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Walmart’s Secret In-Store Specials Website

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 8:12pm.

Walmart has launched a secret in-store specials website for this holiday season. The website shows what will be going on sale soon. The website will be updated throughout the holiday season with new in-store specials. At present the website is showing Friday November 2nd 8 a.m. specials, $98.87 for Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player, $14.96 for HD DVD’s, $348 for Acer Laptop, $998 for Sanyo 50” Plasma HDTV and $144.72 for Fisher-Price NASCAR Ride-On. Keep checking this website for latest information about what is going on sale at your local Walmart.
Walmart In-Store Specials

First Known Mac Trojan Hits the Internet

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 7:36pm.

The Trojan appears to be originating from several pornography sites. On the website that have the Trojan, when you click to view a video, you are led to a page with the following prompt:
Quicktime Player is unable to play movie file.
Please click here to download new version of codec.
If you click the link browser starts to download a DMG file. Browser will warn you that its a DMG file containing an application and ask you to click continue or cancel. If you click continue even after browser warning the DMG file will be executed and the Trojan will ask you to provide the admin password to install. If after these warnings you still type in your admin password the Trojan will install and allow external Root level access. The most important thing to know is that you shouldn’t download DMG file without knowing the source or eligibility of the website.

Apple Updates Macbook to Santa Rosa Platform

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 5:41am.

Apple has quietly updated the Macbook to Santa Rosa platform. Now the White model is available with 2.0 and 2.2 GHz processor and the black model is available with 2.2GHz processor. All the models have 1GB RAM, 4MB L2 cache, 13.3” 1280 X 800 resolution screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and built-in iSight camera. The biggest improvement is addition of Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor that has 144MB shared memory and will definitely improve graphics performance of the Macbook. The 2.0GHz white Macbook pried at $1099 comes with 80GB hard drive and combo drive (CD writer). The 2.2GHz white Macbook priced at $1299 comes with 120GB hard drive and double layer Superdrive (DVD writer). As always you will be paying a $200 premium for the black Macbook, that has a 160GB hard drive.



Time Magazine Choices iPhone as The Invention of Year

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 1:54am.

The most talked about gadget of the year is also Time’s “Invention of the Year”. iPhone topped many other creations like environmentally friendly technology, molecular science and robotics. Lev Grossman, a Time staff writer who covers technology said “ Intel’s 45-nanometer (CPU chip)- that’s a serious deal, but it’s a lot less glamorous than the iPhone even though it’s important.” Grossman further said “The wide-ranging impact of the iPhone - on the cell phone industry and how it will evolve into an ever more useful handheld computer - is only beginning.”  iPhone’s design, features and functionality has shake the mobile phone industry by its roots and after almost 11months since it was announced in January no mobile phone manufacturer has a answer for the iPhone.

[Via Mercury News]

Google in Talks With Verizon and Sprint

Submitted by lalit on October 31, 2007 - 2:23am.

Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Google is expected to announce software and services enabling handset makers to launch mobile phones based on Google operating system. Today WSJ and Reuters reported that Google is in serious talks with Verizon wireless and Sprint Nextel to put its mobile Operating system on cellphones offered by the carriers. Deals with major wireless carriers in US will be a great boast for Google’s mobile phone plans. It is believed that T-mobile has already signed on with Google.
According to WSJ’s post Google plans to make the software open source enabling software developers to build additional applications for the Gphone. But it is a well-known fact that Verizon loves to live in its own walled garden. So what is Google trying to sell to Verizon?

AT&T Releases Two New Cell Phones

Submitted by lalit on October 30, 2007 - 10:21pm.

AT&T today released Pantech Duo smartphone and Samsung SGH-A737 Slider. The new Pantech Duo is a dual slide smartphone based on Windows Mobile 6. Pantech duo comes with a microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1.3megapixel camera, QVGA display and Bluetooth. The phone supports 3G HSDPA and all four major GSM bands. It is available now at AT&T stores for $199.99 with two years contract. The second Samsung A737 is a thin slider phone, which comes with microSD card slot, 3G HSDPA, GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and Bluetooth with A2DP support. The phone is available in four colors red, blue, orange and line for $49.99 with a two years contract.

