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Portables (Apple)

+ - iPod on iFire 1

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An anonymous reader writes "So, everyone knows that when it comes to sales, iPods are hot, in fact, they are on fire. Now according to this article, your pants may be too. Apple won't comment about how often iFlameouts occur. It seems to be your standard lithium-ion-battery-bursting-into-flames story. Really nothing new, but something to think about."
Portables (Apple)

+ - Apple vs. its Customers: the Great Smackdown->

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jammag
jammag writes "This article, Apple Arrogance Unleashed, catalogs the ways in which Apple has tweaked its customers — yes, it starts with the iPhone bricking, but it goes on from there. Writes the author: "Steve Jobs once said in an interview that 'the only problem with Microsoft is, they just have no taste.' That may be true. But the only problem with Apple is that it has no gratitude. Or humility. Or generosity. Or manners." Okay, point made, but does Apple have to be a saint? Gear-mongers will still obediently troop out and buy the over-priced gew-gaws, won't they? Or will they?"
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Software

+ - Adobe Photoshop vs Ulead PhotoImpact vs GIMP?

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JeremyDuffy
JeremyDuffy writes "I do web design, graphic design, and now a comic strip and have used Ulead PhotoImpact 7 for years. I know Photoshop is the "king of all design", but are the newer versions of PhotoImpact any competition? Do I need Photoshop for what I do? And is GIMP in the race at all?

Mostly, I want the ability to use a graph tablet well, vectorized art for clean lines and resizing, and I like PhotoImpact's ability to create materials easily with different textures, reflections, backgrounds etc.

Oh, and I definitely don't want some CE, SE, or other watered down version that's made for photo editing only.

Samples of my graphic and web design work HERE
Comic HERE"
Linux Business

+ - Linux set to dominate in embedded systems->

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zoomcloud (445893) writes "EETimes reports that Linux is set to dominate the embedded space.

We hope it's true — because 'embedded devices' are the fastest growing sector of IC processing power. From the article:

"Linux remains an attractive operating system choice for a range of embedded development teams for a number of reasons, including: royalty free run-time costs, advanced networking capabilities and technical features and the large base of engineers familiar with the OS."

Great to have positive Linux coverage in EETimes for all of us *hardware* geeks!"

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Windows

+ - First thought on Windows Vista SP1

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Vinit
Vinit writes "Microsoft has delivered Vista SP1 to a group of approximately 12,000 beta testers. If you are thinking that the Service Pack 1 will at last provide major interface improvement or some cool new features then you're in for a disappointment as the new version focuses on "improving performance, reliability and application compatibility." The most unexpected change comes in Windows search function as integrating third-party programs (such as Google Desktop Search) is much easier now."
Robotics

+ - Computerised pillow stops snoring->

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HOTTILA.COM
HOTTILA.COM writes "A scientist has created a solution for snoring — a computerised pillow that shifts the head's sleeping position until the noise stops. "The pillow is attached to a computer, which is the size of a book, rests on a bedside table, and analyses snoring noises," Daryoush Bazargani, professor of computer science at the University of Rostock, Germany and the pillow's inventor, said. "The computer then reduces or enlarges air compartments within the pillow to facilitate nasal airflow to minimize snoring as the user shifts during sleep," he said. The ergonomic pillow can also be used for neck massages. Mr Bazargani said several US firms were interested in manufacturing the pillow. "I invented it because I snore," he said. "I tried all sorts of products, but nothing worked. I hope people who use it will sleep more peacefully." Mr Bazargani was displaying a prototype of his pillow at a health conference in Germany."
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The Courts

+ - Day One Recap of the Minnesota RIAA Trial->

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Yesterday was the first day of the RIAA trial against a 30 year old single mother. The RIAA lawyers presented their evidence against the defendant which doesn't bode well for her. She can't use the wireless router excuse either. From the article, 'The RIAA's witnesses testified that the internet protocol address assigned to Thomas by her ISP the night of Feb. 21, 2005 was the source of the shared songs on the Kazaa network. The RIAA also put on evidence that the cable modem used that night was registered to her. Also, the username of Tereastarr was logged into Kazaa using that IP address and modem that evening, according to testimony. And the RIAA points out that Thomas had her computer hard drive replaced some time before turning it over in evidence.' The RIAA could not, however, state that they had witnessed the actual infractions. This trial was mentioned in an earlier story."
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Technology (Apple)

