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Buy H&M Clothes Via Cellphone

Submitted by lalit on September 11, 2007 - 1:19pm.

H&M have started an interesting ad campaign involving billboard and magazine, which contain an embedded code that can be photographed with a cellphone. The Black and white Patterned boxes called Semacode bars are printed on the advertisements, which when photographed using your cellphone can take you to the retailer’s product catalog. Where you can select size and color and buy clothes using your cellphone account. Now you have to take care of your cellphone the way you care for your credit card (if you have a girlfriend).

Ringtones Available on iTunes Now

Submitted by lalit on September 11, 2007 - 12:53pm.

Ringtones section in iTunes has come alive and now you can create ringtones from over 500,000 songs on iTunes store. You can create ringtones on any track with ringtone symbol. Each ringtone will cost you $0.99 plus the cost of song that is again $0.99 (because you need to buy the song first) that brings your total to $1.98 for each ringtone. Rather then paying $0.99 for ringtone my suggestion is to use MakeiPhoneRingtone, free software that converts any AAC file into an iTunes compatible ringtone.

Apple Enters Into Licensing Agreement With InterDigital (May be a 3G iPhone soon)

Submitted by lalit on September 11, 2007 - 12:31pm.

InterDigital deals in wide variety of mobile technologies like bandwidth allocation, roaming, power efficiency controls and yes 3G too. Apple and InterDigital have reached a licensing agreement for seven years and InterDigital will receive $2 million per quarter for the length of agreement. InterDigital is a big name in 3G technologies which guaranties that 3G and new improvements will come to iPhone soon. The length of the agreement confirms that there will be quite a few revisions of the iPhone in future.

Sony Releases PSP Firmware 3.70

Submitted by lalit on September 11, 2007 - 11:43am.

Sony today released PSP firmware update 3.70 that brings custom themes, you can now change what buttons do in Remote Play, video has scene search function and sequential playback function and you can now play music while watching slide show or photos. The update is for both original PSP and the new slim PSP.

News Corp. Says It Will Not Pull Its Shows From iTunes

Submitted by lalit on September 11, 2007 - 11:33am.

News Corp. president Peter Chernin told Reuters that they had a perfectly good relationship with Apple and had no Plan to follow NBC and pull out of iTunes. He also said “but let me say this we’re the ones who should determine what the fair price for our product is, not Apple.”
News Corp., NBC and several other partners will launch their own online distribution for TV shows called Hulu. TV content on Hulu will be available for free (ad-supported). Not many details are available on Hulu but it is believed that it will be launched in last half of September.

Intel Intros New Processors and Offers Price Cuts

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2007 - 12:17pm.

Intel today introduced top of the line mobile Core 2 Duo, 2.6GHz T7800 for $530. Intel also introduced 2Ghz T7250, which is same as T7200 except it has 800MHz frontside bus and will cost $209, compared to $294 for T7200. Intel has lowered prices of T7700 and T7500 from $530 and $316 to $316 and $241 respectively. Two new Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Solo processors U2200 and U2100 have been added to Intel’s mobile lineup. The U2200 is a 1.2GHz processor and is priced $262 where as the U2100 is 1.6GHz processor and is priced $241. Both the processors have 1MB of L2 cache and 533MHZ FSB. The mobile Celeron line got one ULV processor and two new processors. The 523 is a 933Mhz ULV Celeron M processor and will cost $161. Where as the 2GHz 550 and 1.73GHz 530 are mobile Celeron M processors and will cost $134 and $86 respectively. The existing 1.86GHz 540 saw a price drop from $134 to $107.
On Desktop side the1.8GHz Celeron D 430’s price was reduced from $49 to $44 and the price of 1.6GHz 420 was reduced from $39 to $34. The Dual Core 2GHz E2180 will now cost $84 and 1.8GHz E2160 will costs $74, which was $84 before. The E2140, which was priced $71, is now $64.

Not Just Google But Apple Also Wants 700MHz Spectrum

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2007 - 11:12am.

Business Week is reporting that Apple has also considered joining the bidding of 700MHz spectrum that analog TV broadcasters are handing back to the government in 2009. Signals at 700MHz could theoretically provide faster Internet access than today’s cellular or even WiFi networks and the signals can easily pass through buildings and work even in bad weather condition. Winning a piece of the 700MHz spectrum could provide Apple with ability to offer its own wireless network service to devices such as iPhone. May be Apple and Google can join hands and bid on the wireless spectrum.

Toshiba’s New DTR Technology Increases Single Platter Capacity By 50% in Hard Drive

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2007 - 10:51am.

Toshiba today announced a prototype hard drive that uses DTR (Discrete Track Recording) technology that boost the areal density of a perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) by 50%. Toshiba will start mass production of hard drive using DTR technology in early 2009. At present the highest single platter capacity of a 1.8” HDD is 80GB so the maximum capacity of a 1.8” hard drive (used in iPods) is limited to 160GB. But with the new DTR technology 1.8” hard drive will be able to hold 120GB on each platter and you will be able to get a 240GB iPod Classic.

AMD Introduces Quad-Core Opteron (Barcelona)

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2007 - 10:31am.

AMD today introduced the Quad-Core Opteron processor, which according to AMD is world’s most advanced x86 processor ever designed. There will be Nine New Opteron Chips, all based on 65nm technology. The top of the range processor will be a 2GHz Opteron 8350 that will cost $1,019 (in quantity of 1000) and the least expensive option will cost $209. Sun, HP, IBM and Dell will be launching their servers based on Quad-Core Opteron later this month.

SanDisk Introduces Sansa View 16GB Flash Based PMP

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2007 - 10:06am.

Sansa View is SanDisk’s First serious attempts at a Video capable MP3 player. It has a 2.4” 320 x 240 resolution LCD screen and supports MPEG4 (H.264) and WMV for video. Sansa View measures 4.29” x 1.95” x 0.35” and is the slimmest Sansa. The other feature on Sansa are MicroSD/SDHC card slot, FM tuner, Voice recorder with built in mic, 35 hours battery life for music and 7 hours for video. The best feature of Sansa View is its cost $199 for 16GB that is same as 8GB iPod Nano and $50 less then Creative Zen 16Gb. The 8GB Sansa View is for $149, the price of 4GB iPod Nano.