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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

Samsung To Start Manufacturing 128GB NAND Flash by 2009

Submitted by lalit on October 23, 2007 - 6:48pm.

Samsung announced that it had produced the world’s first NAND flash memory based on a 30-nanometer manufacturing process. The use of new manufacturing technology known as self-aligned double patterning will allow production of high capacity 64 gigabit chips that can combine to produce a multi-level cell flash of up to 128GB. Samsung expects to start commercial production based on this technology by 2009. This new technology will also decrease production cost as the use of lithography speeds up manufacturing and reduces the effective cost for each complete chip. If you were waiting for 120Gb iPod Touch now you know the date that is 2009.

Apple Reports Record Mac (2.1m) Sales and $904 Million Profit

Submitted by lalit on October 22, 2007 - 4:18pm.

Apple posted revenue of $6.22 billion and profit of $904 million for its fourth quarter ending September 29, 2007. The results compared to revenue of $4.84 billion and profit of $542 million in the year ago quarter. Mac sales grew 34% to 2.16 million and iPod sales grew 17% to 10.2 million compared to year ago quarter. Apple sold 1.12 million iPhones in this quarter bringing its total sales for 2007 to 1.39 million. "We are very pleased to have generated over $24 billion in revenue and $3.5 billion in net income in fiscal 2007," said Steve Job Apple’s CEO. "We're looking forward to a strong December quarter as we enter the holiday season with Apple's best products ever."

Samsung Officially Launches G800 The 5-Megapixel Phone in Europe

Submitted by lalit on October 22, 2007 - 3:49pm.

Rumors about the launch of Samsung G800 have been going around for quite sometime. Samsung today officially launched it 5-megapixel and 3X optical zoom G800 camera phone in Europe. The G800 has xenon flash, digital image stabilization, red eye reduction and face detection. It’s not just a camera; it’s a mobile phone too. On the mobile phone side G800 is a GSM/3G (HSDPA) handset that comes with Bluetooth, HTML browser, 2.4” QVGA screen and microSD card slot. The phone will be available in November and the price is yet not known.

IBM and MediaTek To Develop Wireless High-Def Chipset

Submitted by lalit on October 22, 2007 - 3:25pm.

Almost everyone on the planet earth loves high-def and hates wires. So IBM and MediaTek have joined hands to develop ultra fast chipsets that can wirelessly transmit a full-length high-def movie to and from a computer, hand-held device, set top boxes or television. The chipset will be based on millimeter wave (mmWave) radio technology. This highest frequency portion of the radio spectrum will allow massive amounts of data to be sent quickly. The mmWave frequency band will boost at least 100 times higher data rates then any present wireless standard, resulting in transfer of 10Gb file in five seconds compared to around 10 minutes required by present Wi-Fi technology. IBM demonstrated a prototype chipset as small as dime to wirelessly transmit uncompressed HD video in February 2006.

Free Your iPod Touch With iJailbreak For Macs And Touchfree For Windows

Submitted by lalit on October 16, 2007 - 2:20pm.

Like iPhone, iPod Touch is also locked down even though it doesn’t comes with an AT&T contract. Also like iPhone you can get more out of your iPod Touch than what Apple wants you to believe you can. To free your iPod Touch and add more application to it you can use iJailbreak for Mac and Touchfree for Windows. iJailbreak works only on Intel based Macs running 10.4.10 (they are working on PPC version). You just need to download iJailbreak run it on your Mac hook-up the iPod Touch, and restart it using lock/power button. iJailbreak handles the rest, your iPod Touch will have icon on the iPod Touch’s home screen, which can be used to install third party apps. Like iJailbreak, Touchfree does the same job on Window’s machine. Download and install Touchfree on your PC. Run Touchfree and follow the onscreen instructions, it’s that simple. Both program have risk of turning your iPod touch into iPod brick but you can restore the iPod touch easily. To download the applications or learn more about them click on the links below.
Touchfree Screenshots

Asus To Release Four New Laptops Soon

Submitted by lalit on September 28, 2007 - 3:37pm.

Asus will soon release four new laptops. The first in the line-up is Asus F8S that comes with 14.1” screen, Core 2 Duo (T7500) processor, 2GB RAM, 1GB Turbo Memory (on-board flash memory), 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600 graphics card, up to 250 GB hard drive, DVD burner, WiFi and Bluetooth. The laptop will cost you around $2300. The second laptop in the line-up U6S is an ultra-portable notebook weighing just 3.3 pound and priced for $3000. The laptop has a 12.1” LED backlit screen and has a battery life of 5 hours. The configuration of the laptop is Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, 2GB RAM, 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M graphics card, 250GB hard drive, HDMI out, WiFi, Bluetooth and HSDPA. The G2S Extreme Limited Edition Laptop has a 17.1” screen, 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo extreme X7800, 2GB RAM, 1GB Turbo Memory, 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600 Graphics card, 200GB hard drive, HD-DVD/ DVD burner, TV tuner, HDMI out, WiFi and Bluetooth. This ultimate gaming machine will cost around $5000. The last of the lot is an UMPC with 7” screen that has 800 X 480 resolution. It uses a 945GU Express chipset with Intel’s 800MHz A110 processor. It also comes with 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, HSDPA, GPS and 1.3-megapixel webcam. The R2E UPMC for Asus will cost around $1600. All the Laptop will be available in October in Europe, no word when they will land in US.