+ - Suing for $1,000,000 over $200 iPhone Price Drop->

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Fierythrasher
Fierythrasher writes "When is $200 worth $1,000,000? When you're this woman (CNN.com) who seems to believe her iPhone is made of pure gold. Her claim is that she is now unable to sell her used iPhone for what she could before the $200 price drop last month. As such, Apple and AT&T need to pay her 7 figures. Makes total sense. Every early adopter should get a million dollar reward for having the newest toys first, right?

In all seriousness, this seems proof that this country needs a stiffer penalty to punish those who litigate frivolously."

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Toys

+ - Linux on the handle bars->

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xpqz
xpqz writes "Quarq introduces a linux-based bike computer! BikeRadar.com reports: One of the most intriguing launches at Interbike was a pairing of power measuring crank spider and power meter/global positioning system (GPS)/heart rate monitor/altimeter computer from new company Quarq Technology. What's especially interesting if you're a hardcore bike instrumentation geek is that the display unit will run open-source software, so developers will be able to modify it and write applications for it. http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/interbike-quarq-power-meter-real-bike-computer-12672"
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Education

+ - Liquid drops defying gravity

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers at the University of Bristol, UK, have shown that droplets of liquid can travel uphill when placed on a vertically vibrating inclined plate. 'In fact, if the plate vibrates at the right rate, the droplets will always travel counter-intuitively up the incline.' This very interesting discovery will not change the world, but it may lead to new methods to manipulate microscopic amounts of fluids. Read more for additional references and pictures showing some of these climbing liquid droplets."
Media (Apple)

+ - Why does Apple get a free ride?->

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Christopher Blanc
Christopher Blanc writes "I really dont want to get into the usual pissing match that seems to occur whenever someone fails to bow down and worship Steve Jobs every move, but I cant help myself. Why arent we seeing more outrage okay, even a little bit of outrage about the news that Apple twisted the arm of some guys ISP because he was uploading the code embedded in his iPod Touchs memory.

http://www.mathewingram.com/work/2007/09/26/why-does-apple-get-a-free-ride/

Google got a free ride, even Microsoft did once, now Apple won't any more. They're all soulless corporations, except for the people I know in tech support at each!"

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XBox (Games)

+ - Halo evolution->

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Jynx
Jynx writes "Gamespot is running a great feature with comparisons between all 3 Halo games. Weapon, environment and vehicles models are all compared side by side and it really highlights how far the franchise has come since its original release on the Xbox. FTA — "The original Halo map designs made for confusing gameplay because many of the levels had rooms that looked, for all practical purposes, identical. Halo 2 helped alleviate the endless corridor problem by adding more room variation. But Halo 3 has solved the problem altogether by making every room, hallway, and outdoor area unique. You'll rarely get confused as to which way you're supposed to go. Indoor areas have better lighting and textures, while outdoor environments have much more foliage. Water, whether in a river or an ocean, looks vastly better.""
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The Courts

+ - Taxman goes browsing on eBay->

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Kaneda2112
Kaneda2112 writes "Interesting story in the "Globe And Mail" where the Canada Revenue Agency is now trolling eBay Canada for high volume sellers — looking to make sure high volume sellers are reporting their income. The taxman cometh — they certainly don't want anyone making any untaxable income.

"The company also argued that the CRA had not shown enough evidence to prove that it "was conducting a genuine and serious inquiry." Mr. Justice Roger Hughes of the Federal Court of Canada ruled that eBay is legally obliged to turn over the information even if it is located elsewhere."

I was unaware that a Federal Court could demand company records from another country. Can they be compelled to do so?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070926.wrebay27/BNStory/Technology/home"

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