[MyAppleMenu] Nov 15, 2006
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*** Talk Transcript: The iPod Revolution
*** Quark Gains Confidence
According to Quark's European Marketing Director, Gavin Drake, Quark has lost some share when Adobe entered their market, but this been substantially stemmed and since QuarkXPress 7 was released, all eyes are on Quark again.
*** 17" Studio Display Owners Win
Derik DeLong, MacUser
*** Young People Reluctant To Turn Down iPod Volume
Ashley Fodor, NYU Livewire
Despite warnings that iPods can cause hearing damage, young people are reluctant to turn down the volume.
*** Watching Their P's And Q's Over R&D
Tom Abate, San Francisco Chronicle
Google, Apple among best firms at turning cost-efficient research into products.
*** Retalers See Strong Mac Demand, Little Excitement Over Zune
Prince McLean, AppleInsider
*** Apple Improves RAW Support For Digital Cameras
Peter Cohen, Macworld
The update improves RAW file format compatibility for Canon Digital Rebel XTi, 400D and Kiss X Digital camera models, the Nikon D80 and Pentax *ist DS camera.
*** iPods To Integrate With In-Flight Entertainment
Peter Cohen, Playlist
Six airlines will soon offer iPod seat connections to charge and power iPods in-flight, and to allow the iPods to display video content on seat-back monitors.
*** iPod Owners 'Thieves', Implies Universal Music Boss
Universal boss wants a slice of player sales.
*** New And Improved
Quinn <http://www.simonhaertel.de/quinn>: Implementation of a popular falling-blocks game which, according to the Tetris Company, must not be named here.
AquilaCalendar <http://www.avcore-systems.com/>: One or three month tear off menu bar calendar.
MegaSeg <http://www.megaseg.com/>: The ultimate music scheduling, mixing, and library management software.
*** Paul Vs. Apple, Round Three
Paul Thurrott, Internet Nexus
Ultimately, this reinforces the notion that it pays to complain when you've got a valid argument, especially when it comes to customer service.
*** Zune And iPod Is Not A PC Versus Mac Re-Run
Stan Beer, ITWire
With Zune, Microsoft is trying to go up against a competitor who knows its market much better than Microsoft. Jos and company have proven many times over that they know the music and video business. IN this space, Microsoft is just a beginner and with Zune it shows.
*** Rants And Raves: iWant My iPhone
There's a lot of demand out there for the right product and if Apple releases it, it will be a huge success.
*** Benchmarks: The Unofficial Eight-Core Mac Pro
Daniel A Begun, ZDNet UK
We might be ahead of Apple's product release cycle, and we've probably vioated our Mac Pro's warranty, but we just had to see what the Apple Mac Pro could do when populated with a pair of Intel's brand-new quad-core Xeon 5355 processors.
*** How To Write A Cocoa Web Server
Jurgen Schweizer, O'Reilly Network
*** Benchmarks: MacBooks See A Modest Core 2 Duo Boost
James Galibraith, Macworld
Gains over Core Duo are slight, but new laptops outperform iBook, PowerBook.
*** Truly Wireless, Truly Free
Steve Jobs may well be right that you don't use your Zune Wireless to pick up girls. Share your ear wax instead.
That doesn't mean that Apple isn't doing wireless iPod prototypes in their labs. But, I hope that all the bright engineers in Apple are not limiting themselves to only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Charging batteries without wires <http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17791&ch=infotech> is the way to go.
*** I Was Wrong: Apple Can Just Sit Still
I predicted Apple will have something new -- maybe an iPod Phone? -- by this time of the year, so as to steal the thunder from Microsoft's Zune. I was wrong, obviously. And I was wrong <http://digg.com/apple/CNN_does_not_like_Zune_but_loves_the_iPod_Shuffle> on more than one count, it seems.
Number 1: Apple does not need anything new to steal Microsoft's thunder.
Number 2: Even the iPod shuffle is better than Zune.
Number 3: Apple does not need to do anything. The media will do the thunder-stealing.
Who knew? :-)
*** Ignorance Is Not Bliss
Thailand's new ICT Minister <http://www.bangkokpost.com/Database/15Nov2006_data001.php>, as quoted by the Bangkok Post: The current government plan was a case of the blind leading the blind, as neither the people who are in charge no the people in industry seem to know the dangers of open source software. "With open source, there is no intellectual property. Anyone can use it and all your ideas become public domain. If nobody can make money from it, there will be no development and open source software quickly becomes outdated."
Looks like the government is still blind. Either that, or Microsoft is really fast in getting things done.
*** Microsoft Sees Zune As Just Opening Act
Ina Fried, CNET News.com
Microsoft doesn't expect the Zune to knock the iPod off the stage, but it is counting on the new music player to at least get the company on the playbill.
The Tomorrow Weblog
Emerging Technologies. Innovative Applications. New Economy
*** Charging Batteries Without Wires
Kate Greene, MIT Technology Review
New MIT research reveals a way to send wireless energy to mobile phones and laptops.
*** Part III: Philanthropy's New Protoype
MIT Technology Review
The One Laptop per Child project wants to spread computer literacy throughout the world. But will it work, and is it the right strategy for closing the digital divide?
*** Attack Of The Bots
Scott Berinato, Wired
The latest threat to the net: autonomous software programs that combine forces to perpetrate mayhem, fraud, and espionage on a global scale. How one company fought the new internet mafia -- and lost.
