod-compatible by early 2006.

“Typically, we embrace and want to work with the providers of the DRM,” said Ray Schaaf, Navio’s chief operating

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-22       Article Source : AFP

South Korea's two semiconductor giants, Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor, have signed separate deals to supply 750 million dollars worth of NAND flash memory chips to Apple Computer.

Both Samsung and Hynix said the deal were part of Apple's 1.25 billion dollar global drive to secure NAND flash memory chips from five major semiconductor manufacturers by 2010.

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest memory chip maker, said it won a long-term contract worth 500 million dollars to supply NAND flash memory chips

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-22       Article Source : Reuters

Apple Computer Inc. on Monday said it would prepay $1.25 billion to secure its supply of flash memory used in its market-dominating iPod music players amid an expected surge in demand for the chips.

Apple said it would make the payment over the next three months in a series of agreements to lock up NAND flash memory supply through 2010 with five leading manufacturers: Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (000660.KS), Intel Corp. Micron Technology Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (005930.KS) and Toshiba Corp. (6502.T).Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2005-11-22       Article Source : Mercury News

On Monday Digital Video Recorder (DVR) pioneer TiVo Inc. announced plans to support the video iPod and the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) in an upcoming software update to its TiVoToGo solution. MacCentral spoke with Jim Denney, TiVo’s vice president of product marketing, to find out more.

TiVo’s DVRs enable television viewers to record their favorite programs to a hard disk-based recorder. They can search for their favorite programs, actors, directors and more using comprehensive search functions, fast forward through advertisements, and even

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-22       Article Source : Reuters

TiVo Inc. on Monday said it will begin testing a feature in the coming weeks to let some subscribers transfer recorded television programming to Apple iPod digital music players or Sony's PlayStation portable devices, sending the company's shares up 4.5 percent.

The new feature will only be available to "stand-alone" TiVo subscribers that are not among the 2.3 million customers from satellite TV operator DirecTV Group Inc.

TiVo's move bypasses Apple Computer Inc. whose decision in October to sell music

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22       Article Source : MacCentral

Apple on Monday announced that it has reached long-term supply agreements with five major manufacturers of NAND flash memory. What’s more, two of those companies — Micron Technology Inc. and Intel Corp. — announced the formation of a new company to manufacture NAND flash memory. The memory chips are used in Apple’s iPod shuffle and iPod nano models.

Apple indicated that the agreements secure NAND flash memory through the year 2010. Apple plans to prepay a total of US$1.25 billion for flash

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-21   

After agreeing to settle a class action lawsuit brought by customers of its iPod music player, Apple Computer confirmed the settlement is being appealed. The lawsuit claimed Apple misrepresented the capabilities of the iPod̢۪s rechargeable battery
While Apple representatives did say that they were not appealing the settlement, they declined to comment further.

A notice posted on the iPod Settlement Web site says the appeal was filed on October 24, 2005 in the Superior Court of California, County of

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-20       Article Source : MacCentral

Apple has released an update to Front Row, bringing it to version 1.0.1. The new release is available for download from Apple’s Web site.
Front Row is a new application which debuted with Apple’s recently refreshed iMac G5 line. Paired with a wireless remote control included with the iMac, Front Row provides users with an integrated way of navigating the music, photos and video stored on the iMac without needing a keyboard or mouse to do it.

“The Front

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Just days after Apple Computer updated the Windows version of its popular iTunes software, a security firm warned that a new critical vulnerability in the program could let attackers grab control of PCs and Macs.
According to an alert posted Thursday by eEye Digital Security, a "remotely exploitable flaw exists that allows arbitrary code to be executed in the context of the logged in user." The security vendor traditionally doesn't provide details on vulnerabilities it discovers until the affected vendor

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-19   

The growth in popularity of consumer electronic products like Apple's iPod, MP3 players, and digital cameras was initially a benefit to makers of small hard disk drives like Maxtor and Seagate, two leading drive manufacturers.
But when Apple announced it would be using NAND flash memory from Samsung for its iPods, Maxtor heard the death knell for microdrives. On Tuesday, Maxtor subsequently announced it is abandoning its 1-inch hard drive, which it had planned to market in 2006.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-18       Article Source : MacCentral

Apple’s iPod nano and Difusi’s nanoValet leather case will be among the trendy gifts given to the presenters and nominees at the 33rd Annual American Music Awards, the group responsible for the gift bags confirmed for MacCentral.
In choosing this year’s gifts, Hollywood Connection’s Steve Stein described the iPod nano as a “must have” device among today’s hottest celebrities. “Once the celebrities get their nano, their next “must have” is a stylish case to put it in,” said Stein.
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