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ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MOBILE PHONE SYMPHONY by Marauder

ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MOBILE PHONE SYMPHONY


1,000 phones using 53 separate ringtones created Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture. Simply brilliant. In essence, musician/producer Jol Mulholland recorded different sections (strings, percussion, etc) as separate ringtones on separate phones and then banded them back together. Pretty genius sh-t…  The video was created as part of Vodafone NZ’s marketing efforts.

The Making Of Video


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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

SoundLink, the too-expensive, yet pretty OK looking wireless music system by the “too expensive, yet pretty OK looking” consumer electronics people over at Bose, has gone from rumor to reality as of today. Expect to pay $599.90 for the whole McGillicuddy or — if you’ve already bought into the Bose Wave thing — pick up that SoundLink upgrade kit featuring a USB Bluetooth dongle for a mere $149.95. (Engadget10/22)

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Amazon has just made their new Kindle for PC available for pre-order online, a move that turns almost any PC in the entire world into a fully-fledged ereader. The software comes on the heels of all of the big Win7 announcements today evens up the playing fields when it comes to PC-based ereaders. (Crunchgear10/22)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

3-D TV — despite some significant roadblocks that include a lack of industry standards and online-streaming issues — is gathering buzz on a number of fronts in the TV community. ESPN, for one, has conducted a number of tests, and the network’s Chuck Pagano remains somewhat hopeful: “From our judgment, when the fans see it, they’re going to be blown away by it. But there’s still a lot of challenges ahead.” Variety (4/16)

Garmin has come out with a new, slim GPS device dubbed the nuvi 1490T. The Bluetooth-equipped device has a five-inch touch screen, the ability to save up to 10 routes in its memory and a feature called ecoRoute, which aids drivers with fuel-efficient navigation suggestions. Pocket-lint.co.uk (4/16) , Digital Trends (4/16)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
April 13, 2009, 6:42 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

AT&T said it was “very pleased with the early results” of its 2-week-old trial of selling laptops in Atlanta and Philadelphia, a further sign of how aggressively cell phone operators are moving into the traditional bailiwick of retailers such as Best Buy. AT&T said it was considering expanding the program nationwide, while Verizon Wireless plans to begin offering netbooks to customers before July. BusinessWeek (4/13)

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TECHNOLOGY

Dell Small Business is selling the S2409W for $209 after $90-worth of instant savings. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/30/crunchdeals-dell-24-inch-monitor-for-188/ 3/30)

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Verizon Wireless on Saturday confirmed a Friday report that the carrier will market a 3G-enabled netbook by midyear. Although a Verizon Wireless representative did not offer detailed plans, the original reports suggested that the company would link up with at least two PC makers. CNET (3/28)

Growing concern over energy consumption — both from manufacturing companies and consumers — has led to a new breed of television. And, according to this report, the new energy-saving machines not only are good for the planet, but they also feature higher-quality images. TWICE (3/30)

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Theater owners are completing 3-D technology upgrades for Friday’s opening of “Monsters vs. Aliens,” the new DreamWorks Animation movie. Hollywood will release more than a dozen 3-D films this year, hoping to offer “something that cannot be achieved at home.” (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aw5HkD.dtnDY 3/26)

Viacom’s Nickelodeon cable network is asking its young audience to unplug their hand-held gadgets, games and cell phones for a minute on Earth Day to symbolize a commitment to helping the environment. The “unplugged minute,” however, doesn’t extend to television sets. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gX39rdF0RVQBZXsbi3HuFIKNKqoAD9754V301 3/25)

Best Buy Co. reported that profit fell 23% in its fiscal fourth quarter because of depressed consumer demand coupled with overly steep cuts in inventory levels. On the bright side, the consumer-electronics giant beat Wall Street forecasts and picked up market share in the wake of Circuit City’s liquidation. The Wall Street Journal (3/27) , Reuters (3/26) , Financial Times (3/26)

Samsung has started producing a new breed of liquid-crystal-display TV panels that are about a quarter of the thickness of conventional models. The new panels also use an edge-lighting system that is designed to be more aesthetically pleasing and more energy-efficient. Electronista (3/26)

RaySat Broadcasting, which has taken over development work on AT&T’s new CruiseCast in-car satellite-TV service, has retained a handful of vendors to work on key technological aspects of the platform, RaySat said. AT&T, which has not disclosed when the 42-channel service — 20 audio and 22 video — will launch, is said to be finalizing programming contracts that its U-verse IPTV group has been negotiating with content providers. Telephony Online (3/26) , CED Magazine (3/2009)

Ford has begun shipping trucks and vans to dealers with touch-screen PCs installed in their dashboards that house Sprint Nextel CDMA-EVDO network links, the carrier said Tuesday. The system, which runs Windows CE 6.0 software, will cost $50 a month for the wireless service on top of the $1,195 Ford is charging for the PC option. Computerworld (3/24)

Verizon Wireless will enter the laptop business, possibly by next quarter, according to a Bloomberg report, which says the carrier will join AT&T in selling netbook computers, inexpensive PCs designed largely for users to access the Internet. The carrier is expected to work with more than one PC maker, according to the report. Bloomberg (3/26)

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TECHNOLOGY

Amazon has given ground on the experimental text-to-speech function of the new Kindle, following a chorus of criticism from authors and publishers including Author’s Guild President Ray Blount, Jr. Rather than offer the feature across its entire library, Amazon will offer authors and publishers the choice whether or not they would like to enable text-to-speech on title-by-title basis. (Cynopsis 3/2)

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Dell wants to leverage its netbooks as a way of selling wireless 3G data plans by essentially giving away the hardware in a business model similar to the one cell phone carriers have long employed. CEO Michael Dell told analysts last week: “We want to get a larger share of the profit streams embedded in our growing installed base of the hundreds of millions of products we deliver. … Opportunities like search services, 3G originations and other telecom opportunities.” The New York Times (2/27)

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