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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
May 27, 2009, 5:38 PM
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Microsoft this fall will debut a new version of its Zune portable media player, the software giant’s competitive answer to Apple‘s iPod. The new Zune will feature HD video, Wi-Fi and touch-screen technology. Reuters (5/26) , Digital Trends (5/27)


About a half hour ago, Amazon opened up a new feature on the Kindle: the ability to read your notes and highlights on the Web. Readers have always been able to make notes and highlight text on the Kindle itself. Now those annotations appear on your account at http://kindle.amazon.com <!–class=”snap_preview_icon”> . Once you sign in, you can see all your notes. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/26/kindle-notes-and-highlights-now-accessible-on-the-web 5/26)


Disney’s ESPN and Walt Disney World resort are building a new research facility at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Dubbed the “ESPN Innovation Lab,” the operation will allow the cable-sports network to test new applications, such as virtual graphics. (Iwantmedia 5/27, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-disney-espn-sports-052609,0,5846696.story 5/26)

LG Electronics has started shipping its new LH55 LCD TV line, which was first introduced at the International CES. The line — which comes in 37-, 42-, 47- and 55-inch varieties — features the company’s TruMotion backlight technology, which is designed to improve picture response time and reduce blurring. TWICE (5/26)

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It appears that over the past few weeks, Facebook has widely activated a feature that allows you to text Facebook to update your status, message your friends, or send a poke on the go. You can opt to receive texts with status updates, messages, pokes, and wall posts from selective friends right when they happen. This is all part of a larger Mobile strategy that Facebook has begun to promote actively on its Mobile page. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/04/showing-its-twitter-envy-facebook-gets-serious-about-sms/ 5/4)


Greg Joswiak, the vice president of product marketing for the iPhone and iPod, later this week will testify before the U.S. Copyright Office against the practice of jailbreaking. According to a legal brief filed by Apple, legalizing the practice, as some would like, will lead to “copyright infringement, potential damage to the device and other potential harmful physical effects, adverse effects on the functioning of the device, and breach of contract.” Macworld/IDG News Service (5/1)

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MISC by Marauder
April 3, 2009, 9:45 PM
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Music labels and radio broadcasters are going toe-to-toe as they lobby U.S. lawmakers about legislation to make stations pay royalties for playing songs. Music labels and radio stations are both struggling as listeners turn to the Internet and devices such as the Apple iPod. (Iwantmedia 4/3, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a2x8iu4o5K7Y 4/3)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
March 16, 2009, 5:14 PM
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Gizmodo followed up on iLounge and BBGadgets‘ finds this weekend about rumors that the iPod Shuffle has an authentication chip in its headphone controller in order to work with the new control scheme. It does. (http://i.gizmodo.com/5170797/confirmed-ipod-shuffle-earbuds-need-authentication-chip-to-function 3/16)


Poken is a tiny USB key with an embedded RFID reader/transmitter. When you press a little button on the dongle and place it next to another Poken it passes all of your pertinent information to between Pokens – Pokenii? You then plug the Poken into a laptop and connect to your online manager and you can then “add” that person to your contact list. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/15/poken-tiny-rfid-thingies-that-share-all-your-personal-data-with-others/ 3/15)

I want one…BAD.


Comcast and Sony on Tuesday are expected to open a retail store in Philadelphia to showcase their cutting-edge products. The 3,400-square-foot retail outlet will be called Sony StyleComcast Labs, and it will be located in the new Comcast Center office building. The New York Times/The Associated Press (3/15)


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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
March 11, 2009, 6:13 PM
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When the Apple store went down this morning, there were rumors swirling that a new iPod Shuffle would appear when it went live; those rumors were right. The latest iPod shuffle comes equipped with 4GB of memory priced at $79.99 and a sleek case that’s reminiscent of the first generation. Best of all, the shuffle now speaks the name and performer of the song since there still isn’t a screen on the least expensive iPod. Expect the new iPod to ship 3-5 business days after purchase. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/11/apple-goes-retro-with-latest-ipod-shuffle 3/11)

Dying to know what the Voice Over feature sounds like. Robotic? Anyone know? Interesting added feature to compensate for the missing screen.


