Archive | February, 2008

What Happens When an iPhone Stopwatch Runs for 1,000 Hours

Posted on 29 February 2008


Considering how long the iPhone has been out it’s a wonder no one has filmed this before. I know there are plenty of people out there just like this guy with absolutely nothing better to do. So here’s what happens when your iPhone stopwatch runs for over 41 days and then runs out of numbers on the screen to display the time. This clip would have been twice as cool (or more) had the phone exploded, or sprouted arms and strangled the guy for wasting his time, but alas, no such excitement. Just a 1 and a lot of zeros.

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iTunes is Now the Number Two Music Retailer

Posted on 27 February 2008

iTunesApple’s iTunes music store is now the number two music retailer in the U.S. trailing only Wal-Mart. With over six million songs from all the major labels, iTunes has sold over four billion songs since it started. I’m sure the record labels never imagined when Steve Jobs came to them with the idea to sell digital music online that it would grow into the juggernaut it is today.

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Counterfeit iPhones Hitting the Streets of China

Posted on 27 February 2008

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The new iPhone model Q380 is out and the Chinese all want it. The only problem is that Apple does not make a model Q380 of their popular smartphone. It is a fake and apparently not everybody in China thinks so. The Epoch Times has a very interesting read on the world of counterfeit mobile phones and in particular the iPhone.

To meet iPhone demand, an underground factory produces a lot of fake iPhones under the CECT name. These phones cost between 600 to 2,000 yuan (approximately US$72.50 to $241.50).Recently, a gentleman from Hong Kong bought what he thought was the latest iPhone, model Q380, which was strongly recommended by an electronics store salesperson in Shenzhen. The salesperson claimed it was the latest official model, costing 680 yuan (approximately US$82.00), and could be returned within 3 months if it was broken. The gentleman found the sound too loud after buying it. He checked the official website, only to find that he had been cheated because apparently there was no official model for the so-called iPhone Q380.

Frankly I’m surprised this story was so entertaining to me, given that fact that so much fake stuff comes out of China. But I just love the fact that the man in the story is not happy with how loud the sound is but I apparently can’t get the sound loud enough.[via The Epoch Times]

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HD DVD is Dead, Now What?

Posted on 19 February 2008

Yahoo reports that Toshiba has decided to dump it’s HD DVD players. That pretty much puts the nail in coffin on the ridiculous HD format wars that no doubt slowed the adoption of the players. (Did we learn nothing from the VHS vs. BETA ordeal?). Well, hey, at least the better format won in this time. So now what do you do with your HD discs? Glad you asked. Wired.com has a nice little article to help get you started on the road to conversion. Hit is here.

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Toshiba Stops Making HD DVD Players

Posted on 19 February 2008

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Blu-ray wins the format war by a forfeit

As if it wasn’t already a foregone conclusion, Toshiba has finally thrown in the the towel and stop production of its HD DVD players by March of this year. The news is not all that shocking given the decision in January by Warner Brothers to drop support for HD DVD and move over to Sony’s Blu-ray. Recently big players like Best Buy, Wal-mart and Netflix moved over to the Blu-ray camp, leaving HD DVD with very little supporters.

What does this mean for HD DVD adopters? There were plenty of home theater buffs that wanted the latest and greatest in HD and bought HD DVD players and movies that are now orphaned. The good news is these movies can live on in combo HD/Blu-ray players, making Toshiba’s decision a little easier for all. But what does this mean for the cost of Blu-ray players and movies? In part, the allure of HD DVD was the price. Toshiba was really first to market and first to slash player costs, in turn driving it’s adoption. And in most scenarios that usually produces a winner, but the consumers weren’t snapping up HD DVDs or the hardware. Most people were waiting to sidle up to a winner to this format war and the movie studios were all to aware of this. Sony can’t be in any hurry to start cutting Blu-ray equipment now that their major competitor has call it quits. I suspect we won’t see any price drop until maybe a Christmas push later this year.

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Rinspeed Underwater Convertable Car

Posted on 17 February 2008

Once you get beyond the cheesy beginning to this video, the car itself is pretty amazing, but why on earth would you make it a convertible. James Bond would be proud!

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The Future of Mobile Wireless at 3GSM

Posted on 11 February 2008

GSMABarcelona, Spain will be host to the newly named Mobile World Congress Monday, where thousands will gather to find out what to expect in 2008. This years conference will surely include Google’s Android prototypes, a battle between WIMax and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and plenty of touch screens. No, the iPhone will be nowhere, but the race to produce an interface that matches or even bests the iPhone will be present. Mobile advertising, locations services like GPS and mapping software should also play significant roles at 3GSM. Learn more at www.mobileworldcongress.com.

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