NBC Universal Chief Says Apple Has Destroyed The Music Business

Submitted by lalit on October 30, 2007 - 9:28pm.

According to Jeff Zucker CEO NBC Universal, Apple has destroyed the music business. Now let see the problem with this statement is, its music industry that should be blamed. In late 1990s and early 2000 I use to buy around 3 CDs every month and out of those 3 CDs I use to like or regularly listen to about 8-10 songs. So in a given year I liked or use to regularly listen to about 120 new songs. Last year I just bought 54 songs from iTunes and the truth is that the number of CDs or songs I bought have been decreasing since 2001. Its not that the amount of time I give to music everyday has decreased, so the problem definitely lies in quality of music.
Now Zucker wasn’t troubled by what Apple did to music industry but his main problem was with Apple not increasing the price of Universal shows offered on iTunes and Apple not sharing revenues which it makes by selling iPods. NBC wanted to take one show and experiment and sell it for $2.99 but Apple said no. The demands that NBC is making are definitely not consumer friendly and it’s a good thing that Apple didn’t change the price. The entertainment industry is becoming the most anti-consumer industry. They should make it easy for the consumer to get show, movies and music without many restrictions. The second demand NBC had was revenue sharing on the hardware Apple sells, does NBC get revenue from the TVs or DVD players sold by Sony, Samsung or any other company. When they don’t get revenue from Sony or Samsung than why should Apple pay anything? My suggestion to Jeff Zucker is if you are trying to make your company more anti-consumer then you shouldn’t announce it in public, it gives a bad name to your company.

10% of Mac Install Base Upgrades to Leopard, Vista Has Reached 7% of Windows Install Base

Submitted by lalit on October 30, 2007 - 7:12pm.

Apple today announced that it has sold more than 2 million copies of Mac OS X Leopard in first 48 hours of its release. Leopard was released at 6pm on Friday and Apple had estimated that around 20-25 million computers sold by Apple could be upgraded to the new operating system. Microsoft has an install base of about 800 million and according Netapplications by end of September 2007 Windows Vista had 7.38% of OS market share. It took Mac OS X Leopard just two days to achieve what Windows Vista has not achieved after 10 months. These numbers definitely show Mac’s very strong brand loyalty and Mac users strong belief in quality of new product released by Apple.

Preparing Your Computer To Install Mac OS X Leopard

Submitted by lalit on October 26, 2007 - 11:00am.

Apple will release their latest cat today and the main question asked is will consumer face the same difficulties they faced or are still facing by upgrading to Vista? The past record indicates that upgrading Mac OS X has been relatively painless process, but it’s always good to take precautions then to suffer consequences. Few things that everyone should do before upgrading their OS are Back-up your data (if possible back up the whole hard drive), Repair disk permissions using Disk Utility, Verify disk and repair it if it needs to be repaired again using Disk Utility and its most important know what installation options do you want to use. There are three install options available, Upgrade, Archive and Install, and Erase and Install. Each option has its good and bad points. MacFixit has posted detailed guidelines for common issues that occur during upgrade process, including pre-update preparation, proper installation and post-update maintenance. You must read the guidelines before upgrading your Mac OS to Leopard.

Review Roundup: Apple Mac OS X Leopard (10.5)

Submitted by lalit on October 26, 2007 - 9:59am.

Today Apple will be releasing their latest operating system Mac OS X Leopard. In past many reviewers have praised the usability, design and security offered by Mac OS X Tiger. Reviews by many know tech generalists have started to appear online and all the reviews have one thing in common, that is as always usability, design and security is top most in Mac OS X Leopard. The features most talked about in Leopard are Time Machine, Quick Look, back to my Mac, Spaces, Boot Camp, Video Chat, Parental controls, Stacks and remote access via iChat. The list of drawbacks is very short one compared to list of new or improved features. The drawback list includes see-through menus hard to read, network back-up can only be done to a hard disk connected to a Mac running Leopard and no way to remove a file from a Time Machine back-up. It looks like Apple has another Winner up its hands. You can read details reviews by clicking on the links below.
Walt Mossberg All Things D
David Pogue New York Times
Edward Baig USA Today
Steven Levy Video Newsweek
Scott Gillertson Wired
Simson Garfinkel Tech Review