[MyAppleMenu] Mar 30, 2005

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*** Hilton Offer iPod Playback In Hotels

*** Watch Out iPod, They're Coveting Your Song
Julian Lee, Sydney Morning Herald

The invasion of portable personal music players has only just begun.

*** iPod Thieves Hit Subways. Is Anyone Listening?
Campbell Robertson, New York Times

Despite the thefts, though, few subway riders seem to be changing their habits, and may be feeling even safer since the little white wires seem to be everywhere.

*** CC-Licensed Papercraft iPod Stand
Cory Doctorow, Boing Bong

"Print out, stick on some card and assemble."

*** Podcasts Go Mainstream
Tom Spring, PC World

Less than one year old, podcasting seems poised to go mainstream. Onc ethe exclusive province of talkative technologists, do-it-yourself musicians, and obsessed hobbyists, this broadcasting platform has been embraced lately by some mainstream media.

*** NYC Subway iPod Thefts On The Rise
Associated Press

Reports of robberies in the subway system are up about 20 percent through mid-March -- a spike police officials blame on the ubiquitous portable music player, which can retail for about $100 to $500.

*** Griffin Unveils iVault For iPod Shuffle
Larry Angell, iPodlounge

"The iVault safely encloses your iPod shuffle, while still allowing total access."

*** VoIP Calls Become iPod Radio Broadcasts
Ben Charny, CNET News.com

A growing number of people are sharing their iPod digital music using freely available software and Skype, a free Internet phone service.

*** PearPC Seeking Funding To Sue CherryOS
Barb Dybwad, Engadget

*** Analysis: Hitting The Wrong Note
PC Pro

*** Apple Earns Its Stripes
Paul R. La Monica, CNN/Money

The iPod gets all the attention but the new Tiger operating system could really juice Apple's stock.

*** Gartner: Beware Of Mac OS Spyware
Munir Kotadia, CNET News.com

Just a week after Symantec caused uproar in the Mac community by warning the OS X operating system was quickly becoming a target for hackers and viruses, Gartner has warned businesses reliant on the Mac to guard against "spyware infestations."

*** Apple's iPod To Face Tough Competition
Kim Sung-jin, Korea Times

Due to the much stronger foothold of local brands, foreign competitors, especially Apple, have had a tough time in the Korean market.


*** Why There Will Be No iPod Killer -- Ever
Francois Joseph de Kermadec, O'Reilly Network

Why? Because it look slike the whole consumer electronics industry is now trying to "kill" the iPod instead of inventing something of their own.

*** Unswitch?
Tim Bray, ongoing

My big gripe with Apple, of course, is their cult of hermsetic secrecy.

*** Where Music Is Played
Fort Wayne News Sentinel

If the ubiquitousness of music in the iPod universe keeps us away from live performances, we are losing something important.

*** Copy Protection At The Apple Store
David Pogue, New York Times

*** Return Of The Mac
Paul Graham

All the best hackers I know are gradually switching to Macs.


*** Movies Out Of The Box
Garry Barker, The Age

*** Logitech's iPod Speakers Fail To Impress
Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes

The volume was too low, and the sound was tinny.

*** 'Virtual PC' Still Slow But More User Friendly
Dennis Sellers, Macsimum

*** HDTV On Your Mac
Erica Sadun, O'Reilly Network

You can put together your own system using a decoder card, an antenna, some freeware software and a lot of love, elbow grease, and spit.

*** Fix For iPod Photo Enhancements
Christopher Breen, Playlist

*** I Love My AirPort Again
Francois Joseph de Kermadec, O'Reilly Network

Is the AirPort Express perfect? No, certainly not, but it comes as close to perfect as an 802.11 access point can.


*** Microsoft Plans 'Safer ID' System
BBC News

"Info cards" will help people manage personal details on their PCs to make online services safer, said Microsoft.

The Tomorrow Weblog
Emerging Technologies. Innovative Applications. New Economy


*** IsAn 'Open' Internet A Doomed Concept?
Kyle Dixon, CNET News.com

The last thing the broadband world needs is more regulation.

*** Waiting For Attention... Or Something Like It
Steve Gillmor, ZDNet

*** Toshiba Preps Minute-Charge 'Miracle' Battery
Tony Smith, The Register

Toshiba has developed a Lithium-Ion battery capable of being charged to 80 per cent of its full capacity in under 60 seconds. Filling it up takes just "a few more minutes," the company boasted today.

