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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
October 21, 2009, 11:17 AM
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As Mashable reported earlier yesterday, Apple’s online store went down for updates earlier today, amidst rumors of new products and product updates. Now that the store is back online, the new products up up for display.So what’s new? Well, as usual, intricate accuracy of the rumors proved to be true: new iMacs with slight redesigns and brighter, larger displays, updated Mac minis (including a Mac OS X server option), a newly designed MacBook and a new multi-touch mouse (which was rumored early in the month) that will finally free Mac users from the Mighty Mouse’s impossible-to-keep-clean clutches. (Mashable 10/21)

New imac

The Nook, Barnes & Noble’s new ereader, has upped the ante. With a small, 3.5-inch LCD screen in the lower quadrant, the Nook adds touch capabilities that the Kindle definitely does not have. (Techcrunch10/20)

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Microsoft just announced earnings for its third fiscal quarter. Revenues were down 6 percent to $13.65 billion, and net income was down a whopping 32 percent to $2.98 billion or $0.33 EPS. Analysts consensus was closer to $14 billion for revenues and $0.39 for non-GAAP EPS, which Microsoft met thanks to its cost-cutting measures. Still, this counts as a miss for Microsoft. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/23/microsoft-reports-a-massive-miss-with-net-earnings-down-32-percent 4/23)


DVR maker TiVo is ramping up its efforts to thwart the very trend that it created: ad-zapping. The company now is offering advertisers ways to keep their ads static while viewers are fast-forwarding through commercial pods or interactive ads that appear in small text boxes when a show is paused. The New York Times (4/22)


Consumer demand for DVDs is forecast to fall further over the next five years as the maturing market transitions to digital distribution. Bankers say these trends could hamper future film financing at the major Hollywood studios. “It’s a different era from four years ago.” (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE53L6L920090422 4/22)


Amazon.com’s Kindle 2, an electronic book reader available from the online retailer since late February, retails for almost double what it costs to build the device, according to iSuppli. Its analysis service says the Kindle 2 retails for $359 but only costs $185.49 to build. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=11300AFR6KBF&full_skip=1 4/22)

More than 50% of U.S. consumers say they take environmental considerations into account when shopping for an LCD TV, according to survey results from iSuppli, which found that 27.5% called green factors an important influence on their decision and 23.1% said they looked for such features when buying a TV. Dealerscope (4/23) , TWICE (4/22)

Panasonic has announced that some of its current and future HDTVs with the Viera Cast feature also will be compatible with Amazon Video on Demand. Amazon currently offers about 40,000 movies and TV shows through the VOD offering, and about 500 of those titles are in high definition. PCWorld (4/22) , Pocket-lint.co.uk (4/23)

Sony has demonstrated some of the new capabilities of its BD-Live high-definition format. The advances primarily dealt with being more user-friendly, but Sony home-entertainment chief David Bishop apparently still feels the technology has a ways to go. “I like to say we’re just at the ‘Pong’ stage of BD-Live, if you were to compare it to the video game industry,” he said. The Hollywood Reporter (4/22)

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Nokia is pushing hard for consolidation, looking to make their smartphones the go-to device for communication. One of the major announcements at Nokia World 2008 this year is about their Nokia Messaging solution. It is essentially a multi-platform messaging solution that enables email considerably more gracefully than the original Symbian interface. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/12/02/nokia-world-2008-nokia-messaging 12/2)


A common concern for advertisers is the worry of having their brand appear online next to suggestive or smutty material. YouTube weighed in on the controversial topic of racy user generated content by outlining stricter standards for postings it considers only appropriate for viewers 18 or older. While nudity and sex are always flagged for removal, videos that skirt the line will be henceforth “algorithmically demoted” so as not to appear in Most Viewed, Top Favorites or other prominent browsing pages. Also, the site will select thumbnail images for videos rather than auto-generating them at predefined points in a video. (Cynopsis 12/4)

After a tepid start, online holiday sales seem to be picking up a bit. Online sales on Cyber Monday as measured by comScore were a healthy $846 million, up 15 percent from last year’s Cyber Monday. Online sales since Thanksgiving are up 12 percent to $2.4 billion. But overall online sales in November of $12 billion are still down 2 percent. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/03/online-holiday-sales-making-a-comeback-or-barely-holding-their-own 12/3)


Yahoo continues to outsource lots of businesses it previously built and maintained directly. Especially in music – In February they shut their subscription music service, and in September they announced a deal to allow full song playbacks through the Rhapsody service. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/03/yahoo-to-relaunch-launchcast-next-year-with-cbs-radio 12/3)


Google may get three times more search traffic than Yahoo, but, SearchWiki aside, most of the innovation seems to be coming from Yahoo and Microsoft’s Live Search as they strive to gain a larger slice of the search market share.  Last year Yahoo introduced Search Assist, an advanced autocomplete feature that recommends related searches as you type your query into the search box. Autocomplete isn’t a new concept – Google has offered it for years through Firefox and its browser toolbar (and recently integrated it into its homepage). But Yahoo takes it a step further, going beyond just guessing what word you’re typing by suggesting possible related searches. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/03/yahoo-search-assist-adds-image-previews-i-wish-google-had-this 12/3)

Online tracking service Trendrr unveiled a new tool that tracks and graphs usage of words and phrases on Twitter. The service, currently available for no charge, creates usage graphs that illustrate the number of posts per hour, per day or longer made by Twitter’s 3.4 million users.  Results can be measured against other data via the site’s Scratchpad tool including blog and news buzz. (Cynopsis 12/4)

I tried it out and it is pretty snazzy.  Wondering how accurate it is though.


(Below) This bit of news makes me want to run around the office kissing people.  Affordable broadband to rural areas and hopefully underprivileged neighborhoods?  Damn, it feels good to be an American.  Oh wait, we charge more for broadband than most other countries around the globe.  Damn, it WILL feel good to be an American.

A coalition of companies and organizations including Verizon, Google and the American Library Assoc. unveiled recommendations for a comprehensive National Broadband Strategy on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The treatise calls on President-elect Obama to stimulate investment in broadband infrastructure by deploying tax incentives, grants, subsidies and other measures. Bringing affordable broadband to rural areas remain one of the key challenges in the U.S. as more than 10% of Americans still have no broadband access. (Cynopsis 12/4)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
August 8, 2008, 6:38 PM
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If you’re looking to extend your green lifestyle to the TV room, online retailer Gizoo has an item for you. It’s the Wind-Up Remote Control, which, instead of batteries, uses good, old-fashioned hand power: 30 turns of a dial charges the device for about a week. (Pocket-lint.co.uk 8/8)

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Sony has announced that it will offer a software update to enable the latest version of its Reader e-book to display content from other e-booksellers, Web sites and public libraries. The move is a departure for Sony, which previously limited Reader users to Sony’s own 45,000-title online bookstore. The Washington Post/Associated Press (7/24)

Samsung is readying its latest home theater in a box featuring Blu-ray technology. The 5.1-channel HT-BD2E, which is Samsung’s third Blu-ray HTiB, is scheduled to hit store shelves in August. Samsung also is rolling out new HDTV models in its Touch of Color line. TWICE (7/23) , Pocket-lint.co.uk (7/23) , Pocket-lint.co.uk (7/23)

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