*** Study Finds Web Isn't Teeming With Sex
Elise Ackerman, San Jose Mercury News
A confidential analysis of internet search queries and a random sample of web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant internet indexes showed that only about 1 percent of all web pages contain sexually explicit material.
The other things in life
*** Al Jazeera's U.S. Face
Paul Farhl, Washington Post
Former ABC newsman Dave Marash is getting used to explaining his job.
*** Losing Its Young To An American Dream
Monte Reel, Washington Post
Getting to the United States is a coming-of-age tradition for the men of this family, and for many others in Brazil.
*** School Districts With Officials But No Schools? New Jersey Has Them
Winnie Hu, New York Times
Essentially, they exist in name only, yet have staffs to schedule board meetings, record the minutes and collect tax dollars to pay tuition and transportation costs for their students.
*** The Math Moron
Emily Yoffe, Slate
I can barely add and subtract. Can I learn enough math in five moths to help my fifth-grader with her homework?
*** A Law That Says Man Can Have Only One 'Best Friend'
Jim Yardley, New York Times
In Beijing, regulations limit households in eight districts to a single dog and forbid people from owning large dogs like golden retrievers and huskies.
*** The Trash Princess
Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal
Why Americans love to hate Paris Hilton.
*** My Almost-Daughter, My Nearly-Was Son
Chris Forhan, Slate
*** Night Train To Frankfurt
Marisa Silver, New Yorker
Life in the city
*** Who Is The Talk-Cock King?
Who should shoulder the most blame <http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17791&ch=infotech>? The editor who assigned the assignment to ask a stupid question, the reporter who asked the stupid question, the consultant who answered the stupid question (hence allowing him to be quoted), or the news organisation that published an entire report based on that one stupid question?
*** Singapore Museum To Give Bush Glimpse Of Pan-Asian Art
Wee Sui Lee, Reuters
What are the must-sees for a busy American tourist on a whistle-stop tour of Southeast Asia? For U.S. President George Bush and his wife Laura, they include Singapore's Asian Civilizations Museum.
*** 22 Centres With Internet Access To Govt Services Open To Public
Wong Mun Wai, Channel NewsAsia
*** Singapore Still Reluctant About Handling Money Laundering With Indonesia
Indonesia is finding it difficult to cooperate with Singapore in handling money laundering.
*** Press Digest - Singapore Newspapers - Nov 15
The government yesterday rejected suggestions from some members of parliament that it should intervene or set parameters for investments made by Temasek Holdings.
*** Singapore Malays Support Umno Youth
Syed Azwan Syed Ali, Bernama
A Malay opposition political party in Singapore, Tuesday expressed support for the statement by Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein that there is no racial discrimination in Malaysia. The Pergerakan Pemuda Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (PKMS) said it agreed with Hishammuddin that discrimination did not occur in Malaysia, adding that it occurred in Singapore.
*** Ministry Wants Full Offset On GST Hike
Tan Hui Leng, Today
The Health Ministry will ask for any increase in Goods and Services Tax (GST) on subsidised patients' medical costs to be fully offset, said Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday.
*** Is Singapore A Democracy?
It is a challenge to the government to oversee the transformation of the current political culture well into the future to ensure that the balance of economical and social achievement is well addressed.
*** Singapore Dollars Fueling JB
Norman Fermandez, DAP Johor, Malaysiakini
Let there be no denial, it is Singapore and Singapore dollars that is fueling much of Johor Baru's economy.
*** Excuse Me, Are You An Elite? The Brutal Truth Behind The Hazing Of Wee Shu Min
Nothing breaks up the elite structure like competition. We should embrace it.
*** Saving Our Aged From The Golden Arches
The Kway Teow Man
*** Singapore's Interest In UMNO-Proceedings?
PKMS is just being opportunistic in wanting to get more support from Singapore Malays.
*** Evils Of Welfare In Singapore
Diary Of A Singapore Mind
That is why they need to control the internet, eliminate people like CSJ and ban FEER, because there is only one TRUTH in Singapore and the truth is that PAP always work for your best interest.
*** Duty-Free Singapore Plans For A Tax-Free World
Andy Mukherjee, Bloomberg
Singapore is preparing for a future in which national authorities have competed away their sovereign power to tax incomes. Such a world might be upon us sooner than we think.
*** Random Thoughts About Singaporean Youths
Tan Wah Pheow, Birds Don't Shit
*** Calling All Singaporeans For More Suggestions On The Proposed GST Hike And More Help For The Needy
Leong Sze Hian
*** The GST Increase
Ever So Often
It seem more prudent to mitigate the regressive nature of GST by exempting basic necessities from it so that the lower-income households would not have to bear a greater burden of taxation when they are already struggling to make ends meet.
*** Self-Serving Gahmen
My Bitching Area
People continue to vote in Mr Chiam and Mr Low because they listen and care (things the PAP doesn't do).
*** GST Hike Will Crush Poorer Singaporeans
Chee Soon Juan, Singapore Democratic Party, Singapore Election Watch
*** Can We Trust Leader Who Says GST Will Be Used To Close Gaps?
Robert Teh, Singapore Election Watch
The leaders should be checked by a more objective and powerful Ombudsman and be continuously subjected to accountability or due process.
The Shuffle by MyAppleMenu
Life is random. More tunes, less talk.
*** Union de Deux Ames
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