Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 11:46am.
MovieBeam is informing its customers that the HD movie service is ceasing operations as of December 15th. MovieBeam never got on its own feet since Disney pulled its plug. There were series of investments and acquisitions but none of the owners were able to really make the business model work. The reasons behind demise of all the online movie rental or purchase services have been limited selection, very high DRM restrictions and video quality. The movie industry has to understand that the customers don’t want to rip the movie industry off. High DRM restrictions only make it difficult for the customers to enjoy their purchased movie contents. The other problem is limited selection, most consumers would like to get their entire movie selection from one website (online store). Imagine you have to go to Walmart for movie released by Paramount and if you want a movie released my Universal you will only get it in Best Buy. Most people just know the name of the movie and not the studio that released it.
Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 10:44am.
According to CNET France Apple is preparing a significant update for the iPhone as early as this weekend. The 1.1.3 update will add disk mode for storing data and voice recording mode for capturing lectures or voice memo. It is likely that the update will break modified iPhone that run third party code or are unlocked to work on other carriers. If the news is true Apple will be adding two of the most requested feature to the iPhone.
Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 10:25am.
Dell is planning to launch Latitude XT tablet PC on 11th of this month. Engadget is reporting that their sources have conformed this plan. The tablet will use dual-core ULV CPU, integrated graphics, LED backlit LCD (1280 x 800), pen and touch support, WiFi, Optional Bluetooth and 3G, Express card slot, Smart card slot and Finger-print reader. There is no word on how much the tablet will cost, we will come to know about cost on 11th for sure.
Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 3:55pm.
Adobe has announced that PDF 1.7 has been approved by the ISO and will become the ISO 32000 standard. Although previous subsets of PDF have been considered by the ISO, the approval of the entire document format as a new standard will impact its development in the future. From this point forward, the ISO and not Adobe is in charge of the PDF specification and any changes that are incorporated into it. Though Adobe won’t accept but its push for ISO certification has largely been seen as a response to Microsoft’s XPS standard. Adobe obviously hopes that PDF’s new standing, as an ISO standard will defend the standard against Microsoft’s attempt at the competing document format.
Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 2:25pm.
Its Apple Day at Google as Google announced the release of a new iPhone application and Mac Developer Playground. The iPhone application integrates Google applications like Search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader and more. Google accomplish this by using technologies like AJAX and iPhone’s Safari browser that delivers an excellent mobile Internet experience. To use the application just browse to www.google.com on your iPhone. Google also unveiled the Google Mac Developer Playground, a website where the Mac community can look for new and interesting open source projects and demos from Google’s Mac team. The website has projects like Cover Story, MacFUSE and the GData. Google’s Engineering Manager Amit Singh said, “ One new demo we want to highlight today is Statz. Dave MacLachlan, one of the engineers working on Google Desktop Mac, created it in his spare time. Statz lets you coordinate your status messages across various IM clients. If you have more then one IM client, we think this will come in handy.” Statz is a god send application for people using multiple IM clients on Mac.
Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 1:52pm.
France telecom Orange announced that they’ve sold 30,000 iPhone in just 5 days. 48% of iPhone were sold to new subscription and 80% of customers signed up for a dedicated “Orange for iPhone” plan. Louis-Pierre Wenes Executive Director of Orange’s France operations said, “This is a very good score, especially as one in two iPhone purchases is accompanied by a new Orange line subscription. This confirms that the iPhone will make an active contribution to the acquisition of new customers.”
Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 12:15pm.
Sprint’s VP of Product Management and Partnership Development said today that Sprint Nextel would soft launch its XOHM WiMax network in the next few days in Chicago, Washington DC and Baltimore. There was no information available about what devices will be available at the launch but it is believed later in the year a number of special purpose devices will launch, as will dual mode CDMA/WiMax handsets. Sprint is aiming for an officially launch of XOHM service in second quarter of 2008. There has been lot of talk about WiMax potential for last two years at last some one is launching a WiMax network.
Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 11:59am.
Dailytech is reporting that Intel will launch their latest generation of ‘Penryn’ mobile processor on January 6, 2008. The Penryn processors are based on 45nm production technology and will have four Core 2 Duo processors and one Core 2 Extreme dual core processor. All the Core 2 Duo processors will have 35W TDP same as previous generation of mobile processors. The Core 2 Extreme model (X9000) will have 2.8GHz processor speed, 6MB L2 cache, 44W TDP and will cost $851. The Core 2 Duo T9500 will have 2.6Ghz processor speed, 6MB L2 cache and will cost $530. The T9300 will have 2.5GHz processor speed, 6MB L2 cache and will be priced at $316. The lower end model T8300 and T8100 will both come with 3MB L2 Cache. The first one will have 2.4GHz processor speed and cost $241 whereas the second one will have 2.1Ghz processor speed and cost $209. Intel will be releasing the Montevina Processor refresh in second half of 2008, these processors will have 25W TDP and will be based on same Penryn Mobile Processors. In Q3 2008 Intel will again refresh their mobile processor line by adding 1066 MHz FSB and DDR3 support. It is also believed that Intel will also launch first quad-core processor for notebooks in first half of 2008. Notebook based on the new processors will be show at CES 2008 and Macworld 2008, which will be held in January.
Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 3:49pm.
The supply of Opterons server Chips and Phenom desktop chips have be very limited and the reason behind the problem according to Techreport is related to the translation lookaside buffer (TLB) in the processor’s L3 cache. The problem is present in all AMD quad-core processors up to the current B2 revision. AMD has said a revision B3 is in works for Q1 2008. The TLB problem can be corrected by BIOS based workaround but the fix involves 10-20% performance loss. This is bad new for AMD, which is/was already struggling to keep up with last generation Intel’s Core 2 Quad chips.
Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 3:24pm.
BusinessWeek has posted today that Verizon wireless plans to support Google’s new software platform for mobile phones. Verizon Wireless’s Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said “We’re planning on using Android, Android is an enabler of what we do.” Verizon Wireless had been one of the large cellular carriers withholding support from the Android platform. Last week Verizon announced that it would embrace an open-access model, which would allow use of broader range of devices on Verizon network. Why a sudden change of heart Verizon?
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