*** Either A Borrower Or A Lender Be
John Papageorge, Wired News

A new U.K. website called Zopa aims to hook up two distinct groups of people -- those with spare cash and those looking to borrow some.

*** RFID Cards Get Spin Treatment
Mark Baard, Wired News

The Homeland Security Department is playing word games to dodge the privacy debate raging over RFID tags.

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The other things in life


*** When Marriage Kills
Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times

President Bush's abstinence program in Africa is misplaced, since it is marriage, more than promiscuity, that kills young women there.

*** Evolving Standards Of Decency
William Kristol, Weekly Standard

"Evolving standards of decency" saved Christopher Simmons's life; they weren't enough to save Terri Schiavo.

[Tech & Science]

*** Life On Mars? Could Be, But How Will They Tell?
Kenneth Chang, New York Times

If life exists, how to find it?

*** When Science Switches Shores
Alison McCook, The Scientist

Life science offshoring is increasing; what it means for jobs is still unclear.


*** Online, Anything And Everything Can Be A Museum Piece
Sarah Boxer, New York Times

The age of MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, is over. The age of MoOM, the Museum of Online Museums, is upon us.

*** Tales Of The Underworld
Blake Morrison, The Guardian

London's 19th-century sewer system is a testament to Victorian genius. But now global warming, dodgy plumbing and fast food threaten to overwhelm the capital's bowels.

*** For Long-Term Guests, Hotels Are A Second Home
Melinda Ligos, New York Times

As extended-stay hotels continue to proliferate across the country, some business travelers are spending so much time in them that they practically form families away from home with fellow guests.


*** The Strike
Tung-Hui Hu, The New Republic

*** Our Reds
Philip Levine, Slate

Life in the city


*** Singapore's PM Arrives In Myanmar

*** SingPost Calls Off Plan To Buy ACCS Stake
Channel NewsAsia

*** Singapore Flies High
Asia Times

While the flying public has certainly gained from low-cost carriers, the biggest winner may yet be the Singapore government. This is likely not only from its investments in two of the low-cost airlines, but also from the jump in passenger traffic at Changi Airport and the growing number of tourists entering Singapore.

*** Government Urged To Demarcate Border With Singapore
Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs to demarcate its border with Singapore as geographically the latter's expansion through reclamation work using sand from Indonesia does not provide any advantages for this country, an executive of the Indonesian Fishermen's Association (KPI) said on Wednesday.

*** Hong Kong People Have To Decide What To Make Of Its Future: MM Lee
Roland Lim, Channel NewsAsia

Lee Kuan Yew said the Hong Kong people had to decide what to make of its future and how to work with its new Chief Executive.

*** MOE Drops Plans For Single Intake In March 2006 For JCs And Centralised Institutes
Channel NewsAsia

Instead, it wants to implement a single intake system in the middle or end of January each year. And it expects to introduce this within a few years following a review of the academic calendar of JCs and the centralised institutes.

*** 218m-Tall Landmark To Boost Shopping Belt
Tan Hui Yee, Krist Boo, Joyce Teo, Straits Times

Panel to study designs for iconic 40-storey skyscraper on top of Orchard MRT.

*** Jemaah Islamiah Expanding Network: Singapore

Remnants of al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militants are regrouping and expanding with the help of regional allies despite a crackdown by Southeast Asian authorities, Singapore's government said on Tuesday.

*** Why Only Parts Of Singapore Felt The Quake...

The movements depended on the type of rocks the buildings were built on.

*** Tremors Felt In Many Parts Of Singapore After Inodneisan Earthquake
Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia


*** "Elite"... What's In A Word?
Huichieh Loy, From A Singapore Angle

*** Singapore Should Get Rid Of The Word 'Elite'
Dudley Au, Straits Times

Why must the leader be elite if leadership cannot be accomplished without the synergy of society in unison?

*** Extradition: Singapore And Ba'asyir
Patricia Silalahi, Jakarta Post

An extradition treaty with Singapore is essential for the government.

*** Is Penalty For Early Resignation Fair?

Has NTUC Income structured its employment contracts as training contracts so that it can get around ordinary employment law restrictions?


*** Singapore Strings
Michael Nyman, The Guardian

Apparently, this is the first time a living western composer has written for the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

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