Apple is said to be developing a new device with a touch screen that could be as big as 10 inches. Some people say the device is an inexpensive notebook computer. Others say it will be an iPod Touch with a bigger screen for watching movies and reading electronic books. (Iwantmedia 3/11, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123672009081687801.html 3/11)

Hitachi will pay a $31 million fine after admitting it was involved in a conspiracy to fix prices related to the sale of TFT-LCDs to Dell. In 2008, LG, Sharp and Chunghwa Picture Tubes entered plea agreements related to price-fixing claims. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (3/10) , TWICE (3/10)

Microsoft is eyeing the growing netbook market as it takes steps to refresh its hardware and software to fit with the low-cost computer segment. “There are many things that I think will emerge from this world of pervasive computing, and the opportunity for us all to take advantage of it is really incredible,” Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. InformationWeek (3/10)

Somewhere among the launches of the HP Mini 1000, the business-based Mini 2140, and the ridiculous, high-fashion Mini 1000 Vivian Tam Edition, HP released the Mini 1000 Mi. The difference this time around: the operating system. HP ships the Mini 1000 Mi with a customized Linux distro. Instead of using a more typical Windows-esque user interface, HP decided to make its own. (http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/06/HP_Mini_1000_Mi_1.html?source=NLC-MOBILEHARDWARE&cgd=2009-03-11 3/6)

3M has developed a battery that has cell supervision happening chemically instead of electronically, which in turn makes the battery weigh less. The batteries could make their way into laptops, power tools and cars, according to this analysis. The New York Times/GigaOm (3/10)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder


Hollywood studios may change the way they pay actors, directors and producers as DVD sales decline, says Sony Pictures chief Michael Lynton. “It’s not so much cutting salaries but making sure our partners share in the risk.” Studios can no longer count on DVD sales. (Iwantmedia 2/19, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=asMEvVm92mtc 2/19)

HP has reported that its profit fell 13% in the first quarter, while overall revenue showed a less-than-expected increase of 1%. Despite the slowdown, its printer and tech-services divisions boasted 18.5% and 12.8% gains in profit margins respectively. The Wall Street Journal (2/19) , Financial Times (2/19)

Despite a 17% uptick in global flat-panel shipments, overall shipments of TVs slid 5% in the fourth quarter, the first drop in two years. Total revenue in the category dropped 7%. PC Magazine (2/18) , Digital Trends (2/18)

Young, multicultural consumers are on the leading edge, embracing new media platforms; especially video-enabled handled devices, according to a new Horowitz Associates’ Broadband Content and Services 2008 report. The study found that nearly nine in ten (86%) of 15 to 17 year-old Internet users have a handheld device, whether it is a cell phone (69%), an iPod or other MP3 player (66%), a PSP (31%) or a Smartphone (12%). One quarter (26%) of 15 to 17 year-old users pay for internet access on their cell phone, compared to 11% of 35 to 49 year-old users.  Similarly, one quarter (24%) of 15 to 17 year-old Internet users watch video on their handheld devices on a monthly basis. (Cynopsis 2/19)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
February 12, 2009, 6:52 PM
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Facebook strategists clearly see the potential for growth in the mobile sector, seeing as 13% of their users log in from their phones. To some that number would have the appearance of success, but Facebook sees nowhere to go but up. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/02/11/facebook-begins-mobile-blitz 2/11)


VH1 Mobile is launching a new trivia game based on the TV series Best Week Ever, a new ringtone subscription service and several iPhone applications. VH1 Mobile is also launching a special mobile live chat offering in conjunction with “I Love Money 2” currently airing on VH1. Upcoming iPhone launches planned for Feb. include “VH1 Photos,” which will give users the ability to view and share celebrity photos and “VH1 Sneak Peeks,” which will give users access to clips of VH1 shows. VH1 Mobile reported its strongest year yet of growth, with more than 2 million video streams were logged in December, 2008 alone. Video streams for the year increased 93% over 2007 and page views on the mobile Web site grew by more than 580% year-over-year. (Cynopsis 2/12)


Google took the wraps off of a new program called AdSense for mobile search as an incentive to enable Google to power search for devices and carriers. Mobile phone manufactures and carriers who adopt Google’s mobile search engine – which appears as a search box on mobile portals or web sites – can now share in the revenue generated from search results. Google launched AdSense for mobile content providers back in Sept. 2007. (Cynopsis 2/12)

Gadget freaks who love “TMZ” can now take the syndicated television show’s celebrity gossip with them anywhere they go. The Warner Bros. entertainment magazine is launching a free application at Apple’s App Store that brings all things TMZ to iPhones and iPod Touches. (Iwantmedia 2/12, http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/174044-_TMZ_Application_Available_For_iPhone_iPod_Touch.php 2/12)

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