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Submission + - Best format - graphics into presentation software?

The Great Pretender writes: I live in a mainly Linux office where laptop users can use Windows or Mac (I use a Mac). I deal with scientific data and business models, thus use a number of different items of software. For the sake of consistency in presentations (Powerpoint or Impress) I tend to build my graphics in the native software and then exporting in .jpeg for insertion into the presentation.

The jpeg files, when using at the most 300 dpi, can often not come out perfectly crisp (even though they still get the information across). Now I'm not a graphics guru and just recently I was looking at all of my export options and wondered if any of these would give me a less 'soft' edged look when imported into Impress or Powerpoint? Should I be thinking about using a .png or .eps, or something better? Please understand, I'm not building graphics in any graphical illustrator program, rather things such as Concept Draw, Visio, MindMap, SigmaPlot, QTI Plot etc.

The keystone here is information transfer, not perfect inserted graphics, but I am looking to make my inserted graphics closer to the native package fidelity, without having to worry about the graphics messing up computer to computer. I also just want to export the image and am not interested in any third party programs that add time or complexity to the process.
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Submission + - Apple Stock down - new iPod coming?

The Great Prentender writes: MSN Money reports:

Tech shares struggled all day; chip and networking shares were a problem.


But one of the biggest reasons was Apple, whose shares fell 6.8% to $131.76. The stock was up 8% in July and is up 55% this year.

The drubbing was due to reports, never confirmed, that the company planned to scale back production of the iPod music player or, possibly, the iPhone. Some investors speculated the production cuts could reach 50%, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told Bloomberg News.

The iPhone, which combines a music player with a mobile phone and Web browser, went on sale June 29.

"People are going crazy without knowing anything definitive, and those fears are swinging the shares," said Munster, who has rated Apple "outperform" since June 2004. "If it is an iPod production cut, that's a good thing because it's a sign a new iPod is coming."

An Apple spokeswoman said the company would not comment on speculation.

Submission + - A pill that makes women slimmer and hornier

The Great Pretender writes: The BBC reports that scientists are developing a pill which could boost women's libido and reduce their appetite. The hormone-releasing pill has so far only been given to female monkeys and shrews who displayed more mating behavior and ate less. The team from the Medical Research Council's Human Reproduction Unit in Edinburgh believe a human version could be available within a decade. I was married to a shrew once...

Submission + - Physics promises wireless power

The Great Pretender writes: "From the BBC "The tangle of cables and plugs needed to recharge today's electronic gadgets could soon be a thing of the past. US researchers have outlined a relatively simple system that could deliver power to devices such as laptop computers or MP3 players without wires. The concept exploits century-old physics and could work over distances of many meters, the researchers said. Although the team has not built and tested a system, computer models and mathematics suggest it will work."

It seems that the theory is sound, but is it really feasible for practical use?"

Submission + - SanDisk faces MP3 licence dispute

The Great Pretender writes: German officials seized MP3 players from SanDisk's booth at the IFA show in Berlin after an Italian patents firm won an injunction against the company. Italian patents company Sisvel alleges that SanDisk refuses to pay licensing fees it needs to playback MP3 files. SanDisk also faces a lawsuit brought by Sisvel in a German court, but denies that its products infringe patents. SanDisk has recently launched new MP3 players based on flash memory, with capacities of up to 8GB, in an attempt to challenge the dominance of Apple's iPod nano. But a raft of new products were removed from the company's stand at the IFA show in Berlin after Sisvel applied for an injunction, Sisvel told the BBC news website.

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