Analyst New iPods Coming, iPhone Sales ahead of estimates

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 7:22pm.

It’s a known fact (rumor) that Apple will soon release new iPods and it is about time that Apple did that. In his note to clients, the USB analyst said that he expects Apple to refresh its iPod video and iPod Nano sometime next month. Among the expected introductions are higher capacity iPod Nanos at aggressive price points, as well as flash based widescreen video iPod likely using multi-touch technology for less then $300. USB analyst also said  “ our checks and discussion with Apple and AT&T store representatives indicate relatively solid demand for iPhone and the unit estimate for this quarter is conservative when compared to number of iPhones sold daily by each store we visited or called.”

IOGEAR’s Digital Scribe First Device TO Capture Handwriting From Any Surface

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 7:17pm.

IOGEAR's Digital Scribe is the first device ever to capture natural handwriting from any surface, and store it directly onto your computer. Based on an electronic pen that uses ordinary ink refill and writes on any paper, the Digital Scribe stores handwritten notes, memos or drawings onto your computer screen for easy editing right away or save it for a later time. The Scribe can also act as a substitute for your mouse making it easy to switch between applications you wish to write in.  The pen can also supplement your keyboard for text input and speed up your work in hundreds of software applications that let you customize and create shortcut features. Digital scribe will cost you $99 only and works with both XP and Vista.

Samsung Announces the Biggest 1.8” Hard drive: 160GB

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 7:15pm.

Samsung announced its new highest capacity yet 1.8” Hard disk which is smaller than a business card but can hold 160GB. Spinpoint N2 is 4200rpm drive with 15ms seek time and consumes less then 1W power. No word on price and availability. Waiting for 160GB iPod.

Wal-Mart Selling Digital Music Free of DRM

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 7:12pm.

Wal-Mart today announced that it is now selling digital music downloads through it website without DRM (copy-protection). Universal and EMI will be offering their music DRM free through Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will be selling DRM free MP3 downloads for 94 cents compared to $1.29 charged by Apple’s iTunes for DRM free songs. The move puts Wal-Mart in closer competition with Apple’s iTunes online store.  The MP3 files are encoded at 256kbps and can be played on any mp3 player or any computer.

Japan Plans To Replace Internet By 2020

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 7:09pm.

Japan’s Communications Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that Japan will start research and development on technology for a new generation of network that would replace the Internet. According to Suga, the Internet has increasing constraints in achieving higher throughputs of data as well as ensuring data security. He envisions a network, which is faster and more reliable for data transmission, has more resilience against computer viruses and breakdowns.

Apple releases iPhone Software Update Vesion 1.0.2

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 7:06pm.

Apple today released software update versioin 1.0.2 for iPhone software. According to information provided by Apple the software update doesn't bring any new features but it's just for bug fixes.

Toshiba Announce Two World’s First 2.5” Hard Drive

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 6:16pm.

Toshiba today announced the world’s first 320GB 5400 rpm 2.5” and 200GB 7200rpm 2.5” hard drives. Toshiba will ship these in November. I am positive that Samsung will release a 350 GB 2.5” drive to compete in the market real soon. The new drives have improved read-write heads and enhanced magnetic layer to boost area density and achieve higher storage capacity. The 7200rpm drives have 16MB buffer memory where as the 320gb 5400rpm drives have 8MB buffer memory.

Nokia’s First Flip Phone With Style, Nokia 6555

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 6:12pm.

Today Nokia announced a new 3G (WCDMA) based handset, which has a QVGA screen (16 million color), a camera with 6x zoom, 30MB on board memory and microSD card slot. The phone will be available next month for around 200 Euro ($270). It’s not yet known in which countries the phone will be released and what band it will use.

IBM and TDK Join Hands to Develop Spin Torque Transfer RAM

Submitted by lalit on August 21, 2007 - 6:09pm.

IBM has been supporting MRAM (magnetic memory) but the company has been having trouble shrinking the transistors on these chips. According to IBM’s Bill Gallagher “ As you make that device (MRAM) smaller, you need to increase the magnetic field, and to continue to write data, it becomes impractical. To scale beyond 65 nanometer, we have to find a new mechanism to write information.”  The new technology that IBM and TDK will develop together is called Spin Torque Transfer RAM (STT-RAM). In STT-RAM an electric current is applied to a magnet to change the direction of the magnetic field. The direction of the magnetic field causes a change in resistance, and the different levels of resistance register as 1s or 0s. IBM and TDK will develop the first 65-nanometer prototype within four years.

Microsoft Windows Update Blamed for Skype Network Crash

Submitted by lalit on August 20, 2007 - 9:54pm.

Skype released their official Statement in which they pointed their finger on Microsoft Windows Update for Crashing the Skype network.
SKYPE OFFICIAL STATEMENT:
On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users' computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update.
The high number of restarts affected Skype's network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.
Normally Skype's peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, however, this event revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly. Regrettably, as a result of this disruption, Skype was unavailable to the majority of its users for approximately two days.
The issue has now been identified explicitly within Skype. We can confirm categorically that no malicious activities were attributed or that our users' security was not, at any point, at risk.
This disruption was unprecedented in terms of its impact and scope. We would like to point out that very few technologies or communications networks today are guaranteed to operate without interruptions.
We are very proud that over the four years of its operation, Skype has provided a technically resilient communications tool to millions of people worldwide. Skype has now identified and already introduced a number of improvements to its software to ensure that our users will not be similarly affected in the unlikely possibility of this combination of events recurring.
The Skype community of users has been incredibly supportive and we are very grateful for all their good wishes.